The left image illustrates resulting corner radii from milling. Consider adding reliefs to sharp corners (right image) to improve fit.
Machining gets a bit more complex every year, and as a result, it can be challenging to keep pace with the do’s and don’ts of part design. But lowering the cost of machined parts while improving functionality can still be achieved by a few relatively simple adjustments to your part design or material selection.
Small tool diameters add machining time so consider removing text or logos from machined prototypes.
This month’s tip discusses:
- Machining corner holes
- Deburring edges
- Avoiding unnecessary text
- Keeping an eye on thin features
- Reducing part complexity
- Selecting material alternatives
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We have a saying here at Proto Labs, “Materials Matter.”
To learn more about selecting the right material for 3D printing, download our free white paper.
Indeed, material properties are an especially key piece to consider in the case of industrial 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, which is different from traditional manufacturing methods.
To help you sort through the properties — from tensile strength to yield strength, elongation at break to hardness — we’ve published a comprehensive new white paper, “Selecting the Right Material for 3D Printing.” The paper explores recent improvements and advancements in materials used in 3D printing, and then goes in depth to cover materials that work best for three frequently used technologies: direct metal laser sintering, selective laser sintering and stereolithography.
This new white paper is part of a range of resources in our online library of 3D printing content that includes design tips, case studies, videos and other white papers. We also have a staff of experienced customer service engineers who can discuss design questions that may arise. Find us at protolabs.com or call us at 877-479-3680.
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Companies in automotive, aerospace, med tech, lighting and a range of other industries are using digital manufacturers for their prototyping and low-volume production supply partners.
Here are five reasons why:
Speed to Market
Depending on the supplier you use, you should be able to get short turnaround times that support multiple design iterations, which is crucial in those early, prototyping stages of a product’s development.
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Automated Quoting Systems
Partner with a manufacturer that offers a helpful quoting system. Our interactive quoting system at Proto Labs provides free, automated design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis, typically in an hour or two. Miguel Perez, a designer with Lockheed Martin, recently commented on our DFM feedback: “The auto-quoting system is amazing. Within a day, you get an answer as to whether you can make the part, whether you need to make changes, etc.” Continue reading
The growth of our country’s aging population is perhaps the most powerful force shaping today’s economy and the outlook for medical device companies in particular. For instance, the bulk of baby boomers now are 70 or older, while the U.S. Census Bureau projects the 65-and-over U.S. population to double to nearly 84 million by 2050.
The ways that rapid manufacturing companies such as Proto Labs can help med tech companies serve this aging population is the focus of a column by Rob Bodor, Proto Labs’ VP and GM of the Americas, in Med Device Online. Bodor’s column is the first in a four-part series, “Building Better Prototypes,” for the med tech website.
Bodor’s current column covers factors that drive rapid manufacturing’s viability in the med tech space, and explores the various processes and materials that med-device companies should consider.
You can read the entire column here.
The new issue of Proto Labs Journal is out. In our cover story, we look at industry macrotrends in manufacturing for 2016, from automotive lightweighting to human-factors engineering in health care.
The story reports on factors that are driving automotive innovation, trends keeping the aerospace industry aloft and forces such as an aging population that are influencing medical applications. And speaking of med tech, the Journal also includes an informative infographic on rapid manufacturing for medical device development.
Elsewhere in the new Journal, look for stories on high-tech high heels, smart luggage and a new drone we worked on for Lockheed Martin.
Read the entire Journal here.
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