Molded parts are everywhere — from highly cosmetic housings hiding in plain sight to internal components where a fine polish is unnecessary. Most people pay no attention to the surface finish on those parts, but for product designers and engineers, it’s an important design consideration.
Identifying the right surface finish is dependent on a few important elements, namely the development or production stage that your parts are in, the materials they’re being manufactured in and their end-use applications.
This month’s tip discusses:
- available surface finishes for injection molded parts at Proto Labs
- how to create a custom surface finish involving two or more finishes
- navigating finishes within ProtoQuote
- why gating and ejection play a limited role in liquid silicone rubber parts
- secondary options applied to magnesium components