Design Aids

Learn about the design elements, materials and surface finishes of injection-molded parts by registering for our free design aids.
Demo Mold
This design aid shows the mechanics of how the A-Side and B-Side of a tool work together during the injection molding process to create plastic parts. The Demo Mold demonstrates the functionality of side-actions, sprues and runners, ejector pins and plates, and the relationship between core and cavity. It helps those new to injection molding easily visualize the process and is a great teaching device for educators.
Design Cube
One of the best ways to learn about our injection molding process is to have an actual plastic part in your hands to explore. That’s why we created the Design Cube, which shows part features that are too thin or too thick, bad bosses, right and wrong ribs and other considerations to be mindful of while designing parts for injection molding.
Material Selector - 3D Printing
This pocket-sized Material Selector is a quick reference guide to help you identify the right thermoplastic-like and metal materials for your next 3D printing project. It lists specific measurements like resolution, tensile strength and hardness to ensure you have the most suitable material and additive manufacturing process for your part’s application.
Material Selector - CNC Machining
This pocket-sized Material Selector is a quick reference guide to help you identify the right thermoplastic and metal materials for your next machining project. It lists specific measurements like tensile strength, heat deflection and hardness to ensure you have the most suitable material for your part’s application, and even includes a detailed chart of threading options.
Material Selector - Injection Molding
This pocket-sized Material Selector is a quick reference guide to help you identify the right thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber materials for your next injection molding project. It lists specific measurements like tensile strength, heat deflection and durometer to ensure you have the most suitable material for your part’s application.
Protogami
The three-dimensional flexagons of the Protogami create a continual kaleidocycle that exposes a different set of triangular faces with each turn of its living hinges. This design aid lets product designers and engineers see commonly used plastic materials molded in a range of different surface finishes.
Torus
The Torus is filled with complexities: bayonets, text on ribs, gears, bump-offs, clip cams and more. We created this design aid to illustrate that intricate part features can still be achieved through rapid manufacturing processes. The Torus has a trio of interconnected sections, each highlighting features that serve various purposes in part design.