Design Aids

Learn about the design elements, materials, and surface finishes of injection-molded parts by registering for our free design aids.


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.

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.

 

 


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.

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.

 

 

Dummies Books

Our Dummies books look at the digital manufacturing tools available to today's product designers and engineers. Read about various 3D printing, machining, and molding technologies, material options, tips for part design, and how digital manufacturing is being used for commercial applications in nearly every industry.

 

Material Selectors

These pocket-sized Material Selectors are quick reference guides to help you identify the right plastic and metal materials for your next project. It lists specific measurements on properties to ensure you have the most suitable material and process for your part’s application.