Design Tips

Get quick advice on creating plastic, metal, and elastomeric parts for 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding. Designing with manufacturability in mind can accelerate production time and reduce production costs.

 

Converting 3D Designs to Flat Sheet Metal

Designing sheet metal parts requires you to think of them and their features as flat, formable objects. Working with that mindset is the key to manufacturability, speeds lead times, and ultimately reduces costs.
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How Draft Keeps Your Drink Cold

When developing parts for plastic injection molding, applying draft (or a taper) to the faces of the part is critical to improving the moldability of your part. Without it, parts run the risk of poor cosmetic finishes, and may bend, break or warp due to molding stresses caused by the plastic cooling.



 
Talking Cosmetic Defect Blues

Identifying potential cosmetic flaws like sink, knit lines, flash, blush and other issues early in the injection molding design process not only improves the appearance of your parts, but their overall moldability too.



Design Essentials

We've compiled our most essential manufacturing tips into three downloadable design guides on 3D printing, machining, and molding. Each looks at improving manufacturability, reducing production costs through design, material selection, and more.