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.


Designing Liquid Silicone Rubber Prototypes and Components

Silicone rubber is strong, flexible, and brings superior thermal, chemical, and electrical resistance to parts. And because of its ability to withstand sterilization and its biocompatibility, industries such as health care use it frequently. But there are some guidelines to consider when designing silicone rubber parts. This tip will help you stretch your knowledge of liquid silicone rubber.


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.