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.


How to Reduce CNC Machining Costs

Cutting the cost of machined parts can be achieved by a few simple adjustments to your design. This month’s tip helps you navigate challenging design essentials such as corner pockets and edges, text on parts, thin walls, highly complex parts, and materials selection, all critical elements when designing machined parts.

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.