White Papers

Learn about various manufacturing processes, determine the best materials for your particular applications and improve the overall manufacturability of your parts by downloading our free white papers.
3D Printing Technologies for Prototyping and Production
Our 3D printing white paper examines the various additive manufacturing technologies — SL, SLS, DMLS, FDM, PolyJet and others — being used by today’s product designers and engineers to build prototypes and even functional, end-use parts. Edit | Delete
Data, Digital Threads and Industry 4.0
Just like how the steam engine led an industrial revolution centuries ago, software and data are changing the way we manufacture today. In this white paper, learn how industry-leading companies are accelerating the product development cycle through the use of new technologies and data analytics. Edit | Delete
Design Considerations for the Cosmetics of Injection-Molded Plastic Parts
There are a lot of factors that can affect the cosmetic appearance of injection-molded plastic parts. Our in-depth white paper on cosmetics addresses the importance of part geometry, material selection and mold design to minimizing or eliminating cosmetic flaws like sink, knit lines, flash, burn and other issues that can arise during molding. By knowing the solutions to cosmetic issues early, you can improve the final appearance of your injection-molded parts. Edit | Delete
Designing for Moldability: Volume 1
Whether you’re new to the injection-molding process or a veteran of manufacturing, our comprehensive Designing for Moldability white paper is a quick reference guide to wall thicknesses, surface finishes, tolerances, materials and other thermoplastic molding insights. It’s a thorough look at injection molding that might just provide a few tips to help you make better parts. Edit | Delete
Designing for Moldability: Volume 2
In our second volume on designing parts for moldability, we dig deeper into some of the more complicated design challenges that product designers and engineers face. If your part has complex features that require undercuts and through-holes, see how the use of side-actions, sliding shutoffs and pickouts can be used mold those features. Edit | Delete
Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes the Heat
Our comprehensive white paper on liquid silicone rubber (LSR) discusses the injection-molding process of the flexible material and offers guidelines to achieve better molded LSR parts. While there are some shared similarities to thermoplastic injection molding, LSR is a thermoset material with a unique set of design characteristics. Edit | Delete
Materials Matter: Selecting the Right Materials for 3D Printing
This industrial 3D printing white paper explores the properties of thermoplastic and metal materials available with direct metal laser sintering, selective laser sintering and stereolithography technologies. It also includes a quick-reference guide of material attributes that can steer you toward the proper grade. Edit | Delete
Materials Matter: The Material Selection Process
There are more than 85,000 commercial options for plastic materials listed in materials databases. Needless to say, narrowing down that extensive list of materials can sometimes seem like a formidable task. Our white paper provides a highly technical observation of thermoplastic resins and their properties for engineers who want to quantitatively analyze a part; determine loads, stresses, strains and environments; and make material decisions based on the analysis. Edit | Delete
Prototyping and Low-Volume Manufacturing for Medical Applications
Speed to market is everything when it comes to development of medical components and devices. Our white paper examines various rapid manufacturing options available to today’s medical design engineers and product developers. From 3D printing to injection molding, explore the strengths and weaknesses of each process as well as material options best suited for your particular application. Edit | Delete
Rapid Manufacturing for Metals
Learn about the material properties of hard and soft metals as well and the molding, machining and 3D printing processes used to manufacture them in our metals white paper. We discuss which metals bring added strength, reduced weight, improved durability and other benefits to help determine the right path to metal prototypes and low-volume production parts. Edit | Delete
Rapid Prototyping Processes
Each rapid manufacturing process comes with its own advantages and disadvantages during prototyping. From stereolithography (SL), selective laser sintering (SLS) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) to CNC machining and injection molding, our white paper is a highly technical look at the various manufacturing processes. It lets you weigh the benefits of each, so you can focus on a process best suited for your project. Edit | Delete
Reducing Component Weight for Automotive Applications
Government restrictions like CAFE standards are driving automakers to develop increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles. One way to do that is through reducing the weight of components in cars and trucks. This white paper looks at lighter materials, like magnesium and aluminum, as well as plastic alternatives that can lessen the load. We also discuss different design considerations to help reduce part weight and the rapid manufacturing processes to get there fast. Edit | Delete
Reducing Risk Through On-Demand Manufacturing
Strategic management of your manufacturing supply chain is critical during product development and life cycle planning. This white paper illustrates how on-demand manufacturing can be used to reduce financial risk and accelerate speed to market through the implementation of supply chain safeguards.. Edit | Delete