Browsing Posts tagged rapid prototyping

What do a leather wallet and a ketchup bottle cap have in common? You got it…they both implement the living hinge to bring the object to life through movement. When speaking in terms of manufacturing, a living hinge is a thin flexible web of material that holds two rigid plastic pieces together. The living hinge [...]

I hope the end of the year is treating you well. We have had a few conversations with customers recently regarding shut off angles, and I wanted to get one final post out to everyone this year to briefly discuss the subject. A shut off angle is where two parts of the mold shut against each [...]

Last month’s design tips discussed how draft angles are specific to each part that is built.  This month we will look at some standard injection mold resins and some of the properties that they possess. When deciding which molding resin to use, one must consider the mechanical properties, molding properties, and cost of the resin selected [...]

We learned last month that selecting the optimal gate size and location is vital in the creation of any molded part. However, that is just half the story. Just as pivotal to the success of the design is the type of gate that is used. There are actually four main types of gates that are [...]

“Out of which material should you build your mold, steel or aluminum?” This is a very common question that we receive from our injection molding customers and is an important decision to make. The answer is usually dictated by your project requirements, expectations, and what ultimately defines “success” for your project. QC10 aluminum is an [...]

Recently, the use of Ultem material was made available to the engineering community through the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing process.  This is a big step for product development because it starts to break down barriers many people have regarding the use of rapid prototyping before purchasing injection molds. The use of rapid prototyping to confirm designs [...]