To understand the importance of uniform wall thickness in rapid injection molding, imagine that the fluid injected into a mold is water rather than plastic resin. In a properly vented mold, the water, following the path of least resistance, will … [Read more...] about Through thick and thin
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The ability of optical parts made of clear resins like polycarbonate to perform optically as light covers, lenses, and lightpipes depends on a combination of material, shape, and internal clarity. Not all rapid prototyping processes are suitable for … [Read more...] about The pros and cons of rapid injection molding optical parts
First, the bad news: injection molded parts are subject to a host of cosmetic flaws including sink, gate vestiges, ejector pin blemishes, drag marks, texture flaws, knit lines, burns, flash, and inconsistent coloring. The good news is that adherence … [Read more...] about How to make injection molded parts look good
Proto Labs has announced the launch of its Cool Idea! award, a new program designed to give product designers the opportunity to bring innovative products to life. Proto Labs will provide $100,000 worth of prototyping and short-run production … [Read more...] about Proto Labs launches Cool Idea! Award to support innovators
Quickparts®, a 3D Systems company (NASDAQ: TDSC), released a new online customer portal that has more user functions, including instant access to quote and project history. QuickQuote® 2.0 gives you complete access to your account activity. Your … [Read more...] about Quickparts® launches new E-Commerce portal
Automotive companies constantly seek to improve vehicle operating efficiency and thus improve fuel efficiency, especially in light of the ongoing upward climb in gas prices. Improving efficiency, however, is no longer easy; the low hanging fruit has … [Read more...] about Axle manufacturer “sees” its way to a better design that enables better fuel efficiency
Injection molded parts, for all their many shapes and sizes, all start out pretty much the same—as small plastic pellets. The base colors of those pellets vary somewhat depending on the resin, but they all fall somewhere on a monochromatic scale from … [Read more...] about What color is your prototype?