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How to Develop Your Product Sourcing Strategy

Whether you are a re-seller with an e-commerce site or a product designer looking to source components for your product, having a product sourcing strategy is critical for success.  Navigating the supply market can be challenging and intimidating, especially with the fact looming over you that choosing the wrong product sourcing strategy can mean the […]

3D Printing Design Guide

3D printing has some incredible capabilities including increased design freedom, lower cost, and faster lead times. High customization and the capability to produce products with increased geometric complexity are two of the main benefits of designing for 3D printing. Additionally, there are also some constraints that designers should be aware of when designing for 3D […]

Developing Your Brand with 3D Printing

Effective Branding Is Crucial For Growing Your Business According to a recent Nielson survey, 59% of consumers prefer to buy new products from familiar brands. Brands are what give credibility and an assurance of quality to the products and services that companies are offering. They communicate a set of experiences and expectations that the marketplace […]

How To Get CAD Models For 3D Printing

CAD models are critical to the 3D printing workflow, as without a CAD model it is impossible to 3D print products. The CAD model is the outcome of designers working within a CAD modelling software program to create products. Dimensions, features and component relationships are specified all within the CAD program. The user interfaces can […]

Top 7 CAD Modelling Software Programs

We explored some of the best free CAD software for beginners in a previous post, but now we are going to look at some of the top professional CAD software programs. These programs have powerful capabilities and are used for product design by professional engineers and artists around the world. They provide the best capabilities […]

Top 15 Free CAD Programs for Beginners

What is CAD? CAD, or computer-aided design, is the use of a computer to create digital 3D objects. These objects can be used for products, games, architecture, civil engineering, factories, and countless other applications. With CAD, digital objects can be created, modified, analyzed, rendered, simulated, and optimized before any resources need even be invested in […]

Rapid Manufacturing with 3D Printed Casting Patterns

The casting process in one form or another has been around for centuries as it fundamentally has remained unchanged; molten metal is poured into a mold and left to cool, creating a metal part. The process today involves several steps and is designed to produce high volumes of casted parts. First a pattern must be […]

3D Printing vs Injection Molding Manufacturing Process

Plastic is a material used worldwide in a wide range of applications and products from medical to consumer products to aerospace. All these products must be manufactured in an efficient way to bring value to the end user. The most widely used manufacturing methods for plastic products are injection molding and additive manufacturing, otherwise known […]

Getting Started With Small Batch Production

There are three main types of production flows: continuous flow, batch production, and job production. Continuous flow is utilized to efficiently produce high volumes of identical units like gasoline and cars. Job production is used to create a single unique product every time with an example being a house or an aircraft carrier. Batch production […]

6 Steps of the Plastic Product Manufacturing Process

Plastic materials are used worldwide in a wide range of applications including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, packaging, and many others. This is due to its low cost, malleability, and ease of manufacture. The plastic product manufacturing process can be done in a variety of ways including molding, forming, or 3D printing. When high volumes of […]