Tag: Design

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 […]

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 […]

Mass Customization With 3D Printing

Mass Customization With 3D Printing Mass customization combines the low unit costs of mass production with the product uniqueness that job production offers. In the days of Henry Ford, mass customization meant allowing a customer to chose a car in whichever color they wanted.. as long it was black. Since Ford’s time, industry has advanced […]

The Advantages of 3D Printing

3D Printing continues to make waves in the manufacturing sector due to its unique capabilities.  Other conventional fabrication methods such as machining, injection molding, casting, and forming each have many constraints that manufacturers have been working around for decades; however, many of these limitations are simply not applicable to 3D printing.  The layer by layer […]

Design for Additive Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturing Overview Design for manufacturing (DFM) requires coordination between design engineering and manufacturing engineering to ensure product designs can be efficiently manufactured. The designs need to have achievable parameters and features that aren’t too intricate or detailed to make. This creates several constraints when designing products as designers cannot simply create whichever shape […]