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Draft Angle Injection Molding

Draft angle injection molding is about applying an angle or taper to the vertical faces of injection molded parts. Draft is measured in degrees and promotes smoother part ejections, decreased tooling wear, and shorter cooling times. The benefits of proper draft include fewer defects, faster cycles, and lower costs.    Typically, designers apply draft angles of […]

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Fictiv Expands Global Manufacturing Network to Include Sheet Metal, Die Casting, Compression Molding

Customers can now access more capabilities and capacity for expanded production methods, simplifying custom mechanical sourcing. SAN FRANCISCO, January 16, 2024 – Fictiv, a global manufacturing company, announced today a significant expansion of its production manufacturing capabilities, adding Sheet Metal, Die Casting, and Compression Molding to its global network and AI-powered quote-to-order platform. With these […]

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How to Accelerate New Product Introductions (NPI) With Digital Manufacturing

In today’s complex business climate, the capacity to bring new products to market quickly is central to staying ahead of the competition. New Product Introduction (NPI) is a critical process in an item’s lifecycle, and its efficiency directly impacts time-to-market and the product’s profitability. To achieve faster NPI, companies often turn to digital manufacturing, which […]

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Prototyping for the 5 Stages of the Product Development Process

Prototypes are integral to product development, moving a product from initial ideation to fabrication. This article will break the product development process down into five general stages and discuss how various types of prototypes, from visual aids to fully functional test articles, provide tangible benefits to the product development process as a whole.  The project […]

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What Is Die Casting? Overview, Materials, Process, & Application

Die casting is a manufacturing process in which molten metal, typically a non-ferrous alloy like aluminum or zinc, is injected into a mold or die to create precise and complex metal parts. It’s a method known for its efficiency in producing large quantities of parts with high precision. The figure below shows a magnesium die-cast […]

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Women in Engineering Statistics: 32 Notable Facts

While the presence of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been historically low, there’s a noticeable trend of growth in the number of women pursuing careers in engineering. This shift not only opens up new opportunities for women but also enriches the engineering domain with diverse perspectives and skills.  To illuminate […]

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Overmolding Versus Insert Molding

Overmolding vs. insert molding is a comparison between two molding processes that have things in common but also key differences. With overmolding and insert molding, parts are bonded together seamlessly. Whether it’s to improve comfort, provide sealing, increase safety, or reduce noise and vibration, these two processes are used in a range of applications. But […]

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All About Sheet Metal: Materials, Geometries, Manufacturing Processes

Sheet metal is generally composed of thin and flat sheets of metallic material. Its versatility makes it very useful for a broad range of applications and manufacturing processes. It can be rapidly shaped and cut to produce many components and can be made from various metals and metal alloys like stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, […]

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Compression Molding Versus Injection Molding

Compression molding vs. injection molding is a contest between two of the most popular ways to mold plastic and rubber parts. Each process has advantages and applications, but what’s the best choice for your next project? To answer that question, you’ll need to understand how each process works and where they differ. The main difference […]

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What are Blind Holes in Engineering and Machining?

In designing and machining, holes are central when constructing and utilizing different parts. Holes fill explicit needs, from enclosures to attaching sensors or pathways to liquids. Among the various sorts of holes, an important classification is blind holes. This article explains blind holes, investigating their definition, importance in designing and machining, and applications across various […]