Fabricate, Processes & Materials


After creating a digital model of your product, the next step is to transform that design into physical form. It's important to create physical prototypes early on so you can get more tangible feedback on your designs and iterate efficiently.

In this section you'll find everything you need to know about 3D printing materials, technologies and best practices for high quality prototypes.

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We get a lot of questions on the best methods for fastening different 3D printed components.

The advent of 3D-printable transparent materials has opened doors to new possibilities with rapid prototyping for optical applications.

When it comes to 3D printing clear parts, it’s important to understand the clarity options available to you.

One of the most important considerations when designing parts for 3D printing is the wall thickness.

If you're not sure which 3D printing material is the best one for your project, here's a decision tree to help you choose.

Known for a having a hardworking and meticulous nature, Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  

3D printing has penetrated its way into almost every industry.

Before the days of CNC, machinists made parts purely based on 2D drawings.

While the tool marks left on metal parts produced using CNC machining are visually appealing to some, in many cases, some additional post-processing may be desired or even required.

In this article, we’re going to look at different finishing methods for FDM and PolyJet 3D printed parts and the techniques and tips that can elevate the look and feel of your prototypes.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) is a language of symbols and standards designed and used by engineers and manufacturers to describe a product and facilitate communicatio

The flexibility in adjusting plastic mechanical properties makes much of our technological advancement possible, from being able to produce fuel-efficient jumbo jets with high strength, t

While engineering drawings are a great way to communicate design intent for

Heat and pressure most famously make diamonds. But they do more than that: Nearly every plastic product in your house was made with the same two forces.

Design for injection molding has clear rules: Add draft. No undercuts. Round edges. Clear parting lines. Uniform walls, not too thick.

Sharp edges are beautiful: light glinting off these clean lines as a product rotates through space, music swelling dramatically in the background of a commercial. Edges are precise.