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The Ins and Outs of Thermoforming

Throughout my design experience, there have been times when I thought I had designed the perfect part to find that I didn’t know the correct process to manufacture it. As designers, the more we know about how things are made, the better we are at designing new parts. That’s why thermoforming can be a huge asset to add to your toolbox […]

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Design for Scale

Methods for Cost Estimation at Volume For a product to be successful in the market, it’s crucial to understand how complex cost drivers such as tooling, labor, waste, shipping, and tolerances impact manufacturing costs at different volumes. Learn: What variables to consider when estimating manufacturing cost Balancing processing costs with production costs at different volumes […]

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Injection Molding Design Guide

Get Smart on Injection Molding A collection of industry best practices, including: recommended wall thicknesses, boss design, gate types, and more. Learn about which features to consider when designing parts for injection molding and how to forecast production schedules. Recommended wall thicknesses Boss design tips Gate types Learn which features to consider when designing parts […]

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PVT to Ramp Production: A Fictiv Workshop

Ramp production is a critical phase that presents an array of new challenges for hardware companies, including nuanced communication with overseas suppliers; managing production timelines (and delays); and balancing speed, cost, and quality. This makes the introduction of new, unproven products to the market a high-risk endeavor. On June 26, Cameron Moore, Fictiv’s director of […]

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Optimizing for Speed and Control in Hardware Design and Manufacturing

If you’re super busy at work—and you just keep getting busier—you’re not alone. An astounding 75 percent of manufacturing personnel at machine shops report that they currently perform three or more roles in their organizations. That’s one of the key findings in Fictiv’s 2018 State of Hardware Report. It used to be that most products […]

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How to Prepare Your Request for Quote Package

Seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo returned from the Far East with tales of wonder and exotic goods, like silks, fine porcelains, and spices, which would set the trends for the upper classes of Europe for centuries to come. These days, importing products comes with less fame, but it has also never been easier: Manufacturers […]

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Urethane Casting Design Guide

Best Practices for Urethane Casting Design Urethane casting, also known as RTV, or room temperature vulcanization, is a very flexible and forgiving process. Most parts that can be 3D printed or CNC machined can also be urethane cast. Different from 3D printing and CNC machining, urethane casting production-quality plastic parts with almost limitless complexity. In […]

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Design for (Lean) Manufacturing

What is lean manufacturing? How do you design for lean manufacturing? And how does it apply to your product development cycle? The idea and practices of lean manufacturing grew from auto manufacturing—Henry Ford and then Taiichi Ohno (of Toyota) were the pioneers of lean manufacturing. Its roots go back decades, but lean methodologies and lean […]

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CNC Design Guide

Best Practices for CNC Design Packed with more than a dozen tips and tricks, Fictiv’s CNC Design Guide provides hardware designers and developers a handy blueprint for how to control costs by knowing which sizes and shapes to steer clear of, ensure quality CNC drilling, milling, and turning outcomes, and trim unnecessary fat out of […]

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Design Guidelines for Prototyping with PLA

Understanding Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is critical to a successful build, even at the 3D printing stage. The right design paired with the wrong 3D printed material will lead to underwhelming results. There are several 3D printing materials from which to choose that each utilize a unique build process, but PLA is a common choice, due to its widespread […]

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