All About Machined Surface Finishes

Intro The surface finish of your part should be specified on every drawing you submit to a machine shop. It can determine how well your part works and how expensive it is to make. In this quick guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know…

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The Difference Between a Fillet and Chamfer

Intro A lot of people have heard the terms “fillet” and “chamfer”, and they might use them interchangeably. The truth is that these features are very different, and they can dramatically change the function of your parts. In this guide, we’ll explain the real difference…

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Why You Should Use CNC Machined Prototypes

Intro When you’re looking to make a new product, you’ll probably start with a prototyping phase. This includes creating physical versions of your product and trying them out. When it comes to prototyping, people typically choose between 3D printing and CNC machining. In a lot…

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How to 3D Print Light Pipes

Intro Light pipes are a type of optical component that is used to guide light from one location to another. They are commonly used in a variety of applications, including lighting, automotive, consumer products, and home use. But, did you know that they can be…

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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Designing for Manufacturing

Intro When it comes to designing a part for manufacturing, there’s a lot to consider. It’s something that takes a lot of practice before you can get really good at it. To speed up your path to perfection, our machinist put together this quick guide. …

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Jigs vs Fixtures: What’s the Difference?

Intro We noticed that a lot of people use the terms “jig” and “fixture” interchangeably. These two terms are very different and describe separate parts. In this guide, we’ll explain what a jig is, what a fixture is, and when you might use either option.…

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The Secrets to Post Processing Injection Molded Parts

Intro Once you make an injection-molded part, you might have some extra steps you want to perform. A lot of people want to brand their products, change the aesthetics, and boost the performance of their parts. This is where post-processing comes in. However, post-processing plastic…

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