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Injection Molding Glossary – Frequently Used Terms & Definitions

At PrintForm we are in constant communication with engineers, mold-makers, CNC machinists, and other self-titled experts in manufacturing. Over the years, our molding experience has grown tremendously and with it, our vocabulary

 

Prototype Through Production: The Front, Back, And In-Between of Enclosures

Everything needs a home, or a molded housing Nearly every product on the market, whether a handheld device, a specialty tool kit or a medical appliance, is going to require some type of enclosure, whether internal or external.

 

Overmolded Prototypes: Combining Hard & Soft Material For A Functional Part

Overmolding Defined Overmolding is a process that begins as one part or set of parts assembled using two or more different materials to form one ‘body’. Typically the first material, known as the substrate, is partially or fully covered by subsequent materials (overmold materials)

 

Small Parts = Big Impact In Aerospace And Machinery Industries

DMLS, DMP & SLS DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering, also known as DMP or Direct Metal Printing), & SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) production worthy parts are making a huge impact in the Aerospace & Defense and Heavy Machinery sectors.

 

PrintForm Finishes 2017 With A Yearly Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 78

After tallying the responses from our projects from the end of the year, we were excited to see that our final NPS (Net Promoter Score) for all of 2017 was an incredible 78! We had established a goal of 60 for the year, so this was big news amongst the PrintForm team.

 

Threaded Inserts And Hardware Options For 3D Printed Prototype Parts

Threaded components, holes and bolted connections are often an important part of prototypes and production parts that are utilized every day — so likely at some point, you’ll require a 3D printed or CNC part with threads.

 

Additive (3D Printing) VS. Subtractive (CNC Machining) – Which Is Better For Your Parts?

An overview of 3D Printing & CNC, and how they can be utilized together to achieve superior results.

 

How To Choose The Right 3D Printing Process For Your Project

There are several options when it comes to additive, or 3D printing parts. Most are used for prototypes but in some cases, true production components are achievable.

 

Data Discussion – The Ins And Outs of An STL File

Overview of the holy grail of 3D Printing files: The STL

 

Optically Clear And Light Pipe Prototypes

Many projects in the product development industry will require clear parts, both in the prototyping stage, as well as the early production stages of manufacturing. In this post, we will discuss the processes, finishes, and pros & cons of several options that can be utilized to build clear parts

 

Design Considerations For SLS

Why Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)? With no separate support structures required, SLS technology is suitable for interlocking parts, living hinges and other highly complex designs & applications.

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