Knowledge base

Learn to design better products for 3D printing, CNC machining, injection moulding, casting and sheet metal fabrication and how to use DFMA techniques. Explore materials and post-processing methods.

Manufacturing processes

Compression Moulding
Compression moulding is a manufacturing process which uses heat and pressure to mould plastic resins and thermosets into a desired shape
Surface finish
Surface finish is the nature of a surface as defined by the three characteristics of lay, surface roughness, and waviness.
Injection Moulding
Plastic Injection moulding is a widely used manufacturing process to produce plastic components due to its affordability, effectiveness, and high reliability.

Design Guides

Self-tapping screws for plastics

Self-tapping screws for plastic form or tap its threads when screwed into plastic and are installed into pre-drilled or moulded pilot holes

Shaft key selection & shaft keyway design guide
Direct metal extrusion design guide – DFM

Mechanical Design

O-ring compression force

The force necessary to compress an O-ring to maintain an acceptable sealing line of contact is referred to as the O-ring compression force

3D Printing
Rapid prototyping

Additive Manufacturing

Stereolithography (SLA)
Stereolithography is an additive manufacturing technology that builds three dimensional models layer-by-layer using a laser to cure liquid resin.
Selective Laser Sintering
Selective laser sintering uses a laser to melt and fuse fine polymer particles of material to create 3D objects.
3D Printing
The fundamental principle of 3D printing is that it fabricates a 3d object directly from a 3D model by adding layer by layer of material ...

Additive Manufacturing

brainstorming techniques
Top 6 brainstorming techniques to use during concept generation
Discover 6 powerful brainstorming methods for innovative product ideas. Unlock creativity and drive concept generation in new product development.
Anodised parts in three colours
What is Anodising – DFM guide to Anodising
Ultimate guide to anodising, its types, pros and cons, and DFM guide on how to design for the anodising process
Plasma cutting
Plasma cutting is a manufacturing method to process conductive materials that is usually applied to cut parts out of metal sheets