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In Safe Hands

Product Safety: In pursuit of achieving a part with new and better functionality at an optimized price, a lot of consideration is invested into a design. But often times, the consideration does not include ‘safety’. Even when it does include ‘safety’ considerations, the end users of the final product are usually preferred over the ones […]

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Integral Guidelines for Easy 3D Printing

Why 3D Printing? Additive manufacturing, often known as 3D printing is a process which is used to manufacture parts by the way of binding material layer by layer. Unlike subtractive manufacturing this technology is based on adding material layer by layer. Widely used across variegated industries like aerospace, defense, automotive, consumer products, medical and the […]

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Plastic Material Selection – It’s A Jungle Out There!

Part 1 Understanding Plastic Materials David Wright in his book “Failure of Plastics and Rubber Products” divides the failures of plastic into categories and percentages as illustrated in Figure 1. Figure 1 –  Human Causes of Plastics Failures [1] As we see, almost half of the failures is contributed by poor understanding and selection of […]

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The Benefits of using DFM/A Up-front to Improve Production when Combined with Lean Manufacturing Process

In a consumer driven market, fast is more than just a word. The meaning of the word has been shaped by industries of its association. To keep up with the aggressive demand, Toyota established Toyota Production System (TPS) in the late 50’s. Often dubbed as Lean Manufacturing, the origin of a TPS-like environment can be […]

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DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURIBITY: GETTING MORE WITH LESS

The conceptualization of every product plays an integral role in its manufacturing. Before its eminence dawned on the industry, manufacturing was fundamentally driven by ‘if it’s designed, then it’s machined’. What followed next was often dreaded by both designers and manufacturers-a difficult (often failed) attempt to manufacture a product to meet unrealistic design expectations which […]

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Get your Electro-Mechanical Design Right

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere- Lee Iacocca In a world strewn with air-conditioners, kitchen appliances, medical equipment mobile phones, cameras, hybrid cars and other paraphernalia, mechanical parts with Printed circuit boards (PCBs) form a major part of the consumer market. Given this, […]

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Ribs and Undercuts

Case in point The line of Liberty Ships from the era of World War II have often made up for an interesting case study for ship builders worldwide. As history has it, it took the loss of both stock and life to put design into perspective. An immediate inspection surmised cold cracking and hydrogen induced […]

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UL Certification and Why It Is Important to Plastics Part Designers

UL certification or UL Safety certification is the process of assessing the compliance of products to recognized safety requirements. This certification most frequently addresses electrical and mechanical safety, fire risks and other product hazards and can include the assessment of other attributes, all focused on making products safer to use. [1] In a majority of […]

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