Additive versus Subtractive Manufacturing

There are many different manufacturing processes and tools available, but when it comes to analyzing the categories, Additive versus Subtractive Manufacturing is a great place to start. Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D Printing) has become hugely popular and prevalent in hardware businesses in recent years. With an influx of new tools to use, it’s now worth considering which is best...

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Rapid Prototyping: Steel 101

Steel is an incredibly popular material, and for good reason: it comes in a huge variety of types with different specialities, a wide range of costs, and material properties. Steel is used everywhere around you: in the cars, bikes, and trains you ride along with the offices, homes and gyms you work in. Despite increased popularity of materials such as aluminum, steel is still used in a myriad...

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4 Design For Assembly Considerations

Although proper Design for Manufacturing requires the utmost care be taken during the design of your product, manufacturing is not the only step that should be on your mind when designing: assembly is critical as well. Whether you assemble the product yourself or someone else does, it’s important to anticipate what will unfold on the assembly line and how your design can affect the process....

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An Introduction to Workholding

For those unfamiliar with subtractive processes like milling or turning, the necessity of workholding may surprise you. It isn’t needed in other types of processes, where material can be printed directly onto a bare surface. In milling, the term “workholding” encompasses all the components required to keep the work secure while milling is underway. It starts simply, when holding parts with...

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Hacking the Digital Hardware Prototype Through Simulation Software

One of the challenges of building hardware is understanding how the part will perform in real world environments, while keeping an eye on rising costs during the testing process. The unit cost of a single hardware prototype is multiple times more than the production version. Luckily there are several strategies and tools that you can use to build, test, and simulate your product in real world...

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Maker Spotlight | MVS brings innovation to the BMX community

Plethora hopes to enable anyone, anywhere to create anything. The Maker Spotlight series highlights Plethora employees that embody that same creativity and maker culture outside the office through personal, passion projects.

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How to Avoid These 5 Materials in Pursuit of Safer Design

There is a growing discussion in the hardware world around the lifecycle of materials used in products. Users are doing their research and demanding safer materials that have low carbon footprints. As awareness about the harmful side effects of certain materials grows, designers and manufacturers must seek alternative hardware materials that still meet their design requirements. The ultimate...

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