How to Design a Turner's Cube

A turner’s cube is a classic machinist’s exercise that involves constructing multiple cubes inside of one another. This effect is achieved by boring holes of decreasing size and increasing depth to reveal each cube as the layers of material are stripped away.

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Working with Acetal

Plethora now offers acetal, also known as Delrin® 150 or acetal homopolymer, as a material option for our milling service. This page covers tips for designing acetal parts and some properties of acetal as a material.

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DIY: Bottle-Opening Wallet Prototype

My name is Ian Galipeau and I've been working for Plethora for a few weeks at the time of this writing. The main reason for this post is to let you in on a quick view of what Plethora can do. I've always been into making things; tables, wood bowls, race cars, and custom billiard cues. As someone who loves to build things, it isn't always easy to access the equipment that you need in order to...

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How to Get CAD Software for Mechanical Design (Free or for Cheap)

Here at Plethora we believe that everyone should have access to the tools they need to create the things they want to see in the world and we’re building a manufacturing system to help realize this vision. We want to give people the power to start with an idea, instantly get feedback on manufacturability and price, and receive their parts as fast as possible.

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Announcing the Plethora CAD Add-in 2.0

Our goal at Plethora is to be the easiest way to turn your CAD designs into parts. We’ve been hard at work since we launched our beta last May, and we’re excited to announce version 2.0 of our Plethora CAD Add-in. The add-in for Solidworks and Inventor gives you instant pricing and manufacturing feedback as you design. This update brings a brand new user interface and improved...

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The New Plethora

It’s been an exciting year at Plethora since we released our beta last May – we’ve grown our team, expanded our facilities, and upgraded our system. We’re focused on making Plethora the easiest way to turn CAD designs into physical parts. Our new system is much more robust and streamlined, and we are working hard to build the factory of the future.

How does it work?

Our CAD Add-in lives...

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