Engineering Plastics Primer: Which Plastic Should I Use?

Although metal is often the go-to material choice for engineering applications, plastics are a great option for many scenarios as well. Many have a great balance between material properties and cost. Depending on your needs, a plastic may be a less expensive material choice with similar properties as the metal you were considering. Certain plastics may also offer properties that are simply not...

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5 Ways to Design for Cost with Milling

Milling is a manufacturing process used across a variety of industries to create parts of all shapes, sizes and materials. Due to its huge variety of tooling, machine capabilities and decades of technological advances, milling is a process that every designer should understand how to utilize. However, costs can add up quickly because of material selection, part geometry, programming time, and...

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6 Common Mistakes in Designing for Manufacturability

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a mentality that should be ever-present in the minds of designers - it is a constant vigilance to design parts with their future manufacturing requirements in mind. By taking this into consideration early on, it’s less likely that you’ll have to return to your design for drastic changes later, potentially saving both time and money. Plethora’s CAD add-in...
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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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