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Design guidelines

Whether you are 3D printing, CNC machining or injection molding your parts, there are simple ways to optimize your designs to reduce costs, speed up lead times and make sure your parts meet your expectations. We've gathered DFM advice and key considerations from expert machinists and mechanical engineers to help you get exactly what you need from your order.


Key design considerations for 3D Printing
Key design considerations for 3D printing
A list of things to keep in mind when designing a model for 3D printing - regardless of the technology that you will be printing with.
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Enclosure design for 3D Printing: A step-by-step guide
Enclosure design for 3D printing: A step-by-step guide
Learn how to optimize the design of your enclosure for 3D printing, follow a step by step guide on the design process and review the most common enclosure materials.
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How to design Snap-fit Joints for 3D Printing
How to design snap-fit joints for 3D printing
This guide discusses the benefits of 3D printing snap-fits and gives design and material recommendations.
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Selecting the optimal shell and infill parameters for FDM 3D Printing
Selecting the optimal shell and infill parameters for FDM 3D printing
Shell and infill properties impact the performance and cost of FDM 3D printing. Learn how to optimize these features for your 3D printed part
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How to assemble 3D Printed parts with Threaded Fasteners
How to assemble 3D printed parts with threaded fasteners
Compare different methods for creating threads in your parts and follow step-by-step instructions on how to install your fasteners.
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3D Printing geometry restrictions
3D printing geometry restrictions
Learn about how large a 3D print can be along with how element thickness, watertightness, and curved surfaces affect the quality of a print.
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How to design Interlocking Joints for fastening 3D Printed parts
How to design interlocking joints for fastening 3D printed parts
Learn how to design and 3D print interlocking joints (e.g. finger-, dovetail- and puzzle joints) to assemble your 3D printed parts.
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How to Design Living Hinges for 3D Printing
How to design living hinges for 3D printing
This article discusses the advantages of living hinges and present-day design rules and material recommendations when using 3D printing to produce living hinges.
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How does part orientation affect a 3D Print?
How does part orientation affect a 3D print?
This article discusses the impact part orientation has on the accuracy, strength, speed and surface finish of 3D printed parts.
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The impact of layer height on a 3D Print
The impact of layer height on a 3D print
Learn about the importance of layer height and how it affects the quality, appearance and strength of 3D printed parts
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How to design parts for Material Jetting 3D Printing
How to design parts for material jetting 3D printing
This article explains how to design Material Jetting 3D printed parts including technical design specifications, materials, limitations and an introduction into the post-processing options available.
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How to design parts for Metal 3D printing
How to design parts for metal 3D printing
A comprehensive guide for metal 3D printing covering the printing process, design specifications, material options and technology limitations.
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How to design parts for Binder Jetting 3D printing
How to design parts for binder jetting 3D printing
A comprehensive guide on designing parts for Binder Jetting, covering the printing process, design specifications and material options.
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How to design parts for Injection Molding
How to design parts for injection molding
A complete guide to Injection Molding with basic & advanced design tips, including design guidelines for snap-fits, living hinges, undercuts and surface finishes.
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Injection Molding SPI surface finishes
The importance of designing draft angles for injection molding
Learn why draft angles for injection molded parts are a required feature, as well as design considerations and tips in order to design them correctly.
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