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The Art of Inspecting Material

The Art of Inspecting Material

Manufacturing high-quality parts requires using high-quality material. Find out how Kang Ding tests all incoming material before manufacturing.

Vitrimers May Replace Plastics As We Know Them

Vitrimers May Replace Plastics As We Know Them

A truly revolutionary new class of material successfully combines the best attributes of thermoforming and thermosetting plastic. This could change the way we make rubber ducks, jumbo planes and everything in between. It might also greatly effect and improve our...
Of Metals And Men

Of Metals And Men

The map above is one of the great intellectual achievements of the Age of Enlightenment, roughly that period of time between the late 1600’s and the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in 1820. During this time, Europe and America experienced an astonishing...
Top 7 Methods For Making 3D Rapid Prototypes

Top 7 Methods For Making 3D Rapid Prototypes

As 3D printing in metal and plastic becomes more mainstream there is an increasingly complicated alphabet soup of acronyms which describe the various processes. The differences between SLS, SLA, MJM and DLP can be daunting even to seasoned veterans, so we’d like...
Plastic Injection Material For Dummies

Plastic Injection Material For Dummies

No, not plastics to make dummies out of, although you could do that. We want to talk about the kinds of plastics you need for the plastic injection process, and how to make sense of the dizzying array of choices out there. Plastic injection molding is, by far, the...