Industrial Design

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Technical drawing for hardened and ground parts
Hi, I am working on a technical drawing for a part that needs to be heat-treated and then ground to achieve precise tolerances. Should I include specific notes on the drawing to detail the... read more
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Jul 18
How do you balance aesthetics with manufacturability in product design?
Hi!Currently, I’m working on a new consumer electronics product, specifically a sleek, modern-looking smart home assistant. This device integrates voice control, home automation, and entertainment features. However, it's tough trying to find the right... read more
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Jul 09
How to design a 3D-printed snap closure that works perfectly?
Hey guys! I’m hoping I can get some technical advice in designing an enclosure for a scientific instrument — it's a portable and remote logging device. The device I'm enclosing is about 100 mm... read more
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Jul 03
Snap-fit features in injection moulding
Hi, I'm currently working on a project involving the design of consumer electronics enclosures, and I'm looking to incorporate snap-fit features into the injection-moulded parts. What are the best practices for designing snap-fit features... read more
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Jun 13
Deep pocket/cavity – CNC machining
Hi everyone,I understand that there are limitations on the depth of cavities, and it’s generally recommended not to exceed a depth-to-width ratio of 4:1. However, I have a design that requires a pocket/cavity with... read more
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Jun 05
Injection molding wall thicknesses – tips?
Hello,I am a mechanical engineer currently in the design phase of developing rectangular housings using PA66 GF30 material. From my previous projects, I've encountered challenges with achieving consistent dimensions, particularly with thin wall sections.... read more
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May 03
CNC machining design with engraved letters – help needed
Hello! I need some advice on CNC machining designs with mechanical engraving.should I integrate the lettering directly into my CAD designs, or is it better to engrave them after machining, separately? I’m planning on... read more
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Apr 15
Switch 6061-T6 for 5052-H32 (bending), weight vs strength
Hi everyone –I'm evaluating the feasibility of bending a 5 mm thick 6061-T6 aluminium sheet into tie-off points for tensioned stabilizing lines, considering a bending radius of 15 mm. Given the known challenges of... read more
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Apr 09
Tapping threads – DMLS parts
Hey everyone,I'm working on a DMLS project and need to tap M10 threads into the part. Can anyone recommend the best/most cost-efficient design strategies for this? Here are my considerations:Creating an 8.5 mm diameter... read more
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Apr 04
How does vapor polishing effect 3D prints’ tolerance?
Hi everyone, I'm exploring vapor polishing for PA11 SLS parts. Concerned about how it might affect part tolerance and dimensional accuracy. Does anyone have insights or experiences on the dimensional changes to expect for... read more
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