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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

Wall Thickness Guidelines For Injection Molded Parts

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 16, 2019

Aside from resin selection, wall thickness is one of the most important details to pay attention to when designing plastic injection molded parts. Determining the appropriate wall thickness is essential for optimizing the performance, appearance, moldability and cost of your part.  The prototyping stage gives you the opportunity to test your design out with different materials and also gives you the opportunity to tweak your part's dimensions before moving on to mass production.

We're here to get you through that stage as efficiently as possible. If you're new to designing parts for plastic injection molding, these guidelines will help you determine the appropriate wall thickness for your part. If you need more tips, don't forget to download our plastic prototyping toolbox and our injection mold classification guide!

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Topics: material selection, wall thickness

5 Ways A Functional Plastic Prototype Can Help Your Product Launch

Posted by Molly Skiba on Apr 23, 2018

Injection mold tooling is notoriously expensive. This can leave you wondering, do you really need a functional prototype? Will a 3D printed part suffice?

Injection molded prototypes are developed to prove that a design will work. They offer the advantage of testing the molding process with the production material, so any process or material design flaws are discovered early on. For this reason, injection molded prototypes can actually end up saving you money in manufacturing. Here are 5 ways your product launch will benefit from developing a production-quality prototype.

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Topics: Plastic Prototyping, prototype, engineering resource center, material selection, product launch, product development, prototype quote

The Easiest Way To Select Materials For Your Product

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 15, 2017

During your last product launch, do you know why you chose the material you did? Why is that particular material the best for the application? Did you just choose that material because it is on a similar component? Is this truly the best material for the job?

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Topics: Multiple Material, material selection, product launch, product development