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As Seen In Automotive Design & Production

Understanding and choosing from all the different material options is one of the biggest challenges with automotive lightweighting. That’s where rapid prototyping comes in.

Automotive Lightweighting: The Case for Plastics
Understanding and choosing from all the different material options is one of the biggest challenges with automotive lightweighting. That’s why it’s important to consider alternatives to metals like magnesium and aluminum in favor of plastic components. (Sponsored Content)

Stratasys F370 is designed to use thermoplastics that, in its raw form, closely resemble injection-molding plastics.

Additive, Here and Now
Some people insist that 3D printers and other additive manufacturing will remove metal cutting and injection molding from the manufacturing industry. Manufacturers wonder how long until they are able to 3D-print high-volume production parts. Capabilities exist right now  that may be surprising.  

Prototyping Past 1,000 mph
Accelerate - September 2013

Video: Injection Molding Bosses, the Good and Bad
In this installment of Design Tips for Plastic Injection Molding, Kevin Crystal talks about how to design bosses for plastic parts.

Video: Sliding Shut-offs and Cams for Injection Molding
In this installment of Design Tips for Plastic Injection Molding, Kevin Crystal talks about two different ways to design a hole in a plastic part.

Video: Proto Labs Surface Finishes
In this installment of Design Tips for Plastic Injection Molding, Kevin Crystal illustrates different surface finishes available when designing plastic parts for Protomold's Injection Molding Service.  

Video: Proto Labs - Real Parts, Real Fast
Learn about Proto Labs fast prototying services CNC machined parts and injection molded parts.

Rapid Injection Molding
Rapid Injection Molding is done by injecting thermoplastic resins into a mold, just as is done in production injection molding.

CNC Machining
With CNC machining a solid block of plastic is clamped into a CNC mill and cut into a finished part.

Poly-Jet
Poly-Jet (PJET) uses inkjet heads to jet a UV-curable material in very thin layers at high resolution.

Three Dimensional Printing
Three Dimensional Printing (3DP) uses an inkjet head and a water fusible material similar to “Plaster of Paris”. The machine lays down a thin layer of plaster powder; the inkjet head passes over and sprays tiny drops of water wherever solidification is desired.

Fused Deposition Modeling
The Fused Deposition Modelilng (FDM) process builds parts from the bottom up through the use of a computer controlled print head.

Selective Laser Sintering
The Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process uses a laser to build parts by sintering (fusing) powdered material layer by layer from the bottom up.

Stereolithography
Stereolithography (SLA) is an additive fabrication process that builds parts in a pool of UV-curable photopolymer resin using a computer controlled laser.