How Gears are Manufactured

Gears are mechanical components that enable mechanical power transmission between driving and driven shafts and are used in various machinery and automobiles. Alongside power transmission between two shafts, the advantage of using gears is the ability to multiply either speed or torque on the output shaft. For any of the gear manufacturing processes, the first… Continue reading How Gears are Manufactured

Importance of 2D Drawings in Manufacturing

With the evolution of computers and modern CAD systems allowing companies to create 3D designs and 3D renderings, one might think 2D drawings are no longer necessary. But surprisingly, 2D drafting and drawing are the main gateway to manufacturing and have been the primary form of communication on the shop floor. Hence, most 3D design… Continue reading Importance of 2D Drawings in Manufacturing

Metal 3D Printing vs. CNC Machining

CNC machining has been the major method for producing high-quality precision metal parts in industries for a long time and will still continue to be. With the developments in metal 3D printing, it is a common question where metal 3D printing will stand out against the existing CNC machining. The answer to that is not… Continue reading Metal 3D Printing vs. CNC Machining

What is Electric Discharge Machining

Electric Discharge Machining (or EDM) is a non-traditional machining process where rapid pulsed high electric discharge is applied between an electrode and the work piece that generates huge amount of heat that melts and vapourises surface atoms of the metal from the work piece. In other words, the spark that is generated between the work… Continue reading What is Electric Discharge Machining

How to Read Material Datasheets

With newer 3D printable materials being researched and released by all brands, it is important to understand some aspects relating to material selection. Engineers use the material datasheet to perform a feasibility study whether the given material suits the needs and requirements of the application at hand. There are several material properties, and each material… Continue reading How to Read Material Datasheets

ULTEM (PEI) Material in 3D Printing – What Makes it Special

ULTEM is a commercial name for Polyetherimide (PEI). There are various grades of ULTEM depending on the additional additives and reinforcements added to it, but in this article we will look at 2 of the most commonly heard grades, the ULTEM 1010 and the ULTEM 9085. Both ULTEM 1010 and ULTEM 9085 are industrial grade… Continue reading ULTEM (PEI) Material in 3D Printing – What Makes it Special

When is Vacuum casting Right for your Production Needs

Vacuum casting (also sometimes called as polyurethane casting) is a small batch production method to produce parts out of liquid resin that are almost identical to injection molded parts. Process involves preparation of master pattern, creating a mold with silicone and casting the part into the silicone mold. First – Preparing the master pattern. It… Continue reading When is Vacuum casting Right for your Production Needs

How 3D Printed Master Patterns can reduce cost of Lost Wax Casting

Lost Wax Casting is a metal casting process that broadly involves 4 stages. First – the creation of master pattern, Second – creating the ceramic mold on top of the pattern by spraying the ceramic slurry on the pattern, Third – heating the ceramic mold to burn out the wax which leaves the negative cavity… Continue reading How 3D Printed Master Patterns can reduce cost of Lost Wax Casting

Porosity in pressure die casting and how to control it

Pressure die casting is a quick, reliable and cost-effective manufacturing process for production of high volume metal components that have tight tolerances. Basically, the pressure die casting process involves injecting molten metal alloy into a steel mold under high pressure. Common problem with pressure die casting is porosity. Let’s understand what is it and how… Continue reading Porosity in pressure die casting and how to control it

The six benefits of ISO 13485:2016 for product developers

What is ISO 13485:2016? ISO 13485:2016 is a quality management system standard. It’s similar to ISO 9001, but has a few more stipulations to help companies meet more specialized demands that come with making medical components and healthcare related products. This standard is often referred to when medical and related products are submitted for approval… Continue reading The six benefits of ISO 13485:2016 for product developers