Design for manufacture

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Design for manufacture

Plastic components form a huge part of the world we live in. Everything from the cars we drive to work in, to the treatment we receive in hospital involve them in some way.

This is why Plastribution believe that the design of a component is critical in making sure the products we are surrounded with are produced in the best possible way. A huge amount of us now have access to wonderful technologies such as 3d CAD packages but does that mean we know how to design for manufacture?

All too often the situation arises that we find out an issue with our design from the toolmaker or processor who is trying to make our parts and experiencing issues. So, what we can we do to reduce the risk of failure? Understanding the process of manufacture is a huge step. Do we really understand how our part will be made, and for moulded parts can we confidently say that we understand the mould layout?

Once we have our heads around this, do we really understand how the functional design of the parts is going to impact on our cosmetic requirements and in turn what material will give us the results we are looking for?

What are draft angles and where do I put fillets? A potential minefield if you haven’t seen it all go wrong before! A huge part of product development comes from learning from what didn’t work last time and incorporating that into our next idea.

At Plastribution, we are on hand to help with design for manufacturing – so, whether it is a discussion about the right material for the job, understating tool layout, choosing a prototyping process or getting your head around the jargon associated with part design, contact our technical team at technical@plastribution.co.uk or on 01530 561966.