When we’re dealing with gears, we want parts to slide over each other easily. But in the same assembly, we may need two parts to move smoothly, which only comes from controlled friction. How do you control the friction in your assembly of moving parts?
Products that are subject to a torsional load often require analysis similar to what we use for bending stiffness. This article will walk product designers and engineers through the methods used to analyze and improve torsional rigidity in design.
"Designing robotics for 3D prototypes is not without its challenges—3D printed parts aren’t quite the same as their more expensive machined and molded cousins, and we need to take into account the tolerances, surface finishes, and other limitations of manufacturing. "
Say you're 3D printing a robot, and you're designing a sweet gearing system to make your robot move smoothly. What to do about the fact that most CAD programs don’t have a “create involute gears” button? Welp, you’ll have to create these geometries manually. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process in SolidWorks, and you can use a similar system for any other program.
Deep dive into the major design considerations for waterproof enclosures, including an overview of the IP marking system, o-ring and gasket design tips, prototype recomendations, and more.
Learn about the key aspects and recommended applications for press fits in hardware design
We talk to Nagin Cox, spacecraft systems engineer for NASA’s Curiosity mission, about the joys, challenges, and hard-hitting realities of developing, preparing for, and operating the Mars Rover missions.
Most of the details such as tooling, spindle speed, cutter type, and depth of cut, are taken care of at the machine shop, but there are some things you can do while designing your product to not only make sure it can be made, but also to create a lean product that doesn’t break the bank. We’ve gathered some best practices for you to keep in mind while designing your product, separated into 3 sections: drilling, milling, and turning.
While engineering drawings are a great way to communicate design intent for CNC machining, providing a drawing with your prototype RFQ (request-for-quote) may actually make your quote more expensive and incur longer lead times. That’s because an engineering drawing is a legally binding document. Cautious machine shops carefully review every call-out on a drawing to make sure each one is feasible and it takes longer to quote a fully dimensioned drawing compared to a drawing with only a few inspection call-outs.
Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and rust, making it suitable for situations where a part may be exposed to the elements for long period of time. Stainless steel is also fairly malleable and ductile. Fictiv offers multiple stainless steel alloys, including a food-safe variety.
The Fictiv platform makes it easy to add threaded holes to CNC milled and turned parts, with our Auto Thread Detection feature.
Get a free CNC material sample puzzle kit, that includes 6 of our most commonly machined materials (4 plastics, 2 metals, including Delrin 150, Polycarbonate, ABS, Nylon, Aluminum 6061, and Stainless Steel 304L.
Aluminum is one of the most commonly used metals in the world because of its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, low cost, and recyclability. Fictiv offers multiple aluminum alloys.
Materials properties for all of Fictiv's CNC machining materials, including tensile strength, elongation at break, hardness, density, and max temperature.
Learn about the CNC turning processes, available material options and properties, and corresponding feature design recommendations.
Use discount code JPLCNC to get a free Fictiv CNC Periodic Table of Elements poster -- a 24" x 36" poster that highlights the foundational elements of CNC machining.
Over the past several decades, the concept of time to market has moved from obscurity to prominence among product developers. Product teams aim to bring projects in on time and under budget, knowing that the more efficient they are with their deliverables, the greater the financial return for their companies. In fact, over 30% of engineers who participated in this year’s State of Hardware Report shared that completing projects in time is the top challenge faced in product development.
“Access to a variety of high quality prototype parts early in the development process enabled us to test our hardware designs to create intelligent and great performing features”