In this exclusive presentation for Tesla, Fictiv’s Manufacturing Engineer Andrew Hudak will teach you how to create drawings faster, and ensure your design intent is clearly communicated to manufacturing partners.
In this 32-slide presentation and video, you'll get a comprehensive view from prototyping experts Andrew Hudak and Brett Swope on how to best leverage CNC machining for prototyping hardware,
If you are familiar with designing parts for injection molding, you can apply the same best practices and rules of thumb to design parts for urethane casting. This guide will teach you the fundamental principles for designing excellent urethane cast parts.
In the world of mechanical product design, engineers and designers complete what is known as a tolerance analysis or tolerance stack up analysis on an assembly as they prepare to send the components out for manufacturing. This is done to ensure when you order parts, they are manufactured to dimensions that guarantee the components within an assembly fit together.
Known for a having a hardworking and meticulous nature, Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” While you probably aren’t reading this article for tree-felling advice, what Abe was getting at is that careful planning is important for any task. A large up-front investment in a project can save you both time and money in the long run.
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.
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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.
After trying Fictiv once, I have never gone back to traditional rapid prototyping suppliers.