When you design and develop a product, you want to ensure that it meets the highest standards of quality, efficiency and durability possible while minimizing production time and costs. Unfortunately, maintaining this balance between quality and cost-effectiveness isn’t always easy. The good news is that there are several things you can do to improve your design and strengthen your parts without incurring significantly higher costs or longer production times.
- Materials selection: When designing a product, you want to be sure to start with the right materials. Choosing materials that are ideal for your specific product will ensure that you get the results that you’re looking for. Consult with a product design professional or manufacturing engineer to help you select the materials that are ideal for your specific application. It’s important to consider your priorities so that you can find materials that will match up with as many of your requirements as possible.
- Anneal your products: Annealing and post-processing can significantly increase the stiffness of manufactured products and it’s a good option for a variety of different components. Heat treatment can crystalize polymers to increase the strength of your parts. Annealing and post-processing isn’t suitable for all components, but it is beneficial for many mechanical and industrial products.
- Choose a strong infill pattern: You should consider your infill pattern just as carefully as you consider the pattern of your component’s exterior. Honeycomb infill designs, for example, can naturally increase the strength of your part without significantly increasing the cost to manufacture. Talk with your manufacturing partner and try out different configurations through prototyping to find the best structure possible for your product.
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If you need to find out more about product design and development or you’re looking for professional manufacturing and engineering support, you can contact KASO Plastics today. We specialize in plastic injection molding and product engineering for a wide variety of industries and applications. Whatever your specific needs are, our team is here to help. Give us a call or contact us online today to find out more about everything that we can do for you.