As you’re designing new parts, there are a variety of different factors that you’ll need to consider to prepare for production. One of the most important decisions you’ll make during product development is what kind of material you’ll use for your part. This isn’t always a simple choice; there are a lot of different factors at play that can influence your decision.
Here are a few of the key considerations related to material selection that can help you make the right materials selection for your product.
- Performance: You have to consider what level of performance is required for your part or product. If you’re producing something for mechanical or industrial applications, performance should take precedence over aesthetics and other details.
- Aesthetics: In some cases, you may be producing something that has to appeal to buyers on an aesthetic level. If that’s the case, it’s important to consider how a material will look when it’s produced and how it will look over time.
- Longevity: Depending on how long your product is designed to last, your material selection will change. Some products must perform reliably for years while others are only used minimally before they are replaced. There are some materials that are ideal for long-term reliability and others that are ideal for short-term applications. Regardless of what the case is for your product, it’s important for you to think about longevity during material selection.
- Thickness: Some materials are not suitable for parts with thin walls and intricate designs, so it’s important to consider the thickness of your part when choosing a material. Make sure to find a material that offers strength and durability, even if it’s produced for thin designs.
No matter which materials you select, it’s important to keep in mind that your choice might change over the course of your product design. Be prepared to prototype your design with different materials to identify potential issues and resolve problems before the product is manufactured.
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