Designing For Performance: Chapter 4 - Metal to Plastic Conversion

This is the fourth chapter on Designing for Performance: Optimize for Manufacturability. Our previous blog covered Simulation Models & Analysis. There are many things to consider when designing a part, including manufacturability. This is something that is completed prior to producing prototype parts. For instance, any unnecessary fasteners wil...
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Anniversary of Roof Collapse

Next week we will recognize the first anniversary of our roof collapse that occurred on 3/24/2018. As most of you know, a particularly heavy snowfall and wind from the east combined to put such a load on the corner of our roof that it collapsed. We continue to be more than thankful that no one was hurt. Looking back on the past 12 months, it's been...
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IVP Metal to Plastic Conversion: Simulation Models & Analysis

In review, the previous blog covered step two: Developing Design Concepts. This brainstorming session was to generate and document ideas for the new design. In today's world, nothing moves on or off an engineer's desk without Computer Aided Design (CAD). This requires time to define a part and assembly model using specialized software which provide...
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The Wonders of Plastic Series: Part Six - The Future of Plastic Innovation

What are bioplastics? Bioplastics are made from renewable resources such as wood pulp, corn, sugarcane, or feathers. Bioplastics can also be biodegradable, which means they break down naturally. Bioplastics are eco-friendly, can help battle climate change, and can be designed to decompose. Decomposing plastic can be useful for products such as sing...
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The Wonders of Plastic Series: Part Five - Metal to Plastic Conversion

Did you know that advancements in plastic technology have allowed us to convert previously metal parts to plastic? Depending on the material and additives, some plastic can be just as strong as some metals. Converting something that was made from metal to a new plastic material can save a company a lot of time and money in the long run. Plastic par...
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