Category Archives: Manufacturing

Chad Schneider

Pop-up fabrication from the Harvard Microrobotics Lab

01.27.2012 by Chad Schneider

Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab is publishing some amazing work regarding a MEMS fabrication technique for creating 3-dimensional millimeter-scale robots from 2-dimensional multi-layer components.

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3D Printing Technology

03.01.2011 by Chad Schneider

There are three major rapid prototyping techniques for making plastic parts fast; layer building, low-pressure molding/casting, and machining. Each has its advantages and drawbacks, depending on how you intend to use the part. Let’s start with the various layer-building processes.

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Designing Parts for Injection Molding

12.14.2010 by Chad Schneider

As designers, we can improve our injection molded parts to make them perform better and require less expensive tools. Check out this design guide we came across to get you started.

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The symbiosis of modeling and prototyping

02.23.2010 by Chad Schneider

Prototypes are essential to testing system performance. However, due to the current technological constraints of creating microscale prototypes, compromises in the characteristics of the prototype usually must be made, which can lead to unforeseen, expensive problems on the production line. Fortunately, basic, fundamental models of significant aspects of the system (first-principles modeling) can be “calibrated” through the use of focused CFD models and empirical data. The result is improved models that allow the designer to bridge the knowledge gap between paper and production.

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Meeting the Challenges of Micropart Design

11.02.2009 by Chad Schneider

Recently, I published an article in MicroManufacturing Magazine about the challenges of designing microparts for manufacture. Not unlike any collaborative process, good communication is the key to a successful project.

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Rapid Prototyping on the Micro-Scale

06.26.2009 by Chad Schneider

I was recently interviewed for an article regarding the state of rapid prototyping as it pertains to micro-scale manufacturing and product development. From what I’ve seen, the prototyping processes are just not down to the micro-scale, yet. Granted, the micromanufacturing industry is still pretty young, and it’s been growing so quickly in size and capabilities that I expect to see more rapid prototyping solutions soon.