Tag Archives: Manufacturing

Aaron Pearl

Welcoming a New Generation of 3D Printers

06.06.2012 by Aaron Pearl

Here at Key Tech, we often use physical prototypes in our design process to literally get a feel for the part. While 3D computer models can be helpful, there is simply no substitute for actually holding a part in your hands and feeling it. 3D printing is often a great option for an initial prototype, especially for complex parts that are difficult to machine. Essentially, 3D printers work by printing many thin 2D cross-sections of a part on top of each other, bonding each layer to the previous one as they go. For more complex parts, special support structures may be required to keep the part from falling apart during the printing process, but the process is essentially the same.

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.

Chad Schneider

How it’s manufactured

05.25.2011 by Chad Schneider

Product by Process aggregates published generally high-quality videos of behind-the-scenes tours of how various products are manufactured.

Chad Schneider

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.

Chad Schneider

When To Do It Yourself

05.11.2010 by Chad Schneider

Whether to build a custom product or go with something off the shelf can be a tough decision. There are several factors to consider when shopping for off-the-shelf solutions, and cost is only one of them.

Chad Schneider

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.

Conrad Laskowski

A Discussion on Micro-Design & Manufacturing Costs

10.19.2009 by Conrad Laskowski

A good designer must often think like a manufacturer. The question, “Can this be made?” is asked over and over again during the design process. Shortly thereafter, the question also becomes, “Can this be made cheaply?”

Chad Schneider

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.

Chad Schneider

Using Critically-Dimensioned Drawings

06.08.2009 by Chad Schneider

By now, most mechanical design engineers are used to sending off a solid model and having plastic parts show up in less than a week. While this technique is perfectly suitable and cost-effective for rapid prototyping, it doesn’t quite make the grade for production.

Chad Schneider

The State of MicroManufacturing – 2009

04.27.2009 by Chad Schneider

At Key Tech, we’ve been designing micro-scale parts for some time, but finding vendors capable of manufacturing such parts has been difficult. I went to the SME MicroManufacturing conference to better understand the state of the entire micromanufacturing industry as well as identify vendors with specialized capabilities. I think the conference was a success on both counts.