Star Rapid’s blog aims to share our hard earned knowledge on manufacturing and product development. We hope these articles help you to optimize your product design and better understand the world of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, 3D printing and low-volume manufacturing. Enjoy!

Will 3D Printing Kill the Traditional Supply Chain?

Gordon Styles adds his insights alongside those of other major industry thought leaders concerning the impact that on-demand 3D printing will have on the traditional manufacturing supply chain. From production to warehousing to shipping, every link in this chain will...

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The Art Of Designing For Surface Finishes

How a part looks, feels and functions is highly dependent on surface finish and key to designing a successful product. Knowing how to choose the best finish is a matter of asking the right questions about who will use it, for what purpose and in what environment. Here...

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What Tolerances Can You Expect When Manufacturing Prototypes And Low-Volume Production?

When you supply your 2D and 3D drawings for a quotation on a new project, you must specify the dimensions for critical areas on your parts, as well as the tolerance that you require. Very tight tolerances are neither practical nor desirable in most instances, so let’s look at the tolerances that we specify at Star Rapid for most projects, why we do that and what it means for your parts.

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How To Prepare Your CAD Drawings For Manufacturing

All manufacturers need design drawings of one kind or another to make a finished part from metal or plastic. That usually means a computer-generated CAD file, and that’s what product developers most often use to make a design. But many product developers may not know...

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HS Codes Explained

What is an HS Code? It’s probably a question most people have either heard or asked if they work with imports or exports. Here’s a brief overview of what it is and how it works.

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The State of Additive Manufacturing in 2017

Gordon Styles offers detailed observations about the current trends in additive manufacturing in this guest post in TCT magazine. Learn more about what it takes to design for 3D metal printing and how the industry is creating exciting new applications for this technology as it transitions to a mainstream production solution, not only for prototyping but also volume manufacturing.

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