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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.

5 Factors Affecting Manufacturing Costs

5 Factors Affecting Manufacturing Costs

Requesting a quote for the manufacturing of your product or parts can sometimes feel like a shot in the dark. It can be hard to predict the kind of time and price estimate you’re going to get back. But what are the main cost drivers when you’re looking for a manufacturing partner?

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

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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HS Codes Explained

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

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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