Machine Screw Thread Applications for Product Developers

In part one of this series, we looked at the fundamentals of machine screw thread design. This information is invaluable for engineers and product designers, and it’s also a fascinating look at one of history’s fundamental machine tools.  Now that we know something about threads and screws in a general sense, it’s time to apply that information to specific applications.  The Weakest Link Screws, threaded fittings, […]

What Every Engineer Needs to Know About Machine Screw Thread Design

Machine screw threads, along with many other kinds of threaded fittings, are used around us every day in millions of applications. In fact, they’re so ubiquitous that they largely go unnoticed by most of us, and to the inexperienced eye they all look and perform pretty much the same. In fact, screw threads are surprisingly […]

What is the Difference between 3, 4 and 5-axis CNC Machining?

Modern CNC milling machines are amazing tools, capable of making prototypes and production parts quickly and reliably. To do this they must be able to move along several axes of travel while maintaining dimensional accuracy. CNC mills are therefore categorized by the number of axes along which they operate, with 3, 4 and 5-axis mills […]

Top 7 Advantages to Using CNC Machining for Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping means building a physical model of a new product design as quickly and as economically as possible. Some prototypes will be used merely as cosmetic mock-ups or scale models, while others must meet more demanding performance criteria. Prototypes are used for testing, design iteration and to improve overall performance through gradual refinements. For […]

Metal 3D Printing – How Does it Work?

What Is Metal 3D Printing? Metal 3D printing is a revolutionary technology that produces impossible-to-make parts directly from CAD data. Advantages to this process include the ability to produce strong, complex geometries, internal lattice structures, conformal cooling channels and other features that cannot be made with traditional machining. Parts can be made quickly with a […]

Advanced Vericut Software Improves Your CNC Machined Parts

CNC machines are controlled by sophisticated CAM software that transforms digital designs into solid parts. But not all programs are alike or produce the best results for every design. To optimize your parts Star Rapid has invested in an additional layer of security called Vericut, the world’s leading virtual simulation software for CNC machining. Learn […]

CNC Milling in China

At Star Rapid we make rapid prototypes, low-volume production parts and custom tools at our manufacturing facility in China. Many of these projects rely on the use of CNC milling. CNC milling is one of the foundations of modern machining. Star has invested in dozens of imported multi-axis CNC mills and lathes that allow us […]

CNC Materials: How To Choose The Right Materials for CNC Machining

One of the great advantages to using CNC machining is its versatility. That’s because precision CNC milling and turning works successfully with a very wide variety of raw materials to produce finished parts. This gives design engineers many options when it comes to creating prototypes and commercial products. Most CNC turned and milled parts are […]

Our Patented Solutions for Your Product Innovations

We have a dedicated research and development team that never stops creating customized manufacturing solutions for you. In fact, as a registered High-Tech Enterprise, we now have twenty-one manufacturing utility patents, with a further eight in development. These patents demonstrate our commitment to constant improvement and customer satisfaction. Since we make more than a thousand […]