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How do I Choose the Right Process for my Prototype?

Prototyping, 3D printing, additive manufacture, whatever we choose to call it now offers a wide variety of options and importantly capabilities. Which one is ‘best’ depends on what you are trying to achieve.

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Bridge Tooling – What is it and When Should I Use it?

Bridge Tooling can also be known as development tooling or rapid tooling, and defines a stage in development where there is a need for moulded parts but production tooling is unavailable. Its name coming from the fact that it forms a bridge between prototyping and production.

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Brexit – Where Are We Now?

There are times when I envy an ostrich, or at least the behaviour we have been led to associate with an ostrich! This is especially true when it comes to Brexit. Wouldn’t it be nice just to shut it all out and be left alone to get on with things?

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How Do I Prototype an Extrusion?

Extrusion is a process that is commonly used in production, where lengths of a constant cross section are required.
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Custom Electronic Enclosures – What Are My Options?

Bringing a new product to market is challenging at the best of times. Generally the more technology involved, the more disciplines, the longer it can take. Hence sorting out the ‘box’ to house the device frequently gets pushed down the list as a “we’ll sort that out later” item!

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The Process of Injection Moulding

This is a great process! The range of materials and colours is huge and there is no “abs like’ that we get in 3D Printing, its the real thing. Parts are repeatable and tight tolerance. The only potential downside is the tooling, but this is covered here, with options to suit most requirements.

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I’m Looking at Injection Moulding – What Drives the Cost?

Injection moulding is a great way to form thermoplastics into a range of shapes. These can be anything from a simple washer to a complicated electrical housing to a wheelie bin or car bumper.

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How Do I Achieve Successful Injection Moulded Parts?

Part Design is the key to success and our top tip is “KEEP IT SIMPLE”. 

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Should Aluminium be Considered as a Tooling Material?

Plunkett Associates believe aluminium tooling offers significant benefits in the right applications.

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Should I Use SLA or SLS For My Prototype?

You need a prototype, and are thinking Additive manufacturing, but just not sure whether to go Stereolithography (SLA) or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)? Plunkett Associates’ simple to follow, light hearted step by step guide should help give you the basics…

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What Surface Finish Options are Available for DMLS Parts?

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is one example of what are termed powder bed systems. These machines build your parts within a ‘cake’ of metallic powder that is subsequently recycled.
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