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3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Capabilities

Crescent Industries offers 3d Printing (Additive Manufacturing) services for plastic components to be used as prototypes, samples and small production runs.  These 3d printed models are produced with production grade thermoplastics so painting, gluing, sanding, drilling and bonding with other 3D printed parts can be completed just like any plastic component.

Precision Printing

Our 3D printer system produces ultra-fine details for parts with complex geometries, smooth surface finishes and thin walls down to 0.6mm or 0.024”.  It can also manufacture components with functional living hinges. Our capabilities allow for net build sizes of 19.3″ x 15.35″ x 7.9″ with a layer thickness that includes horizontal build layers down to 0.0006 inches (16 Microns) and a build resolution of 600 dpi for the X & Y axis and 1600 dpi for the Z axis.

Benefits & Advantages

  • Product Design Review offers solutions prior to production

  • Provides components quickly to visualize and analyze

  • Develop quality inspection parameters prior to production

  • Manufacture product fixtures prior to production

  • Provide end-of-arm tooling quickly prior to production

  • Provides overall cost-savings through general part-analysis

Part Design Guidelines

The “Injection Molded Part Design Guidelines” will review items to consider when designing your next plastic component like:

  • Maintaining uniform wall thickness to minimize sinking, warping and improve mold fill.
  • Using generous radius at all corners to avoid sharp corners that increase stress concentration which can lead to part failure.
  • Incorporating sufficient draft angles for easy removal of the part from the mold.
  • Using ribs or gussets to improve part stiffness.
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Mold Design Guidelines

Crescent Industries’ mold design engineers look at the aspects of the part that are important for injection molding.  Through adherence to these design principles and best practices at the beginning of the design process will ultimately lead to better overall quality of parts during manufacturing. These “Mold Design Guidelines” will evaluate items like the follow:

  • Gate Designs / Runner Designs
  • Cooling / Venting
  • Actions
  • Mold Filling
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Material Used

  • Transparent material for standard plastic simulation requiring dimensional stability & smooth surfaces

  • Polypropylene like material for similar snap fit applications

  • Family of rubber-like material suitable for various applications requiring non-slip or soft-surface

  • Family of rigid opaque materials in various colors
  • High-temperature materials for advanced testing; hot air & water flow, static applications, and exhibition modeling
  • Specialized material designed for medical & dental applications

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3D Prototypes

We offer 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing) services for plastic components to be used as prototypes, samples and small production runs. These 3d printed models are produced with production grade thermoplastics so painting, gluing, sanding, drilling and bonding with other 3D printed parts can be completed just like any plastic component.

Design & Development

At the beginning of the design process, it is important to seek first-hand knowledge of the injection molding process which can lead to better overall quality for your components. We utilize 2D and 3D computer generated files which we can easily convert into 3D printed components for you to visualize and test. We’ve invested resources into 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing) in order to provide our clients with a rapid prototyping option all under a single supplier.

Design for Manufacturability

3D printing (Additive Manufacturing) offers a proactive approach to processing problems or potential concerns that can be solved before full production manufacturing begins. It can provide valuable and cost-saving insights into potential manufacturability and quality issues. Our engineers can provide consultation to determine the proper raw materials for your plastic component’s specifications and requirements.

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Industries
Served

  • Medical

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Military & Defense

  • Dental

  • Aerospace

  • Industrial

  • Electronics & Electrical

  • Safety

MD&M West

Crescent’s Core Capabilities

Molding

Safety

Molding presses ranging from 35 tons – 385 tons with state of the art equipment and robotic integration for:
Medical Injection Molding
Military & Defense Industry
Custom Injection Molding

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Tooling

OEM/Industrial Industries

Single-cavity to complex 96 multi-cavity tools including documented tool transfer process & scheduled preventative maintenance programs. Our In-House capabilities offer complete solutions, learn how at MD&M West 2019.

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Value-Added

Defense/Military

Offering a comprehensive range of skilled labor, collaborative robots and automation. Our kitting and value add services lead the industry with solutions for complex assembly projects, talk with us at MD&M West in 2019.

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Engineering

Electrical/Electronics

Single-source solutions from concept into production with 3d Printing (Additive Manufacturing), tool & part design and dedicated R&D Machinery. Our Project Management team collaborates, coordinates, communicates, and executes. Want to discuss at MD&M West this year?

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Blog & News

  • Thermoplastic Identifications and Best Uses in Part Design
    What is the best type of thermoplastic to use for your product design? You might be limited to your own personal knowledge so we’ve put together a quick hit list of the most typical types of thermoplastics that we feel can be a good starting point. Once you can identify the main type of thermoplastic […]
  • Using Mold Flow Simulation for Injection Molded Parts
    If you’re designing a plastic part, there are a lot of considerations to think about from a manufacturability standpoint. Having Mold Flow simulation software watching your back ensures your original design has the best practices in mind. From simple flow simulations to complex quality predicting, warp analysis, fill analysis, weld lines, pressure, temperature and gate […]
  • Benefits of a Robust Program Management Office
    When you have new projects to launch or existing production to transfer, are you only thinking about cost and quality or does the previous program launch experience with your injection molding supplier come into play? How much value do you place on working with an injection molding supplier?

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