Rapid Prototyping is and interesting industry, and sadly, one that I personally haven't had a lot experience. Other, than what we build on the shop floor.
However, I am familiar enough with it to at least give my opinion and take on…"
Have you considered using an E-Coat paint system (I'm referring to the kind used on automobiles). I've seen surface finishes and durability as good as aluminum anodizing on these parts, and looking just as good, if not…"
These are really good questions, and some very good things to be considering, I believe, when designing any part.
I always take into consideration how a part or product is going to be made when I am working on a design. In my mind, it is a…"
I can only tell you what I do, and I think a lot of what you are asking is application specific.
If what I am designing is going to be built on a somewhat large scale, i.e. batch sizes of 100+ units, Then I always design it for assembly and…"