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Lesson 4: Rib Thickness

Designs for molded parts must meet many criteria, from appearance to dimensional stability. Ribs are a design feature that adds strength and stiffness to molded parts. In this lesson we will look at ribs, specifically rib thickness, as an essential component of part design.

This lesson introduces ribs into part design and covers the factors to consider when using them, the importance of nominal wall thickness in determining rib thickness, and the effects of rib thickness on pack pressures, shrinkages, and sink marks.

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Learn the basics of part design and how various design elements impact a molded part. Build your own Circle of Knowledge lesson by lesson. 

Goals of Part Design (Level 1): 

  • Learn the basics of part design and how various design elements impact a molded part
  • Learn how to optimize different design elements to achieve high quality molded parts
  • Analyze real-life simulations and learn to determine optimal outcomes

Section Description: 
As plastic part assemblies become more sophisticated, individual part designs becomes more complex. This complexity can create challenges for part designers, as well as for mold designers and process engineers. Early in the part design phase, designers must establish design parameters, a necessary step for molding high-quality parts that meet specifications and expectations.

Explanations, simulations, cause and effect analyses, and the uses of various design features are covered in this section. Understanding these design features is important because they influence the moldability, function, appearance, and quality of a part.

Recommended For: Entry Level Personnel, All Personnel

Length: Lessons are approximately 15-20 minutes long each

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