1- Not using proper tolerances
Most people assume rubber tolerances are the same as for other materials, but rubber has broader tolerance ranges than other materials.
2- Not accounting for the movement of the part
This design aspect is particularly important in structural glazing applications, because compression loads vary greatly.
3- Skipping the prototyping phase
Asking your supplier for some 3D-printed samples to validate is always a good idea. It will help speed up the production process and minimize the risk of costly mistakes.
4- Telling only part of the story
Context is everything! The only way your suppliers can alert you of potential issues is if they understand how you want to use the part and how it interacts with other parts.
5- Designing it alone
You may have a specific design in mind but are not familiar with how rubber behaves under specific conditions. Rubber is very different from plastic or aluminum, and rubber materials themselves can differ greatly.
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