Rapid Prototyping

Dreaming up a new product or component is only the first step. You need to determine the feasibility of your product or see how the component interacts with the rest of your assembly. There’s no better way to visualize your idea’s potential than to see it, hold it and watch it perform. But heading straight from design into plastic molding production isn’t always a good idea. You need to determine the right plastics to use and the best production processes to implement.

Whether you want the most economical option to produce a one-off sample or hundreds of parts, or if you’re struggling to make a new idea work, our rapid plastic prototyping experts can help.

Ideal Environment for Experimentation

Advances in technology make plastic prototyping an affordable way to avoid unnecessary investment costs. Prototyping can quickly validate ideas, test tooling, and allow experimentation with different materials. It can also let you determine the fit and performance of the end product. Also, most prototypes present opportunities for improvement. By making proactive changes, we can help you reduce time to market, failures, defects, scrap, rework, poor performance and liability issues.

SLA & SLS Prototypes

Using a proven CAD model that we develop, or using CAD files that you provide, we can create clear, hard or flexible Stereolithography (SLA) prototypes or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) parts in just days. Some of our capabilities have involved running our plastic SLS prototypes in test engines and carrying water through trial faucets. We’ve created some out of metal and other materials to simulate thermoplastic elastomers as well as performed metal-to-plastic conversions.

Finishing & Testing

Once your plastic prototype is complete, we can assemble, add chrome, paint, or apply other finishes that meet your standards. You can use the completed prototype to gather functional test data and feedback from your customers before moving into the production phase.

Bridging the Prototype-to-Production Gap

Our prototype molds are designed to meet your sample requirements, from 10 – 10,000 parts, with cost-effective designs to minimize complicated or expensive side actions with manual inserts or post machining.

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