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From a first tactile model for ergonomic and form trials to final design assesment and pre production components, prototyping has an answer. The Rapid Prototyping methods Fused Deposition (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) produce 3D models from your CAD data. These models can be supplied direct from the machines or with build steps removed and a paint finish to replicate the "real thing".

RP models can easily be used as masters for downstream processes like vacuum casting and RIM moulding allowing designers to evaluate their designs in materials with similar properties to injection moulded components. These processes are also ideal for short run production, provided the properties of the polyurethane materials are acceptable.

Uncertain of which process is best suited to your needs? Check the process links for further information or contact us for advice

The Benefits of Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping has shown itself to have a crucial role in reducing 'time to market' for new products. The use of FDM or SLA prototypes at the initial stages of new product design allows designers to quickly verify the viability, functionality and manufacturability of a new design well before any investment has been made in production tooling.

Rapid Prototyping allows a more holistic view of new product development, production and marketing issues can be resolved concurrently in a far shorter time than was previously possible. Prototypes that look and feel like real production parts allow sales and marketing departments to obtain vital market research which can be fed back into the design process at an early stage before any commitment has been made to injection mould tooling.

Rapid Prototypes are also being used as an effective tool to enable communication between designers and production toolmakers. A single FDM or Stereolithography model of a complex part creates a better understanding of potential problems and allows toolmakers to suggest minor changes that can have a big effect on reducing the cost or improving the quality of the production parts.

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