Rapid Prototyping... the basics
How Rapid Prototyping Works - Should You Consider It?
Rapid prototyping refers to a set of methods that can be used for creating a prototype faster than it would otherwise take. The prototype is made from 3D CAD (computer-aided design) software, a type of software that greatly speeds up the process. With a skilled and experienced manufacturing company, you can have a prototype in your hands from 1 day, to a couple of weeks. Simpler designs can be delivered within days.
Some companies use temporary molds made of aluminum for creating rubber prototypes. We make all of our molds, even for prototypes, out of steel because it's a higher quality material for this purpose. Steel molds deliver better quality rubber, silicone, and LSR prototypes because you count on the precision tolerances holding up no matter how complex your part and mold design.
Once you're ready to move on to production, we can quickly fulfill your orders because our plant stays in operation 24 x 7 x 365. Keep in mind that not all prototyping companies offer production of rubber, silicone and LSR components, which can make the process of getting your product into the market take longer.
How Rapid Prototyping Works
Each company has its own process since rapid prototyping allows for many different ways of tackling it. In general, the geometric model is created in a 3D CAD program like Solidworks (or similar).
To get an idea of how much faster rapid prototyping is, automakers can build and test an electric car within one year. It could take years without technology like 3D CAD and rapid prototyping services from Rubber Industries, Inc.
Should You Use Rapid Protoyping?
Rapid prototyping comes with many benefits, such as:
Techniques Used in Rapid Prototyping
Some of the techniques that can be used in rapid prototyping include:
Almost any industry can benefit from rapid prototyping, including the medical, industrial, consumer, automotive, and defense contracting industries. Whether you have small or large prototypes to make, we can create rubber models following your design specifications.
We the fastest complete steel tooling for rubber, synthetic rubber, and silicone prototyping molding services in the industry. Our company has experience in building prototypes for clients from the medical, industrial, consumer, automotive, and defense contracting industries. Rubber type materials and silicone is an excellent material choice for your product because it comes with a wide array of benefits, depending on what type of rubber you use.
It's a material that can provide flexibility and durability, but it can also be used for harder surfaces as well. Some types of rubber are extremely resistant to low and high temperatures, which is why it's commonly used for automobile parts. Other benefits of elastomers include permeability, resistance to sliding, insulation, resistance to abrasions, and resistance to tearing. Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is biocompatible, making it useful for medical purposes.
Rapid prototyping is an essential step in designing a product and bringing it to the market as quickly and efficiently as possible. You can save time and money by using rapid prototyping rather than conventional prototyping. Rubber Industries has the fastest complete rapid prototyping services for rubber and synthetic rubber products (like EPDM, Nitrile/NBR, SBR, Neoprene, Viton, etc). We can finish prototype tooling in 1-15 days, and once you're ready for production, we can deliver your parts in 1-10 days.
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