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Automotive & Aerospace Prototypes | Plastics
Plastic processes are useful in creating prototypes for the automotive and aerospace industry.
At each stage of the design process (from concept, functional component to production tooling) the element of risk needs to be negated. This can only be reduced with an increase in the confidence level – inversely proportional.
To build this level of understanding, parts need to be tested to their limits in their intended environment.
Where a prototype parts need to have greater functionality and high accuracy there is a wide variety of engineering plastics available each with it’s own manufacturing technique.
RP evaluates the project, reviews the mechanical properties (and chemical resistance) of the plastic materials available.
We focus on tensile, shear and Impact strength properties as the most important indicator of the material\s behaviour under loading.
RapidPro offers the following thermoplastic materials/processes
- Fused Deposition Modelling - ABS, Polycarbonate, Polyphenyalsolphone
- Selective Laser Sintering - Nylon/Glass Filled Nylon
RapidPro also offers Silicone rubber tooling as a fast, low cost solution for producing small quantities of functional parts.
With a large variety of urethane/elastomers materials available we are able to mimic production injection moulded parts ranging from soft rubbers (low shore A) to hard plastics (high shore D) even glass filled.
If you know the production intent material we can tune a fast cast material to suit.
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