Tool Making | Prototyping
We can arrange for your product to be rapidly prototyped for full testing to take place. This is important before any tool making has started. Our suppliers are able to provide the following:
3D prototyping - 3D Prototyping you will enable you to see and feel the design in your hands in just a few hours. This helps overcome any design errors that may have occurred as well as assisting in taking your design to market faster while reducing costs
3D Scanning - 3D Scanning can offer a cost effective solution for engineers, manufacturers, researchers, artists, designer and toolmakers . Have your components scanned or verified at any stage during product development to reduce development and manufacturing lead times.
Stereolithography (SLA) – This process provides the greatest accuracy with an excellent surface finish. We process works by curing liquid photopolymers when exposed to ultraviolet light.
SLA is limited in its range of applicable materials but is still widely used for conceptual designs, product verification, pattern making, form/fit analysis and light functional testing.
If you are looking for more functionality and structural testing of your prototypes we can now produce your prototypes in a range of materials to match the material specifications of your fully manufactured part.
Having your prototype CNC in a range of material can often work out cheaper than an SLA or 3D Printed prototype.
A range of materials are now available:
- ABS: Widely used for functional applications. Surfaces can be metallised, chromed and vacuum metallised or painted.
- Acrylic: Recommended for clear visual components. Surfaces can be dyed, plated, painted and silk screen printed.
- Polypropylene (PP): Flexible material ideally suited to impact tests.
- Polycarbonate (PC): Excellent strength, flexibility and transparency. Often used for lens/glass applications.
- Nylon 6 and Nylon 66: Good tensile strength and flexibility.
- Glass filled Nylon: (GF 15%) For high strength in load testing.