Tuesday, 25 January 2011

There's more to prototyping than processes

All too often the focus on rapid prototyping is placed on the various rapid prototyping processes, however it is the desired end use of the prototype which should really dictate how the part is built and what materials are used.

There are many ways to build rapid prototypes, some take longer and cost more, requiring several steps, while others are a quick cost efficient solution. These may not always be right for your project, but it is important to understand the pro's and con's of each process when selecting the right rapid prototyping technique and material for your project.

That is where the professionals at RapidPro can help. We will present you with the options best suited to your project, with relevant timelines and costs so that you can make the best decision for your company, client and project.

There are lots of different prototyping processes, each using very different materials, with a wide array of finishing techniques available. So speak to an expert and get them to help you make the right choice for your next project.

Need a part that looks like metal but is only for a form study?
A machined metal part would be great .... but this takes weeks and involves a high cost. Instead, you could build the part in plaster and get it chromed to look just like the finished part. While it will not be as strong as metal, it is perfect for form studies and will be delivered to your door in days with very little financial outlay.

Need a transparent bottle or vial?
Yes, you could get the part machined from acrylic, taking a least 5 days at a high cost, or you could build it using WaterShed XC for SLA and have a transparent water tight part in days at a much lower cost.

The Moral of the Story:
Do not get too caught up in rapid prototyping terms and pre-conceived notions. Instead, speak to the professionals at RapidPro about your next project and let us guide you through your options. We will present you with the most cost-efficient and timely solutions to your rapid prototyping needs.