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DIFFERENT MATERIALS USED FOR RAPID PROTOTYPING SERVICES


Posted on: Sep, 11, 2017

Different parts and components are made as samples through prototyping services. Rather than go directly into mass production only to discover some type of serious defect or flaw, reputable rapid prototyping services assist design engineers in efficiently perfecting their designs in advance of production. By using a rapid prototyping service, time, money, and effort are saved by both the company and the end-user. Rapid prototyping ensures a superior-quality finished product.

Rapid prototyping technology makes it possible to create the final product by fusing multiple layers of material together at extremely high temperatures. In this way, the various parts of the product can be constructed layer by layer. This results in a more cost-efficient and time-effective product prototype.

The types of prototypes that can be produced through such services are virtually without limit and include wire forms, sheet metal fabrications, metal stampings, and more. By using rapid prototyping services, product designers and engineers have the ability to produce detailed 3-D models very quickly to any design they can dream up, and with the latest technology, very good accuracy. For all prototype companies, speed and accuracy are very critical.

Materials Used with Rapid Prototyping

Depending on the finished part, component, or model required by the customer, prototyping companies use a variety of materials. For example,  in the metal cast area, 3-D prototypes can be constructed from a special prototyping wax. Various methods of prototype casting are used with these patterns. Vacuum plaster and low-temperature furnace methods are commonly paired with prototyping wax patterns in the prototype metal field.

Rapid prototyping services also fabricate many parts in plastics.  This is especially valuable because of the great prevalence of thermoplastic materials in product design now days; used in everything from automobiles to all sorts of industrial, medical, and consumer products. The reason is that thermoplastic components can be designed to complex shapes, molded in color, and often are capable of resisting both heat and chemicals. In many cases these must be durable parts that require extensive functional testing. Plastic products can also be chemically, thermally, or vibration welded. They can also be machined, and typically provide excellent surface finish. Because of these outstanding features, plastic products are omnipresent in design usage.  Correspondingly, prototype suppliers are challenged to offer products to match and represent the materials used as closely as possible.  New prototype materials are being developed constantly which better and better match end production material specifications.  ABS, acrylic, polyphenylsulfone, polycarbonate, and nylon are just a few that are commonly used, which offer outstanding functionality, durability, and strength.

Since worked in Wayken rapid prototyping factory, I've seen many designs, and I was really astounded by human being's flourished imagination, and I would rather say the rapid prototyping manufacture is more like a dream factory, which brings your ideas into real.

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