What Is Rapid Prototyping?
Rapid prototyping involves specialized manufacturing techniques for making high-quality physical models of a 3D design idea. Prototypes are useful for design improvement, as stepping stones to full production or for engineering testing. They are meant to be quick and economical, without the need for the investment in hard tooling. Many of our clients need to produce a physical part quickly in order to validate a design or to capture a fleeting sales opportunity.
Advantages Of Making A Prototype
How can partnering withShbury to quickly manufacture a prototype help you and your business? Here are just some of the ways:
1.Show your customers and investors a physical model of your product
2.Demonstrate the appearance, dimensions and features of your product
3.Test the market with your product before production
4.Save time and money by identifying and reducing design flaws
5.Improve and streamline the production process
6.Create multiple versions with different colors, surface textures and finishing processes
CNC Machined Rapid Prototypes
CNC machining is ideal for making high-quality rapid prototypes from plastic or metal without investing in expensive tooling. Your parts will achieve tighter tolerances with better surface finishes than with other prototyping methods. We can also machine all the features needed for a fully functional part, including tapped and threaded holes and precisely flat surfaces.
We have over 20 CNC mills, lathes and EDM machines in-house for all your CNC needs. We also have a multilingual support team to ensure your product development journey is smooth and worry free.
Plastic 3D Printing
From your office to the factory floor, our 3D printers generate plastic concept models, precision and functional prototypes, master patterns, and real end-use parts to optimize your designs, streamline your workflows, and bring innovative products to market faster.
SLA is one of the earliest 3D printing or additive manufacturing processes for plastic. Not only are these techniques fast, but they allow you to produce complex internal features impossible to make with traditional manufacturing. We use SLA to make master patterns for vacuum casting molds.
SLA is ideal for making small volumes of finished parts or prototypes. If you need larger quantities, try one of our low volume manufacturing services.