we are often asked to assist in the prototype development of new product ideas of our customers. We offer a number of rapid prototype options that are available to you to help validate form, fit, and function of your future injection molded part design. If “speed to market” is your concern, often times a prototyping method can be the interim solution.
Whether you need 2 parts or 200 parts, UpMold can accommodate your rapid needs. Allow us the opportunity to consult with and we will recommend the best prototyping process for your needs:
SLA (Stereolithography) – Provides a functional 3D physical model generated from a CAD file for a very good initial review of your design concept. Considered to be the standard for rapid prototyping in industry today.
3D Printing – On the leading edge of what is known as ‘Additive Manufacturing’ and probably the quickest method available today to turn your 3D CAD model into a physical part.
Cast Urethane – A very good method of prototyping to generate limited quanties of parts (2-20), while offering a broader range of durometer (hardness) and color
CNC Machining – Can be the method of choice if a full 3D CAD model is not available or if your needs require fabricating a shape from a specific material.
Low-Cost Injection Molds – Certainly the most advanced of the prototyping options. Often the choice in a critical application when the other options might be too limited, or if you are just ready for this step and need an immediate quantity of parts.