What is Rapid Prototyping?

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Speedy prototyping is a term typically employed to describe additive layer fabrication today, but it also encompasses subtractive manufacturing, i.e. machining of metals and plastics, and speedy sheet metal fabrication. Prototypes are then used for demonstration, evaluation, or testing. Speedy sheet metal fabrication is usually accomplished by a series of processes done in-residence for maximum top quality control as nicely as constant flow throughout the manufacturing method. In deserving of the term “speedy prototyping”, sheet metal companies ought to be in a position to quote jobs in hours, not days. CAD (computer aided design) files are 3 dimensional representations of the completed jobs, which enable the engineers of a manufacturing plant to swiftly unfold them and system them inside a day to get them out to the floor. Parts of related material kind and thickness are frequently “nested” on a single complete sheet of metal, which is then processed in the fastest manner feasible.

Combination machines, like the Amada LC-C1, drastically boost productivity right here, as they are in a position to countersink, tap, louver, bend, and laser reduce the sheets, minimizing man hours considerably while running 24 hours a day. Right after that, it is a quick trip by means of the deburring, bending, hardware, welding, grinding, plating and/or painting or powder coating departments, then assembled, packaged, and on its way to the customer. Waiting for delivery trucks to arrive is unusual, and an clearly non useful use of time. This is why several sheet metal and machining fast prototypers wield their own arsenal of trucks and drivers.

So all in all, a rapid prototyping service provides quality components very rapidly, as it’s understood the consumer doesn’t have time for a rejected element to be remade. Doing all processes in residence is essential to the rapidity of prototyping, and customers must obtain their parts in a single day, if needed, with the only limiting factor getting the distance to travel for delivery.

This document is written by Bruce Isabelle who began Prototek Fast SheetMetal Fabrication in October of 1987 that is specialized in fast prototyping services of precision sheetmetal for the hi-tech industries. Prototek is presently ISO 9001:2008 certified and also ITAR and DFAR compliant.