Prototype construction and production of new inventions and products
Serving Various Industries From Consumer Products, Commercial Products, Medical Device, and Industrial Equipment
When developing a new product having a prototype of some form can be helpful in variety of ways. First, it provides an opportunity to test new ideas on actual customers with actual product in hand. In order to test this innovative concept on actual customers, it requires an exit strategy where something is supposed to be produced and/or shipped to final customers. This enables a number of opportunities to modify or design a new product in the prototype stages that has the potential to provide something new or even better than its known competitor.
For most prototyping methods, the process starts with taking the design and inputting it into CAD software such as SolidWorks. Once the design is valid, the design is printed out using Nylon material. After the printing is complete, the prototype is sent to an injection molding machine which creates the 3D part. When the part is ready, the printer is moved to a fixture and the production runs are made. The production runs are made to order and are tailored to the customer's needs. We maintain a very flexible production schedule, often looking at opportunities to move the production runs in order to achieve greater volume production, reduce costs and ensure the best quality product.
For example, 3D printing requires the design to first be input into CAD, where it can then be converted to a .stl polygon file, and then once again converted into a 3D printer g-code file ready to be printed. With FDM printing, the design can be sent straight to the machine, as a CAD design (even a Quick Shape one), and the results can be printed in a simple stl file. This saves a lot of time to design the object, and also requires very little in-between steps to make sure the object is as well-suited for printing as possible.
To demonstrate the new production technology, I am developing a physical product that I am making using the new manufacturing technique. I need to run it through a series of functional trials to make sure the new tooling and materials work properly. I need to verify the instructions, accuracy, and accuracy of the printed circuit boards that are coming out of the new tooling