Prototype Modelling - The first stage where the client can physically hold a model of their finished product

Creating prototype models of the finished CAD data is the natural progression in a project as this allows the product to be held , felt and possibly used for the first time. It has to be noted than the prototype will usually be a one off and although dimensionally correct, the materials used and finish on the product may not be aesthetically correct.

Prototype Methods

There are many methods of prototyping that can used in order to create a model for the client. Each method is used due to its specific advantages. ManufactureIT will advise the client on which method is best in order to create their prototype parts both cost effectively but more importantly correct for the purposes required.

Common Methods - advantages

CNC machined/turned - Dimensional Accuracy , Material Choice , Strength, Aesthetics

SLA/SLS - Dimensional Accuracy, Quality, Quickness

3D Print - Cost Effective, Quickness

Vac Casting - Aesthetics

Each method of manufacturing prototypes have their advantages and disadvantages. A main advantage of the more traditional methods such as CNC machining/turning are that real materials and grades of plastic , aluminium etc can be used. This given a more accurate test on product performance. On the other hand the advantages of SLA/3D printing are the ease to manufacture the model within needing multiple set ups as required on CNC machines to manufacture the required part detail.

In-house Prototyping - 3D Printing and CNC Machined Parts

Jcam have the benefit of being able to offer customers in house prototyping through our 3D Printing and CNC machining services. This gives the customer the benefit of getting solid parts quickly and cost effectively in order to see if any design changes are required.

The costs for prototype parts is very much design related however the most effective time and cost wise is 3D printing. Parts can be printed in a few hours and give the customer a quick representation of the final part.


Plastic machined prototypes

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