If you’re uncertain about your new design and would like to see and hold a few variations before committing to a final product, our Rapid Prototyping service may be a good fit for you. Rapid Prototyping uses four different techniques:
- Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
- Stereolithography (SLA)
- Investment Casting
Prototypes produced with these techniques can be used as design models. If you need a prototype that’s feasible for physical tests, we cast the prototypes in a tool, where the processes and materials are the same as they will be to make the final product.
We’re here to advise you on the best choice for your particular task.
Selective Laser Sintering, or SLS, is produced in nylon powder (PA) using a laser beam that melts the powder together and builds up the model layer by layer.
Polyjet is produced by an "ink-jet process," but instead of ink, a thin beam of acrylic material is sprayed. The material is simultaneously cured using a UV light. The model is then built up one layer at a time.
Stereolithography, or SLA, is produced in a liquid that hardens one layer at a time by means of a laser beam.
The Investment Casting process is perfect for extremely rapid manufacturing of metal parts in aluminium, magnesium and zinc. Since Investment Casting allows for a great deal of design freedom, this process is perfect for producing complicated parts that are impossible to cast using traditional casting methods. This technique can be compared to Rapid Prototyping.