Every manufactured product is the sum of its parts, whether off-the-shelf or
custom made. Custom parts developed with Rapid Prototyping and
actually contribute more value to a complete manufactured product.
Custom parts play a huge, yet
rarely discussed role in the manufacturing industry. Whether
custom-made, purpose designed, or off-the-shelf, parts for manufactured
products create a ripple that affects almost everyone around the world.
Parts generate revenue to sustain business, business sustains
employees, employees sustain communities, communities sustain
governments, and governments sustain other governments that, we hope,
sustain a workable world in which we are all
This brings us back to the
perspective that parts are the center of the universe. Harnessing the
“power of the part” provides a smarter approach to develop and control
the costs associated with designing and manufacturing parts. Rapid
prototyping is the emerging technology that brings manufacturing into
this twenty-first century.
There are a number of rapid
prototyping (RP) technologies available today that let manufacturers
save time and money before they ever consider mass manufacturing.
Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Fused
Deposition Modeling (FDM) are the most popular.
Prototyping parts quickly
achieves cost savings in both lead-time and quality.
Every day that a part is not ready for installation is a day that money
is not made. Prototypes can be done in as little as 2 days. Plus, you
can run tests on the parts depending on their material properties.
Manufacturers are able to test for fit, form and function to ensure
parts go into the finished product. Testing also eliminates the risk
that a large order arrives only to be found out of spec, of inferior
quality, or that they simply don’t fit the application. With
prototyping technologies, product developers ensure that the parts they
need will be correct the first time and on time. Savings are generated
In addition, Web-Based
Instant Online Quoting eliminates days or weeks of waiting on quotes
for critical parts. This new technology revolutionizes the world of
product development, accelerating the quote, assuring product managers
that critical parts will arrive in the time required and that they will
meet and exceed quality
standards. Since time equals money, imagine the money saved simply by
getting your quotes online, instantly!
With the latest Rapid
Prototyping processes and Instant Online Quoting, product development
communities will shorten the lifecycle of the manufacturing process,
delivering top-quality products to the market faster, better and easier
than ever before.