Rapid prototyping in an important step in the design and development process.
It’s a cost effective way to iron out any floors in the design before you commit to expensive tooling.
Making a physical version of your product allows you to see, handle and test you design before putting it into production.
The good thing about rapid prototyping is that it is exactly that, rapid.
FDM, or ‘Fused Deposition Modelling’, is a technique where by you print directly using the CAD.
The printer extrudes melted plastic through a nozzle onto a print bed and layer by layer, builds up the component.
With FDM printing you can go from CAD to physical part in just a few hours, depending on the size of the components.
With this method there are several plastics materials to choose from.
PLA, PET, ABS, HIPS and even flexible and rubberised polymers, each one coming in a variety of colours.
There are also various composite materials that can be printed including wood, copper and bronze.
At Product Evolution we offer super high definition prints, accurate up to 20microns.