Prototyping is a process that cannot be avoided while developing new products. In most cases, the materials for prototypes are not the same as that for mass production. It is why designers will need rapid tooling or test tooling to finish their testing and verification work.

Rapid prototype tooling is a relatively new molding technology that manufactures products within a short time via multiple methods including computer technology and numerical control techniques. Although CNC machining, vacuum casting, and 3D printing can produce prototypes faster and cheaper than rapid prototype tooling, the latter has advantages in product materials and processing. Under what circumstances do you need rapid prototype tooling services?

1. Test the end materials of the products

Rapid prototyping usually involves materials similar to those used in mass production, such as plastic injection molding. For test tooling, we use the same materials. In this way, developers can test if the products can meet the requirements for mass production and make the right material choices. 

2. Test the manufacturing parameters

Manufacturing through rapid test tooling is a way to test the parameters in end production situations. In this case, engineers and designers will know further issues they may neglect previously to avoid problems in end products. If there are defects, rapid tooling makes it possible for them to adjust and improve.

3. Put and test new products in markets quickly at a lower cost

Each mold for rapid prototype tooling can produce 50~5000 pieces of components. Because it takes a shorter time to make molds for test tooling, the cost is way lower than those molds used in mass production. It is a money-saving method to test new products in a target market, thus preempting the market as soon as possible.

In sum, the high effectiveness and low costs of test tooling make it an excellent solution for low volume production for testing purposes. X Rapid Technologies can produce rapid molds within 7 days to help customers shorten the R&D processes. Feel free to contact us for optimal rapid prototype tooling solutions.