Prototyping Service Provider: Prototype of the Products
For prototyping products, contact X Rapid Technologies, a company that creates prototypes of the products according to your specification and needs.
Get a precisely prototyped product with X Rapid technologies
It is a necessity to make a prototype of the products before producing the final product, and that's why X Rapid technologies offer precise prototyping products so that manufacturers can make flawless final products.
Prototyping products play a vital role in the product manufacturing process as they reflect the drawings and plannings of that particular product so that manufacturers can understand how the final product will look and what the functionalities will be. While making a prototype of the products, it is very important to select a suitable prototyping material as well as a proper prototyping process.
When the company makes the needful changes to the prototyping products, the planning also gets changed. It is the main difference between making a prototype of the product and the actual end-use product. Prototypes reflect the future use of the products so that the final product can be perfect and errorless.
Importance prototyping products before manufacturing end-use products
People are often confused between making a prototype of the product and the actual end-use product. End-use product is the final product that is made to sell in the market, and prototyping products are the initial replicas of plannings and drawings that reflect how the end-use product will work so that if anything needs to get changed, manufacturers can change that before the mass production.
Without making a prototype of the product, it will be risky to start the mass manufacturing as if any flaw in the design gets pointed out after the mass production. The company has to withstand a huge loss. That's why it is always advised to make a prototype of the product to make sure that the design, functionality, and complexities of the product are perfect.
Though there are many differences between mass production and making a prototype of the product, without a precise prototype of the product, the chances of success of the end-use product are low.
What is the difference between a prototyping product and an end-use product?
Different manufacturing process
While manufacturing end-use products, costly metals are used, and so are high-cost manufacturing processes. When it comes to making a prototype of the product, manufacturers use comparatively cheap processes such as CNC machining, 3D printing, vacuum casting, sheet metal fabrication, etc. For manufacturing end-use products in a large number, manufacturers have to use the most advanced methodology and technologies.
Differences of materials
The materials used for prototyping products are usually different from the materials used for mass production. Higher quality and more costly materials and metals are used for mass production compared to the materials used for making prototypes.
Different surface treatment
Where prototyping products are finished after machining, the end-use products are finished during the fabrication process. Sometimes, surface treatment gets avoided when it comes to prototyping products as manufacturers only have to check whether the structure is alright or not. On the other hand, the surface treatment of end-use products is very important as it is the final product that is going to be sold in the market.
X Rapid Technologies- the one-stop solution for prototyping products
No matter which prototyping process you are willing to use for making the prototypes of your product, we are here at your service to provide you with the best. Whether CNC machining, 3D printing, vacuum casting, or any other process is suitable for your product, our highly experienced and skilled technicians will provide you with an accurate prototype of the product that can reflect the end-use product perfectly. We have been prototyping different products for years and know which technology on which material will be best for your product so that the product can beat its competitors in the market.
You may have been attending exhibitions and had a glimpse of shiny products in the booths. Most of them are not end-use products but prototypes of the products. Nowadays, rapid prototyping can make products look like those of mass production. Their appearance can be the same. However, they are different.
1. Different manufacturing methods
End products are manufactured with costly steel molds. The minimum order quantity is often over ten thousand. If the amount is too low, the cost will be too high. The reason is simple. The cost of steel molds can only be offset when the volume of production is large enough. Then the unit price of the product is relatively lower. Mass production processes are more complicated and have higher requirements for machines, tools, and tolerances.
However, the MOQ of prototyping products is one piece, which requires cheaper machining ways. The most frequently applied process is CNC machining, and then vacuum casting, 3D printing, and sheet metal fabrication of products. If the quantity increases, there are also more cost-effective options, such as rapid tooling and reaction injection molding. We often call them rapid prototyping production because the lead time is much shorter than that of mass production.
Rapid prototyping, which aims at verifying the design of new products, is a process before mass production.
2. Material differences
Although there is a wide range of materials for prototyping products, the materials used for prototypes of the products are different from that of mass production. Take plastic parts as an example. CNC machining uses ABS plates at room temperature however plastic injection molding melts the ABS particles at high temperatures and injects them into the mold. So the properties of the prototypes of the product are distinct. For sheet metal fabrication products, we use thin metal plates. But die casting, a mass production process for metal parts forces molten metal under high pressure into a mold cavity.
3. Surface treatment differences
Prototyping products are finished after machining, whereas mass production can have most finishing done during fabrication. For instance, there can be texture for end-use parts, which is realized by etching the steel mold. After molding, you can get textured products right away. However, the texture on the prototypes of the product is painted after CNC machining or vacuum casting. Sometimes, no surface treatment is needed if the designer only needs to test the product’s structure. Sheet metal fabrication products are seldom post-treated.
Despite the above differences, prototypes of the products cannot be avoided. They play vital roles in testing the structural, appearance, and functional design, thus avoiding risks in mass production. The specific processes such as CNC machining and sheet metal fabrication of products rely on the testing needs.
As a rapid prototyping service provider with over ten years of experience, X Rapid Technologies provides the best prototyping solutions. Whether you need CNC machining, vacuum casting, or sheet metal fabrication for your new product, we are here to deliver the best results.