Rapid prototyping is a must for testing new designs. Compared to building a prototyping department, seeking to work with rapid manufacturing companies is more economical and less troublesome. Because it saves you a lot of setup costs for buying expensive machines and hiring more staff. And China's rapid prototypes LLCs are notable for their low costs, high efficiency, and responsiveness. So this article explores how rapid manufacturing companies in China work to provide you with a closer view when you are thinking of outsourcing prototypes from China.

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Organization structure of Chinese rapid manufacturing companies 

A medium- or large-sized prototyping company usually has a marketing department, sales department, quotation department, production department, inspection department, purchasing department, human resources, and administration department. The production department often is composed of many subdivisions including the programming department, CNC machining workshop, vacuum casting workshop, 3D printing workshop, sheet metal fabrication workshop, manual treatment department, packing department, etc. Of course, the organizational structures of different rapid prototypes LLCs vary. It also depends on the development phase of the company.

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Workflow of Chinese rapid manufacturing companies 

In rapid prototypes LLC, the marketing department is responsible for getting leads via a series of marketing campaigns like SEM advertisements and SEO. Then the sales approach potential customers through e-mails and calls. When there are inquiries, the quotation department makes a cost list and the sales offer the quotation to the customer. There will be negotiations if the customer doesn’t accept it the first time. After the quotation is confirmed, the production will get the production task list and starts programming for manufacturing based on 3D files provided by the client. The lead time may not as the same as the quotation offers. Because the production plans of rapid manufacturing companies may change when the orders are placed. A professional supplier will keep our customers updated then. As soon as the machining is complete, the workers in the manual treatment department post-treat the parts as needed. 

Inspection work will be done afterward, including checking the sizes, tolerances, etc. Once the parts are assembled, they will be tested to check if there are any issues. If there are problems, they will be solved before packing and shipment. On some occasions, some foreign companies will not use the inspection department of the prototyping company. They employ their quality inspector in China to ensure high quality of plastic and metal rapid prototypes from partner companies/LLCs and fewer after-sales problems. Therefore, even if you work with local rapid prototypes LLCs, there is a large possibility that some Chinese rapid manufacturing companies are behind them.

In X Rapid Technologies, one of the rapid prototypes LLCs, the sales also act as a project manager who is in charge of his or her project from beginning to end and coordinates with all the departments. Each client has a 1-on-1 project manager to ensure he or she knows every detail of your project well so that the project can be taken care of very well. 

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How to work with X Rapid Technologies

As one of the plastic and metal rapid prototype companies/LLCs, X Rapid Technologies sticks to the project management business model. In this way, we never are afraid when issues arise because the person in charge is certain. Just turn to the 1-on-1 project manager, and he or she will, by all means, have the problems solved. As a result, we can guarantee the quality of plastic and metal prototypes among other rapid manufacturing companies. What matters best is always people. This is also our key to success. If you want to work with a rapid prototypes LLC like us, please send us your 3D files (in CAD, STP, STEP, IGS, or X_T format), and you will get an instant quote within 24 hours with your parts ready in about 7 working days!