Rapid & Production Tooling
Rapid tooling plays an important role in several industries, especially in the production of light-usage or the short-run manufacturing of large parts for the automotive, space and aircraft, and shipbuilding industries.
Rapid Prototyping & Tooling?
Rapid tooling combines conventional tooling practices and Rapid prototyping together to create mold designs faster. This tooling technique is used as a channel for injection molded part productions and even to design model parts from CAD data. Rapid manufacturing reduces the overall costs and time compared to conventional manufacturing techniques. At Createproto, we offer top-notch rapid manufacturing processes as per clientele demands.
In low-high volume and rapid manufacturing, injection molding plays a major role in producing different parts across the industries, from aerospace to automotive to medical and more, such as bottle caps, lego bricks, and medical syringes. At Createproto, we use injection molding to create parts in thousands using rapid prototype machining to complete production in less time, reducing production costs.
Hands up if you want to get your product to market faster than your competition?
Have you? If yes, you are in the right place! At Createproto, we use rapid prototype manufacturing techniques for parts production and testing for design fit so we can market your products quicker than your competitors. You can rest assured our rapid prototyping procedures, which are available in different types of product designs.
Paring injection molding technique with Rapid tooling, also known as prototype mold, prototype tooling, and soft tooling, it’s possible to produce parts affordably and quickly. That’s why we recommend injection mold rapid tooling for fast and inexpensive product manufacturing while parts validation and testing before spending on production tooling.
How does it work?
Rapid prototype machining comprises different manufacturing techniques, such as casting, high-speed CNC machining, injection molding, and extruding. During the injection molding process, we melt the raw plastic in the molding machine and inject it into the mold to cool and solidify the final design.
However, many product designers use layered additive processes, which is more common for rapid prototyping than other conventional manufacturing procedures used for designing prototypes.
Of other prototype manufacturing processes, we can mention:
Compressive process- In this case, we force liquid or semi-solid material to produce the desired component using casting, molding, or compressive sintering before it gets solidified.
Subtractive process- Here, the product design team carves a material block to give it the desired shape of the model you need using turning, milling, or grinding.
What are the benefits of Rapid Tooling?
Rapid prototype tooling is used for producing actual-grade material, enabling you to ideate how these parts will be useful during practical applications. Besides, using this manufacturing process, you can ensure the correct material choice through testing. In fact, there are more advantages of rapid prototyping service we have compiled here:
1. Its quick molding and prototyping process allows you to finalize your product designs faster and market sooner.
2. Allowing you to create several prototypes at a time, enabling you new design testing and adjustments
3. Quickly creating custom injection-molded parts from different materials and testing quality control
4. Cut more product development costs and time than manual prototyping or molding
Opportunities for Innovation
The exciting news is that rapid prototyping opens up a range of new opportunities for innovation. It does this by eliminating the restrictions of conventional prototyping. Traditional prototyping requires production of prototype tooling and physical components to exacting tolerances.
With rapid prototyping, designers can create models incorporating complex surfaces and shapes that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reproduce by conventional prototyping.
Rapid prototyping eliminates the time needed to produce patterns, molds, and special tools required for conventional modeling. Due to this, rapid prototyping dramatically reduces the time between initial design and analysis.
The result is that an accurate model is quickly available for testing features, form, performance, and usability. Designers are enabled to quickly modify products in line with feedback because rapid prototyping is a highly automated process.
These time savings assist companies and ensure they gain a competitive advantage by bringing new products to market quickly. Competitors won’t be able to keep up the speed and efficiency offered by rapid prototyping.
Another advantage of rapid tooling systems is the money saving factor.
In rapid tooling, parts are also injection molded as they would be in production. What this means is you can also use them for stress and impact testing.
For example, you’re able to explore any weak areas due to weld lines or other imperfections from the injection molding process. These include warping and shrinking. Armed with this knowledge, you’re better able to determine if any changes are required before expensive production tooling occurs.