Rapid Prototyping Techniques

At Rennd, we are able to manufacture, produce and create rapid prototypes of products, ideas and concepts. By utilising the latest in CAD (Computer Aided Technology) we are able to have concepts put to life, whether that’s through 3D Printing, Etching, or other additive layer manufacturing technologies. Need help or assistance? Get in touch with one of the team members today.

Rapid 3D Printing – Materials Used

Metal Infill

The use of metal within additive manufacturing (AM) is becoming more popular as advanced technologies are becoming more readily available to the business markets. The process of Direct Metal Laser Sintering allows us to fuse together high performance metals together, layer by layer creating intricate and durable prototypes from CAD drawings and base concepts.

Wood

Working with Wood is now available via advaned methods of 3D Printing. Models that are constructed from wood as a base material are brown, granular powder made from wood chips, providing a porous look to the prototypes that are manufactured. Wood is predominantly used for small scale models, figurines and awards among many other uses.

Plastics

Within the FDM Process, the use of plastic for creating rapid prototypes has been around since the very beginning. The popular choices of Nylon or Polyamide can create highly detailed models through the 3D printing process. By using CAD data (.stl) files, we are able to create a model, effectively, efficiently and within quick time.

Other Materials

Our portfolio of laser engraving on a spectrum of other materials is vast. From Glass, to Fibreboard, to Cork and even Carbon Fibre. Get in touch with a member of the team today to find out about other compatible materials around.

We also provide Laser Cutting services…

Not only do we provide a comprehensive range of services within laser engraving, but we can also carry out laser cutting too by combining the techniques of both, we are able to maximise process efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs…

3D PRINTING

3D Rapid Prototyping Solutions available to quickly fabricate a scale model or part.

CAD ENGINEERS

Editing / Modifying existing CAD drawings to improve product destination.

COST EFFECTIVE

Laser machinery allows for fast repeatable etching

GREAT VARIETY

From the most intricate designs to the tightest spirals, our lasers make light work of any project

What Is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping is a series of techniques and skills used to quickly make up a scale model of a part or item, using 3d computer aided design (also known as CAD).  The construction of the part is normally done through 3d printing.  Today, there are lots of applications for rapid prototyping, and it’s often used as a more cost effective way to manufacture production quality parts in smaller numbers.

The beauty of using computer aided design during the process of manufacture is that accuracy of the finished product – there are no issues with human error, and the CAD system allows intricate and complex designs to be made up quickly and easily.  This is great news for inventors, experimental designers and others who are looking to get a feel for how their design or product will look and function once it is made up for real.

Rapid Prototyping Key Features

COST EFFECTIVE MANUFACTURING

Rapid Prototyping cuts down the costs of short run production for those looking to make a small number of their products.

HIGH TECH ACCURACY

CAD systems allow complex and intricate pieces to be made easily and with few errors.

FAST VISUALISATION

A great way to experiment with functionality of your design as parts are made to scale.

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  • Attention to Detail

    Accuracte and precise thanks to the computer aided design process

  • Low Cost

    Cost effective manufacturing for short run productions

  • Multiple Techniques

    Many techniques can be called upon, including 3D printing

  • Options for Materials

    A wide range of materials can be used to create your prototypes

COMPUTERISED PRECISION

RENND’s rapid prototyping services make use of highly technical computer systems in order to get fantastic results in the manufacturing process.  Rapid prototyping uses CNC machines to make working models of parts directly from CAD programmes, which cuts out human error and allows for highly intricate and complex designs to be replicated easily.  Complicated 3D models can be produced in a wide range of materials, though not necessarily in the material the final product will be produced in.  A great way to evaluate a design, rapid prototyping allows for the chance to see how a part will look and behave as part of a larger scale design.  Knowing exactly how your product will look and perform in the real world is a useful tool for any designer, and being able to produce accurate molds, patterns or layups as part of the prototyping process is always a handy option.  CAD systems with CNC machines/3D printers allow perfect mold and patterns to be created accurately every time.

HOW RAPID PROTYPING WORKS

The main purpose of prototyping is to achieve the most accurate and flawless design possible.  It is almost impossible to achieve this without testing and evaluating the design, and the best way to do this is through making up models of parts and checking how they work.  Rapid Prototyping allows designers to thoroughly check and test parts of their design before they are sent for final manufacturing, saving a great deal of time and money in the process.

There are various techniques which are used to produce prototypes, the main being 3D printing.  3D printing is a quick and low cost way to produce 3D models using mainly thermoplastics.  Other materials can be used, such as wax or starch, however different plastics are the most common in this area.

Other methods which can be employed in the production of a prototype include laser etching and cutting, as well as CNC cutting and routing.  RENND are pleased to offer a wide range of manufacturing processes for rapid prototyping.

THE COSTS OF RAPID PROTOTYPING

For many people looking to manufacture items, the costs can be a big part of the equation.  Often, in the case when only a small number of items need to be made, short run productions can end up costing a great deal more than larger runs using regular manufacturing techniques.  Rapid Prototyping offers a highly cost effective way to produce small numbers of designs and models, taking away much of the cost of these short run productions.

The great thing about testing out your designs through using prototyping is that any errors or problems are discovered much earlier in the manufacturing process, saving both money and time later on.  Generally, the later on in the process a problem or mistake is discovered, the more expensive it can be to correct!  Rapid prototyping allows for more revisions in less time, so thorough testing can be done, reducing the time to market.

To get an accurate quote for your rapid prototyping service required, contact our team here at RENND using the contact form on this page.

RAPID PROTOTYPING FAQs

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid Prototyping is the use of a range of computerised tools and machines to quickly and easily produce model parts or designs.  Operated directly from CAD programs, designs can be produced using 3D printing primarily, however other secondary processes can be included such as sealing, polishing, painting, metallisation or electroplating.

Rapid Prototyping Materials

A wide range of materials can be used for rapid prototyping, such as thermoplastics, wax, wood, metals and more.

How does Rapid Prototyping work?

We mainly use 3d printing to produce your parts and designs, controlled directly from a CAD program which holds the design.  The 3D printer is conrolled by computer, replicating the design accurately and efficiently, with little to no wasted materials.

Where can Rapid Prototyping techniques be used?

There are lots of times when rapid prototyping is useful – the automotive industry use it a lot to test out parts, along with other design industries where smaller parts can be checked and tested thoroughly before being sent to manufacture.  It is used to experiment with designs before the main manufacturing can begin, saving time and money in revisions and alterations.

Rapid Prototyping Contact

If you are interested in our rapid prototyping services, or would like to discuss your project with the team, then please contact us by either eMailing us direct, calling or by filling out the form opposite.

We’d love to meet you, but here at RENND our workshops are always busy and we can’t always accommodate drop-in visitors.

To avoid disappointment please contact us in advance if you wish to discuss your project.

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