When custom injection molding is done without a prototype parts stage, this generally leads to a series of production tool adjustments that are both disruptive and costly. Some production managers misperceive a saving to be made for skipping prototype tooling, but those quickly evaporate with the higher risk of a defective part causes legal expenses and other related costs.
Depending on the complexity of the application, prototype parts generally account for about 20-40% of overall production tooling costs. It’s not a small investment, but it’s well worth it when you consider these top three advantages.
Testing Different Plastic Materials
Any plastics made can be more efficiently performance-tested and comparisons assessed without a large financial investment. Having the benefit of physically evaluating prototype parts is a major advantage in making a final selection.
Confirming Part Geometry Feasibility
This is the best opportunity to see if the prototype parts perform properly without defects. If there are problems, it is somewhat simple to revise the prototype tool with cuts or welds.
Reducing Production Time
Overall, it is faster and less costly to make changes to prototype parts compared to the production parts. The ability to design, create, and revise prototype tools is a competitive advantage in the industry. It can lead to a final design that needs fewer revisions to the production tool, saving time and money on the project’s production end.
Computer-aided design (CAD) refers to using computers (or workstations) to aid in the creation, analysis, modification, or optimization of a design. CAD design services and software are used to increase the productivity of designers, improve the quality of designs, improve documentation, and create a database for manufacturing.
Designs made through CAD software and CAD design services help protect products and inventions when used in patent applications. CAD output is in the form of electronic files for printing, machining, or other manufacturing operations. You may also see the term CADD (computer-aided design and drafting) also used.
CAD software for mechanical design uses graphics to depict traditional drafting objects or the overall appearance of designed objects. However, it involves more than just shapes. Like manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, CAD design services convey information like materials, dimensions, tolerances, and processes.
CAD is an important industrial art used in many industrial applications, including automotive, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries, prosthetics, industrial and architectural design, and many more. CAD design services are widely used to produce computer animation for special effects in advertising and technical manuals and even in movies.
There are few experiences in life as rewarding as driving on the open road in a vehicle that you love and trust. However, this feeling isn’t possible when drivers can’t trust their vehicles to perform up to their standards. It’s difficult to get the most out of your ride when you can’t even achieve peace of mind behind the wheel. That’s why precision machining is so important in the automotive world. With the right company handling your contract machining, your automotive clients are sure to feel safe and confident whenever they’re on the road.
Precision machining is about more than just making the right product; it’s also about making the right product efficiently, effectively, and consistently, nowhere is this truer than in the automotive world. To create the safest possible vehicles, manufacturers need to know that the parts they receive are consistent in shape, measurement, and quality—and Decatur Mold always delivers. Using a computer-controlled process, Decatur Mold makes detailed parts with extreme precision and impressive consistency. This empowers manufacturers to produce safe vehicles and allows drivers to experience their vehicles without worry.
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