In the current marketplace, speed is essential during the development of a product, it is crucial for an idea to move quickly and confidently from concept to prototype to production. A challenge that developers are increasingly facing is how to accommodate time for design iterations, but keep their product on the critical path to market launch - and get there before the competition. This is where Proto Labs 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding services can help.
Proto Labs uses industrial 3D printing technology to produce custom prototypes and functional end-use parts within days. Whether you need small parts with complex geometries or large, highly detailed patterns, their 3 advanced processes give designers and engineers a quick-turn 3D printing option throughout a product’s life cycle.
CNC machined parts are milled or turned from real blocks of engineering-grade plastic and metal for improved part functionality and cosmetic appearance; 1-200 parts can be produced in 3 days or less. This service is typically chosen when a part is needed quickly, but is required to have the true properties of the material selected.
Proto Labs injection moulding produces parts made from real engineering-grade thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber, and is often used for prototyping, short-run manufacturing and bridge tooling. By using advanced aluminium alloy moulds, Proto Labs are able to eliminate the costly and time consuming custom engineering that normally goes into the development of injection-mould tooling. This means they can make up to 10,000+ plastic parts in less than 3 weeks.
Find out more about Proto Labs’ services in their free "Digital Manufacturing for Dummies" e-book. This guide provides an in-depth comparison of injection moulding, CNC machining and 3D printing, explores material options and highlights how digital manufacturing can fit into every stage of the product life cycle.
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