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Product Prototyping – 3D Printing, CNC Machining & Plastic Injection Molding

Product Prototype Development
Product Prototyping – 3D Printing, CNC Machining & Plastic Injection Molding 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

Prototype development of your conceived product is vital. A product prototype is the first physical form of an imagined product idea. It enables the inventor to actually touch and feel the perceived product. It also allows the inventor to perform various tests and make necessary changes to make the final product better. Not to forget, a product prototype is a proof of concept, enabling the inventor to pitch to potential stakeholders about the conceived product and attract more funds for the mass production.

When it comes to product prototype development, it is helpful to consider the various tools available and the different processes used for making different parts of a conceived product. Product prototype development can be carried out using one of the following three methods: 3D printing (additive manufacturing), CNC machining (subtractive manufacturing), and plastic injection molding.

3D Printing

3D printing or additive manufacturing is one of the rapid prototyping techniques that constructs 3D objects by successively depositing material in layers such that it becomes a predefined shape. In the past few years, contemporary 3D printing has been very successful for rapid prototype development, but it is gradually starting to make its impact on the product manufacturing realm as well.

CNC Machining

CNC machining or subtractive manufacturing is a technique that constructs 3D objects by successively cutting away the material from a block of solid material. Typically, a CNC machine is employed in order to cut away the material and give a definite shape. Modern CNC machines utilize several tools and cut at three axes to nine axes such that they minimize the need for operators to flip the block. One of the cardinal benefits of CNC machining is the ability to construct predefined metal parts swiftly and accurately. 3D printing, in the case of metal, does construct parts accurately, but it is relatively slower than CNC machining. Therefore, for those product prototypes that require both plastic and metal parts, it is useful to use 3D printing for plastic parts and CNC machining for metal parts.

Plastic Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding is a popular technique that constructs an object by injecting the material, with high pressure, into a mold. Once the product design engineers finalize the product design, definitive molds are made from either steel or aluminum, which are then fitted on the injection molding machine. The material is then fed into the machine, which passes through the mold and ejects as the predefined shape.

Which Method Should You Employ?

Each method is better suited for different situations. For instance, suppose you want to build a single product prototype just to get the feel of your conceived idea, run basic tests, and/or prove your concept to potential stakeholders. In such a case, if it is all plastic, you can employ 3D printing. If it is all metal, you can employ CNC machining. If it is an amalgamation of both plastic and metal, then you can employ 3D printing to produce plastic parts and CNC machining to produce metal parts. You can then assemble the plastic and metal parts to form the prototype and do whatever you wish to do with the prototype.

Now, suppose you want to create several identical product prototypes, which contain both plastic and metal parts, for consumer testing and market research. In such a case, you will need to employ plastic injection molding for plastic parts and CNC machining for metal parts. Plastic injection molding enables you to produce a moderate quantity of parts quite swiftly and economically. Once you have both the plastic and metal parts, you can assemble them to form several identical prototypes, which you can use for consumer testing and market research.

Despite the popular methods available, product prototype development can be tough, especially if you do not have a definitive product design for your conceived product. Besides, testing product prototypes and making them better are also some of the difficult challenges, which you may not be able to face it on your own. For that reason, it is sensible to partner with a product development company that employs different rapid prototyping techniques, including 3D printing, CNC machining, and plastic injection molding.

GID Development Corporation is a leading product design and product development company in the US. They offer quick and economical product design, rapid prototyping, product development, and other product fulfillment services to inventors in the US as well as across the globe. When it comes to product prototype development, experienced industrial engineers at GID Development Corporation first utilize the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes, which includes tools like CATIA V6, 3DVIA, BIOVIA, SOLIDWORKS, etc., to create and test product designs virtually. After achieving a definitive product design, the skilled industrial engineers employ 3D printing, CNC machining, plastic injection molding, or a combination of these methods to produce accurate product prototypes. The engineers at GID Development Corporation also have the experience and in-depth knowledge that help them test the prototype and make it better.

So if you need help with product prototype development, just contact GID Development Corporation. Whether it is a simple prototype development, like for sports products, or an intricate prototype development, like for complex electromechanical products or medical products, GID Development Corporation will “GET IT DONE!”

To learn more about the leading product design and product prototype development company in the US, GID Development Corporation, visit http://www.gidcompany.com/.

Have any queries regarding product prototyping? Just call Jim Grimes at 714-323-1052 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST, for a 15-minute FREE telephonic conference. He will answer to various questions regarding rapid prototyping, 3D printing, CNC machining, and plastic injection molding.

Getting a Product Prototype Developed

Getting a Product Prototype Developed
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Product prototype development is one very important step. No entrepreneur inventors can successfully bring a new product to the market without having a prototype developed for it first. A product prototype is the first physical form of a conceived product idea. It gives a better perception, whether the product would work or not. A product prototype also helps identify any problems that the product may have; knowing what the potential problems are beforehand will help eliminate those problems and make the final product better.

For entrepreneur inventors, product prototype development can be radically tough. Fortunately for them, they do not have to make prototypes themselves, as there are many product prototype development companies, engineering firms, machine shops, and other specialized places that can create product prototypes swiftly. Here are some steps that entrepreneur inventors should consider when it comes to product prototype development:

Step 1. Create conceptual sketches of the imagined product, and then create exhaustive drawings for the same. To create conceptual sketches, inventors can try the traditional approach – use a pencil / pen and papers. They can also hire someone to draw the sketches. Rough sketches of the conceived product are necessary. Based on these rough sketches, inventors should get the detailed drawings of the product drawn on the computer. CAD (computer-aided design) applications can help in this regard. These detailed drawings are what inventors need in order to explain their product concept to the prototype development company.

Step 2. Search and team up with a good product prototype development company that can help create reliable prototypes based on the requirements and detailed drawings. If the conceived product is to be made from plastic, partner with a product prototype company that specializes in plastic product manufacturing. If it is to be made from metal, seek a company that specializes in creating metal prototypes. If the conceived product is to be made from thermoplastic, rubber, ceramic or other such malleable materials, then approach a prototype development company that specializes in rapid prototyping or 3D printing (additive manufacturing). Rapid prototyping and 3D printing, by the way, are modern processes that facilitate swift product prototype development.

Note: Get the prototype developed of the same material you intend the final product to be made of; that way, you can get the proper understanding and feel of the conceived product.

Step 3. Redevelop the prototype, until it becomes the archetype of the conceived product. No one can have the perfect prototype on the first try. Several prototypes need to be developed in order to get the archetype, based on which mass production can be initiated. There are certain technologies available, like DS 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, which includes SOLIDWORKS, SIMULIA, GEOVIA, CATIA V6, etc., that help create swift and accurate prototypes; yet, at least, few prototypes need to be made. Often, the redevelopment of prototypes arises due to functional or structural changes; however, other factors may also incite the redevelopment of the prototype.

Step 4. Initiate the mass manufacturing based on the archetype or final product prototype. Now that the archetype or the final product prototype is ready, which is perfect in every sense, entrepreneur inventors should proceed with mass production of the conceived product. Partner with a reliable product manufacturer or, if the budget is not the constraint, set up your own manufacturing facility. Once the product starts rolling out in bulk quantity, take it to the market and start selling to the potential customers.

If you need help with product prototype development, then get in touch with GID Development Corporation. A leading product prototype development company in California, GID Development Corporation not only provides prototype development service, but product design, product development, and other product fulfillment services as well. Just head over to http://www.gidcompany.com/ to learn more.

GID Development Corporation always believes in assisting their customers in any way they can; hence, they are currently offering a 15-minute free telephonic conference to answer various product design, product prototyping and product development-related questions that the entrepreneur inventors may have. All the entrepreneur inventor needs to do is call Jim Grimes at 714-323-1052 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST.

Prototype Development of Products with Electronics

Electronics Products Prototype Development
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Do you have a great idea for a new product with electronics? Want to materialize your idea into a real product and take it to the market? Well, the first thing to do is to develop a working prototype. Prototype development of products with electronics is essential in order to test and try the products before introducing them to the actual consumers. So, where should you begin when it comes to prototype development of products with electronics?

Prototype development of products with electronics is, no doubt, challenging and expensive. You also would not get the desired results immediately without a prototype. If you, however, break down the product prototype development process into manageable steps, it is possible to succeed with the working prototype.

Prototype development of most products with electronics can be divided into two segments – the electronics segment and the plastic case segment. Let us have a look at each of these segments.

The Electronics Segment

Developing a prototype of the electronics segment of your conceived product can be divided into four steps.

If you are well-versed with electronics or if you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can skip the first two steps. Else, you will need to team up with a product prototype development company that is experienced in the development of prototypes for products with electronics.

Step 1. Create the Schematic

The first step in the development of the electronics segment is the creation of the electronics blueprint or schematic for your product. This blueprint states all the important details to build the electronics segment, including how the necessary components and modules are connected together.

Which components are needed will also be specified in the schematic. A bill of materials (BOM) or associated list will be prepared, itemizing every electronic item.

Step 2. Develop a Basic Prototype

Depending on your project and your budget, you may or may not want to develop a basic prototype of the electronics segment.

In order to create basic prototypes for the electronics segment, you can use breadboards. Utilizing breadboards, you can somewhat crudely, but fairly quickly connect various electronic components. If your project requires advanced electronics, you may also use ready-to-use modules like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

Step 3. Design a PCB Layout

You will, at some point, require a production-quality prototype of your conceived product. And in order to create a production-quality prototype, you will require the design and creation of a PCB (printed circuit board).

A printed circuit board is a custom-designed board that holds and connects all the necessary electronic components. Utilizing a special computer application, electronic engineers can turn the schematic of the electronics segment of the conceived product into a virtual layout. Designing a PCB layout is challenging because anything out-of-place can have a big impact on the performance of the final product.

Step 4. Fabrication of the PCBs & Assembly of the Electronic Components

After having a definitive PCB layout, you will need to send the layout to an electronics prototype development company for construction. Such a prototype development company will first fabricate empty PCBs.

After the fabrication of the PCBs, the next step is to assemble the various components on the PCBs through soldering. Most of the modern electronic components are minute and compact, making it very difficult to solder them manually. Therefore, a product prototype development company might employ automated machines to solder the compact and minute electronic components.

The Plastic Case Segment

Most products with electronics need some enclosure, and plastic cases are often the best choice. In order to create a custom-shaped plastic case for your prototype, you will need to utilize 3D printing or CNC machining.

Step 1. Create a 3D Model

You need to first design a 3D computer model of the required plastic parts. Unless you are proficient at creating 3D computer models, you will need someone expert for this step.

Even if you are capable of creating 3D computer models yourself, the computer software required to create definitive 3D models is very expensive; hence, it may be in your best interest to hire a 3D modeling expert.

Step 2. 3D Printing

Once you have the 3D model of the plastic case or other plastic parts, you can send the design files to a 3D printer for effortless and rapid prototyping. If you do not have a 3D printer, you can approach a prototype shop that offers a 3D printing service.

On the other hand, you can also procure your own 3D printer. In the past several years, 3D printers have become cheap enough for personal use.

For the large-scale production of certain plastic cases and parts, however, a completely different technology is utilized. It is called high-pressure injection molding. Shifting a plastic design from a mere prototype to full-scale production is a complex as well as an expensive process. Therefore, teaming up with a plastic product manufacturer, that specializes in plastic product manufacturing with different techniques, will be a wise move on your part.

Product prototype development is vital. Once you have a working prototype of your electronic product, you can proceed to get potential stakeholders, customer feedback, and a mass manufacturing partner. The path to success of a product with electronics is long, but it all begins with a product prototype.

If you need help with prototype development for products with electronics, then get in touch with GID Development Corporation. A new product prototype development company in California, USA, GID Development Corporation utilizes state-of-the-art technologies in order to develop precise product prototypes quickly and economically.

Aside from product prototype development, GID Development Corporation also provides product design, product development, and other product fulfillment services. GID also possesses the skills and knowledge of a plastic product manufacturer that help them develop various plastic parts, components, and cases using different injection molding techniques.

Whether it is design, development or prototyping of products with electronics, products with imbedded software, mechanical products, electromechanical products, medical device products, or any generic or special-purpose products, GID Development Corporation will certainly “GET IT DONE!”

To learn more about GID Development Corporation, visit http://www.gidcompany.com/.

If you have any question regarding product design, product development or product prototype development, simply give GID a call. Currently, GID is offering a free 15-minute telephonic conference. So, just call Jim Grimes at 714-323-1052 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST.