Skip to main content

How to Get Your Product Prototyped

Are you looking at getting your product prototyped? Bringing a new product to market is always exciting and turning that dream from an idea into something that you can hold is actually fairly easy. Below I will go through the steps that the pros use to get their product prototyped.
mrtechpathi_how_to_get_your_product_prototyped

Design
There are many approaches that you can take during the design phase. Typically rough sketches combined with some 2d and 3d modeling can be done to determine dimensions. Also take note of certain tolerances that your cnc or rapid prototyping machine may have.
With cnc machines, you have a much larger tolerance, but for a rapid prototyping machine, you could go down to less than a millimeter depending on the machine.

3d CAD program options
3d CAD applications and programs can be expensive. I recommend Solidworks, but Solidworks can be highly expensive. Alternatives include Concepts Unlimited, Rhino, Pro Engineer and others. You don’t need anything too fancy unless you are modeling something really complex.

What you need to focus on is export options. Depending on the machine you will be using, there are different file formats that are accepted. Talk to your cnc technician to find out if you need an IGES file or an STL file. It varies depending on the machine and software that the cnc programmer may use.

Choosing the type of manufacture
Everything seems to be cnc cut or routed these days. There are other options including rapid prototyping for smaller objects too. The main difference between cnc machines are the different amount of axis each may have. A 5 axis cnc machine is a lot more flexible compared to a 3 axis machine.

Then there is the cutting or routing type. Many use a traditional drill type piece, but you can now get laser, plasma and even water cutters. Every project is different and will require a different approach and thus a bit of research before beginning.

Quality control
This is probably the most important part of the process. Always check surface quality before and after finishing the project. If you are getting someone else to paint your product, make sure you pay them afterwards. This allows you to inspect the project first before committing to pay.
Cnc can be cheaper depending on the surface finish, so make sure you are prepared to put in more time finishing the product if you go a bit cheaper during the cnc process.

Remember to prepare wel and to keep a close eye on all stages of your project. Give specific instructions and you should be well on your way to bringing your product to reality.
What tips do you have for getting your product prototyped?
--
About the Author: Edwin is an experienced designer writing on behalf of PLCTechnician distance education program for PLC technicians. Edwin has a passion for technology and great design.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Make your iPhone completely waterproof with Liquipel coating

How good if your iPhone is Waterproof ? Is it possible ?  Yes, there is a way that you can waterproof your iPhone. Its not a cover  or any other physical material which totally covers your fancy looking sexy iPhone. Its a chemical named " Liquipel ". A coating of Liquipel on your iPhone will make it waterproof. If you want to make your iPhone waterproof, you need to pay $60 to Liquipel  Liquipel are charging $59 to $79 based on your requirement. Check details below. 1. Standard  Liquipel  $59.00 Next Liquipel Treatment completed     1-2 days of receiving your device. 2. Priority  Liquipel  $69.00 Next Liquipel Treatment completed    Two hours of receiving your device. 3.  Liquipel  & Gadget Film $79.00 Next Liquipel Treatment & Gadget Protective Film       applied 1-3 days of receiving your device. When you pay $79, along with Liquipel coating, you will receive Gadget Film. Gadget Film provides long-lasting scratch protection f

Transparent Swimming Pool : Think Big, Dream Big

Having swimming pool in house is a dream to everyone. Lets not talk about its maintenance now. Now its time to think of Transparent Swimming Pool. A Landscape Architecture company OFTB (Out of the blue) is a team based in Melbourne, Australia. They integrate contemporary landscape design with high quality construction of concrete swimming pools. These snaps are shared by OTFB to show their creativity and art of construction. Source : OTFB

BMW Ghost with 1600cc 6 Cylinder Engine with Eagle Design

Marko Petrovic has come up with an innovative design of motorcycle well inspired by wild white Eagle. Its named BMW Ghost. Name may seem quite scary but this snow colour Ghost has 1600cc 6 Cylinder Engine with amazing wild design.  Of course top human invention Aeroplane is designed by inspiring birds.I am sure this will be our future bike design and will really make bike lovers fell as if they are flying with Eagle eyes. For those who want to step on this Ghost and become Ghost rider should be aware that "Speed thrills but Kills". How do you feel about this Post ? Please drop your comments and feedback. Source : Yakodesign