Today, when the wave of digitalization is sweeping, prototype model making plays an important role. Driven by data and manufacturing processes, it is injecting innovative momentum into the development and upgrading of various industries. Compared with the traditional manufacturing process, the hand model technology has many advantages such as rapid prototyping, high manufacturing precision, good ability to form complex structures, cost reduction and efficiency improvement.
As we all know, in traditional manufacturing, companies need to determine the size of the factory and production line according to customer needs, and also consider a series of production factors such as parts storage, delivery cycle, inventory quantity, and transportation costs. Prototype model production reduces production costs and time costs, further verifies the possibility of product design, and provides a more reliable guarantee for enterprises to mass-produce certain products. At present, many sub-scenarios in the manufacturing industry are gradually using prototype models for product prototyping, or directly using prototype models for parts and machine production, which directly promotes the continuous increase in its application in the industrial field and makes new products rapidly enter the market.
As a core brand in the field of prototype model making, BE-CU.COM has always focused on providing customers with product samples, small and medium-sized plastic and metal processing, with 30,000+ practical experience in product processing and 13 years of experience in rapid prototyping solutions, giving full play to Competitive advantages in core technology, quality service, brand reputation, etc., thus empowering the transformation and upgrading of the manufacturing industry and achieving a balance between cost and quality. The application of its advanced equipment, the improvement of work efficiency, and the formation of its core manufacturing competitiveness have given Kaierwo a huge opportunity to occupy the prototype and mass production markets and win long-term strategic relationships.
After designing a new product, designers generally need to find a proofing manufacturer to make a prototype model, so why do product design prototypes need prototypes? The following BE-CU.COM 3D printing will introduce to you.
With the development of 3D printing metal, more and more manufacturers have begun to use metal 3D printing to replace metal CNC processing, sheet metal and metal casting. Of course, this is only the preliminary proofing and customized production. From the current development trend, 3D printing has formed an effective combination with CNC processing and sheet metal manufacturing, making up for the defects of these two processes in terms of forming limitations. Next, Wukong Printing Workshop 3D printing service will introduce 3D printing metal materials to more and more processing prototypes. processing technology.
3D printed metal parts have the characteristics of being able to print special special-shaped structures, low cost per piece, no need for molds, and fast delivery. This is very suitable for pre-proofing and product verification.
A domestic car seat manufacturing company, at that time, they needed to make a set of newly designed seat prototypes within a week, but the matching molds were still in production. In addition, this set of seats consists of 78 pieces, with a thickness of 1.5 to 2.5 mm. Most parts have ribs and bumps. Therefore, CNC machining is also not suitable. So they adopted the 3D printing process,
In another use case, a machine builder wanted to produce a four-part silencer with a uniform thickness of 0.73 mm for the shell and 0.6 mm for the central structural area. The sheet metal structure of the four components is complex and cannot be fabricated by cutting and bending. Due to its thin wall thickness, it also cannot be manufactured by milling. So there are only two options, one is stamping and the other is 3D printing. Stamping has the advantages of high precision and high realization of design functions, but the mold production cycle is long and the cost is high. Metal 3D printing, on the other hand, can be delivered in just 3 days, and it can also fully realize the design function.
The benefits of 3D printing prototypes
- Verify the shape. If we just look at the design drawings, we can’t know what the shape of the product looks like, and the customer can’t accept it. Therefore, we need to make a sample that can be seen in our hands.
- Verification function. Test according to the function, test its practicality one by one, and see if the product sample can meet the customer’s use requirements.
- Participate in the exhibition. Before mass production, we need to put the hand-made samples on the booth for display, so as to achieve the preliminary publicity work. If there is no physical display, other customers will not be able to see how our products are. After the actual product is displayed, it can further obtain customer orders.
- Direct sales. Prototype model making can be sold as an actual product. Many merchants may make it in large quantities and then sell it directly to test the market’s response to this product.
- Reduce costs. In many cases, the product design cannot be absolutely perfect when it is designed, and it is even unusable when it is produced. Therefore, if the product is directly produced without prototype proofing, once it is defective, it will cause a lot of manpower, material resources and The waste of time and loss is much higher than the cost of prototype proofing. Prototype model production consumes less manpower and material resources, can find out the deficiencies in product design, and help manufacturers make better improvements in the later stage.
Designers often need to verify their own designs to see if the products they design have design defects. At present, with 3D printing services, more and more designers use 3D printing to verify prototypes. To check the shape and structure of the product, the following will introduce a 3D printed prototype prototype of a smart socket to everyone.
When the mobile phone is charging, there is no suitable place to put it. In order to make a more user-friendly socket, the designer finally got a satisfactory final product after several modifications and 3D printing prototype tests, and then 3D printed it for verification.
3D printing smart socket technology
Process: SLA laser curing
Material: photosensitive resin
Processing time: 48 hours
Solve the problem: not only provide printing services, but also paint and color to speed up the development cycle
Modeling + Printing
The designer provides 3D model drawings, or provides CAD two-dimensional drawings, and then we model, and the 3D printing service company reviews the model to confirm that the model can be printed, and then print it on the machine. After the printing is completed, the model is white, and the model is printed. The surface is not very smooth and needs to be sanded to make the surface smooth.
If the model needs to be colored, it needs to be finely polished on the basis of the initial polishing, sprayed with primer and topcoat to achieve the effect of industrial appearance.
Can the prototype be 3D printed:
There are many ways to make prototypes. Now more and more companies choose 3D printing to process prototypes. 3D printing prototypes has the characteristics of high speed, low cost and good quality of prototypes. At present, the printing materials often used for prototypes are photosensitive resin and Nylon, different materials are suitable for prototypes with different functional requirements.
The above is a brief introduction to why product design prototypes need prototype proofing and the feasibility of 3D printing processing. Through our introduction, I believe everyone has a certain harvest.
The above is the analysis that Be-cu china rapid prototyping factories introduced to you about 3D printing metal materials becoming more and more processing technology for processing prototypes. I hope it can provide you with reference.
Be-cu china rapid prototyping factories focus on 3D printing, CNC machining and small batch silicone production services, providing a variety of materials, 3D printing services up to 0.05mm precision, prototype molds, 3D printing animation figures, 3D printing architectural models, 3D printing Portraits, 3D printing sand table models and other printing services, as well as small batch production of CNC machining prototypes and silicone complex molds.