HLH Prototool (Rapid Tooling) – An Introduction
Rapid tooling, bridge tooling, soft tooling, known by many names they all refer to an intermediary, pre-production manufacturing technique, a bridge between prototype parts and full injection molded production parts. Here at HLH we call our rapid tooling service Prototool. With our extensive experience in prototyping and production it was a natural evolution for us to invest more resources into our Prototool service so we could better serve our client’s needs. This relatively quick design verification technique may be just the thing you need to help take your part development process to the next level.
Rapid tooling offers you a glimpse into the future, a glimpse into what your final production run parts will look and feel like. The sample parts you will receive from our Prototool service will be real parts from real tools, parts that will be able to stand up to real world testing, parts that will allow you to verify your design faster. Our Prototool service will correctly show you the production finish you have chosen for your part, you are able to completely verify your design or rethink your design if needed, all in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost when compared to full production tooling. Adding our Prototool service to your part development process can actually save you time and money in the long run as you are not risking full production tooling dollars on unrealized and unverified designs.
When you pair our Prototool service with our CNC prototype service you truly have a bulletproof design verification process. Many of our clients like to start with CNC machining to quickly review parts to see if they want to make any changes to their design. From there they send us updated files which we use to create a Prototool that can deliver our client’s anywhere from a few parts to a few dozen parts (depending on the client’s needs) for extensive testing. After our clients have fully tested and verified their design they can enter the full production tooling phase with complete confidence. Keep in mind that the entire process can be anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, so it is very fast part realization and design verification technique. Once you have tried our Prototool service you will wonder why you haven’t been using it all along.
To inquire about our Prototool services for your next project email Info@HLHPrototypes.com for your free project review. Here at HLH, we make things for you.