Why is Prototyping a Vital Step to Final Production?
If you look back you will find that most inventors did not get the ‘it’ right first time. In fact, several rounds of trial and error and re-working designs are often needed before finalising look, form and function. Today’s technology has greatly enhanced the design and creation process with the use of computer software and specialised engineers who understand how the parts and machines work together.
However, it is still important to understand you should not mass produce parts or tools before you have tested and tried a prototype or small quantity of the product. This is where you need to work with a qualified prototype manufacturer with the ability to utilize a wide range of processes and materials such as aluminum and to combine those with the perfect machining techniques. These prototyping companies employ engineers to work with the client from the beginning to develop the basic design and then move it on to the next stage in the process.
The aluminum prototype or other material parts can be accomplished with CNC machining, rapid injection molding for plastics and/or 3D printing technology depending on the required functionality, durability and other specifications. To be cost effective, the prototype company must be able to turn the project around quickly especially with a low volume request and do so accurately. The prototype sample must correctly reflect the intent and appearance of the final product in order for it to be a solid standard by which to give the okay for mass production. This is why the process involves the finishing department and quality control so that nothing gets to the client without rigorous inspection and oversight from those who are experts in the field.
It is at this point that any and all corrections should be made which saves you money and time in the long term because you don’t have to be concerned with recalls, faulty manufacturing or design and other crucial situations. You can give the ‘go ahead’ on the part or tool production with confidence knowing that the same reliable aluminum prototype methods and process will be used in mass production delivering the same great results!