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Developing your new invention can be a real challenge. Funds are usually limited and it is difficult get great advice at a low cost while at the same time protect your intellectual property (IP). With our rapid prototyping factory in China we will not only protect your new idea, you will also have access to qualified engineers and free resources to get your product to market at the lowest cost and fastest time possible. Go direct to our factory in China without all the hassle and make your invention a reality. (PS: We are more than happy to sign your NDAs)read more
Designers must have a very broad knowledge of many different manufacturing processes and finishes (i.e. a Jack of all trades). The team at RP Prototype have a had individually more than 10 years experience in manufacturing and not just Rapid Prototyping China processes. Collectively we have completed thousands of projects from the design and prototyping stage right through to mass production. We offer free resources and consultation to help you make your next design project a success. We specialise on highly visual prototypes in a wide range of finishes and material. We always pay a lot of attention to the details to ensure you can wow your clients.read more
The upper management at RP Prototype are qualified mechanical engineers so we understand the frustrations and extra work required to try to explain to non-technical sales reps and project managers. The fact is that most if not all of the reps in prototyping companies are not engineers or even have real technical manufacturing experience. Especially with factories in China where most often your projects are in hands of English graduates who are often are not fluent in spoken English so very difficult to pick up the phone and call. At RP Prototype you will always be speaking native English speaking project managers with an native English speaking engineer assigned to your project to make sure your requirements are met.read more
Who is RP Prototype?
We are a full service Western owned rapid prototyping factory based in Shenzhen city in Southern China specialising in prototyping and short run production. Our services include CNC machining, Vacuum casting and silicone tooling as well as SLA and SLS additive prototyping.
A quick overview of rapid prototyping services and injection molding:
CNC Machining or Prototyping is a subtractive rapid prototyping service in that it takes a block of material and then the unwanted material is machined away to leave the finished part. The main advantages are that high precision and repeatability can be achieved, a wide range of real production materials are available, fast lead times and relatively low cost compared to other processes such as 3D printing. If this process is suited to your design then this should be the first choice if you really want production representative parts that look and function great. (PS: CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control)
Vacuum Casting and Silicone Molding (aka cast urethane casting) is great for short run production as well as parts that require cast in colors, rubber like properties or over-molding. A master sample is first made by either SLA or CNC machining processes and then finished to the final surface finish of the parts to be produced. A silicone mold is then made from the master sample that is capable of producing up to about 20 parts per mold (this number depends on the complexity of design). Wide range of materials available that usually can be color matched to a pantone number and rubber like PU parts can be made to specific shore hardnesses.
Additive Prototyping: The most common of these processes is 3D printing, SLA and SLS. They all have a build platform that either moves up or down as the material of the part is added 1 layer at a time. The main advantage of these processes is that complex shapes can be created without the need for joining. The disadvantage, in the case of 3D printing and SLA, is this that materials are only simulant materials and usually inferior to the materials available for CNC machining. The costs are usually more expensive than CNC prototyping.
Injection molding is manufacturing process for plastic part production where the plastic material is injected into a mold with high temperature and pressure. Small extruded plastic pellets are fed through a heated barrel where they are mixed and then injected into the mold that has a cavity in the shape of the parts to be produced. After to material cools the mold opens and the parts are ejected. Injection molds can be very expensive and difficult to make large changes of the part design, surface finish and/or change materials after the mold has already been made. For this reason, Rapid Prototyping China is a great way to save money and time before getting to the production stage of the product development. We have managed more than 1,000 injection molding projects in China (as well as stamping, compression molding and die casting) and we have in-house tool designers that will be able to help you with your design for manufacture (DFM). Get free help today from our experienced engineers