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Rapid Prototyping

A product has to pass a range of tests before it can be mass produced. This prototype must be fully functional for its intended application and must be free of any defects. Only then can it be released to enter mass production. Therefore, for complex products our developers make so called dummy-samples for development tests to complement simulation.

"Dummy-samples“ or "Lab prototypes“ are prototypes which are entirely produced in our own lab and are hand-finished. We use them to evaluate a new design quickly on the real part and in order to conduct initial test in the development phase. This is helpful in cases where complex parts have to be made using the Rapid Prototyping process.

Prototypes can be made within a period of 4 to 5 working days. They are made manually and this is the reason why the maximum number of a run is 10-20 items. They are made from the real material and they are completely vulcanized.

The difference with the rapid tooling: lab samples are made in the laboratory whereas rapid tooling parts are made with a process that comes close to mass production. The advantage of lab samples is that their production is more flexible and costs less money in cases where the geometry of the parts is not yet final. Another benefit is that the customer will get first samples when development has been concluded.

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