Split into three distinct categories, rapid prototyping works by assembling a prototype version or versions of a product in development to test different aspects of design or functionality. From technical details to final finishes, rapid prototypes provide real feedback on various aspects of design during crucial stages of product development.
Midas Pattern Company uses our FASTrim™ system to create prototypes using production-quality materials. Our prototype mould tools are made using CNC machining and reaction injection moulding is used to create the product. This flexible process can give you near-immediate feedback on shapes and materials, allowing you further opportunity to explore and develop your ideas.
Does Rapid Prototyping Work?
Rapid prototyping works as an essential part of product development, enabling the trialling and testing of various aspects of design and function. Provided the right prototyping method is used, rapid prototyping can be an incredibly effective and cost-efficient addition to the product development process.
Midas FASTrim™ uses reaction injection moulding to create production-quality products using prototype mould tools and production materials. The only difference between this method and the production process is tool life. This makes it ideal for the later stages of production such as trialling materials and finishes, and testing shapes achieved by this tooling process.
How Rapid Prototyping Works
Rapid prototyping works by quickly generating a product or part of a product in order to obtain feedback on various aspects of the design and functionality. This helps direct design and allows problems to be found as early in development as possible, saving money further down the line.
Midas FASTrim™ allows you to create reaction injection moulded parts with production-standard polyurethane. CNC machining allows for easy modification of your tool, allowing the product to evolve with your ideas. This is an optimal rapid prototyping technique for material and finish testing, as well as product launches, and demos.
Rapid Prototyping: does it work?
Used correctly, rapid prototyping can work as a vital tool for product development, with different methods suited for different functions; whilst paper and cardboard could easily be used to determine the size, shape, and layout of a handheld console, they would be less effective at testing durability, functionality, or finish.
At Midas, we specialise in Reaction Injection Moulding, and our prototyping capabilities are derived from this means of production. CNC machining is used to create the mould tool, which is then injected with the same materials we use for our full-scale production processes making it the perfect way to test the materials and finish of the final product.
When to Use Rapid Prototyping
Rapid prototyping can be used at any stage of product development and should be used at any point where visualising the end product could aid decision making. From rough sketches, and CAD simulations, to the building of specific parts, there is a rapid prototyping method for every aspect of design.
Midas FASTrim™ is ideal for testing materials and manufacturing methods. With flexible moulding methods and production polyurethane, we can provide highly accurate and adaptable prototypes that still give full access to the capabilities of reaction injection moulding. This makes it the ideal method for producing parts for product launches, demos, a/b testing, and even a low-volume production process.