Why Rapid Prototyping is Important
Characterised by its speedy turn-around time, Rapid Prototyping plays an essential role in every stage of product development in industries worldwide. From pen-and-paper drawings to detailed parts in production-quality materials, prototyping a product helps to identify and fix problems in a cost and time-efficient manner.
Midas FASTrim™ is our specialist tooling service that delivers rapid product prototypes using Reaction Injection Moulding. This tooling process effectively allows you to prototype and trial various product shapes and finishes to see how they look and behave, using production-quality materials. This has helped us to prototype and develop products in industries from automotive to Medtec. Read more in our case studies section today.
Rapid Prototyping and Engineering
From outlining basic components to modelling intricate details, rapid prototyping is a great way to trial how a product will perform in the real world. Especially in industries like engineering, products must be made to exact measurements in materials designed to perform under a specific range of conditions.
With our unique FASTrim™ tooling process we really put the emphasis on precision and attention to detail. By using production-quality manufacturing methods and materials our rapid prototypes are perfect for reviewing and testing a part in its near-final state. Browse our case studies to find out more.
Rapid Prototyping for Medical Devices
It’s not just about getting the tech right, it’s about housing it safely. With strict health and safety requirements that must be met on each product, material testing is a critical component of creating devices for medical use, and rapid prototyping is the cost-efficient way to ensure this is done.
Midas has been producing high-quality polyurethane covers for medical and MEDTEC devices for years, and our FASTrim™ facilities are a key part of this. By using production-quality methods and materials we can offer a flexible prototyping system to both develop your product and offer low-volume production perfect for small-scale trials.
Rapid Prototyping vs Conventional Manufacturing Methods
Prototypes are generally required in very small volumes, and of varying quality meaning traditional production methods are impractical and time-consuming. Rather than waiting weeks for the next iteration of your product to be created via conventional processes, rapid prototyping could get it on your desk in a week.
This allows you to trial your product, ensuring it continues to meet the specification through all stages of production without impacting the development timeline. Midas’ unique FASTrim™ prototype tooling system provides a flexible solution to your prototyping needs. Read more here or contact us today to discuss your latest project.
Rapid Prototyping vs Traditional Prototyping
Whilst traditional prototyping methods involve crafting by hand, a time consuming and resource-heavy method prone to human error, rapid prototyping typically uses CAD to help generate the end product. This makes it easier to develop products with precise measurements and enables effective comparison between multiple variations within tight deadlines.
Midas FASTrim™ uses a CNC-produced mould tool to create a prototype with reaction injection moulding using production-quality materials and methods. This is good for functional testing as well as finalising the shapes of the end product- particularly in regards to production. Get in touch today to find out more.