Rapid tooling is a quick and economical injection molding solution for small batches of parts. Industries are depending on rapid tooling for small batches during testing and prototyping stages.
Prolean offers quality rapid tooling injection molding services for a broad range of material in convenient quantities.
What is Rapid Tooling?
Rapid tooling is also known as bridge tooling or prototype tooling because it is a cost-efficient production process for parts that are not ready for mass production but require more quantities than primary prototyping stage.
Rapid tooling utilizes steel or aluminum molds for injection molding of plastic parts. The steel and aluminum molds are perfect for batches as large as 10,000 and take just one or two weeks with existing CAD tools to design. The produced parts are as good as or almost close to mass production parts in quality.
Tolerances: +/- 0.1mm Or Better On Request.
How Does Rapid Tooling Work?
Lasers are nothing but high-power beams of light created with help of stimulated emission of radiation. Mirrors and lenses concentrate the beam of light to create a single point which possesses an immense amount of energy. In laser cutting, machines use this point to remove material and cut the sheet metal.
Laser cutting machines are CNC machines with a laser head instead of tool holder. The laser moves according to the commands fed to the CNC machine for given part design. The power of the laser also changes depending upon application and thickness of the sheet. The sheet metal is clamped on the machine bench and kept flat. The laser just follows the path programmed by engineers and the laser cuts the sheet metal in the process.
Advantages of Rapid Tooling
Rapid tooling is ideal for products not yet ready for mass production. The quick production allows companies to test a larger batch of product in its near-mass production state without investing time and resources in production tooling. The prototypes and test batches are great at revealing flaws in design of the product. Imperfections like weak spots, warping and shrinking found by rapid tooling can save significant amount of capital for companies.
Rapid tooling is also cheaper than other prototyping processes for larger batches which makes it perfect for young companies looking to get a small batch out in the market
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What Materials Are Available For Rapid Tooling?
Prolean offers a wide variety of materials for rapid tooling. Please see the list for a sample of the materials we work with.
If you require a material not in this list, please do get in touch as it is likely we can source it for you.