Building Better Prototypes
By definition, a prototype is the first, preliminary model that allows design engineers the ability to quickly and efficiently explore their designs, test their performance, and craft even better components. After all, production components will be modeled and copied from this initial part.
When the prototype is the building block essential to the success of a project, don’t be forced to choose a prototyping supplier based on time and cost. So much can be learned from a prototype’s function, the need for a quality prototype is critical. When designing metal components, an exact replica of your final part is the best prototype you can get.
That is where we come in.
Crunch time may mean different things for different projects, but one thing’s for sure, nobody wants unforeseen surprises.
Stopping to prototype your design, evaluate its feasibility, and ensure its productivity might be critical to your product’s ultimate success. But at this stage of a product’s lifecycle, timing is essential. A delay of weeks can result in lower sales and lost market share.
Our in-house rapid prototyping can significantly accelerate your time-to-market. We simulate production using the specific process and our proprietary wax to deliver the most accurate results at a fraction of the time it takes other investment casting companies.
When it comes to developing your ideas, we’ve got the most effective prototyping options for your component—not to mention the in-house prototyping experts to help you choose the right one for the job. Our prototyping capabilities include:
- 3D printed wax patterns created in-house within hours and immediately processed into fully functioning metal components.
- Rapid in-house tooling using your part geometry, produced manually to reduce lead time and cost.
- Specially formulated proprietary wax that is run through our highly automated investment casting process to ensure dimensional accuracy.
- The ability to prototype utilizing any of our metals—you are not limited by material offering.
- Capable of any secondary operation that the customer requires including: assembly, heat treating, welding, plating, painting, and more!
Not ready for an exact replica just yet? Work with Signicast to create an SLA, or stereolithography resin pattern of your part, produced by one of our partners.
Minimum Order Quantities (MOQs)
Signicast does not have a minimum order quantity for prototypes. So whether you need one or one hundred, our team can provide a consistent supply of production-like components.
Prototype Lead Times
Best of all, we can create prototypes in as little as five days. Our average tooling lead time is three to five days. Lead times can vary based on complexity of the part and overall project needs.
Quick lead time will NOT affect the quality of the part.
We know that finding a supplier who can constantly and consistently supply prototypes can make or break your business. Investment cast prototyping is efficient in the overall cost and time of the project. The best thing is, you do not have to compromise quality for time or cost. Our in-house team of knowledgeable engineers are constantly thinking outside of the box to ensure our customer’s designs become a successful reality. Let us help you succeed.