Engineering Choices Can Affect Your Parts.

To assist you in minimizing costs and optimizing manufacturability, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks for rapid prototyping. However, if you require project-specific guidance or have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to provide you with personalized support and address any questions you may have regarding your specific project.

Cost Saving Tips for Rapid Printing.

  • If your Stereolithography (SLA) part’s walls are thick enough they can be hollowed out to save on production material costs.
  • Horizontally oriented Stereolithography (SLA) parts build faster and cheaper but magnify the stair steps used in the model.
  • Stereolithography (SLA) parts designed with the long axis of the model oriented vertically take longer to build but reduce the number of stair steps used.
  • The use of Connex500 Polyjet parts for masters can reduce cost in some applications.
Stereolithography (SLA) parts can be used as mold masters, so can Connex500 Polyjet parts. The Connex500 Polyjet 3D printer builds z-axis layers down to 16 micron (.0006″), SLA builds .006″ layers.
Stereolithography (SLA) parts can be clear or ABS-like, so can Connex500 Polyjet parts. SLA is usually less expensive on larger builds and we can produce parts that exceed our vat size.
Stereolithography (SLA) parts can be painted, so can Connex500 Polyjet parts. The Stereolithography (SLA) process can build QuickCast masters.
The Connex500 Polyjet 3D printer can print multiple materials within a single build, SLA cannot. Stereolithography (SLA) parts are also used in investment casting.
The Connex500 Polyjet 3D printer has a wide range of materials and durometers, SLA is limited.

Casting Parts, Factors that will Affect Silicone Mold Life:

  • As you cast your models, urethane permeates the mold over time and degrades the accuracy of your parts.
  • Silicone molds have a limited life cycle depending on the casting material chosen.
  • Part geometry also determines silicone mold life.
  • Wall thickness makes a difference in the stability of urethane castings.
  • Urethanes come in a wide range of different durometers and Shore A & D varieties.
Urethane parts can be cast in specific colors and with specific textures to meet your design needs. Silicone parts can be painted and finished.
Urethane castings can be painted and finished. Silicones come in a wide range of different durometers and Shore A & D varieties.
Parts can be cast in silicones as well as urethanes. Pucks can be insert into molds during the molding process to simulate tactile feel in silicone keypads.

We Offer Rapid Tooling for Plastic Injection Production:

  • We can build your aluminum tooling or machine temporary tooling out of REN material.
  • We can build fixtures on our 3D printer.
  • If your quantities do not justify the cost of plastic injection, silicone molds are a great solution for low volume production.
We machine acrylic We machine foam
We machine polypropelene We machine Acetal
We machine Delrin and REN board We can machine all types of materials

We Strive to be Your Turnkey Provider:

  • We can be your custom supplier for complex parts in metal, plastic, and specialty materials.
  • We can provide you with referrals for industrial design advice and mechanical engineering.
  • We are committed to prompt, responsive service. You will always speak with a live person when you call during office hours.
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