3D Printed Prototype

Prototyping and 3D Printing

When testing the capabilities of a new product design or feature, it is important to put the functionality and design to the test to ensure it is viable for consumers.

Prototyping

Aztec Plastic provides detailed plastic prototyping services to allow you the ability to create, test and re-design models in real-world situations.

Plastic rapid prototyping allows organizations to easily create simple prototypes to test the function and design of products before they go to market. The rapid prototyping process often involves 3D printing or other additive plastic manufacturing processes, as they are the fastest methods of production.

With advanced equipment, Aztec Plastic is able to create detailed prototypes from a variety of plastic types depending on the needs of the product. Plastic prototyping saves budget by allowing organizations to test different materials and functionality on a limited-run prototype before full-scale production.When testing the capabilities of a new product design or feature, it is important to put the functionality and design to the test to ensure it is viable for consumers.

Aztec Plastic provides detailed plastic prototyping services to allow organizations the ability to test models in real-world situations.

Plastic rapid prototyping allows organizations to easily create simple prototypes to test the function and design of products before they go to market. The rapid prototyping process often involves 3D printing or other additive plastic manufacturing processes, as they are the fastest methods of production.

With advanced equipment, Aztec Plastic is able to create detailed prototypes from a variety of plastic types depending on the needs of the product. Plastic prototyping saves budget, by allowing organizations to test different materials and functionality on a limited-run prototype before full-scale production.

 

Benefits

  • Plastic prototyping is a cost-effective part of the product design process. It allows organizations the ability to put their product design or materials to the test and discover any potential problems prior to a full-scale production run.
  • Rapid plastic prototyping is a fast and efficient way to test products prior to production. Prototypes can take hours, rather than weeks, to create, allowing for quick testing.
  • Plastic prototyping is possible with a variety of different plastic types and colors to test not only functionality, but aesthetic design as well.

3D Printing 

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that turns a digital design files into functional, three-dimensional objects. 

Items can be printed in a variety of materials such as prototyping plastic, transparent plastic, rubber-like plastic, high-detail resin and much more. 

Though the 3D printing process has been used in industrial applications since the early 1980s, it only recently skyrocketed in popularity when the Fused Deposition Modeling—one of the most important aspects of 3D print—expired in 2009 (3dhubs.com).  It not only enabled vital and rapid innovations to be made in the process, but also greatly reduced the price of 3D printers and 3D printing software.  This allowed the once expensive process more accessible and affordable to both large and small businesses. 

The 3D printing industry is projected to be a nearly $38 billion industry by 2023, according to Markets and Markets.  This is widely due to the reduced manufacturing costs, the advances in technology and growing industry investments.

As the industry progresses, the applications from three-dimensional printing are only limited by the users’ imagination.  3D Printing has nearly infinite applications, including rapid prototyping, architectural models, forensic pathology, film and television production, fashion, custom prosthetics, medical devices and much more.

Benefits

  • Traditional methods of creating prototypes takes weeks and are incredibly expensive.  The inevitable revisions will take longer and cost even more.  3D Printing manufacturing has revolutionized rapid prototyping, and enables designers to produce prototypes and revisions efficiently—usually in less than 24 hours—and cost-effectively.
  • 3D manufacturing is a mostly automated process.  Once the CAD (computer-aided design) file has been created and sent to the 3D printer, it can function unaided.  Companies will improve productivity by scheduling objects to print overnight, while saving money on employee costs.
  • Though 3D printing is largely used for rapid prototyping, it can also quickly produce functional products.  While 3D printing for large-scale manufacturing is generally prohibitively time-consuming and expensive, it is a great application for a small batch production of customized products.
  • 3D Printing is environmentally-friendly.  Not only can businesses use sustainable products, 3D printed objects are approximately 60% lighter than traditionally manufactured products while being just as durable.  The process also produces less waste, and thus has less negative impact on the environment. 

The Aztec Advantage

At Aztec Plastic, we do our best to be a flexible asset and partner to our Customers. Whether it is High Production, High Mix Low Production, Developmental or Conceptual, we adapt our Business to best support our Customer’s Needs and Concerns.

Our mission is to be the highest quality driven organization that utilizes the latest cutting-edge manufacturing technologies striving towards continuous improvement. Our goal ultimately is to be the benchmark for our Customer’s suppliers.

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