:: Stereolithography (SLA)
A rapid prototyping process that uses a vat of liquid UV-curable photopolymer resin and a UV laser to build parts one layer at a time. SLA rapid prototyping is a great process for concept models, master patterns and tradeshow models.
:: Manufactured Plastic Prototypes (MPP)
A subtractive rapid prototyping process for creating plastic prototypes from production plastics. The material is removed from a solid block plastic using CNC technology. MPP parts are ideal for functional prototypes and end-use applications.
A rapid prototyping process that jets photopolymer materials in ultra-thin layers (16µ) onto a build tray layer by layer until the part is completed. Each photopolymer layer is cured by UV light immediately after it is jetted. PolyJet rapid prototyping is a great process for concept models, master patterns and tradeshow models.
:: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
A rapid prototyping process that uses a high power laser to fuse small particles of powder to build parts one layer at a time. SLS rapid prototyping is a great process for functional testing and for low volume manufacturing.
:: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
A rapid prototyping process that uses a plastic filament of material supplied to an extrusion nozzle. The nozzle is heated to melt the material and can be moved in both horizontal and vertical directions. FDM rapid prototyping is a great process for functional testing and for low volume manufacturing.
The process of using silicone molds to create urethane molded parts. Silicone is cast around a master pattern (typically made from stereolithography rapid prototyping). After curing, the mold is then used to form a two-part polyurethane material in the shape of the master. Cast Urethane Molding is a great process for pre-production runs and low volume manufacturing.
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:: Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
CNC Machining is a subtractive manufacturing method which cuts away unwanted material from primary stock to form the shape of the needed part. It is a great process for manufacturing low and high quantities of quality metal and plastic parts.
:: Sheet Metal
A formative manufacturing process that produces parts from sheets of metal. A variety of processes are available including stamping, bending, drilling, tapping, shearing and more.
:: Die Casting
The process of forcing molten metal under high pressure into mold cavities (which are machined into dies). Most die castings are made from non-ferrous metals, although ferrous metal die castings are possible. This process is great for applications requiring a large quantity of small to medium sized parts with good detail, a fine surface quality and dimensional consistency.
A casting process for creating prototypes or low volume production parts from metal. This process is best suited for materials with low melting temperatures such as aluminum and zinc.