Prototyping

The word “prototyping” for many people may bring to mind 3D printing methods like stereolithography (SLA) widely used to make one-off proofs-of-concept for new plastic products. Precision Group, however, takes a much different approach to prototyping. For our customers, a prototype is only truly useful if it can be considered a fully functional, working example of the final injection molded plastic product. Because 3D printing methods cannot generally produce a final product that is of comparable durability and quality to an injection molded part, we use an alternative method.

Precision Group builds customers a “quick tool,” made out of aluminum rather than the high-hardness steel used for long production run tools. This approach allows customers to envision their final products exactly as they would appear after a full production run. While these quick tools have a shorter shelf life than long production run tools, they have the advantage of being much lower-cost to produce and much quicker to build from the ground up (taking generally less than 2 weeks to produce on average, compared to 6 weeks for long production run tool).

Using Precision Group’s prototyping method, customers can create 100-1000 injection molded plastic products that are exactly identical to what a high level production tool would create. This method of production is ideal for customers seeking a quick turnaround and looking to test a new product concept with a limited-quantity production run.

If you are interested in learning more about Precision Group’s prototyping method, please contact us.

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