Role of Rapid Prototyping in Auto Research and Development
Rapid prototyping is a modern method of manufacturing that entails the use of CAD, CAM, CNC, and laser technology. In addition, it incorporates the use of new material tech and precision servo drive tech in product development. In CNC we utilize a program that controls automated machine tools. CNC as a rapid prototyping method combines advanced programs like CAD and CAM to come up with a 3D image. The CNC machine then proceeds to cut the workpiece into the programmed shape and size. It differs from 3D printing which is an additive method while the former is subtractive.
Rapid tooling, on the other hand, is a new manufacturing method that we derive from rapid prototyping. It basically serves to shorten the development cycle of products. This helps in quickly availing a wide array of products to the market. Manufacturers are also able to provide custom products to meet their client’s personal needs. Currently, the prevailing popular rapid tooling methods are silicone rubber mold vacuum casting and aluminum injection molding. Another upcoming rapid tooling method is epoxy mold or aluminum mold reaction injection molding.
Rapid Prototyping and the Automobile Sector
Rapid prototyping is renowned for being a detailed product creation service. At Creatingway, we can combine modern rapid prototyping with traditional CNC machining as well as rapid tooling tech. This combination proves to be crucial in a number of ways. Firstly, it allows us to carry out design validation during a new product’s development phase. It then enables us to assess the market through a low-volume trial production. Afterward, we make any necessary corrections through various production solutions.
The quick advances in rapid prototyping allow its use in an array of industries. More companies are paying greater attention to rapid prototyping, due to the pros it offers. This encompasses product research, design, and creation up to its mass production. It thus finds wide use in the auto sector that is rapidly evolving with growing demand. At Creatingway, we offer awesome auto prototyping services by applying many methods to come up with automotive parts. Auto R&D benefit optimally from the shortened product creation cycle as well as design optimization that rapid prototyping offers.
What’s The Function of Prototype in Auto R&D？
Rapid prototyping tech often finds a key role to play during the trial stages of auto R&D. The trial samples we come up with in the initial stages serve an array of purposes. Firstly, we can use it for visual purposes that allow us to assess the product’s design. Secondly, we can use it in carrying out an interference exam of CAD digital models along with functional tests. Thirdly, the trial products enable end-users better grasp the appearance and function of a product. This is vital to the success of any product that is yet to step into the market. The creators can then assess its success and make any needed changes. This creates friendly factors and aids in avoiding losses that arise from blind product creation. Here are the key stages that rapid prototyping uniquely helps in auto R&D.
Optimizing Product Design
There are a few steps that we take towards improving a design’s efficiency. Our experts first directly make models using the designer’s 2D or 3D model and adjust any fine details. We then get the dimensions through 3D scanning of the molds. Further mods on the design can be done on the basis of the initial data. The next step entails producing the product through rapid prototyping so as to obtain a more definite modeling program. This allows us to greatly improve the design’s efficiency.
Discussion plays a key role in the product design process. A quick and efficient model enables our experts to achieve better design efficiency. The design creative phase often progresses from 2D design sketches to expounding further details. We thus end up obtaining a more specific model that is clearer.
Function Testing and Design Verification
This step mainly arises in the engineering design stage. The running of our rapid prototyping assembly reflects the sensibility of the structure size and installation ease. The final product simulation form often includes the function form, curve form, and dimension precision. In addition, it gives us a chance to verify the correct installation process. We are thus able to find the problem early and solve it.
There are a few key functional tests that allow us to assess an automobile prototype function. These are namely: aerodynamic test, mechanical features, thermal features, electrical features, and aerodynamic test. We sometimes look at the prototype’s service life and carry out safety standard tests. The auto R&D in the prototype trial stage firstly covers data validation. This allows us to verify the level of body data correctness. Secondly, we are able to carry out a performance test. This enables us to assess whether parts meet certain design needs. We can make any needed tweaks if noted. Thirdly, we can carry out a reliability test to assess the auto’s strength and durability. It entails putting the prototype through a field test, wind tunnel test, road test, and collision test. Contact us today for expert auto rapid prototyping services.
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