Prototyping is the process of creating plastic prototypes or models of products/components before full-scale production begins. Prototyping is essential in product development as it allows designers and engineers to evaluate the design, test functionality, identify potential issues, and make necessary adjustments before investing in mass production.

There are 2 main methods that we use for plastic prototyping:

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing: 3D printing is a popular method for plastic prototyping due to its speed, cost-effectiveness, and ability to create complex geometries. Various types of 3D printing technologies, such as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and PolyJet, can be used to create prototypes directly from digital 3D CAD models.

CNC Machining: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining involves cutting and shaping plastic blocks or sheets using computer-controlled machining tools. CNC machining offers high precision and can produce prototypes from a wide range of plastic materials, including ABS, acrylic, and nylon.

The choice of prototyping method depends on factors such as the required precision, material properties, budget, time constraints, and the complexity of the prototype. Each method has its advantages and limitations, and the most suitable method may vary depending on the specific requirements of the project.