That napkin sketch, doodle on a piece of paper, or perhaps the 3D model you’ve been pondering over. It all starts from a place of inspiration. When you’re ready to take the next step and begin planning your idea for production, it’s time to consult with the rapid prototyping & custom injection molding experts at SEA-LECT Plastics.
Plastic injection molding has countless applications, and is an extremely cost-effective means to produce parts and components in mass quantity. SEA-LECT’s experts in design and engineering will evaluate the intended use of your part design, its special properties, and other factors to determine the best type of materials to be used. We can also recommend changes that can save time, potentially reduce cost, and even improve the part’s performance and function.
Using computer-assisted design software, we will create an exact part file in 3D according to your specifications. Free file viewing software allows us to share all details with you, and if needed, incorporate any changes based on your feedback.
Once the design is complete, the next step is the production of a rapid prototype part along with the best method to serve your needs. Most rapid prototypes are produced within 2 to 3 days.
The best production method for your part will take into consideration the number of parts you need, the material, and complexity of the component.
There are multiple benefits for producing a rapid prototype part of your design. Some of the benefits include:
- A physical prototype represents how the product will look and. It provides a chance to see the physical appearance, understand the dimensions of the design, and demonstrates the specific features of the product.
- It allows you to display the product at trade shows to potential new customers or investors, to gauge consumer interest, and also share the design with the distribution community.
- The prototype will reduce the possibility of design flaws in the production mold and parts as you will be able to identify problem areas and fine tune the mold and part design before the final mold is produced.
- Prototypes can be made in multiple colors and surface textures that you can demonstrate as potential options for the finished product. They be used to research and gauge interest in the finished product.
MOLDFLOW® Plastic Injection Molding simulation
SEA-LECT’s expert Engineers, Mold Makers, and Analysts use Moldflow® software for plastic injection molding simulation to improve plastic part designs, mold designs, and manufacturing processes. It is a valuable tool that aids decision making and helps to avoid expensive mistakes.
It will provide a number of benefits, such as design for manufacturability, mold machine requirements, part defect troubleshooting, and a prediction of process parameters when you’re ready for full-scale production.
When you’re initial concept is ready for discussion, contact us to discuss the intended use of the part or component and how many parts are needed. We can help determine the best material to use, how to design the mold for efficient manufacturing, and any potential pitfalls to avoid in the future. Our experts can have a rapid prototype available within a few days, and we can engineer a solution for the finished product.