3D printing is much in the news right now, and yes, it’s an astonishing technology that we at REV.1 Engineering use frequently. We’re very proud to have state-of-the-art FDM and Polyjet 3D printing capabilities under roof. However, we also understand that rapid prototyping extends well beyond 3D printing.
The key word in the phrase rapid prototyping is rapid! That’s why it’s important to have a wide variety of capabilities on site. It’s also important to understand the purpose of your prototype: Do you just need a non-working model (aka: paperweight) to understand product form? Or will your prototype have moving parts to better assess function and/or better impress your investors? Or, would you prefer a prototype that can be functionally tested under simulated use conditions? Will your prototype need to be sterilized? Once we understand the purpose of your prototype, we choose the best way to create it – quickly and economically.
Often the best prototypes are created using a variety of technologies. Beyond 3D printing, our rapid prototyping capabilities include all of the following:
Sheet metal fabrication
Catheter melt-flow processing
To some, it may seem excessive to support such a broad array of rapid prototyping capabilities. But we know our clients’ projects benefit from access to a wide variety of technology – and the expertise our staff brings to each prototype they create. Here are five ways we go beyond 3D printing to rapidly meet the unique needs of each device:
In any project, prototyping happens at a feverish pace, moving quickly to get to a feasible prototype. An iteration or two per day may need to be created, and that’s why we prefer to have all our capabilities on site, supplemented by key relationships with local suppliers that can create the rare part we can’t fabricate on site within a few hours. It’s simply not acceptable to wait a couple weeks for each iteration!
If you are looking for the MacGyvers of prototyping who love the challenge of creating new parts and working devices with speed, give us a call at 951.696.3933. You can put your project on hyperspeed and go 2x Faster with REV.1 Engineering.
Eric & Phil