Born from a need to fulfill a specific niche of rapid manufacturing, our unique Hybrid RTV leads the way when tight tolerances, repeatability and lower cost on higher quantities are crucial. It is the only process available in the country that achieves a tolerance of .002 inch per inch, after the first inch, in all axes that do not cross a parting line with our Hybrid silicone molding. (Dimensions intersecting the parting line may be subject to an additional +/- .015")
Hybrid Tooling is an ideal prototype tooling process for many reasons. First, engineers no longer need to rely on having to design for Injection, Thermo, or Pressure forming and no longer need to invest in expensive and unwarranted injection molding for low-volume product launches. Second, this process is perfect for introductory medical devices or industrial programs. Third, it serves as an ideal process for mid to large skins and housings.
Silicone molding parts and keypads are also well suited to the hybrid process, especially when very thin webbing under the buttons is required. It is also perfect when you just need beautiful precision castings with nice crisp edges. Like our ProCAST prototype casting, the Hybrid process will also produce parts with color and texture already in the part. Painted parts scratch easily and many casting houses paint parts just to cover flaws and fill voids from inferior prototype casting processes.
When using a typical silicone molding process involving SLA, Objet or prototype CNC patterns, the parts endure demolding stress that causes them to eventually lose their shape. This results in a more loosely toleranced pattern and on occasion the pattern will even break while being demolded. Even a prototype CNC model from ABS will be stressed as it is pulled from a poured mold, again sometimes resulting in damage.
The Hybrid prototype tooling process allows the same precision to be repeated time and time again. Your parts will look and function perfectly, fit well with your mating parts, and will be flat, straight, and geometrically correct.
Production parts produced from the Hybrid process go through rigorous QC inspections to assure they mate well to its assembly. We monitor these jobs with special attention to ensure they help our customers make it through testing.