PRODUCTION & PROTOTYPE
To help you better understand prototype vs production, we classify manufacturing into three phases: prototype, production, and mass production. PROTOTYPE is the crucial beginning phase of product development. In this step, anywhere from 1 to 100 parts are required, dependent upon the extent of testing and validation. Over the years, we have built our business in this space. As the Additive technologies have advanced, however, and our internal process and quality systems have been put in place, we have entered the next phase of Series Production to where almost 40% of the work we produce is a batch production run.
SERIES PRODUCTION, also referred to as BATCH PRODUCTION, begins when prototypes have been validated, marketing is complete, beta sites have been identified, and product sales have begun. This is generally from 100 – 2,000 quantity runs, and whether this is your target quantity for production or just the beginning - this is an area that we excel in by leveraging the CONTRACT MANUFACTURING benefits of speed and cost with our modern approach.
MASS PRODUCTION - when a product is entering its maturity, with quantities in the thousands and tens of thousands - this is another area we can help. Depending upon delivery needs and time required for production methods, the ability to leverage our capabilities could have real potential - specifically with MJF technology.
|SERVICE||Typical Use||PROTOTYPE||PRODUCTION||Typical Delivery||Typical Quantity|
|MJF||Medical / Military / Automotive Interior||x||x||1-2 weeks||1 - 100,000+|
|DMLS / SLM||Medical / Oil & Gas / Aerospace||x||x||1-2 weeks||1 - 1000|
|SLA||Medical / Dental, Hearing Aids, Medical Models||x||1-2 weeks||1 - 300|
|FDM||Aerospace / Production Jigs & Fixtures||x||x||1-3 weeks||1 - 300|
|POLYJET||Medical / Dental, Figurines, Medical Models||x||1-2 weeks||1 - 300|
|PROCAST URETHANES||Medical, Aerospace, Consumer, Automotive,||x||x||1-2 weeks||1 - 1,000|
|HYBRID RTV TOOLING||Medical, Aerospace, Consumer, Automotive||x||1-4 weeks||1 - 4,000|
|INJECTION MOLDING||Common Manufacturing method across all industry||x||3-5 weeks||1,000 - 1,000,000|