Rapid Aluminum Tooling Prototype Design Flow

Unlimited rapid Prototypes need a streamlined design to production process flow. We noticed that more and more the customer had to accept so many limitations to create a plastic prototype. This seems to negate the reason behind making a prototype in the first place. A plastic prototype is for testing your design before production capable tools are made. If your initial design is so limited, what are you going to learn from it to while transitioning into production parts? We have seen the results from when customers are not able to learn from their prototype.

A production intent project can go from a smooth launch to multiple frantic fire drills to correct issues that should have been found during prototype testing. Why? Because often the plastic production part is far more complicated in design than the prototype part. Where is the cost savings in the wasted man hours and production delays that increase exponentially; therefore, making that “discount” cookie cutter part not such an attractive deal in the long run.

Concept to Parts is a True “Lean Manufacturing” Approach

Injection Molded Consumer Plastic Prototype

Injection Molded Consumer Plastic Prototype Internal Component

  • Remote Design Review within 1 day of purchase order.
  • Pre-Tool meetings start within (1) Day after the remote design review.
  • Pre-Cut meetings to finalize build and program.
  • Resin suggestions and alternate material for strength issues, cost and more.
  • Dedicated Program Manager to track your project from “Concept to Parts”.

Our process is based upon planning, communication and execution. We’ve studied the various ways to eliminate the waste that holds up the flow of a project which enables us to operate as efficiently as possible. Efficiency directly translates into time and cost savings.

Rapid Prototype Design Support

Pro-Active engineering design support (if needed) – begins the INSTANT the order is received by PHOENIX PROTO. Our designers have 40 years of practical experience in traditional mold making and rapid prototyping. That experience is an added benefit to our customers. Gate type and location, parting line, draft, ejection, critical dimensions, tolerances, and surface finishes all matter when it comes time for production. When creating a prototype these and other important considerations are often over looked due to other rapid prototype shop’s limitations and “too low to refuse” costs. Time and time again we get dissatisfied customers who realized too late that a “low” cost prototype tool often results in higher costs at during their production build.

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