Our engineering team is able to quickly fabricate and iterate prototype models.
We always strive to prototype your projects in the same materials that they will be mass produced in. This helps prevent problems due to material selection that may occur when bridging the gap between prototypes and manufactured parts.
We typically utilize a mix of in-house CNC machining and 3D printing to fabricate prototype models. If timing and budgets allow, we also can work with outside vendors for low-volume manufacturing utilizing injection molding, extruding, and metal forming. We also have in-house capability of prototyping soft rubber parts utilizing urethane and silicone casting.
Prototype models can be purely functional and/or they can be finished and decorated to be used as pre-production sales/marketing samples.
One of our specialties is providing polypropylene living hinge models that are CNC machined to the same dimensions as an injection molded part. We have tested these hinges to a life of over 100,000 cycles. We can also do bi-stable butterfly hinges, snap closures, undercuts and many other common features found on polypropylene parts.
Creative Mechanisms is a nimble company that is able to react very quickly. They provide a high level of responsiveness. The team is able to turn around a prototype and prove out your design faster.
I want to strongly recommend Tony Rogers and his design and engineering studio called Creative Mechanisms. If you need help protoyping or engineering a product, please check out this great firm. Tony helped engineer several products for me always on time and on budget.