3 Advantages of Prototype Tooling
When creating new production processes or new products, research and development (R&D) can only go so far without having something in hand to test. Unfortunately, it’s expensive to create new tools and parts before testing is complete because modifications are needed more often than not. Rapid tooling is one way R&D departments can explore new ideas without a huge investment of resources.
1. Decreased Development Resources
Rapid tooling, also known as prototype tooling, can take many different forms. From creating a sample on a 3D printer to having a custom mold created to test different materials quickly, prototype tooling reduces production time from weeks or months to days or hours. This rapid turnaround allows companies more time to focus on due diligence without reducing the quality of their product. Having a working prototype, even if it is not made from all the same materials as the final product, allows engineers and researchers to ensure nothing is missed in the performance of the product, ultimately reducing the cost when it comes time to manufacture the real thing.
2. Freedom to Explore
Prototype tooling allows designers the freedom to explore new ideas and concepts while making adjustments in real-time because you can have multiple molds ready in so little time. This freedom to explore can lead to innovative ideas that significantly improve the quality of the product without increasing the cost of development and production. It also gives you the confidence that you have come up with the best design for your customers.
3. Improve Time to Market
With the time saved in R&D by using prototype tooling, you have a better chance of being first to market with your product. This is especially important if there are other companies working on similar designs.
There are many types of rapid tooling, with great flexibility and fast turnaround time, this approach to R&D can keep you on the cutting edge of your industry.