Rapid prototype

What is rapid prototype?

Rapid prototype means making a physical sample of a new product design idea. This is done as a preliminary step towards eventual production, and is most useful when verifying that the finished product will look, feel, and perform as intended. New product developers turn to rapid prototyping for several reasons. They' re used for functional testing, approvals, design iterations, for crowdfunding campaigns, trade show models, and as a bridge to low-volume manufacturing.

Prototypes often inspire re-designs, improvements, and other modifications that may not have been obvious merely from a computer graphic, so in this regard they’re beneficial for optimizing a design before committing resources to larger volumes. In fact, being able to correct design errors early in the development phase can more than compensate for the cost of the prototype itself, so they' re wise investments.

How does rapid prototype work?

Rapid prototype doesn' t involve a single technology or process. Any of the same manufacturing techniques used to make prototypes can also apply to regular production volumes.

The value comes from making a physical model that closely resembles the design intent, is durable, can be produced quickly, and with a minimal investment in tooling or raw materials.

What are the different types of rapid prototype?

Any physical model can potentially be a prototype. The difference lies in how closely it reflects the intended finished part. Very simple models can be made with paper, plastic, modeling clay, styrofoam, balsa wood, or other common household materials. These are examples of very low-fidelity prototypes, but they do have the advantage of being easy and inexpensive to make.

These types of prototypes would likely not function very well or for long, so they' re used primarily to get a visual idea of the design and to compare it in scale to other parts. More high-fidelity prototypes use modern machine tools and materials, including various 3D printing technologies, vacuum casting, rapid tooling for injection molding, and CNC machining.

How to choose the right rapid prototype technique

The right prototyping method is the one that best fits your budget, the complexity of the part, what you want the prototype to do, and your development timeline. Better prototypes cost more money and take longer to make, but they also more faithfully represent the form, fit, and function of a production part.

The basic questions to ask are these:

● Will the prototype be a static display model?

● Does it need to be fully functional?

● Are there multiple, interconnected parts?

● What is the surface texture and finish?

● What is it made from?

● How important is strength and durability?

● How closely should it match the final production version?

There are many variables to consider and we cannot cover them all here.

Advantages of rapid prototype

How can partnering with Star Rapid to quickly manufacture a prototype help you and your business? Here are a few ways:

Show your customers and investors a physical model of your product
Demonstrate the appearance, dimensions, and features of your product
Test the market with your product before production
Save time and money by identifying and reducing design flaws
Improve and streamline the production process
Create multiple versions with different colors, surface textures, and finishing processes
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Rapid prototyping services
KAIAO Rapid Prototyping is an ISO9001-2015 certified manufacturer, built on the philosophy of KAIAO, namely Excellent, Efficient and Economic, along with a dedicated team and the latest techniques to ensure your project runs successfully. 
CNC machining
There are many types of CNC machines. They all use a computer controlled machine tool to remove material from the workpiece.. Because of this computer control, CNC machining is much faster, more precise and  accurate than conventional machining.
Vacuum casting
Vacuum Casting is a rapid prototyping technique used to manufacture complex parts. It combines traditional casting processes with modern vacuum technology. This technique is commonly employed for small-batch production and rapid prototyping, especially when high quality, precision, and surface finish are required.
Rapid sheet metal fabriction

A Sheet Metal Prototype refers to a sample or prototype made using sheet metal fabrication techniques. Sheet metal fabrication is a process that involves cutting, bending, stamping, and assembling thin metal sheets to create various shapes and sizes of metal parts or products.

3D printing
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, or additive fabrication, is an advanced technology for creating objects. Unlike traditional subtractive manufacturing methods, 3D printing builds objects by adding materials layer by layer, enabling the production of complex shapes and internal structures.
Why choose KAIAO for your next rapid prototyping project

Making a quality prototype is an important first step in your product development journey. We' re veterans in rapid prototyping and we can help you to make your design dreams come to life.

We' ve helped hundreds of clients, from private inventors to large corporations, create stunning prototypes that exceeded their expectations, and we can do the same for you.
We' ve invested in the finest raw materials and equipment so you get superior rapid prototypes that look and perform like full-production parts, but in a fraction of the time and cost.
Our proprietary AI quoting algorithm ensures you receive fast and accurate quotations to help you reach your product development goals while managing your budget.
Our factory is based on the ISO quality management system and has established a strict quality control system to ensure that every product we produce meets the highest standards. To ensure that each product can meet or even exceed customer expectations.
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Rapid prototyping service FAQ
If you have any questions about Rapid prototyping service, please read our FAQ, which contains professional questions and answers about technology, industry, production, etc. You can find the answers you want here.
What makes rapid prototyping services unique?
Our rapid prototyping services are distinguished by the wide range of complementary services we offer. These include metal 3D printing, CNC machining, vacuum casting, plastic injection molding, finishing and expert design assistance. This extensive range of services allows our team to handle every part of the prototyping process for our clients. To ensure structural integrity and functionality, we implement comprehensive material verification and testing measures.

We also have a team of International Sales Executives who can discuss your project with you in your time zone. Plus, getting a quote with us is easy. We use a state-of-the-art AI quotation algorithm for fast and accurate quote generation, and we don’t require a minimum order volume or minimum dollar value for our rapid prototyping services.
What are different surface finishes?
To help our clients get the ideal look and feel for their products, we offer a wide range of different surface finishes. Some of our most popular finishing services include anodizing, painting, color matching, pad printing, sanding and polishing, vapor polishing and blasting.
What are quality standards for its rapid prototyping service?
Our comprehensive quality-control process includes several steps to ensure excellent finished prototypes for our clients. First, we subject all materials to a comprehensive inspection to verify their integrity. Next, we perform a series of in-process inspections and tests to verify safety and functionality. All projects are completed with Certificates of Compliance, and we offer detailed video files showing all production steps for clients who can’t visit our facilities in person.
Can provide design services, industrial design support, or product development support as an extension of its rapid prototyping services?
Yes — we now offer an expanded service to help our customers with additional design-for-manufacturing support. Previously, this service was reserved for approved orders only, but we’ve extended it to incoming RFQs that haven’t been accepted yet. We also offer light assembly services.
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