Do you have an idea for a product that could change the world, but don’t know where to go to make it? Well, this is where our next sponsor from our Sponsor Spotlight series comes in. R&D Prototype has been providing physical prototypes to its worldwide customer base since 1989. They are a multifaceted rapid prototype service bureau focused on creating the highest quality models with the most competitive pricing in the industry.
R&D Prototyping is simply a prototyping facility. No manufacturing services here. They are the step you go to before sending your product off to the manufacturing. They do not have the capabilities to manufacture large volumes of parts in their facility; however, their parent company R&D Leverage can handle very large production runs for injection and blow mold services.
For inventors out there that want to get their product from napkin drawing to physical prototype, R&D Prototype should be their go-to. Although they do not do any design work in-house, R&D Prototype wants inventors to know they “have a strong network of engineers that we can recommend to get the product developed into a 3D file.” When asked how a first-time inventor can benefit from their services? R&D explains “prototyping is crucial when making a design to make sure everything is working properly before a tool is cut and mass production begins.”
When going through the development process of a product, there are many ways to physically create the prototype: 3D printing, laser cutting, molding, etc. So, how is R&D different than those other prototyping facilities out there? They utilize in addition to 3D printing is Stereolithography (SLA). R&D can achieve a more exact representation of production-grade parts without all the layer lines in most 3D printing methods. In addition to that, “we also offer Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV) molding. This process uses silicon molds to produce actual production material parts to fulfill short run needs without the cost of traditional tooling.”
Make sure you go to R&D Prototype for all your prototyping needs!