What are prototypes for?

Validation
Development
Presentation
User Evaluation

A prototype is a preliminary model of an idea or design and can be used for a number of different purposes. From cardboard mock ups through to fully functional prototypes; every type of prototype has a purpose. The most important thing is knowing what you want to achieve. Choosing the right materials, processes, and level of functionality is really important and the balance between time, cost, functionality, and level of detail always comes into play.

In our world of product design there are a range of prototypes that we use regularly, such as: form studies, mock ups, proof of concept, looks like, functional and user experience prototypes.

Our Prototyping Capabilities

We have an extensive local and international network of high quality prototype part suppliers who we know and trust. The scope of what we can make is pretty awesome. You name it; we can probably make it. Below is a list of most of the capabilities we have access to, we’ll try our best to keep this up to date. If something isn’t on the list, we’ll be able to find it.

  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Selective laser melting (SLM)
  • Electronic Beam Melting (EBM)
  • Laminated object manufacturing (LOM)
  • CNC machined parts
  • UV Cured Painting & Decoration
  • Laser Etching
  • Aluminium Tooling
  • Metal Stamping
  • Laser Cutting
  • Water Cutting
  • Plate Cutting
  • Wire Cutting
  • Die Casting
  • Sand Casting
  • Investment Casting
  • Vacuum Casting (Silicone Molding)
  • Foam Molding
  • Compression Molding
  • Hotmelt Overmolding
  • Reaction Injection Molding (RIM)
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Sheet Plastic Fabrication
  • Thermo forming
  • Silk Screen Printing
  • Graphic Overlays
  • Tactile button Membranes
  • LED light guides
  • Carbon Fibre Mandrel Wrapping
  • Carbon Fibre Resin Infused Molding
  • Compression Molding
  • Vacuum Forming
  • Adhesive Labels & Decals
  • Wire Rolling

Our Workshop

Build, Measure, Learn

Our large purpose built workshop is well-equipped to help our team develop new things. It’s not a fabrication or jobbing shop; it’s a prototyping lab where our projects really come to life. We bring parts together from our suppliers all over the world, to assemble, test and put the finishing touches on prototypes.

If you visit our workshop, you may also find the team building test jigs, fixtures, mock-ups, proof of concept prototypes or doing testing of some sort. We also do the occasional small batch assembly run. It really is a multipurpose space.

The most valuable thing about our workshop, however, is that it enables us to learn by making stuff and experimenting with new materials and processes. We love trying news ways to solve problems and using a hands on approach of build, measure, learn is how we are able to truly innovate. Our Designers and Engineers are not stuck behind a computer screen all day. They are in and out of the workshop making stuff, breaking stuff and constantly innovating.

Our Workshop

Build, Measure, Learn

Our large purpose built workshop is well-equipped to help our team develop new things. It’s not a fabrication or jobbing shop; it’s a prototyping lab where our projects really come to life. We bring parts together from our suppliers all over the world, to assemble, test and put the finishing touches on prototypes.

If you visit our workshop, you may also find the team building test jigs, fixtures, mock-ups, proof of concept prototypes or doing testing of some sort. We also do the occasional small batch assembly run. It really is a multipurpose space.

The most valuable thing about our workshop, however, is that it enables us to learn by making stuff and experimenting with new materials and processes. We love trying news ways to solve problems and using a hands on approach of build, measure, learn is how we are able to truly innovate. Our Designers and Engineers are not stuck behind a computer screen all day. They are in and out of the workshop making stuff, breaking stuff and constantly innovating.

In-house 3D Printing

The ability to 3D print in-house is a hugely empowering tool for us to accelerate our design process. We have three FDM machines constantly in use and aiding us in our innovation. We are able to turn our CAD designs quickly and easily into a real physical parts, allowing us to learn and refine our designs with less time and cost!

We are also able to produce small batches of parts, production jigs and fixtures, parts for test rigs, and all sorts of other useful stuff.

In-house 3D Printing

The ability to 3D print in-house is a hugely empowering tool for us to accelerate our design process. We have three FDM machines constantly in use and aiding us in our innovation. We are able to turn our CAD designs quickly and easily into a real physical parts, allowing us to learn and refine our designs with less time and cost!

We are also able to produce small batches of parts, production jigs and fixtures, parts for test rigs, and all sorts of other useful stuff.

Want to find out more?

From concept to prototyping to manufacture, we partner with businesses to create commercially successful products and some great ongoing relationships.

From concept to prototyping to manufacture, we partner with businesses to create commercially successful products and some great ongoing relationships.

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