“I love taking an idea… to a prototype and then to a product that millions of people use.” ― Susan Wojcicki
We have at hand our own stateof-the-art prototype workshop where we can create prototypes of almost the same quality as the final product within very short timeframes. Additionally, our mechanical workshop is equipped with a wide range of traditional machines that allow for turning, milling, cutting, bending and welding so we can provide fully functional prototypes and samples within just a few working days. We can also manufacture prototype PCBs and equip prototype luminaires with these PCBs in order to perform all necessary luminous flux, thermal and EMC measurements. Our ability to provide functional prototypes at such an early stage of development guarantees high flexibility and minimal investment as every mechanism and property of the product is checked before tooling, further minimising losses.
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process by which you can create a 3D solid object of virtually any shape from a simple digital model. It is distinct from almost all other machining processing as they rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting and drilling whereas 3D printing works based on an additive process, where successive layers of the chosen material are laid down on top of each other. This fast and easy way of producing physical models that enables prototypes to be produced within very short timescales, normally between 12 and 24 hours, and no more than 72 hours. This opens up many possibilities, from the design review of a complete product in 1:1 scale to the chance to test specific properties or parts of a prototype. There is no other technology on the market that can provide prototypes faster. Moreover, besides the speed of creation, it will make a world of difference to your business partners when you can present to them a functional 3D model.
3D Printing on demand
Use of our 3D printing services is a good way to release just a little of that pent-up creativity without blowing the budget on your own printer. We offer affordable 3D printing services to support you whether you are an industrial designer, are developing a new product, or you just want to visualise your drawings and ideas. We can print objects (evelope ugrade to 406 x 355 x 406 mm) from ABS 30M within a very short timescale, and for an attractive price. All you need to do is send us an STP file and we will prepare an offer and time schedule for 3D printing anything you want. Once we agree on commercial conditions, you can expect to receive your new 3D model within just a few days.
Milling is a cost-effective process for the production of aluminium parts. As complex shapes and high dimensional tolerances are possible, excellent surfaces finishes are provided, and the manufacture itself takes very little time, CNC milling is one of the most practical ways to produce a prototype. We can produce almost any 2D or 3D shape and often CNC milling for the production of short-runs of new luminaires before final tooling. As these luminaires are made of aluminium, they are suitable to go through testing and performance verification. Final products are no different to CNC milled ones, therefore companies often take advantage of the process to produce product is manufactured.
Prototyping is an integral part of the system level design process. Customers can take advantage of our in-house rapid prototyping services to verify the functionality of their projects. Functional prototypes help to identify problems during early design stages and thus minimise risks, development costs and accelerate development cycles. We manufacture, assemble and test prototype PCBs and 3D printed or machined mechanical parts such as enclosures according to your input. All within very short timescales. Our ESD protected, well equipped laboratory is ready for assembling and testing. A comprehensively produced rapid prototype of any electronic device provides you, the customer, with a strong competitive advantage. The following workflow shows the rapid prototyping of a functional sample of an ambient light sensor based on previoisly prepared data. The overall time taken to produce the prototype is an amazing one working day.
Bare PCB Prototyping
Do you need just a few PCBs to make a prototype? Or do you need to create a customised solution? We can manufacture prototype PCBs using a TECHNODRILL 2 CNC drilling and milling machine or conventional chemical processing. PCB prototypes are produced according to supplied Gerber files.
We assemble both surface-mount devices (SMD) and through-hole devices. Reflow is carried out in a computer controlled infrared reflow oven. If you already have a PCB and simply require assembly, we will request that you send us the ready PCB and associated assembly sheet.
Functional prototypes are required for performance of a wide array of laboratory tests. If desired, functional and tested prototypes can be provided in standardised or customised boxes. If a customised box is required, we will also manufacture this prototype from aluminium or 3D printed plastic. If development of an electronic design (hardware) is also ordered, the requested number of completed prototypes will be sent to you for testing and evaluation in addition to all tests being performed in our own laboratories according to standards.