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We’re Prototyping For The Future, Now

09/28/17

At Thermoflex our design department is perpetually searching for the best way to go from initial consultation, to prototyping, to final production quickly and economically. We know the best way to do that is with the latest in 3-D prototyping. We use Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Cast Urethane, even fabricated plastic or wood models. Each method has its strengths, and we’ll work with you to choose which method is best for your application.

We offer you the following brief descriptions of each of our additive manufacturing prototyping processes:

Stereolithography (SLA): A 3-D printing method using powder, applied in layers, cured with a UV laser. SLA uses the G-code format, has extremely tight tolerances, is very accurate, and can be produced within hours.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): Is also a 3-D printing technique, but SLS uses liquid plastic. This method is only suitable for low volume production runs of small, precise parts. SLS is the preferred rapid-prototyping method of metals and exotic materials, and can be ready within hours.

 Cast Urethane: This process is recommended when we need to sample material hardness. The properties of the urethane allow a wide range of material hardness to be sampled. Associated costs are lower with urethane prototype molds, which allows us to produce numerous samples with very little tooling cost.

Fabricated Plastic or Wood Models: When we are in the process of dialing in tight allowances, our engineers may choose to create a wood pattern of the tray concept to run samples if they expect to make multiple small adjustments to the prototype. The nature of a wood pattern allows the engineers to easily and economically adjust the pattern during this early phase to make sure we’re dialing in the final measurements.

Our expert team of engineers will diligently work with you to speed your project from the concept phase through the prototyping phase and on to an excellent fit and function on your final product. Contact us today to discuss which of these processes is right for you.