Tap Prototype Manufacturing
  • Tap Prototype Manufacturing
  • Project Overview:

    Rapid Prototyping Method: CNC Machining
    Prototyping Material: ABS, Polyoxymethylene (POM), Standard Components
    Surface Finishing: Painting, Polishing, Silk-screening, High Gloss Chrome Plating
    Prototype Type: Both Function and Appearance Prototype
    Quantity: 1 piece
    Lead Time: 7 Days

    The customer specializes in the design, development and sales of kitchenware products, located at Chongqing, an inland city in China. This prototype is used for presentation in the coming exhibition to advertise and promote its new developed product, so customer has a strict requirement and high expectation for the prototype quality, and asks the finished prototype to look, work and feel like the end product as close as possible.

How the Prototype Was Made:

CNC precision milled ABS and POM components. Compared to additive manufacturing technologies of SLA and SLS widely applied in China, CNC milling had the big advantages of real material, tight tolerance and smooth part surface, so CNC milled prototypes or parts could deliver more reliable mechanism and strength verification, as well as normally the cheap manufacturing cost, this was why CNC milling was still the most popular prototyping method in China especially for mechanical prototype manufacturing though more and more AM technologies were developed for rapid prototyping and manufacturing on the world.

CNC milled inner components

machined and assembled inner parts
prototype sub-assembly

Sub assembly testing of the milled inner components. For complex geometry prototype manufacturing, we normally split the part into relatively simple pieces to be machined respectively and then glued them on together, such as the ABS tube one that was made in this way to saving the manufacturing cost and time.
Prototype assembly. The standard components were provided by customer or purchased from local market. We offered the free assembly testing service and professional suggestion in case of assembly issue to save the time.

high gloss chrome plating
finished prototype

Prototype finishing. The glossy chrome plating finishing was very important for the prototype appearance, the surface for chrome plating must be sanded and polished as fine as possible to get quality high gloss chrome plating finishing.
Exhibition feedback. “The prototype looks and works very well in the exhibition, it attracts big interest and receives positive comments from some customers and potential buyers, now we are discussing the mass production” said the product engineer after exhibition.

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