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Rapid Product Prototype Manufacturing

Project Overview:

Rapid Prototyping Process: CNC Machining
Prototyping Material: ABS, Polyoxymethylene (POM)
Surface Finishing: Painting, Polishing, Chrome Plating, Silk-screening
Quantity: 1 Piece
Lead Time: 7 Days

Customer specialized in developing kitchenware products in Chongqing, China. This prototype was made for presentation in exhibition to show new product before volume production. Customer had high expectation to the prototype that had to work and look like the product as close as possible.
How the Prototype Was Made:

CNC milled ABS and POM parts. Compared to additive manufacturing techniques for rapid prototyping, CNC had advantages of target & cheap materials, tight tolerance and smooth milled surface, this allowed CNC to deliver more reliable verification on mechanism and strength.
  CNC product prototype
product protoytpe developmentFitting test of the milled parts. To save CNC prototyping cost and time, the complex part was usually split into several simple pieces to be milled then glued together to form the part, such as the ABS tube.
product prototype testingAssembly test with standard components from customer. To discover the potential fitting issues timely, the assembly test was done accordingly.
product prototype makerThe finished prototype. The surface finishing took the majority of time and cost for this project as the appearance quality had more importance as well as more challenge than the function quality.
rapid product prototypingWhat customer said to the prototype: "It is hard for us to distinguish this is the prototype or product, this is what we exactly expect and the reason to work more with you in the future. Thank you all."