Rapid prototyping is an innovative, cutting edge service that distinguishes Bimac from other foundries. Rapid prototyping is a general term given to a host of related technologies and processes, including 3-D printing and stereolithography, and is used to fabricate physical objects from CAD data sources. Thanks to today’s rapid prototyping technology, objects can be formed with any geometric complexity or intricacy, without the need for elaborate machine set ups or final assembly.
Rapid prototyping is typically used to produce a prototype within a short timeframe in order to test a design before moving forward with the investment or ceramic mold casting process. It is also often used to create single replacement parts for machinery that is out of production.
3-D printing is the fastest of all rapid prototyping methods, offering advantages of speedy fabrication and lower material cost. Bimac has the capability to produce 3-D printed parts up to 100 pounds, and a replacement part created from a 3-D scan can be made in just three weeks. Contact us to learn more about this process and how you could take advantage of 3-D printing in your project.
Stereolithography is the most widely used type of rapid prototyping technology. A computer-controlled laser beam traces and builds the part out of liquid polymer, one layer at a time. The liquid polymer hardens when hit by the laser and the self-adhesive layers bond to one another, eventually forming a complete, three-dimensional object. This specific technology is generally considered to provide the greatest accuracy and best surface finish of any rapid prototyping technology. The technology is also notable for its capacity to produce large objects. Contact us to learn if stereolithography is recommended for your project.