Examples of what Rapid Prototyping (RP) can make
- presentation models
- engine parts
- cellular phones
- turbine blades
- hip joints
- architectural and other scale models
- skeletal replicas
- molds and patterns
- and all kinds of electronic devices, computer and business machine parts, medical devices, consumer products, novelties . . .
Rapid Prototyping (RP) makes three-dimensional objects directly from Computer Aided Design (CAD) models. RP turns concepts into hold-in-your-hand examples in just hours or days instead of weeks or months. Results: drastic reductions in concept-to-launch cycle time.
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Clients, customers, and potential investors can see and handle the real thing instead of just a sketch or description.
Engineers can see flaws earlier, when changes are least expensive. They can verify changes, confirm form, fit, and function, and check producibility. They can also perform flow testing and ergonomic studies. With quicker feedback from vendors and concurrent engineering, up front target costing is easier.
Suppliers can respond to RP prototypes with more accurate quotes on production costs than is possible with two-dimensional versions.
RP can be cost effective for low volume production and used:
- to make patterns for casting, forming, and molding,
- as a visualization model for tool and die development,
- to design and verify packaging
- to study assembly, supports, locators.
Only one: your own personal RP system can cost from $100,000 to $500,000, not including the costs of supplies and operators. We can help. As a unit of the University of Kentucky within the College of Engineering, we have powerful research support and access to the newest technology. Our mission is to bring advanced research and engineering expertise to manufacturers at minimal cost.
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SLA 3500 - 13.8" x 13.8" x 15.7"
Material: SOMOS 11120
SLA 250 - 10" x 10" x 10"
Material: SOMOS 8110
MCP 003 Vacuum Casting Machine
20" x 20" x 20"max mold size
MCP 004PLC Vacuum Casting Machine
35" x 24" x 25"max mold size
Polyurethane- Shore 40A - Shore 85D
- Silicone rubber mold fabrication employing the MCP vacuum casting system MCP003(20 x 20 x 20in), MCP004PLC(35.25 x 24 x 25.5in)
- Casting from silicone rubber molds utilizing polyurethane resins tailored to the physical properties of the production injection molded part.
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CNC Mill and Lathe
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Cincinnati Milacron ACT100B
- Computer aided design (Pro/ENGINEER®, Solid Works®, Rhinoceros®, and CATIA)
- Reverse engineering (Microscribe® G2X, NextEngine Laser Scanner)
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We can work with your data in several different formats:
• Pro/ENGINEER®, AutoCAD®, Solid Works, IGES, DXF, STEP, Parasolid, and CATIA
• Two-dimensional prints and sketches
What if there's no data?
Bring us a three-dimensional object. We can model it by reverse engineering, using our Microscribe® or NextEngine Scanner to go backwards, from object to design.
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Phone: 859.257.6262 ext. 414