rapidManufacturing

Choose the best technologies, adapted to the need and the product.

Test your concepts
in no time, easily !

The development of a prototype is an essential step in the design of a product.

Do you need a custom prototype for your marketing meetings or user tests?
Why wait for your tooling to be made before testing your product?

Expert in plastics processing, Hybster helps you to design your unique and innovative prototype during your design and testing phases.

Pros of rapid prototyping

  • Design and development time reduction
  • Gloabal product development cost reduction
  • Risk assessment
  • Allow to test product function at low costs.
  • Improving and increasing user participation during the NPD design phases
  • Ability to assess human factors and ergonomics

Disadvantages of rapid prototyping

  • Lack of precision 
  • Additional up-front costs - Rapid prototyping is expensive because of the technologies used and the speed of execution required.
  • Some rapid prototyping processes are still costly and uneconomical.
  • Reduced material properties such as surface finish and strength
  • Rapid prototyping calls for skilled manpower
  • Limited material range

 

 

Our technical, but above all human, support! 

On a day-to-day basis, we support project managers, technicians and marketers, helping them to make the best technical and economic choices for the manufacture of their first parts. 

The choice of rapid prototyping technique must be adapted to the purpose of the prototype: 

  • There is often confusion between a prototype and a finished product. As its name suggests, a prototype is "a first copy of an object intended for reproduction, on which final adjustments have yet to be made". 
  • Neglecting key features because they cannot be prototyped affects the design validation tests and processes. 
  • If the function of the product is highly dependent on the precision of the parts or the characteristics of the material (hardness, coefficient of friction, elasticity, etc.), the parts and assembly of the rapid prototype may not have the same precision.
  • Rapid prototyping and 3D printing are often confused! 3D printing (FDM, SLA, SLS) are just some of the ways of producing first parts. 
  • The larger the sample size, the more reliable the test results...so 1 prototype is rarely enough! 
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