Why choose Radshape for your Manufacturing Design & Prototyping services?
We have the facilities to accommodate a wide range of clients needs, no matter what stage a project has reached when they come to us. Some clients arrive with an initial concept or rough drawing, which we then hand over to our CAD/CAM team - who create a detailed 3D design. Others arrive with a more detailed plan and we work closely with them, utilising our factory floor experience and time-served expertise to refine and improve the design until it delivers exactly what they are looking for.
The full-service nature of our delivery means that project management is simplified via a single point of contact, and our commitment to using the key design software – in Catia and Solidworks – means that clients are receiving an effective service. Our use of a bar-coded system means that every component we work on is given a unique identity and monitored closely, from the moment an initial enquiry is made.
Why do our clients come to us for our tooling services? Query arrives, through prototyping and production and on to being despatched. At any time, the client can be given an up to the minute report on the status of each and every component.
Prestige clients return to Radshape repeatedly because they know that our services are delivered by expert technicians using the latest technology. They also know that we offer the complete in-house service – from manufacturing design and prototyping through to developing the product – we design at all times with the effectiveness of the end product in mind.
What can Radshape provide you with?
Radshape provides a wide range of skills and equipment meaning we are ideally placed to offer design and prototyping solutions. Our CAD/CAM software, utilising Catia and Solidworks forms the foundations of a great design. Using our 3D printer, we can go a long way to proving the feasibility of prototype designs.
Radshape have experience in producing prototypes from the earliest of sketches and concepts through to highly complex and detailed CAD/CAM designs. An experienced workforce can use their skills with steel, aluminium brass and stainless steel to laser cut, form, weld, bond and assemble.
If your company is looking for a manufcaturing design that can be relied upon to deliver excellence and value; get in touch with us today.
What is the difference between a Manufacturing Design and a Prototype?
Manufacturing Design is the initial concept and planning of a product, process, or service to get a feel for how well an initial idea will translate into real-world use. It shows all the dimensions, angles, measurements and specifications to create the product.
Prototyping helps designers to visualise their design in 3D so that they can get a better sense of how the product will look and work before it goes into full-scale production.
What is the purpose of a Prototype?
The purpose of a prototype is to test consumer reaction, redesign or modify parts or assembly steps, and sometimes even fix problems before actual manufacturing begins.
What are the types of Prototyping?
Three primary types of prototypes can be used to test a design before going into production. These prototypes range from the initial model to the final look and feel product. Each of these prototyping methods has its benefits and drawbacks depending on what is being produced.
One type of prototype is the conceptual model. At its core, this is a rough draft of what the actual product will look like. It's likely to have some gaps in design features because no one has yet taken the time to think through all of those issues yet. For example, this might be the first piece of sheet metal.
Another type of prototype is what is called a 'mock-up.' This looks like the final product, but it doesn't function like the real thing. It's likely to have some gaps between design features because there isn't time to think through everything.
Finally, sheet metal prototypes are generally built with the final materials so that it's practically identical to what customers will see when they are using the product. This is done with computer tools to ensure it fits together perfectly and looks exactly like what a customer would expect. It provides a way to test all of the functions.