Mock-up is widely needed to detect if the product design is reasonable when developing new products in the industry, which speeds up the advent of new products. In the past, people did hand-hand prototype and it is relatively simple. With the rapid development of all aspects of the society, mock-ups become more and more complex in structure and shape and hand-made processing is no longer competent. So, How is the complex prototype processed?
How is the complex prototype processed?
There are two main ways to process complex prototypes: CNC machining and 3D printing. With CNC technology, CNC machining is able to processes a lot of complex prototypes, and the accuracy is relatively high. However, if the prototype is too complicated, you need to split pieces for processing. For the complex plastic prototypes, ABS, PC and acrylic are materials that are generally used for CNC rapid prototyping due to their good viscosity and demolition pieces can easily spliced back with little impact on the intensity. And for the metal prototypes, they are generally welded back after splitting.
3D printing can process a variety of prototypes with complex surfaces and shaped structure, one step molding. What the traditional machining can not be processed can be achieved by 3D printing, even without considering the use sof fixtures. In short, in most people’s view, the traditional prototyping model manufacturing, can only be infinitely close to the product prototype, to verify the product, but there will always be errors, and the use of 3D printing can be directly output products in kind. But there are deficiencies in 3D printing which costs a lot processing large pieces of prototype models, so a lot of complex large prototypes are using CNC machining.
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