Rapid prototypes in China
Tik precision offers a variety of rapid manufacturing in china processes that can be used to create prototypes quickly and affordably. Although there are countless different ways that any individual prototype can be produced, it is ultimately up to the end use to determine which process and material is best suited to their product. We can provide rapid prototyping service including: Rapid 3D Printing, Rapid CNC Machining, Rapid Sheet Metal Fabrication.
How does rapid prototyping work?
Although additive manufacturing is the most common rapid prototyping process, other more conventional processes can also be used to create prototypes.
These processes include:
Subtraction-Carving a piece of material into the desired shape by milling, grinding or turning.
Compression-A semi-solid or liquid material is forced into a desired form before it solidifies, for example by casting, compression sintering or molding.
Rapid Prototyping Technology
1.Rapid 3D Printing Processes3D printing is the most common rapid prototyping process. The key advantage of using 3D printing is that it is fast and affordable. At Tik precision, some 3D printed parts can be built and shipped in as little as a single day at for a few dollars.
The three most commonly used 3D printing processes for rapid prototyping are selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA), and fused deposition modeling (FDM).
SLS is one of the most versatile methods for rapid prototyping due to a blend of speed, functional mechanical properties, good detail resolution, and low costs.
SLA has the best surface finish of any 3D printing process and the highest detail accuracy as well as tolerances. SLA is also great at prototyping clear parts, particularly with the QuickClear finish on some materials.
FDM offers a wide variety of engineered thermoplastics such as ABS, PC, and ULTEM. FDM can rapidly produce larger, bulky parts, up to 36” in a single piece.
2.Rapid CNC prototyping3/4/5 axis CNC milling and CNC turning are great options for parts that require the prototype to be evaluated in its final material if cut from fully dense stock. Tik precision can machine a wide variety of metals and plastics. Many CNC machined parts can be manufactured and shipped within a week. CNC expedite options are available when quoting, and Tik precision’s cost-effective, market-based prices enable engineers to order multiple prototypes at once to enable rapid product evaluation.
CNC machined parts have a longer lead time than 3D printing because of the additional machine setup and run time. 3D prints run through a direct digital manufacturing process, with minimal setups or post processing.
3.Rapid Sheet Metal FabricationRapid sheet metal fabrication can be a great option for quick-turn flat parts that require the prototype to be evaluated in its final metal material. These parts can be turned around in a week or less and can often be cost-effective enough to manufacture two or more prototype designs in parallel. Aluminum 5052 is the most common sheet metal material for rapid prototyping, but Tik precision also offers a variety of alloys including steels, copper, and stainless.
Rapid sheet metal parts have a comparable lead time to rapid CNC machined parts, but have a longer lead time than 3D printed parts. Much like CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication requires additional machine set-up and run time.
Why Choose Tik precision for Rapid Prototyping 3D Printing?
Endless OptionsChoose from thousands of possible combinations of materials, finishes, tolerances, markings, and certifications for your order.
Professional engineer's teamTik precision has more than 10 engineers in various fields to support your project. Engineers have worked in mold or rapid prototyping companies for more than 10 years, designed hundreds of various molds and supervised the manufacturing of molds. As the founder of Tik precision, many engineers adhere to the principle of customer first, strictly control the quality, and ensure that the prototype parts go through strict quality inspection process before delivery.
Guaranteed QualityWe are ISO9001:2015 certified. Tik precision is the leader of CNC machining services in the production of high-precision turning and milling parts, with a strong competitive edge. As the preferred CNC machining service provider for tasks requiring complex and difficult machining parts, we enjoy a long reputation and are highly respected and trusted by customers.
What finishes are available for CNC Milling?
Surface roughness can be specified using Ra value. Ra3.2 - 1.6um as standard.
Bead blast size: 80um as standard. 50-120um available.
Anodised Type 2
Standard: Clear / natural, black, red, green, blue, yellow / gold. Close match to specified RAL numbers.
Anodised Type 3
Standard: Black or Grey. Much duller in look, but has much better surface protection.
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