At Reflective Concepts, because each reflector we manufacturer is unique to each individual customer and their individual projects, we come across a lot of questions every day. In this week's blog post we are going to go over some of our most commonly asked questions to help you with your next project.
Why is prototyping important for product success?
Rapid prototyping allows you to move beyond the mere visualization of a product, making it easier to grasp the properties and design of a product. Prototyping should be an integral part of any manufacturing organization's product plan. The benefits of speed iteration, improving design quality, lowering costs, providing a tool to evaluate the market and going to market quickly provide more efficient development which will result in better products with better profits and revenue. The greatest benefit of prototyping is the ability to test various part concepts quickly. This helps eliminate costly mistakes, improves the quality of the design and allows more valuable iteration cycles of concept to prototype.
How can I improve the design of an existing reflector?
Do I need a reflector with an LED light source?
How do I choose a material for my reflector?
The light source is most often the starting point when choosing the right reflective material. Each light source has its own unique operating characteristics. It pays to know how different sizes and shapes of light sources affect how people, objects and surfaces will appear when illuminated. When selecting the right materials, your specific project needs are key. What usually drives optical decisions is the total reflectance and optical performance. The reflective properties of a material go beyond just reflecting light; it's also about how a material reflects that light. Some reflective materials feature high image clarity (like in a mirror), while others have a very soft, diffused image. Both materials reflect the same amount of light, but reflect it differently.