Supply Chain Planning For the New Year

Posted by Briana Lipor on 12/18/19 9:00 AM

The beginning of each new year is a time for everyone to make their New Year's resolutions.

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Rapid Prototyping and Low Volume Production

Posted by Briana Lipor on 10/23/19 9:00 AM
 
     Our team of design engineers use photometric and CAD design software to help create a          flawless product for our clients.

You just finished your design for a brand-new product and want to prototype it, what do you do now? How do you test it against your requirements? Is the product as designed a manufacturable product? How do you bridge the manufacturing gap before needing a full production run? Those are just a few of the questions that we help facilitate on a daily basis. These are the questions that must be answered before taking a product from the design stage to the production stage.
One answer to this set of questions and a powerful tool for companies, is the ability to get rapid prototype(s) for proof of concept and then use low volume manufacturing to get the product line launched before moving to a full production run setup. 

                                     

 
What is Rapid Prototyping?
Rapid prototyping is simply the process of creating prototypes quickly to visually and functionally evaluate an engineering product design. At RCI, we provide customers with a variety of fabrication and material options for prototyping, manufactured the same way as the production process. Prototypes are an integral part of engineering product design and more importantly the overall new product development process. Rapid prototyping can be used at any stage of the product development.

 

What are the benefits of Rapid Prototyping and Low Volume Manufacturing?
Faster New Product Development
In this fast-moving modern-day consumer market, companies need to develop and introduce new products faster to remain competitive. Since faster product development and technology innovation are key to a company’s success, rapid prototyping becomes the most important element of new product development. Time is money when developing new products, and Rapid Prototyping saves you both.
Manufacturability Assessment
Using computer aided design programs, engineers can create prototypes more efficiently and can use the prototyping process for proof of concept as well as finding the optimal materials setup thus saving additional time and resources. During the prototyping phase, a manufacturability assessment can be done simultaneously to save time and ensure that the product you go with can be manufactured with little or no further modifications.
Test your product with a Low Production Run
By teaming a rapid prototyping run with a low volume production run, you can get an economy of scale benefit by creating 3D printed tools during the prototyping process, thus alleviating time for having full tooling created and saving money while expediting the transition from design to production. Low volume production allows companies to test their product out. For example, if a company needs to know how well a product may sell in different areas of the marketplace, a low volume production run will allow a company the flexibility of testing their product in several areas without having to transfer prototypes back and forth.

 

                                    


These are just some of the advantages of combining Rapid Prototyping with a low volume production run. We here at Reflective Concepts are the leaders in rapid prototyping and low volume production runs for the lighting industry. Our team of design engineers use photometric and CAD design software to help create a flawless product for our clients. We have the manufacturing capabilities to produce small and large volume runs in our onsite production facility. Let RCI handle your next rapid prototype. Use our contact us form to get started today, or you can contact us at 262-605-0500. 

 

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Topics: Rapid Prototyping, Tailored Reflectors, Reflectors Design, Prototype, 3D Printing, Engineering, Mechanical Design, Photometric Design

The Time for Plan B is NOW!

Posted by Briana Lipor on 8/28/19 9:00 AM

If you've been paying attention to the news, I'm sure you've heard that Beijing announced a new round of tariffs on $75 billion worth of US goods.

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RCI’s Rapid Prototyping Guide

Posted by Larry Cozine on 11/29/17 10:05 AM

 

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Topics: Rapid Prototyping, Prototype, 3D Printing, Laser Cutting

How to Get from Here to There: Using Rapid Prototyping and Low Volume Production Runs to Bridge the New Product Design Gap

Posted by Brooke Hild on 7/26/17 9:42 AM
 
Okay, you just finished your design for a brand-new product. What do you do now? How do you test it against your requirements? Is the product as designed manufacturable? How do you bridge the manufacturing gap before needing a full production run? Those are just a few of the questions that must be answered before taking a product from the design stage to the production stage.
 One answer to this set of questions and a powerful tool for companies, is the ability to get rapid prototype(s) for proof of concept and then use low volume manufacturing to get the product line launched before moving to a full production run setup. Below are some of the benefits to using this process:
  • Using computer aided design programs, engineers can create prototypes more efficiently and can use the prototyping process for proof of concept as well as finding the optimal materials setup thus saving additional time and resources.
  • Time is money when developing new products and Rapid Prototyping saves you both.
  • During the prototyping phase, a manufacturability assessment can be done simultaneously to save time and ensure that the product you go with can be manufactured with little or no further modifications.
  • By teaming a rapid prototyping run with a low volume production run, you can get an economy of scale benefit by creating 3D printed tools during the prototyping process, thus alleviating time for having full tooling created and saving money while expediting the transition from design to production.
  • Low volume production allows companies to test their product out. For example, if a company needs to know how well a product may sell in different areas of the marketplace, a low volume production run will allow a company the flexibility of testing their product in several areas without having to transfer prototypes back and forth.
These are just some of the advantages of combining Rapid Prototyping with a low volume production run. We here at Reflective Concepts are the leaders in rapid prototyping and low volume production runs for the lighting industry. Our team of design engineers use photometric and CAD design software to create a flawless product for our clients. We have the manufacturing capabilities to produce small and large volume runs in our onsite production facility. Let RCI handle your next rapid prototype. Use our contact us form to get started today, or you can contact us at 262-605-0500.

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Topics: Rapid Prototyping, Tailored Reflectors, Reflectors Design, Prototype, 3D Printing, Engineering, Mechanical Design, Photometric Design