Using Anodized Aluminum

Posted by Briana Lipor on 10/2/19 9:00 AM

One of the most commonly asked questions we get is, “What materials should we look at using for this reflector?”

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Topics: Reflector Materials, Fabricated Reflectors, Rapid Prototyping, Custom light reflectors, Reflective Lighting, LED lights, Sheet Metal Rapid Prorotyping, Tailored Reflectors, Reflectors Design, Reflective Lighting Assemblies, Material for Segmented Reflectors, Prototype, ANODIZED ALUMINUM, Reflector Manufacturing, Machining, Engineering, light, Mechanical Design, Reflective Material, Photometric Design, Light Quality, lightfair, aluminum reflectors, photometrics, lighting reflectors

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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Topics: Reflector Materials, Fabricated Reflectors, Rapid Prototyping, Custom light reflectors, Reflective Lighting, LED lights, Sheet Metal Rapid Prorotyping, Tailored Reflectors, Reflectors Design, Reflective Lighting Assemblies, Material for Segmented Reflectors, Prototype, ANODIZED ALUMINUM, Grow Lighting, 3D Printing, CNC Punch, Micro Welding, Laser Cutting, Reflector Manufacturing, Lighting Facts, Engineering, Mechanical Design, Photometric Design, Light History, Plan B, Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain, Light Quality, powder coating, painting, rivet machines, shearing, rolling machines, drill press, turret press, aluminum reflectors, photometrics, lighting reflectors

Commonly Asked Lighting Reflector Questions

Posted by Briana Lipor on 8/21/19 9:00 AM

 

We get many questions here at RCI about lighting assemblies, mostly from Product Development Engineers looking for guidance that’ll help them deliver a successful project. We’ve outlined some of the most common questions we receive; hopefully you will  be able to use the answers to help your next lighting project get off on the right foot!

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Topics: Lighting Reflectors FAQ, Reflector Materials, Fabricated Reflectors, LED lights, Tailored Reflectors, Reflectors Design, Prototype, Reflector Manufacturing, Engineering, light, Reflective Material, Photometric Design, aluminum reflectors, photometrics, lighting reflectors

RCI’s Rapid Prototyping Guide

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

 

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Topics: Rapid Prototyping, Sheet Metal Rapid Prorotyping, 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.

To read more about rapid prototying check out the following blogs:

Top 5 Advantages of Rapid Prototyping 

Preparing for Sheet Metal Rapid Prototyping 

We Are Your Resource - Rapid Prototyping 

 

Rapid Prototyping Consultation

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