Product development cycle
How Prototyping Services fit into your Product Development Cycle
Whatever stage of development you are in, we have a prototyping service to help you achieve the utmost out of your product.
Concept Design Phase
FDM Concept Models
SLS Ergonomic Models
SLA Styling Models
Full Colour Concepts
Finalising your Concepts
Styling concepts, one of the common prototyping services here at MNL, are typically reviewed and approved by senior management and as such require a higher degree of surface finish than that achievable by 3D printing alone. Our finishing specialists add colour and texture to 3D printed models or CNC machined components. To complete the realism graphics are applied.
Fully Finished Concepts
With Graphics for added Realism
Detailed Design Phase
The devil’s in the detail
How true. Get it right and you’re on to a winner. Don’t take any chances with your design either. Get the detail right and prove it out with an accurate prototype from MNL. Using some of the most accurate 3D printing technologies available, we use our prototyping services to produce highly detailed, accurate prototypes to prove out designs in wonderful detail. Our technology consultants, always on hand, advise on the best technology to suit your needs. Our large capacity and pricing choices compliment speed and delivery of your detailed prototype.
- Does the assembly fit as anticipated?
- Are your supporting ribs, bosses, fixings etc, in the right place?
- Do your electronic boards fit?
- Can the design be costed-down, made simpler etc?
Many of the above questions plus many more are answered more clearly with the aid of a detailed prototype from MNL.
So which technology is best? Well our technology consultants advise, but here are some good reasons to choose the following technologies…
Highly Accurate SLA models
Smoothest SLS Parts in Europe
FDM models in a wide choice of materials
Product Testing Phase
Today’s demanding customers
With so much to be tested for today’s demanding customers, our prototyping services department offer durable prototypes that live up to the rigours of modern testing environments.
The importance of material type will dictate which direction is best suited.
For certain test legislation, only the actual production material will be sufficient for the tests.
Our prototyping service department offer two main processes for producing prototpes in the actual material.
- CNC machining can produce extremely accurate prototypes with smooth surface finishes.
- FDM 3D printing can offer 10 different materials offering fire grade, high temp, abs, nylon etc.
The most popular method for producing prototypes in materials close to those in production is Vacuum Casting. With materials to emulate most end-use plastics and quality to boot, prototypes from this method are often of a quality better than that of production.
So which technology is best? Well let our technology consultants advise you, but here are some good reasons to choose the following technologies…
CNC Machining in Production Materials
FDM models in a wide choice of materials
Vacuum Casting in PU Resins
Market Research Phase
Yielding extra benefits
Market research often occurs early on in the concept stage. Detailed market research yields extra benefits; use a prototype from MNL’s prototyping services dept. that cannot be distinguished from its intended production parts.
Public perception of products and their branding alongside the users experience of todays demanding consumers is paramount:
- Is the perception of your product true to your design brief?
- Does the product match the current branding?
- Does the product function as desired with ease?
- Have you created a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist?
Many of the above questions plus many more can be answered more clearly with the aid of a detailed prototype from MNL’s prototyping services department.
Get the true feedback you deserve from your market research.
DONT let poor quality models influence your market research results…
Market Research Samples made by Vacuum Casting
Sales & Marketing Phase
Production Bridge Tooling
With a resurgence of exhibition models …
Exhibitions are often the first showcase for exposing new products and concepts to buyers and the general public. Making that all important first impression count, an exceptional exhibition model is paramount. Whether to attract interest, illustrate the look or function, assist raising project funds, or gain publicity, an exceptional model for exhibition is essential and indispensable.
Functioning Demonstration Models by MNL
Gaining Financial Backing
High or Low Volume Help
We help during your production phase too. Assembly jigs and inspection fixtures produced by 3D printing in FDM or CNC machining. We also produce low volume production methods via additive manufacturing or with PU resin parts from vacuum casting or RIM.
For low volume production MNL can offer:
- Polyurethane parts via vacuum casting or RIM
- Additive manufacturing utilising SLS or FDM
For mass production MNL can offer:
- Assembly jigs or inspection fixtures made by either CNC or FDM