Creating a prototype means touching with your hands something which, up until that point, had only been an idea, a thought, or a desire. We have always dedicated much attention to the emotions that a prototype can and must evoke in individuals.
Using the technologies rendered available by the company, the “Si prototypingTeam” is capable of creating a physical component in extremely brief time frames, regardless of its design complexities. The high degree of precision offered by this equipment allows us to obtain multiple parts that can be assembled to form a perfectly functioning unit, thus allowing for the intended tests to be performed directly.
The physical model created in this manner allows for the final product’s functionality to be evaluated and for any hidden critical points to be discovered. In addition to the technical requirements, the desire to create aesthetically pleasing elements for stylistic presentations, trade shows, and all sorts of other events for which prototypes may be required, resulted in the creation of a high-quality finishing and painting department. Here, we carefully evaluate the effects that have been previously analysed and selected by our stylists.
Our company currently offers 2 Rapid Prototyping technologies.
The first, called Stereolithography, involves the cold lamination of liquid photosensitive resins. These resins are instantly solidified in thin layers using a UV laser beam. We currently have 3 stereolithographs of different sizes, all of which are extremely precise and can be used to process 2 different types of materials. One transparent material, in order to obtain functional “glass effect” parts, and another high-performance grey material, which is quite similar to one of the most common plastic materials, ABS. Our processing and final post-treatment standards guarantee consistent aesthetic and structural results over time.
The second, called FDM Technology is a supplementary hot production system that uses a properly distributed filament of plastic material to obtain a high-performance element with an optimal structure that can be immediately used for both testing and production purposes. In fact, we not only use these machines to create prototypes, but also parts that are placed directly on the market.
Based on the type of plastic material being utilised, the models take on different technical and mechanical characteristics. Our in-house production department is capable of directly manufacturing components in ABS, PC-ABS, PC or PA, as well as articles and items made from the fireproof technopolymer ULTEM. We currently have 2 machines equipped with this technology. One, which is ideal for creating parts of considerable dimensions, has a working volume equal to 900 L x 600 W x 900 D mm. The other, which has a slightly decreased volume, is ideal for making more precise yet extremely robust objects for immediate testing or for small production batches.
With this technology, in fact, “Direct Digital Manufacturing” has taken on an extremely tangible meaning.
Our services are fully completed with the production of Silicon Moulds. Our company also offers the integrated the service of supplying small batches of parts moulded from Polyurethane material. In fact, by applying their skills to 2 vacuum casting machines and 4 thermal stabilisation ovens, our technicians are capable of obtaining significant numbers of parts for preliminary quantitative Tests or (why not?) small production batches.
This design methodology is ideal for obtaining parts with non-complex shapes or considerable dimensions with simple structural specifications and limited costs.