Metal Rapid Prototyping Guidance

Last Updated on January 24, 2022 by Leizi

Many design companies choose to make metal components by rapid prototyping before mass production. It’s a good way to create metal parts with high efficiency and superior quality. CNC machining, Metal 3D printing, and sheet metal processing are three common rapid prototyping methods to make rapid prototypes.

(1)Material Selection

Regarding the metal range for rapid prototyping, there is a wide spectrum of metal: aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, carbon steel, zinc, chrome-based alloys. The metal prototype suppliers need to be pretty familiar with the properties of the materials, various processings, and the purpose of the metal parts. Then, they will make the most suitable and satisfying rapid prototyping solution for you.

Metal Rapid Prototyping
Metal Rapid Prototyping

(2)Processing Method Choices

CNC machining is one of the popular and high-precision machinings to create metal rapid prototypes. It doesn’t need several single tools’ assistance and has a tight tolerance within ±0.008mm. Thus, we can apply CNC machining to high-accuracy metal prototypes within a short period. It also has a broad application in various industries: aerospace, automotive, electronics, home appliances.

CNC Machining

3D printing is often preferred in metal rapid prototyping.DMLS, SLM, and EBM are common processing methods to make metal prototypes. As to sheet metal fabrication, it helps a lot to make the metal rapid prototypes with specific size and type by punching, bending, laser cutting, welding, stamping, and so on. It can help us to make the metal parts with high precision at a lower cost.

At Ruitai, we often apply 3D printing, CNC machining, and sheet metal fabrication to assist our clients’ rapid prototyping projects. If you want to know about our rapid prototyping, you can contact Ruitai by sending an e-mail