FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions by our clients. Our FAQ ‘s address all of your needs however if you have additional questions feel free to contact us.

Throughout the years clients have asked questions. Our Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ section covers them.Your number one resource for all of your Frequently Asked Questions when it comes to product development. Our most popular FAQ ‘s have been compiled through years of service experience and answering all of our clients’ questions.


 

I keep hearing this term called CAD. What is it? Do I need to know it?

CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. It is software which is used to create all sorts of things from consumer parts to buildings. Fortunately for you, you do not have to know it. Our engineers have years of experience working with CAD. Anything you can imagine can be replicated using CAD.


What type of prototypes do you offer?

We offer a variety of 3D model prototypes. The physical 3 types of prototypes are: proof of concept, form, and fully functional.


I would like to take advantage of the $1 promotion. What do I need to do?

Submit your parts using our file uploader. Then the first 4 cubic inches of total material will be included in this promotion. This promotion cannot be combined with any other promotions and must be accompanied with another part. A minimum of 2 parts is necessary in order to qualify for this promotion. Contact for details on promotion.


How quickly can I have my parts?

Making parts quickly is our specialty. We can have parts shipped out within hours of your order. 24 hour turn-a-round time is possible.


I have an invention how can you help me with my idea?

We can help in many ways from concept development to manufacturing. We have created a 7 steps to making a prototype video that can guide you along the process. Our proprietary LEEP process fast tracks the production process for our clients.


What is the difference between rapid prototyping and mold injection?

Rapid prototyping is used to produce parts quickly in a fairly inexpensive way without the cost of making molds.


I started working with another engineer but they were not able to complete the process of having a product produced.

We can pick up where your previous engineer left off. In some instances it’s as simple as a conversion to a format that is suitable for making a rapid prototype. In others it would require more extensive modification to the part in CAD.


What kind of machines do you make the parts in?

Depending on the part characteristics, we have a variety of machines to choose from. Our high end Stratasys, Objet and CNC machines can handle just about anything. Our machines use several different processes such FDM, SLS, SLA, Polyjet, and subtractive to name a few.


What is the difference between a sample and a prototype?

Some might use these terms interchangeably but a prototype is proof that your idea works and a sample is what a manufacture gives you prior to production. It ensures what the final production product will look like out of the factory machines.


I have a part which is about 3 inches x 3 inches how much will it cost to make?

With just the dimensions alone it is impossible to determine pricing. Pricing is determined by material type used, size of the part, the process used to make it and in some cases machine time.


What determines the final invoice amount of a part?

Material, geometry, resolution, finish, post processing and time are all factors when determining final cost.


Do you take a percentage (%) of my idea / invention?

No! The mission of this company is to help inventors obtain high quality product development so they can improve the chances of having a successful product in the market place. We do not ask or take any percentages of anyone’s idea or invention.


What kind of materials do you offer with rapid prototyping?

We offer a wide variety of materials to choose from including: ABS plastic, medical grade ABS plastic, rubber, silicone, aluminum to name a few. Click here to upload a file and choose the material.


What type of prototypes do you offer?

We offer a variety of 3D model prototypes. The physical 3 types of prototypes are: proof of concept, form, and fully functional.


Once my product is finalized do you offer production?

We do facilitate small production runs but for mass production we utilize our network of manufacturing representation in the United States and Asian markets to better assist you.


Where are the parts made?

All of the parts are made in house in the US.


What kind of process is involved when I have an idea and want a prototype?

Your idea begins its journey to invention as a prototype. We use a process called rapid prototyping or RP to create the first physical rendering of your invention. Rapid prototyping begins by entering the invention’s model into a computer, where it is then translated and printed layer by layer into a 3D object (CAD).


What kind of guarantee do you have?

Customers’ satisfaction is our main priority. To make our customer feel confident in working with us we offer a money back guarantee.


Is discovery an important part of development?

Absolutely, Investing in product development into an idea which may be in exsistence may be a waste of money. You may be blocked from bringing your product to market. You are better off finding out the facts before any initial investment is made. This is one of the mistakes inventors make early on.

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