Prototyping allows manufacturers to test the feasibility of their designs and determine whether they can meet customer demand. Additionally, it helps identify any potential problems with the design before mass production begins, preventing costly mistakes down the road.
In automotive lampproduction, injection mold tooling is used by manufacturers to create accurate and consistent. Injection molds of this type are very costly and time consuming to make, so you want to make sure you have refined your final design before the tool manufacturer starts cutting the steel for the molds. That is why prototype parts are a critical step of the manufacturing process.
5 Reasons Why Prototyping Is Necessary in Manufacturing Today
There are five primary reasons why prototyping is necessary to ensure successful production of automotive lamps:
1. To Evaluate Fit and Appearance
Assembling parts in 3D on a computer screen will not guarantee that the actual components will fit as planned. Furthermore, computer renderings do not accurately represent real world materials and appearances. You need to produce prototypes and test them under various lighting and viewing conditions to ensure that you get the fit and appearance you intend.
2. To Verify the Integrity of Assemblies
Many automotive lamp assemblies require molding different types of plastics for different parts (inner lenses, outer lenses, reflectors, housings, etc.) and combining these parts with machined metal structures to hold the lamps together. By producing prototype parts in the same materials intended for production, manufacturers can make sure the lamp assemblies are structurally sound and will fit in the space allotted in the vehicle.
3. To Assess Material Performance
Prototypes made from production-intent materials allow you to test the materials in various environmental and operational conditions. This is imperative to meet the demanding requirements of automotive lamps.
4. To Verify Optical Performance
Automotive lamps need to follow many regulations regarding light intensity as well as where the light beams are aimed. As adaptive lighting (“smart” lights that allow the light to follow where you are turning) quickly becomes the norm, prototyping is even more crucial for verifying the optical performance.
5. To Determine Production Times
With prototype injection mold tooling, manufacturers can determine the actual production cycles required of each part. Some designs are so intricate that slower cycle times are necessary to ensure good quality parts. Other designs require materials that need special attention. This information is essential in determining whether a design is feasible for mass production and how to optimize the injection molds needed for production.
Choosing the Right Prototyping Supplier
When selecting prototype tooling suppliers, choose one with experience in the industry who can meet your specific needs. From initial design prototypes to injection mold tooling, Globaltech Ventures can help you address your design concerns and optimize your production plans. Our team can help you create prototype injection mold tooling that will help speed up the development process by verifying the design and, if needed, produce parts for the initial assemblies while the production tooling is being completed. Contact GTV today for more information.