What is Rapid Program Development?
Rapid Program Development uses Selective
Laser Sintering (SLS) to create high-quality
prototypes and deliver them to customers
in a reduced time frame. Designs can be
fine tuned for optimal cost and manufacturability,
resulting in lower costs and shortened
product development and cycle times. By
having this technology available in-house,
we are able to bring expertise to the
earliest phase of your project. We can
thus be more competitive and provide a
value-added service to its current customer
What is SLS?
SLS is a state-of-the-art system for
creating high-quality 3D prototypes—complete
with bushings and stampings—at a
fraction of the time of traditional methods.
The prototypes created can be analyzed
for total design feasibility before a
component goes into production, ultimately
contributing to improved manufacturability,
quality and design flexibility. With SLS,
total program schedules can be reduced
by an average of 30% to 50%.
Rapid Program Development offers numerous
benefits to the customer:
- Quicker turnaround time
A fully functioning prototype can be
created in as little as four hours from
the time CAD data was received.
- Lower cost process
Automation results in less time and
materials than traditional methods.
Also, the plastic prototype material
is more affordable than traditional
production materials and can be easily
re-used. This all translates into lower
cost for the customer.
- Higher quality prototype
A fully functioning part is produced
that includes living hinges, snap features,
superior mechanical properties and better
resolution than traditional prototypes.
- Better component manufacturability
The SLS process is capable of creating
extremely complex parts, which enables
manufacturers to evaluate minute design
details and identify potential problems
before the part is produced.
- Faster tooling capability
The precision and speed of the SLS process
allows for the creation of hundreds
to thousands of market-quality insert
molded parts, enabling the component
to be put into production immediately
after prototype approval.
To learn more about the insert molding
process, see our How
We Work and Plant
Tour sections. And for examples of
cost-efficient solutions we've provided,
see our Applications