Before committing to expensive mass production runs, building a functional prototype is a sensible and necessary stage of the development process.
3D printing allows for tweaking and design reviews with parts in hand where it would be too late once the production run had started and a lot cheaper than creating the tooling required.
Using 3D printing we can build parts in a wide range of materials to mimic the final end-use material for both functionality and surface finish. Snap-fits, screw threads, flexible lugs and locking devices can all be built in to the parts. This allows you to test the full functionality of either individual parts or complete product design mock-ups.
We regularly build mechanical test parts and verify data with a tensile testing machine. This ensures that our published ‘real world’ figures are accurate and repeatable. This regular testing keeps Graphite’s machines fine-tuned for peak performance.