When you need to create an industrial prototype, you need to create a digital mock-up; you need to create a physical product that allows you to see if your idea is on the right track without investing in the actual materials to build the item. One type of material you could consider using when you need to create a prototype is polyurethane casting material, also commonly referred to as flexible or expanding foam.
Keep Prototype Costs Down
One of the most significant benefits of working with polyurethane is that you don't need access to many fancy parts to work with it. It is cost-effective to work with the material when building prototypes.
You can use silicone molds to work with the material. You don't have to use expensive metal molds, which can drive up the cost of making prototypes. You also don't need to use injection molding tools either. You can use the simplest and most cost-effective molding materials. To get your prototype, you can 3D print a silicone mold and then add the polyurethane to the mold.
Easy Design Changes
With polyurethane, it is easy to make design changes. If you realize that your design doesn't work as you thought it would, or if you realize that your customer isn't happy with the design, you can easily fix the issue. You can use simple tools to manipulate and adjust the design. You can also easily create more silicone molds that reflect design changes.
Making a change can cost you big money with other prototyping methods, such as injection molding. It is not easy to make a change, and you are going to be limited to the number of changes that you can make. When working with expanding foam, you can make lots of changes to the design without breaking your budget at all.
With urethane, you can easily customize the appearance and features. You can add colors to the injections and add other components as well. That means that you can work with a wide range of colors and materials to achieve the design that you desire.
When you are working on an industrial product, it is important to be able to create real-life prototypes that you can work with. With polyurethane expanding foam, you can use silicone casting to easily turn your digital designs into real-life prototypes so that you can iron out all the details before you start mass-producing your industrial item.