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Automotive Rapid Prototyping, Automotive Prototypes


Rapid tooling moldProtoCAM specializes in automotive prototype services and automotive stereolithography, providing automotive components prototypes, automotive parts prototypes, automotive models, and physical prototypes for automotive applications. ProtoCAM has produced automotive prototypes for many major auto manufacturers, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. Our vast experience in rapid prototyping for automotive applications is a compelling reason to work with us.

Rapid prototyping (RP) technologies for automotive applications is a proven technology used by automotive engineers and designers to produce physical, tangible prototypes to work with in design and testing.

Key Benefits of Automotive Rapid Prototyping

  • Reduced design time and cost
  • Reduced testing time and cost
  • Fast prototype turn-around
  • Better visualization of products with a physical, solid, tactile item in addition to drawings and computer models
  • Testing can be based on form, fit and/or function
  • Quick iterative testing
  • Wide variety of available prototype materials

Steel metal casting of brake pedalMaterials used in Automotive Prototypes

  • Silicone rubber
  • Urethane
  • Epoxy
  • Resin
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Carbon steel
  • HT steel 4140
  • Magnesium
  • Titanium
  • Zamac –— Zinc/Aluminum
Contact us for additional materials that you require.

Examples of Automotive Rapid Prototypes

ProtoCAM's customers have used our rapid prototyping services to create a wide variety of parts, in many materials, small parts and large parts. Here are few examples:
  • Engine castings
  • Engine parts
  • Mechanical parts
  • Lenses
  • Dashboards
  • Handles
  • Knobs
  • Body components
  • Trim parts

Automotive Prototyping

The design process for new or improved automotive parts or assemblies includes the important step of producing, examining, and testing a physical prototype. A recent course describes how some auto manufacturers are using rapid prototyping:

"Prototypes are also useful for testing a design, to see if it performs as desired or needs improvement. Engineers have always tested prototypes, but RP expands their capabilities. First, it is now easy to perform iterative testing: build a prototype, test it, redesign, build and test, etc. Such an approach would be far too time-consuming using traditional prototyping techniques, but it is easy using RP. In addition to being fast, RP models can do a few things metal prototypes cannot. For example, Porsche used a transparent stereolithography model of the 911 GTI transmission housing to visually study oil flow. Snecma, a French turbomachinery producer, performed photoelastic stress analysis on a SLA model of a fan wheel to determine stresses in the blades." *

Keep in mind that prototyping for automotive applications is not limited to small parts. Multiple prototype components can be joined to create very large items. Check out this article describing how one automaker use rapid prototyping to create a dashboard for an SUV. In this case, many design problems were able to be fixed before tooling was created, resulting in considerable cost savings.

Contact ProtoCAM for Automotive Rapid Prototyping

Please contact us to discuss your automotive prototype or you can request a quote.