When a developer is faced with the task of designing a new device, he needs to think over not only the electrical-technical component of the device, but not forget about aesthetics.
The case for the device is its outer shell, designed not only to protect it from external mechanical stress, but create an attractive image of the device.
The manufacture of plastic cases is carried out mainly at large enterprises, only in large quantities.
However, the advent of rapid prototyping and 3D printing technology has made it possible to move to small-scale production of plastic cases. KLONA offers you production of cases to order, efficiently and quickly.
Rapid prototyping technologies
Rapid prototyping – technology for creating a model of a product or part with high accuracy, in order to demonstrate the advantages of an object. Rapid prototyping technologies are implemented using 3D printing or 3D milling.
Modern rapid prototyping technologies provide the following capabilities:
- holding assessment of aesthetics and functionality future product;
- production of a trial batch of products, with the aim of its target audience testing … Making adjustments and correcting shortcomings of the resulting product model.
- presentation of the finished product to the customer – prototype, material and tangible – the main trump card of business negotiations.
Low cost and high quality of the finished prototype, as well as short production times are the main advantages of rapid prototyping technologies.
Silicone mold casting
The best way to produce a small batch of instrument housings.
Plastic housings made in this way can be made from a wide range of materials, the hull can be created from a combination of a large number of polyurethanes.
The body for the device, obtained by casting into silicone molds, has the following characteristics:
- resistance to moisture and high temperatures;
- impact resistance;
- wear resistance;
- elasticity and firmness;
- the possibility of easy painting.
Silicone molded plastic cases can be smooth or rough.
The finished product can be subjected to the following types of post-processing: polishing, grinding, subsequent painting, creating a special texture of the product.
The injection molding method has the following advantages:
- high speed of product production;
- high-quality finished products;
- low cost of a single product;
- no need for large-scale production space and equipment for post-processing of the product.
3D printing of the device body. Plastic enclosures to order
In the event that the customer needs to make only a single copy of the product or several pieces, 3D printing becomes the most profitable way.
To create a case for the device, the method of layer-by-layer building up of an object is used, using materials such as ABS and PLA plastic. Or the technology of laser sintering of powders.
Stages of creating a plastic case using 3D printing technologies
- Building a 3D model of the print object.
- Dimensioning and sending the model for 3D printing.
Each method of making a plastic case has its own advantages and disadvantages. In some cases, it is better to use rapid prototyping technologies, in others – 3D printing.
Which method to choose for you, will be advised by the specialists of the KLONA company … Depending on your goals, budget and quantity, we will select for you the best and most profitable, financially, way of producing plastic cases. As evidenced by many years of practice, such methods. As a rule, they become – casting in silicone molds or 3d printing.
If you need custom-made plastic enclosures with individual parameters – then contact us. We will make for you a housing for the device of the shape, color and size you need. In addition, our designers will develop for you a modern, unique and functional design of the device case. High-quality equipment allows us not only to make single copies – a prototype of a product, but also to organize your small-scale production of parts, plastic products and plastic cases.