If your company wants to be on the cutting edge of technology and one step ahead of the competition, you might consider rapid prototyping. At Si Tech, we can create a solid model for you in 2 to 3 weeks. It takes about 10 to 12 weeks to create a usable model in aluminum. Now, whether you need a visual presentation model for military keypad prototyping, medical keypad prototyping or keypads for another field entirely, we can help you come up a model much faster. If you’ve never used rapid prototyping rubber models before, here are a few things to keep in mind.

What’s the Point?
Visual prototypes are made from rubber silicone before the final product is created. People use rapid prototyping for a variety of reasons. Let’s use a functional medical keypad prototype as an example. If you have a new healthcare product that you would like to supply to a client, it’s helpful to have a tangible model for presentations. You can see it, feel it and touch it. When you attend a trade show, bring along your medical keypad prototype for potential clients to see.

Are you giving a lecture on the merits of the latest in technology in your field? Whip out the prototype. It’s visually appealing. Be a more engaging speaker; let your prototype be your teaching tool. We have interesting colors to use, rather than a single plain color. If you traditionally use PowerPoint to make presentations, this might be something different to try. A PowerPoint Presentation gives a nice visual explanation, but it limits you to two-dimensions. Rapid prototyping rubber models offer three-dimensional versatility. In fact, you can take pictures and slides of it to use in your PowerPoint Presentation with the three-dimensional prototype in hand.

See It In Action
It’s not all about marketing, however. Rapid prototyping rubber models are also helpful for hands-on Beta testing and real-time comparisons. If you’re wondering how your idea will match up to the existing mechanical parts, let our Si Tech engineers use our rapid prototyping rubber process to create an object that is about 90 to 95% of what it will be like when the true order is complete. Put it on your wheel. Slide it under a bezel. Fit it over a device.  It helps people to better visualize your product, what it can do, how it looks and interacts.

How We Do It
We use the solid model that you provide to create a silicone rubber prototype. Because it doesn’t have the same structure as the finished item, it cannot be used out in the field. Our rapid prototyping rubber is strictly for visual comparison and presentation. When you want to see it and touch it and feel it before you have to use it, Si Tech can make it.