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Being able to obtain prototype parts quickly to test for component fit and function can help get your product to market faster than your competition. But there are a great many options to choose from. Adjustments in design, materials, size, shape, assembly, color, manufacturability and strength can be made following the results of your testing and analysis.
Many prototyping processes are available to today’s product design teams. Some prototyping processes utilize traditional manufacturing methods to produce prototypes. Other technologies have emerged and have been improved upon over a relatively short period of time. There are dozens of ways prototypes can be made. As prototyping processes continue to evolve, the product designer is constantly trying to determine what process or technology is best for their unique application.
Here you will find process descriptions and insights into the material properties of parts produced by each specific prototyping process. In addition, a helpful decision tree will highlight key questions designers must consider when choosing a prototyping process.
When you think of the forthcoming LA Auto Show and Los Angeles in general, you may think of (1) very expensive, very large vehicles being piloted by very egotistical stars and (2) very jammed freeways full of the aforementioned, as well as numerous other vehicles of a less ostentatious variety.
Mercedes Pairs Hydrogen with Plug-in
While there is increasing attention—thanks, largely, to Tesla in general and the forthcoming introduction, by General Motors, of the Chevrolet Bolt EV—to electric vehicles powered by, well, electricity, there is another type of EV out there that may gain some ground: electric vehicles powered by hydrogen.
Cybersecurity on Wheels
According to IHS Automotive there are on the order of 112-million vehicles on the road today that are “connected,” that is, “have a connection through the internet, though telematics, an onboard modem or a paired device in the vehicle, such as a mobile phone or other device.” With that last bit about the mobile phone being paired with the car, it is surprising that the number of connected vehicles isn’t greater.