Using 3D CAD, Rapitypes can provide fast-turnaround Block models, Styling models and Space envelope models from hand size up to 4.5m x 1.78m x 1.4m.
A choice of materials and surface finishing options is available to suit individual requirements.
For example, a medium-density model-board will provide a durable model, which can be finished to a very high standard. However, the lower density foams are quicker to machine and are also considerably lighter. These materials are ideal for low-cost Space models and Concept models where surface finish is less important.
When light weight is as important as a top-class surface finish, Rapitypes recommends an additive paste system in which a near net layer of PU is applied and allowed to set to a frame, hollow buck or chassis prior to being CNC machined to the required "A" surface condition. We frequently apply this technique in Automotive styling, Marine and Aerospace assignments.
|Metal and Plastic Components
When pre-production, or prototype metal and plastics components are required to tight tolerances, the solution is CNC machining. More accurate than Rapid Prototyping and applicable to target materials, CNC machined components provide reliable feedback for the designer seeking precise verification.
Rapitypes now also offers an offshore based option to meet all size and cost constraints. Our Chinese partners are fully audited by Rapitypes and managed day-to-day by our in-house Chinese-speaking project managers.
General tolerances on all Chinese sourced machining is +/- 0.2mm and lead times are typically 1-2 weeks, whereas UK tolerances can be held at +/-0.01mm.
All Ferrous and Non-ferrous metals are available including Stainless ateel, Steel, aluminium alloys, Brass and Titanium.Special surface finishes can also be applied to CNC parts including Chrome plating, Anodising, Polishing, Passivating, Blacking and Paint finishes.
Rapitypes manufactures its own patterns for Vacuum forming, GRP, RIM and Sand casting or Foundry pattern utilisation. We can also offer this same service to meet your entire sub-contract pattern making requirements.