Production tooling is an investment. It is intended to have a long lifespan, potentially producing thousands of parts. Before you invest in production tooling, especially for high-pressure die-cast parts, it is a good idea to consider prototype tooling. This allows you to ensure your product idea and design are solid before making a more significant long-term investment.
In short, prototyping provides many benefits, including:
- Maximizing R&D resources.
- Cast pre-production parts while ramping up to full production.
- Produce quality castings for short-run, low-volume part needs.
Prototyping allows you to maximize your research and development resources. With full-featured, functional, to-scale prototypes, you can evaluate and test the tooling and casting performance. These can be further refined when needed. It also allows you to try out various designs, implement refinements, collect and analyze product test data, and develop a product that will meet your precise goals without the cost of production tooling.
When introducing a new product, the ramp-up period to full production is an important consideration. Prototyping can allow you to cast pre-production parts while ramping up to full production. Nobody is perfect, even with the use of modern technology. Prototyping gives you an opportunity to find and correct errors in pre-production tooling, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in retooling and lost time. You can potentially lose market share if your customers turn to a competitor because your product isn’t available.
If you have short, low-volume runs, using a production-level prototype may make more sense than spending the resources on production tooling made for high-volume runs.
Choosing Anderson for Your Prototypes
Anderson Global has decades of experience developing complex tooling for high-volume casting for foundries and manufacturers. Our tooling design and engineering group at Anderson Global are ready to get started with your next prototype.
Our prototyping capabilities include functional beta and gamma level prototyping to evaluate manufacturing processes and casting performance for aluminum, steel, iron, and other metal castings. We also develop production-level tooling prototypes to provide short-run, low-volume prototype castings.