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Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing for Automotive Lamp Prototyping

2017-03-22    Author:KAIAO

With the rapid development of world’s automotive industry, automotive lighting requires significantly less time for a new model along with new launched cars in order to improve market responsiveness, however, the traditional design and manufacturing methods have been difficult to keep up with its pace. How to shorten the product development and mold manufacturing cycle to the utmost has become a world’s problem demanding prompt solution.
 
Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing (RPM) can greatly shorten the development cycle, reduce costs, so that the development of vehicle lighting and whole vehicle sync. Products and molds that seem extremely complex for traditional processing can be easily achieved using Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing technology.
 
Based on the many advantages of RPM technology, there are advanced and practical significance to use Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing technology into automotive lamp/lantern prototyping.

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Material in Automotive Lighting


Plastics, either general plastic or engineering plastics, are now widely used in automotive industry to replace a variety of expensive non-ferrous metals and alloy steel.
 
Among so many parts in a car, an increasing number of plastics, from the past glass, metal materials into plastic parts, are used in lamps or lanterns, which not only reduces the weight, but also brings a lot of convenience. Headlamps made by polycarbonate (PC), for example, is more expensive than that made by glass but polycarbonate (PC) provides better performance for headlamps than glass. To be plastic instead of steel, integrated and lightweight will become the inevitable trend of automotive lights development.

Two Patterns on the Development and Manufacture of Automotive Lighting Prototype

From the method point of tooling, the traditional way basically uses the removal method and even CNC processing has many shortcomings. The Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing technology, on the other hand, uses accumulation method, which overcomes many problems in traditional processing. Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing, when used in car prototypes, converts a complex three-dimensional processing into a series of two-dimensional processing, which completes complex products and mold with ease that cannot be done in traditional processing even in CNC machining.

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KAIAO is one of the first rapid prototyping companies that applies RPM technologies in automobile prototypes like lamps, lanterns, lights etc. in China and even the world. 4-axis and 5 axis CNC milling are weeded out for car prototypes. KAIAO’s RPM technology can reduce the cycle of car lighting development, save manufacturing costs, and completely avoid the interference problem in cutting tool, improve the flexibility of the lamp and thereby improves product quality and competitiveness.
 
If you are looking for a top rapid prototyping company for your car prototypes like lamps and lights, feel free to contact KAIAO for a free quote. Remember, KAIAO won’t let you down.
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