Transparent Plastic Prototype
As technique progress, there are a few solution to make the transparent plastic. Today we will suggest three solution here. SEASKYTOOLING can help you to choose more reasonable and reliable solution to manufacture custom transparent plastic prototype.
Maybe you get different price from manufacturers, it is difficult to choose the supplier. Then please read below, you will have a clue to compare and choose manufacturer.
Normally the reason why you want to make plastic prototype to prove your design work or not. Also this process can prevent additional mold modification cost thanks to that you know if product design is correct or not before mold making. Furthermore, you can also show your end user product function and use it on trade show. Anyhow you can tell us your purpose to make the prototype.
Ok, let us to talk about the different process to make the transparent prototype.
CNC machining transparent
One is CNC machining process, it is to use the CNC machining process to manufacture transparent prototype, normally the PMMA resin will be the best workpiece, please kindly review our post” PMMA maching prototype”. There also is possible to manufacture PC and ABS resin, but both PC and ABS performance are worse than PMMA on transparent performance
Above picture is to show CNC machining transparent plastic prototype. Sure we polish plastic lenses after CNC machining. This is better than injection molding as there is welding line and the other defect you will have on molding process. The bad thing that it is weaker than molding plastic parts.
Plastic casting process to make transparent plastic prototype
Another is process. For this process, you can review our plastic casting post to understand more. We also should be noted that surface finishing of the plastic casting depend on the silicone rubber mold, normally it is also difficult to get very good gloss surface for transparent. Another way we can use the simple aluminum mold instead of silicone mold, but this can be used on when we need prototype more than 100 pcs etc. Aluminum mold is more expensive than silicone mold, but more expensive.process, it is to use chemical liquid resin(similar as PMMA, PC or ABS etc) to be formed in silicone mold. To use the plastic casting process to make transparent plastic prototype is cheaper than CNC machining. Anyhow before plastic casting, we have to make out of the first prototype by using CNC machining or SLA
3D printing transparent plastic prototype service
SEASKYTOOLNG also offer custom 3D printing transparent plastic prototype service. It is SLA 3D printing process. SLA 3d printing is good for complex transparent plastic prototype manufacturing.
Transparent plastic prototype polishing.
As a summary for above, if we need very gloss surface finishing transparent plastic prototype, we have to go with CNC machining. If you need cheaper plastic prototype and more than 5 pcs as well as we have not high quality on transparent surface, then you can go with plastic casting. If it is complex transparent plastic part, you can use 3D printing.
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