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At Star Rapid, we specialize in the production of high-quality, low-cost prototypes. With a range of technologies and services, we are the perfect one-stop-shop for all your rapid prototyping needs. When you’re ready, we also provide low-volume manufacturing of 100,000+ parts. Continue reading to learn more about the rapid prototyping process or send your 3D design file to our international team of engineers for a free quote.

What Is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping involves specialized manufacturing techniques for making high-quality physical models of a 3D design idea. Prototypes are useful for design improvement, as stepping stones to full production or for engineering testing. They are meant to be quick and economical, without the need for the investment in hard tooling. Many of our clients need to produce a physical part quickly in order to validate a design or to capture a fleeting sales opportunity.

Advantages Of Making A Prototype

How can partnering with Star Rapid to quickly manufacture a prototype help you and your business? Here are just some of the ways:

  • Show your customers and investors a physical model of your product
  • Demonstrate the appearance, dimensions and features of your product
  • Test the market with your product before production
  • Save time and money by identifying and reducing design flaws
  • Improve and streamline the production process
  • Create multiple versions with different colors, surface textures and finishing processes
Prototype Made By Star Rapid

Smart Bat Prototype

Rapid Prototyping – Plastic Camera

Injection Molded Camera Prototype

Rapid Prototyping & Production Services Video

We are an internationally-recognized leader in offering specialized rapid prototyping and volume production solutions for a range of industries. No matter the volume or complexity, our team of manufacturing professionals is ready to support your product development goals.

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Smart Bat Case Study

A new way to measure batter performance at the plate, the Smart Bat records stats and serves as a teaching device. Designed for kids, the Smart Bat is equipped with accelerometers that measure swing speed and position, plus an embedded wireless chip that allows each user to monitor performance, upload stats to the included mobile app, and collect prizes through school-uploaded incentive programs. Designer Nyasha Chawora partnered with Star Rapid to create a prototype that was both durable and high performing. Our rapid prototyping process included machining two separate halves from a solid block of ABS plastic, gluing them together, and then chrome-plating them to create the body of the bat. Read More. 

 

Sous Vide Device Case Study

French for “without air,” sous-vide is a cooking method in which food is sealed in an airtight plastic bag and immersed in a hot circulating water bath for a long period of time. Seeking to bring sous-vide to home kitchens everywhere, San Francisco startup Nomiku designed a portable sous-vide device that circulates water and regulates temperature. When they approached Star Rapid to make a prototype for their Kickstarter campaign, we got to work making a lightweight solution that securely housed the hardware with a distinctly modern look. Completed in just 5 days, our rapid prototyping process included CNC machining and vacuum casting, as well as a final round of aqua-blasting for surface texture and hand painting for color. Read More.

 

Prototyping Services

CNC Machining

CNC machining is ideal for making high-quality rapid prototypes from plastic or metal without investing in expensive tooling. Your parts will achieve tighter tolerances with better surface finishes than with other prototyping methods. We can also machine all the features needed for a fully functional part, including tapped and threaded holes and precisely flat surfaces.

We have over 30 CNC mills, lathes and EDM machines in-house for all your CNC needs. We also have a multilingual support team to ensure your product development journey is smooth and worry free. Learn more about our CNC machining service.

Metal 3D Printing

Metal 3D printing is ideal for making complex shapes that combine light weight with high strength. You don’t need to invest in hard tooling and parts can be printed in hours rather than days or weeks.

We use a state-of-the-art Renishaw AM250 printer to create fully dense parts for ultimate performance. Just as importantly, we have expert technicians in-house who provide you with an unparalleled degree of engineering expertise to ensure you get the highest quality finished product. Find out more about our 3D metal printing service.

Vacuum Casting

Polyurethane vacuum casting molds create up to 30 high-fidelity copies from your original master pattern. Parts can be molded in a variety of resins, including engineering grade plastics, and even overmolded in multiple materials.

We are experts in making production quality cast copies from master patterns. Not only will you benefit from our exceptional attention to detail, but we also provide a full suite of finishing services to bring your part up to showroom quality. Learn more about what our vacuum casting service can do for you.

SLA

SLA is one of the earliest 3D printing or additive manufacturing processes for plastic. Not only are these techniques fast, but they allow you to produce complex internal features impossible to make with traditional manufacturing. We use SLA to make master patterns for vacuum casting molds.

SLA is ideal for making small volumes of finished parts or prototypes. If you need larger quantities, try one of our low volume manufacturing services.

Precision 5-axis machining of aluminum rotor at Star Rapid

CNC Precision Machining

Cutaway view of 3D metal printed rotor with internal lattice at Star Rapid

Metal 3D Printed Part

Vacuum cast prototype mold being opened at Star Rapid

Vacuum Casting

Moving From Prototyping To Production Video

When you’re ready to take your design from rapid prototyping to volume production, Star Rapid offers a range of solutions that are agile and easily scaled. Star has no minimum order volume restrictions, so our lean manufacturing services are an ideal solution for bringing new ideas to market on your schedule. Learn more about the benefits of low-volume manufacturing and how we can support your prototyping to production needs.

Get Your Prototyping Project Started Today

With a range of services to choose from and guaranteed quality thanks to our inspection services you can trust you will receive great prototypes every time. Contact us today for a free quote!

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Swivl Platform Case Study

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are great learning tools. However, they’re not always easy to use hands-free. Designed to solve the propping-up problem and provide automated rotation for any viewer, the Swivl Platform from Swivl is an excellent accessory for any mobile device user. It also features a host of tools that enable video production secure streaming for Swivl platform users. Our rapid prototyping team worked with Swivl to create a space-efficient prototype that both performed and looked the part of a high-tech device. We started by CNC machining a “master pattern,” which we then used to create a vacuum-casted silicon mold. After hand-sanding, trimming, and painting, we discovered that the included remote control needed an additional screw hole. Read More. 

 

Vingtor Stentofon Intercom Substation Case Study

Norway-based company Zenitel designs high-quality communication devices and network services for schools, industrial facilities, and maritime environments. Zenitel partnered with us to create prototypes of two IP intercom and public address sound systems in their new Turbine series. Our rapid prototyping process included CNC machining from steel for the main housing, aqua-blasting to remove imperfections and achieve the desired texture, anodizing for a protective coating, and laser-etching to mark the front cover. Though intended solely for acoustic and mechanical testing, both the Stentofon and Vingor prototypes exceeded Zenitel’s visual expectations, and the company used each prototype for promotional photography. Read More.

 

Rapid Prototyping: Further Reading

Introducing a new product to the market is a rewarding process, albeit one with complexities and stresses. Let us help it make it easier for you. As a premier provider of rapid prototyping services, Star Rapid manufactures products across a wide range of industries. This experience gives us invaluable insight into which choices help products make the jump from prototyping to final production, from choosing the right manufacturing process and material to certifying and testing. Read our blog to better understand which factors are driving cost and make your experience from prototyping to finished product smoother and more predictable. Read more…

As you roll out a new product, your business must be ready to scale its product output. Star Rapid was founded to help businesses like yours. Our rapid prototyping services can manufacture at any scale, with no order volume or order value minimums. We are committed to helping you throughout the entire product development journey, with several different manufacturing processes available depending on the product type, the development stage, and the volume of production. Click through to the article to learn more about our services and why businesses like yours choose Star Rapid’s rapid prototyping services. Read more…

Founded by James Dyson—the famed inventor of the cyclone vacuum cleaner and the airblade hand drier—the James Dyson Award challenges young inventors to engineer solutions for today’s most pressing problems. As one of the world’s premier providers of rapid prototyping services, our team at Star Rapid works with new inventions firsthand every day. We’re inventors ourselves, proudly holding several patents (with more on the way) in a number of prototyping processes. It’s fitting, then, that we’d take a keen interest in what today’s best young inventors are doing to make the world a better place. Read our short blog post to dive into the challenges posed and solutions offered in the 2018 James Dyson Award. Read more…

Making the leap from prototype to production is a crucial step, and one that should be carefully considered. Prototypes are excellent for testing your idea, improving the look and feel of a design, and gauging how potential consumers may feel about your finished product. The next step, making that finished product a reality, requires nuanced analysis and know-how. This is where many companies falter. Our experts at Star Rapid put together a list of factors and questions to consider when making the leap from prototype to production. We’ve provided rapid prototyping services for hundreds of companies in a wide range of industries. Using our expertise, we’ve helped facilitate successful transitions into final production for many of our clients. Read this guide to help your company find the same success. Read more…