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Aluminum vs Steel Tooling

Have you been looking for an alternative to traditional steel molding? Are you interested in reducing cycle time and costs? Aluminum tooling may be the answer for you. Aluminum tooling has many benefits that make it a viable option these days. What are these benefits? Aluminum is easier to cut than steel which allows for Read more…

Benefits of Stereolithography

Stereolithography (SLA) is an additive process that uses a vat of liquid UV-curable photopolymer resin and a computer controlled UV laser to build parts one thin layer at a time. The UV laser cures, or, solidifies the part layer and adheres it to each additional layer. After each layer has been cured, the SLA machine Read more…

Advantages of CNC Machining

CNC machining stands for “computer numerical control” machining. It is a relatively new process in the world of machining which allows for increased efficiency through higher levels of automation and by allowing the machine and it’s computer controls to do all the work. While CNC machines are expensive and complicated, they quickly pay for themselves Read more…

Why Is Prototyping Important?

Whatever the item a person or a company intends to produce, creating a prototype is a crucial step in the design process that cannot be glossed over. Why is prototyping important? There are several main reasons; testing and evaluating the design, clarifying production issues and costs, selling it to others, as well as making clear Read more…

Benefits of Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping is a term used to describe many manufacturing processes that are able to quickly convert 3D CAD models into physical parts. Some of the technologies used in rapid prototyping are stereolithography (SLA), CNC machining, urethane casting and quick-turn tooled injection molding. Many of these rapid prototyping processes produce parts that are at or Read more…

Beating the Competition to Market

The old saying, “first come first serve” can hold true in many scenarios, and it is clearly evident in the competitive marketplace we function in today. That’s why being the first one to market with a new product has proven to be a winning move, and its being done by utilizing cutting-edge rapid prototyping methods. A big buzz Read more…

Urethane Casting

Low Volume Production Quality Parts The urethane casting process is ideal for quickly producing high quality plastic/rubber parts without the cost of hard tooling. Urethane casting is a great alternative to injection molding when annual volumes are too low to justify the mold cost. Utilizing the silicone molds we are able to achieve large, complex parts in one Read more…

3D Printing – Polyjet

When it comes to Rapid Prototyping a big buzz word is 3D Printing, whether it’s a new manufacturer of 3D Printers, or a manufacturer of custom 3D Printed parts the buzz is everywhere, and rightfully so. At Schmit Prototypes we offer a couple different 3D Printing methods (SLA, FDM, & Polyjet) and for the focus of this discussion we’ll Read more…