As always, making models has become a good business for manufacturers. As they test out designs and develop new products, it becomes a necessity to build prototypes and models of these designs and see whether they are feasible or not.
Stereolithography makes use of 3D printers which work off of computer-aided design (CAD) files to produce precise models of designs in resin. The level of accuracy of each model can be decided, although a higher-resolution model requires more time to make. However, the benefit of making a higher resolution model is that, once the design is approved, silicon molding can be used to produce copies of the respective model, or even utilize the models made of thin resin layers to start casting actual parts, thus improving production.
Silicon molding aids the stereolithography process by allowing you to produce quick molds of the prototype. You can produce a mold of the original as well and compare the two. By producing a silicone mold of the resin model, you will be able to make copies of your model much faster than it would take to produce another by stereolithography. By using silicon molds, you can save a lot of time not only by reducing the necessary time to produce a model, but also by helping you to deliver them to those people who need them much faster, thus speeding up the production and approval process.
Using silicon molding and stereolithography to produce models of your designs represents a great way to take and make an idea tangible. Getting a physical rendering of a design will not only make it come alive, but it will also help people to visualize your product’s future. Creating models this way will ensure that your whole development staff understands exactly what you strive to achieve. This way, your company will have a common vision for each particular product. Making a model will get you one step closer to transforming your product into reality.