Rapid Prototyping has transformed the role of model making for engineering projects. Most prototyping service providers simply create a prototype of the computer model they are given, and do not take the extra step of applying craftsmanship to the model. At PADT, Model Making is still alive and an important offering at PADT.
Art Meets Science
PADT has the significant advantage of having the latest prototyping and manufacturing technologies available, along with very experienced craftsman that can get the most out of the technology, and use more traditional techniques to move a part from a prototype to a high quality model. Another advantage is that our business model for prototyping is built around processes that allow the time to do model making right.
Models: Prototypes that Look Like the Final Product
When a customer asks for a model, and not just a prototype, they need something that looks like the final product. It needs to have the finish, the color, and the feel of a production part. Our craftsman first start with a rapid prototyped part and then apply their traditional craftsman skills to it.
The first step is that the parts are filled and sanded to produce the proper surface finish. We then often use that part to make a soft tooling model to get the proper material properties or to make multiple copies. The final step is to take the customers color specifications, match them exactly, and use our paint booth to texture and paint the part so that it looks just like the final product.
Learn more about how PADT's Model Making Skills can make a Difference on your Project
Since Model Making really is about the way you do things, and the quality of the final part, the best way to learn more about it is to contact one of our manufacturing engineers to discuss how we can make a model of your product.
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