Aim says its Prototype-Plus tooling solution is designed to provide the speed and low cost of a prototype tool at production quality levels. The solution enables the same tool that provides prototype samples for testing and validation to be used for the initial production run, the company says. In short-run and low-volume cases, the same tool can be used for the entire life cycle of the product.
The solution can be used as a bridge to connect prototype activities with regular production programs. In addition to achieving prototype requirements, users can provide product at the start of early or regular production while the intended production source comes up to speed.
The company says it can deliver production-quality parts in three days to four weeks. It manufactures aluminum, modular and hybrid mold fabrications. Rapid turnaround is achieved for the intended design and part function, and parts aren’t subject to a limited offering of injection-molding resins, the company says.