Identify design faults early, visualise the end result and speed up the development process.
3D printing is fast and – because DP Seals use a rubber-like print medium – its clients can better visualise the end result and identify potential design faults early, further speeding the development process.
To print rubber-like materials with elastomeric characteristics – various Shore A hardness values, elongation at break, tear resistance and tensile strength – DP Seals has partnered with one of the UK’s leading high-resolution 3D printing companies. This level of flexibility is crucial to the prototyping process in order to show fitting such as male to female mating, or cable feed-through, so allowing the client to iron out problems and make modifications prior to committing the tooling.
The image above shows a cable end-cap for an aerospace application, 3D printed sample on the left and the finished moulding on the right. The actual multipart tool for this moulding can be seen in the gallery.
For production of machined prototype tooling, the direct link to the pre-programmed CNC machines in our tool room ensures prototype development is achieved in optimum time without compromising precision or quality. With tooling being an expensive part of production, we can often modify prototype tooling by adding further cavities to make it a full production tool, saving on time and money into the bargain. With 40 years of tooling production and expertise – we’re always looking at ways to add value to our services.