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FROM SKETCH TO PROTOTYPEAN INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES INPROTOTYPING AND LOW VOLUME PRODUCTIONSALT CITYTECHNICALD...
From Sketch to PrototypeThe BasicsWhere do I start?Who is going to help?What is possible?
The BasicsMarket ResearchPatent ProtectionBusiness PlanFunding SourcesFunctional Prototype
Market ResearchFind competitors & similar products:E-bay & AmazonThomas Register, HooversTrade OrganizationsMake note of:H...
Patent ProtectionNo Patent Protection = No Venture FundingDoes it exist? (It probably does!)US Patent OfficeEuropean Paten...
The Business PlanYou should have oneIt will not match realityUse it as a tool to convey your idea of how this idea will ma...
Funding SourcesStart with Friends & FamilyGrants = Free Money (almost)SBIR, State, Local, SpecialtyVenture CapitalWant lar...
Functional PrototypeDifficult to obtain funding without proof of your conceptMuch easier & cheaper to produce than in the ...
Industrial SupplyWide array of components availableTechnical information on the componentsAdvanced search techniques to fi...
Rapid Prototyping TechniquesComplex flat stock parts   Plastic PrototypesEDM                        SLALaser              ...
Flat Stock PrototypesWire EDM – Slow process for difficult materialsLaser – Fast process for thinner materialsWater Jet – ...
Plastic Prototypes3D PrintingStereolithography (SLA) – UV cured resinbuilds parts in thin layersSelective Laser Sintering ...
Plastic PrototypesUrethane MoldsProduces parts with good appearanceLimited materials available, some limitationson part de...
Parts from Bar / PlateToday’s machining centers can manufacture complex parts in a single setupParts modeled in 3D can be ...
Other Techniques4 Slide  Produces bent metal shapes from strip  No tooling costPrinted Circuit Boards (PCB)  Pick & Place ...
Other TechniquesSand Casting  Cast aluminum, iron, & other materials   available from 1 master templatePowder Metal  Produ...
Final Thoughts...From Sketch to           PrototypeKnow The Basics  Research, Planning, Funding, PrototypingStart with wha...
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  1. 1. FROM SKETCH TO PROTOTYPEAN INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES INPROTOTYPING AND LOW VOLUME PRODUCTIONSALT CITYTECHNICALDELIVERING SOLUTIONS
  2. 2. From Sketch to PrototypeThe BasicsWhere do I start?Who is going to help?What is possible?
  3. 3. The BasicsMarket ResearchPatent ProtectionBusiness PlanFunding SourcesFunctional Prototype
  4. 4. Market ResearchFind competitors & similar products:E-bay & AmazonThomas Register, HooversTrade OrganizationsMake note of:How much do people pay for similar products?Where do people buy this type of product?Are other products going to displace yours?
  5. 5. Patent ProtectionNo Patent Protection = No Venture FundingDoes it exist? (It probably does!)US Patent OfficeEuropean Patent OfficeClassification SystemProfessional Patent Search
  6. 6. The Business PlanYou should have oneIt will not match realityUse it as a tool to convey your idea of how this idea will make others money
  7. 7. Funding SourcesStart with Friends & FamilyGrants = Free Money (almost)SBIR, State, Local, SpecialtyVenture CapitalWant large investment with significant returnsNeed serious support documentation and greatpresentation
  8. 8. Functional PrototypeDifficult to obtain funding without proof of your conceptMuch easier & cheaper to produce than in the pastNeeds to function & look good to entice potential investors
  9. 9. Industrial SupplyWide array of components availableTechnical information on the componentsAdvanced search techniques to find right productMcMaster, Misumi, Kaman, GraingerAllied Electric, Digikey, Newark, Mouser
  10. 10. Rapid Prototyping TechniquesComplex flat stock parts Plastic PrototypesEDM SLALaser SLSWater Jet Urethane MoldsElectrochemical Aluminum MoldsComplex parts from Other Techniques bar/plate 4 Slide5-axis machining Printed Circuit BoardsCNC Integration Sand Casting Powder Metal
  11. 11. Flat Stock PrototypesWire EDM – Slow process for difficult materialsLaser – Fast process for thinner materialsWater Jet – Fast process for thicker materialsElectrochemical – For intricate small parts & tight tolerances
  12. 12. Plastic Prototypes3D PrintingStereolithography (SLA) – UV cured resinbuilds parts in thin layersSelective Laser Sintering (SLS) – Laserhardens powder resin in thin layersGood tolerances, complex parts, 1 – 3 days for samplesWide array of materials and finishes
  13. 13. Plastic PrototypesUrethane MoldsProduces parts with good appearanceLimited materials available, some limitationson part designAluminum MoldsProduces finished parts in any materialLower cost / durability tooling compared to finalproduct tool
  14. 14. Parts from Bar / PlateToday’s machining centers can manufacture complex parts in a single setupParts modeled in 3D can be directly converted into tooling path informationMulti-tool systems allow for rapid machining of a variety of shapesWide array of raw materials availableVertical, Horizontal, Lathes
  15. 15. Other Techniques4 Slide Produces bent metal shapes from strip No tooling costPrinted Circuit Boards (PCB) Pick & Place Technology Produced in 1 – 2 weeks Flexible, multi-layer, mixed components
  16. 16. Other TechniquesSand Casting Cast aluminum, iron, & other materials available from 1 master templatePowder Metal Produces near net shape parts Almost as good performance to wrought steel Significant tooling costs in some cases
  17. 17. Final Thoughts...From Sketch to PrototypeKnow The Basics Research, Planning, Funding, PrototypingStart with what you know Get help for what you dont knowThe help The Tech Garden, University support, local support – TDO...If you have a good idea...anything is possible

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