One of our customers needed us to produce 3 variations of the same prototype design. The plan was to test all 3 designs at once so they could choose the best design. The catch? They needed it in 1 week.
Given the tight timeline for the project, there was not enough time or funding to make design tweaks or produce three separate molds to test three different prototypes. Testing of all three design iterations would have to be completed at the same time with the best prototype selected to meet the final production deadline.
Our engineers wanted the prototype parts to be ready for immediate functional testing and final production. They knew the characteristics for the part needed to mirror the same performance requirements of the intended production part, particularly in regard to comparative strength, finish and design elements.
The solution for this manufacturer’s tight timeline and design challenges was to create one mold which incorporated all three design iterations.
By using one mold to create all 3 designs at once, we were able to compress timelines and get the ideal working part within a week. The customer was then able to test all 3 part versions at once and select a winner.