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A few words about manufacturing industrial models

A few words about the production of industrial models

Hello friends, today let's talk a little about models. Building models for industry are an important and integral part of product life cycle management. Each product goes through a long and complex process from the idea phase through the sampling phase to the final product.Product life management or in English PLC - Product Life Cycle is the correct and modern way to produce new or renewed products. The processes that go through during new development are many interactions and required changes resulting from feedback and brainstorming at the stages: the idea, the drawing, the animation, the model, the prototype and experiments. By properly managing the stages in the product's life, it is of course possible to optimize and save on the final costs of the product. When calculating the costs of a new product, the development cost can be a significant part of the final cost. A significant part of the savings in the development stages is if models for the industry are produced correctly, imitating the final product to the maximum extent, both in terms of external form and in terms of functional function.Get several methods in the process of building models for industry

  1. Machining - this is an old method that gives good results, because it makes it possible to produce the model from the final plastic material, with a high level of precision. The disadvantage of the method is a high cost, and although it is good, it still does not simulate product production perfectly.

  2. 3D printers - a new field gaining momentum. The new printers compromise the creation of models mainly from polymers as well as a variety of other materials and even metals.

  3. Laser / water cutting - clean and two-dimensional cutting of a wide variety of materials including wood, plastic, rubber, etc.

  4. Silicone mold - although silicone molds are usually used for serial production, it is certainly possible to build models as well. The template allows the insertion of various materials into the model, including elements such as screws.

  5. Vacuum forming - heating a plastic panel and attaching a mold in a vacuum to bend it. Models in the industryConstruction of models for industry is mainly carried out in the following industries:

  6. Avionics - everything that flies from drones to a jumbo 747. Beyond the functional design aspect there is also an aerodynamic aspect that is tested on the models in wind tunnels. In the production of models in the aviation industry, it is possible to achieve results that will allow very close to reality estimates of friction, lift force, durability, effective speed, fuel consumption, etc. of the modeled aircraft.

  7. The car industry - similar to the aircraft industry, new cars are also tested in wind tunnels before the production of the prototype and certainly before the final production of a new vehicle. A correct model of the vehicle enables receiving marketing feedback regarding its sales potential (known beauty). Also, engineering tests are carried out on the model in the laboratory and in wind tunnels, which allow to determine the fuel consumption, cruising speed, crash tests, etc. In addition, before launching a car, it is customary to produce a model of the car and present it at a suitable car exhibition.

  8. Weapons and military industries - military vehicles must be tested in appropriate laboratories to examine: offense ability, maneuverability, fuel consumption and driving range, resistance to combat conditions, etc. Of course, suitable models for a future military vehicle are important and greatly optimize the production process. In a very efficient and effective process that included building models, the IDF APC is created that moves on wheels and not on chains. The rocket industry also requires the creation of models and experiments in wind tunnels and laboratories to determine speed data, fuel consumption, cruising, etc.

  9. Industrialized construction - high demand for industrialized buildings for both residences and other needs led to efficiency and creativity in this construction industry. Because the construction process is modular, building models for the industry allows for huge savings in the development process, which has significant consequences for production.

  10. The toy industry - before mass production it is customary to produce different models and focus groups help in formulating the decision these are the leading models.In conclusionEven if you are not Boeing or Ford, you can use modern technologies and even combine them to build models for your specific industry. The rapid development of 3D printing technology allows you to reach a perfect or almost perfect model of the final product you planned at a relatively high speed. An important basis for building a model is an accurate 3D file that can be used for any technology you choose: machining, laser cutting, 3D printing, vacuum forming, silicon mold or a combination of them.If you are about to develop a product that includes plastic parts, or if you have an idea for a product,I invite you to send an email with your contact information to the following

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