We have much experience with hardware prototyping of plastic
parts, metal parts and electronic parts. Electro-mechanical
prototypes typically require software prototyping, which we also
have much experience with.
We are confident we can deliver rapid prototyping solutions for
you. The following sections outline some key phases.
Our core business is focused on projects that have a break-even
point, such as resale via mass production. To learn more about this
see our page on Brisbane New Product Development.
Product Design Phase (Computer modeling from scratch or 3D scanning)
During this phase we assess your requirements to determine if
we are best to design your model from scratch using 3D CAD
tools, 3D animations tools, or perform a 3D scan an mock up
While 3D scanning sounds like an easy option, it is not
perfect, and requires much cleaning up of the model. Further it
produces a file with point cloud data, which then must be
converted to a typical CAD file (e.g. .igs, .stp, and/or
.stl). It is because of these reasons, it is generally quicker
to create the design from scratch (unless the target requirement
is just to reprint the scanned object without any additional
design features - which is a service we're not keen on
In terms of electronics - generally we design custom
electronics to get the unit cost down, but in some cases we
might use off-the-shelve electronics (e.g. Proof-of-concept
Product Prototyping Phase
Plastic mechanical parts will likely be 3D printed via
various methods such as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM),
Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Multi
Jet Fusion (MJF) or CNC'ed in some
cases. The material options are kinda endless from rigid to
rubbers, such as ABS, PLA, Polycarbonate (PC), Acrylic (PMMA),
PET, PEEK, Polyamide aka Nylon (PA), Glass reinforced nylon
(PA66+GF), Polyurethane (PU), Polypropylene (PP), Polyvinyl
Chloride (PCV), Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), Thermoplastic
Olefin (TPO), Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), PEBA 2301,
Nitrile Rubber (NBR), Polytetrafluoroethylene aka Teflon (PTFE)
and more. There are also various finish options such as
transparent, transulent, colours, electro-plating, reflective
mirror, and screen-printing graphics.
Metal mechanical parts can be 3D printed also, however in our
opinion CNC is still the better option. The material options are
also kinda endless such as aluminum (AL), steel, stainless steel
(SS), brass, etc. There are also various finish options such as
blackening, electro-plating (Chrome-plating, Nickel-chrome
plating, Zinc-plating, Galvanizing), anodized (black, matte
clear), and chromating conversion.
We've also made prototypes using materials such as Carbon
Fiber, Fibreglass, Glass wool, DuPont, Vectran, conductive
thread, and look forward to playing with Graphene one day.
Electronic parts will involve manufacturing of bare PCBs,
then assembling PCB surface-mount (SMT) and through-hole (THT)
components via soldering methods such as a stencils, reflow
oven, IR heat lamp, hotair rework station, soldering iron,
Hardware bugs are likely, and we'd hack things to make the
working prototype. During this process we'll make notes on the
design changes required for the next revision.
Information About Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, as well as the third largest city in Australia, with a metropolitan population of just under 2.0 million. It is set close to the Pacific Ocean, and is situated beside the Brisbane River on plains between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range in south-eastern Queensland.
The city is named in honour of Sir Thomas Brisbane who was Governor of New South Wales from 1821-1825. The original settlement grew from a harsh penal colony established at his direction in 1824 at Redcliffe, 28km to the north. The colony was moved to what is now the location of the Brisbane CBD in 1825, and free settlers were permitted from 1842. It was chosen as the capital when Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony, in 1859. The city developed slowly until after World War II, when it played a central role in the Allied campaign as the South West Pacific headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur.
More recently, Brisbane hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games and 1988 World's Fair (Expo '88), and also the Goodwill Games in 2001.
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