Rapid Prototyping

 


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 Rapid Prototyping

At a Glance

• Create prototypes of your product innovationswithin days instead of months
• Save time and money by avoiding costly design errors and delays
• Create the silicone rubber moulds that may be used to cast the individual components of your final product

Accelerating your time to market

Every aspiring innovator needs a proper, functioning, real-life prototype to realise a product's final commercialisatlon. In the not-too-distant past, such prototypes had to be created by hand with wood, iron or other construction materials. The process could take up months or even years to complete successfully, and even then inventors and innovators often had to start all over again because their prototype didn't work properly.

At SIRIM, we believe that prototypes should not take more than a few days to produce. Your innovations should meet current market demands before they become obsolete and before competing ideas reach the market. Budding entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and designs should not have to handcraft their prototypes to present to potential investors, and experienced inventors should not have to worry about other innovators beating them to the customer.

Our rapid prototyping and tooling services allow you to accelerate your product's time to market, giving you first-to-market advantages and allowing you to win valuable consumer mindshare. With the right information and specifications, we can design and produce prototypes in as little as 24-hours and enable you to quickly proceed to the next stage of the commercialisation process.

Speedy product improvement

As a long-time partner to the manufacturing industry, SIRIM has the experience and expertise required to minimise product design mistakes and ensure that your prototype functions in the way you intend. We use the latest rapid prototyping equipment and techniques such as Stereo Lithography (SLA) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) to develop functional prototypes of products, allowing you to concentrate on other aspects of your business.

Our services include:

Rapid prototyping: We use advanced rapid prototyping technologies that allow us to produce fully-functional plastic prototypes according to your exact specifications. Our experts can build prototypes within a matter of hours, saving you both time and money.

Rapid tooling: In addition to prototypes of the final product, SIRIM engineers can also create the silicone rubber moulds that will be required to produce the components that make up its parts in low volumes. SIRIM's rapid tooling technologies and capabilities allow us to create these prototypes by vacuum casting polyurethane material into these rubber moulds. These vacuum-cast prototypes can then be used as models for fabricating the components required to build your product.

 

 3D Design

3D Design & Engineering

The product development cycle does not have to be a costly and time-consuming process. With 3D design and modelling, our experts at SIRIM can help you transform your idea into physical reality.

Complex shapes that would be difficult to convey in technical drawings become easier to grasp if you have a 3D computer model that you can see on a screen. Beyond merely modelling the shape of the product, our visualisation and simulation software allows you to render realistic imagery of your product.

At a Glance

• 3D product modelling aids in achieving a faster development cycle
• Visualising a product in 3D helps you to promote and market it at an early stage
• CAD, CAID and CAE reduce design and engineering time
• Digitise objects into 3D for faster, more efficient troubleshooting and inspection

3D Digitisation & Inspection - A digital eye for perfection

In industries such as automobile manufacturing and aerospace, components must be produced to exacting standards in order to fit together flawlessly. The slightest deviation in the geometry of a component could render it's unusable, requiring a revision of your manufacturing process in order to correct the error. While tactile inspection techniques can be used for inspecting some components, these techniques are slow and may not be sufficient to deal with complicated geometric features, such as concave surfaces and deep cavities.

The same 3D design technology that you can use to visualise a product at conception can also function in reverse. Through laser scanning, SIRIM's engineers can read an existing object's physical features into 3D data, no matter how complex its shape. 3D digitisation techniques allow you to virtually compare the scanned object to the correct tolerances that you expect, without having to physically bring together different components from multiple sites.

Digitising a model for inspection also has the benefit of minimising physical contact with fragile, soft or flexible materials during the inspection process. Our 3D digitising technology is ideal for inspecting soft plastic or rubber parts which might deform from contact with traditional measuring methods, involving touch probes.

3D CAE and CAD/CAID– Technologies for efficiency With 3D modelling, you can also benefit from Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software for designing and engineering your product.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software is commonly used in drafting and designing the technical aspects and manufacturing factors of your product. In addition, Computer-Aided Industrial Design (CAID) is a subset of CAD more oriented towards aesthetic design, allowing you to rapidly transform initial sketches into 3D curves and surfaces to give your design more substance.

CAE also includes the simulation, verification and optimisation of products and manufacturing tools. With CAE software, our experts can perform stress analysis, thermal and fluid flow analysis, mechanical event simulation, and analysis of manufacturing operations such as casting, moulding and die press forming.

Express your vision

By simulating a product in 3D, you can see how it would function in a real-world context, without producing the actual physical article. For instance, you can see how clothing would look upon a wearer by placing a simulated garment upon a 3D model of a human body and seeing how well it fits and how the fabric drapes the body. By subjecting the computer model to rigorous tests, you can eliminate many potentially costly missteps from the development cycle.

Instead of waiting through the product development cycle for the first prototype to be produced, you can see your product fleshed out on a computer screen from the very start.

Highly detailed 3D visualisations will allow you to produce promotional material to aid in promotion and marketing of the product at an early stage, when finding sufficient investment is critical.

 Bio-Modelling

Help For Surgeons

Reconstructive surgery is a delicate art. Every patient's requirements are different, unique and specific to the individual, and every procedure involves parts with their own distinctive shapes and configurations. Surgeons are constantly being challenged to treat patients in ways that minimise the destruction of human tissue and yet offer aesthetically-pleasing results. Luckily, modern technologies now allow doctors to employ imaging techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerised Axial Tomography (CAT) to scan patients' deformities without performing any bodily incisions. SIRIM can use this data to produce accurate plastic models of the deformities and design biomedical craniofacial implants that accurately fit the needs and requirements of each individual patient. Doctors can also use the models to plan their surgery, thus minimising the risks of patients who require extensive reconstructive therapy.

At a Glance

• Quickly analyse and plan surgeries on bone deformities
• Design and fabricate ergonomically accurate implants for each individual patient
• Enhance the healing process and improve the success rate of reconstructive surgery

Help for patients

SIRIM is at the forefront of bio-modelling research and fabrication. Our bio-models have been successfully used with over 100 patients thus far, and we are regarded as a leading biomedical technology partner by medical professionals across the country.

Our services include:

Bio-modelling: SIRIM can design and craft 3D models of patients' impairments based on data acquired from MRls and CAT scans before reproducing them as stereo lithographic models. These models allow doctors to design ergonomically customised implants specifically that each implant will be a perfect match and that it will.

Fabrication: We use advanced rapid prototyping methods and casting technologies to fabricate bio-models to ensure that they meet the patients' requirements. These may be made of titanium or Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA),depending on where the implant will be located and its expected functions.
 

 Solar and Wind Energy Solutions

Solar and wind energy are the oldest and most natural forms of energy that nature can offer. Solar power is the technology of obtaining usable energy from the light of the sun, such as thermal heating systems or electricity from photovoltaic conversion. Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as wind turbines for electricity, wind mills for mechanical power and wind pumps for pumping water or drainage. Wind power is an abundant, widely distributed energy resource that has zero fuel cost, zero emissions and zero water use.

Solar Thermal Dryer

Solar Thermal Dryer

As one of the world's leading proponents of renewable energy, SIRIM is at the forefront of the global shift towards solar and wind energy systems, with a partict. Focus on solar-thermal applications as well as solar-wind hybrid systems. Our solutions are idealy suited to businesses that want an energy supply which is dean and renewable either independent or connected to national electricity grids. Our solar-thermal system is an example which is widely used in agricultural drying applications such as preserved marine products or fruits. Our 3kw PV is also another example of a grid connected system that was set up more than 15 years on SIRIMs rooftop sun, wind, or both the viability of solar or wind energy systems is largely dependent on your geographic location and the meteorological conditions in your area. The ideal solution for your needs might be a solar photovdtaic system, a wind turbine or a ‘hybrid' combination of both.

Benefits at a glance

  • 100% clean energy with zeroby-products
  • Completely independent of the supply of raw materials or fuels
  • Suitable for integrated energy systems installed in remote locations

Wind energy solutions: Wind power is variable by nature. Wind speed and direction can change by the season, and different locations have different wind speed distributions. If your property receives a steady amount of wind all year round and is large enough to accommodate today's modern wind turbines, then SIRIM's wind energy solutions are usualy the most cost-effective route towards independent, renewable energy.

Wind Energy Solutions

Wind Energy Solutions

Our consultants will study the wind patterns in your location to calculate its potential annual wind energy yield before evaluating the technology options available for your needs. If it is economically viable, we will then recommend a wind energy solution that suits your requirements and which will optimise your investment.

Solar energy solutions: In many cases, generation of electricity by solar. Photovoltaic systems are a better option. Depending on availability of space, the solar PV systems can be mounted on rooftops. We can develop the system to generate electricity for stand alone or grid-connected solutions. SIRIM's solar energy system design and application solutions also include solar thermal dryers utilising PV-wind or PV-wind hybrid for marine algae or agricultural produce.With respect to solar thermal, SIRIM can design and develop applications that suit your needs such as drying system that is entirely solar powered.