CNC Mockup for building quality prototypes

2021-06-23

When you are working on a project that can benefit from a prototype, you can consider using a CNC mockup. As a company that has been providing prototyping services since 2002, Hemtom has found CNC machining to be one of the best ways to create a prototype. Needless to say, there are other ways of creating a prototype, and these other methods may be more suited for specific materials or design types, but a CNC mockup is usually well-suited for creating a highly accurate model.

What is a CNC mockup?

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. Using CNC, you can automate the control of machining tools with the help of a computer. A written code controls the machinery to carry out three-dimensional cutting. The machine can use 3, 4, or 5 axes to simultaneously remove material from the workpiece till the time the required shape takes form. This is why it is known as one of the subtractive manufacturing technologies.

In order to use this method for prototyping, we enter details of the model in the machinery, which identifies the desired cuts to achieve the look and feel of the model. The code written for controlling the machinery is an important element of creating a CNC mockup because the code tells the machine how to carry out the cutting tasks.

· We begin by using a 2D or a 3D drawing

· Then the drawing is coded into the system to execute the cutting task

· A trial run is carried out to make sure the coding is accurate

· Then the prototype is created on the desired material

· In the final step, we finish the product using material-specific finishing techniques like polishing, sandbursting and deburring.

What are the advantages of creating a CNC mockup over other prototyping techniques?

Some of the advantages of a CNC mockup are:

· Accuracy–A big advantage of using CNC is the accuracy with which a prototype is created. Whether you are looking for an appearance model of your product or a functional prototype, using a CNC mockup gives you a realistic look and feel of the product, even if it is scaled to a small size.

· Creates complex designs–The complexity of a design is easily incorporated using CNC machine programming. Since CNC is a subtractive manufacturing technology, the method can be used for creating complex designs and highly detailed prototypes. We have used this method to create prototypes of home appliances, medical devices, kitchen products, and sports equipment.

· Higher safety – Automation of the machines takes away the human involvement with machinery and equipment that can pose safety hazards. We simply create the codes and let the computer takeover the controlling of the machines. This way we can reduce safety concerns for our team.

· Works well for different materials – A CNC mockup can be created using a variety of materials. We have used different materials like metal alloys, wood and PVC for creating prototypes using this method.

Why choose Hemtom for CNC mockup?

Hemtom has experience in the field of CNC machining. A CNC mockup created by us will be highly accurate and detailed. We can even finish the mockups using a variety of finishing options to make it resemble the product as closely as possible. Our team has lots of CNC machinists and some of them have more than a decade of experience.

Quality is one area where we don’t make any compromises at all. We always make sure that the CNC mockup we create use raw materials of high quality and are designed with a lot of accuracy. This is one reason why many of our clients use our services again and again.