A Subtractive Rapid Prototyping (SRP) system, MDX-40, produces prototypes from a wide variety of nonproprietary materials with greater precision and better surface finish than other methods.
The unit can mill a wide range of low-cost materials including ABS, Delrin, nylon, and tooling board. This lets engineers create functional prototypes to determine how well products will actually work. Handled by market focus groups, these prototypes must perform like the final manufactured product and survive a barrage of physical tests, including thermal and structural trials. For example, toothbrush prototypes undergo in-vivo testing for hand fit, brush reach, and handle deflection. Price: $10,995.
Roland DGA Corp.,
15271 Barranca Pkwy.,
Irvine, CA 92618,