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Rampf Tooling has introduced the RAKU-TOOL rapid prototyping systems to help shorten development times.
According to Rampf, the rapid prototyping technology saves the user time and money as it helps to shorten development times, to prevent potentially costly development and engineering mistakes, helps to simplify design changes and to improve products at an early design stage. “Today, the fast, cost-effective and customised production of models, prototypes, tools and parts is almost unthinkable without the use of rapid prototyping”, comments Heinz Horbanski, Managing Director of Rampf Tooling.
Rampf explain that contrary to conventional modeling materials, the RAKU-TOOL polyurethane products allow for an easy and fast imitation of thermoplastics like polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) as well as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Also in comparison to thermoplastic systems the RAKU-TOOL prototyping systems can already be used to produce a small number of parts. Thermoplastic systems are processed using an injection moulding process which is normally only economically viable when large quantities are produced since the investment for the tools is very high. They say a further advantage of the rapid prototyping systems is that their use is not limited to the production of small parts but also large parts like whole car bumpers can be made.
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