Plastic Prototyping

Plastic Prototypes, Rapid Prototypes, SLA Prototypes

Wickham is a plastic prototype manufacturer that creates a variety of rapid plastic prototypes and plastic prototype parts for several applications.

Because of our expertise in creating rapid prototypes that are used in the design and development of plastic parts, Wickham can simply make the part for you as you specify, or we can assist you in selecting the best rapid prototyping (RP) process and material to create that part.

Plastic prototypes are made to explore design issues that may not be fully realised on paper or with a 3D computer model.

Wickham has well over 40 years experience in the development of plastic products. We are proficient at handling a project from the beginning (even if it's a rough sketch) to the finished parts so there's no loss of efficiency or security in using several businesses.

After initial design is complete, a prototype will enable confidence when progressing to the next stage of production. It will help to ensure the design is good looking, proportional and functional.

A prototype can be made from a plastic material that closely resembles the final injection moulded product, or from a machining grade that will easily show a part's function or fit with any mating parts. It can be painted, textured or polished.

Creating a prototype can also be one of the most fun and rewarding steps you'll take. That's because developing a prototype gives you the opportunity to really tap into your creativity, using those skills that inspired your invention idea in the first place.

Key Benefits of Working with Wickham

In today's fiercely competitive business world, companies that can get their ideas and products to market promptly are the ones that stand to benefit the most.

  • Design discretion / confidentiality
  • Greater than 40 years Experience with diverse industries using various RP technologies
  • Plastic prototype engineering proficiency & capability
  • Rapid turnaround
  • Competitive pricing

Rapid Prototyping Benefits

Here are some of the improvements companies that utilize rapid plastic prototypes stand to make:

  • Gauge consumer interest in product
  • Reduce time to market
  • Enhance communication and collaboration
  • Better determine product strengths and weaknesses
  • Product design and feasibility
  • Eliminate costly mistakes

Developing Your Prototype

So now that you know that creating a prototype is a vital step in your invention process, how exactly do you move forward and actually do it?

This stage in the inventing process is possibly the period of greatest learning...and is also our personal favourite. This is where your words and thoughts change from "Can I?" to "How will I?"

Bringing It to the Pros

Once you've developed your concept as far as you reasonably can, it's time to contact Wickham Plastics to help you with the next steps.

The complexity and materials to be used in your specific product will help drive the decisions with guidance from us.

Rapid Prototyping Services Options

  • Selective Laser Sintering(SLS)
  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • RTV (PU Silicon Mould)
  • RIM
  • CNC
  • Metal Forming
  • EPP, PU Foaming