1) Reduction in development times.
A prototype can be developed in just 5-8 working days, whilst developing a part using traditional techniques can take months.
2) Project validation.
Thanks to rapid development times, a prototype allows a project to be released and construction of the relative equipment, guaranteeing certainty of results, (it is not rare to see equipment developed without the use of a prototype requiring long modification interventions which are much more expensive that what one would pay for a prototype).
3) Design review.
The definition of design and engineering in itself foresees operations based on a chain of phases which includes a project review iterative cycle, to ensure it complies with the initial specifications. This means that it is not possible to design and engineer any product in one single phase, given that there are too many variables to consider and probably the first design only makes it possible to identify the more obvious problems. Management of the Design Review with the aid of prototyping reduces time to market requirements and cuts the cost of the equipment needed by production (which will not require further modification interventions).
The Design Review makes achieving the project requirements easier, with the possibility to test variations to the main solutions, with a thorough examination of the solutions and the relative advantages.
4) Assembly of machinery for trade fairs.
It is often necessary to assemble complex and perfectly functioning machines to put on show at trade fairs and attract new customers. In such cases, there are usually just a couple of weeks in which to engineer, build the parts and assemble them in a finished and fully functional machine. The use of prototyping allows you to meet the deadlines, maximising the possibility of taking pre-orders. A fully functional prototype which is identical to the industrial product (appearance and material wise) does in fact encourage potential interested parties.
5) Construction of unmarked machines to survey developing markets.
Assembly of fully functional machines to test new markets or acquire pre-orders.
6) Production of unique articles, spare parts no longer in production, highly customised parts.
In many manufacturing environments only one or a few units of a part or of a machine are required. Such micro-production does not usually warrant the investment needed to build series equipment, the cost of which would not be amortised. Exploiting the extensive functionality of cast alloy prototypes it is possible to use the parts produced using such systems in the same way that industrial production does.