Olan Plastics also provides prototyping services.

Smart designOlan Plastics also provides prototyping services. These services allow the client to expedite the development process and bring the product to market in the most timely, efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Olan Plastics is where global and local customers bring their product development challenges. Through our unique in-house capabilities and networked resources, complemented by early supplier integration and concurrent processes, Laser enables established OEMs and start-up companies to speed from concept through prototyping and production — faster and more accurately.

It’s more than knowing about design or manufacturing. We know rapid prototyping and the trade-offs between innovative design, choice of materials and available production processes. Because of our unique skill set, and years of experience at making these trade-off decisions on thousands of prototypes, we can advise our customers competently on optimizing their product solution.

Making the customer’s concept real prior to making production commitments is the critical step in the Laser product development process. A 3-D model clearly validates the designer’s ideas, proves out concepts, gives life to drawings and brings power to sales and marketing presentations. A prototype model captures the emotional attachment a customer might have with an innovative new product.

We understand the value of industrial design, and the contribution it makes in the product development process, but taking a two-dimensional design and transforming it into a 3-D model is where we really excel.


The most popular Rapid Prototyping technologySLA is the most popular rapid prototyping technology, an “additive” versus traditional “subtractive” machining process, where a laser, driven by a 3-D CAD file, impacts and hardens a photosensitive liquid resin, “building” the part with mathematical slices, one thin (0.002 to 0.006 inch) layer at a time. Intricate and complex prototype parts, not easily produced with conventional methods, are typically created in two to three days, with an average cost in the hundreds, not thousands, of dollars — with no tooling. An ever-expanding selection of materials is available, with properties ranging from soft elastomers to rigid, high-temperature ceramic filled resins. SLA parts are often used for study models, master patterns for tooling, exhibit displays and customer evaluation. The technology enables designers, engineers and mold makers to hold and evaluate 3-D models of the end product, prior to investing in production tooling — avoiding costly and time-consuming design iterations during the production process.

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