What is Prototype Plus

Prototype-Plus™ is a low cost tooling solution that provides customers with the speed and cost of a prototype tool, at the quality level required for production.

Utilizing AIM’s Prototype-Plus™ process, the same tool that provides prototype samples for testing and validation can be used for the initial production run. In many short run and low-volume cases, the same tool can be used for the entire life cycle of the product providing an outstanding return on investment.

The prototyping process

1
Tool Design

CAD

All tool designs are done in 3D CAD.

Once completed, AIM will conduct an online meeting with the customer to review the tool design ensuring all critical criteria is addressed.

typical duration

2 – 5 days

2
Tool Construction

tool construction

AIM has a large state-of-the-art toolroom to utilize the Prototype Plus process.

typical duration

1 – 4 weeks

3
INJECTION MOLDING SIM & FAI

aim machines

Process development starts with scientific injection molding. This ensures long-term capability of the molding process, followed by a 100% FAI… confirming part to print.

typical duration

1 – 2 weeks

 
4
Quality Validation

Quality Validation

With our highly trained staff and well equipped lab, AIM Plastics is prepared to handle any level of validation that is required!

typical duration

job dependent

5
Production

Arburg
  • Molding
  • Decorating
  • Sub-assemblies

From a robust ERP system to a well trained staff, AIM Plastics provides a production environment that ensures QUALITY, DELIVERY & VALUE at every step of the process.

Why Prototype Plus?

Customers often take advantage of the Prototype-Plus™ process by using it as a bridge that connects prototype activities with their regular production program. Customers not only achieve their prototype requirements, they are also able to provide product for their start of early or regular production while their intended production source comes up to speed.

AIM’s reputation and culture has been built around a system that streamlines tooling and molding practices. Innovative tooling options combined with a profound knowledge and history in molding prototypes, short runs and low-volume production products, allows AIM to deliver “production quality” parts in as little as 1 to 4 weeks.

Prototype-Plus™ is a very popular option for companies involved with new, innovative, product development and market entry projects. This option is equally popular with companies seeking cost effective solutions for their short-run and low volume production needs.

Rapid turnaround is achieved without compromise to intended design and part function nor are they subject to a limited offering of injection molding resins.

Prototype plus compared to traditional prototyping

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Customer owns tool
Ability to modify (engineering change)
Cut from your CAD without limitations
Ability to run Hi Temp Engineered resins
Ability to run custom colored resins
Ability to overmold
True two shot availability
Full material traceability
Provide gate freeze study
Fulfill customers production demand
Provide process validation
Ability to provide aluminum, mild/hard tool steel
Tool life warranty
Full secondary operation including pad printing / light assembly / thermal inserting
Material moisture analysis
All manufacturing equipment has gone through EIOQ (Equipment Install Operational Qualification)
All employees are trained in cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice)
Prototype-Plus™ tooling can be ran in our class 100,000 cleanroom
SPC quality checks
Continuous Process Improvement through-out operation (mitigating risk)
Make inspection fixtures as required

Advantages of Prototype Plus

  • Ability to validate production intent products and processes
  • Provides best solution to achieve both project cost and timing objectives
  • Low set-up charges
  • Rapid turnaround is achieved without compromise to intended design and part function nor are they subject to a limited offering of injection molding resins
  • Full 3D tool design with customer approval via glance or GoToMeeting session within 3 days