Rapid CNC machining
Mulan operates a large number of CNC machining centers, mills, and lathes (for CNC turning), enabling rapid prototyping of CNC machined parts made from plastic or metal. We offer a wide range of material and finishing options and the potential to combine CNC machining with other rapid prototyping processes.
CNC machining is one of the most high-precision rapid prototyping technologies available. Although rapid CNC machining prioritizes short turnarounds over ultra-tight tolerances, the quality remains high.
Turnarounds are fast in low volumes, and CNC prototyping produces parts not too far from production quality. The cost is higher than 3D printing but the surface finish and part strength are often superior.
Rapid metal casting
Casting is generally considered a production process for high-quality metal parts, but rapid metal casting — using 3D printing to make low-cost patterns — offers an affordable route for prototyping cast metal.
Advantages of rapid metal casting include near production-quality metal parts, with potentially very large sizes, at surprisingly fast speeds. Cast parts also have excellent tensile strength and can also be post-machined.
We are now able to offer high-pressure die casting in aluminum, magnesium and zinc, as well as investment casting in brass and all types of steel.
Rapid sheet metal prototyping
Rapid sheet metal prototyping is a set of rapid prototyping services for the production of sheet metal parts. This includes various forming, cutting, and assembly processes for manipulating the sheet metal stock in different ways.
Rapid sheet metal prototyping is generally used for flat parts like brackets and enclosures, and it can accommodate a range of sizes, including very large metal parts. Setup times can be longer than comparable processes, but sheet metal is highly cost-effective when making large and relatively simple parts.
An advantage of rapid sheet metal prototyping is that the solid sheet metal feedstock can later be CNC machined for additional features.
Rapid 3D printing
Mulan’s 3D printing (additive manufacturing) rapid prototyping service encompasses different 3D printing technologies:
Our 3D printing rapid prototyping services are ideal for 3D printed plastics and metals, with extensive material and finishing options available. These additive manufacturing technologies can also sometimes be used for production.
Because 3D printing doesn’t require tooling, prototyping of 3D printed parts takes only a short time, without sacrificing build quality. Other advantages include geometrical freedom and affordability, especially in low volumes.
3D printing is often preferred for concept models, but precision technologies SLM can also work for functional prototypes and even production parts.
Rapid Surface Finishing
Surface finishing refers to different processes used to alter the surface of a manufactured product to give it a distinct or desired look and feel. Different techniques are used to improve the appearance, adherence, solderability, resistance to corrosion, hardness, conductivity and many other characteristics of industrial components.
Mulan offers a high quality surface finishing service for all components and parts regardless of the machining method used in producing them. We have some skilled experts who only handle finishing assignments so the quality of work done on your products is of exceptional quality.
If you desire a perfect finish for your prototypes and other manufactured components get in touch with our customer services team for a quick and accurate quotation.