Developing products for everyday use requires tooling beyond the ability to generate great-looking designs. These products must also perform properly and conform to quality standards.
There are three stages that we utilize to develop a product: design, prototype, and production. These are used for any products in the consumer goods industry.
We can design a part from scratch or make modifications to existing products using reverse engineering. CAD designs are done in Solidworks, Creo (Pro Engineer), or our new nTopology software, which specializes in Design for AM (DfAM) with latticing and other features.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing manufacturing processes, are used to verify the part design and to make models using Carbon DLS, stereolithography (SLA), fused deposition modeling (FDM), selective laser sintering (SLS), HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), PolyJet, or direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technologies.
Thanks to rapid prototyping, the consumer goods industry has long seen the benefits of 3D printing in product design and development. While 3D printing is the process of building parts by joining material layer by layer from a CAD file, rapid prototyping is the technique of fabricating a prototype model from a CAD file. Rapid prototyping is also used to describe any prototype parts that are needed ASAP.
For bridge and low-volume production, we’ll use additive manufacturing processes and RTV cast urethane molding. For higher-volume production, we’ll use CNC Machining, EDM machining, and injection molding.
Our products are meticulously designed to meet your industry’s rigorous requirements. We understand the exacting nature of your engineering, prototyping, and machining needs, and our quality control procedures and tools provide high-precision solutions.
From consumer electronics to high-end kitchen and bath products, our contract manufacturing experts will help you transform your consumer product ideas from concept to prototype and production faster and more efficiently to meet demanding project deadlines.
We’re experienced in working with top electronics and consumer-product manufacturers and have a proven history of providing innovative solutions. Wherever you are on the path to additive manufacturing for consumer goods—whether you’re putting together a fit-and-function test model, small production run, or mass 3D-printed parts for production—we can help get you there.
Depending on your application’s requirements, we offer a wide range of different finishes and coatings for plastic and metal prototypes and production parts. Most parts, whether produced in additive manufacturing, urethane casting, injection molding, and machining, will require a special process or coated finish for prototype or production.
“I’ve been working with The Technology House (TTH) for 20-plus years. That spans two employers for me. In the case of both employers, I was just one of several of my colleagues that trusted TTH for prototype and production parts. I think that alone speaks volumes. I don’t know anyone that returns to a vendor that lets them down, and when you keep coming back after 20 years, it tells a pretty compelling story.”
– Steve R, Project Engineer, Consumer Products (Small Appliances)
See how we partnered with Vitamix and Carbon to redefine what's possible. We took a legacy, six-piece, injection-molded part design and turned it into a new, one-piece, 3D-printed part.
TTH’s integrated approach to design, prototyping, and production allows you to bring your concept to market faster, more cost-effectively, than virtually anyone else.