In order to stop wasting huge time and cost to change or modify the molding during the molding development, the best way is to make some prototype to check first in general situation. the boss will not save the cost of prototype to get more serious waste from the further step. to do the same, before you want to do the mass production of Gamepad. you better make some prototype to evaluate the appearance and structure to be reasonable or workable.
This gamepad made by ABS through CNC machined, It would be the most popular way to produce prototype. Here is the steps.
(1) To make Master by CNC process
(2) Using sand paper to de-burring before the painting according to the Pantone color which offered by client. then, put into the oven after painting.
(3) To do the silk screen printing of Logo on the correct position.
By using CNC machined, the prototpye of Gamepad can be not only high precision but also better than original product due to more surface finished smoothly.
Process of Gamepad prototyping
a. Programming : our engineer analysis the data of 3D drawings then transfer the data into Computer Numbers Control system.
b. Cutting: prepare material, we often use ABS panel to produce. Generally above 100mm thickness panel like 150mm is difficult to buy, we have to order from the supplier with certain of lead time.
c. CNC machine: according to the tooling path, the bitter will do the cutting on the material. will get a final shape we asked for after machining process is completed.
d. Surface finished: after machining, we will do the cleaning, de-burring, polishing as per production instruction.
e. Painting: we will paint the unit according to the client demand (Pantone number)
f. Silk-screen; print Logo and letter or pictures on the surface accordingly
Through the prototype you could verify whether the design is right or not. It could reduce the difficulty when assemble to minimize the risk. The prototype will be very useful for sales to demo to client or trade show. A good prototype can save your time and cost until launch to the market, because, you would need at least 25 days to do the molding but prototype just takes 3-5 days.