Speeding your Product Development Process

With Designer Night at the Races™ only 27 days away, getting things done quickly takes on increasing importance.  If your work isn’t finished on-time you have to worry that management won’t let you come out and race.   Purple Platypus, the experts at speeding up your automotive parts manufacturing and product development process, are coming back as a sponsor of the popular karting events and are available to help.  They invite you to stop by their office before the Irvine Event on Wednesday April 10th to check out their Rapid Prototyping expertise.  Purple Platypus is located diagonally across the street from the K1 Speed Center where the racing starts at 6pm.


Model Car produced with Stratasys 3D Printing Technology

Purple Platypus offers both FDM and Polyjet 3D printing technologies and has recently expanded their offerings to include Rapid Prototyping Services through their Purple Porcupine division.


Speed, functionality and durability top the list when you’re developing new vehicles or producing replacement parts. Major companies in auto parts manufacturing use Stratasys technology to create functional prototypes and manufacturing tools. Even Joe Gibbs’ NASCAR team uses 3D printing to create production parts that get them back on track fast.


A great example of rapid prototyping with multiple materials

From clay models to concept cars, models form the basis of the auto design process. With large build trays, an extensive selection of functional materials, and over-molding capabilities that can print strong, structural products with flexible ergonomic features, Stratasys 3D printers are ideal for creating the models on which great auto design depends.


Rapid prototype parts can also be made with rubber-like materials

Stratasys 3D printers make it easy to quickly print models that function as well as look like the real part. Stratasys rubber-like materials offer a wide spectrum of mechanical characteristics for function testing door seals, shock absorption, push-buttons and gaskets.


Or make your parts in a translucent material to improve analysis

Translucent materials facilitate fluid analysis, and with simple post-processing, accurately model headlight lenses and other transparent parts. And Stratasys acrylic-like materials can be used for fit and function testing of dashboard parts, or painted to simulate auto finishes and chrome.

For more information on how to speed up your design cycle with detailed, high quality, true-to-life 3D models — easily, confidentially, and cost efficiently — contact Purple Platypus today at 949-474-9222 or ask@purpleplatypus.com.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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2 Responses to Speeding your Product Development Process

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  2. Thanks for this great article on the present and future opportunities of 3D-printing in the automotive industry. Didn’t know that rubber materials could also be printed with 3D-printers! That is amazing!

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