Services

CNC Machined Prototypes

Copesetic’s CNC (Computer Numerical Controller) machining process produces extremely accurate high quality precision parts, duplicate parts and working prototypes in plastic or metal, or wood, with the ability to produce any complex shape and surfaces required. Using “MasterCAM” software, our CNC equipment is capable of up to 10,000 rpm’s, and tooled with precise cutters as small as .010-inch diameter. With cutters this minute, we are able to create even the smallest of details, including engraved logos and text.    Examples

SLA

The Stereolithography (SLA) process produces extremely high quality SLA prototypes quickly and efficiently, using UV laser technology to “selectively cure” epoxy photopolymers into a solid object defined by a 3D computer file. SLA is “generally considered” to provide the greatest accuracy and best surface finish of any "additive" rapid prototyping technology available today. We can produce SLA models quickly and efficiently from almost any type of 3D CAD file or from a simple sketch!

SLA will produce parts in a clear rigid material, or a semi-flexible material, simulating some of the properties of flexible thermoplastics such as polypropylene. Because of the SLA’s accuracy and ability to reproduce fine details, SLA models are ideal for concept models, form and fit studies, or as master patterns for a variety of molding techniques, including patterns for investment or sand casting applications, or for ‘rubber molding”. Using a variety of methods, prototype models can be “duplicated” from one master pattern.

Our SLA service ensures your prototypes and parts are delivered on time and precisely to your specifications, at virtually the same price or less than traditional modeling methods… only faster!

SLS

The Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process offers the advantage of producing functional parts in the final materials. The SLS process uses a CO2 laser to “selectively sinter” a wide range of powdered materials including thermoplastic, nylon, glass-filled nylon, polystyrene, or metal powder into a solid object, ensuring the resulting prototypes closely represent the physical properties of the final production parts.

This process creates high quality patterns that are excellent for engineering models or for either, “investment casting”, or “sand casting” fabrication of prototype models. These particular models offer exceptional heat tolerance and engineering properties and are perfect for demonstrating functions. SLS parts are harder to finish to a “photo model” state.

SLS parts are harder to finish to an appearance model state. This process is used primarily for engineering models or where there is high heat testing of prototype parts in actually resins is required.

Part Finishing Options

SLA, CNC or cast part finishing options include; color-matched painting (or casting resins), silk screening, texturing and pad printing. Every model is hand-finished; to insure surface perfection and verify accuracy of the model. One option for paint color matching. Send us a chip, sample, or PMS (Pantone Matching System) number along with the type of surface finish (spec texture type, gloss, or level of satin). Painting is one of many "finish" options available. Let us know what your needs are.

We produce SLA models quickly and efficiently from a almost any type of 3D CAD file or, with some additional development time from a simple sketch.    In House paint mixing system

2D to 3D Models

2D Drawings converted to 3D CAD files. Copesetic’s highly skilled model makers are uniquely qualified to accommodate almost any of your CAD drawing needs. We work with most industry-standard programs and we can take your files, or even a simple sketch, and transform them into a highly detailed, and accurate 3D files and/or models.

Urethane Casting

Urethane castings are made from silicon rubber molds. These molds typically created using a SLA or CNC part as a pattern. Copesetic ís cost-efficient processes can quickly reproduce a small quantity of prototypes (2-300). This process is also cost-effective for some high heat applications where a close simulation of the production material is acceptable.

Copesetic’s urethane castings are ideal for sales, marketing projects, early customer samples, trade shows, focus groups, or design and engineering verification. They are also excellent for simulating final injection molded plastic parts, as they offer properties similar to thermoplastics and can be finished to match the final part color and texture.

Copesetic offers urethane castings from Shore A 25 (rubber-like) to Shore D 90 giving the prototype the same "feel" as a production part. These materials simulate a wide variety of production materials from soft durameter elastomers to high tensile strength thermoplastics including high heat applications, 94vO flame retardant applications.

Typical tolerance.
Tolerance overall is +/- (.010 + >0015 in./in).
Local Tolerance is > .030".
(comparison of most commonly used urethane options):

Clear Casting

Copesetic’s clear casting is a urethane casting using true water clear urethane. This casting process is ideal for any model requiring a clear tinted of translucent finishes.

The quality of our glassware models and optical lenses amazes all. These water clear and translucent-colored models can be used in many different applications, including bottles, humidifier tanks, tableware, product crystals, candle sticks, and camera lenses.

Copesetic’s water-clear castings of plastic models and models simulating glass are among the finest in the business.    Examples

Rubber Casting

Rubber/Durometer - Gaskets, Overmolds, Flexible Parts

Copesetic can simulate flexible, soft parts by casting them in a durometer, exactly matching the production parts and adding to the realism to the touch and function of your final prototype. For specific applications we also offer rubber-over-mold parts. (Note: When having parts made with this process it is very helpful to send a ‘feels like’ sample.)

Cast in Colors

Models molded in their specified color maintain a fresh appearance much longer than painted models because the color is cast into the resin. Simulated transparent or translucent parts are also best produced by casting them in their final color.

Copesetic’s in-house PPG computer-aided color match system enables us to precisely simulate a perfect color match as well as formulate paint colors so they can be repeated any time the color is required in the volumes needed.

Rotational Casting

Rotational casting simulates blow molded or rotational molded production parts. It is a unique process, not readily available at many model shops, and makes it possible to produce hollow parts not technically or economically feasible using other systems. This offers a method for molding/casting solid models that have not been cored out, including bottles, tanks and hollow parts.

Copesetic’s rotational casting process is often a less expensive, faster method of prototyping blow molded or rotationally molded master models. With wall thickness commonly ranging from 1/16" to 1/2", depending on the material, parts produced by rotational casting are seamless and stress-free with excellent surface detail and without sink or flow marks.    Examples

Low Volume Production

When you need 1-500 pieces of a prototype, we offer our low volume, cost-effective, but high quality production process. This is the ideal process when the project requires a number of individuals to view, confirm, or test a pre-production prototype simultaneously. The process is also used by companies whose annual production is less than 300 units. Often while the individual piece price is higher than if the parts were mass-produced the tooling charges are very small creating great savings and flexibility. This also gives the company the ability to develop products with nicely styled parts and get production started before investing in expensive production tooling and minimizing upfront startup costs.

Prototype Living Hinges

Living hinges and now be cast into urethane resins! (Living hinges are hinges with no moving parts ie. Dental floss case lid), This extremely useful and relatively inexpensive method for modeling products requiring doors or cases that need living hinges opened and closed frequently.

Copesetic’s precise method of casting prototype living hinges is excellent for small quantities of 1-100+ using urethanes and RTV molding.     Examples

Vacuum Forming

Great for ‘blister’ packaging prototypes and a variety of other parts.

Once a mold is made parts can be produced fast and inexpensively. Part thickness will vary slightly.

CNC Duplicates

Copesetic’s CNC (computer numerical controller) machining process produces extremely accurate, high quality, duplicate prototypes in plastic or metal with shapes and surfaces as complex as you need them. Once a tool path is completed for the master model, duplicates models can be run a significant savings. CNC duplicate models are the best method for fabricating models in metal or actual plastic resins.

Silk Screening

Copeseticís high quality silk screening is excellent for printing multi-color text or images on a variety of surfaces and textures. Whether you need graphics screened on buttons or face plates, packaging, or back lit crystals, or product surfaces, we will make your project look its best.

Debranding

Copesetic’s in house de-branding is available for clients who need to conduct market research quickly, without the bias of advertising logos. Removing logos, product information and other information from products allows you to show products anonymously for comparison purposes... We do not de-brand cattle!

Prototype Packaging

Using high quality prototype packaging enables the client to cost-effectively analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their proposed packaging, both functionally and in market research analysis.

At Copesetic, we will quickly mock-up your idea for prototype packaging for a client-ready presentation.

Scale Models

Scale models are useful when a client does not need to replicate the product full size for cost or size reasons, but needs an exact replica model to explain the product. Scale models are used in the industry to convey information in a variety of ways, including engineering, architectural, litigation or product development.

With our vast knowledge of modeling and attention to detail, Copesetic’s models are a cut above the rest.    Examples

Sheet Metal Prototypes

Copesetic's cost-effective, high quality sheet metal parts are produced quickly and efficiently (usually in less than five days) using custom tooling, cutting, bending and shaping. Among the metal services we offer are laser cutting, welding, knurling, embossing, riveting and contouring. In addition, the tooling can be used to produce short-run production parts.