Our specialty is cast urethane parts and there are many applications. The parts are cast in silicone tools, sometimes called soft-tools or temporary tools, due to the limited tool life. It is a great way to get multiples of functional parts for field testing, validation builds and low-volume production. Some ideal candidates are situations that require 6 or more parts with a fairly quick-turn, large parts, designs in flux and bridge to production scenarios.
Hard Models (Functional Parts)
One-off hard models may need to be functional when they will be shipped and handled by people at trade shows, focus groups, photo shoots and internal staff-reviews. Some 3D printed materials are robust, but not all can survive. UMI offers a variety of CNC and robust printed options with or without cosmetic paint.
Prototyping (Fit Check Parts)
UMI is committed to turn-key solutions and offers the broad spectrum of 3D printing solutions available in the marketplace – including the latest technologies and materials. Contact your Product Development “Master” to identify the processes and materials that are best for the early stages of your project.
Many customers use cast urethane parts as end-use parts for low-volume production or geometry that cannot be achieved with traditional hard-tooling methods. Typical candidates are products with annual volumes of 200 units or less, products with lengthy ramp-up to production timelines and products whose design is still in development.
Finishing — Painting & Secondary Ops
Urethane Masters has in-house finishing. Our “Master” Painters can prime your parts for final paint at your shop or provide parts with full-cosmetic paint, according to your specifications. Textures, soft touch paint, pad printing, rub-on graphics, decals, shielding, vacuum metalizing, over-molding, inserts and assembly are among our turn-key product offerings.