Rapid Prototyping

Reliant can create an accurate plastic model of your part using the latest rapid prototyping technology in as little as three to five working days.  These parts can be used to validate the design and reveal any design issues before a production tool is released saving time and money. 

Reliant utilizes SLA (stereo lithography), a process using a UV laser to photo-cure thermoplastics in a layer-by-layer format to create a prototype part.  Characteristics of SLA parts include very good, highly-detailed parts with high surface quality which may feature - textured and painted finishes suitable for customer presentations or photographs.  Dimensions can be held to within a few thousandths of an inch and can be used for functional light duty service. 

Reliant engineers also rely on SLS (selective laser sintering), a process using a CO2 laser to fuse thermoplastics together in a layer-to-layer form to create a prototype part.  Characteristics of SLS include good detail and surface quality which may also feature photo-ready textured and painted finishes. Dimensional quality and speed are equivalent to SLA.