Rapid Prototyping for Silicone Rubber Keypads allows customers to see how a Keypad design will look in a product’s housing. This is an useful tool to both a company’s design engineers and marketing personnel to achieve their goals in a new product introduction.
Using the latest “Stratasys Objet Connex 350 Polyjet” 3D printer we have developed a method to offer low cost rapid prototyping for Silicone Rubber Keypads. The normal cost of this service is £200-£400 depending on size of the keypad and samples are usually available in 2 to 5 days.
With the wide variety of materials available to this system we are able to manufacture parts and assemblies made from multiple materials with different mechanical properties, all in a single build. By combining materials in one assembly we can provide a soft rubber like material in shore hardness ratings of between 40A to 95A and also add a hard plastic to create hard key tops or embedded graphics within the key surface. The final unit can be combined with a metal click dome so the client can get a more realistic impression of how their final product could look and feel.
Although the final result will not function electrically as a keypad, it does demonstrate how the keypad will look in the final assembly. If you are interested in this additional service from Diamond HMI please contact one of our Product Specialists on 01477 505206.