Manufacturing

Once your prototype is ready for production and all necessary steps are taken to secure intellectual property rights, your product is ready to take into producion. At Luma-iD we can arrange this process from start to finish and deliver packaged, fully manufactured products to your door. Our engineer experts can prepare your designs and prototypes for manufacturing to ensure that you receive the highest quality units possible. We find a manufacturing solution for your product regardless of quantity. Contact us to speak to a manufacturing expert about your project.

Silicon Moulding

Here at LUMA-iD, we are often asked about the best way to prototype rubber components. Whilst this can be achieved with 3D printing, we've found that this is still a very expensive method, we inject silicon into a 3D printed mold, effectively in a low-pressure injection moulding process. Utilising the high surface finish of SLA 3D printing we are able to create high-quality rubber parts for a fraction of the cost.

Loss wax moulding

Lost-wax casting is a technique normally applied to cast metal. The process begins by producing a duplicate of the final part made from wax. This wax part is then placed in a box, which is filled with cement. After curing, the cement block is heated up and the wax melts and pours out. The remaining cement is now a negative of the final part. This negative mold is then filled with melted metal. After cooling, the cement mold is destroyed and removed, leaving a cast metal part.

Low volume

As Product Designers we have been using 3D Printing (or additive manufacturing as it used to be called) for many years. The recent consumer interest has allowed the costs to come down substantially meaning that knowledge and access to these different technologies are within anyone's reach. We work on many design projects that utilise small production runs, and without a doubt the best type of 3D printing production is SLS.

Series Production

To run series production we use an area of techniques which don't require the high investment of mass production yet are fit to make more than just a few products (low volume production). Some may include silicone moulding where we can make 30-50pcs from one mould, to low pressure moulding which could run to a few hundred to a thousand products. Also 3D printing is these days more often used for series production.

High volume mass production

Once designs are fully prototyped, there is another stage of design allowing mass-scale manufacture processes to work. This includes creation of technical drawings for the product manufacturer or preferred factory. Injection moulding is the most common type of mass-production, which involves a large up-front cost, but a very low part cost when ordered in many thousands.

FAR-EAST

Having your product manufactured in the Far-East has its advantages. We have a large network of trusted partners in China and can bring you in contact with reliable manufacturers. Leave the hardware to us, allowing you to focus on developing the business and marketing behind the product.

Why should I manufacture in China?

Outsourcing manufacture to China often lowers cost, but only when the order is in significant numbers of products. Anything too small makes the logistical overheads too high. Making injection moulds are cheaper too, plus you can save a lot of money by using Asian equivalents of core components such as common electronics parts or bolts.

How do I know my product is not copied?

IP protection can be weak in parts of China, but with appropriate precautions, it’s easy to prevent your product being copied. While we have our own trusted partners, we also purchase components from certain vendors and assemble it at another facility so that know less about the overall product. Working like this gets your product out quickly at a low cost, which otherwise could be overtaken by competitors – possibly from China anyway.

EASTERN EUROPE

Production in Eastern Europe is easier, closer by and the products can be trucked easily throughout Europe and Asia. Costs may for some component by above the Far East prices.

Why should I manufacture in China?

Outsourcing manufacture to China often lowers cost, but only when the order is in significant numbers of products. Anything too small makes the logistical overheads too high. Making injection moulds are cheaper too, plus you can save a lot of money by using Asian equivalents of core components such as common electronics parts or bolts.

How do I know my product is not copied?

IP protection can be weak in parts of China, but with appropriate precautions, it’s easy to prevent your product being copied. While we have our own trusted partners, we also purchase components from certain vendors and assemble it at another facility so that know less about the overall product. Working like this gets your product out quickly at a low cost, which otherwise could be overtaken by competitors – possibly from China anyway.

ELECTRONICS

We make sure our design fits well with electronics manufacturer capabilities and their equipment. We use the input of our overseas experts on final assembly and all custom electronic parts such as PCBs, batteries and screens. As a result, we can get the get your product turned around with speed and reliability.

Contact us about your product manufacture requirements

 

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