Protosys Technologies Private Limited
is offering Rapid Prototyping Service. Based in Mumbai, Protosys
is the first commercial organisation offering such a service
in India. Protosys uses 3D CAD models generated by customers
and converts it into a prototype sample within a few hours.
Today, these samples are obtained
in Investment Casting Wax or ABS equivalent Plastic. Prototypes
produced by this process have an accuracy of +0.005 inch/inch
and possess about 60% of the strength of the original part.
Protosys can help customers
reduce time of developing new products and in many cases can
also develop tooling for these products within a few days.
It is expected that automobile and its ancillaries, consumer
goods, Investment casting foundries, toy and other industries
using plastics components will get maximum advantage of these
services. Protosys can also provide short-run production of
such parts in cast polyurethane materials.
With the present capacity,
Protosys targets at achieving a turnaround time of seven days
for a prototype, two weeks for a tool and about month for
the small batch production. Working with associate companies,
Protosys is also geared up to handle full scale production
of components that are manufactured by injection moulding,
die casting or investment casting. It is also working out
arrangements with other companies in India and in the U.S.
for further enhancing its capabilities.
The Indian industry has
to come up with better and more innovative products to survive
in the international competition. This technology has proved
successful in achieving these very objectives around the world.
In India too, some of the major companies who have their own
equipment have also reaped the benefits of the technology.
The objective of Protosys
is to provide access to a wider spectrum of industries where
innovation is a way of life. Also with lower overheads, Protosys
also stands a good chance in providing service to the overseas
clientele, says Mr. J K Gala, chairman and managing director
Recently we developed
a few samples for a large consumer white goods company, adds
Mr S J Bakshi, one of the directors. The samples were designed
using highly sophisticated CAD software and were brought to
us developed after the design was almost finalised. But upon
reviewing the physical samples, the company decided to redesign
the parts as the aesthetics of the original design were not
upto their expected level.
According to the Chief
Design Manager of the company, had they not used the services
of Protosys, this decision would have been taken after about
4 to 6 more months and a cost of Rupees 7 to 8 lakhs (about
20,000 US Dollars) could have been spent on prototype development
which includes the cost of low-cost tooling. Protosys helped
the customer save this valuable time and money.