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Manufacturers have recognized that certain prototyping methods can reduce both cost and delay in the design of parts. Yet, when prototyping, manufacturers expect a superior prototype without having to compromise on efficiency and cost. At DSM, we offer our prototyping expertise to our customers, along with our knowledge of building tools and the best systems to use for prototype creation.

Systems and tools for superior prototypes and testing

  • Save time and effort by fewer first-out-of-tool cycles with our expertise from material support to in-house CAE departments.
  • Save cost with material models fully calibrated and prediction of part performance via our prototyping expertise and knowledge of building tools—we give you the best systems to help with prototype creation.
  • Shorten time to market by fewer first-out-of-tool-cycles, helping you create scalable and cost-effective end-products or molds. 

Both speed and lower costs are rewarded in global markets. Manufacturers have recognized that certain prototyping methods can reduce both cost and delay in the design of parts. Yet, when prototyping, manufacturers want and expect a superior prototype without having to compromise on efficiency and cost.

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Just one example of prototype creation and testing at its finest is when the Dutch government indicated an urgent need for nose swabs at their COVID-19 testing locations. DSM established a swab production chain in the Netherlands in just two weeks – a process that normally would take months.

By applying our scientific and manufacturing expertise and tapping into our global network, we created a scalable and cost-effective swab. The design was developed with DSM’s 3D-printing expertise and scaled-up by injection molding to produce millions of swabs for test kits. We worked with Dutch partners Molded, ECM Europe and Steris to produce, package and sterilize the packaged swabs for the LCH to distribute among COVID-19 test locations across the country.

At DSM, we offer our prototyping expertise to our customers, along with our knowledge of building tools and the best systems to use for prototype creation. Our in-house CAE departments are supported by technical specialists, and we have an extensive network of mold makers we can refer customers to. DSM also offers prediction of part performance, material models (fully calibrated), the best possible fatigue predictions, and fewer first-out-of-tool cycles.

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