1-Week Silicone & EPDM Prototyping
Silicone & EPDM Prototypes - Ready in Just 5 Days!
Echo’s 1-week silicone and EPDM prototyping can help you avoid a delayed product launch, enhance your testing/validation process, or even improve your line output!
Test a part's fit, form, and functionality during your process without the months of back-and-forth and thousands of dollars in upfront tooling costs seen in regular overseas prototyping.
Echo's rapid prototyping program pays for itself when you compare the time and money you'll save:
Start testing production-grade silicone or EPDM rubber prototype parts within about 1 week (compared to 8-10 weeks with an overseas manufacturer)
Forget trade tariffs, port bottlenecks, and increasing international shipping costs
- Avoid a delayed product launch or line shutdown from an unexpected validation error
- Shorten your validation process to days instead of weeks or months
Advantages of Echo's Rapid Prototyping Program
In the past, powder coaters looking to test out custom silicone masking designs would have to wait at least 4-6 weeks before having physical parts in hand to run through their powder coating line. Customers want to know if the design is the right size, if it's too tight, if the features are going to work, and other aspects to approve the final design before going into full production. This is a big deal, especially if changes need to be made and testing is required for a modified design!
The key advantages of Echo's proprietary rapid prototyping technology include:
Receive Parts in 1 Week
Made in-house in Indianapolis, IN
Parts in hand in as little as 5 days after design approval & PO received
10x FASTER than traditional prototypes
Test with Full Functionality
Made with production-grade silicone for testing during your finishing processes
Test fit, form, and function to speed up the validation process
Avoid High Costs
A fraction of the tooling cost compared to regular aluminum prototype molds
Made in-house to reduce expediting costs
- Zero overseas tariffs or shipment price gouging
Masking/NVH Design Elements
Powder coating brings an array of challenges that need to be factored in when you're developing a custom masking solution. A few of the design factors our engineers work with you on include:
Oversizing/Undersizing for Optimal Sealing
Material Selection based on Process, Oven Temp, and Duration
Design Features Based On Installation & Removal Process
Designing for Manufacturability (DFM)
Silicone Shore Hardness Based on Application
Why Choose Echo
Echo's Engineering team is a leader in industrial masking design and implementation. Our customer-tailored process enables us to produce innovative masking solutions designed for your specific finishing line. We've seen it all, from powder coating build up around areas, overspray, leakage, high-temperature ovens, caps & plugs blowing out, powder coaters re-tapping threads, etc. Echo has designed countless custom masking solutions used in a variety of different industries.
Components We Specialize In Masking
- Threaded Holes
- Brake Calipers & Brackets
- Mating Surfaces
- Suspension Components
- Control Arms
- Outdoor Lighting Components
- Pivot Points
- Grounding Studs
- Weld Nuts
- Welding Points
FAQs About Echo's Rapid Prototypes
At what temperature are the silicone and EPDM prototypes rated?
We create both the silicone and EPDM rubber prototypes from production-grade material, so each material meets the standard temperature rating of our catalog production parts! The silicone prototypes are rated to 600°F/315°C, and the EPDM rubber prototypes are rated to 350°F/177°C.
How do they perform as opposed to production tool parts?
These prototypes are made from production-grade material, so you won't see any difference in their performance than you would from a final product!
How many samples will we receive?
Due to continuious improvements in our prototyping process, we can create upwards of 20-30 sample parts or more depending on the design complexity and amount requested.
How much will this cost?
This is highly dependent on the size, complexity, and quantity needed. Pricing typically ranges around $200-$400. Larger, more complex parts will more than likely cost more than that though. This is a huge cost-saving compared to the $1000-$2000 prototype tooling and set-up charges we've seen from other silicone or rubber prototype molders. This is on top of not having to expedite parts from overseas.
How long will it take before I receive physical parts to test?
This may depend on the complexity of the part and number of samples requested, but in general, we push to get these parts to you within 5 business days after we receive a PO.
What Our Customers Are Saying
“It’s about timing for us. By the time we get a released part, often within a six-week window, we need to make decisions within a couple of months. Do the features work? Is it the right size? Is it too tight? Is there folding going on? This silicone can go through the entire process, so it’s a huge deal for us.”