Last year, the global conventional and rapid prototyping market was valued at just over $22 billion. This is expected to continue to rise and is expected to reach $78 billion by 2031.
In order for a quick and working prototype to be created that looks exactly like the proposed final product, many companies rely on printers to create custom faceplates and control panels.
Badger Tag & Label has been offering digital printing and plotter cutting for over 10 years and has seen exponential growth in requests for short run parts used on prototypes. Their large format digital printing allows color plus white to encompass every color imaginable on substrates up to 1.75″ thick. Photo-quality reproduction and crisp resolution can be combined with lamination for even greater durability.
When printing is combined with Badger’s Zünd cutting plotter, virtually any complex cut and quantity is possible. As no die cost is involved, it is a cost effective method for as little as a finished part. Die cutting and die cutting can be performed on the same part.
“When companies use our services to design fronts, control panels and other graphical elements for their prototypes, the development process is fast and cost effective. These companies receive feedback and identify any issues during the development phase rather than after the final product launch. We were even able to offer options that hadn’t been considered when we were involved from the start,” says Ryan Will, Vice President of Badger.
An example of the ideal part for this process was a stand-alone test kit. Badger’s customer designed the technology, assembled the components and created the kit. Next, they hired Badger to design and print the faceplates for both halves of the case as well as the exterior label. The client shared the prototype with a number of potential customers and was able to validate market interest. They were then able to move into full production in record time.
While these digital control panels and faceplates are an alternative to traditional metal versions, one area of metal that is exploding for Badger Tag & Label is Metalphoto. When permanent identification is essential, this process seals the image inside the anodized aluminum, making it resistant to temperatures over 700°F, corrosion, sunlight, abrasion and chemicals. Metalphoto has stood up to the outdoor elements for over 20 years and meets military specifications.
Badger Tag & Label Corporation produces tags and labels for customers nationwide. Based in Random Lake, Wisconsin, the company is a third-generation, family-owned business that began in 1935. Badger prints in flexo and letterpress on paper and synthetic stocks and delivers finished pieces in singles, rolls, sheets, grouped, or in a screen. They also have digital printing capabilities for producing short term and specialty projects. With a variety of finish options, Badger provides a custom part from initial design and development through to final delivery.
Source: Tag and Badger Tag
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