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Low Volume Manufaturing

When you’re ready, Thingfy can provide low-volume manufacturing from 100 up to hundreds of thousands of units. LVM is perfect if you need small quantities on a regular basis, or if you want to bridge the gap between prototyping and full-scale production.

Advantages of LVM
  1. Rapid restocking
  2. Allowing for flexibility in customization and design changes
  3. Testing the product in market
  4. Cost savings
Contact us whenever you ready
Rapid prototyping

Need a high-quality, low cost rapid prototype? Not a problem. By putting a range of manufacturing technology to work, Thingyfy can make your prototype in a flash (within three days on average). Rapid Prototyping is often used to produce a physical sample of a design concept so form, fit and function can be evaluated.

Prototypes are often made of less robust, and therefore less expensive, materials but making these "first drafts" are critical to validate a design.

Advantages
  1. Showing customers and investors a model of your product.
  2. Demonstrating the appearance, dimensions and features of your product.
  3. Testing the design for its suitability.
  4. Saving time and money by identifying design flaws before mass production.
  5. Improving and streamlining the manufacturing process.
  6. Creating and market testing multiple versions with different colors, textures, etc.
Limitations

Size:

L≤400mm
H≤200mm
B≤200mm

D1 Racing Drone

CNC, Pressure Die Casting, 3D Printing

CNC: Machining
Technology

Computer-numeric controlled (CNC) machining is a subtractive manufacturing process, whereby raw material is removed with a variety of precision cutting tools. While advanced software is used to control the equipment according to the instructions of your 3D CAD file, human machinists program the equipment to optimize cutting time, surface finish, and final tolerance. Thingyfy uses CNC machining to manufacture finished parts and prototypes, as well as to make mold tools, which may later be used for plastic injection molding or pressure die casting.

Advantages / Disadvantages
  1. Low investment in tooling or preparation costs (ie. Economical)
  2. Fast turnaround times
  3. High production accuracy
  4. Suitability for many different kinds of substrates. Scalable production volume.
Matherials

Nylon, engineering plastics, all kinds of metals such as titanium, steel, alloy, aluminium, titanium alloy and more.

Precision / Limitations

Precision: +0.01MM~-0.01MM

Tolerance: DIN2768-1 fine

Limitation of processing size:L≤500MM, H≤300MM, B≤300MM

Pressure Die Casting
Technology

Die casting is an ideal method for making large quantities of metal parts with beautiful surface finish and dimensional stability

Advantages / Disatvantages

Die casting molds can be more expensive and difficult to make. However, the price per piece is low so it is well suited to larger production runs.

Matherials

Aluminum alloy, zinc and magnesium

Precision / Limitations

Precision: +0.01MM~-0.01MM

Tolerance: DIN2768-1 fine

Limitation of processing size:L≤500MM, H≤300MM, B≤300MM

Metal 3D Printing
Technology

Die casting is an ideal method for making large quantities of metal parts with beautiful surface finish and dimensional stability

Advantages / Disatvantages

Die casting molds can be more expensive and difficult to make. However, the price per piece is low so it is well suited to larger production runs.

Matherials

Aluminum alloy, zinc and magnesium

Precision / Limitations

Precision: +0.01MM~-0.01MM

Tolerance: DIN2768-1 fine

Limitation of processing size:L≤500MM, H≤300MM, B≤300MM

Plactic 3D Printing

3D Printing is expensive comparing to CNC machining, but still much much cheaper than conventional methods of molding and tooling.

Technology
Advantages / Disatvantages

Stereolithography (SLA) is a process whereby a special type of liquid plastic reacts with ultraviolet (UV) light to form a solid. An object is created by slowly building layer by layer using a programmable UV light source.

DSLA production offers a smooth surface finish and fine resolution. The downside is that SLA is relatively slow so the process is unsuitable for high volume manufacturing.

Die casting is an ideal method for making large quantities of metal parts with beautiful surface finish and dimensional stability

Die casting molds can be more expensive and difficult to make. However, the price per piece is low so it is well suited to larger production runs.

Both processes are inexpensive compared to their conventional counterparts because no hard tooling is required, as with plastic injection molding.

SLA and SLS models typically have layer thicknesses of .3mm with a lateral deviation of .1mm.

The advantage of all 3D printing processes is that is easier to create complex pieces, which are physically impossible to make with subtractive (CNC) manufacturing.

Send your CAD file to us and get a free quote
Plastic Injection Molding
Technology

Plastic injection molding involves melting granular plastic pellets into a liquid form and then compressing this liquid into the empty cavity of a mold tool. The plastic will retain the shape of the mold as well as the surface texture of the walls of the cavity. After an optimized injection and cooling phase, the solidified plastic part is ejected and the molding cycle is repeated. Plastic injection molding is a quick process and is, by far, the industry’s most common way to manufacture parts in large quantities. Thingyfy provides custom molding for 50 to 100,000+ parts.

Advantages / Disatvantages
  1. We have many different types of plastic, covering a range of mechanical and cosmetic properties, available for you to choose from. Furthermore, a wide variety of polishes and textures are available so your product is guaranteed to have an excellent surface quality finish.
  2. Plastic injection molding makes economic sense for larger volumes. For smaller volumes we recommend considering other services like CNC machining, vacuum casting or 3D printing.
  3. Hundreds of thousands of moldings can be produced from a single mold.
  4. Overmolding is available to combine different types of plastic in one piece. Ideal for lightweight parts that are immune to corrosion.
Matherials

Aluminum alloy, zinc and magnesium

Precision / Limitations

Precision: +0.01MM~-0.01MM

Tolerance: DIN2768-1 fine

Limitation of processing size:L≤500MM, H≤300MM, B≤300MM

Sheet Metal Forming/Welding
Technology

Materials are stretched, bent, cut and/or punched into the desired form.

Materials

Steel plate, stainless steel, copper plate and aluminium plate.

Precision / Limitations

Precision(punching):+0.05MM-0.05MM

Limitation of processing size:L≤2200MM,H≤2MM,B≤1800MM

Tolerance: DIN2768-1 medium

Precision(welding):+0.2MM-0.2MM

Limitation of processing size:L≤2000MM,H≤500MM,B≤1200MM

Thingyfy offers a range of finishing processes to ensure that your part or product looks exactly as you want it to

Anodizing
Technology

Anodizing is an electrochemical technique for changing the surface properties of some metals. Thingyfy can anodize aluminum, magnesium and titanium.

Advantages / Disatvantages
  1. Choose an anodized surface treatment to improve corrosion protection, surface hardness, wear resistance, aesthetic appearance, as well as the adhesion of paints and primers. It also reduces electrical conductivity, helps to dissipate heat and reduces surface reflection.
  2. Thingyfy uses Type II anodizing, which allows the surface to accept colorants and dyes. This type is also ideal as a base for painting, which further increases corrosion protection.
Matherials

PP, PE, PS, ABS, PC

Precision / Limitations
Environmental Standards (Surface Treatment):ISO-9717/ISO-10546
Pinhole Pro

CNC, Anodizing, Painting

Painting
Technology

Thingyfy has a state-of-the-art, climate controlled paint room which allows us to apply virtually any type of commercially-available paint. Our standard painting system is PPG automotive urethanes, but we can also supply custom paints on request.

Advantages / Disatvantages

Any desired surface finish - high gloss, matte, semi-gloss, metallic flakes and customized textures - can be achieved. Ask about color-matched tinting for clear plastic parts.

Matherials

We use both spray paint and powder paint for anti-corrosion purposes.

Precision / Limitations

Environmental Standards (Painting):ISO-3251

Silk Screen Printing
Technology

Silk screening is a very traditional technique, but still widely used for product printing logos and other trademarks.

Advantages / Disatvantages

Silk screen printing requires ‘printing stencils’, which have to be pre-made. Suitable for larger quantities of production. For small volume manufacturing (less than 1,000 pieces) laser printing is more cost effective.

Matherials

This can be done on a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic and wood. As long as the design has a flat surface, logos, texts and graphics can be printed.

Sanding and Polishing
Technology

Silk screening is a very traditional technique, but still widely used for product printing logos and other trademarks.

Advantages / Disatvantages

Wet and dry sanding is often used to prepare a surface for painting, but it can also create unique surface textures which are an integral part of the final design.

Matherials

Highly finished surfaces - right up to a mirror polish (suitable for stainless steel, aluminum and PMMA type plastics) can be achieved. Alternatively, semi-gloss and matte surface textures are created by using abrasives that are not as fine and applied in a random, non-directional way.

Standard brush finishes are created by progressive sanding in one direction only and can be customize to your desired effect.

Vapor Polishing
Technology

This is a specialized treatment used to achieve optical clarity on polycarbonate (PC) plastic.

Advantages / Disatvantages

This method can also be used for repairing minor surface defects, and is ideal for achieving an extremely clear surface on complex geometries or hard to reach areas.

Blasting
Technology

This surface texturing method involves placing a part inside of a chamber where the surface is then impacted with various abrasive media under pressure.

Advantages / Disatvantages

The choice of which media to use on your part depends on the desired surface texturing effect, the raw material of the product, and the dimensional tolerances required of the finished piece among other considerations.

Matherials

The abrasive material we use includes sand, garnet, walnut shells, and high-pressure water, though virtually any other media can be had on request.

From start to finish, Thingyfy employs a range of quality control measures so that every step of the process is meticulously monitored

Quality Inspection &Testing

Plastic injection molding involves melting granular plastic pellets into a liquid form and then compressing this liquid into the empty cavity of a mold tool. The plastic will retain the shape of the mold as well as the surface texture of the walls of the cavity. After an optimized injection and cooling phase, the solidified plastic part is ejected and the molding cycle is repeated. Plastic injection molding is a quick process and is, by far, the industry’s most common way to manufacture parts in large quantities. Thingyfy provides custom molding for 50 to 100,000+ parts.

  1. Design for Manufacturing (DFM) technical review of all requests for quotation (RFQs)
  2. Contract review upon receipt of P.O
  3. Incoming materials inspection
  4. First article and in-process inspection
  5. Final inspection and testing w/reports and certifications per customer requirements.
Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES)

OES - Optical Emission Spectrometer - A testing apparatus that uses a current to electrically charge a sample of the material. The resulting discharge of plasma is unique for each element and this pattern can be read by the optical spectrometer to determine the metal’s complete composition.

There are many similar alloys and grades of metal available on the market, and some of them are mislabeled or fraudulent. We offer Positive Material Identification (PMI) for all incoming materials so you have complete confidence that you receive exactly what you ordered. We are one of the few services in China to offer this level of testing.

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis is a non-destructive testing (NDT) process by which materials such as metals, clothes, plastics, ceramics, etc. are exposed to low level, short-wave X-rays or gamma radiation. Each element reflects the emission with a different wavelength and a specially calibrated spectrometer can analyze the wavelengths to detect what elements are present and in what relative concentrations. The XRF analyzer can also detect banned materials under the REACH and RoHS legislation.

Faro laser

Ideal for complex geometries, the Faro laser scanner quickly and accurately scans the surface of the part and creates a digital file that can be compared with the customer’s supplied CAD file for easy reference.

Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)

We also have a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) with a touch probe for making even more precise measurements of detailed features as required.

At its most basic a coordinate is a point, a fixed singular location in three-dimensional space. A series of points can be used to define the parameters of a complex shape. Therefore a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is any device that is able to collect this set of points for a given object and to do so with an acceptable degree of accuracy and repeatability.

Mitutoyo Surfometer

Our Mitutoyo Surfometer measures the surface roughness of an item, so we can ensure a specific surface finish is achieved. This device is also portable for greater convenience for our clients.

Visual Quality Standard

We have implemented a Visual Quality Standard for our finishing services to inspect painted finishes and ensure the consistency of cosmetic appearance. We also have a Visual Quality Standard for our Plastic Injection Molding Services. This ensures we have a consistent method for inspecting injection molded parts and helps us to go beyond the expectations of our customers.

ISO

ISO - We are proud to be fully certified and compliant with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001. This demonstrates our commitment to continuous quality improvement, respect for our workers and for the environment. See our certificate in English, German and Chinese.

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