Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to get a quote?
Head on over here to fill out a quick form and upload a file. The best file format is STEP, or Solidworks. We can create STL files from STEP files if needed. For artwork and graphics being applied to models, Adobe Illustrator is preferred.
Can you quote from sketches?
Yes, definitely, but it is better to quote from 3D files. When we quote from sketches we have to make assumptions and those assumption may not give the best price or timing
What is typical turn around time?
We will always try to meet your needs. 1-4 weeks is typical for most jobs, but jobs do vary in size. It takes longer to do a full size soda machine than it does to make a hotel shampoo bottle. Additionally, there are some times of the year where prototype shops all over the world are busy. If you will need a model or prototype ready in the September to February time period, it is good to let a shop know early. There are several trade shows, Consumer Electronic Show, Toy Fair, Houseware Show, all in the beginning of each year and everyone needs prototypes for these events.
How many parts can you cast from a rubber mold?
The more polished the part, the fewer the number of parts, but the type of material being cast and the level of details also impacts mold life. Typically, you can figure 12-25 parts, less if it is a clear high polish part around 4-10 parts, significantly more if it is a soft flexible part many times up to 40 parts.
Is it better to cast or print parts?
In general, if you need more than 3 of the same part it is better and less expensive to cast the parts. Cast parts are the best way to go if you need parts to be a different durometer, clear, tinted, or cast in color to look exactly like injection molded parts. We have a material that is FDA approved as a casting resign. Also, cast parts are much stronger and more durable than SLA printed parts.
What materials do you CNC?
Most anything that is machinable. All sorts of plastic, delrin, ABS, Styrene, polycarb(PC), acrylic, Corian , aluminum, brass, copper, foam, but we only do a little with steel and stainless steel. We stock a lot of plastics and foams and can get most metals and plastic we do not stock pretty quick.
Can you cast optical clear parts?
Absolutely. We have some nice water clear resins for casting. This resin can also be tinted. (see below)
Can you cast tinted or colored parts?
Yes, for tinted parts it is nice if you can send us a sample of the color you are needing. Thickess of a plastic part changes the color and makes matching a translucent part to a PMS color chip difficult. Parts can also be cast in color. These parts often cost more because of a higher reject rate in fabrication, but they also wear better since there is no paint that can chip off. A prototype that is going to be handled a lot over a longer period of time, used in research or trade shows, is better to be cast in color when possible.
What materials do you SLA?
Accura 60, Accura 25, and SL clear.
Can you do large models?
Yes, Copesetic does units as large as soda machines and full size gas pumps regularly and have done much larger. No matter what the size send us your files and we will get you a quote.
Can you create parts in FDA Materials?
Yes, and we can send specification sheets Seeing files your will help us know if this is a good match. Our process is not FDA approved, just the materials, which is often enough for testing.
Do you do vac-forming?
We do a lot of vac-forming package prototypes, but have also done a significant number of other types of plastic parts needing thermo forming.
Do you take credit cards?
Yep! Any bank fees will be added to your invoice.