If you need a custom rubber part made for your industrial workplace, then you need to be prepared. Ordering a custom part can quickly go haywire if you aren't careful. Here are three things you should do before ordering custom rubber parts.
Know Your Specifications
One of the most important aspects of ordering custom rubber parts is understanding what you need from the part before you complete your order. For example, if the product is purely decorative then you will want to specify if you want it to be matte or shiny, and in what color. If the part is more functional then you will want to explain the pressure it will be under, what fluids and materials it will interact with, whether it will move (and face friction), and what temperatures it will face. All of these aspects will affect what kind of plastic and molding process is needed for your part.
Have a 3D Model And Prototype
The next step to your ordering process is to make a 3D model and prototype, either by yourself or with the custom part manufacturer. This 3D model will help you visualize the part in space, and the prototype can help you identify any problems that could occur with the design (such as size issues).
There are a variety of programs available on the market to make a virtual 3D model. You'll input the specifications for your part (that you know of) in terms of height, width, and other measurements. These 3D models can also help you determine ahead of time if your original idea for the part won't work or otherwise needs to be changed. You can then use this model to narrow down the specifications you need to give to the custom part maker. From there you will build a physical prototype, although this doesn't necessarily need to be made out of rubber. You may be able to take the 3D model and use a 3D printer as well. Once you know what measurements fit the part you need the rubber product for, you can order with confidence.
When ordering a custom-manufactured rubber product, be sure to have a good idea as to what the product needs to do. You should prepare a 3D model and a prototype to make sure that the part you order will work, and review what your part needs to do and in what environment before you order.