INAC US’s Tech Strength Series 01

3D Transparent Prototyping

A special section introducing our one-of-a-kind technology
The theme of the first feature is “Transparently Charming”
We offer clear transparent prototypes.
Products that have undergone our transparency treatment have a high level of transparency and can replace acrylic resin.

Polycarbonate transmission "internal visualization" model

A transmission internal visualization model that can be used in applications like automobiles, industrial machinery, and more.
The products that we manufacture can actually be filled with oil for internal visualization.
The material is our proprietary transparency-treated polycarbonate.
We create the models using a unique reinforcement process to be able to withstand pressures.
You get an internal view to observe all sorts of mechanical components of a transmission.

"High transparency enables a wide variety of applications and versatility"

Supports a wide variety of applications

Excellent workability and impact resistance 50 times greater than acrylic!
The strongest impact resistance among transparent resins used for motorcycle helmets, light covers for vehicles such as automobiles, and windshields for fighter aircraft and the like!

We cut and machine the polycarbonate and then we process the complex shapes into individual parts. Each part is assembled by welding using a solvent mixed in-house.
The process is completed by adding bolts to areas that require additional strength.

In addition to flow analysis and visualization of the internal operation of structural components, our products are used for a variety of other applications, including educational models for structural explanations and exhibits.

High transparency + High cost performance

Our products have a high transparency equivalent to glass!

Polycarbonate resin becomes cloudy and opaque when cut. Our proprietary transparency treatment can restore the original transparency of the material.

Transparency can also be achieved by a polishing process that takes an enormous amount of time and effort. Our transparency method on the other hand, achieves a high cost performance that results in a high transparency in a short period of time.

High-transparency prototypes are used in many fields

  • Verification of the operation of internal mechanisms such as automobile engines and auxiliary equipment, among others.
  • Samples for the exhibition and promotion of various products such as automobiles, medical care, toys, and more.
  • Internal flow analysis by pouring a fluid such as oil or gas.
  • Models to explain or provide education on the operation of internal structures and components.

[Example Use Cases]

Ex. 1 Quality Control!: Improved casting defect yield
A transparent internal visualization model of a mold was made and liquid was poured into it. A high-speed camera was used to observe the flow of molten metal and the cause of the problem was identified and the yield rate was subsequently improved.

Ex. 2 Sales Tools!: Used as a tool to show off internal mechanisms to prospective customers
By assembling mechanical components into a transparent housing, the operation of the internal mechanism could be observed in real-time, making it easy for customers to understand how products worked.

Ex 3 New Product Development Validation!: Worries about unexpected interference between parts in for products in development
Transparent housing and parts were assembled on an actual device, so the clearance between the parts could be observed during operation, allowing development to proceed with confidence.

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Introducing a wide variety of example use cases!!

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STEP 3: Rendering and Scene Integration

We can also handle exterior modeling and interior structure design based on illustrations. After creating the 3D models, we can create a rendering to fit a scene. We can deliver images even if we do not proceed with production.

STEP 2: Detailed Design and 3D Modeling

Once the design is determined, drawings and 3D models will be created. The structure will be examined, taking into consideration not only the external design but also functionalities such as mating and sliding.

STEP 1: Initial Design Consultation

The first step is a meeting to discuss the project. Drawings are not required for this meeting. We will create a design from a sketch based on the overall image and concept that you have in mind.

STEP5: Verification

We have an assortment of manual and CNC coordinate measuring machines, roughness measuring machines, and various other measuring instruments. We are committed to quality, and there’s no better proof of that than the fact that when many of our customers buy INAC’s services and experience the quality, they come back again to place repeat orders.

STEP4: Decorating, plating, printing

Paint and plating treatments can be added to processed products. Few companies are able to handle the entire process up to and including decoration. The ability to deliver everything in a short period of time speeds up product development. Colors can even be reproduced exactly as desired, as in-house color mixing is can be done.

STEP3: Creation

We create things using a variety of manufacturing methods, including cutting, 3D printers, casting, aluminum molds, and lathing. Sometimes, additional work is performed at a machining center to improve the precision of the 3D printed products. Manufacturing possibilities are expanded by making full use of each machine through this process. Or we can meet customer needs by makinng full use of each machine through this process.

STEP2: Proposal for the method of production based on the meeting

In addition to the intended application and operating environment, the delivery time, quality requirements, and target cost are also taken into account when considering production methods. Our sales staff, who are well versed in prototyping with knowledge on which materials and what processing methods to use, will propose the most appropriate manufacturing method.

STEP1: Reception of drawings or data, and meeting on applications and use cases

We will hold a meeting with you to discuss the details. For example, if the purpose of the prototype is to observe the inside of the equipment, we’ll need to gather enough detail to determine things like if any liquids will pass through, what temperatures can be expected, whether there should be any leaks, etc. We consider this meeting to be very important for the process because determining the optimal production method will depend greatly on the intended application among other factors.