China is becoming the world leader when outsourcing is concerned. It’s almost also true for other industry. Although prototype outsourcing is not too common,it would change in a near future. In recent years, companies from the United States and Europe have started outsourcing their prototype projects to China as well.
The main reason why not every company is doing it is time. Although the delivery time can be shortened through air freight. The other reason is they haven't noticed the benefits of outsourcing: save cost and labor.
The History of Rapid Prototyping in China
Rapid prototyping is a technology that has a decades-long tradition in China. Actually, this country is one of the leaders in this field, both in terms of efficiency and in terms of product quality.
The history of prototyping in China started in the early 1990s when companies started investing in CNC machines. By using the CNC machining technology, these companies were able to increase their volume of work, therefore it made their services cost less.
In recent years, with the developing of 3D printing tech around the world, Chinese companies started investing in the technology. The result is that the prototyping industry in China expanded even more.
Chinese Rapid Prototyping Industry Today
Now, China is the leader in manufacturing CNC machines and similar equipment, making nearly 300,000 of these items per year. Instead of buying China-made CNC machines, many companies from the world are thinking about leaving the entire work to be done in China.
The main reason is cost. These kinds of services which are done by the companies in China are much more affordable than in any other part of the planet . what about the quality of prototypes?
The days when China was thought of a part of the world where big-volume products are made at low quality are long gone. Today, this country is a leader in a number of industries. Rapid prototyping playing leader role in global market is also becoming reality.