Our experienced team of design engineers use a variety of tools that aid the design process:
Moldflow® is plastic injection molding simulation software that allows part and mold designers to optimize their designs during the initial stages of development. Our engineers can address potential areas of concern such as wall thickness, gate location, fill & cycle time, temperature, and consistency early in the design process. This ensures the most efficient use of time and resources, as it is significantly less costly to make part design changes prior to any actual prototyping or machining activities.
Design engineers have the ability to produce functional plastic prototype parts directly from a 3D model in less than 24 hours with our Objet30 desktop 3D printer. Instead of printing with ink, a 3D printer stacks hundreds of thin layers of melted plastic on top of each other with precise print heads. This technology allows us to experiment with ideas for how to make things better, faster and more economically. The resulting prototype parts can demonstrate basic functionality and testing depending on the application.
This process is practically the opposite of 3D printing and can assist in engineering a product in cases where the original design data is no longer available. A sample part is milled away, one layer at a time, until it is consumed. Meanwhile, cross-sectional images of each layer are captured. The resulting 3D data is comprehensive and contains every dimension on every part surface, both external and internal.