Engineering Resource Center was approached by a leader in airway clearance technologies to mold a 6” long acetel part with .012” flatness tolerance, the concept was thought to be impossible to achieve.
The Engineering Resource Center Rebuilds 50 Year Old Part For Manufacturer
Representatives from a large manufacturing company contacted the Engineering Resource Center (ERC) with the request to re-create a historic part that was still in production after 50 years.The existing mold had become damaged and no original CAD files ever existed. The manufacturer was challenged with fulfilling orders for a part that could no longer be made with the existing mold, and did not know if an exact re-design would be possible.
One Mold With 3 Designs Meets Manufacturer's Tight Deadline
A manufacturer presented the ERC with a project that had an extraordinarily tight timeline for prototype development (one week), and of three design iterations created, the team was unsure which would be best for final production. Given the tight timeline for the project, there was not enough time (or funding) to make design tweaks or produce three separate molds to test three different prototypes. However, testing of all three design iterations would have to be completed at the same time with the best prototype selected to meet the final production deadline.