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.
Reverse Engineering A 50 Year Old Part From Scratch
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.
Using One Mold For 3 Designs Helps Manufacturer Meet 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.
Helping Manufacturer Avoid Major Recall With Low Volume Production
We recently worked with a customer who was experiencing a quality issue on their assembly line. After many trials and testing, it was determined that a small plastic part would need to be added to their assembly in order to prevent the issue from occuring in the field and demanding a recall. In only 5 business days, The Engineering Resource Center was able to build a tool capable of making production quality parts for prototype level pricing.