Aluminium fast track tooling provides low volume production parts for time critical project
Injection moulding suits high performance electronic enclosures
Jelly Products “reinvented the wheel” and launched their first unique bike wheel over 4 years ago. As a result of the huge success of their Loopwheels commuter bikes, they have now launched a wheelchair model, allowing wheelchair users to experience the fabulous shock absorbing suspension, providing a smoother, more comfortable ride.
We knew Sam Pearce, Designer of the Loopwheels concept and Director of Jelly Products well, through the initial design and development of the Loopwheel and the subsequent application to Kickstarter for the project.
He came back to us for advice recently when he wanted to adapt the design for use within a wheelchair. We needed to prototype, allow Jelly Products to test, and then subsequently be able to manufacture in small batch runs (circa 500 at a time).
There were 4 parts that Plunkett Associates were to be involved with, the largest of which was the hub. This was prototyped and is now in full production being Die Cast in aluminium, post machined and anodised in a smart grey to finish.
Plunkett Associates were able to bring injection moulding and diecasting, usually high volume processes, to bear in this low volume application with great success.
Extrusion is a manufacturing method where long lengths of the same cross section can be produced quickly and repeatedly.
Produces production intent material properties. Injection Moulding is used for development as well as production parts.
Usually only associated with high volumes, Plunkett Associates can offer die casting as a low volume technique as well.