Injection mould tooling and CNC machining for low volume production parts.
SLS prototypes for form and fit
When they cannot help we tend to resort to the web, after all, it’s on our desktop probably closer than our colleagues!
Whilst the web is great, there is almost too much information and its not always available in a form that makes it easy to access. Then we get into conflicting information.
Without all the detail it can be difficult to distinguish between two sites claiming different accuracies or material properties.
At Plunkett Associates we want to manufacture your product and given that opportunity, we would be only too pleased to support your design activities. After all we would have a vested interest in ensuring that the design was as easy to manufacture as possible.
Now working with everything from sheet metal to MIM (metal injection moulding), stereolithography to CNC machining and die casting to injection moulding, we have to admit that we may not always have the answer to hand. However, if that is the case, we have access to a significant supply base that most certainly will know the answer and will have the same vested interest in getting the design correct as we do.
The key issues for us to understand are the required quantities, materials, part size/complexity and aesthetic call out, as this goes a long way to defining the process. Then from the process comes the answers to all those design queries, minimum wall sections, tolerances, self colour versus paint, RFI/EMC issues etc etc.
All off this has to take place against a backdrop of cost, as no matter how idealistic we might be in generating the design, it will be the economics that govern whether the design goes forward to manufacture.
Therefore next time you are scratching your head about whether something will work, pick up the phone or contact us by email, we might just make life a bit easier!