Elite American injection molders specialize in plastics design and urge early supplier involvement to improve product quality and reduce costs. “We have design involvement in 80 to 85% of our business, comments Kelly Sichter, vice president of business development for Phillips Plastics, Phillips, WI.Phillips’ process involves five steps: Investigation, Exploration, Refinement, Implementation and Production.One of the most critical phases is Refinement, in which a cross-functional team of design, industrial and production engineers meet with marketing and other functional representatives to consider a myriad of trade-offs in the molding process that can result in improved marketability, manufacturability, or overall value. Click here to see a hypothetical example of four sets of choices for a handheld electronic device.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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