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.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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