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.
The “Space Kid,” 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space by NASA, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
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