Our industrial designers, tool design team and manufacturing staff utilize fully integrated Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) software platforms. Solid modeling creates a virtual 3D representation of components for part design and analysis and we also use freeform surface modeling in which surfaces are defined, trimmed and merged to make a solid, essentially designing a product and proving its feasibility on the computer.
Our “virtual” product design is then validated with rapid prototyping technology by creating a finished solid prototype part from the CAD data in our Stereo Lithography Machines. From here, minor modifications to the part design can be refined prior to the tool development process, saving considerable time and expense.
Once the prototype meets our approval, the tooling is developed. Using the most current American-made technology available in Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine centers, complex 3-D surfaces are relatively easy to produce, and the number of machining steps that require human interaction have been dramatically reduced.