Virtual or real?
At the beginning there is always the idea. So that this doesn’t just remain a vague concept we work with you on a requirements specification. Based on the requirements laid down our designers will produce technical drawings. From these, 3D representations can be developed to give you your first impression of the finished product from any perspective.
To get a little closer to reality we will, if required, build a model of the planned product. With this type of prototype it is easy to check whether everything has actually been thought of.
Within the shortest time, details of the planned load carrier can be realised as a sample based on the technical drawing.
For that, the contours of, for example, the cavities of a component holder are applied in layers with a special plastic plastic material, so that mostly after 24 hours already, the fitting accuracy of the cavities can be checked by means of a concrete model.
A film on rapid prototyping can be found here.
Intermediate stage - Tool making
When all queries are finally cleared up, the tool can be made. We have our own tool-making facilities so that we can fall back on our own experts in as many intermediate stages as possible.
A little time and patience is needed before the tool is ready–making an injection moulding tool from steel is much more time consuming than working on an aluminium tool when vacuum forming the product holders.
But then it is «put on the machine» and the exciting moment of producing the first sample run begins. Perhaps then a couple of small alterations will still be necessary; once the tool is released everything runs like clockwork.
Containers, product holders or pallets are automatically taken off the machine, stacked, packed and despatched.
Would you like to learn more about our production methods at Utz Group?