Prototyping services delivered by Formero allowed a product development company to achieve their product design goals on time and within budget.
Craig Burke, Managing Director of Rocka Devices recently won a 2011 Australian Design Award in the Housing and Building category for the Klinch tool tether product. The new safety product allows users to carry and use multiple tools safely without the risk of being dropped from heights.
The Klinch system works via a patented locking mechanism that allows the tool lanyard to be switched and locked onto multiple connection points. Prototyping was a critical phase of product development to get a feel for scale and function.
Based on their extensive experience in product development, project management and liaising with toolmakers, Rocka Devices chose the leading Australian manufacturer, Formero who would provide expert project managers in Australia and China to deliver their product design goals on time.
Formero’s Polyjet 3D printing process was used for the first prototypes to get an idea of scale for the mechanism, fitment with other metal components and the human interaction.
After further refinements, SLS prototypes with glass reinforcement were made to check function and relative strengths of components prior to using Formero’s Parts Only service for short run production.
According to Craig Burke, Formero took many of the headaches out of the process with the tools being made and parts delivered to specification in a timely fashion.
Confident that Formero could manage their tool making and initial production requirements, Rocka Devices was able to focus on marketing their product and building their business.