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With years of experience, our staff has the capabilities and expertise to take your ideas to the next level. At Etree, we combine our insights and skills to transform your dreams into reality, we will become your designers, manufacturers and sales team. We’re proud to help shape and improve how our clients structure and manage their business.
Looking to develop a product idea but not sure where to turn? Need help planning or executing your next project? Let us guide you. Any organization can move forward with small incremental changes, but building for the future in today’s rapidly evolving environment means taking bold chances and making insightful decisions.
We examine your idea, search for conflicting ideas, advise if we feel there is a place in the market for it and create a concept drawing for your approval.
2nd Meeting with designers and manufacturer. There is a small fee for this meeting, but it means we are all committed to the design stage as it will let us know manufacturing costs when completed.
3rd Meeting, This will discuss financial commitment, costings, and we will look at a 3D virtual model of the product
We have a growing list of successful clients and products. We register the design with the patent office and enrol your product idea with ACID design protection service. We have our roots in small product design and manufacture and cover a vast range of industries. check out our existing product range.
Working with all industries including automotive, farming, domestic appliances, lighting, nuclear and petrochemicals our designers have a vast wealth of experience which they draw upon to build flesh to the bones of your ideas and concepts.
Concept or Designed
Whether your project is ‘all in your head’ or fully detailed on paper we will be able to understand and add value. You will be able to see your thoughts or sketches take shape as the ‘Two Dimensional’ world meets the Third. Your designer will create ‘Three Dimensional’ components or assemblies of components allowing you the ability to move, rotate, zoom, section and measure your components in 3D space.
As with all elements of the
Communicationmanufacturing process communication is key, we work closely with the client showing ‘real time’ progress using free to download 3D viewer software this allows the client to oversee all work as it happens. Parts are shown with textures and colours applied to give a realistic appearance to your components on your computer in the office or at home.
Once complete 3D files such as IGES, STEP and Parasolid can be used to create solid model prototypes, tool designs, cutter paths for tooling, detailed drawings used for consistency in manufacture and quality control. The 3D file gives the toolmaker our ‘exact requirement’ meaning they can manufacture tooling without error. Errors are usually associated with 2D drawings due to the potential for interpretation of a drawing, if the interpretation is wrong the parts produced from the tooling may not fit together correctly or display a cosmetic appearance not in keeping with the design. Our 3D files speak directly to the CNC machine that cuts the tool, 3D keeps all values set, if it’s there in the 3D it’s there in the tool if it’s not in the 3D it’s not in the tool. With 3D comes automation allowing a significant amount of manual labour to be removed from the toolmaking process.
Your designer will save you money by designing each component to do as much as possible, why use five components where three can do the same job better
Well worth it!. An efficient design will considerably reduce tooling costs and often a designer can save the client far more than the design cost at the tooling stage.
We normally prototype by machining a model from the actual material it is to be moulded from. this gives a good representation of the final product.
Other types of prototyping:
There are many options when it comes to prototyping we provide the following services with two days turn around:-
SLS-Selective Laser Sintering
This process uses a powder which is selectively sintered (heated and bonded) by a laser. The 3D file is sectioned by the computer to give layers, the powder is then subjected to laser played over its surface in the profile of this sectioned layer. The process is repeated to build the part layer by layer at a 0.1mm thickness.
A small injection nozzle
FDM-Fused Deposition Modelling
This process uses a liquid cured by ultraviolet light. The 3D file is sectioned by the computer to give layers, the liquid is then subjected to UV light played over its surface in the profile of this sectioned layer. The process is repeated to build the part layer by layer. This process has a 0.1mm accuracy.
SLA-Stereolithographydriven by CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) deposits material. The 3D file is sectioned by the computer to give layers, the nozzle is then guided by the profile of this sectioned layer to deposit material to build that layer. The process is repeated to build the part layer by layer. This process has a 0.127mm - 0.254mm accuracy.
DIMM-Design Intent Material Machining
This process uses the design intent material in a solid block format, a CNC milling machine will then cut away the unwanted material to create the finished part. The component will then perform just as the injection moulded component would do in relation to its mechanical properties.
Using any of the above processes will give you a solid model good enough to use as a master to make a silicone mould from. This silicone tool can be used to make between 10 and 20 functional parts.
The specifics of your project will determine which process is best suited, our project manager will outline your options at this prototype stage.
We approached your project carefully as if it was our very first undertaking. We study our client’s specification to create a focused and effective solution - and then watch it grow. We loved working with our clients, and look forward to collaborating on many more successful projects in the future.
Clients often approach "etree" with a general idea of what they need, and your project should be no different. We were able to jump right in with our expertise and really help your project grow and evolve.
Often times our clients have everything they need to succeed, they just require the resources and support to make a strategic jump. We work on projects for you to achieve the best end results and then make them truly spectacular. By ensuring consistent and transparent communication with our client we are able to progress by leaps and bounds.