The Pentagon Plastics Group tailor the level of design assistance offered to the customers knowledge and expertise. Providing guidance and support for those with little or no experience right through to fully competent designers. The group does not provide a full design service, but they are able to put you in contact with reputable product designers who will help you develop your product and they will actively assist throughout the process with regard to design for plastic manufacture (DFM).
A large proportion of a project’s cost is at the tooling stage, which is why designs are challenged to achieve the most cost-effective solution. Tooling configuration needs to be considered at the earliest opportunity to ensure the tooling manufactured meets expectations on both price and quality, whilst supporting production requirements.
To ensure that Pentagon carries out a comprehensive design review they will:
- Review the product design for manufacture
- Source thermoplastic material for your application
- Provide options for mould tool configuration
- Select the most suitable material for your mould tool
- Advise on the most efficient number of cavities based on your production volume
- Advise on the optimum feed position for manufacture and aesthetics
- Optimise the manufacturing process to meet your production requirements
Many customers already have competent designers for plastic moulded parts. However, Pentagon will still offer advice as required and challenge any areas where they believe savings may be possible. Fully detailed mould tools or modular insert systems are designed from the most suitable material. This provides a quality product that meets production demands whilst achieving the tool life required.
The group are also keen to support those who have produced a 3D CAD Model (or have had one produced on their behalf) but need help ensuring the part is suitable for the plastic injection moulding process. This can encompass changes to the design to make features more cost-effective to produce, advice on material selection and number of product impressions within the tooling to achieve optimum component price.
For more information visit the website www.pentagonplastics.co.uk or call on 01403 264397 where one of the team will be pleased to assist you.