A combination of stereolithography and computerised vacuum casting has saved Microm Electronics three months in bringing a new electrical device to market, and cut costs by 25%.
The savings were achieved in the prototyping programme for Quicklink – a new concept for the elecrical connection of supermarket display refrigerators. Winner of a DTI SMART award for innovation, Quicklink eliminates laborious wiring-up by allowing connections to be made instantly at any chosen points in a ribbon ring cable. The male and female components are simply screwed together to force copper contacts through the insulation onto the electrical cabling.
Several plastic prototypes were required and Microm decided to make highly accurate prototypes and use them as the basis for reproducing components in volume by vacuum casting.
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