In early 1997, Baxi took a decision to launch a completely new combination boiler called the Bahama 100, designed and manufactured entirely in the UK. It set itself a 10 month timescale to produce a functional prototype of the boiler ahead of a full scale market launch planned for March 1998.
To meet the tight deadlines the company turned to Amsys Rapid Prototyping and Tooling for rapid prototyping to play a major role in the overall design approach.
The first components tackled were four glass filled nylon sintered hydraulic water connectors, fitted behind the control panel section. It took three days to produce fully functional prototypes for laboratory testing.
The prototypes highlighted some problems early in the design cycle, which enabled changes to be made, saving research and developments costs in the long run.
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