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Rapid prototyping at H T Brigham adds value for customers
The benefits of 3D printing have been widely reported; fast, low-cost and kind to the environment. This rapid prototyping allows working concepts to be ruled in or out more quickly, speeding up the development process and reducing the project lead time as a whole.
When H T Brigham first received an interesting enquiry from a UK based electronics manufacturer, the project was in the initial design stages. The customer wanted to understand the complexities of design which could be accommodated from the process of metal pressing. They were also keen to establish how metal pressing techniques could streamline the product design and assembly, removing the need for costly additional components, which would then also need to be assembled.
Our client needed a supplier who ...
1. Could work with them in a collaborative manner to create an effective component design to meet their requirements.
2. Were established, professional, reliable and technically sound.
3. Were based in the UK, ensuring high quality manufacture and effective logistics.
4. Were competitive on price.
5. Could deliver the project within a tight 3 month timeframe.
The initial contact made by the customer was in the form of an informal discussion to explore the possibilities. This low key customer approach struck a chord within HT Brigham, who are always willing to offer their expertise to explore the viability of using the metal presswork method on new customer projects. H T Brigham’s team of expert engineers like getting involved at the initial stages of a project, in order to thrash out ideas and devise the most effective manufacturing solution for the customer. This can result in improved product functionality, increased durability or reduced component cost.
In this case, in-depth design discussions were held over several weeks in order to properly understand the customer requirements and discuss possible options. Communication was very important during this time as concepts and ideas were being exchanged frequently in order to finalise the design. Following various proposals from H T Brigham’s engineers, the next stage was to prototype the chosen design for fitment tests and following several re-designs and minor changes, a final component design was prototyped for testing ahead of full production release.
With this type of product typically being manufactured and assembled in China, this project was a challenge from both a technical and commercial aspect. Despite these challenges, HT Brigham’s team managed to achieve a viable price point by employing state of the art metal pressing processes and product design.
This is one example of how HT Brigham was able to use its expertise in metal pressing to assist with the design of an innovative new product. It is our aim to support all of our customers in this way, working with them to solve any presswork issue which they may have.