As a customer focused organisation, we understand
that your success largely depends on your ability to introduce products to the marketplace
in a timely manner, and on budget.
Your "brief" can be a mere sketch as during this phase of the design process, technology
is of very little importance. Ant Packaging uses a series of checklists developed
from many years of experience to develop maximum understanding of your project.
Confidentiality is assured. For those that require, confidentiality agreements are
Utilising the latest CAD software, line drawings are produced that meet the specifications
discussed in the "brief". Then analysis of the line drawings is undertaken between
both parties, modifications performed, and a photo rendering is forwarded to you.
If required a dynamic 3D model can accompany the photo rendering. Using the "ACIS"
software available from our links page the customer can dynamically rotate the rendered
solid model at their desk to inspect all of it's features.
Some customers may require "rapid prototyping" to fully grasp the design, or to
use as a marketing tool. We have two main processes available for this. As these
are outsourced they do come at a cost, however we believe the marketing benefit
alone of having a prototype weeks before actual production outweighs the relatively
small investment incurred.
An acrylic model can be NC machined from the same program that will machine your
mould, so accuracy is guaranteed.
Stereolithography (SLA) is a "rapid-prototyping" process
which produces a physical, three dimensional object from a 3D CAD file. A stereolithography
machine uses a computer controlled laser to cure a photo-sensitive resin, layer
by layer, to create the 3D part. Using this technology the most intricate prototypes
can be produced. As a further step that is rarely required, silicon tooling may
be produced, from which parts can be moulded. As many as 10-100 parts can be produced
from this tooling, depending upon the design. These have the added bonus of being
able to be used for marketing purposes.
When all parties are satisfied with the
models (or virtual models) that have been supplied it's time to move to the tooling.
Ant Packaging out-sources tooling manufacture to experienced toolmakers with whom
we have built strategic alliances over many years.
Concurrently to your tooling being produced,
we are busy preparing a quality audit on our processes. Procedures are executed
to assist giving you, the customer, the best quality product, on time, at a predetermined
price without surprises. When the tooling is complete samples will be forwarded
to you for your opinions and approval.
We understand that our success is determined by our customers' success in the marketplace.
Our focus is on the commercial realisation of your product.
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