Design & Tooling
Design feasibility is established and communicated at an early stage, typically before obtaining tooling quotations. This often results in a faster time to market and ensures concepts are correctly ‘Designed for Manufacture’ and yield quality injection mouldings.
Our CAD capabilities allow translation and analysis of industry recognised universal files such as STP and IGES with the ability to output design reviews to include snap shots of 3D images, including parting line, undercut, sink mark and draft angle analyses.
In addition we now have Moldflow software to simulate the fill characteristics of a component and identify potential moulding problems before tool manufacture begins.
With the incredible range of specialist materials now available to the designer, Amies’ knowledgeable team will, on a fit-for-purpose basis, help select the most suitable plastic to meet your specific moulding requirements.
This help in material selection is particularly valuable because of the increased use of engineering thermoplastics to replace metal components.
Although Amies does not have an in-house toolmaking facility, we benefit from close relationships with several local toolmakers on a ‘horses for courses’ basis. Knowing our toolmakers strengths and limitations, their manufacturing expertise and their machine capabilities, ensures the correct ones are selected for the competitive tendering process. This results in the most cost effective tooling package for our customers whilst guaranteeing the quality of the tool to be fit for its intended purpose and lifespan.
From the earliest design stage we encourage maximum communication between ourselves, our customer and our selected toolmaker in an attempt to minimize the nasty surprises which this process can throw up.
One of Amies’ major strengths is its willingness and ability to stick through the development stages of any project to its successful conclusion, a process that is never without problems and as every designer knows, can be extremely time consuming.
Amies and its toolmakers use a wide range of software packages which ensures compatibility when sharing computer files with designers.