Technology enables real savings

The design for a client’s stainless steel box consisted of four pieces formed in a Z-shape at the press brake. These four pieces were then welded at the corners, which caused the stainless steel to warp slightly. The assembly had a brushed, cosmetic flange around the perimeter that would remain visible to the end user. To maintain an appealing look, the welds had to be ground, and then the flange had to be brushed.

Improvement in speed to market

A small, leading edge communications company was in start-up mode and needed a supplier that could help take a rough product concept and help make it a commercialized reality. If that was not enough, the company needed a supplier that could dedicate its people and equipment to the job when needed so that on-the-fly revisions could be incorporated and extremely tight lead-times could be met.

Redesign reduces production costs

The original design of a client’s steel pan used in a medical application was a three-piece, spot welded assembly that cost $29.65.

New design results in operational efficiencies

A longtime client needed a cabinet door assembly that was nearly five feet long by nine inches wide, and it needed to be rigid. The original plan called for two fabricated stiffeners to be glued to the doors to provide the necessary support. The three-piece assembly cost $29.00 and required eleven operations to manufacture.

Quick turnaround for complicated fabrication needs

The client needed a source to take on a specific fabrication project that no one had done before.

Development of better product at lower cost

A client recently revealed to Estes that with their old fabricator, they were managing the production process themselves – taking three weeks to shuttle parts from one subcontractor to another, wasting precious time that could have been spent on revenue-generating business operations. Raw materials alone cost more than $24 per product produced. Continuing to manage production in this manner would prohibit the client’s growth.

Same Day Completion

A privately held international company was looking for a customized, aesthetically pleasing, finished piece to complement an existing prototype. After the previous manufacturer sent a broken piece, the company needed a quick delivery for a presentation. They needed a prototype shop they could trust.

Personalized Service and Lead-Time Reduction

A privately held company needed a completed panel from start to finish. Due to pressure from a customer, the company had a tight deadline to deliver the panel. The company turned to Estes Express Prototyping for help. Estes Express projects are led by one project manager from start to finish, which significantly reduces lead-time. Zero handoffs mean information is not lost or sitting on someone else’s desk waiting to move down the line.