In order to better serve our customers’ need for improved speed to market, we are combining our Estes Express Prototyping department and Product Development team into an all new group called Estes Accelerator! Estes Accelerator is a dedicated product development and prototype shop designed to respond to customers’ product development and speed-to-market needs. The Accelerator team is comprised of engineers, designers, and project managers with decades of sheet metal fabricating experience and knowledge. This dedicated team has assisted customers in developing products for a variety of industries, collaborating with them from design to prototyping to manufacturing.
Advantages of Estes Accelerator include:
- Reduced Costs
- Value Engineering
- Reduced Lead-Times
- Dedicated Personnel & Equipment
- Innovation & Creativity
Estes Accelerator – Product Development
Need design help in order to get your product idea to market quickly? Estes Accelerator is here to help. During the initial phases of development, Estes designers serve as a resource to its client’s own design staff, which is especially critical for the clients who have been forced to downsize their own product development operations. Estes ensures the development of products that can be manufactured easily and cost-effectively through value engineering and design for manufacturability and assembly (DFMA).
Estes displays innovative thinking in the value engineering they perform for customers. With decades of collective fabricating experience, we know the tricks of the trade required to cost-effectively make customers’ products without compromising the integrity of the design. We apply that knowledge in our evaluation of a customer’s existing product design to determine if there is a better way to manufacture the product.
Our product development engineers use DFMA to find solutions for potential manufacturing and assembly impediments that could disrupt your manufacturing processes, timelines, and budget. They work to align engineering and production during the design phase, going beyond fit and function.
Estes Accelerator Product Development services include:
- Managing the complete product design and development process
- Serving as a resource to your design staff
- Optimizing designs for manufacturability and assembly (DFMA)
- Value engineering products to ensure cost-effective manufacturing
- Providing manufacturing expertise which helps designers translate ideas from the drawing board to the assembly line
- Ensuring that a product can be manufactured efficiently while maintaining its aesthetic and functional purposes
- Modeling new designs in Pro E, SolidWorks, or AutoCad Inventor
Estes Accelerator – Prototyping
Already have an idea that you want to prototype? Estes Accelerator can help and move you to the front of the line to make sure your prototype meets its deadline. No matter where you are in the process and no matter how much experience you have with sheet metal, working with a dedicated prototyping shop is valuable. Estes Accelerator can provide you with a prototype, giving you a tangible object to hold in your hands, inspect, and test in the real world. We can also provide you with an opportunity to see exactly how a part comes together during assembly and catch errors or omissions before final production.
At Estes Design and Manufacturing, we understand the value of a prototype. Estes Accelerator’s engineers work with and listen to our customers every step of the way – from concept and design, through to the final finished, fabricated, and working prototype. Our engineers carefully review customers’ requirements and then fabricate the final prototype based on customer-provided specifications.
Estes Accelerator can also help customers overcome capacity problems and address their time-critical projects. Some may argue that using a production shop to make prototypes puts your prototype at the mercy of production schedules. However, by choosing a dedicated prototype cell like Estes Accelerator, with engineers and project managers who specialize in prototypes and with dedicated technology and equipment, logjams can be avoided and production schedules become a non-issue.
Estes Accelerator Product Prototyping services include:
- Increase customers’ speed to market, utilizing dedicated equipment and personnel that doesn’t have to break into a production schedule
- Produce and refine prototypes from customers’ existing designs
- Transition products into full production
- Provide short-run manufacturing for quantities less than 50
Let Estes Accelerator improve your speed to market with our sheet metal product development and prototyping services!
Whether it be a product idea with the details only still in your head, a rough paper napkin sketch, or an existing product that needs the kinks worked out, Estes Accelerator has the tools, ability, and experience to help make your project come to life. From product conception to full production and every step along the way, Estes Accelerator is ready to partner with you! Request a quote or contact us in order to learn more about how Estes Accelerator will get your product to market quickly!