Early June saw the completion of the Sealblade Rush tool - a children's version of the retractable hand paddle we completed earlier. The mouldings due their size, where produced at a moulding company we work closely with - the rest of the project from design, 3D printing of prototype models to mould making was done here in-house at Protoshape.
As usual we have been working on various CNC machined prototypes - usually with a quick turnaround and usually machined in aluminium, steel and plastic..
Another project we have been working on the last few weeks has involved making a mould in house, moulding small components (see above right) and fitting to large acetal bezels that we have machined on the flatbed router.
No two days are ever the same here at Protoshape. From rapid prototyping (top left, before anodising), production jobs, modifying (see heat sinks - middle top) to designing and making mould tools to producing small mouldings (see bottom row).
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The shortest month of the year and we have been super busy, working on big and small projects.
As well as a selection of precision engineering work in progress, which we use our two Haas Super Mini Mills for, and for bigger jobs the Haas VF2.
Work has started on a mould tool (see below centre) for the latest version of pedometer housing for one of our local customers.
We now offer a 3D printing service for our clients (see top left). This allows us to give our clients a rapid prototype of their product. Our 3D printing machine uses FDM technology and has a printing envelope of 297 x 210 x 210 mm.
One of the areas we specialise in is prototyping. Towards the end of 2016 and into 2017 we were working to produce several sets of prototype enclosures for one of our clients. These were CNC machined from solid aluminium billet, then anodised by one of our local suppliers to finish.
In contrast, the middle bottom image shows a couple of prototypes CNC machined and folded from sheet metal. As well as machining metal, we also machine lots of types of plastic, these black rings (last bottom image) were CNC machined from acetal on our Haas VF2 machining centre. All larger items can be machined on our flatbed router.
We are also in the process of manufacturing Sealboards forthcoming new product - a children's version of the Sealblades paddle.
In another area of our business, we have been busy making and supplying our own in-house design canoe slalom pole system for two of the busiest Artificial White Water centres in the UK, Shown above are the injection moulded end caps and adjuster rings, which fit at either end of the poles, which allows adjustment in height from the river bank. Poles can be provided with or without adjuster rings. For more information on training or competition poles please contact David on 07840 908994.
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It has been another busy few weeks here at Protoshape, with a real mixture of jobs going out the door. We have completed the final two twin impression moulds for the Sealblade project, with both the handle mould and the wrist support mould (shown above in top row) being successfully trialed.
We provided aluminium trophies for the Canoe Slalom Awards that took place at the end of November and saw the Trong project near its completion with the finished food utensil being engraved with company logos. This complex 3D shape was made from a four impression mould tool earlier this year (see above for mould tool and finished product).
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Earlier this week the first mould tool for the Sealblades paddle mould went to successful trial. This twin impression mould is one the largest we have made on the Haas VF2.
Images below show the final stages of machining on the Haas VF2, David assembling the mould, the first paddles coming off the mould and a comparison to the final vac cast prototype.
We are in the early stages of working on the corresponding two moulds for the components that will complete the paddle to a finished product.
For more information on this innovative Scottish product and to back their Kickstarter campaign please visit www.sealblades.com/
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Some of our daily work is producing small one offs - either prototypes or bespoke components. Shown below are some of the small parts we have made for one of our local customers, all CNC machined on our Haas Super Mini Mills from aluminium.
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This aluminium injection mould tool was made for one of our regular local customers after the demand for three different split bushes rose and warranted a tool to produce higher quantities (we previously machined these out of plastic for them).
Shown below is the finished mould tool, the parts hot off the production line at our moulders and the finished plastic products.
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Here at Protoshape our work is varied from small one off parts to longer term projects.
This is the first of three moulds for a new surfing paddle product to be manufactured here in Scotland.
This mould will make ONE left and ONE right handed paddle.
We have machined this from an aluminium mould plate on the Haas VF2 SS.
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The summer has been a balancing act of holidays, design work, producing lots of one off parts for our regular clients and also working on a new project - a surfing paddle mould (more to come on this later).
The Protoshape toolroom has been really busy, with all three of our Haas machines working away on various projects. These small parts - produced over the past two weeks - were all made on our Super Mini Mills, leaving the Haas VF2 free for all our mould making.
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