Yes, we can. There are two options available to you. Firstly, wire erosion (otherwise known as electrical discharge machining (EDM) or spark machining), in which electrical sparks are used to cut the work piece. Alternatively, we offer a 3D printing service. Our technical and design team will be able to advise you which process is most effective for your project.

Yes. Our design and technical department has invested in the latest computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM) programming systems. This – coupled with other equipment such as our coordinate measuring machine –  enables us to create prototype aluminium extrusions from technical drawings, sketches, and numerical data.

Our computer-integrated manufacturing enables us to create prototypes for even the most demanding geometries. However, the accuracy of our prototypes will of course always be better, the more information we get from you. Our technical team can advise you on taking a product from concept to creation – please contact us for more advice.

Our customer for this project is a global leader in remote working and conference communication technologies. They set up collaborative work environments for major brands, enabling staff at these companies to link up in real time with colleagues and clients across the world.

We were tasked with helping to design and create an attractive framework to surround our customer’s state-of-the-art technology. They’d already had one surround profile created, but it was angular, unappealing, and hardly the best advert for their slick conferencing set-ups.

The initial design suggested by our customer wasn’t extrudable, so we worked with them to design and prototype a profile that would work. Once the extensive testing stages were out of the way, we delivered a turnkey extrusion solution to the customer, supplying and machining the extruded profiles, and providing a bespoke powder coating finish.

The detailed version

When this customer got in touch with us via our website, it was with a simple enough request: to create a prototype for an attractive, extruded aluminium surround for their remote conferencing technology.

But, once we’d spoken with the customer in more detail, it was clear there was a lot more we could do to make their project a success.

During the prototyping stages, it became obvious that the design the customer was looking for wasn’t going to be easily extrudable. Given that the customer’s ultimate goal was to secure 2% of the global market for their industry, our challenge was to help them design a profile that was relatively cheap to manufacture but visually appealing enough to communicate the brand’s value.

Our design support team worked with the customer to achieve a design that was extrudable, offering additional assistance with the required corner mouldings and aluminium bending. The result was a perfected prototype that could be put into production.

During a tour of our facilities, the customer was impressed by our dedicated aluminium powder coating centre, where we’re able to offer 200 stock finishes, as well as a range of bespoke colours - ideal for matching to our customers’ exact specifications.

The outcome

We’re continuing to work with this customer. The design is complete and finalised, and the product has been put to market. Sales are starting to increase, and the customer’s on their way to securing a large market share, which will mean tens of thousands of units needed.

Our initial design support has enabled the customer to make significant savings on expensive aluminium tooling costs, and has created a product that is both functional and aesthetically on point.

Yes, we have an aluminium extrusion 3D printer here at Edmo. We use our 3D printer to create prototypes of extruded aluminium components and extrusion dies, working from CAD drawings for precise results. Using an aluminium extrusion 3D printer means we’re able to fashion quick and cost-effective samples of your product, giving you something to examine and, if necessary, take away and show to your colleagues. Customers often find that having a 3D model enables them to visualise their design more easily, helping to iron out mistakes or imperfections before production begins.

As a complete aluminium extrusion solution supplier, we’re proud to be able to manage our customers’ projects right the way from design to delivery. In the early stages of your project, we can produce 3D samples in-house, helping you to proof the new designs effectively and work with us to make any adjustments before production begins. In addition, we can provide aluminium extrusion samples for dimensional purposes, or full production samples. The cost for this is a set-fee, dependent on the quantities and lengths needed.

Yes, to an extent. We can produce small 3D printed samples very quickly, enabling you to proof your design effectively before production begins.  We can also have samples wire eroded in a relatively short timeframe by one of our trusted partners.  The final option available to our customers is to have a custom extrusion die cut, and samples pulled from the new extrusion. If you’d like to know more about the prototyping options available for your project, please contact us – a member of our technical team will be happy to let you know what we can do for you.

A: We can supply rapid prototype samples in ABS and also wire cut samples on request. As part of the extrusion process we can also offer a sample for fit and function purposes.

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