Wellingborough, UK -- Product development engineers can now get even faster prototyping from UK group Foam Techniques Ltd, following the technical foam converter's investment in a new flash cutter.
Foam Techniques says this die-less cutter, with oscillating knife for rapid, high-precision cutting, allows it to turn around prototypes and short pre-production runs very quickly for clients in the manufacturing sector.
These customers no longer have to make upfront investment in traditional hard tooling which may need several modifications, the company adds.
When exact requirement has been defined and longer production runs are necessary, the most cost-effective production method can be determined. Also, the new cutter has advanced nesting software to maximise yields and reduce expensive material waste.
According to Steve Thomas, operations director at Foam Techniques: "This new investment has already helped us to win some business from a prestigious Chinese genset manufacturer."
Thomas adds: "Technical foam requirements tend to be identified late in the product development cycle so are often urgent. The new Flash Cutter enables us to produce prototypes direct from our clients' DXF (AutoCAD) files so we can turn them around very quickly.
"Foam Techniques has a reputation as a very responsive company due to our dedication to customer service and the wide range of foam products that we hold in stock. This latest investment will help us to offer greater flexibility and build on that reputation."
Foam Techniques operates from a purpose-built 40 000 sq.ft (3716 sq.m) factory in Northamptonshire, as well as a 30 000 sq.ft facility in Mumbai, India. It employs 52 people, in a highly trained team of foam experts. It claims to be a leading supplier of technical foam and rubber solutions, offering a range of foam for uses in acoustics, filtration, sealing, packaging and more