2. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Plastic Injection Moulding Design
Forme Technologies has more than 20 years of experience in product development, allowing us to support organisations undertaking even the most demanding projects. Our dedication to quality has seen us recognised as an industry leader and ensures that your product is always manufactured to the best quality.
The plastic product design process
Once a viable idea has been determined, early-stage engineering, design and design for manufacture (DFM) activities are undertaken to develop the part.
At this stage, the product will be modelled in 3D, potential material categories chosen and any required interfaces with other devices or materials are established.
Finite element analysis (FEA) is undertaken if necessary and any relevant standards or other credentials are applied to the design. Our preferred design platform is Solidworks, within which we can do early stage mechanical and flow FEA. Specialised or complex FEA activities are sub-contracted.
How can Forme Technologies assist with the prototyping of my product?
Forme Technologies has extensive experience in the design and development of products for a wide range of industries, including medical, defence and consumer electronics. Leveraging our considerable expertise allows you to potentially realise significant cost savings while achieving a faster time-to-market.
Additionally, we have an in-depth knowledge of environmental requirements such as recyclability, flammability, and UV sensitivity, ensuring that your product meets or exceeds or all required environmental regulations.
What type of materials do you work with?
Most products we develop require a high level of engineering input, which means we specify the best engineering materials available. We work with commodity plastics and exotically engineered materials. Some materials are unique to us in Australia. We regularly use and specify materials that are either UL compliant or conform to the ISO 10993 certification for medical and food applications.
The materials we use include:
PI – polyimide
PEI – polyetherimide
PEEK – polyetheretherketone
PSU – polysulphone
PC – polycarbonate
PPO – polyphenyleneoxide
PET-G – polyethylene terephalate (glycol modified)
PMMA – polymethylmethacrylate (acrylic)
POM – polyoxymethylene (acetal)
ABS – acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
PC-ABS – polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
PP – polypropylene
PE – polyethylene
What kind of products have you developed previously?
You can see some of the products we’ve developed in our Portfolio section of our website. If you’d like to see more than what we have featured there, then please get in touch and we can organise this for you.
What is 'art to part'?
This refers to the process we undertake to develop your product from an idea or concept right through to manufacturing and delivery. At the heart of this process, is an ethos of achieving the highest standard and providing exceptional customer service at every stage of the project.
What is the initial cost with product development?
Each product is tailored to your unique requirements. The initial cost of product development can be determined once the product concept is defined and the raw materials are confirmed.
What are the tooling capabilities of Forme Technologies?
Prototype tooling is conducted in house, but should you choose to move from prototyping to full-scale production with us, large scale tooling will be required. This process is conducted through one of our partner organisations in South Korea, China or Portugal.
What are the expected turn-around times for a new prototype?
As each project undertaken by Forme Technologies is unique, delivery times will vary depending on design, material availability and other factors. Choosing to work with our team ensures that external factors have minimal effect on the delivery of your product. Strong relationships with our suppliers and a deep knowledge of technical aspects of our job allow us to accurately forecast delivery times. Speak to our team to learn more.