We were contacted late in 2014 to assist with the rapid development of a radio mount, used in the dashboard of all-terrain vehicles. The vehicle had been modified prior which resulted in the existing mount no longer fitting, forcing the radio to be mounted onto a sheet of metal. This is very undesirable in hot conditions, so a plastic one was requested. Due to the relatively short production run and the client using the part on a non-critical component, for this job to proceed we had to do it quickly and affordable. Thanks to personal 3D printing, we catered to their needs perfectly. As the part was used within a car, we used ABS plastic for its UV stability and temperature resistance.
With a series of early concept revisions provided in under 24 hours from order to pick-up the next day, we iterated rapidly to the final design. This design was then turned to our associate who specialises in traditional plastics manufacturing with injection molding and vacuum casting to provide the final design. A process that would normally take many months and thousands of dollars was cut down to a little over 7 weeks at a fraction of the cost.