"First off, I would like to say that it is a pleasure to work with you and Bill of the Titoma organization. You are prime examples of what it takes to make a company a world class end to end manufacturing organization that meets or exceeds needs of its customers. Hats off to you and your owners!"
- Russell Huffman, New Tech Alarms
"I am honored to testify as a satisfied customer. I'm very happy with the work you did during the manufacturing phase, and especially grateful for the attention you gave me during the whole process."
- Edgar Orozco, AVICORVI SA
"We decided to work with Titoma because of their reputation and competitive price. We saved up to 100% higher on NRE (Non Recurring Expenses, i.e. design and molds) and 50% on parts. They delivered full turnkey development with impressive professionalism and quality. We have further products lined up for the coming year, and we will look forward to working with Titoma again."
- Michael Jones, Nigami Enterprises
"I recommend Titoma as an excellent partner for die-casted and injection molded parts. During the whole process we had very fast communication, and Titoma offered many useful suggestions on how to improve our mechanical design to avoid problems. The resulting parts were beautiful with a nice finish, and they managed to achieve the tight tolerances we required."
- Jacek Rydzewski, Grupa Techniczna
"We used to buy our custom made keyboards directly from a factory in Taiwan. Unfortunately, working with them turned out to be a major headache--endless shipping delays, which cost us a lot of customers. Two years ago, we asked Titoma to select and manage a new factory. Having a team on the ground that really understands quality and is able to make decisions on the spot saved us a lot of time and hassle."
- Henk Smit, BNC Distribution
Rapid Prototyping in China
Rapid prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects
printers, stereolithography machines, selective laser sintering systems,
and other techniques, including:
Fused deposition modeling
Laser engineered Net Shaping
Laminated object prototyping
Thermal phase change inkjet and
Photopolymer phase change inkjet
Traditionally these techniques have been
used to produce models (prototypes). Nowadays, they are increasingly employed to
produce tools or
even to manufacture production quality parts in small numbers.
Selection of Techniques:
1. Rapid Tooling
- building an injection mold tool out of aluminum instead of steel and
making moldings from production materials
+ Produces production quality parts
+ Tools are good for (approx) 10,000 parts
+ The piece part price is very cheap
- Tools are more expensive to produce and take longer to make
2. CNC Machining of all components - use of Computer Numerical Control to control a milling robot
+ Fast time to make one component
+ Very low setup cost
- Limited range of materials (because of ease of machining and distortion
- Components will usually be made from several section bonded together
- High piece cost
3. Silicon Mold
- CNC Machining of one component, and then copying that part using a cheap
mould made of silicon rubber, which can make up to 16 components
- Limited range of materials can be molded in silicone (usually epoxy based)
- Parts do not have the same strength and flexibility as molded parts, snaps
fitting may break for example, and the part would break in a drop test (meaning
drop of table height ~ 1.20m)
4. SLS or SLA rapid prototyping - Stereo Lithography: a laser hardens liquid into plastic, layer by layer
+ Very fast
+ Low setup cost
- High piece cost
- Material is not waterproof
- Absorbs water so changes shape over time
- Material is not flexible (will fracture if bent)
CNC and SLS/SLA are fast for the first part (normally taking about a week)
but it then takes the same time to make each subsequent part, so for 16 parts
this takes a relatively long time, and costs a lot. For an injection mould tool,
it may take 2 or 3 weeks to make a tool, but then all parts can be molded in an
hour or so, and the parts are much cheaper.
CNC machine tools offer improved automation. The operator intervention related to producing workpieces
can be reduced or eliminated, as many CNC machines can run unattended during
their entire machining cycle, freeing the operator to do other tasks.
A second major benefit of CNC technology is consistent and accurate workpieces. Today's CNC machines boast almost unbelievable accuracy and repeatability specifications. This means that once a program is verified, two, ten, or one thousand identical workpieces can be easily produced with precision and consistency.
A third benefit is flexibility. Since these machines are run from programs, running a different workpiece is almost as easy as loading a different program. Once a program has been verified and executed for one production run, it can be easily recalled the next time the workpiece is to be run. This leads to yet another benefit, fast change-overs. Since these machines are very easy to setup and run, and since programs can be easily loaded, they allow very short setup time.
Please contact us at the Titoma Group for more information, a quick quote, or other inquiries.