IDE staff have a broad range of experience. Below are some of the areas of expertise.
Our staff have years of experience in electronic packaging of commercial and consumer products. We can design custom parts and package off-the-shelf components to create the entire product.
An example is an external enclosure (plastic or sheet metal) and internal components, including printed circuit boards, power supply, human interface display, and input/output devices. CAD capabilities include cable routing and thermal analysis to ensure heat sinks and other components are within design limits.
Using our expertise in designing injection molded housings and packaging we have provided clients with innovative solutions (patents awarded) for medical devices including:
- Dry powder inhaler
- Manual aspirator
- Mobile blood pressure monitor
We have experience in designing and testing precision mechanisms such as high-speed printers and paper handling devices. These mechanisms are designed and manufactured to tight tolerances to ensure precision movement.
Plastic Injection Molding Part Design
IDE uses Pro/Engineer (Creo) to design parts that range from the simple to the more complex organic shapes using advanced CAD modeling techniques. Designs are developed to facilitate injection molding and to minimize process problems such as sink marks and weld lines. Prototypes can be built directly from the CAD database using stereolithography (SLA), fused deposition modeling (FDM), or other techniques.
Mechanical Packaging Design
IDE staff have experience in designing product enclosures, equipment racks, and other general product packaging. These designs are usually sheet metal and may include welded frames or incorporate standard industrial equipment rack mounts.
We have developed test programs to ensure that products are packaged safely for shipping. The test program consists of static drop tests and dynamic vibration tests to simulate the shocks a product encounters during transportation from your manufacturing site to your customer’s destination.
The design of a part is dependent upon the manufacturing process that will be used to produce the part. We have experience with sheet metal, stamping, machining, casting, and injection molding to name a few. Knowledge of how the part will be produced is critical in ensuring the part will meet cost targets and function reliably.