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A few words from Tim...

Firstly, huge thanks to everyone who has signed up to say they would like to receive our monthly newsletters.

We have been overwhelmed and, as the client is always right(!) we are pleased to announce we will be continuing!

Tim Plunkett

And so, this month we take it back to basics and most people's starting point - the prototype... Get this right and your project is off to a flying start, however be warned, it's not always as easy as it sounds! 

Remember we are seasoned veteran's at this and are here to help and advise, so if you are at the early stages of your project, why not give us a call, get a plan in place and your project on track.

We call it our 'peace of mind and sleep well service'...

Plunkett Associates
Choosing your prototype

The Decision Tree....

How to choose the best process for your Prototype when there are so many options?

New project, CAD data sorted, need a prototype…… aaargh too many options and don’t know which way to turn?!

Prototyping, 3D printing, additive manufacture, whatever we choose to call it now offers a wide variety of options and importantly capabilities. Which one is ‘best’ depends on what you are trying to achieve.

So step one, define and prioritise your goals. These should include delivery, cost, quantity, accuracy, surface finish, and material for starters. Now given this to work with, we can start to narrow down the options.

Open Tracking electronic enclosures

Aluminium Fast Track Tooling is a great Solution for Low Volume production parts

Open Tracking is a supplier of live tracking devices for endurance events, providing safety and participant management. 

Requirement:  an improved solution for an enclosure to house their electronic assembly, with a requirement to provide additional functionality from the production part.

They had been using a 3D printing process up until this point but weren’t happy with the appearance of the trackers after use and the limited functionality, as the tracker could not be used in wet and challenging conditions.

Solution: Aluminium fast track tooling and injection moulding

Result:  From initial enquiry to production - high performance electronic enclosures delivered in just 8 weeks!

3D Printed bicycle tyres

Puncture proof bicycle tyres - 3D Printed of course!

We reported some time back on Michelin’s proposed 3D printed airless tyres, well they’re not the only ones who have been looking into 3D printing tyres...

BigRep have been road testing their new 3D printed flexible bicycle tyres in Berlin in Germany recently.

This latest tyre is the work of designer Marco Mattia Cristofori, and according to BigRep, the prototype tyre is primarily intended to showcase the potential of their new new Pro Flex filament.


GDPR and your data, we're making it clear

Plunkett Associates has always taken great care regarding customer data and we are aware of our obligations to protect personal data according to the new General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on May 25th 2018.

As part of this we want to be transparent with:
• what personal data we store
• why we store it
• who has access to it
• how long it is stored for


If you have a project in mind, or would like more information, contact us and we will be pleased to help.

01452 386608