Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Reverse Engineering and Mechanical Design

Reverse engineering is the process of discovering the technological principles of a device, object, or system through analysis of its structure, function, and operation.

As computer-aided design (CAD) has become more popular, reverse engineering has become a viable method to create a 3D virtual model of an existing physical part for use in 3D CAD. The reverse-engineering process involves measuring an object and then reconstructing it as a 3D model. 

Reverse engineering is also used by businesses to bring existing physical geometry into digital product development environments, to make a digital 3D record of their own products. It is used to analyse, for instance, how a product works, what it does, and what components it consists of, estimate costs, and identify potential patent infringement, etc.

Value engineering is a related activity also used by businesses. It involves de-constructing and analysing products, but the objective is to find opportunities for cost cutting.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

This tool chest was produced by using SolidWorks and it is a true digital representation of the actual model, including its intricate lock mechanism and other features.

Detailed shop drawings and files were created for manufacturing and for patent purposes.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Air to Oil Powered Three Platen Press

Air to Oil Powered Three Platen Press product line is the most versatile of all the portable and modular presses offered by VorToolIt is well suited for steel rule die tooling, or to process e.g. aluminum extrusions, using multiple stations. 

This combination press / four post tool also called the "Three Platen Press" is accessible from all four sides. Multiple work stations can be mounted inside or around the perimeter of the press to utilize maximum usability while lowering the tooling cost per station at the same time.

• A wide selection of sizes available from a miniature of 4" x 6" inner work area to 36" x 36" or larger custom specified dimensions and anything between.

 Tooling could be mounted directly to the detachable transfer plates.

 The four post precision guide system ensures superior tooling alignment for punching, piercing, notching, blanking or forming.

 The power source could be as small as a 200 lbs capacity compact air cylinder for the smallest model, or it can be as powerful as your application needs it to be, using hydraulic power for up to 80 tons.

 The unit can be directly mounted on a bench top, or shipped with a dedicated stand. The stand could be anchored to the floor or have lockable casters for even grater mobility.

 The operator control is also fully customizable from our standard two push button system with anti tie down module* to a foot pedal, a pedestal style, or a non contact finger sensor system.

 As part of the custom options, when the part(s) are nested and are in the correct position, the press can be activated automatically. There may be a selectable PLC controlled operating system to cover all variations of your process.

 Safety devices are available from simple physical guards to light curtains to keep the operator(s) safe and meet any government or company standard.

 The material that is used for the press' components could be steel, aluminum or stainless steel, whether the press is used in a general factory environment, in a medical facility or in the food industry.

*Anti tie down module: It is a safety device that controls how the two push buttons function. The buttons must be pressed at the same time within few milliseconds. If one button pressed only or one button pushed after the other, the system will not activate. The operator’s both hands are occupied while the press is being activated and is in motion.

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