H. Mercer was approached by a supplier for the
automotive industry to help develop a process to
improve the overall efficiency and quality of
automotive supplier wanted to improve all aspect of
the prototyping process from concept to finished
working prototype. H. H. Mercer listened to
the customer and worked with the customer to
formulate a comprehensive package to improve their
prototype program from start to finish.
H. H. Mercer became involved many times the customer
was machining prototypes from solid billet material
or modifying existing products to product working
prototypes. This was ok with the exception
that all most all of the products supplied by this
customer start with castings in production.
H. Mercer suggested that the customer explore the
possibility of adding solid modeling capabilities to
their design facility in an effort to create solid
model at the same time they designed the 2D
H. H. Mercer took the customer to meet with rapid
prototyping services bureaus that could take the
solid models and make STREOLITHOGRAPHY solid models
which would be used to pour prototype castings.
prototype castings more closely resembled how a
product would be delivered to the end user as it
would be manufactured in production.
use of CAD/CAM allowed the flexibility to make
design changes on the fly with far less money spent
the end the automotive supplier refined their
prototyping process to make more accurate prototypes
and models, cheaper, faster and on demand.
H. Mercer still performs the machining operations on
the prototypes but we have passed the cost savings
on to the customer because they no longer have to
spend the money on machine time to create a
prototype out of solid material.
customer is happier, they receive better looking
parts cheaper and the end user (the Automobile
Manufactures) are happier as the prototypes can be
delivered faster and with more accurate detail and appearance
of the actual product as it would be delivered when
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