New Plastics Fabrication Technology Offers a Great Value Over Traditional Plastic Manufacturing Processes Students Find

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NMR Technology (No Molds Required) is a technology Envision Plastics and Design uses to manufacture custom plastic panels, plastic electronic enclosures, displays and other plastic parts with no tooling or molds. NMR fits lower volume production needs which are the same volume levels as precision sheet metal fabricators typically are.

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I never realized that this was an option! What a better way to make an enclosure!

Since Envision Plastics opened their doors in 2001, they have given many tours and seminars to local engineering groups and schools such as: Globe College, SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), and White Bear Lake High School. Students and Engineers eager to learn “what’s new” find Envision’s No Molds Required Technology very exciting and worthwhile to explore. “I never realized that this was an option. What a better way to make an enclosure,” said one veteran SME member. These comments are typical responses to the value of NMR. “The typical taught model of plastic product engineering revolves around straight fabrication or molds. When students or engineers find out they can have both –without the expense or lead time of a mold, they are ecstatic,” says Brian DuFresne, Sales and Marketing Manager at Envision Plastics.

In fact, part of Envision’s marketing plan was to work with Colleges and Technical Institutions to educate the professors themselves about the new technology so it could be included in the curriculum taught during engineering specific courses. “NMR should really be taught along side injection molding, thermoforming, and general fabrication – whether it’s sheet metal or plastic,” says DuFresne. To a certain extent, this has worked. Class instructors at Globe University have sent classes on an annual basis for tours of Envision’s facility since 2010. They get to see up close how Envision Plastics fabricates custom electronic enclosures for medical device firms, industrial control manufactures, and even hi-tech companies like Intel, Texas Instruments, and AMD – many of which will be hiring these students from their respective programs. “It really completes the cycle,” says DuFresne. “We invest in showing them the value of NMR, they apply it at their future place of employment, and we gain new customers and projects for many years to come.”

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