Buckeye Shapeform Customers Like the Ability to Customize; Company Allows Customer to Download 3-D CAD Designs for Modifications

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Buckeye Shapeform, a Columbus, Ohio, enclosure manufacturer, has begun to offer customers the online capability to customize standard enclosure designs. The numbers are showing that customers like the option, which also speeds up the process of getting a product to market.

Sixty percent of our enclosures are modified or customized to the end users’ specifications.

Gone are the days when enclosure manufacturers offered a one-size-fits-all enclosure. Since Buckeye Shapeform began to offer customers online capability to customize standard enclosure designs, the numbers are showing that customers like it and that it also speeds up the process of getting a product to market.

Buckeye Shapeform, the Columbus, Ohio-based enclosure manufacturer, added a CAD function to its website, which includes a catalog of thousands of enclosures that the company can produce for its customers. Now that it has been in place for about a year, the data shows that customers like the ability to take the CAD design, download it, customize it and send it back to Buckeye Shapeform for manufacturing. In the past eight months alone, customers have downloaded 500 designs, said Ken Tumblison, president of Buckeye Shapeform.

Most enclosure manufacturers offer a large number of standard cases that come in a variety of sizes, materials, styles and configurations. Few offer the customization that Buckeye Shapeform offers, and Tumblison said he’s not aware of any who offer customers the capability to download 3-D designs and customize the design themselves.

“Sixty percent of our enclosures are modified or customized to the end users’ specifications,” Tumblison said. “Adding the CAD function to our website places in our customers hands a standard model, which they can view from our website or download and then modify. It puts the customer one step closer to getting the exact dimensions that they want.”

What Buckeye Shapeform has seen time and again with various clients is that the three-dimensional CAD designs also result in a quicker turnaround of quotes.

Parker Hannifin’s Hydraulic Pump Division recently used the CAD function after contacting Buckeye Shapeform because the company wanted to improve its current enclosure. Buckeye Shapeform suggested that the client use the standard Xpand-A custom aluminum enclosure because of its rigidness and versatility in size. After sending Parker Hannifin a sample enclosure, which the customer liked, Buckeye Shapeform suggested that they download the three-dimensional CAD model from the Buckeye Shapeform website in order to modify it. The customer did that, emailed the customized drawings and requested a quote.

“With the customer’s drawings that Parker made via the 3-D CAD model from Buckeye’s website, we were able to quote the enclosure with a quick quote turnaround,” said Tumblison. "Parker Hannifan is now moving forward with the project and is updating the drawings with all of their technology assembled inside the enclosure.”

“By allowing customers to download CAD designs and customize them, we are giving end users access to the flexibility of our designs,” Tumblison said. “We see that as a good thing.”

About Buckeye Shapeform
Founded in 1902, Buckeye Shapeform includes Buckeye Enclosures, Buckeye Novelty Cans, Buckeye Knobs and Buckeye Deep Drawn Technology. Buckeye Enclosures offers a complete line of off-the-shelf instrumentation enclosures as well as services for modifying standard enclosures and creating completely customized solutions in either metal or plastic material that’s widely used in the military, medical, audio/visual, and telecommunications industries. For more information, please visit http://www.buckeyeshapeform.com.


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