New Custom Electronic Enclosures with No Tooling Required - Envision Plastics Experts Announces It's Possible with NMR Technology

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The No Molds Required Technology allows for the custom fabrication of plastic electronic enclosures, panels, and other plastic parts without the need for expensive molds.

This manufacturing process ultimately creates great value with new product development in both the cost and lead time elements of a design plan.

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On a weekly basis, customers of Envision Plastics are adding value to their product lines utilizing a relatively new or unheard of manufacturing technology called NMR (No Molds Required). NMR is allowing these firms to design and manufacture custom plastic electronic enclosures without the need for molds in a span of a couple weeks, rather than a couple months like with newly developed injection molded or thermoformed parts. This manufacturing process ultimately creates great value with new product development in both the cost and lead time elements of a design plan.

Most of the applications for NMR are based around the product development at Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the medical, communications, and industrial controls fields. The volume of plastic enclosures made per year fit these industries well as the sweet spot for NMR falls between 10 – 8,000 parts annually. They range in complexity from simple two piece snap together enclosures housing single PCBs, to machine display bezels the protect and “dress up” LCD panels and touch screens. Notable current users of NMR Technology include Intel, Ingersoll-Rand, 3M, St. Jude Medical, and ThyssenKrupp.

The integration of NMR Technology into a company’s product line is not a difficult process. Since NMR is not molding, the technology does have some limitations. Product developers need to understand some ins-and-outs of the design criteria, but it’s not rocket science. Once it is understood, it is quite simple to draw in Solidworks or other CAD software and send to Envision Plastics for quick evaluation and quotation.

Envision Plastics and Design is based in White Bear Lake, MN but serves customers all over the United States, Canada, and most recently Australia. Since 2001, Envision has grown most every year by double digit percentages with respect to revenue. Customers are added weekly – each one requiring something different than the previous customer. Within the job shop environment, Envision thrives on using NMR Technology to solve customer’s problems by helping to create custom plastic enclosures for their specific applications.

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