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A revolutionary 3D-modelling and tooling technology was developed by an Austrian SME. This technology is used to produce models from polyurethanes in a close contour casting process.
By providing close contour casts, the company’s customers save up to 30% in labor costs and up to 40% in material costs. In order to reach new markets, the company would like to establish commercial agency and / or distribution services agreements. An acquisition agreement is also considered.
The Austrian SME is active in the area of near net shape moulds.
In the fields of aerospace, automotive and engineering, big blocks from polyurethane or epoxy resins are used for 3D-modelling or tooling. It is state of the art to produce these blocks from standardized plates, which are glued together and milled to the final contour. This method leads to a whole list of disadvantages:
- By glueing standardized plates, only a very rough approximation of the desired model is possible.
- Due to this fact, the milling itself is time consuming.
- Additionally much more non-recyclable material than necessary is wasted.
- Natural gaps appear in the glued areas, thus reducing the optical and mechanical properties of the product.
- Within these gaps air bubbles or shrink holes can appear, leading to even more problems.
Alternative technologies like injection molding or 3D-printing cannot be used for block production based on their lack in flexibility or their inability to produce bigger parts respectively.
These problems generated the motivation to develop a completely new approach to produce blocks primarily from polyurethanes but also from epoxy resins. A casting process using an adjustable mold can manufacture blocks with a contour quite close to the final structure rather than just roughly approaching it like in the plate glueing process.
Usually the density and the shore-d hardness are the most important material features for customers. In general all material data can be freely adjusted within the physical limits. The lowest density is 0.7 g/cm³ with a shore-d hardness of 66, the highest density is 1.8 g/cm³, which leads to a shore-d value of 86. Other material properties have as well been evaluated and are available on material data sheets.
The company would like to expand the business by forming distribution service agreements or commercial agency agreements with partners who have a strong knowledge in and understanding of the manufacturing industry dealing with polyurethane (plates). The company is therefore looking for customers, customer-oriented distribution partners and sales agents worldwide. The potential partner's role would be to promote and to distribute the product on the local markets abroad. Furthermore, an acquisition agreement is also considered.
The fully automated procedure leads to significant savings for the customers. 30% labor costs, 40% material costs, and therefore approximately 35% of total costs can be saved.
Another advantage of the custom shaped block are the superior material properties compared to blocks produced with state of the art technologies. The casting technology leads to a uniform structure, a homogenous material, and therefore best optical and mechanical qualities. In the casting process not even a foam but a compact material is produced, which means wet milling and direct tool manufacturing is possible.
Additionally a lot of time can be saved in the whole process chain. A gluing plan is unnecessary now, as is gluing itself. By approaching the contour very closely, less material needs to be milled, leading to reduced milling times. The milling can even be done without supervision, since the contour is already known before and quality control ensures a maximum tolerance of 5 mm at any given position on the block.
Last but not least the process is a huge step forward in trying to build greener factories. The materials needed are non-recyclable, which means the 40% reduction in required material are equal to 40% waste reduction.
Patent: EU, USA, China
The type of partner sought: customers, customer-oriented distribution partners and sales agents worldwide with excellent knowledge of their regional markets.
The activity of partner sought: distributors and agents in the manufacturing sector involving polyurethane (plates) e.g. aerospace, automotive, design, architecture, shipbuilding, tooling and 3D-modelling, who could sell its technology to end users or customers who are using this technology and give feedback for further development and optimization of the product. The partner shall be aware of the benefits of the product to be able to handle all inquiries of the future consumers. The partner will be responsible for the whole market expansion such as marketing, distribution, logistics.
Other requirements or specifiction: knowledge and understanding of the polyurethane (plates) technology.
Partners who are interested in long term and successful mutual co-operation.
Requested collaboration is distribution services agreement and commercial agency agreement. An acquisition agreement is also considered.