For more than 20 years, AAV Plastics has been designing and manufacturing injection moulded parts. We make a range of parts components forming part of a wider assembly to products where we have designed, tooled and manufacture a complete product working with the customer or to meet a product need in the wider marketplace.
We pride ourselves in bringing together the user requirements, the possibilities of toolmaking technologies and the requirements of the moulding and assembly processes to give you cost effective and efficient parts which will save you money in purchase and your assembly and finishing operations.
To do this we work very closely with our customers, and we need you to be open about what it is you are aiming for – only that way can we have a clear understanding of your requirements, and how they might be achieved.
You might have a rough sketch or a complete solid model of what you are looking for. In either case we are happy to quote- obviously the clearer the specification the closer we will define our price.
We draw in Vero visi-CAD software, which allows seamless interchange between the design and tool making process. We use Visi-CAD for generating toolmaking data for machining using our CNC machines for toolmaking. We can import data from most other current CAD systems (.stp or x_t files are preferred- which can be exported from Solid works and Creo. This partnership design process can be done remotely, howver we recommend that you come to Bridport to see and understand our process, but the we need to visiti you to understand fully your product, process and markets. This way lies the best marriage of your requirements with the capabilites and limitations of the toolmaking and moulding whilst you still have control over the final product.
We can also import .dxf and .dwg files from most PCB software so as to accommodate your component layouts and ensure correct positioning and clearance.
We can supply rapid prototypes using a number of different systems, SLA (Steroelithography), SLS- (Selective Laser Sintering) FDM (Fused Depostion Modelling), and Vacuum Casting, as well as machined plastic parts. We have experience of all of these, and understansd their relative merits- so we cna recommend the best way to go.
Being intimately involved with the design process also means that we are able to make tools with the quality you need where it matters i.e. controlling tightly those aspects of the finished part which need to be controlled, without incurring unneccessary costs controlling “quality” which is not important for your product, its function or appearance. We use Visi-CAD for generating toolmaking data for machining using our CNC machines for toolmaking. We will not design a part without knowing how we will produce it in detail. This way we can recommend design and functional aspects which are cost effective and achievable both for toolmaking and production.