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We work alongside those who produce or use polymer-based devices and components

Although the company was created to provide independent advice on thermoplastic polymers (plastics, thermoplastic elastomers) and on thermoset polymers (resins, glues, thermosetting elastomers or rubbers) within the biomedical sector, the rigour and creativity of our approach has been recognized and appreciated by important customers in the automotive, industrial components and home appliances sectors, because we produce effective and measurable results.
Our expertise also extends to innovative materials, super polymers and technopolymers, which give products the characteristics of reliability, compatibility and robustness, all paramount not only in the biomedical sector but also in other industries.
We support our customers at every stage of creating a new model, from design to production, or for just one phase of the production process, including preparing supporting documents for patent protection.
Ideas and design

Starting a new project and transforming an idea into an innovative product is a task requiring extraordinary creativity and rigour, and involves opportunities and risks. We work by your side providing “basic” consultancy to support decisions, or with a co-design and technology transfer workgroup, which assists the company’s R&D programme.

Aesthetics and geometry

Industrial design aims to give a product beauty and functionality, both of which require meticulous effort in terms of engineering and industrialization. We provide our customers with a team who is skilled in industrial design and the mechanical engineering of materials in order to define products with impeccable aesthetics and geometry.

Material selection and structural analysis

When Autodesk computes a three-dimensional (3D) model of an imagined component or device, a designer’s creativity has not yet faced the hardest tests of product industrialization. We can also help in this phase by suggesting which materials (polymers, super polymers and technopolymers) best meet cost and performance constraints by means of structural simulation (FEM).

Simulating the moulding process

To minimise inconsistencies in the moulding process and residual stresses in the moulded item, it is essential to undergo simulations that can check the process parameters, the material injection points and the shape of the polymer chains. In this phase we bring to the table our know-how and innovative protocols, based on our academic research.

Prototype evaluation

Before starting a product line, it is essential to verify that a prototype meets the design specifications in order to avoid reliability and costly problems. We take care of this delicate phase of pre-production review. If necessary, we develop additional manufacturing models (rapid 3D prototyping) and provide prototype improvements.

All the way to production

Starting the production of a new product is the crowning moment of a complex process, which transforms an idea into an industrial component or device. We support our customers also in this phase, by verifying the parameters of the moulding process and by quickly intervening if anomalies appear that require corrections.

We help companies making more reliable products at lower costs

It is always possible that even the best designed components have hidden defects, which may pass experimental tests but manifest themselves in peculiar and extreme operating conditions. In other cases, perfect devices need to be lightened, to improve comfort and handling, or produced at lower costs to safeguard operating margins and competitiveness.

In all these cases we help companies with our skills, through a reverse-engineering process. We start from the product which must be improved, or from the broken or defective component, and we process the critical issues resolving them backwards.

We characterise the polymers used under dynamic, thermal, mechanical and rheological profiles with the help of the Materials Science and Technology laboratories of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Brescia. We study the design of a component, the geometry of the moulds and the parameters of the moulding process to propose and double-check appropriate solutions.

We achieve these results with the help of the most advanced software, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, for 3D design, structural simulation (FEM) and mould filling, in all of which we intervene by adding our know-how and innovative protocols from academic research.

We are specialised in: biomedical, cycle time improvement and metal-replacement

As a material engineering company specialising in research and development for polymers, we provide independent consultancy on rigid thermoplastics (plastics), thermoplastic elastomers and thermosets (resins, glues, rubbers) with a particular vocation in the biomedical sector. We are currently developing or have already developed five innovative projects, including automatic biopsy devices, and an intragastric balloon that makes surgical procedures faster and less invasive.

In the field of industrial and anti-vibration rubber seals, we have developed an innovative protocol, Rimsoft, designed to optimise the cycles of the injection moulding process in rubber items. Starting from the chemical-physical characteristics that are required in the final product, we can establish optimal parameters of the moulding process according to the geometry of the item and the material used. In real production settings, we achieved significant reductions in cycle times, in many cases exceeding 50 percent, and processing cost savings with equal quality.

We also use another innovative protocol, Atlas, for the integrated structural simulation of technopolymer components reinforced with fibre glass. In order to reduce costs, improve production, minimise defects and make devices lighter, composite materials are prime candidates to replace metal (metal-replacement) in many applications. With Atlas and our experience as researchers in the mechanical engineering of materials, our customers get the precise dimensions of technopolymer components, resulting in more accurate process parameters and geometry. In terms of residual stresses on the materials, which depend on the production process and can be foreseen in the design phase, we add additional stresses, with loads and restraints that simulate the operating environment.

All the information given to us by our clients is kept strictly confidential

We know how important it is to have reliable partners in applied research, counterparts with whom it is easy to collaborate with the certainty of open and confidential dialogue. For this we are happy to sign preliminary confidentiality agreements (NDA), if required by the nature of the task or the customer. Moreover, from business deals to a project’s perfect end, each client is followed by one of our senior engineers: an experienced partner, who fluently speaks the language of business.

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