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plastic molding manufacturing

GC Plastics is a plastic molding manufacturing and distributor of protection and finishing components for a wide range of industries and applications. GC Plastics operates predominantly in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil but has a global presence through distribution in Europe and Asia.  

Formed in 1968, GC Plastics employs more than 200 people in 9 locations throughout North and South America.  The company’s headquarters and primary manufacturing site are located in Erie, Pennsylvania, where significant investment in information technology, production machinery, tooling, and warehouse facilities drive ongoing improvements in customer service. Additional manufacturing operations were incorporated into existing distribution operations at the Sao Paulo, Brazil site in 2006. This site anchors the company’s presence in the region.

GC Plastic molding manufacturing company continually extends and develops its range of products.  The company’s extensive standard product range has proved a great success over the years, as more than 10,000 standard products are available from stock for same day dispatch in clusing PC injection molding, ABS molding, PMMA injection molding and more. The company’s full range of products, represented in the latest catalog, includes such product lines as

The company is committed to delivering the valuable combination of an extensive product range and unparalleled customer service and responsiveness. The company’s network of regional GC Plastics and GC Express locations was established to provide the highest levels of service through local stock holding and sales offices uniquely designed to satisfy the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed customer base. GC Plastics locations are designed to accommodate the specific needs of higher volume, specialized customers by offering a wide array of value added services. GC Express locations are designed to quickly and efficiently satisfy the needs of customers that require immediate delivery of standard products in lower volume quantities with small minimum order values.

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Plastic Mold Company

GC Plastics mold company began in 1976 with Injection Precision Controls (IPc) Corp. The company sold specialty control systems to Autojectors, PH Trueblood and Newbury Industries. Many machines manufactured by Newbury for the Standard Products Company were specified with an IPc process control.

GC Plastics was founded in 1994 by Forest A. Rose, Jr., Forest A. Rose, III, and Paul A. Rose. The company specializes in insert molding and has focused on the electrical, electronic and medical industries. Its expertise is in the design and manufacture of machinery, tooling, processing, and accessories for the injection molding process.

Forest Rose, Jr. was Chief Engineer at Newbury Industries from 1966 to 1986. He and the engineering staff developed many successful machine designs which were responsible for securing Newbury’s creditable reputation. Later, as Director of R&D, Forest Rose, Jr. conducted research on the hydraulic system and other areas. This included proportional and cartridge valving, accumulators, servo valves, conventional hydraulic valves, research of screw design, and material selection for processing advanced engineering polymers.

Forest Rose, Jr. established Injection Precision Controls in 1976. The company concentrated on modular control systems that could anticipate, then react appropriately to the molding process in order to produce consistent, uniform parts. His sons, Forest A. Rose, III, and Paul A. Rose, both graduates of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, have advanced the concept of control manufacturer for OEM’s to injection molding machine manufacturer.

LOCATION and FACILITY
15,000 sq feet in an industrial area of Cleveland near the Shaker Heights/Cleveland boundary on “old” US Route 422. Easily accessible from I-271, Chagrin Blvd. exit.

 

TYPE OF BUSINESS
Manufacturer of Injection Molding Machines and Specialty Plastic Molds, go to our home page to know more info

DUNS No. 11-158-9701

GC PLASTICS CORP
Date of Incorporation: January 14, 1994

INJECTION PRECISION CONTROLS CORP
Date of Incorporation: June 18, 1976

OFFICERS
President – Forest A. Rose, III
Secretary/Treasurer – Donna M. Rose

Prototyping Manufacturing

Our objective with the V-Flash™ desktop modeler is to enable designers, engineers, hobbyists and students to imagine, design and produce, whenever they want, whatever they want – directly at their desk.

History of excellence

Founded in 1986, we are a leading provider of rapid 3-D Printing, Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions.

Our systems and materials reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input.

These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts.

In addition to the V-Flash™ desktop modeler, we offer SLA™ systems (stereolithography), SLS™ systems (selective laser sintering), InVision™ and ProJet 3-D Modeling solutions as well as diverse materials, software and application solutions

3D Modeling- Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions

Rock Hill, South Carolina, Apr. 2, 2008 – 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a leading provider of 3D Modeling, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions, announced today that it has begun commercial shipments of its new, revolutionary V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler to North American customers.

Priced at $9,900, this highly anticipated Desktop Modeler builds three-dimensional models within hours in home or office, enabling designers, engineers, hobbyists and students to imagine, design and build their ideas at their desks.

This affordable, easy-to-use and office-friendly 3-D Printer is the first product from 3D Systems based on its new Film Transfer Imaging (FTI) technology platform. Through computer-aided design (CAD), the V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler transforms .stl (file format) designs into solid plastic models that can be used for demonstration, testing and verification the same day.

Through an intelligent, low-waste materials cartridge that also houses the wear parts of the printer, the V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler builds strong, durable prototypes with excellent surface quality and feature detail. With a build volume of up to 486 cubic inches (1234.4 cm), this 3-D printer has the capability to produce multiple models simultaneously without significant impact to the Z-height build speed. The finished model can be sanded, painted, drilled, metal-plated or glued.

“Today, we are ushering a new era of rapid design by delivering our new, economical V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler to the marketplace,” said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We believe that its accuracy, affordability and convenience makes this Desktop Modeler a truly revolutionary solution.”

Bundled with Alibre Design™ Software and other accessories, the V-Flash™ Desktop Modeler is available through 3D Systems’ North American reseller network. It is expected to be released in Europe and Asia later in 2008.

About 3D GC Mold Corporation
3DGC Mold is a leading provider of 3-D Modeling, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions. Its systems and materials reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts: Transform your products.

3D printed Stainless Steel Parts

In August, when I ordered a bunch of parts for the beard trimmer I’m working on, I also ordered a small stainless steel ring that I designed in a couple of hours. The ring was for me to check out in person the quality of Shapeways.com’s 3D printing in stainless steel. It is also intended to replace the stainless wedding band that I have been wearing. It arrived today (finally!).

I like it overall. The design was to look a little Art Deco and does so, though more in person than in the photo, I think. More importantly, my wife approves. It’s always odd to see something from my brain (or my screen) manifested in the real world.

The resolution of the printing is so-so. I am happy with it, but I am VERY glad that I did this test before I promise anyone anything printed in 3D (which, I will do, by the way, just contact me). Just know that you’re supposed to be looking at smooth surfaces when you are looking at the pictures.

The metal itself feels VERY solid and strong. I am pleased with that. I will likely do some tests on it to see how well the surface can be smoothed by secondary process (i.e. a grinder), but that will be for one offs it is works, NOT for productions runs of any sort.

Anyhow, feel free to let me know what you think.

NOTE: everyone who has seen the ring in person says that this photo does NOT do it justice.  Apparently the level of detail apparent in the photo is lower than the real deal and the texture from the process is way worse in the photo than in real life.

EDIT: 1/21/10 I have no idea why I didn’t do this sooner. If you want a copy of the ring, or a bunch of other cool 3D printed stuff available, check out Shapeways.

3D printed Stainless Steel

Alas the ring is not quite perfect. Despite the major composition being stainless steel, there is a little bronze in the ring. This has led to slight discoloration on my finger. I believe it comes about when I wash my hands and don’t remove the ring and thoroughly dry it and my finger. This is unfortunate, since I think that this is likely not normal behavior for most people. If I’m wrong, please let me know.

The implications that this has is that this process is not ready for prime time jewelry production. I personally will continue to wear the ring since I have no issues with the slight color, but customers as a whole are not so picky. I had been thinking about approaching a couple of retail outlets locally to sell small quantities, but this won’t fly. 

The other thought is perhaps it has something to do with my own body chemistry? My previous ring was stainless, but perhaps my vegan diet makes me more basic or acidic than a “normal” person and perhaps most people won’t have this happen. I will have to find more people who have experience with the 3D printed metal before I know, I guess.

3D Scanning

Ugh, what a difficult day. I spent a good part of it creating a set up for 3D scanning and feel like I got no where. But, lessons were learned.

I was working on getting the free software from DAVID to work to do basic scans. If it worked out, I was ready to start saving the $ (well, technically euros) to get the professional version of their software.  Just think, less than $600 to have something that puportedly works as well as the $3000 scanners out there. I am not saying that I won’t start saving, but I am not as inspired as I was hoping to be.

I believe my problem all came down to hardware limitations. I do NOT blame the software. First off, my laser was questionable from the get go. You need a “line laser.” I was using the Straight-line laser level that I stole (er, borrowed) from my neighbors this morning when dog-sitting. I don’ t think it is bright enough.

The second hardware issue was that I was using the webcam in my Macbook Pro. Now the camera itself is fine from a spec standpoint, but it is pointed at the user, which means that I had to set up the stage on top of my keyboard. It didn’t necessarily keep anything from working, but is sure did make it so that I ran out of patience sooner than I probably would have.

The software itself is Windows only, so I was running the Mac in Bootcamp with XP. The software ran just fine and it was relatively easy to figure out, though, admittedly, I did have to READ THE MANUAL. Terrible, I know.

So I am about to put an request for a free webcam out on Freecycle. I figure that is one of those items that people don’t use but feel like they shouldn’t throw away.

If I can come up with that, I have seen a pretty good line laser made out of a regular laser and a glass or acrylic cylinder.  I will work on constructing one. Of course, I will post results.

If I can get a rudimentary setup working, I will take a more serious look at the starter kit that they sell at the DAVID site. From the 3rd party reviews that I have read, it sounds like it is pretty good software.

3D printed iPhone cases

As I recently learned from Freedom of Creation, FreshFiber has launched a line of 3D printed iPhone cases. This touches on something that I have been working on, an iPhone “case” project that hopefully will see light of day within the next month or so.

I do have some reservations about their product, though.  While I think this is a great application for 3D printing technology, I am an iPhone user and I have been through a few different cases. The first one I had was super minimal. Since I carry the phone in one of my pants pockets and the my favorite part of the form factor was how slim it was compared to my Treo 680, I wanted a case that didn’t bulk up the profile. The one I got barely wrapped around the edges, was a single piece of plastic and was minimal as it gets. After a year of loving use (read abuse) I had to exchange my phone for a factory refurb because of some issues with the audio jack.

When I removed the cover that I had used for the last year, I discovered that because their wasn’t a perfectly tight seal between the phone and the plastic tiny particle of pocket matter had managed to get in between the phone and the case and proceeded to scratch the ever-living daylights out of the iPhone’s mirror black, oh-so-pretty finish. While the case certainly did its job against falls, it actually performed worse for scratches than a bare iPhone would have done.

Aluminum Prototype

I’ve begun to redesign classic pieces of (mid-century) modern furniture as knockdown/flat pack items. The idea is to be fully functional and life size. I will post soon about the whole goal and ideas of the Knockdown Knockoff line, but, right now, after a LONG night, I want to revel in what I consider to be a very successful prototype.

Here are preliminary, pre-touch-up photos of the chair. I will eventually give this design away in the Downloadable Design section of this site and it may end up as an Open Design in/on the site of a company that I am putting together for a Spring 2010 launch.

Anyhow, here are the pics:

The design is made of 1″ birch plywood with aluminum and black melamine veneer. It uses cross dowels to hold it together. The canvas upholstery references the earliest versions of the LC4 chaise. Unlike the original, though, the canvas snaps to the frame here so that customer assembly is easier.

This prototype allowed me to explore a few things including CNCing ply with the veneer already applied, canvas seating, and CNC setup for cross dowels without secondary processes. Aside from sanding and finishing the wood edges with low VOC finish, the frame was ready to go off the CNC.

Please let me know your first impressions.

Wireless electricity is NOT a good option for cell phones

I am getting very frustrated with all the attention to wireless charging systems that has been popping up lately. I think the technology is cool. And “space age” (though actually almost as old as our understanding of electricity). What no one focuses on, though, is that it is horribly INEFFICIENT. My understanding is that companies are striving for 50% efficient power transfer in the next few years. This means that if you are charging your cell phone, which already depends on crappy batteries, (ALL batteries are crappy, so don’t respond with something about lithium this or that) you are not only losing the power lost from the batteries, but also the power lost from transferring that power TO the batteries.

When I was working on a power wheelchair design for severely disabled people, I could see the absolute reason for why this technology can and should be used. In a case where something MUST be charged and the user has limited abilities, a 50% power loss is relatively unimportant. My old Interplak toothbrush from the early 90s used a wireless charging system because it couldn’t handle getting its contacts wet. Not AS important, but still understandable. But a phone charger? We need a standard style charger (which, I understand, is in the works) and they need to NOT come with our electronics. Buy it separately. That way, when you upgrade your phone, you can use your old charger. This will reduce our waste in production of needless chargers and make a wired charger EVER MORE efficient versus a wireless charger.