Robot Plastic Part CAD for Vacuum Forming
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We are a small consumer robotics company building interactive coaches for healthcare applications. The first product that we're bringing to market is our Autom™ health coach. You can see photos and videos of the working prototype at http://myautom.com.
Based on this prototype, we have been exploring low-cost manufacturing options to start producing the product in low quantities to begin to fulfill orders. The product prototype that you can see at the above link has 6 motors; we are simplifying to only 2 motors for our first small production run. These two motors will control the eyes and we have a prototype mechanism for this.
The work that needs to be done is to take our existing CAD drawings for the product shell and adapt it so that the parts can be vacuum formed. The current product shell is designed for injection molding, which we plan to do when we start higher volume production. The main things we believe this will require are:
- different parting lines on body and head
- new means of connecting the pieces
- draft angles to allow for vacuum forming
- modified neck design to affix the head in place
Also needed is taking the sketched drawings and prototype for the eye movement mechanism and creating CAD drawings so that we can have these machined.
We are looking for someone with experience in plastic part design, preferably with the following qualifications:
- mechanical engineering
- product design for manufacturing
- solid CAD skills
- experience with vacuum formed parts
- experience working with manufacturers in China
If this is a project that you can do and would be interested in working on, please send us relevant information about your related experience. Our company is based in Hong Kong, although I will be in San Francisco for most of April, so there will be people in two time zones who can answer questions. I'll be your main point of contact. I am not trained as a mechanical engineer, but have quite a bit of experience in robot design and manufacturing over the last decade.
Skills: design, engineering