An Auckland furniture company designs, manufactures and distributes products for homes and businesses. Their designs are popular with architects and interior designers, so the company has a lot of orders.
They mainly use high-quality plywood, which is material that is widely used in the industry because of its versatility. Their work is complex and sophisticated which is difficult for other manufactures to copy.
In order to produce a new piece of furniture, they transport the original prototype to an overseas factory to create a wooden mold of the original. Because of the process, the copy is never perfect which can affect the quality of the production process.
While the process allows the product to be mass-produced, it didn’t meet the standards or expectation of the company, so they began to investigate 3D mold making.
Integrating 3D-mold making
The furniture company makes an original model by using 3D laser scanner. The data from the scan is used to create contours for Rhino 3D which is very accurate for modeling of curvature and radius changes. The final product is a fine-tuned removing the original defects.
The 3D model is sent to the factory and a CNC metal mold is produced based on the document. The company can also apply for a patent using the 3D model or show potential customers the shape of the product before being produced.
Using the 3D laser scanner has helped the company significantly improve the quality of the furniture manufacturing process, while increasing production efficiency, saving time and reducing costs.
For example, mold making time was reduced from 90 days to 20 days, and the cost savings was up to 10-15%. What impresses customers the most is the accuracy of the model. Reverse engineering creates a high-precision model which can dramatically improve the quality of the furniture manufacturing process.