Design

Product Design and Engineering

Our product development capabilities are strong and grounded in functional reality. Our use of real-world and analytical methodologies enable us to design a highly efficient and cost effective product thus reducing typical development time to market. All of our projects are designed for manufacturability.

Design for manufacturing is a phrase that is very important to get the most out of your development dollars.  Our significant hands-on experience in the manufacture of plastic products and metal fabrications at all levels of complexity enable us to do just that – design for manufacture. Our expertise is what sets us apart from the rest.

If all you have is an idea, no problem!  We can take your sketches, ideas, and concepts to the next level by refining your product for aesthetic appeal, functionality, performance and cost to manufacture using a variety of industrial design techniques.

Difficult and subjective questions are professionally answered. Questions like…

  • Is this draft steel safe?
  • Is this the correct mold material to use with this material and production expectations?
  • Is this the correct plastic material to use with this geometry under these operating conditions?

Reverse engineering is often an important step in a successful product development. Over the years, we have mastered many techniques to do just this so you are able to design ahead of the curve and deploy your products faster.

 

Mold Design and Engineering

Our mold designers’ backgrounds encompass mold making, tool design and development, troubleshooting, and use of advanced mold flow analysis for OEM’s, custom molders and mold shops. This gives our clients a noticeable advantage towards designing a high quality mold for maximum productivity.

Whether you are looking for a simple one-sheet layout, or a complex multi-cavity mold, you will find our mold designs to be professionally designed, clean, and easy to interpret. Our objective is to exceed your expectations at a fair price.

Advantages of using Shadow Industries…

  • We adapt to your standards and objectives
  • We are resourceful and willing to offer suggestions to improve tooling, including advanced Mold Flow analysis
  • Each designer has over 20 years of experience
  • All designers have mold shop experience and went through extensive apprenticeships
  • All designers are also trained product designers
  • All personnel have on-the-floor injection molding experience
  • All personnel have on-the-floor injection molding experience
  • Designs are available in 2-D, 3-D or a combination of the two
  • We employ state-of-the-art software technologies (i.e. NX, Pro/E, Solidworks, and AutoCAD)

During my time as a contact engineer at AMECO-USA I was able to work directly with Rob. The knowledge base he has gathered over the years is quite extensive and was key to the project we were tasked with at the time. Speaking with Rob on many different business and engineering topics explained how his company became successful. I look forward to working with him again and would recommend him for most any engineering project.

Steven HernandezContract Engineer, AMECO

Our Design Engineering group has worked with Rob for the last 2 ½ years. He has helped us improve some existing molds and worked closely with us on new product designs on manufacturability, resin selection, mold flow analysis, mold design resulting in quality parts. Rob is very responsive and provides significant value. Rob participated with us and our molder in three-way Design Reviews. I highly recommend.

Rob. Preston PierceVP Design Engineering, Alcohol Monitoring Systems

I have been working with Shadow for nearly 5 years and each time it has been informative for both me and my customers. Their professionalism and state-of-the-art services have helped us remain competitive in today’s tight economy. At Sare Plastics we always strive for excellence and that is why we continue to work with Rob and his team for our engineering needs.

Bart StuchellPresident, Sare Plastics

Rob has been working with Moldex3D for 8 years and before hand he was already a veteran in this field. His background and domain knowledge in polymer processing development has been impressive to everyone in our company. Working with Rob is indeed reliable and delighted, which helps the projects finished with satisfaction. I herein recommend Rob as your valuable engineering partner to work with.

Kenny LuCEO, Moldex3D Northern America

Robert has worked and managed the technical projects for a number of major programs for my previous company; providing Plastics filling & FEA simulations. His technical expertise is excellent and quite extensive, providing his clients with design ideas that were out-of-the-box and very affective. He is easy person to work and achieves the goals set out by the client.

Jim KempthornApplication Engineer, Ferro Corporation

Over the years, GECOM Corp. has collaborated with Shadow Polymers on many occasions. When called upon, Shadow has always provided an analytical expertise which has allowed GECOM to successfully improve at both the component and tooling design levels. In the fast paced and demanding world of automotive manufacturing, Shadow has proven to be an invaluable ally.

GECOM Corp. Injection Molding Engineering Department, Greenburg, IN