Articles from August 2012



September Meeting – Local Prototyping

September 13th, 2012 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will be visited by Patrick Oltmanns, CEO of ClickFold Plastics for our September general meeting. Patrick’s company and services will assist the invention knowledge for the group on the subject of prototyping and short run manufacturing. His company is local and he will be bringing many samples to share with the group in person.

Feel free to visit Patrick’s company on the web:
ClickFold Plastics
Or On Facebook

Professional Bio
– Grew up in Kenya while his father worked for the U.N.
– Served in the German Army as a helicopter mechanic
– Studied mechanical engineering in Germany
– Took on a technical sales and project management role for a plastics machinery manufacturer (Barmag AG)
– Moved to Charlotte in 1995 to become the sales manager for their U.S. subsidiary (American Barmag)
– Completed Wake Forest’s Charlotte MBA program in 1999
– Started ClickFold Plastics in 2000 after negotiating a license agreement with a German company to use their technology

Click Fold Overview
– This “mold-less” technology uses CNC machining and CNC line-bending to make plastic parts without the need for molds or fixtures
– The business model targets buyers of prototypes and small volumes who need custom designs on a budget
– The technology also targets buyers who anticipate frequent design changes
– Added digital printing capabilities in 2010 to further eliminate the need for silk screens
– Recipient of a NC workforce development grant in 2011
– Surpassed 1 million in annual sales in 2011
– Sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House
– Sponsor of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program

Patrick Oltmanns, contact data
1-866-649-8665 x 701
patrick@clickfold.com
www.clickfold.com

As usual at our meetings, we will be networking amongst the group. Whatever stage that your current project is in, feel free to bring prototypes, finished products, sales sheets or anything else that you would like to get an opinion on from the group. Bring business cards and make connections. (keep in mind that showing somethings could compromise the protection of that project)

At the last meeting we ran out of time before Brian could collect the questionnaire from July’s meeting. If anyone that filled this out could bring it to the September meeting it would be appreciated.

Always remember to invite friends or business associates which would benefit from INotC. Collectively we have a deep wealth of knowledge as a group. Invite other inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, financiers, professors, manufactures and anyone else that would enjoy the process and business of product development. Knowledge is power!!

August Meeting – Prototyping

Randy Landreneau will be speaking with us at the 8-9-2012 general meeting. He has some good insight on prototyping and will be sharing that insight with us Via SKYPE.


Examples of methods for rapid prototyping

  • In Stereo lithography, a movable column positions itself in a special photosensitive resin so that a very thin layer of the liquid is on top of the column.  Based on the CAD file of the part, a computer directs a laser to the exact areas of the liquid, which harden.  The column then lowers a minute amount, providing another thin layer of liquid, which again gets hit by the laser.  This goes on until the complete part is fully created.
  • In Fused Deposition Modeling, a computer uses the CAD file to build the part using a very small extrusion of molten plastic, layer by layer.
  • The latest addition is 3D Printing.  This process uses a special type of inkjet printer where a computer is directing the print heads to spray fine amounts of material, layer by layer, until the part is completely built.

BIO – Randy Landreneau is a former President of the Tampa Bay Inventors Council.  Randy runs Complete Product Development, a company that does consulting, design, development, prototyping (old school and rapid), and short runs using urethane casting. Randy also provides inventor education through two DVDs – How to Make Plastic Prototypes and Invention 101. Randy plans to talk about prototyping, including the exciting new developments in 3D printing.
Complete Product Development website

As usual at our meetings we will be networking amongst the group. What ever stage that your current project is in feel free to bring prototypes, finished products, sales sheets or anything else that you would like to get an opinion on from the group. Bring business cards and make connections. (keep in mind that showing somethings could compromise the protection of that project)

Anyone that has taken some time to participate in the questionnaire handed out at our last meeting and would like to discuss with me and share their opinion, feel free to get involved. Any input that you may have will be helpful and is important to the success on the system being created to help increase the effectiveness of the group.