After we had the design and customer approval, we wrote the program in Mastercam, programmed the Haas VF4, and began to make chips.
Once the tool was machined, we put in the vacuum holes required for the thermoforming plastic molding process. We were then ready to run and trim some prototype parts. (Trimming was done on our 5-Axis CNC Router.) We then submitted the prototype parts to the customer.
Upon receiving approval on the prototypes, we handed the project over to our production department. In the next blog post we will talk about the production of the parts—thermoforming, CNC trimming, and more.