A venerated Sheffield scissor maker has teamed up together with the AMRC to produce a new state-of-the-art design because of its EXO collection of scissors.
William Whiteley & Sons is a oldest documented scissor and shear manufacturer in the western world.
After attending the Advanced Manufacturing Show in Birmingham in 2015, owners Jeremy and Sally Ward envisaged a new way to manufacture their scissors, but found to really make the improvements was proving cost and labour intensive.
“Due to learning to be a small family-run company, we really do not have all of our in-house design team. The directors have therefore designed many a new product throughout the years, often with input from a skilled craftsmen,” said Mr Ward.
“We approached the world-renowned AMRC, which is on our doorstep here in Sheffield, current help of their engineers i was capable of develop our ideas and sketches into professional computer aided designs (CAD) ready for production.”
The company had offers to transfer the manner of manufacture for their EXO scissors a great investment-casting route, which may supply them with the necessary surface finish for their new service.
AMRC Project Engineer Mike Locking asserted that for just a independent business to fund untested designs and new production tooling, it is usually a really expensive risk.
“Utilising the skill-sets and capabilities we provide you with ensures designs is often effectively proved out before buying kit had to upgrade a manufacturing process, minimising the chance,” he was quoted saying.
“We worked with scan data within the traditional scissors to provide detailed CAD and graphical renderings of the new design and make use of rapid prototyping technology to prove out of designs prior to a company purchased expensive new tooling.”
Mr Ward added: “The help of the AMRC may be important assist us realise the most perfect design and ergonomics within the new scissors. They produced 3D printed production-quality prototypes from the handles and blades for people to check. Their input was crucial for helping us mitigate the danger of launching a new product.”
The company now has exceeded a primary target of raising 54,000 through crowdfunding to permit manufacturing of this new generation of scissors, which are as a consequence of start shipping in May 2018.