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By Dan Swanson | May 9, 2017
Rapid prototype of a nameplate.

Substantial planning and thought go into manufacturing a custom nameplate – development, sourcing material, setting up the build plan, scheduling, and full-scale production. Therefore, companies typically find themselves in a tough position if they need last minute nameplates to show off at a meeting or tradeshow in the near future. In time sensitive situations, rapid prototyping services are extremely effective in providing quick-turn proof-of-concept solutions.

Through rapid prototyping, a physical representation of a product concept is brought to life. The prototype will essentially have the same form and fit of the desired product, but may not include complete intended functionality. Customers can explore innovative ideas and multiple design considerations with accelerated leads times and reduced costs compared to full production parts. Prototypes of functional products, including membrane switches and functional overlays, can be made as well. Prototyping services not only provide quick-turn solutions, but also offer design support to help customers develop a path towards production.

Kenworth, a heavy-duty truck manufacturer, came to GM Nameplate (GMN) in need of a prototype for an upcoming tradeshow. They wanted to be able to showcase an example of a new nameplate for their limited edition ICON 900 truck. GMN’s rapid prototyping team worked closely with Kenworth to leverage production processes to manufacture the part. The nameplate was selectively chrome plated, which gave the part a modern, high-end automotive look. Then a urethane dome and an aggressive adhesive were placed on the nameplate for added durability.

In addition, GMN’s rapid prototyping team also provides pre-production services as well. Pre-production is best suited for customers who need low volume, quick-turn parts that are more representative of complete functional production parts for purposes such as qualification and testing. This process utilizes all of the production equipment and processes that would be used during the full-scale production of a program, but still involves the development of new products.

To learn more about GMN’s rapid prototyping capabilities, visit our rapid prototyping page.

To request prototypes, fill out our request prototypes form.

By Maeghan Callegari | Feb 1, 2017

Next week, GM Nameplate will be exhibiting at Medical Design and Manufacturing West (MD&M) show in Anaheim, California. GMN technical experts will be on site in booth #2077 to discuss upcoming projects and GMN’s custom manufacturing capabilities. Samples will be available to demonstrate GMN’s latest technologies including capacitive switch technology demonstration units, front panel integration, plastic injection molded components, nameplates, printed electrodes, overlays and more. We are happy to set up formal meetings to discuss your next project so please reach out to us today because spaces are limited. We can be reached directly at info@gmnameplate.com

Learn more here.

By Steve Baker | Jan 16, 2015
Visit GMN at MD&M West

Every year the top medical device manufacturers and suppliers on the West Coast exhibit at the Medical Design and Manufacturing tradeshow (MD&M West). GM Nameplate will be exhibiting at the show again at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from February 10 through 12, 2015.

If you will be attending the show, be sure to visit GMN in booth 1876. At the show, you’ll have the chance to meet our dedicated staff, view samples of our diverse capabilities, and learn about new manufacturing techniques and trends. We will be showcasing a variety of our capabilities including our latest front panel integration projects, membrane switches, injection molded plastics, input devices and more.

If you are attending the show and would like to meet face-to-face with a member of the GMN team please email me at steveb@gmnameplate.com. We look forward to seeing you at the show!