Design for manufacture in high-end motion capture cameras
Hymid worked with Vicon Motion Systems, a world leader in professional motion capture systems, to develop a new camera built with plastic injection moulded components as an alternative to its traditional metal die-cast parts. The objective was to ensure that the perceived value of these new cameras would not be compromised, and that the end user would benefit from a more cost-effective lighter weight product.
Technical performance without sacrificing aesthetics
Our design for manufacture input began with the process of advising on material selection for these parts. This meant that the following criteria had to be considered and accommodated:
- RF shielding.
- Heat dissipation.
- Weight reduction.
- Cosmetic excellence.
- Competitive price point.
Many solutions were considered including metal filled polymers and two-shot moulding, but it was decided that single shot mouldings with two different post-mould paint finishes offered the best solution to meet the specifications. Hymid took ownership of the subsequent vendor selection process and ensured that the component design was adjusted to accommodate the painter’s requirements.