Real-life solutions that work
Existing or new project? We check. We design. Source a new material for an old problem. Cost out. Most of our clients rely on our specialty knowledge and methods to add to theirs.
Adhesive Technologies Ltd
Adhesive Technologies is the largest manufacturer-formulator of liquid epoxy resins for boats and industry in New Zealand. The company has been manufacturing AT 350 FR, a fire retardant resin, for some time but has never had the properties externally certified. An important client needed this additional verification quickly.
We managed the DNV certification process to ensure that AT 350 FR met international quality and manufacturing standards. The process successfully Type Approved AT 350 FR giving Adhesive Technologies the opportunity to sell confidently in the global market at a speed which could not have been obtained with their existing staff availability.
Cast Glass Tower
Jenny Smith, an artist who traditionally builds glass sculptures through casting and slumping needed technical support to create a 2 metre high cast glass tower which required continuous internal lighting. The four day public sculpture display was near the edge of a cliff, by a potentially windy bay and away from electricity supplies.
The solution involved creating custom metal and polymer structural rigging, hand built LED illumination elements and solar panels. Our wind calculations and in-house testing allowed the structure to survive the duration of the one-off show while several other installations were destroyed by wind damage.
Eco Drain - Downpipe Diverter
The inventor of Eco Drain asked if we could make a “large dinking straw” which enabled homeowners to collect rainwater, divert unwanted runoff and clean spouting from their pipes. We worked with him from napkin sketch over a conversation, to create Eco Drain a product which diverts unwanted debris and/or cleaning chemicals from downpipes and spouting.
Materials Optimization managed the product development, materials selection, verification as well as technology assessment and market research for Future Proof Products. Within two years more than 3,000 Eco Drains were on sale with a granted NZ patent to protect the IP.
Testing new detection technique
Traditionally the inspection methods are time consuming and hard to schedule for infrastructure projects. New techniques are often evolved in one part of the world and then adopted and modified in other locations. A field evaluation of a new state-of-the-art technology was recommended to the client to determine what the next steps could be to adopt a new method.
Visuals / Virtual Prototyping
MatOpt utilises advanced 3D CAD and visual rendering software in all stages of new product design projects. This powerful tool can often be used to assist with early adoption and marketing needs prior to any fabrication or full commercialisation. Many of our clients have pre-sold, obtained IP, government grants and bank loans for new development, based on a photographic rendering that we have created of a proposed final product.
3D Printing /CNC Routing
Our capabilities allow multiple design iterations to be produced rapidly. Proof of concepts can often be completed in tandem with design. All in engineering grade materials. Cast components can be prototyped and sent for evaluation for procurement options and cost analysis. Moving parts, bearing races, sealing surfaces and other critical details can be built and tested quickly to confirm design and build or real life usage variables. We work and experiment with multiple material combinations to determine better ways of manufacturing. Our team of engineering design consultants is experienced in composite/ carbon/ Kevlar/ fiber part and mould design. Our materials engineering specialists can specify laminate schedules based on real life structural testing and certification.