Design that delivers manufacturing innovation

27th June 2018

Design that delivers manufacturing innovation

The creative process is often only associated with influencing how something looks, but our work with Orthox proves that Crucible’s problem solving and manufacturing expertise is as valuable as our design capabilities.

However, the first enquiry from Orthox didn’t sound promising. They were looking for someone to help them improve tooling clamps used in the production of a new medical implant for people with damaged knee cartilage. Our initial discussions with Orthox led to a process of experimentation and manufacturing development that was to last several years. Essentially, we were developing an entirely new technology and its associated production methods.

One of the most interesting aspects of this project was the way it became an exercise in exploring new manufacturing techniques and identifying specialist suppliers. This was our contribution to this project: not conventional design, but very unconventional manufacturing innovation and creativity.

The results for Orthox have been very successful. The project is still under development and continues to generate innovations and creative solutions. Crucible’s involvement is almost complete, and has been a vital part of the development process.

As Nick Skaer, the CEO of Orthox put it:

“Crucible’s design, engineering and manufacturing expertise has proved invaluable in helping Orthox to realise our product and manufacturing ambitions. Not only has Crucible provided innovative solutions to several complex engineering challenges, they have also become an essential supply chain resource, advising us on manufacturing techniques and introducing us to essential parts suppliers and manufacturers.”

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