Finding an Australian based manufacturing facility with these capabilities is difficult, as most patternmaking shops use traditional skills and machinery and hand forming methods for patterns of this size. Pattern shops with CNC capability are available, but their machines are a relatively small scale.
Our only hope of hitting the 12 week target was to rapid prototype our pattern equipment in high density foam, which would allow use to have parts cast and delivered in a much lower lead time. So I was looking for a supplier that had pattern and mould making capabilities, with large scale. CNC machinery.
Lynden and his team at Vikal were very accommodating to Weir Minerals Australia, and with a close working relationship between our businesses we were able to shorten the lead time on this important casting project by 6 weeks! This 33% reduction in overall lead time allowed Weir Minerals to remain competitive and continue to deliver our large scale bespoke components in previously unheard of timeframes.