Blister packs and other thermoformed parts often present problems to design engineers. Frequently there are numerous complex shapes, blends, and radii. Team Technologies, a leading manufacturer in Dental, Medical, Cosmetic, and Industrial Products, had two thermoformed blister packs. Team Technologies needed to manufacture these parts but had no way of creating the molds.
I feel you have the right combination of creative engineering balanced with a well grounded foundation of what it takes to commercialize a new technology like this.”
Team Technologies contracted 3DScanCo – a division of Laser Design Inc. – to create a new CAD model of the existing blister pack. 3DScanCo used the Konica-Minolta Vivid 9i to optically digitize the existing blister pack
The raw scan data was processed, merged, cleaned, aligned, and eventually used to create an accurate CAD model of the physical part. For this project the 3D Scan data was used as a modeling guide and a variety of surfacing and modeling techniques were utilized to captured the as built condition of the object.
3DScanCo’s scanning services provided Team Technologies with exactly what the needed – An accurate CAD model of their existing part! They were then able to use the CAD model to manufacture more blister packs. 3DScanCo’s team solved two main obstacles for Team Technologies, first the process was extremely fast. From Start to finish this project took 10 business days, without scanning the parts this process could have taken weeks.
The other key hurdle our engineering team helped Team Technologies overcome was achieving an accurate model on the first try. Often in thermoforming applications several revisions of tooling and part fit tests must be run to find the optimal CAD model. By 3D scanning the physical object, the new blister pack was an exact match on the first try.