BRING YOUR IDEA, I’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN

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Fixture Plate for Laser Engraver

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complete Fixture Plate

 

Custom Fixture Plate

I love working on custom parts. One of my affiliates that does my laser etching came to me with an idea for a fixture plate to add to his Laser machine. This will enhance the table size by about 200% as well as ensuring great accuracy and speed up set ups. By using precision pins in reamed holes, we can create walls and stops for parts to “lock” into. This will save a lot of time when repeat parts are changes in and out of the machine for engraving.

This is typically how these types of jobs come about; someone has an idea that will make their lives or job better. The problem is, there is a gap between the idea and the execution of that idea. This is the gap I live and work in. I may not be the only one that can bridge this “gap” but I can promise you this; I am your best choice. Here is why;

○ with my background in the bicycle industry I have a constant eye on form ( ascetics), function and fit.

○ my food and chemical industrial equipment background at BEPEX, where I earned a journeyman card in metal fabrication taught me the systematic procedures for construction, finish, efficiency in manufacturing and industrial design.

○ managing Bulldog Machine Inc, where I received a machinist journeyman card after a 4 year apprenticeship, I learned project management, sourcing, networking, customer service, large part machining, cutting edge manufacturing practices among many other skills that add value to my clients now.

○ Now that my own shop is up and running, I can provide immediate help with design and rapid prototyping.

○ I care.

What could utilizing all my resources allow you to create?

Portable Sales Display

stainless pipe display

custom display

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My old friend, Jim Passey is a sales rep for Krausz USA, a pipe coupling company. Jim needed a mobile way to display some of the products Krausz sells. This way he can take a “mobile showroom” to the people that need to see them. Jim had a basic idea of what he wanted. We met to brainstorm some ideas of a display that would slide into his truck but be able to be removed easily. Jim decided on a handful of products to showcase, we measured them up and designed a way to hold them at eye level for display. The frame is made of stainless steel with a light grain polish. This finish will last forever and if scratches do occur, a quick sand will hide them. The beautiful stainless looks great against the bright blue of the products too. The last element is the Krausz Logo sign.

Custom designed displays like this can be extremely valuable for all types of products. I would love to work with you on your next display!

CUSTOM HEX DOOR HANDLES

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CUSTOM DOOR HANDELS

Custom door handles look great on the front of your business! Let me incorporate your Logo or a shape that complements your company Identity right into your door handles. That way, the first thing that your customers touch is already customized to them. This type of impressions go far in retail and restaurant settings. Any commercial door can be made into a custom door simply by dropping me a line. Wood, powder-coated steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel can all be used to achieve the desired look, feel and colors that set your business apart from the rest.

Here are the steps I take to ensure you receive the right custom job;
○ I collect logo, design constraints, door info and usage info

○My designer imports the concept design into a CAD program for the client to OK and manufacturing to create programs for.

○We work with our clients to tweak and refine the design until everyone is happy. < After all the design work and planning is complete, an estimate of cost and lead-time is provided and after a deposit is received, production starts!

○Then we ship! The whole process can take hours until production. Installation can be discussed as well.

 

 

I hope I can help you soon!

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Custom adjustable speaker mounts.

Audio speaker mounts

Custom Speaker Mount

 

 

 

I have been attending Hoe Chapel for about 18 years. That entire time I have been looking at the homemade brackets holding up the Church speakers. Whoever made them had a challenge. Our church meets in an old renovated yellow barn. The walls in this building are far from plumb. Picture the shape of a pentagon, that’s the basic section view of our building. The walls in the sanctuary are around 60 degrees. Roughly  30 degrees out of square from the floor. This actually works out well for the acoustics in the building but wreaks havoc on wall mount speakers. When Chad, the music leader secured new speakers to replace the old blown set we used, new mounts were needed. Chad gave me a few constraints for mount design; first, the speakers were already purchased so I could just measure them up. The new speakers are much taller and heavier. Chad also wanted to be able to adjust the direction of the speakers, left to right. This is not too much of a challenge as the new speakers have female sockets on the top and bottom for mounting but still allowing rotation. The tough one is that Chad wanted them to tilt as well. The old mounts did not have this option but when it was time to install them, whoever did the work, just mounted them at an angle. This worked but in all my years, it really bugged me. Obviously they were not designed to tilt so they just screwed them to the angled wall crooked so that it always looked like the speakers were about to roll right off the mounts. I was so happy when Chad asked me to help him with the new system. I could finally wright this engineering wrong. Of course another constraint is that the speakers needed to be removable, easily. The last challenge was of course the odd angle of the wall that the mounts hang from.

A great friend and contractor, Andy, volunteered to help measure and install the finished product. Once Andy and I measured the speakers and deciphered the angle of the wall, we also verified the location of the studs. These new speakers weigh a ton so we needed to be sure that the new mounts would secure into solid framing. At this point, it was time to make some sketches of a design that would encompass all the given constraints while still remaining under $100,000.

The finished product employs everything that Chad hoped for as well as the Hope Chapel logo subtlety cut into the bracing of the mount. One hand screw secured the speakers in place while a rubberized finish keeps the speakers from rotating or vibrating. Another hand screw tightens agents the bracket to allow for tilt adjustment. I am completely satisfied how they came out. One of the best complements I received is that someone didn’t even notice them holding the new speakers. They tend to blend into the background. This is the type of custom job that Trueform excels at. Give us as many constraints as necessary, a budget and any other pertinent information and my team will knock it out of the park.

 

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TRAILER VENT GUARDS

Stainless Steel trailer vent guard.

Stainless Steel trailer vent guard.

TRAILER VENT GUARDS

Little League is a large part of our family these days. Levi, my youngest plays at Westside Little League in Santa Rosa and has for several years. West side does a great job with the kids on the field. My daughters’ favorite part is the snack bar however. At the beginning of the 2014 season, as the snack bar was being stocked, it was broken into. Christine is the snack bar boss. When the last break in was through the top vents in the snack bar trailer, she decided we needed vent guards. Kids were ripping off the vents, lowering themselves into the trailer and opening the door for others. They would trash the place and take all the candy and food.  Christine figured that if I could make some type of vent cover, which would keep the little buggers out. I designed the covers to fit over the standard trailer vents to allow them to open but still be secure enough to keep visitors out. These guards will be perfect for protecting fragile vents from branches as well. ¼” bolts go through the roof so waterproofing is necessary at install. The bolts back to a secure ring inside so that the guard is very solid. Stainless steel or powder coated steel models will last forever. For the snack bar, I used 3/16” stainless steel plate cut on the waterjet machine. The plates fit together with notches to create one solid frame that is then welded to a base. This design can be altered to fit any size or shape. Perhaps I could build a security guard for an air conditioning unit, for example.   Please feel free to contact me for your custom set of guards or to come up with a design for your idea.

What’s in a Door Handel?

TRUEFORM CUSTOM DOOR HANDLES

door hardware, stainless steel

                               Custom Door Handles  

custom stainless hardware

Interior and exterior view

custom stainless steel , brushed finish, custom hardware

Double door custom handles, stainless steel, hand brushed finish.

 

 

Custom door handles are one of the first things that people notice when they approach home, business or restaurant. It is normally the very first thing someone touches. The next emotion or memory they have will be framed in the reference of that very first touch. Sure, you could have your guests enter through a standard “straight from the hardware store” door knob or handle, but think of the impact that a custom door handle would make. Perhaps the logo of your business is the first thing touched, or as you pull the door of the bike shop open, you notice a bicycle handle bar in your hand. This would engage your guest before he or she even enters your shop. I think she would have a sense that you care about her shopping experience if you went to such lengths wow her.  Recently TRUEFORM completed a job like this. For the home owner, no off the shelf handle would work for her custom double door. After we consulted, I designed a handle that she and her husband loved that also solved a problem. Unfortunately the door was purchased with standard hardware bores already milled. This limited the custom options that were desired. My design incorporated the use of the pre-bored holes and resulted in a great custom look that the client was looking for. The construction material is all 316 Stainless Steel. And a hand brushed steel finish was employed. The result is a stunning effect with the eccentric radii and contrast between the deep mahogany wood and the bright smooth stainless.  Imagine what effect a custom handle would have on your door. Contact Scott at Trueform Design for a free consult of your situation.