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 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.
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.
If I had to chose a metal that best reflected my personality, what would it be? This question was posed by a fellow metal worker on his website. Each employee got to chose a metal and describe why it was a representation of themselves. Honestly I’ve never thought about it much. Once when a Church team leader wanted to identify different groups, he asked each what our favorite color was. He would then make us identification tags in that color. Each team of three or four got their own color. People got really into this. When it came to my turn, I answered the honest truth; the color of metal. He just looked at me. I ended up with grey name tags for my team.
Of course raw metal can be any color of the rainbow depending on the material makeup, heat treatment, condition etc. I think that’s why I find it so interesting; its like people or feelings, hard to define. For me to answer the question, I would like to say some exotic hard to machine “unobtanium” but I’m probably more like plain old carbon steel. Sure, its abundant, low cost and a bit dirty, but the most beautiful things can be made out of it.From a simple candle holder, to a bridge that connects across the San Francisco Bay.
Obviously , as I see it, its the design rather than the material itself that speaks. Great design trumps technical mumbo jumbo. Not to say that material choice isn’t of paramount importance, but don’t forget great design as well. I would love to design something for you.
So what type of metal would you be? Or, if that’s too difficult, what’s your favorite color?…
Moni, who I now consider a friend, came to me by a mutual friend. Moni had a need for a shape cutter. It looked like a small cookie cutter though she never told me what it was to cut. She had a couple problems; first her sample cutter was a little too large for her needs. Second, Moni wanted to cut 100 pieces at a time, not one! This is exactly the type of challenging I love. A prototype device, all food grade stainless and not a slam dunk.
The first thing I had to do was to find a tube material that would form into the desired shape and size.
Next, I had to design and fabricate several swaging tools to form the tube into the shape. After all 100 pieces were parted off, sharpened and de-burred, I went into the forming of this shape.
This was a several step process. First I squeezed each tube section into a slight triangle.
Then I pressed an armature into the cutter to shape the three outer lobes. A lathe chuck then formed the final shape. The last step for the shape cutters was to press the sedge armature out of the shape. Repeat 99 times.
After all the shapes are made I used a water jet cutting machine to cut out 100 tight fitting shapes in a 1/8″ stainless plate. I also cut handles and stiffeners for the device. Each cutter has to fit perfectly in the corresponding hole so when fit, a simple fuse weld around the top will be all that’s needed.
This also keeps the heat input low and leaves a smooth cleanable surface. Even with this low temp TIG process, the plate warped like a potato chip. With the use of the handles and stiffeners, I was able to maintain the arc shape desired for the cutting action we wanted.
Some finish polishing, final straightening and the cutter is ready. This project is a perfect example of what TRUEFORM DESIGN is all about. A person with a dream of a tool that doesn’t exist, and a company that creates that dream into reality. What’s your dream? What do you need to make your life or business better?