11 Apr How we made Radic Junior for Radan (part two)
Radic [right] was first conceived to demonstrate all the functions and advances in Radan software for their user group meetings in America and has now made it over to the UK. As Radan celebrates their 40th anniversary this year they wanted to give a unique giveaway to visitors to their stand at the MACH Exhibition; a miniature, make-your-own Radic. The full size Radic boasts a monitor, web cam and motorised treads, while Radic Jnr is a little more portable for the visitors to their stand.
We have a long-standing history working with the team at Radan, with our complex integration of e2i through to bespoke macro development for programming our punch machines. When Radan wanted to design and manufacture a miniature Radic they approached Constant Manufacturing, and we were more than happy to oblige with such a quirky sheet metal project!
How it’s Made: Radic Junior – Video
And here’s the stages of how we made it…
Stage One: Drawings
One of our in-house CAD engineers spent an afternoon with Radan to go over the concept and design. Radan had an initial outline of the make-your-own Radic already from a previous handout they had done for a user group meeting. Our team took this initial specification and modified it to accommodate a large batch run, tweaking the easy bend cut-outs making them better for hand construction by visitors.
Stage Two: Prototyping
Firstly, before we set to manufacture 200 off, we created a prototype (or two) of the robot. We use these prototypes to check the alignment of all the tabs and folds, analyse construction and overall design, as well as giving our marketing team the opportunity to ensure the Radan and Constant Manufacturing branding were correct.
The first prototype was laser cut from 1.2mm stainless steel. However on initial test we found it slightly tough to hand-fold, and as Radan wanted to powder coat the giveaway their corporate green it was decided to swap the metal for CR4 mild steel and reduce the thickness to 0.9mm for the second prototype, making it slightly easier to hand-bend.
Stage Three: Laser Cutting
Once the prototypes were signed off, it was time to run the job on the CNC laser cutter.
The job involved 9 sheets of CR4 mild steel, that were auto loaded on and off the cutting beds with our lift master machines.
Watch our video of the laser cutting getting to work on the last Radic.
Stage Four: Powder Coating
Each Radic Junior went through our metal powder coating plant. We bought in a special RAL colour paint to match Radan’s brand guidelines, and care was taken to not accidentally push out the flat pieces from the metal surrounds!
Here’s a snapshot video of the mighty green…
Stage Five: QA
Quality assurance is important at Constant, for small projects to large ones. We checked each Radic sheet to make sure they were painted correctly, branded accordingly and ready to despatch.
Stage Six: Boxed for Collection
Radan collected all 200 Radic Juniors from our site in Manchester, so we simply boxed the flat pieces up ready for collection.
Stage Seven: Finished Radic Junior
The end result is a powder coat finished, flat pattern Radic Junior, that visitors to the stand can take away, pop out the metal flat pattern, make at work (or home!) and utilise as a pen holder (or business card holder such as we did).
Watch our STEM ambassador construct one…
Visit Radan and pick up a Radic at MACH
You can make your very own Radic Junior by visiting the Radan stand this week (11-15th April) at MACH, Hall 5, stand 5710 at the NEC, Birmingham.
*Radic Robot photo courtesy of Vero Software News release http://www.verosoftware.com/news/articles/UK-user-meeting-success-2015