Rosti proudly presents its first state-of-the-art Digital Innovation Lab, which brings concepts to reality in just 72 hours. The Digital Innovation Lab’s dedicated team of engineers combine technical and production expertise to support customers in agile development programmes that deliver ideas to market more rapidly and cost-effectively than traditional technologies. The knowledge gained over many years of plastic processing and product development enables a truly world-class offering that adds significant value to any development programme.
The aim of the Digital Innovation Lab is to add tangible value in a process that fulfils the “Concept to Reality” tagline faster than ever before. For the past 75 years, Rosti has been committed to bringing customers’ designs to life, but the Digital Innovation Lab has dramatically accelerated this process, which can now be realised within 72 hours.
Remaining agile in today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving development cycles, where flexibility is a critical success factor, is a “must-win battle”. Rosti is one of the few companies equipped to harness the latest advances in 3D printing to gain time-saving advantages over traditional prototype part testing. We aim to help customers push design boundaries by physically testing moulded components and assemblies in a fraction of the traditional lead times.
Utilising the Rosti Digital Innovation Lab gives designers greater freedom. This agile development platform enables rapid design iterations that can be physically tested in the intended design materials. Several design iterations can be generated in the time it would take to produce a single design example in a traditional product development schedule.
Design envelopes can be pushed, as the time and capital investments are significantly less compared with previous analogue development cycles. Designers are empowered to fail forward, released from the restrictions of time and investment. Ideas can be trialled, refined and repeated to maximise product functionality – a process that ultimately maximises added value for the end user.
Imagine uploading your data to the Rosti servers, then arriving at the Digital Innovation Lab three days later to see your designs come to life in your intended design material, ready for physical testing.
All within 72 hours!
“Not so long ago, a four-week lead time for a prototype tool was considered world class. To be in a position now where we can 3D-print prototype tools within 72 hours truly demonstrates how technology has moved on. The future success of Rosti depends on our ability to keep pace with technological paradigm shifts, to industrialise these shifts and apply them to customers’ needs.”
– David Knight, Rosti COO
From Concept to Reality in 72 hours
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Executive Vice President Marketing & Sales
To ensure continuing innovation and maintain its position as the go-to contract manufacturer, Rosti invests heavily not only in new technologies to assist its customers, but also in internal innovation facilities – developing staff expertise and new equipment to support customers’ cutting-edge products.
Simply described, plastic injection moulding is a process of melting plastic pellets and injecting it into a mould or cavity to form a shape. Once the shape is formed, the material is cooled, ejected from the machine and – voilà – a finished, functional, esthetically pleasing injection moulded product or part is ready!