Our sister company won work with a US-based company, on a project which required a complex large component for an ion beam deposition system machine.

The component would be manufactured from high-grade aluminium that was extremely difficult to source and very expensive. The part was 2m long x 1.5m wide x 200mm thick. Any errors in manufacture would have meant the product having to be scrapped, with disastrous consequences for the project.

HPL Proto came to the rescue, using our CNC five-axis machines to make a dummy part out of cheaper, readily available modelling board. This enabled us to ‘prove out’ the programme for manufacturing the real component, discovering in good time a number of errors which would have scraped the expensive material.

This work was carried out at a fraction of the cost of using similar material, and resulted in the final component being successfully manufactured and delivered to the US customer on time.

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