It All Starts with a Cobalt Model
Ken Ballard is the Director of Engineering & New Product Development for Precision Concepts Medical Technologies, a design and manufacturing company for medical devices. With operations in Winston-Salem, NC and San Jose, Costa Rica, PC-MT provides rapid prototyping and product development with full FDA-registered manufacturing.
Ballard told us he was first introduced to Vellum 2D around 1990 through a television show called Mac TV. He was impressed with how much easier it was to use than AutoCAD.
With customers that include the largest names in medical devices, Precision Concepts provides design and development services in a coordinated effort with the engineering departments of their client companies. From conceptual design, prototyping and tool fabrication, through manufacturing and clean-room assembly, on to packaging and direct shipping, everything can be done by Precision Concepts keeping delivery times fast and quality high. “But it all starts with a Cobalt model,” says Ballard.
The PC-MT team takes pride in rapid model creation and unique product design and development, knowing that in today’s market this is essential to remain competitive. Ballard uses Cobalt in meetings with his customers as together they come up with concepts for a new product. He tells us:
PC-MT’s success hinges on tight turnaround times and agile development. Ballard tells us this starts with creating a clean model in Cobalt and then being able to hand it off seamlessly to their SolidWorks engineers to create the tooling for their CNC and EDM machines. Cobalt’s precision geometry is easily brought into MasterCAM as well, using both SAT and STEP formats.