“When I found 3D Systems' On Demand Manufacturing Service, I was searching through Google for a company that could help us get an ABS prototype quickly. I chose 3D Systems because of their ability to provide multiple manufacturing solutions. Their team was able to take me from an ABS prototype all the way through to our final injection molded parts.” said Brian Gulliver of Nobis Technologies.
Annoyed by the inconvenience of the standard adhesive/Velcro-based method of attachment for his Florida E-Pass, Brian Gulliver decided to do something about it by designing an alternative himself.
A recent graduate of the Masters program for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida, Brian approached3D Systems' On Demand Manufacturing Service with the design concept for the eToll Clip™, a durable plastic holder for toll transponders that utilizes three large suction cups on the back allowing users to mount the unit on their windshield. Nobis Technologies, Inc. was soon formed with his brother Christopher Gulliver, and a friend Brett Dean.
3D Systems expert engineers worked directly with Nobis Technologies to ensure the eToll Clip could be manufactured cost effectively in mass quantities.
Utilizing the latest materials and technologies from the SLA and PJP prototyping processes, the team provided Nobis Technologies with multiple ABS prototypes of the eToll Clip for initial fit and function testing.
Once the design was finalized, 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing moved directly into providing QuickTurn Injection Mold Tooling and ABS parts of the eToll Clip in three colors (white, sky blue, and black).
After the Engineering Review Board and PEG analysis (parting line, ejector pins, gate location), a dedicated Project Manager worked directly with Nobis Technologies to ensure the team met the delivery schedule for the initial samples and the first shipment of 2,500 pieces.
“When I found 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing, I was searching through Google for a company that could help us get an ABS prototype quickly. I chose the service because of their ability to provide multiple manufacturing solutions. The team was able to take me from an ABS prototype all the way through to our final injection molded parts.” said Brian Gulliver of Nobis Technologies. “They were extremely helpful through every step of the process and provided design expertise that saved me weeks of development time.”
3D Systems has helped make Brian’s vision a reality. Since starting Nobis Technologies in June 2004, Brian recently launched an e-commerce website to sell the eToll Clip online. The clip starts at $5.99 and is currently compatible with the Florida Sunpass and E-Pass, the Georgia Cruise Card, the Oklahoma Pikepass and the Kansas K-Tag. New versions will be available soon.