Plynetics Corp. of San Leandro, Calif., is expanding its operations with a new facility in Beaverton, Ore. The firm specializes in rapid prototyping and rapid tooling. Company officials selected Oregon in response to customer demand in the Northwest.
Greg Krikorian, sales manager, said the new facility will offer the same capabilities as its California site, including stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering using the SLS Rapidtool process, and aluminum production molds.
The 12,000-square-foot Beaver-ton facility opened May 6, and it employs 10. That number is expected to increase to 50 or more as business dictates, Krikorian said.
Plynetics also offers custom injection molding. The company plans to move one Newbury press from San Leandro initially, then purchase new presses as needed. Krikorian said the company plans eventually to have as many as 10 presses at Beaverton.
The company recently purchased a Sandretto press with 300 tons of clamping force for the San Leandro facility. That plant now has six presses, with clamping forces of 25-300 tons.
Plynetics, which began operations seven years ago on the edge of the rapid prototyping wave, employs 70 in San Leandro and serves a variety of industries including electronic/computer, medical and business equipment.
Krikorian said there are two reasons for the company's fast growth: ``You can get parts directly from [computer-aided design], which is paperless, easy and allows fast data confirmation; and rapid prototyping is still the fastest way to make a prototype.''