Tool-Less Plastic Solutions Inc. of Mukilteo, Wash., built a low-volume cabinet for MTS Nano Instruments of Oak Ridge, Tenn., facing a short lead time.
MTS needed to make changes quickly on beta-test units. The cabinet enclosure measures 34 inches by 34 inches by 28 inches. It features gas springs for door-assist, gaskets and double walls filled with urethane insulating foam.
Tool-Less fabricated the cabinet from high-impact polystyrene sheet, from individual plastic pieces that are machined and processed separately. Using computer numerically controlled routers, each part is machined from the flat sheet, then bent and finished.
During assembly, the parts are simply snapped into premachined locator recesses and grooves, almost like Lego pieces — without tools. They are solvent-bonded in place.
Tool-Less shipped the first enclosure four weeks after it received the purchase order.
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