Peco, the British maker of model railways, uses design software from Vero UK Ltd. to make injection molds for its highly detailed track rails.
Peco molds the accessories from a range of plastics, including polyethylene for the track, acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile, acetal, nylon and high impact polystyrene.
Peco's engineering and development director, Ben Arnold, said tolerances for the track are extremely important. “We produce a lot of insert molded products with metal components that have their own tolerances. The tool has to sit very neatly on the finished molded track product,” he said. “In that respect, some of the tolerances of our tools are tighter than those I worked with in the automobile industry.”
Peco is based in Beer, Devon, England. Vero UK is in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Peco uses Vero's Visi modeling to design the molds, importing the data through Solidworks, to make the track. For other products the company uses Visi to design tools based on Hasco or Meusburger mount stacks.
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