Electronic Enclosure Design

The Background

The difficulty we faced was creating an electronic enclosure design within hugely challenging timescales. Security is a fiercely competitive market and Remsdaq were committed to launching Entrostar at the earliest possible opportunity. A prototype model was urgently needed to showcase at a fast-approaching and high-profile US trade show. The product that Remsdaq had in mind was radically different to anything else on the market. Their own engineers developed pioneering electronics and 4D focused on creating an enclosure that had the right balance of eye-catching design and effectiveness.

Security systems cannot fail – so the most important aspect of our brief was to deliver a bespoke product design that was robust, reliable and ready-for-market.

Our team responded to the challenge by producing a range of visual concepts which brought our ideas to life for the client. These were discussed and dissected right up to Board-level within Remsdaq. When the preferred route was chosen, we were well-positioned to progress quickly.

The Design Phase

The next stage saw the production of detailed 3D CAD drawings. Our knowledge of plastics manufacturing processes meant that we could identify and impartially recommend manufacturers who excelled in this field. Rapid prototyping was used to prove the geometry and fit of internal components.

Once the design and manufacturing process was formally approved, ten full-production prototypes were supplied. The ten prototypes were fully fitted with working electronics and were also produced in a range of colours. They therefore served two purposes: they provided working models for trade shows and were also used to produce high quality photography for marketing collateral and promotional brochures.

“The design by 4D is radically different. Since the launch, people have regularly commented on the product and without a doubt, this is due to 4D’s involvement. We have brought them in again on a new design campaign, which we’re looking forward to and I am certain that they will also be used by the other divisions in the future.”

Mark Williams – Security Business Unit Manager

The Result

This project has helped to cement a strong relationship between 4D and Remsdaq. The way we approached the brief demonstrated a keen understanding of the client’s corporate culture. We worked closely with key individuals throughout the early stages, helping to guide the preferred design through Board-level approval. Our designers built their knowledge of the innovative engineering behind the Entrostar technology – and created a complementary design for the housing which was equally radical, innovative and eye-catching. 4D is currently supplying technical support during the transition into manufacture of the Entrostar product and we are already working on two new projects with Remsdaq.

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