We spent years as designers and marketers of rotomolded parts. Over time we became increasingly frustrated with inconsistent quality. We battled parts that were warped, out of tolerance, couldn’t hold water, took too long to mold and were delivered late due to complicated machine scheduling. The more questions we asked our vendors, the more we discovered that our livelihoods were at the mercy of their outdated machinery and the “black magic” of rotomolding, as some would say.
We founded Ripple Engineering in 2015 to shed a light on rotomolding.
We spent the first 24+ months in full R&D mode. We fine-tuned our technology utilizing a prototype machine we designed and built. We molded countless parts and sent some out for 3rd party testing. We took everything we learned, made some pivots and are currently building our first full scale machine. It is set for delivery in 2018.
We delivered our first machine in the second half of 2018. It took longer than we wanted to build it but that is typical when you are creating a first-of-its-kind. We learned some better ways to build the next one and put action to some feedback from potential customers. We spent 6 months in engineering and added the following to our machinery:
- We have added a chiller for the internal cooling air, significantly reducing the temperature to speed the cycle even more.
- We have added the ability to apply vacuum or inert gas at different points during the heating cycle.
- We have added the ability to control a drop box inside the mold.
- We have designed our oven and active vent assembly to heat the mold up to 650 F to allow the molding of engineering resins.
We received our second order and will build it with the above updates. We are planning to deliver it in the first half of 2019.
- We are building our second machine which is planned to be delivered by the first half of 2019.
- We have created a materials testing program to show customers the difference our internal cooling makes on the cycle time and their material’s properties.
- We have created a mold testing program for customers who want to see what Pressure-Cooled Rotomolding can do on their parts.
- We have started an engineering project to explore gas heat vs electrical heat. The goal is to at least double our machine’s heating capacity while also making our machines available to customers without large electrical service.