When it comes to bonding, 4moms trusts LOCTITE solutions
4moms is a baby and toddler products company that designs and produces innovative and aesthetically pleasing strollers, rocker seats, tubs and other equipment that must meet the highest safety standards: those of new parents.
Thanks to 3D printing and the support of LOCTITE products, 4moms is able to achieve rapid product development in a demanding market. “We want to deliver absolutely gorgeous products,” states 4moms co-founder Henry Thorne. “To do that, you don’t want ugly fasteners sticking out of the sides. Instead, we use LOCTITE adhesives to hold our products together from the inside, so you get that beautiful look on the outside.”
Every day, night and weekend, 4moms’ 3D printers are running, constantly printing out the pieces of new product designs. This allows the company to create an entire prototype product that is as functional as the real thing. Finding a way to bond the 3D printed parts is critical, and that’s why the company’s product engineers reach for LOCTITE instant adhesives.
“The advent of 3D printing, LOCTITE adhesives and advanced materials allows us to explore faster and get to solutions that are better, and the result of all of that is we have more rapid overall product development,” says Kevin Dowling, 4moms’ vice president of engineering. “That’s what’s key in our business.”
Among the solutions adopted by 4moms is LOCTITE 401 instant adhesive, a clear, one-component product designed for the assembly of difficult-to-bond materials. The use of an accelerator speeds the cure of the adhesive and allows the prototype to be used immediately.
“Choosing just the right grade, just the right selection, allows us to hold it together in a way that it will never come apart for the customer,” says Thorne. 4moms uses LOCTITE threadlockers to keep nuts and bolts securely fastened, despite being subjected to constant vibration.
“The product has to run a thousand hours because it’s handed down from child to child, and there’s vibration no matter what we do,” says Thorne. “Motors create vibration, so all the screws want to come loose. Everything in there wants to slowly come apart. We have to find a way to bond these things in such a way that it will never loosen. And that’s where LOCTITE adhesives come in.”
4moms uses LOCTITE solutions in the design and production of high-tech products that are reliable, durable and beautiful to the eye – and that’s not child’s play.
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