Posted on August 19th, 2016 No comments
3D printing is the process of making a physical object or model from a digital file by using a printing machine that typically layers many thin pieces of material. 3D printing is used for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. It’s a modern method of manufacturing solid objects that is cost and time efficient because people can email their digital files to get printed, the creation of models is at a much lower cost than a traditional machine, and the materials are sturdier and more adaptable which opens up a wider range of uses.
Whether you need a lightweight display, scale model, prototype or part, CalCo Cutaways has the ability to turn your digital dream into a reality and make your product happen with our 3D printing services. With a computer-aided design (CAD) file, we can create accurate models of your product in full size or scaled down dimensions. A variety of options (colors, sizes, materials) are available, and printing can be done in as little as a day. This allows our customers to market their products faster and sell the features of their products without investing in high production, shipping and display costs.
No CAD file available? We can use the actual parts of your product to make a lightweight copy of the original. Once it’s painted, it is difficult to tell the difference between the original and the copy until you lift it up.
3D models are real objects that are great for training since they show the product’s components, provide hands-on experience, and promote tactile learning. The product is real, visible and much easier to understand whether it’s a prototype, scaled down model or actual sized product.
For more information about our 3D printing services, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at email@example.com or fill out our form here with any questions you may have about our 3D printing services
Posted on July 30th, 2016 No comments
HydroVision International was held from July 26-29th at Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota. HydroVision brings 3,500+ hydro professionals and water resource stakeholders who share knowledge, expertise and viewpoints toward effective solutions. With over 400 hydro speakers and over 70 conference sessions, HydroVision is the world’s largest hydro event.
It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together hydro professionals worldwide in the water industry.
HydroVision is an event that highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources and helps participants develop a vision to meet the challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro. Some of the show’s sponsors included Voith, Andritz Hydro, L&S Electric Inc., HCMS and more.
No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create unique, eye-catching models that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized solutions to fit your individual needs so your product stands out at every exposition, conference and trade show you attend.
Posted on June 23rd, 2016 No comments
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) held its Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16) from June 19-22nd at McCormick Place West in Chicago.
It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together water utility leaders, manufacturers, community members and more in the water industry.
ACE16 offers a robust innovation focus with professional sessions in the Innovation: Making Connections & Overcoming Barriers track and sessions in the Innovation Lounge to engage with water utility leaders, the regulatory community and manufacturers as they share their approaches to overcoming barriers and accelerating innovation within the water sector. Sponsors of the ACE16 included Neptune Technology Group, HomeServe, Greenley and Hansen, Sensus, ch2m and more.
No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create state-of-the-art models that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized solutions to your individual needs so your product stands out at every exposition, conference and trade show you attend.
*Photos by Charles Roth
Posted on June 15th, 2016 No comments
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) Convention was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Fairmont Royal York from June 12-14. EASA is an international trade organization of nearly 1,800 electromechanical sales and service firms in 63 countries. Through its many engineering and educational programs, EASA provides members with a means of keeping up to date on materials, equipment and state-of-the-art technology.
EASA helps members enhance their performance and achieve greater levels of success. EASA serves members who sell and service electrical, electronic and mechanical apparatus by educating, informing and promoting the highest standards of performance and ethics for the benefit of the industry as a whole. EASA also provides engineering consulting services to members and works with manufacturers, industry organizations and government agencies to promote better repair standards and assure the highest quality and professional service for customers. The convention was great and some of the convention’s sponsors included Regal, Nidec, Baldor, Tourism Toronto and more.
It was good connecting with CalCo’s current customers and forming new partnerships in an event that brings together engineers, manufacturers and more in the electrical and mechanical industries.
No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create state-of-the-art models that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized cutaway solutions to your individual needs so your product stands out at every trade show you attend.
Posted on May 6th, 2016 No comments
What is a cutaway?
A cutaway is a model or display that shows the advantages, internal components, and functions of a product. Cutaways are unique tools that differentiate a product from the crowd and they’re great to use at trade shows, trainings and more.
What are the benefits of using a cutaway for a business?
A cutaway is a great visual and interactive tool for employees in training, potential customers, and any other parties interested in your product. A cutaway highlights the advantages of a product including what it will look like, the quality of the materials inside and how the actual parts of the product function so a person is able to see, interact with, and learn about your product’s purpose.
What is the process like to create a cutaway?
A cutaway is made by first disassembling the product’s interior parts and cleaning them. Once the parts have been cleaned and reassembled, the cutting begins. It’s important to slice the cutaway with a technique that maximizes the visibility of the interior parts and its functions, without altering or damaging the product. Once the cutting is completed, the cutaway is painted with an eye-catching color scheme to highlight various parts of the product.
What are CalCo’s capabilities regarding cutaways?
We do everything from the design and development of a cutaway to the physical cutting of the product—we’re capable of cutting virtually any material of any thickness—to the painting of the finished product. The sky is the limit. We’re open to new innovations and are passionate about producing unique cutaways that our customers love and are 100% satisfied with.
What is CalCo’s turnaround time?
Turnaround time varies based on the size of the project and our schedule, but typical turnaround is four to six weeks. We will adjust our schedule to meet your deadline needs whenever possible. The best and most effective way for us to get a project done is to have as much information as possible regarding the cutaway design. For example, sending the part(s) and description of work to be done on the part(s), any images with scale and weight information, and the type of materials to use on the project will be extremely helpful in not only creating the perfect cutaway you envisioned, but speeding up the communication process so we can get into production. The more details and information provided for the project, the better. And remember, we enjoy and are always willing to get involved with the design and development process.
How does CalCo ship a cutaway?
We offer different shipping container solutions. For example, we have steel framed wooden shipping containers that provide great protection to large cutaways since the felt covered bumpers lining the inside of the container keep a cutaway in place during the shipping process and the angle-iron material used on the frame and edges prevent a cutaway from getting damaged during long journeys. We also have international grade shipping containers that are made with fully tested stronger-than-wood materials (non-wood), which help get cutaways through customs smoothly and to their destinations on time. We also offer a multitude of cases varying in sizes and styles from handheld, soft sided cases to larger, dense foam interior cases.
From the type of cutaway you’re looking to create to the extra elements you may need to give your cutaway an extra oomph, we’ve got you covered.
Posted on April 4th, 2016 No comments
How do you carry your cutaway from one show to another without having it damaged?
CalCo works closely with several case makers who provide us with a variety of cases to protect, carry and display your product. Our custom cases come in a range of sizes, styles and materials. We customize the interior and exterior of each case to fit your specific product. From handheld briefcases to heavy duty containers, our cases are made from all kinds of materials including wood, aluminum, canvas, plastic, rugged PVC and more. We have soft-sided cases, custom cut dense foam interior cases, cases with wheels and locks, embroidered cases, slim and elegant cases, hefty cases—you name it. We work with any quantity of cases ordered from one to dozens, and we can incorporate logos, signage and sales material into the design of each case.
Whether you’re looking for a case that simply protects and transports a cutaway from one trade show to another in your car’s trunk, a case that needs to be setup on a desk or table for presentation purposes, or a case to be shipped in the mail, CalCo offers a variety of solutions to meet your needs.
If you have specific requirements regarding the transportation of your cutaway, contact us and we’ll work to get it packed and shipped in a timely and safe matter. For more information about our custom cases, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our form here.
Posted on April 2nd, 2016 No comments
The Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. Held each year at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, the show attracts over 70,000 attendees and over 1,000 exhibitors from throughout the United States and abroad.
As the industry’s premier business venue, MATS features 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, offers attendees the best opportunity to efficiently research the latest products and services, gains insight into current topics in the industry, and networks with attendees and exhibitors from around the world. No other show offers more under one roof than the annual Mid-America Trucking Show.
It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together company drivers, dealers, manufacturers, mechanics and more in the trucking industry.
No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create state-of-the-art models that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized solutions to your individual needs so your product stands out at every trade show you attend.
Posted on March 7th, 2016 No comments
CalCo began creating cutaways and displays in the 1950s and has over 60 years of experience helping hundreds of leading manufacturers expose the internal components of their products in the most professional, presentable and unique manner available.
CalCo has the ability to cut virtually any material of any thickness. We also finish each product with the highest quality of paint, plating and more to make your product look its best. We work closely with several case makers who provide a variety of customized solutions to protect, carry and display your product.
We create custom cutaways for all kinds of events including trade shows, exhibits, trainings and sales calls. We have a plethora of product upgrades and options available including 3D printing for scale models, lighting, animation and electronic media, custom stands and bases, custom-built cases, permanent shipping containers, professional photography, custom signage, brochures and other advertising materials, awards and corporate gifts, and plating options. We often get involved in the design and development process of cutaway projects and are open to specific instructions or open designs.
We not only have a variety of options available to showcase your cutaway in its best light, but we also guarantee on-time delivery. Typical turnaround time is four to six weeks for a medium size cutaway. Whenever physically possible, we will adjust our schedule to meet yours.
CalCo is innovative, reliable, capable and knowledgeable in all kinds of cutaways so contact us today for any cutaway needs you may have. Our mission and goal is to not only provide great customer service, but exceed our clients’ expectations with the unique and quality products we provide them.3D Animation, 3D models, Basemounts and Stands, Cases and Containers, Company Info, Cutaways, Design, Finishing, Lighting, Product Photography, Products, Promotional Materials, Services, Tradeshows, Training, Ugrades and updates 3d printing, Calco Cutaways, cutaway, plating, scale models, shipping containers, tradeshow displays
Posted on March 4th, 2016 No comments
The HAE HELI-Expo is the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition. Produced annually by the Helicopter Association International, the HAI HELI-Expo features 1 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, 20,000 potential buyers, over 700 competitive exhibitors, over 55 helicopters on display, over 100 education opportunities including courses, safety sessions and workshops, and special networking events. Some of the expo’s sponsors included Bell Helicopter, Airbus Helicopters, Think Kentucky, Rolls-Royce and more.
It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together exhibitors, partners and attendees in the helicopter industry.
No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create unique, eye-catching models that grab the attention of your customers. We provide tailored solutions depending on individual needs so your product can shine at every trade show you attend.
Is your display ready for the next trade show? Contact us for help with your trade show needs by calling us at 847.639.3858.
Posted on February 17th, 2016 No comments
A relief valve’s purpose is to direct the flow of fluids. It is intended to withstand pressure and temperature by starting, stopping and regulating fluid movement through flow control functions. Relief valves are found in a variety of environments from homes to industries across the globe.
Relief valve cutaways are not only displays, but educational tools that allow for training in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of common industrial relief valves. Each cutaway shows the internal figuration of a relief valve and allows for hands-on training. With relief valve cutaways, seeing the type of packing and quality of the seal are critical features since there are a variety of relief valve products out there.
Similar to other cutaways, relief valve cutaways are made by first disassembling a relief valve and cleaning its parts. After the parts have been cleaned and reassembled, the cutting begins. After the cutting process is completed the relief valve cutaway is painted with an eye-catching color code to highlight the important parts and functions of the relief valve.
A relief valve cutaway is a good training tool to show off the inner workings of a relief valve and get a better understanding of how the internal components work together to direct the flow of fluids. A cutaway is a great addition to a tradeshow or training to help clients grasp the product’s internal structure.