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Flaxwood technology, Patented injection molding - Jukka-Pekka Karppinen


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Tonal Innovation Center (TONIC) hosted the second annual International Musical Instruments Seminar in Joensuu, Finland on 14th September- 16th September 2011.

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Flaxwood technology, Patented injection molding - Jukka-Pekka Karppinen

  1. 1. TONIC Seminar 15-16.9.2011 Joensuu ” Patented manufacturing technology & material ” Jukka-Pekka Karppinen, Managing Director Flaxwood Oy
  2. 2. Company info <ul><li>Flaxwood Oy established 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Patent registered 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>First Flaxwood®-instrument, electric guitar,2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Flaxwood USA Inc. established 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>OEM-business in the business strategy 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>New ”Hybrid”guitar line launched in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>New NFC-components launched 2011-2012 </li></ul><ul><li>OEM-business will play remarkable role in the future growth </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Flaxwood patent covers: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Music instrument and/or components for musical instruments that are manufactured of a natural fiber composite (NFC) material by injection molding process ” </li></ul>PATENT
  4. 4. <ul><li>Business areas: </li></ul><ul><li>- Flaxwood® instruments manufacturing (B to C) </li></ul><ul><li>- NFC component OEM-supply to MI (B to B) </li></ul><ul><li> - Patent licensing MI manufacturers (B to B) </li></ul><ul><li>New Flaxwood Blank products 2011-2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for strategic partnership with major MI corporation(s) 2012 </li></ul>SRATEGY
  5. 5. <ul><li>Components for guitars are produced by using effective serial production technology (injection molding) </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent quality components supply </li></ul><ul><li>Component manufacturing capacity can be easily increased </li></ul><ul><li>Wood sourcing, logistics and warehouse management not needed </li></ul>UNIQUE MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR COMPONENTS
  6. 6. <ul><li>Molded components are finished as any wood parts in a traditional guitar workshop </li></ul><ul><li>We mainly use common tools that are used in any guitars shops that are using wood components </li></ul><ul><li>Certain special properties of NFC requires new tool adjustment </li></ul><ul><li>Certain clear advantages over traditional wood components </li></ul>TRADITIONAL GUITAR MANUFACTURING
  7. 7. <ul><li>Very accurate parts in shapes and measurements minimizes further machining or shaping </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 0% material lost with shaped components </li></ul><ul><li>Every component is similar, no variations in quality like with wooden parts </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility to make product details already in the mold, saves processing time </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility to use in-mold parts, i.e screw inserts. </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum material stock needed in production </li></ul><ul><li>Very short lead time of component </li></ul><ul><li>Just on time deliveries to production (JOT) </li></ul>ADVANTAGES IN NFC-COMPONENTS
  12. 12. <ul><li>Density about 1,2 kg/cm3 makes components a little heavier than wood in general (density is same with ebony) </li></ul><ul><li>First investment in a mold (tool) per each component is higher (2000-40.000 €/component) </li></ul><ul><li>Requires 3D-design </li></ul><ul><li>Prototyping and testing is not as easy </li></ul><ul><li>Mold manufacturing migth limit further changes in component shape and product variation </li></ul><ul><li>Colored components available by changing raw material color </li></ul>FACTS FOR A NEW NFC-PRODUCT
  13. 13. <ul><li>Flaxwood two complete guitar lines </li></ul><ul><li>Stonedge snaredrum line and snare drum cell </li></ul><ul><li>Several major MI manufacturers are testing NFC components at the moment </li></ul><ul><li>Several commercial corporations are considering to take NFC-components in their product line </li></ul><ul><li>Available NFC-products at the moment: </li></ul><ul><li>NFC-guitar necks (bolt-on neck) </li></ul><ul><li>NFC-guitar fingerboard and fgb-blank(2011) </li></ul><ul><li>NFC-shaped violin fingerboard (molded) 2011 </li></ul>FACTS OF NFC-PRODUCTS TODAY
  14. 14. <ul><li>New Flaxwood fingerboard blanks with new material and production technology 2011-early 2012. (Guitars, viola, cello, double bass) </li></ul><ul><li>New NFC-material grades for injection molding including: new colors, wood grain pattern imitations and sound/technical properties 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>SFC-certified NFC-material(s) 2011-2012 </li></ul><ul><li>More ebony substitute products available under Flaxwood brand 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully few new business ventures licensing Flaxwood patent! </li></ul>WHAT NEXT ?
  15. 15. KIITOS - THANK YOU