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Mining Product Design - Extrusion Drilling Fixture

Consistent, repeatable drilling of custom extrusion profiles

One of Idea to Life's key manufacturing partners required a low-cost method to implement near-CNC accuracy, production speed and quality without the massive capital investment. This fixture allows the consistent, repeatable drilling of custom extrusion profiles, facilitating efficient workflow and minimising rework and quality issues.

Project vision and approach

Minimal execution cost, combined with rapid iterations of prototypes and testing was a key focus for this project. Working with a combination of COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) and MOTS (modified-off-the-shelf) part Idea to Life produced functional, tested prototypes within days, ready for deployment and installation on-site.


As a fully capable, vertically integrated design hub Idea to Life was able to assist the client with the entire product life-cycle, from concept development to design & drafting, prototyping and supply and commissioning of the finished drilling fixtures.


The extrusion drilling fixture allows near CNC level accuracy, finish and speed with a significantly smaller capital investment and lead time.


Idea to Life worked closely with the client to rapidly iterate concepts and designs using additive manufacturing, before completing and supplying the finished parts.


Concept development






Idea to Life delivered an effective solution on-time and budget, which has delivered continuing results.

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