Catalyst

to create.

Thinking

At Fulcrum, we generate unique, scalable ideas with commercial appeal and product viability. We look at a problem from the technology, social and environmental impact to establish the need.

Product design

Through the process of product design, we work across the fields of art, design, engineering and communication to create products that have function, meaning, and strong aesthetic sensibilities.

CAD engineering

We use a combination of computer-aided drawing and detailed engineering to create 2D and 3D models of physical components. This technology gives Fulcrum the extensive capability to create large scale CAD assemblies and documentation.

Virtual prototyping

virtual prototyping is the testing of products on the computer before making

Nurbs Modeling

Using this mode of modeling, we are able to create natural 3D form. Doug teaches classes on Rhino at RISD.

Digital sculpting

This digital technique pushes, pulls, smooths, grabs, pinches or otherwise manipulates a digital object as if it were made of a real-life substance such as clay. We use Digital Sculpting to introduce details that would otherwise be difficult to create using traditional 3D modeling techniques.

Rapid prototyping

Rapid prototyping is an additive process that allows us to build three-dimensional objects. We utilize rapid prototyping to propel our design and development process.

Assemblies

At Fulcrum, we are well-versed at creating mechanical assemblies and individual components. Each component we design, engineer, form mold, and produce is made to seamlessly transition into larger production cycles with subcontractors and vendors as needed.

Formed components

Fulcrum has mastered the art of developing formed components with innovative, low-cost techniques. So we’re uniquely able to prototype and produce in low volume. In fact, we’re one of few product development companies equipped with this capacity.

CNC Machining

Our complete in-house computerized machining and turning capability is a keystone capacity in our facility and a vital part of our design and development process. We use CNC technology to reliably and repeatedly produce complex shapes, and build all of our dies, tools, and molds.

Radio Frequency Welding

Fulcrum uses RF welding to create our line of Float products. This method allows us to join together a variety of plastic materials to create a strong, leak-proof bond on products.

Compression Molding

At Fulcrum, we’re able to mold products out of natural fiber and engineered materials – such as carbon fiber – a move that replaces plastics with sustainable, yet durable, materials. Our on-premise design and tooling enables us to create the entire product start to finish.

Plastic components

Casting

 Our in-house casting facility is equipped to produce low-pressure casts of many types of materials. This process enables us to make plastic and metal molded components without costly tooling.

Injection molding

At Fulcrum, we manufacture many complex plastic components using injection molding. We build injection molds and work closely with local injection molders. This means that we have first-hand knowledge about injection molding processes as well as access to a wide-range of production partners.

Patterns & molds

Tooling

At Fulcrum, we design, engineer, and machine almost all of the tools we need to create a product. Our ability to build our own tools gives us the freedom to rapidly change and modify an idea as needed and speeds up our development process.