What is Discover?
Discover is a project in the research and development phase. It combines quick turnaround manufacturing with an on-site metallurgy lab and a dedicated advisory team to develop a working prototype that meets a unique set of specifications.
Who needs Discover?
Discover is for engineers who need help designing non-stock tubing that has unique specifications or that serves a unique purpose.
What is the Discover Center?
The Discover Center is the space we’ve dedicated to idea development and rapid prototyping. You’ll work with our team of application engineers, tube designers, raw materials experts, and quality assurance managers—People who understand how to use metallurgy to get your product to perform the way you want it to.
What can you expect?
You’ll work with a specific K-Tube engineer to develop your idea so that your design and manufacturing needs are incorporated from the start. The result is a design that works and is ready to be transferred to production.
How does it work?
Initial consultation: talk with an engineer
We'll work with you to figure out how we can help you and how to design and prototype what you need.
Proposal for next steps and quote
Once we've learned what you need, we'll create a proposal for how we can respond. It could include research, prototypes, and/or validation runs.
If our plan sounds good to you, just submit a purchase order and we'll get started.
Preparation and Prototyping
We'll buy materials and assign engineers to your project. If we need to, we'll do research, sample generations, and validation runs. Once we think we have answers, we'll bring them to you.
We'll deliver options for you to evaluate. If you like how a design works for your application, we can lock it down and create a custom K-Tube part number for your product.
Transfer to production
That custom K-Tube part number makes it easy to transfer your unique design to K-Tube Design for quick manufacturing of large-scale runs.