NEXO's partnerships with our transducer suppliers begin with rapid, automated, precise acquisition of critical transducer data: Thiele/Small parameters, BL product, excursion and linearity, thermal constants, etc. Sharing this data with our development partners allows NEXO R&D to optimize driver characteristics for specific functions such as midrange reproduction, VLF extension or maximum full range SPL.
We are also among the first manufacturers to forge a direct link from the CAD desk to the shop floor. Our CAD drawings are translated directly into toolpaths for our CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) routers. Lasers guide the electronically-sharpened diamond-tipped bits through the material MDF, used to make the molds for the low-turbulence ports in our CD12 Cardioid Dipolar SubBass) with very high precision. Prototypes can be quickly produced, and once the final drawings are approved we are immediately in production of the enclosure or component.
We employ electronically sharpened diamond-tipped bits in our CNC machines to guarantee the most accurate tolerances in production. Lasers guide the bits along computer-generated tool paths, and the program automatically compensates for tool wear, ensuring that all parts are as close as possible to the dimensions specified in the engineering drawings.
In the digital domain, "virtual reality" continues to become more complex, more layered, more flexible and in fact, more like actual reality. However, mathematical models can never replace the physical world. To get a better look at physical objects before committing to production tooling, NEXO has acquired the capability to print three-dimensional objects directly from CAD drawings.
Using lasers to fuse thin layers of plastic, the 3D printer produces a fully realized model overnight. This allows engineers to see a design in even greater detail and to observe it in action. During the development process for GEO wave-sources, for example, NEXO R&D engineers were able to measure and compare a number of alternative approaches. 3D prototyping not only shortens the development cycle, it enables designers to optimize the design more fully and under more realistic conditions than are possible with software models and drawings alone.
In support of the principles and processes listed below, we offer the following (current and historical) NEXO White Papers in support of our evolving technology.