Pliant (now SanDisk)
Revolutionary enterprise server SSD device sold to SanDisk for $327M
Develop an enclosure for a next-generation sold state drive (SSD) that would alleviate thermal issues and distinguish Pliant brand.
Develop several design concepts using both actual and virtual thermal modeling to determine the optimal design solution.
Tough Design Challenges
Integration of heat sensitive electronics in an ultra-compact shape that maintains precise flexing characteristics.
Rapid design, build and test of bench model prototypes to determine optimal form factor for heat dissipation.
Development of a manufacturing strategy that would produce high production yields to match Pliant’s growth opportunity.
Quality and Reliability
High quality of production devices built trust around the Pliant Technology brand leading to the acquisition by SanDisk.
Upon closing on the development of their revolutionary enterprise level SSD technology the Pliant team ran into issues with heat dissipation design.
Pliant was referred to Design 1st to solve the tough technical challenge while maintaining the existing electronics form factor. The first step was developing several enclosure model concepts.
After design direction was chosen a virtual 3D CAD model was created for thermal and air flow simulation. This process involved the simulation of several concepts to determine the optimal solution based on heat dissipation, usability, cost and manufacturing process.
The result was a refined design ready for SLA prototyping.
Using both virtual and SLA rapid prototypes, Design 1st confirmed the function and design of the new enclosure met all technical requirements. The next stage was the creation of a fully functional pre-production unit to jump start the selling process.
This included the creation of packaging, virtual rendering models and manufacturing strategy.
Minimum component count and ease of assembly of the cast metal enclosure were critical to high volume assembly strategy. The design was passed by Pliant’s existing cast suppliers who welcomed the ease of assembly.
The manufacturing strategy lead to strong reinforcement of Pliant’s brand
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