Working closely with a client from the high-end bar and spirits industry, D&E Machine Co. used Mastercam Cad Cam software to design and build an aluminum ice ball machine. This device is used for melting large cubes of ice into ice spheres. Before working with our company, our customer was purchasing a similar device from another business based in Japan. Our client wanted to find a manufacturer that would work with them to design, build, and patent a comparable device for a lower price. They found a successful partner in us!

Kent Coomer, co-owner of D&E Machine Company, was awarded a patent for this aluminum ice ball machine in November 2014.

Ice Ball Machine Prototype

Ice Ball Machine Prototype

Ice Ball Machine Prototype

Macallan Ice Ball Machine

Ice Ball Machine Prototype

Ice Ball Machine Bottle Shaped Prototype

Using a combination of our CNC turning with live tooling, 4th axis machining, assembly, and packaging services, we were able to build an aluminum device that could melt a square cube of ice into an ice sphere in less than one minute. Within a short, 8 week turnaround time, D&E was able to build and deliver a patentable product, which possessed a luxury look, for half the price of the original supplier.

After production was completed, we individually boxed each item with foam inserts for product protection during shipment and distributed the item to worldwide locations. Our ice cube melting device exceeded client expectations for quality. We now build 600 ice ball machines annually for this customer.

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Specifications

Aluminum device for melting large cubes of ice into ice spheres for the spirits industry.

Capabilities Applied Printing Processes CNC turning with live tooling, 4th axis machining, assembly and packaging
Material Type 6061-T6 Aluminum
Packaging Individually Boxed with foam insert for protection of product during shipment
Special Feature The aluminum acts as a heat transfer and melts a large cube of ice into the shape machined into the inside of the device.
Secondary Operations Applied Anodizing, Screen printing, Endura 300 R-V coating
Industry for Use Spirits industry and high end bars, hotel industry
Volume 600 per year
Delivery Time 8 weeks
Delivery Location Worldwide
Product Name Ice Ball Machine
Project Scope Design and build a device from aluminum that will melt a square cube of ice into an ice sphere in less than one minute.
Design Work Designed by D&E with Mastercam Cad Cam software.
Product Description Our customer was purchasing a similar device from a company in Japan.  Our customer wanted to find a manufacturer that could design, build and patent a device that would melt a large cube of ice into an ice sphere for a lower price who would work with them regarding design and function.  D&E was able to provide a patentable product, with a luxury look for half the price.