Cuttin-Edge, On-the-Spot Reporting

Manufacturing: Part 2

In addition to wood cabinets, Axiom fabricates almost all of their speakers' plastic parts using a massive (and expensive) . . .

Plastic injection moulding

. . . injection-molding machine.

Plastic moulding 2

When we toured, the factory workers were in the middle of creating . . .

Plastic moulding 3

. . . front baffles for the . . .

Plastic moulding 4

. . . M3 outdoor speaker, which Axiom calls the Algonquin. The Algonquins were the original native inhabitants of the area.

Plastic moulding 5

After the baffles are created and burrs from the injection-molding process are removed, they are . . .

Plastic-wrapped M3

. . . glued to the rest of the cabinet, which is also molded on-site using the same machine, and wrapped tightly in plastic to ensure the cabinet structure stays intact until the glue dries.

Grille making 1

Axiom also makes their own grilles. The grille cloth is first cut using the machine shown above . . .

Grille making 2

. . . and matched to the appropriate plastic grille frame (which is also made on site) before . . .

Grille making 3

. . . the two items are placed in a custom-made heat-forming machine . . .

Grille making 4

. . . that melts the plastic to the cloth. The folks at Axiom say the heat-forming process offers a bond that's far superior to glue.

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