Coorparoo Vacuum Casting

We provide vacuum cast parts also called urethanes casting process. This process is a great way to get a small batch of parts that are indistinguishable from injection molded parts. They can be self coloured and textured in the mold, just like real injection molded parts, but at a fraction of the cost. A range of materials are available, the most popular choice is simulated ABS. These parts can be over-molded with rubber effects. It is possible to mold in thread inserts or other inserts if required. This process is well suited to small batches, in most cases up to and around 100 parts. Accuracy and appearance of parts produced using this process is very good.

Vacuum cast parts are practically indistinguishable from injection molded parts. This process is the best option for batches of complex parts that have not yet been approved for production. Many millions of dollars have gone up in smoke because prototypes were not made first. Vacuum cast parts that are copies of a 3D printed parts which in turn are accurate representations of Coorparoo 3D CAD data, and are a sure fire way to make sure you have got it right before you sign the big tooling contracts. There are a wide range of materials available with different properties, if you would like to know more, please get in touch with us and see what peace of mind costs.

We offer a wide range of surface treatment services, including: high polishing and painting on 3D printed parts and vacuum cast parts. We can also vacuum cast material with different colours without applying paint with the aid of the pantone colour code.

Information About Coorparoo

Coorparoo is a southern suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Its distance from the city is approximately four kilometres. Surrounding suburbs include Camp Hill, Greenslopes, Holland Park, Norman Park and Seven Hills.

There has been some discussion over the origin of the name. Some believe it comes from the Aboriginal name for a creek that passes through the suburb and into Norman Creek near the (now) Coorparoo railway station. For thousands of years Aborigines lived on the fertile land on the banks of the Brisbane River, hunting and fishing.

Those who lived on the southside of the river, particularly the Yugarabul or Jagara tribes, found plenty of food in this area. Just before European settlement, John Oxley in 1823 marked (but did not name) a creek. The name "Norman's Creek" first appeared on a map prepared by Major Lockyer in 1825.

Historian Leslie E. Slaughter, in a paper presented to the Historical Society of Queensland on 28 November 1953, wrote that "the name Norman's Creek is a corruption of the original name of Gorman's Creek, named after Lieutenant Owen Gorman of Her Majesty's 8th Foot Regiment and who was the last commandant of Moreton Bay. Baker's Atlas of 1846 mapped it as Gorman's Creek. Norman Park was named after Sir Henry Norman, the seventh Governor of Queensland, May 1, 1895".

The Aboriginals called this small creek/tributary of Norman Creek "Cooraparoo". The meaning remains unclear, with possibilities including 'place of the biting mosquito', 'call of the dingo' . The first survey in (what is now) Stones Corner/Coorparoo area was of 'Norman' Creek--in 1839--just when the Moreton Bay penal settlement was coming to an end. Surveying of a practical route from Brisbane to Cleveland commenced in 1850 and the former bullock track became a road, later named Old Cleveland Road.

This important arterial road has carried bullock drays, electric tram (from 1915 to 1969), buses and an ever increasing volume of cars as the bayside district became more densely populated.

Another important arterial road is Cavendish Road, marked as a Government Road on the original survey, it later became Pine Mountain Road then Cavendish Road. Until 1955 a tram line ran along Cavendish Road from Old Cleveland Road. In that year, the trams were replaced by a trolleybus service which operated until March 1969.

In October 1856 the first auction sales of land in Coorparoo took place with 10 country allotments between Norman's Creek and Old Cleveland Road being offered. In December 1857 the second Coorparoo land sale took place with a further 9 portion on the southern side of Old Cleveland Road being offered. Further sales subsequently took place and by 1875 the population of the district had grown significantly enough to demand the provision of the district's own school.

Samuel Stevens in 1875 donated two acres (8,000 m²) of his property near the junction of Pine Mountain Road (now Cavendish Road) and Old Cleveland Road for use of a school. He declined the offer of naming the area "Stevenstown". At a meeting on 22 March 1875 of the residents at Frederick Wecker's home it was resolved "that the name of the locality and the school should be Cooraparoo" after the Aboriginal name for the area around the creek but the Board of Education chose the spelling 'Coorparoo' and the district finally had a name.

Our Clients

COLETEK Amazing Customer Testimonials

4.9 (74)

We met with Luke Cole from COLETEK and very quickly realised that he was very knowledgeable in robotics and prototyping. What separates his company from the rest, is that he had a unique value proposition - COLETEK offers a tele-operated / robotic unit for rent and with the flexibility to be modified to build proof-of-concepts. That unit lowered both the cost and time for us to produce a video showing a very challenging concept. In general COLETEK's service was great value. We would recommend them - they will get it done.

thumb Miguel Araos
Mining3, Brisbane

We engaged COLETEK to conduct a series of research projects on robotics and we very pleased with their technical skill, creative thinking and hard work. If you need to prototype a complex technical idea, they are a great partner to work with.

thumb Stephen Phillips
Mawson Ventures, Brisbane

COLETEK has been providing us with machining solutions for intricate and bespoke spacecraft designs. The team are very professional and always approachable with quick responses to ensure our needs are met. COLETEK offers a competitive solution on price and lead time and we have yet to give them a real challenge so it seems!

Andrin Tomaschett
ADFA & UNSW Canberra Space

Intuitive, innovative & efficient are three words that would appropriately describe the COLETEK service. Luke and the team at COLETEK have taken our concepts to the next level.

thumb Alan Hay
Boylan Group, Sydney

We had the pleasure of doing business with COLETEK who provided us with service work. Their level of service and the quality of their work is exceptional. They communicated with us through the entire process to let us know when the work would be completed. We are very happy to have worked with them.

thumb Steve Sennett
RPX Technologies Inc., Oklahoma, USA

Delivered excellence on time, great work and great team, thanks!

thumb Alexander Tietge
Canberra

Great delivery, and great relationship orientated services.

thumb Damian Carrell
AEDesign (Pvt) Ltd, Pakistan, Germany

As the proprietor a DIY environmentally pest control products business I have been more then impressed with COLETEK's design capability and professionalism in assisting to realise an idea into reality. From concept, CAD drawings, 3D modelling, alterations right through to the finished product. I am extremely happy with our new termite control product. I have no hesitation in recommending COLETEK's services.

thumb Paul Faranda
EBC Enviro Bug Control, Northern Rivers

I consulted COLETEK for some work, commencing in 2014, and haven’t looked back. The project was very important to me, and COLETEK not only saw that but exuded sincere enthusiasm about the project; they are attentive, and thorough in their research and development service. They are a wealth of information and advice, for many aspects of the entire engineering and commercialization space, and this has been invaluable to me. I look forward to continuing work with them long into the future!

thumb Josh Goicoechea
Evios Pty Ltd, Brisbane

In the development of our new product Smart Syphon we had a tight deadline to launch the commercial version of our product and experienced some issues with our drawings. Luke and his team dealt with the issues, worked through the week-end and delivered a quality outcome on time.

thumb Gavin Kelly
Islex Australia Pty Ltd, Brisbane

Our company has been working with COLETEK and Luke Cole for several years. Luke is very intelligent in many areas and has provided us with excellent designs and service. With the addition of a marketing section to provide brochures, packaging, etc. COLETEK is a one-stop shop. Based on our experience, we would highly recommend Luke and his company.

thumb Adrian Morgante
Intelligent Inventions Ltd, Gold Coast

COLETEK have provided one to one communication throughout the development process and gone above and beyond in bringing our ideas closer to becoming a reality! Luke's expertise and knowledge with computer software and electronics is Jedi like, but what I liked most about working with him was his willingness and ability to think outside of the box.

thumb Jarrod Stephens
Sydney

Salita engaged Luke Cole to troubleshoot issues we were having with a drive motor system with a dynamic variance of torque and speed. After approaching no less than a dozen Australian supplier and engineering firms to provide a solution, and after 12 months of product design and testing, they could not verify why their recommended motors where failing and reversing suddenly. Luke undertook testing and analysis and quickly supplied information on the failures. Not only did Luke uncover a rare, uncommon failure but also provided a solution. The COLETEK team are our go to for the correct solution the first time, for all our electronic needs.

thumb Greg Finlay
Salita Pty Ltd, Sunshine Coast

We had an idea that needed very complex design and prototype requirements. After much frustration dealing with other prototyping companies both in Australia and overseas we came across Coletek and have not looked back. Luke has been extremely helpful to date and we are now on the road to developing the product we had envisioned. Luke has been more than capable of taking multiple and constantly changing design facets in his stride and has ultimately given us a clear path to a successful product.

Richard Dwyer
Northern Territory

Luke has a very broad depth of knowledge across many engineering disciplines and has a large project base to draw experience from. I engaged COLETEK for assistance in some early electro-mechanical design for a hoisting system. They've been a great resource for helping develop ideas.

Mitchell Ewin
Gold Coast

Great prototype product made to our specs with minimal fuss. Delivered on time and within budget. Thanks team.

thumb Mike Haines
Haines Video Productions, Sunshine Coast

I would thoroughly recommend COLETEK they provided me with excellent feedback and engineering knowledge with regards to our idea. They also have continued to help us with what direction we should take and introduced us to other professionals that have also guided us. I suggest anyone who has been thinking of something they would like to pursue should contact them to get the most realistic approach of making it successful.

Greg Franich
Brisbane

I had a technical design and prototype job I needed done and had contacted two companies in Brisbane before I discovered COLETEK. From my first conversation with Luke, I knew that he was the best person for the job and he delivered under budget and within the required timeframe. The device he manufactured for my company will save us thousands of dollars and it is highly likely that we will on-sell the device to similar organisations. I recommend COLETEK for any design and prototype work you can imagine for your business.

thumb James Hourigan
Eraza Laser, Townsville

We worked with Luke from COLETEK to develop a prototype for a new venture. Luke was able to give us practical advice on how to execute the project inline with our budget that was super useful. What has been endearing, is that even after the build was complete, Luke continues to touch base with us offering help to keep the momentum of the project going forward.

thumb Matthew Hayden
Conversion Kings, Brisbane

Thank you for the fast and efficient service you have provided us over the years for 3D printing prototypes of specialised containers we are developing to manufacture. The 3D printing has been beneficial in perfecting and obtaining the perfect containers to suit the purpose and our needs.

thumb Linda Lonsdale
Rowdy's, Tweed Coast

After approaching COLETEK with a few sketches of a plumbing tool I had in mind Luke and I immediately bounced a few ideas around. Leaving things with Luke he quickly produced some 3D images and ideas we subsequently used. Before long COLETEK produced an operational 3D printed prototype of the tool. I was then able to use this prototype to seek funding for further research and development.

thumb Kyle Berryman
Brisbane

We have used COLETEK on a couple of occasions and found their service to be professional and on time. We specialise in engineering and design of height safety equipment and since a lot of parts are made by casting from stainless steel we require a quick model before we proceed with the tool manufacture. COLETEK has been able to provide this quickly saving us valuable time and giving us peace of mind knowing our parts will look right when casted from stainless steel.

thumb Jan Kroupa
Safety Roof Anchors, Sydney

I'm in the early stages of my prototype design. I have worked with Luke for a couple of years now and in that time I have found Luke to be very reliable, responsible with my design, honest and trustworthy. What stood out the most was Luke's pride and commitment that he undertakes to ensure a positive outcome. I consider it a privilege to call Luke an associate and have no hesitation in encouraging others to do the same.

Linda Wells
Sunshine Coast

Multistore Industries was in the process of developing new product for a client and needed a 3D handle printed before we went into the expense of mass production. I meet with Luke several times and he assisted with the drawings and then printed the handle. The handle was then presented to our client within 1 week and approved by the client. Thank you to Luke and his team for making this process so easy and for a client who couldn’t visualise the finished product Coletek was the perfect solution. Our company will not hesitate to use COLETEK for further projects.

Jodie Rogers
Multistore Industries P/L, Logan

Working with COLETEK has been a pleasure. All parts we received are good quality and made exactly to our drawings, turnaround times were quick and never later than stated. Overall a great supplier and would recommend to any others interested in 3D Printing. Thank you!

Luke Weisenberger
KW Automation, Sunshine Coast

Our first foray into the world of 3D printing brought us to COLETEK. We consider ourselves fortunate to have made this connection. COLETEK were accessible and easy to communicate with. They provided clear feedback and advice regarding the printing process, 3D file formats, resolution options and the likely time and costs involved. They provided prompt, invaluable service at a critical stage of product development, demonstrating a real understanding of our particular needs. The costs of services were totally appropriate and represented real added value to our final product. Thank you Luke and the team, we look forward to further opportunities to engage COLETEK.

thumb Graeme Rickards
GreenZeen, Sunshine Coast

I engaged COLETEK several years ago to produce designs and working prototypes of 2 products I am currently developing as I was having difficulty obtaining what I required from overseas design companies. I have always found Luke easy to work with and having face to face meetings made explaining my concepts so much easier than endless emails. Design changes and modifications are always produced in a timely fashion and available for pickup locally.

Jon Pearce
Gold Coast

COLETEK has assisted on a variety of last-minute 3d printing overflow tasks for various projects. I've always found them to be very responsive to my needs and turned around urgent work in shortest possible time frame. I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend COLETEK for any future design and/or 3d printing requirements.

thumb Mark Rankin
Design Process

I used COLETEK for the design and prototyping of a new medical airway device I invented. They were enthusiastic, responsive to my input and I was very satisfied with the product they gave me. I can strongly recommend their services.

thumb Dr Brian Lewer
Sunshine Coast

I was grateful to find Luke Cole at COLETEK in the early days of an invention idea. He was very patient and generous with information to guide me along the way. And even though I did not preceed with my project, I would still recommend his services. Thank you.

Astrid Van Ewyk
Sydney

Luke and the team do a amazing job. Extremly happy from start to finish

Ben Grant-Drew
Brisbane

We recently engaged the services of COLETEK to perform some penetration testing on our systems. We found Luke flexible and accommodating with our specific needs. Luke provide what we needed to show our clients our security measures with our systems. I would have no hesitation in recommending Luke.

thumb Nathan Murray
etrainu, Brisbane

As a leading technology solutions provider we carefully choose our partners to outsource some of our projects. Black Box has partnered with COLETEK in delivering numerous projects. Every single time they have delivered work of highest standard and meet our project deadlines. It's a pleasure to work with COLETEK team headed by Luke and hope to work on many more projects in the future.

thumb Sudhir Kumar
Black Box Network Services Pty Ltd, Melbourne

You can rest assured, knowing that you are about to invest in a great service delivered by absolute professionals. COLETEK are extremely knowledgeable and deliver timely service with a courteous and customer centric approach. I originally employed COLETEK to assist with security camera installation but have since asked their advice on a number of innovative related matters, always with a solution. If you need a team of top tier consultants and service providers, for any technology-based project, then you have come to the right place.

thumb Martin Dominick
The K9 Centre AUS, Brisbane

I have outsourced many projects through COLETEK over the years for a variety of applications. Applications such as a online based software platform that pulls live data feeds and updates in real-time to the user. A custom built website for adding users and products that achieved over 20,000 listings. Mobile applications. Data recovery and hardware repair. Custom SEO services and secure hosting services. I choose COLETEK because I know that a job will get done as requested and within a reasonable time frame. Also I'm a stickler for security and they're the best.

Matthew Krause
Gold Coast