what a great thread! I have researched and researched for a particular hinge and have found nothing!!! I`ve tried researching companies that offer to make this hinge and tried emailing them with a description of what I was looking for and rec`d no comments back... One thing I was told but have not tried is to go to a college and speak with the head of the engineering group to see if they could do a class project to make this hinge. The problem is, if they make the hinge, then where to go next?? and, is it necessary to have to by a container load of hinges? They truely make it hard for the `small` companies. Any suggestions?
It's always hard for the smaller operators, Marcy. The issue is that you just aren't big enough to interest the established factories. They make huge numbers of each product and they are busy enough keeping their factory doing this. The effort of a new product is huge for them, and only worthwhile if the orders are of an equally impressive size.
My suggestion: forget about the hinge companies at the start. Make sure you have a good design and you have some idea about the best manufacturing operation (an engineer can help with this if you need it). Then find a manufacturer (probably a small to medium sized one) who has the required capability. Their costs per unit will probably be higher, but they will at least be interested in your business and they will make what you want. I assume that your hinge will be unique and have some feature that can justify the slight extra cost.
I hope that helps you. It is a similar story for a lot of small operators and start ups. They look for an established factory of the product when they probably need to first identify the required capabilities and then search for a suitable factory.
All the best