A New Service?
As industrial designers we have always understood the manufacturing process, but a recent new client, and the new in-house experience we have in Design Engineering, has allowed us to invest in industry standard software Autodesk Inventor, to offer a design engineering service for both existing and new clients.
As part of our 3D CGI service we are used to taking CAD files – IGES, STP, STL, Inventor and so on, and converting them into a format our own 3D visualisation software can use, to create gorgeous product visualisations and animations. This new 3D CAD service moves us nearer to the beginning of the production process, clients with a concept or idea can now turn to us to finalise the design, test it in software, then produce CAD data suitable for manufacture. All of this from people with an eye for the aesthetic too – we’re not just CAD monkeys, though if you only need the monkey service then that’s ok, we won’t be offended.
To us it’s a natural progression – we’ve been at the end of the pipeline when it comes to product manufacture – we’re moving up that pipeline. For those interested, our specialism is in sheet and machined materials – the crane cab simulator project is a perfect example.
Of course, once we have CAD data available, it’s a short hop to offering rapid prototype models. These come in various guises, though the material used will depend on the final use. For example, we have modelled the new Milton Keynes Academy and had the model laser-etched into crystal presentation pieces, presented as gifts to those on the building development team. If you’re an architect wanting a solid model of a new development, then a polymer-based material would be more appropriate.