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Our team can assist clients to solve existing manufacturing problems, develop a new product towards its ultimate conclusion and decide its final method of manufacture.
Do you have a component you're finding difficult to source?
Perhaps you have an idea of a product you can’t quite visualise? Then Look no further!
Computer Aided Design
In the early stages of product development, the use of design software is critical. Many additional development processes use the data generated by this process. We have access to a wide range of industry-leading software provided by Solidworks, Creo, QForm, and Transvalor. This enables us to produce drawings in DXF, DWG, and PDF format, 3D model files in STEP or IGS, and perform forging simulation.
Working from conceptual sketches, product samples, or existing drawings, we can produce dimensional drawings in the early stages of project development.
This benefits our customers because we can continuously refine designs, developing the product design to achieve their exact requirements before any large cost investment is made.
Drawings can be supplied for approval in a wide range of digital formats including PDF, DXF, and DWG.
We have the ability to produce accurate physical models by using the latest 3D printing technology.
This service is valuable in the mid-stages of product development as it enables our customers to hold a physical representation of the forged blank or finished component before any tooling is produced. This model can be used to confirm dimensional suitability or test fitted in the final application to identify any overlooked design issues.
Tooling and forging dies are expensive and identifying issues in the early stages of development saves time, resources, and budget.
Machining & Tooling
Following drawing approval, digital models can easily be transferred and used in the next stage of production which is tooling design and die sinking.
In most cases, a forging process will be used to produce the component. Forging dies are designed using 3D digital models from the initial development at the drawing stage. Forging simulation is also used to verify die design before any die blocks are cut, explained in more detail below.
We have the on-site capability to manufacture forging dies and programming of CNC machines for final component finishing if required. All machine cutting paths can be previewed and checked prior to the process.
The process is also used to design and produce special testing jigs, go and no-go gauges, and fixtures that improve and streamline our automated manufacturing processes.
QForm and Transvalor forging simulation software, enabling the development and optimisation of tooling to accurately simulate and analyse the forging process.
It is possible to identify flaws in the early stage of tooling design such as inadequate impression filling, laps or folds, and flow-through defects. This enables us to evaluate the overall process digitally before any major cost is incurred.
We have software that can perform Stress Analysis tests from rendered 3D models, using both static and assembled components.
This enables us to evaluate product structure and design suitability and make alterations to suit various requirements. We can also input various material properties making the system fully customisable.