Are you looking for a flexible and inexpensive way to get started with your product development? Then, our lightweight CAD Services aim to boost your efforts in developing your idea into a marketable product.
From your initial concept, we create your design in Autocad Fusion 360™ software. Each project lives in its own secure space which can be accessed online (requires a free-to-setup Autodesk™ account). Within the secure project space, collaboration tools allow you to review and comment as your design develops in real-time.
Our pricing for CAD work aims to be simple, predictable and within your control. We provide you with an up-front quote based on how many hours the work should take, and charge a simple hourly fee.
Most simple, single-object jobs can be managed within a couple of hours of work. More complex geometry with lots of parameters would take longer. The example project below is at the simple end of the spectrum and would cost less than £50.
Private Collaboration Space
You access to all the design files, drawings and documents from your project space. You can access and download your files at any time. The example project below gives an idea of what to expect. however, this example is a public project open to everyone rather than a secured private project. There are some functionality differences between the two modes. E.g. you can’t download the model files from a public project.
An example project.
Make your prototype
Once you are happy with your design, we can make it for you in a range of materials. Take a look at our Engineering Models section to get an idea of the range of capabilities at your disposal. We will guide you through the choices and price options. You are free to download your CAD design and make your own arrangements for 3d printing or manufacturing. The choice is yours.
While we can help create prototypes and proof of concept models. You remain responsible for the design and whether it is fit for its intended purpose.
It can be critical to get competent advice if your design needs to consider safety, manufacturability, loads and strains, comply with standards or regulations etc.. As your design develops, we may flag to you that you need to bring in additional expertise or if it is time to engage with potential manufacturing partners to advise on the next steps.
If we have concerns about proceeding with a design, we reserve the right to withdraw from the project at any time.
Collaborating across industry
We often collaborate with companies in the 3d-printing and additive manufacturing sector. We work with companies that specialise in manufacturing processes and create the digital content they need for the job. These are often the same companies we reach out to for manufacturing capability we can’t handle in-house.
Most product design work is, by its nature, confidential. We would never share details of a design without the explicit permission of the client. Here are some examples we have permission to share…
We reverse-engineered a clutch pedal for a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, which took several weeks and a few iterations of plastic test-prints to ensure an accurate fit. From the CAD work we produced, the part was machined from aluminium. Read more…
With Dentist practices opening up after lockdown, we had a request from our friends over at Angus 3D Solutions to design a custom-fitted respirator for their client, a Sikh dentist. The particular challenge for the client was achieving a good fit over his cloth beard covering, being able to wear eye-loupes on the bridge of the nose, being able to use a powered belt-mounted air filter as the inlet but also ensuring the exhaust breath was vented to the rear, and not over the patient.
Working from a digital scan of the dentist’s face, we came up with a custom-fitted bespoke design for the respirator that met all these requirements.
To start to bring your ideas into reality, drop us a line…