Our design services strike a critical balance between creativeness and pragmatism to ensure we deliver a sustainable product or component solution.
With over 25 years of 3D design experience, a custom-made design and production facility and a dedicated quality management system our world-class design services deliver the broad range of quality products, devices and components demanded by the world in the 21st century. We design solutions that require production ranging from a one-off piece to tens of thousands of parts and beyond.
Before committing to design work, we will create a bespoke design brief so that you can be sure of what we will deliver before committing. We seek to ensure that every solution strikes a balance between pragmatism and innovation – our designs create a competitive advantage for our customers.
Through the effective use of additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing), we have assisted customers to reduce costs by 95%, increase productivity by 30%, reduce lead times by 90% and bring their new products and components to market more than 20% faster. Additive manufacturing is a powerful technology that revolutionises businesses, but the technology is only as good as the designs which drive it. Addition is at the very forefront of advancing design and production solutions which take advantage of additive manufacturing for customers in medical, pharmaceutical, sports, consumer goods and industrial manufacturing sectors.
Our focus is always on producing the very best solution for you, so if additive manufacturing isn’t the whole solution our extensive understanding of delivery for established production materials and processes is. If the best solution requires a blend of established and new processes, we will confidently call on our industrial design heritage and seamlessly design like-for-like in processes including injection moulding, CNC machining, forming, casting and fabrication. Throughout the process, we always keep a keen eye on the practicalities of assembly and distribution.
Concept design is where creative minds are put to work, designing ideas and concepts for every aspect of a design brief, working alongside you to provide the all-important feedback necessary to steer the project in the direction that works for you. We excel at the creation of innovative, exciting design solutions whilst maintaining a keen eye on the pragmatism needed to successfully deliver sustainable products and components. We deliver this through a combination of research, hand drawing, 3D CAD and both virtual and physical prototyping. Concept design is delivered under a series of pre-agreed phases of work which require go/no-go decisions before proceeding to the next, ensuring that you always maintain control of the process.
The world is not all digital but the application of digital technologies to support the development of concepts or capturing core parts of the real world to support further development is often important in the successful delivery of design work.
Often, we need to get a digital copy of a real item in a fast, accurate and efficient way and this is where reverse engineering steps in.
We use a combination of traditional techniques and cutting-edge scanning techniques to transfer physical data into virtual data to be used in supporting design work or simply supplying physical copies of failed or worn components. We understand that it may not always be possible to send us critical or valuable components/products, especially if you have to remove components from production lines, so our reverse engineering services are flexible and cost-effective and can be delivered on your site or at our facility in Sheffield.
These are just some examples of how additive technology can be utilised to benefit your workflow and reduce downtime. If this something that you can see benefitting your production line, please get in touch!