By taking inspiration from; the automotive sector, naval engineering, industrial automation, toy development and many others.
We can deliver a mechanical solution to your problem.
We’re passionate about creating efficient, optimised, and simple, mechanical systems.
As engineers we find beauty in great mechanical design,
maybe we need to get out more!
Nothing makes us happier than a tasty spreadsheet! Thermodynamics, Newtonian mechanics, Electromechanics we’ll get stuck into any of it. We also make use of all the tools available to us, FEA (Finite Element Analysis), CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and anything else that might speed up to process.
3D CAD and a rendered image can be enough, at times to take your idea into the public domain and find out whether you can get people enthused about your idea.
Entire Kickstarter campaigns are successfully run with nothing more.
To get things made quickly and with minimal mistakes, you have to talk the language of manufacturers, 2D drawings for hand machining, STEP files for CNC, DWG files for laser cutters, and GERBER files for PCB designs. They all have their uses.
If you can’t sell it and make a profit, you haven’t created a product! Customer focussed value engineering is about optimising the product through design, material choices and functionality ensuring the areas that the customer cares about are great and the ones they don't are fit for purpose.
We have dedicated project managers on hand to ensure your project is delivered on time and on budget.
Throughout projects we aim to maintain a constant transfer of knowledge, we want you to learn as much from the process as we do.
Many projects will require input from multiple disciplines, potentially involving people around the globe. We have a wealth of experience managing projects with a distributed workforce, using all the products available to teams like us:
All of these allow efficient collaborative working with remote teams that wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago.
A well developed BOM (Bill of Materials) and MRI (Master Record Index) can be an invaluable point of reference. Anything we develop with more than one part will always have at least a BOM to allow a place to reference each of the components in the assembly.
FMECA was originally developed in the 1940s by the U.S military, FMEA is a bottom-up, inductive analytical method which may be performed at either the functional or piece-part level.
FMECA extends FMEA by including a criticality analysis, which is used to chart the probability of failure modes against the severity of their consequences. The result highlights failure modes with relatively high probability and severity of consequences, allowing remedial effort to be directed where it will produce the greatest value.
EMC, Environmental, Reliability and Accelerated Life Testing are used to evaluate your product, usually once it has reached a reasonable level of maturity. We are experienced in planning, implementing, and assessing the results of all of these tests.
Component selection and understanding of what currently exist on the market is critical to getting a prototype built quickly and cheaply.
Off the shelf mechanical and electrical products are readily available to deliver many elements of the functionality for most product prototypes.
An off the shelf solution will almost always be cheaper than a one off prototype production part. Our experience building early stage prototypes means that if a product exists that will solve your problem, we’ll know where to find it.
When you do need to make something from scratch for an early stage prototype, our knowledge of manufacturing methods and contact base will save significant sums of money.
3D printers have been hailed as game changing for the future of manufacturing. They allow highly detailed, usable parts to be created in hours from any 3D model.
We use a highly capable Stereolithography (SLA) printer and have successfully printed working gears and driveshafts for small mechanical systems for a fraction of the cost of machining.
We have been building prototypes and bespoke products for years, in a wide range of industry sectors.
We have built relationships with suppliers over careers. This means we know where to go to find what we need, what questions we need to ask suppliers, and what we should be paying for it. All of this can have a dramatic effect of the cost of early stage prototypes.
Communicating with businesses and individuals working in a highly technical environment can sometimes prove challenging. Translating a user requirement into technical language and vice versa takes a certain amount of understanding of the field, and an understanding of the way things normally get done.
We have been dealing with these scenarios for years and can make sure the relationships remain painless and fruitful.