CAD (Computer aided design)
Today if you want anything prototyped, developed or mass produced using modern manufacturing you will need a 3D digital model. CNC’s, 3D Printers, laser cutters all are controlled by digital models, in other words the 3D models are the blueprints the machines run from. these machines are able to produce physical models produced in a variety of materials and methods, from steel moulds for injection moulding. There’s really no way around it, the CAD model is the gateway to fabricating your product. It also serves a large variety of other purposes. It can be used to calculate the mass, strength, mechanical properties and lots of other significant elements which in essence allows the inventor to study the product as if it was already in there hands. As well as this, getting a product to market is usually a costly venture so requires investors. With a 3D digital model it can be rendered or animated which is the quickest most effective form of communicating your idea to key investors during pre-production stages. Coupled with a physical 3D printed model you will have the best fighting chance of securing investment or pitching to potential stakeholders.
Microworkshops has extremely skilled industrial designers and makers that can help you take your idea to a finished CAD and physical models.. We offer 10% off SLA, SLS and FDM 3d printing when designing in house. Everything being in house allows us to provide a extremely efficient work flow so there’s no waiting around for this manufacturer to speak with that designer. And yes when you call in you WILL be speaking with THE EXPERT!
Using our experience with digital and physical modelling we can take a product from concept stage to finished working prototype in as little as week. We are licensed professional solidworks users, which you can see from their site that its the most advanced CAD system in the world right now. Using this computer system we offer extensive capabilities in product design.
Our 3d modelling is specifically tailored for 3d printing and injection moulding. The models need more work to be mass manufacture ready from prototyping stages, so if you want to injection mould in china we work closely with a number of china and UK based manufacturers. Although we do rely on there expertise to a degree we do use Solidworks modelling software to simulate mold filling which allows us to determine a number of very crucial things that save up to 10s of thousands of pounds in retooling costs, specifically;
- Short shots
- Mould filling times
- Air traps
- Weld lines
- Warp magnitudes
- Ejection problem and draft angles
- Fill pressure
- Clamp pressure
- Sink marks
Troubleshooting all these potential issues before production is very important and can save you huge amounts through out the process. We can also provide key answers that absolutely ever design project requires with plastic product design which is, how much does it cost per unit for large and small volume orders? What are the tooling/startup costs? Whats the best material I can use? During our simulation analysis we collect data outlining how long it takes to mould and cool 1 unit. We can run this same study with a database of over 3000 plastic materials and working with a handful of CNC mould makers we and information from the analysis hold the key to all crucial questions that allow you to establish the products viability.
You can hire your own CAD ninja for £200/day… Many projects we turn around in days to a week
What we provide
– 3D CAD models in any desired format
– Modelling designed for efficient defect proof printing
– Reverse engineering – If you want a form replicated we can usually do that with 2 photos and some very accurate measurements.
– Photo realistic high resolution renders (with environment included)
– Technical drawings
– Animations and fly arounds