All our 3D CAD design engineers are licensed and certified solidworks proffesionals. Using our advanced design software we are able to take just a 2d sketch of your idea and turn it into reality using 3D printing.
We have vast experience with 3d printing rapid prototypes. Our CAD systems outputs high resolution, print ready STL files. In addition, we design parts which are easily printed with consideration to the material and process.
We provide laser scanning and also, a manual measuring service for simpler geometric objects. Have something precious that you can’t source? We may be able to help using scanning and 3d printing.
Our team creates beautiful visuals that bring your product to life. Furthermore, we produce animations for large constructions with multiple parts that fit together. We can showcase your idea and all its details before manufacturing. Generally, essential to seek investment.
3D Modeling Costs
You can hire your own 3d CAD Services ninja for £300/day… Or £40/hour. Many simple projects such as a PCB plastic casing we turn around in days to a week. For more information request the ‘sample product case study’. This is a comprehensive overview of the design process of a simple PCB plastic casing.
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HOW IT WORKS
SKETCH YOUR DESIGN
To begin with, sketch your design on paper showing measurements. Afterwards, email over to us at email@example.com. It doesnt’ matter how bad the sketch is, it’s better than nothing. Include any images you have, of similar products, for our reference.
We receive your brief and sketches to establish whether we’re the right designers for your project. Usually, we setup a video meeting with you to discuss further details. After initial discussion we put together costing, timelines and deliverables.
3D CAD DESIGN TIME!
Now the fun part starts! We create your design in solidworks regularly sending you 3d models to review. Our CAD designers are available on skype any time. Furthermore, if you want to check in and see whats going on you are always welcome.
3D PRINT PROTOTYPE
Finally, the CAD design, approved and ready for initial testing, is ready to 3d print and make real. Then, we give you costing on a large range of material options. Accordingly, we’ll suggest which materials are best for your design and budget. 3-6 days later you’ll receive your product on your doorstep.
Plastic product development
Microworkshops exceeds our competitors value by offering a holistic manufacturing service. Above all, we understand the whole design process, with products made from plastic. We can design it, prototype it and mass produce it with our partner injection mold company.
We provide 2 types of reverse engineering services. 1, manually measuring which for small simple geometric objects can be faster and cheaper then 3d scanning.
Option 2, is 3d scanning which is perfect for organic shapes with lots of detailing. This can accurately replicate a object into a 3D print ready CAD model in as little as 1 day.
Our reverse engineering service allows you to quickly 3d digitise any small existing object. In 1-3 days we can accurately design or modify the model. Subsequently creating 3d print ready files for instant manufacturing.
SOLID & SURFACE MODELLING
Generally speaking any CAD design intended for manufacture is either made using surface or solid modelling, thankfully at microworkshops were highly experienced with both.
A solid model allows you to run simulations for force testing, render images for artwork, control CNC production tools for manufacturing, this list goes on and on. More importantly, its the exact representation of your product in 3D digital format. Hence, it can be sent to anyone anywhere in a instant. This of course makes it the highest communication asset your product requires at every stage of conception.
INJECTION TOOL DESIGN
Injection molding can be very complex. In short, problems can be hard to spot without experience. Chinese manufacturers can help mitigate problems, however, unless you speak Chinese you can bet some of your instructions will be lost in translation.
The smallest mis-understanding can lead to costly mistakes. As a rule, it is important your CAD designer is aware of all the constraints of injection molding. As well as, fully understanding your design intent. Generally, this is lost on manufacturers as there disconnected from the design process.
The truth is that a large portion of CAD designers are visually based and do not give thought to how the object will be made. This often results with inventors sending CAD drawings to china with a reply (if any reply) saying it is not physically possible to mass produce the design, with the current model.
Microworkshops CAD services can mitigate common tooling issues before tool investments. These include: warping, stress cracks, flashing, undercuts, in sufficient draft angles, weld lines, sinkage surface defects, short shots, air pockets. These are just a handful of the technical problems involved with injection moulding and let me guess, all those terms probably mean nothing to you? If that’s the case then I can guarantee you’ll greatly benefit from a CAD designer with molding experience.
STRESS & STRAIN SIMULATIONS
Structural analysis is made of 2 parts, stress and strain. Its what we use to load forces on a object in a chosen position to see at what force it will break with the materials assigned to it. We can also measure and visualise distortion or ‘strain’ in the part in reaction to a applied force
3D printing has made real world stress and strain testing a viable prototyping method. However, the 3d printable plastics options are tiny compared to the options available with injection moulding. So then, you may find your printed prototype is a bad representation of the final product even though it may look exactly the same.
The materials properties and attributes have a large influence on any design.