Computer Aided Design & Drafting

 

FROM CONCEPTual DESIGN, TO complex mechanisms AND precise MACHINED components WE USE CADD TO ENSURE DESIGN INTENT IS MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS

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To offer the best quality, accuracy and productivity, Form Lab relies heavily on Computer Aided Design & Drafting (#CADD) software. By leveraging CADD we're able to create parametric designs that can quickly & efficiently be adapted based on development or production needs whilst maintaining revision control to provide an auditable history of changes.

This level of control management allows changes to be implemented in real-time, reducing development lifecycles and ultimately overall project costs. 

"If the only tool you have is hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail"

- Abraham Maslow

 

We understand not every problem can be resolved with the same broad-brush approach. We work with our clients to fully understand their requirements before selecting an appropriate response to their need.

We wouldn't recommend using volume production methods & tools for a bespoke / one-off part. Subsequently we wouldn't attempt to provide detailed manufacturing files using tools not up to the job or without following the correct production approval process. We're able to work at both ends of the scale and will always aim to provide a measured solution that best meets your requirements today, and beyond tomorrow...

 

We're expert operators of many CADD packages including Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor & Autodesk Fusion. We're also proficient with other popular packages including such as AutoDesk AutoCAD, PTC Creo, Siemens Solid Edge, as well as emerging packages such OnShape.

To learn more about the benefits of digitising your designs with CADD, get in touch to discuss. We offer digitising services to bring your designs in to the 21st century.

 

Rendering & Animation

 

Computer rendering allows us to generate photorealistic images of products and super helpful animations to convey a products design, features and uses. 

 

ENGAGE YOUR PARTNERS, CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS

 

A great picture is worth a thousand words. At Form Lab, we can generate extremely accurate visuals of your products, from individual parts to functioning assemblies. They function as support for your development project to explain design intent before without committing to multiple prototypes or costly 'looks like' or 'works like' crafted models.

From our experience, these images are great for communicating your intentions to stakeholders without a technical background, who will more engaged with a vision of the finished product.

Finite Element Analysis (#FEA)

 

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Finite Element Analysis, #FEA, is an extremely powerful computational method designed for solving real world engineering problems.

 

PREDICT PART AND Assembly PERFORMANCE BEFORE committing to costly prototypes

 

At Form Lab we leverage our broad experience acquired across a range of scientific & engineering sectors with specialist software platforms based on the finite element method #FEM, to provide practical insights at all stages of the design & development phases. We pride ourselves on providing an impartial fact based analysis to help our customer’s develop more robust solutions, more cost effectively, and reduce development timescales in the process.

 

We do this by offering the following services;

 

Structural Analysis;

  • Linear static stress / strain
  • Non-linear quasi static (contact/material/time)
  • Dynamic stress / strain (modal, shock, random vibration, sine sweep / harmonic)
  • Drop test
  • Fatigue

 

Thermal Analysis;

  • Linear steady state
  • Non-linear steady state
  • Transient

 

REDUCE YOUR DEVELOPMENT iteration CYCLEs, optimise MATERIAL usage and boost your competiveness

 

Armed with this knowledge we can confidently scan thousands of design optimisations to ensure maximum performance with minimum material / cost, even before testing your first prototype.

 

Want to know more about FEA and the endless possibilities to streamline your design process? Check out our blog post on this game changing technology.

Interested in seeing how we can predict or optimise the performance of your design, get in touch we'd love to know more.