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When you get a request for work experience from a 15-year old boy, let's be honest, you're never really sure whether to go for it and try to inspire a young product designer in the making or pass it by! We had such a request earlier in the year and we're so pleased we said […] Read More

In this article we showcase the first part of a typical project going from concept to prototype.   The customer brief is singularly the most important document we require from our clients. The brief or product design specification, or product requirements definition (to name three variations of the same thing), defines many things: What the […] Read More

Have you ever wondered what the results would be if you were designing from memory? An artist has done just that and the results were certainly interesting. They asked people to draw a bicycle from memory and then rendered the results. Although the basics were there (e.g. wheels, frame, seat, handle bar, pedals (sometimes!) etc), […] Read More

Whether you’re a young start up or an established business with a strong product development process, every little helps. So, it makes sense to take advantage of whatever tax breaks you’re entitled to. For companies with an active research and development (R&D) function, it can add up to thousands of pounds’ worth of expenditure. But, […] Read More

Innovative companies of all sizes with a new product or technology idea or a concept need to go through the process of design, development, testing and market readiness. Along the way, many such companies, particularly entrepreneurs with funding but little in-house expertise to draw on, must outsource some or all the skills needed to progress […] Read More

Reverse engineering is the process of analysing an existing product’s constituent components to allow a fully replicated design – or design knowledge – to be created from the information extracted. Products and concepts as wide-ranging in structure and function as mechanical devices, electronic components, computer software, chemical formulas or organic matter are all suitable for […] Read More

As Christmas beckons and the curtain begins to fall on 2016, it’s time for Cambridge Design Technology to reflect on the year – and what a year it’s been! Here at Cambridge Design Technology, we’ve been creatively solving our clients’ production problems at every opportunity during 2016, and the future promises to bring new opportunities […] Read More

Over the last few months we have produced articles which follow the design process for product development. Our previous articles have included: The role of and technologies available for Prototyping of new product designs Protecting your Intellectual Property with patent law Using SolidWorks CAD software to create the product design Using PTC Creo Parametric for 3D modelling This time we have produced […] Read More

Last year we wrote an article about our solid partnership with 3D modelling vendor Solidworks – you can find it here. This time we’re trumpeting the benefits of another, but very different, 3D modelling application called PTC Creo Parametric. We source this through Root Solutions, a company whom we’ve worked with for many years. To […] Read More

In this latest article in our series which examines the services and technologies that complement - and are critical to - commercial product design, we’re going to look at software and electronics design and development. Our previous articles have covered: Using SolidWorks CAD software to create the product design Protecting your Intellectual Property with patent […] Read More

The latest in our series of articles looking at complementary services to the product design is on Prototyping. By the way, if you missed our earlier articles you can find them below: Using SolidWorks CAD software to create the product design Protecting your Intellectual Property with patent law The increasing use of Virtual Reality in […] Read More

Never one to shy away from technological developments, we had a finger firmly on the pulse of virtual reality recently. Courtesy of VR gaming company, Fragers Ltd, who offer portable VR booths and double decker gaming buses, we left the real world behind as we stepped into a virtual reality and tried out the latest experiences. […] Read More

If you’re in the process of designing or developing a new product or technology, you will at some point need to consider how you will protect your invention. Many people immediately think of ‘patent’ protection as the default form of intellectual property protection, but patents are not always the most appropriate or cost effective option. […] Read More

Cambridge Design Technology was founded in March 2015 by long-time product design consultant Jon Plumb. Having left his previous business Innovate3 after 13 years, Jon set up his new business to provide an all-round product and technology design and development solution for innovative businesses in Cambridge & East Anglia wanting to take their ideas from […] Read More

When designing products and components, it is vital to ensure that their integrity and reliability within the bounds of ‘normal usage’ will not be compromised. Alongside product and technology design processes, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can be used to model how product structure and will respond to stress, and from this to predict any possibility […] Read More

Last week we saw lots of announcements from the annual CES in Las Vegas, always a good scene setter for coming trends of the year. It was bigger than ever, with over 223,000 sq meters of exhibition space and 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest technology innovations. Among the things that caught our eye were: […] Read More

Solidworks is the leading 3D modelling software and Cambridge Design Technology is an advanced user of this innovative software. In this article we explain why we use SolidWorks, and the importance of our support partner Innova Systems. In engineering design, the technical knowledge and design expertise of the designer are both key, and can only […] Read More

The safety of a product is always a core element of any product design and development process, and it is an increasingly heavily regulated area. Ensuring that any potential hazard associated with a product’s use – either through product failure or misuse – is therefore an essential part of a product designer’s role. The process […] Read More

Tracca produces and sells GPS tracking collars for domestic pets and is the brainchild of Managing Director and co-founder Toby Mills. The company was founded in 2014 with a vision to develop a reliable device that would inform pet owners of the location of their animals whenever they stray from home. Toby’s idea was to […] Read More

We will be attending the DSEI expo on 15-18 September 2015. DSEI is the world's leading defence and security event showcasing military and defence technology. Visit the DSEI website to find out more about the event.   […] Read More

Things are getting exciting here at Cambridge Design Technology. Several projects coming to fruition. Parts being delivered off tooling, prototypes being 3D printed in-house and hydraulic control systems being commissioned. Watch this space for further news […] Read More

Cambridge Design Technology have appointed Jemma Ford, a student of Photography to record the design portfolio of our projects and products we have created. Using her Cannon rig and the Bouncelite flash diffuser designed by Jon Plumb and his team, she exploited the control and functionality of Bouncelite to tame the stark flash light that […] Read More

Freestyle Modelling is an emerging modelling methodology with its roots in the sort of sub-divisional surface  modelling traditionally used by gaming and animation designers. It is now being increasingly used in the solid modelling environment. How does it help in product development? In this article we’re going to take a look at a the latest […] Read More

Tony Chau is an independent professional photographer with vast experience running photo shoots and commissions for clients all over the world. Whilst always able to achieve the results required by his clients, Tony Chau knew that with the photographic equipment currently available on the market, no single flash unit could achieve the light results he […] Read More