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sustainable product design recyclable deodorant

A consciousness of sustainable product design has never been greater. The damaging environmental impact of many products has been known for a number of years and so it is incredibly encouraging to see a huge shift to redress the situation. Indeed, children are being taught about sustainability in primary and secondary schools, and there are […] Read More

The creation of some advertising marketing models, using modern and traditional methods, brought together up-to-date 3D design with cutting edge 3D printing technologies and long-established model-making skills. This 3-way collaboration, between Cambridge Design Technology, Prototype Projects and Mimesis Models, enabled the production of three ‘traditional Britain’ scenes in large scale glass milk bottles. About Mimesis […] Read More

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits

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

bad design

There’s good design. There’s design that pushes the boundaries with its innovation. Then there’s design that just goes, well, wrong. Here’s a round-up of some bad designs. Take a look… Enjoy! It’s worth noting that none of these designs are ours!!!     Bring your ideas to life Want to make sure your next project […] Read More

design engineering in disasters

Life is for living but there are times when risks need to be managed. In this article we take a look at how design engineering for disasters can provide the necessary security blanket which, ultimately, saves lives. Earthquake-proof bed If disaster strikes in the form of an earthquake, for example, when you are at your […] Read More

medical device development

We have vast experience in medical device development. Watch our short video to find out more about how we can help with your next project. Ready to get started? We are an innovative and creative company providing product design and technology development services to medical, scientific, technology and industrial companies. Contact us on 01223 662300 to talk to us about your […] Read More

power of physics

We recently came across these two great videos which show the real power of physics. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we have! The sand pendulum The first video shows how the laws of physics control the pendulum to create a geometric shape from the sand contained within the pendulum. Absolutely fantastic! […] Read More

AI robot

The DIY AI robot If you have always wanted a DIY AI robot that follows you around the house and brings you drinks and snacks, read on! The Smartibot, developed by Toymaker The Crafty Robot, is a build-it-yourself robot toy for children and adults. Described as the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) enabled cardboard robot, […] Read More

product ideas

If you have an idea in mind for a product but don’t know how to bring it to life, Cambridge Design Technology can help. Ready to get started? We are an innovative and creative company providing product design and technology development services to medical, scientific, technology and industrial companies. Contact us on 01223 662300 to talk […] Read More

ClubKaddy golfing device

Cambridge Design Technology were approached by Peter Englefield, who is a keen golfer. Peter wanted to develop a new golfing aid which would assist amateur golfers of all abilities in their game. Many golf clubs (rightly so), limit the use of smart phones and clever apps to prevent competitive advantages over players that aren’t using […] Read More

Sony's Aibo AI Dog

Engadget have pulled together this great video on what they believe to be the top gadgets from CES 2018. Top gadgets from CES 2018   Not got time to watch the video? Here’s a quick overview of Engadgets’ winners and their products: Best Accessibility Tech Xenoma e-skin pyjamas – great technology for people suffering with dementia.   Best […] Read More

Technology Development - AR Suits

2017 was a great year for product development but 2018 is set to be the year of technology. Take a look at the top developments that have caught our eye.   Top technology offerings for 2018 Blockchain Internet of Things IoT (the ‘Internet of Things’) is not new but the BIoT (Blockchain Internet of Things) […] Read More

industrial engineering in Britain

Two fantastic videos showing how ‘Made in Britain’ used to be! Made in Britain: industrial engineering of gold leaf This first video shows the making of gold leaf from the beating and rolling of gold bars. It’s amazing to see how a 77 year old had been beating gold for 63 years – and using […] Read More

Allegro

Proud to be made in Britain In the post war years, Britain’s standing in the world as number one manufacturer was undisputed. Everything was adorned proudly with “Made in England”. This stamp of origin was not only commonplace, but synonymous with high quality, technical innovation and was respected throughout the commonwealth and the rest of […] Read More

Rude Goldberg Machine

We are absolutely fascinated by these incredible Rube Goldberg Machines – such masterpieces! A Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Goldberg was best known for his zany invention cartoons. We’re sure his engineering degree is behind all of this! Bringing the principle of creating a horrendously complicated machine to do a simple or pointless job, the creations shown in the […] Read More

e-drawings guide

Please take a look at our guide to downloading E-Drawings® CAD viewer. E-drawings® is a free app allowing users to open a variety of CAD files in multiple formats. Any native CAD files from SolidWorks, Creo (Pro/ENGINEER), CATIA and Autodesk Inventor can be directly opened in E-Drawings®. Also exported files used for manufacturing can be […] Read More

prototype rendering

In our last article we looked at taking a brief through the concept phase to a CAD design ready for prototyping. Here is what happens when we send the concept to prototyping.   Prototype Phase We sent Jack Lowe, our Product Designer, over to Prototype Projects to document what happens next. We knew the purpose […] Read More

Case Study - Simpsons of Langley

The Simpsons Story Simpsons of Langley are a UK-based company specialising in the manufacture, distribution and retail of professional pet care products. The family-run company, which was founded in 1960, is regarded as a market leader in the design and sourcing of innovative products for the pet grooming industry and which are aimed at enhancing […] Read More

Young Product Designer

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

Product Concept to Design

In this article we showcase the first part of a typical project going from concept to prototype.   Concept Phase 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: […] Read More

Designing from Memory

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

Design Partner Questions

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 3D Scanning

What is reverse engineering? 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 […] Read More

Merry Xmas 3D Rendering

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

3D Modelling with Solidworks

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 […] Contact us

Software in Product Design & Development

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

Prototyping and Design

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

Virtual Reality (VR) Product Development

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

Intelligent Property Protection (Patents)

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

Integrated flowmeter suction device

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

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Overview 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 […] Read More

Robot Selfie

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

3D Modelling

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

Hazard Analysis in Product Design

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

Black Tracca

About Tracca 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 […] Read More

Defence Equipment Design

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

Cambridge Design Technology Placeholder

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

Bouncelight

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

model cars

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

flash modifier

Tony Chau is an independent professional photographer with vast experience running photo shoots and commissions for clients all over the world. The requirement 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 […] Read More