With many of our clients, providing a set of drawings and CAD models is only part of the story.
We need to undertake production engineering processes right from the start of a project. Understanding how things may be made and the intricacies of materials and manufacturing processes is yet another keystone in the product development process.
We bring in the correct manufacturing supply chain as soon as possible. Not only does this assist with the final production, but it also helps with the bigger picture for the product. Costs, logistics and supply chain all need to be determined to ensure a successful outcome.
We undertake good design practices and design for assembly and manufacture (DFA/DFM). In tandem with our manufacturing partners, we solve the many challenges of material and processes at an early stage and provide clarity of the capital costs and piece part/assembly costs.
Traditionally plastic injection moulding, extrusions, castings, machining and sheet metal fabrication processes were the main methods of manufacturing. Now with the explosion in 3D printing, multi-axis CNC machining and other additive manufacturing processes, Cambridge Design Technology exploits these technologies to solve complex production engineering requirements. Carbon fibre and Direct Metal Laser Sintering, DMLS, (3D printing in metal alloys) allow things to be done that previously were the domain of specialist high cost manufactured items.
We encourage data exchange for manufacturing. We create the geometry in our CAD models and these are exported directly to the machines for manufacture. We provide supporting documentation to allow critical tolerances, materials and special finishes to be inspected at QC.
We have a network of trusted suppliers covering most aspects of manufacturing, with a trusted proven network in the UK, EU, North America and the Far East. We also fully integrate and communicate with our clients suppliers and in the event of requiring a new or niche supplier, we undertake audits and make recommendations to achieve the manufacturing requirements.
On time, in budget and best quality are the three qualities we look for in all of our supply chain partners.