Production engineering involves devising the practical and logistical aspects of how a product will be manufactured.
It combines elements of engineering, science and management, ranging from the types of machines, tooling, materials, expertise and automation that will be required, to the management processes needed to bring them together efficiently, cost-effectively and safely.
Production engineering at Cambridge Design Technology
Provision of drawings and CAD models to meet a product specification is only one part of the story.
Production engineering must be considered from the start of the product development project, so that processes and materials required for manufacture are understood.
For this reason, Cambridge Design Technology uses design for assembly and manufacture (DFA/DFM) methodology.
Specialist supply chain partners
To ensure that costs, logistics and supply chain can all be determined early, we can bring in specialist manufacturing supply chain partners as early as possible.
This helps address material and process challenges up front, as well as providing clarity on capital and part/assembly costs.
Our partners can help define the procedures and protocols required in the manufacturing process, in order to avoid having to troubleshoot the process later.
Modern manufacturing processes
Traditionally, plastic injection moulding, extrusions, castings, machining and sheet metal fabrication processes were the main methods of manufacturing.
Today, 3D printing, additive manufacturing processes and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) along with multi-axis CNC machining enables us to solve complex production engineering requirements far more cost effectively.
Data exchange for manufacturing
Any geometry we create in our CAD models can be exported directly to machines for manufacture. We provide supporting documentation so that critical tolerances, materials and special finishes can be inspected.
CDT consistently went the extra mile to make sure the product worked smoothly. They didn’t cut corners and were constantly looking for ways to improve the design. I really appreciated their hands-on approach.
Jon and the team at Cambridge Design Technology were always very responsive to my requirements and always went the extra mile – providing additional printed parts to test prototypes – to push the design to the next stage.
CDT bring professionalism, energy and enthusiasm to each and every project. I am constantly and unfailingly impressed by how easy they are to work with.
Cambridge Design Technology’s professional service and wealth of experience have helped us develop our product and grow our business.