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Product Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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