CAD/CAM Design

For composite parts
patterns, moulds & fixtures

Design

With our dedicated design team we are able to offer a complete tooling design service for composite products including patterns, moulds and fixtures.  Mould tools may be designed for manual laminating or AFP processes. Our fixture design capability includes CNC machining, assembly, drilling, bonding, inspection and mechanical testing processes. By working closely with our customers we are able to understand their needs and offer valuable support to optimise the design of both prototype tooling and production tooling.

To support this activity we can also carry out multi-stage CTE calculations taking into account the entire process of tooling and component manufacture.  This approach can then be validated by inspection of proof-parts.

Our primary CAD software is CATIA V5 (three seats), we also have Solidworks, Rhino3D and SpaceClaim software which enables access to a diverse range of file formats. With the combination of Catia V5 and SmarTeam PLM, design configuration is fully controlled throughout the process.

For customers who are just venturing into the world of composites or those with limited experience, we can assist with component design, material selection and process definition to help achieve the most effective results.

Our Design department is typically the primary interface with new customers, ensuring clear communication and reviews throughout the design process leading to final approval prior to manufacture.

With extensive expertise in advanced composites we are also regularly invited to participate in high profile R&D projects, especially with a focus on the aerospace sector.

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Historical work has been undertaken with both UK & European educational institutions, UK Catapult Centres including the National Composites Centre as well as direct support of OEM aerospace clients.

Whether a simple design requirement or highly complex deliverable, we have the dedicated on-site resource to produce world class designed tooling solutions.

Composite Tooling Design including:
  • Patterns & Moulds
  • Complex Backing Structures
  • Handling Features
  • Reference Positions (RPS)
  • Net-Edge Bars
  • Split Moulds
  • Caul Plates/Intensifiers
Press Tooling Design including:
  • Matched-Die (Aluminium or Steel)
  • Preform Moulds/Tooling
Jig & Fixture Design including:
  • Metallic & Composite Fixtures
  • CNC Machining Fixtures (mechanical & vacuum clamping)
  • Assembly, Drill & Bond Fixtures
  • Test Fixtures
  • Inspection Fixtures
Additional Services:
  • Laminate Design
  • Material Selection
  • Manufacturing Process Design
  • FEA
  • Reverse Engineering

For any forthcoming projects, we would be pleased to demonstrate our design capabilities, we have extensive expertise, offer a complete turnkey project delivery capability and aim to exceed our customer expectations.