Design Support

Design Support

We have over 20 years’ experience in helping customers turn their idea into a reality.

We offer a complete service to support your design, which includes:

  • Project management and development
  • A dedicated quality partner throughout the project
  • Project viability studies
  • Regulatory support
  • Rapid prototyping, model making and testing
  • Intellectual property management

Tool Making

Our experienced in-house engineers manufacture bespoke tooling solutions for your design or work with you to develop your idea before the plastic injection stage.

Our new on-site state-of-the-art tool room is equipped with the latest machinery to support you with all your requirements.

Our facilities deliver a comprehensive tooling service – from design and construction of tooling, to routine maintenance.

Tool Design

Our experienced team are experts in supporting our customers with the design of both complex and standard mould tools.

We work closely with our customers during each stage of the tooling process. As each part is project managed, we hold regular reviews to ensure that our customers receive the best quality tool their component deserves.

All your tool designs are compiled on SolidWorks 2016, with our customers receiving a full drawing pack and mould setting details on completion of the tool design and manufacture.

To provide you with the best-performing tool, our team runs a software programme called a mould flow analysis before the tool goes into manufacture. This simulates how a part will react when moulded. From this we are able to determine if we need to make any changes to a component tool design before we start to cut metal, ensuring precision and quality.

Our team is always on hand to liaise with the customer during the entire process.
Once the design has been finalised, the project can move onto the tool manufacture phase.

 

Polymers

Polymers make many of the things that we use, even without thinking, every day.

We have an in-depth knowledge of polymers, so we know the right types of materials you will need to make your product. We find the most cost-effective and quality solution so you can leave the work to us.

There are different types of synthetic plastics and our capabilities cover:

  • Standard polymers
  • Engineering polymers
  • High performance polymers.

Depending on what applications you need, we use a wide range of polymers. Examples of polymer types, their benefits and application are below:

PolymerBenefitsApplication
HDPE - Polyethylene (high-density)Easily forms into lightweight containersMilk, water and juice containers, toys, liquid detergent bottles
LDPE - Polyethylene (low-density)Stretches into fine, tough, filmsBread bags, food bags, grocery bags
PET - Polyethylene terephalateEasy to mould, chemical resistant, lightweight, strongJars, dressing bottles, soft drinks bottles
PP - PolypropyleneLightweight, flexible, doesn't absorb water, doesn't mould in presence of bacteriaPackaging, labelling, stationery, reusable containers, textiles
POM - AcetalHigh stiffness, low friction, resistant to impactGears, fasteners such as belt buckles, electronic/automotive and industrial applications
PMMA - AcrylicDurability, lightweight, smooth surface, easy to clean, affordableAlternative to glass, optical products, false nails, footwear, packaging
Nylon (Polyamides)Tough with thermal and chemical resistanceTextiles, carpets, packaging
PS - PolystyreneResistant to moisture, lightweight, provides insulation, cleanDisposable plastic cutlery and dinnerware, CD cases, smoke detectors
PVC - Polyvinyl chlorideVersatile - cuts, shapes, welds and joins in a variety of styles. Good insulation, lightweightFrames, synthetic leather, bank cards, pipes, stationery

 

Contact us to discuss your requirements, we are happy to help.

Prototyping

To review and fine-tune your product before it goes into production, we offer a prototyping service to ensure your product is fit for purpose and is manufactured cost-effectively.

A prototype is put simply, a three dimensional model of your idea.

Prototyping methods can range from 3D printing using CAD data to CNC machining. Our dedicated project team is here to help guide you on the most suitable method of prototyping for your business need.

 

Prototype Mould Tooling

Prototyping Mould Tooling allows our customers to manufacture a small production batch of between 100 – 250 units. This gives the option to conduct field trials, test components and to review the design before purchasing the production tooling.

The prototype tools are manufactured from hard-anodised aluminium or a pre-toughened steel, to manufacture a single piece or small family tooling.

 

CNC Prototypes

CNC prototypes are a cost-effective alternative to tooling by allowing customers and designers to produce physical working components for the evaluation of a final design. With this method of prototyping, we can offer you a robust, working model with a high degree of accuracy.

Depending on your design, we will work with you to decide on what is the best method for producing your prototype models.

Rapid Prototype

If you’re working under tight deadlines, rapid prototyping, also known as 3D Printing, may be a suitable option. Rapid prototyping uses CAD software, which creates three-dimensional models that you can view on a computer screen.

We produce the models in-house, from single parts to the full model. This makes it a great way to evaluate a new design or design change before manufacturing the tool.