3D ModellingAt the PDC we use SolidWorks to develop 3D computer models which can be used for client visualisations, patent and funding applications and using directly for manufacturing. These models can also be used to analyses a design prior to prototyping:
- Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- Animation and Kinetics
Rapid PrototypingThe PDC offers a range of consultancy services for product design and development, from concept through to prototyping:
- Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
- Vacuum Casting
Product Stress AnalysisThese sessions can be tailored to a specific project undertaken by a class or used as a general lesson on stress analysis.
Using 3D CAD models and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to simulate a product under stress and predict its performance. Designs can be changed and simulations re-run to refine the design and improve the performance. These tests help reduce the development times of products and are verified using physical testing.
Only available with CADventure, as part of a half or full day activity.
Case StudyDrallim Helicopter Hook
‘We have used the prototyping facilities at the Product Development Centre which provided invaluable help to test our designs. This ultimately led to reducing the project’s lead time, risks and costs.’
Gary Wilson, Drallim Industries Ltd