Reverse engineering often is required because the documentation of a particular device has been lost (or was never written, created or available). Reverse engineering is also technology to reverse-engineer an existing product and then re-design it. We use various types of reverse engineering tools and equipment to deliver fully dimensioned and surfaced CAD models to you in the file formats you desire.
We emphasize open collaboration and communications with clients to achieve the best possible version of your product idea while incorporating a combination of Industrial Design techniques. We help you create design solutions for concept generation, form development, product roadmap strategy, brand development, color/material/finish, product aesthetics, ergonomics, usability and improvement to products marketability and production.
Products have higher success rates if designed right the first time. We utilize a structured approach integrating customer product development requirements with unique design for manufacturability engineering technologies. This results in products that are designed and fabricated “correctly and cost effectively” for both plastic and metal rapid part fabrication methods. Once the mechanical design is approved by the client, we can then fabricate a rapid prototype part for the client to use as a form, fit and functionality part. Once the prototype part has been verified by the client we can then provide full volume production parts in plastic or metal.
Value engineering is defined as “an analysis of the functions of a product or equipment directed at improving performance, reliability, quality, safety, and life cycle costs.” By using the methods of value engineering, our clients have realized 15 to 40% reduction in production costs thus leaving them a nice profit margin on their future product orders! Once the design has been revised in mechanical design format based on the value engineering results, we can then fabricate a rapid prototype part for the client to use as a form, fit and functionality part. Once the prototype part has been verified by the client we can then provide full volume production parts in plastic or metal.
FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
Our engineers have extensive experience using FEA engineering software consisting of a computer model of a material or design that is stressed and analyzed for specific results. It is used in new product design, and existing product refinement. Using FEA, we are able to verify a proposed design to be able to perform to the client’s specifications prior to manufacturing or fabrication. Modifying an existing product or structure is utilized to qualify the product or structure for a new service condition. In case of structural failure, FEA may be used to help determine the design modifications to meet the new condition required for the product.
We use 3-D modeling, which produces more accurate results and the ability to run on all but the fastest computers effectively. Within each of these modeling schemes, our CAD programmers can insert numerous algorithms (functions) which may make the system behave linearly or non-linearly. Linear systems are far less complex and generally do not take into account plastic deformation. Non-linear systems do account for plastic deformation, and many also are capable of testing a material all the way to fracture. For our clients, FEA has become a solution to the task of predicting failure due to unknown stresses by showing problem areas in a material and allowing designers to see all of the theoretical stresses within. This method of product design and testing is far superior to the manufacturing costs which would accrue if each sample was actually built and tested.
Once the design is revised based on the FEA results, can then fabricate a rapid prototype part for the client to use as a form, fit and functionality part. Once the prototype part has been verified by the client we can then go into full volume part production.