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"Ultimately we need to take our client ideas and turn them into real world products"
"We use a variety of software tools including SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Hypershot, Magics, Mimics, Photoshop and other specialist 3D Print design tools"
CAD Realisation is the process which takes a concept and turns it into something tangible. CAD Realisation involves a number of distinct stages dependant upon what is required by the client.
Before committing to physical prototyping and manufacture, Fripp Design and Research recommend that a concept is turned into photorealistic representations so all stakeholders can understand and 'buy in' to the concept development. This is a very cost effective way of understanding the potential benefits of your concept before committing to the more costly stages of prototyping and manufacture. We have a site dedicated to 3D Rendering which gives examples of how photorealistic we can make your concept i.e. we can make your concept come alive.
CAD rendering is a method where we create CAD to enable the creation of photorealistic images. Technically, this means we develop CAD which represents the external surfaces of your concept i.e. it has no internal structure (because it is not required for photographic purposes). To develop the concept from a render to a physical product, of which the first stage is prototyping, requires the development of Prototype CAD.
It is at this stage of CAD Realisation when Fripp Design and Research need to start to consider the internal structure of your concept. When developing the prototype of your concept, Fripp Design and Research have to take into account many factors. These include the materials to be used for prototyping (which are often different from the materials you would use in production), the need to apply additional internal supports (accommodating the different characteristics of materials chosen for prototyping) and the purpose of the prototype (visual, structural testing). For more information on Fripp Design and Research's prototyping services please visit our Prototyping page
Fripp Design and Research can also place your concept into a simulated environment and analyse its characteristics in a given situation providing guidance on how the design will perform. Environments and tests include drop testing, vibration testing, heat transfer, fatigue and stress & strain. Should you require something more tangible and tactile; then Fripp can build accurate 3D models using a variety of 3D Print technologies.
It is worth emphasising at this stage that prototyping is an iterative process (as the name suggests) i.e. the first prototype produced is unlikely to represent the finished article (for example, tolerances in a CAD program are often much more exact than physical materials i.e. what fits on a computer screen may not necessarily fit when you first assemble the prototype). Once the prototype has been fully developed and is ready for manufacture you, then enter the next stage; CAD for Manufacture.
At this stage, we are now starting to consider the manufacture of your concept. This involves a new stage of CAD which considers the final materials to be used for manufacture, the tools necessary to manufacture your concept, the Bill of Materials (BOM) and the requirements of your supply chain.
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