CAD Service

Our CAD Service

 

If you do not have access to CAD, find it a bit mind boggling or just don’t have the time to learn how to produce an STL file for 3D printing, we can help. We now offer full design and drafting CAD services for both engineering/prototyping and organic modelling in house using Solidworks and a range of digital sculpting packages.

Our strong CAD skills, combined with working all day with the machines we will be printing on, means we know exactly how to model for this process thanks to our superior knowledge of the materials compared to 3rd party CAD designers. This also means that we can design your items in less time, saving you money.

We can work from as little as a sketch and can also draft existing parts – a great option for replicating broken plastic items which are no longer in production.

Though we have an in house 3D scanner, we do not offer a 3D scanning service, rather we use it to complement our CAD design process. We are happy to give advice on the process and there are certainly instances that it can be a useful tool. From our experience you get a far more accurate part from a CAD model than from a 3D scan, so engineering type models are much better drafted.

There are plenty of examples of our design work at the bottom of the page for you to view and if you have an inquiry you can submit that below.

What is CAD?

Important Notice

Despite our vast knowledge of CAD programs and the material we use, every design must be treated as a prototype. This means that it may require tweaking of the design and printing of multiple versions before your idea is complete. These tweaks and reprints are chargeable and are just part of any design process, so must be taken into consideration.

Services We Offer:

CAD Drafting

Our CAD Drafting service is for those with pre-existing designs that you require a 3D model for so you are able create rapid prototypes. We can quickly and accurately draw up almost any model from 2D diagrams, illustrations or even a sketch.

For this service you are responsible for the design and output, we simply translate the information you give us into 3D printable data.

Reverse Engineering

Our Reverse Engineering service is for those who require a pre-existing item replicating. Reverse Engineering is a manual process where one of our skilled designers measures the item using specialised tools and creates a 3D printable CAD model from those measurements.

For mechanical components, Reverse Engineering is usually preferred over 3D scanning. If the original part is broken or worn, a 3D scanner will copy this into the 3D data, however compensations can be made when Reverse Engineering to counteract this. Also you have more flexibility with the final CAD model to make alterations to the final product.

Design Rates:

We have a priority ‘Express’ and longer lead time ‘Economy’ design service

Express Drafting – £75 p/h + VAT

Usually a 0-2 working day turnaround for the design depending on the complexity of the project. Simple projects can often be turned around on the same day ready for printing. You will then print on the Express service with your model ready in 2-5 days. The Economy printing option is not available with the Express Drafting service.

Any alterations that are needed to perfect your design are welcome. However, we require an additional 0 – 2 working days between iterations.

Economy Drafting – £50 p/h + VAT

Usually a 8-10 working day turnaround for the design depending on the complexity of the project. Simple projects can often be turned around within a few days ready for printing. You can then choose either the Express or the Economy print service.

Any alterations that are needed to perfect your design are welcome. However, we require an additional 6 – 9 working days between iterations.

Express Reverse Engineering- £75 p/h + VAT

Usually a 0-2 working day turnaround for the design depending on the complexity of the project. Simple projects can often be turned around on the same day ready for printing. You will then print on the Express service with your model ready in 2-5 days. The Economy printing option is not available with the Express Drafting service. Please note the lead time begins after the item arrives with us for Reverse Engineering.

Economy Reverse Engineering – £50 p/h + VAT

Usually a 8-10 working day turnaround for the design depending on the complexity of the project. Simple projects can often be turned around within a few days ready for printing. You can then choose either the Express or the Economy print service. Please note the lead time begins after the item arrives with us for Reverse Engineering.

A 1 hour deposit will be taken before commencement of the project.

There will also be a ‘Retention of Title’ release be on files if you choose to print elsewhere.

Which Tariff Should I Select?

 

The timescales given above are only for the designing of your project. If you need a print as well you will need to factor in the print lead time too.

Your choice is really determined by your deadline for getting your project finished. The high demand for our services means that we have created different services for different needs. Choose the amount of lead time that you have on the tabs above and visualise how long your project will take from start to finish.

Once you’ve chosen, if you have a design enquiry you can send it to us using the form below. If you just have a general enquiry head over to the Contact Us page.

For our fastest turnaround you will need to use our Express service for both the design and the printing. These are our premium services and allow you to jump to the front of the queue to get your project realised to a professional standard in an unbeatable timeframe. The Economy printing option is not available with the Express Drafting service.

Express CAD is charged at £75 per hour.

Express Printing is charged at 20p per cm3.

Prices not inclusive of VAT.

Express Design + Express Print

Design: 0-2 Working Days
3D Printing: 2-3 Working Days
Total Lead Time: 2-5 Working Days

Once you’ve chosen, if you have a design enquiry you can send it to us using the form below. If you just have a general enquiry head over to the Contact Us page.

For our intermediate turnaround you will need to use our Economy CAD service for the design and Express for the printing. This service allows you to have a print in hand in under two weeks created to a professional standard in a timeframe that suits most projects. The Economy printing option is not available with the Express Drafting service.

Economy CAD is charged at £50 per hour.

Express Printing is charged at 20p per cm3.

Prices not inclusive of VAT.

Economy Design + Express Print

Design: 6-9 Working Days
3D Printing: 2-3 Working Days
Total Lead Time: 8-12 Working Days

Once you’ve chosen, if you have a design enquiry you can send it to us using the form below. If you just have a general enquiry head over to the Contact Us page.

For our most cost effective turnaround you will need to use our Economy CAD service for both the design and the printing. This service allows you to have a professionally created project while on a tight budget.

Economy CAD is charged at £50 per hour.

Economy Printing is charged at 10p per cm3.

Prices not inclusive of VAT.

Economy Design + Economy Print

Design: 6-9 Working Days
3D Printing: 8-10 Working Days
Total Lead Time: 14-19 Working Days

Once you’ve chosen, if you have a design enquiry you can send it to us using the form below. If you just have a general enquiry head over to the Contact Us page.

What To Send Us:

  • Rough estimated XYZ dimensions of the model you’d like to create.
  • If the part exists already a picture of the part next to a ruler for scale reference makes quoting very easy.
  • If the model does not already exist any sketches or even pictures of similar existing products will be helpful.

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