Critical to our complete design-and-deliver service, at CV-IDE we have developed a close relationship with a number of Midland-based suppliers of technical manufacturing processes. Their support is a vital factor in our ability to offer our clients a quick turn-round in providing production-ready prototypes for trials or full production of machined and fabricated structural components. Our trusted clients are accredited for working in the automotive and rail sectors as well as the MoD.

During the design development process we make models and prototypes to help us evaluate the design or to demonstrate its features to the client. At the concept stage these may be as simple as card bonded with hot-melt glue. 3D printing offers a fast and accurate way to reproduce a computer model. Later in the development process we move to production materials with laser cutting, folding and fabricating of steel or aluminium, or CNC machining parts from metal billet or engineering plastic stock. For fitting trials these may remain unfinished but for life trials on a train in service, for example, we will apply the production finishes such as zinc plating of steel or anodising aluminium.

Quantities produced may be counted in single figures but we have also supplied pre-production batches of up to 100 parts and even full production volumes.

Contact us to learn more about how CV-IDE can help you with your product development.

3D Printing for NHS workers

3D printing Prusa face mask head band
Printing Prusa face mask headband for front-line health workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

We were involved in the drive to manufacture face masks for NHS and other front-line health workers to provide them with essential personal protection, using our 3D printers to produce components until injection moulded versions had been developed.

Fused Deposition Modelling, or FDM, where plastic is heated and extruded as a fine filament in layers, is just one type of 3D printing but the one that produced a model that most closely replicates the materials available to injection moulding. It’s speed and cost make it suitable for one-off models and prototypes as well as for low-volume production runs.