Industrial design and design engineering, (and combinations of both), are disciplines involving imagination as well as principles; the practice of both science and art; foresight and problem-solving. The work is both cerebral and practical; thinking time is essential but sketching and modelling with the hands plays a vital role in shaping ideas. From our earliest days we recognised the value of pencil and paper; chisel and wood-block – and in the era of powerful computers and sophisticated programmes, nothing has changed.

Nevertheless, we are glad of the modern technologies and are not slow to move on to digital and physical modelling.

At CV-IDE our consultancy service is supported by in-house CAD modelling, FEA, 3D scanning and 3D printing capability, enabling us to develop, evaluate, test and demonstrate our design solutions. We use SolidWorks, a powerful desktop CAD/CAE programme and have a growing Prusa printer farm.

Projects are run by dedicated teams of qualified design engineers with clients enjoying direct contact with all the people in the team.

We have worked hard to build a reputation for responding quickly to requests for assistance and have developed strong working relationships with our clients’ own teams, becoming trusted partners to provide essential technical design support to well-known names in the public and private sectors.

3D Scanning

Trident motorcycle frame 3D scan


3D scanning helps with developing products that have to interface with existing structures and with reverse-engineering products for which digital data is unavailable. Clients such as London Underground operate rolling stock that pre-dates the digital age but require parts to be replaced to keep trains running safely.

The picture above is of part of the scan of a 1992 Triumph Trident 900 motorcycle. To assist with the development of a new tank and seat structure we scanned the bike to ensure that interfacing components would fit the exiting frame and that we could maintain alignment with existing styling features to guide the aesthetics of the final design.