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3D print to realise the potential of your ideas

Britain was built by designers, engineers and creatives, but crafting functional prototypes has never been easy, especially when your innovation requires bespoke components and parts. 3D printing offers a solution.

With Digitally Engineered Solutions (DES), realising the potential of your ideas could come one step closer. Much of the cost associated with producing innovative products comes from the tooling and risks of manufacturing. Injection mould tools need to be, designed, developed and manufactured which is time consuming and labour intensive, so consequently a not inexpensive process. Should adjustments need to be made it could be necessary that the whole process begins again, steadily eating into your financial resources and development time. And those required adjustments are often only apparent at the final stages once the part has been moulded. 

Employing the very latest 3D printing technology, DES can bypass the tooling stages of production and create full-sized products and parts, based upon CAD drawings, within a matter of days rather than the conventional weeks and months. The integral flexibility of the 3D printing process means that the only barrier to your creativity is your imagination – if you have the drawings, DES can produce the physical prototype, in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing methods, allowing users to quickly and efficiently identify and amend any design alterations.

DES also provide clients with leading CAD design and modification services, developing components and parts on behalf of clients, from initial concepts and ideas. Made from a myriad of different polymer materials DES 3D models are created layer-by-layer from the bottom up, providing an exact physical reproduction of your design, enabling you to demonstrate your ideas to potential sponsors and clients – not just in theory, but very much in practise. Nick Lomax, managing director of DES, comments: “3D printing is still a relatively new sector and very much feeling its way, but we’ve already seen a number of our clients turn their ideas into products that you can find on the shelves of major retailers/manufacturers. It’s a really exciting industry for us to be a part of.

“The beauty of what we do at DES is that we have such a rapid turnaround, allowing our clients to save costs and maintain momentum. The process is also so much more affordable than using traditional manufacturing techniques, which opens the doors to a whole new division of inventors, designers, design engineers and product engineers; all of the people who may have previously had amazing ideas, but lacked the funds to develop them beyond the point of conception.”

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