Plastic Additive Manufacturing Case Studies
Newly formed company RaceWare Direct is using 3T’s plastic Additive Manufacturing services to produce bespoke Garmin mounts for road and race bikes, going from prototype to production to consumer sales in just a matter of weeks …
Specialised Imaging (SI) is a camera manufacturer with a difference, producing some of the fastest cameras currently available worldwide. The standard “off the shelf” SLR will take around 3 frames per second (fps), whilst a “top of the range” model might give up to 60 fps.
“F1 in Schools” is an international competition whereby teams of between 3 and 6 have to design, manufacture, present and race a car of maximum dimensions 210mm x 70mm x 70mm. Using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, the teams design a Formula 1 car of the future, and with the final being held in Austen Texas, the cars are raced at more than 60kph side-by-side along 20-metre straights.
Whether cycling for pleasure or in a race or time trial, many cyclists use a GPS computer to monitor their performance, distance and speed, or for computerised navigation. However, a common problem is that the only place they can be mounted is on the vertical stem of the handle bars, making the screen very difficult for riders to see without looking directly downwards which isn’t particularly safe, especially when racing!
BBC Research and Development and the University of Southampton worked together to develop a low cost solution for some of the BBC’s aerial filming requirements. The University approached 3T to join the project following on from the success of the previous partnership in 2011 which resulted in the world’s first AM plane.
US firm Submergence Group LLC specialises in the design, fabrication and operation of experimental submersible vehicles, otherwise known as UUV’s (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles). Having been asked by the US Navy to produce a large UUV for testing at sea, MSubs Ltd, under contract to Submergence Group, designed and constructed the MASTT (Mobile Anti-Submarine Training Target) vehicle in just 13 months at their base in Plymouth, Devon.
Swansea Metropolitan University has consistently ranked amongst the top British universities in the Formula Student competition. The competition involves design and manufacture of a single seater race car during the academic year which is then used to compete against other teams from engineering universities.
The team at Innervision Technology has been working with the NHS for a number of years on projects that involve integrating mobile technology into health care. They identified an opportunity to produce a hard wearing, rugged iPad case for use in hospitals and other medical environments.
Queen and Crawford is a Design and Fabrication Workshop based in Birmingham, UK who deliver a wide range of projects locally and internationally. They recently returned from installing the latest work of Heather & Ivan Morison in St. Hellier, Jersey; Little Shining Man is a sculpture that has the potential for flight.
Design Engineers at Swindon Engines, the high performance engine specialist, were tasked with designing an Airbox suitable for conditions encountered by a high performance production road car. The part would be used on track testing and so would need to withstand the associated vibration, heat and deliver the long service life required.