Our services

We have a wide range of skills available directly or through our partners and are fully equipped to complete complex projects, including:

  • Concept feasibility testing
  • Concept modelling
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Optical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Prototyping
  • Iterative Design (Testing, Analysis & Refining)
  • Low volume, batch and mass production
  • Selection of external processes (surface treatments, etc)

We have extensive in-house production capacity. With 320 machine hours per week as standard capacity, for critical projects this can be pushed to 680 hours per week. Thanks to extensive industrial experience we are perfectly suited to producing unusual, difficult or low volume products. We offer:

  • CNC and Conventional Milling
  • CNC and Conventional Turning
  • CNC and Conventional Grinding
  • MIG/TIG and electrode welding (coded and non-coded)
  • Fabrication
  • Non-destructive testing & destructive testing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Mold making and investment casting
  • Finishing & Surface treatments

Design and Engineering

From an initial concept or existing product we can troubleshoot the design and help with material selection, tolerance computations, standardising, and optimisation for production. We use the latest CAD technologies and can deliver industry standard models and drawings, perform Finite Element Analysis, and so forth.

As a manufacturer we are particularly well placed to optimise your products for production. By optimising the design for common production methods, tooling and eliminating difficult features we can greatly reduce costs without compromise to the quality of the end product.

Once a design has been completed, the next step is to make a prototype. Using CAD/CAM systems that we have customised based on our own production experiences (tool life, cycle times, difficulty, etc), we can run simulations to see how long the production will take. Together with cost of materials, tooling, machine time, finishing, etc, it's then possible to predict unit pricing with reasonable accuracy.

Testing and Certification

For critical applications we can use standard methods of testing. Non destructive, such as dye penetrant (DPI) or magnetic particle inspection (MPI). We also work closely with inspection agencies for more specialised testing, such as ultrasound. We can also perform destructive testing with custom build machines to test durability, life span, failure modes, etc. For critical applications we can also get the end product inspected by a 3rd party inspection bureau, certified to ISO 9001.

The last step of the cycle is of course delivery of the finished design/models/component(s)/subassembly/product. Even at this point our service will continue as any future alterations or evolution of the product will be supported by us.

Our workshop equipment

Our workshop is equipped with two modern medium sized CNCs for precision work and general production and two large conventional machines, upgraded with modern controls, for industrial scale projects. A range of smaller machines are available for prototyping and supporting services.

Fadal VMC 15XT - 4-axis CNC Milling Machine

Renowned for its accuracy, this 3500kg machine provides travel of 762mm(X) x 406.4mm(Y) x 508mm(Z), 4th axis with 250mm max diameter, resolution of 0.003 mm, table size 749.3mm x 406.4mm, and max RPM of 7500. It is equipped with tool changer with 21 tools and 88HS/ISO/DNC control.

Mori Seiki SL25 Live Tooled

A creation of the famous brand, this fantastic 6000kg machine can turn and mill parts up to 550mm in diameter and 800mm in length, with resolution of 0.003 mm, and max RPM of 30000. It is equiped with tool hanger with 12 tools and 6 driven tools and FANUC/ISO/DNC control.

VDF CNC Lathe

This 4000kg German-built lathe with an unusually large diameter, retrofitted with a Sinumerik 805 based Padovani teach-in CNC control, can make components up to 800mm in diameter and 2000mm in length with resolution of 0.005 mm and max RPM of 740. It is equiped with a manual tool changer and Siemens/ISO/Teach-In/DNC control.

Kearns horizontal borer

Our largest machine, an old-school British-built 12000kg horizontal borer, specializes in production of professional instrumentation. Its technical characteristics include travel of 1200mm(X) x 900mm(Y) x 900mm(Z) resolution of 0.01 mm, table size of 1000mm x 1000mm, and max RPM of 6500.

40W Laser cutter

This small 5kg CNC laser cutter is used to cut optical flocking for inside instruments. It can also cut materials such as plastics and engrave metal, plastic and wood surfaces. The machine is loaded with industry standard .dxf files, has travel of 300mm(X) x 210mm(Y), resolution of 0.01 mm, table size of 300mm x 210mm

3D Modelling and Printing

We use SolidWorks and other modelling software to design components that are then produced in our workshop. Besides our CNC machines, an in-house FDM-type printer can be used for rapid prototyping. FDM printers use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded, layer by layer, to create a 3-dimensional object.