CAD – Not just for Engineers

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CAD for Everyone

CAD For EveryoneComputer Aided Design is not just for engineers… Whilst White Horse CAD Limited specialise in engineering services, we also work with many non engineering industries. Many engineering projects require complex CAD models, but this can also be the case for jewellery design, hand made craft products or even architectural and interior designs.

The product on the left is a double twist open structured mobius bangle rendered in solid gold. Creation of complex geometry is important in many industries and in the case of this bangle can reducing material volume allows for more cost effective 3D print in precious or semi precious materials such as titanium and silver.

Few people realise that White horse CAD also have extensive experience designing products for laser cutting. We use parametric CAD models to create 2D files that interface directly with many 2D machines, including laser cutters. Using parametric models allows us to generate many iterations for different material thicknesses, which is especially important when close fits are required on sheet materials that has wide thickness tolerances, such as wood and cast acrylic.

For example, the wooden product on the right is a laser cut product where the back stand has to slide easily in both the main upright and adjustable ledge at the front. Sheet plywood has a tolerance of ±0.5mm, designing for nominal size would mean the fit is very loose when the material is bottom limit and impossible to assemble when the material is as its top limit.  Creating a cut files for 3 or 4 thicknesses between the top and bottom limits allows the operator to select the appropriate cut file for the material thickness.


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