This week’s Fun Friday Fact is about something that is all around us. It helps the construction of our everyday essentials through to extremely complex structures. The mystery product literally holds things together. It’s also available in various sizes, and is a toolbox fundamental.

That’s right, it’s a screw. The first standard for screw threads was introduced in 1841. Prior to this time, every nut and bolt were different, which quite frankly sounds a headache to work with! This standardisation, by British engineer Joseph Whitworth was revolutionary by enabling mass production at lower costs.


Structural Analysis

The standardisation is different now. Yet the desire to design products that are cost-effective to manufacture is forever present. Our clients want this and it’s what we strive to achieve. We’re confident we’re getting this right with our clients returning with new projects. One of our current challenges is to design a shape in organic form. Gone is the usual high-definition geometric shape –  this is about ergonomics and developing an initial sculpture made of clay. We are using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to improve the strength without compromising aesthetics or function. Our FEA reports detail, assumptions, loads, materials, and results. See our website to find out how FEA could benefit your work.

And of course, screws will be at the heart of the design and assembly of this product. So thankfully we now have over 20 standard screw threads at our disposition. Our in-house 3D scanner will soon be in action to create a resin prototype. The accuracy this provides is impressive, what will be your next prototype? We also welcome a conversation about your ideas, please get in touch to see how our services can help you.

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