Our expert 3D CAD Service team come from a variety of design disciplines, and are fluent in a range of professional CAD software. Their CAD expertise also covers other forms of digital fabrication, mass production and traditional crafts.
This allows them to guide you towards the best process for your project; whether developing a new concept, innovating an existing design or simply replicating a component.
Among the CAD packages we use are Rhino 3D, Spaceclaim, Zbrush, Magics and Parametric Design using Grasshopper.
Our CAD Service has two pricing options for you:
Direct to Print CAD Service £50+VAT/hr
This is exactly the same as our complete CAD service , however the files are stored to be 3D printed on demand at D2W. This is aimed at projects which simply need a print of the design.
We will store your file in confidence, and you retain ownership of the design. If you ever decide you need the CAD file further down the line, we simply charge you a release fee.
Complete CAD Service - £100+VAT/hr
Our entire range of expertise and software is applied to your project. Upon completion of the digital design, you can receive any number of file formats appropriate to processes within or beyond D2W.
Design stages of your project
The first step is for you to get in contact and give us as much information as you can. It could be as simple as a quick sketch or as complex as a detailed design specification. Ideally it would include some indication of overall size, level of detail, complexity of geometry, tolerances, budget, timescale and end use – although these can all be discussed at a later point.
We understand that your intellectual property is precious, so we treat every clients work with the utmost confidence. For extra peace of mind, we are happy to sign your Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) prior to receiving your brief. Alternatively, we have our own D2W NDA for you to use if required.
After the first contact we may need further conversation to help us understand the needs of your project. This discussion could be a quick telephone call, an email exchange or we may suggest you book an appointment to come and sit down with us.
Once we understand the extent of the project and what deliverables are needed, we will provide you with a quote for the work involved. We will also provide you with an estimated turnaround time based on our current workload.
When we receive your confirmation to proceed, we will begin to use the tools at our disposal to complete the project. You also have the option to join one of our CAD team at our studio and direct the drawing process in person.
Depending on what was discussed at the beginning, the deliverables from our Complete CAD Service can be in a range of forms, including:
- STL (*.stl)
- IGES (*.iges)
- STEP (*.stp)
- OBJ (*.obj)
- Rhino 5 3D Models (*.3dm)
- AutoCAD 3D or 2D Drawing (*.dwg)
- AutoCAD Drawing Exchange (*.dxf)
- Adobe Illustrator 2D line drawings(*.ai)
- 3D or 2D PDF (*.pdf)
- SketchUp (*.skp)
- VRML (*.vrml; *.wrl)
- ZCorp (*.zpr)
- Parasolid (*.x_t)
- Magics project file (*.magics)
- PLY (*.ply)