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Design And Prototype

Design And Prototype
10/06/2021

https://www.ashlandengineering.co.uk/case-studies A local start-up needed some help with design and manufacture of a prototype under carriage / drive unit for a new type of micro-light glider they were developing. Initially we worked with them to translate paper-based design layouts into a 3D parametric CAD model whilst simultaneously providing engineering input from a design for manufacture perspective to optimise the unit for cost. Several iterations were produced as the design of the fuselage progressed and matured with one key challenge being to get the design compact enough to retract into the limited space available and also keep it as light weight as possible. Once the design was completed a simple space model was required to assist in creation of the mould tools for the fuselage and also to check its fit in the first air-frame before production parts were available. The space model is shown in the photos below. When the customer was ready to make a first batch of production parts we were again engaged to help. We supported sourcing of the specialist materials, laser cutting and folding of various parts as well as machining a range of small components for other areas of the aircraft.

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