Prototyping

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GBD use modeling at every stage of the design process. This includes simple foam, card or clay for spatial shape studiesĀ and mechanical ‘breadboards’ for functional assessments, through to full presentation models for pre-launch photography and exhibition.

GBD are experienced in managing the procurement of prototypes and rapid replications from favoured outsource suppliers using all the popular technologies including SLA, SLS, FDM, VM, OP and VAC castings.

Be it dynamic crash testing of child safety products or cyclic load testing on patient handling equipment the engineering department at GBD has considerable experience of prototype and product testing. Often this is validating the design by using production intent samples to prove out mechanisms, structural strength and life durability to identified requirements and standards. GBD design and supply the testing equipment and using either an independent third party test house or their own facilities are able to produce validation data suitable for the product’s technical file.