Patent Trending: Cambridge Design Partnership Blazing Trail in Product Design with SOLIDWORKS

You may not know about Cambridge Design Partnership yet. But with the help of SOLIDWORKS they are breaking new ground in product design, with a list of patents to prove it. Here’s a quick guide to one of the UK’s most progressive product design specialists.

Innovation that goes beyond buzzwords…

Innovation: now there’s a word that’s hideously overused. But while countless businesses toot their trumpet about innovation without actually delivering anything innovative,  Cambridge Design Partnership goes way beyond talking the talk.

In two dizzying decades Cambridge Design Partnership has completed more than 1,000 product development assignments for businesses around the world. Members of their rapidly growing team are named as inventors on hundreds of patents owned by their clients – a roster that includes Speedo, Pyrex and King’s College London. Yeah, that’s real innovation.

Many hands make bright work

Cambridge Design Partnership is a product design team extraordinaire. They incorporate brand strategists, researchers, designers, technologists, scientists and engineers into one holistic and highly capable team. The result?  Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) can move lickety-split from a client brief to a fully realised product. One that satisfies a market need, complies with industry regulations and is designed for scalable manufacture. An end-to-end service, under one remarkable roof…

SOLIDWORKS brings great ideas to life

When it comes to product design, the tools you use are crucial. It’s what makes it possible to properly express your ideas and develop your concepts. CDP uses a suite of SOLIDWORKS software (SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro, SOLIDWORKS Standard and SOLIDWORKS Premium) on a daily basis.

In fact, SOLIDWORKS is at the bubbling core of CDP’s entire design process. After receiving a brief, SOLIDWORKS allows CDP to rapidly create CAD models and 3D prints of its initial concepts. Before you know it, their ideas have evolved from sketches on a piece of paper to something real that you can hold.

But of course, that’s just the start.

The initial concepts are then refined. CDP uses SOLIDWORKS to present ideas to clients and tweak CAD models in real time. In these meetings CDP’s clients can easily see how their products will look, function and perform in the real world.

Once sufficiently refined, SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows CDP to stress test its products. That means studying how moving parts will withstand wear and tear and identifying exactly how variables like air pressure or temperature will impact product performance. No need  for costly prototyping and real-world testing, everything is assessed right there in SOLIDWORKS – saving time and money.

SOLIDWORKS even makes it easy for CDP to create documentation packages for manufacture as well as comprehensive design history files for regulatory submission. Best of all, it’s all done automatically – and is a doddle to edit if necessary. No wonder CDP is renowned for speed and cohesion.

The way product design should be…

There’s something special about simplicity. With many different teams working together to create CDP’s products, SOLIDWORKS provides a point of unity around which great ideas are brought to life. One intuitive software package, with all the functionality required for high-level product design.

So cohesive is the functionality of SOLIDWORKS that it allows CDP to save a fortune on working up prototypes and developing manufacturing notes. All in full compliance with CDP’s ISO13485 and ISO9001 accreditations for quality management.

This is product design that’s simple, scalable and spectacular – and where innovation always has the last word.

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