CAD Facilities

All of our CAD Engineers are time-served and have extensive experience of tooling design and manufacture.

We run multiple CAD seats utilising three different CAD systems:

  • Catia V5
  • Creo
  • PowerSHAPE by Autodesk

With these CAD systems we can:

  • Provide design concepts for customer review
  • Create 3D component CAD models from 2D drawings
  • Accept customer-supplied CAD models, in neutral or native formats, and modify them for production intent, for example by applying split lines and moulding taper.
  • Output the 3D CAD models in STL format for rapid prototyping
  • Produce fully dimensioned 2D drawings from the 3D models. The full associativity of our software means that the drawing is automatically updated if the model is modified, ensuring the two are always at the same revision level.

At the CAD modelling stage we work closely with our customers to ensure that our tooling is always to the correct specification for the intended application.

We undertake reverse engineering with our Faro Edge arm, which has an integrated laser scanning system. The point cloud data generated from the scanning process is used to create fully surfaced 3D CAD models of the original, from which any number of exact duplicates or geometric variants can be produced.

Proengineer fixture
Proengineer component
Catia machining fixture
Catia component
To find out what we can do for you call 01902 605205 or fill in our enquiry form below.
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Central Patternmaking, the largest supplier of tooling to the Castings PLC Group, continues to raise its game with the highest standards, attention to detail and ever decreasing lead times that we demand.

Glen Elmy, Local Director, Castings PLC