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We use a suite of Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems at Fulwood:

  • Modelling tools for the design of parts and production of 3D and 2D drawings for part, tool and assembly manufacture.

  • Mathematical software for calculating strength and function.

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software for simulating the operation of components.

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At Fulwood we have experience using a range of modelling software including Siemens NX, Dassault SolidWorks and AutoCAD (Mechanical and Fusion360). We are able to collaborate with other systems through the use of neutral file formats such as STEP and Parasolid. We offer reverse engineering by 3D scanning. 3D scanning allows the capture of a physical object into a CAD model. Extremely high accuracy of data capture can be achieved. 3D scan data is imported into CAD as a ‘point cloud’. We then model around the point cloud to create CAD geometry which can be processed more easily (such as sending to FEA, sending to CNC, creating part drawings, etc).We have the software and computing power required to model large assemblies and can perform motion studies to check for clashes and unwanted configurations.

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Mathematical Analysis

Calculations are an incredibly useful tool for substantiation, design development and operation of control systems. At Telos we have a library of standard calculations that can be applied to help understand, develop and check your design against acceptance criteria. We have been assessing designs through calculation for over ten years and can quickly develop bespoke calculations for checking your design. We can recommend and provide checks against appropriate regulations and standards, signed off by Chartered Engineers. Systems modelling to simulate behaviour is a powerful tool when trying to understand complex systems. At Telos we have experience using Octave and MatLAB to assess motion, hydraulics and electronic behaviour. Using a systems approach, we can build mathematical simulations to replicate a vast array of different control situations.

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Utilising modern computational power to perform calculations throughout your design environment. This technology provides results information that is not possible by human methods in such a short processing time.

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The real world environment can present complications that are unforeseen or difficult to factor into a desktop study using the methods discussed above. In some cases testing may be required as part of regulatory controls e.g. proof testing. In this case designing and conducting tests correctly is paramount to design success.

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