Technical development and problem solving

Our technical development services help you create a functional design and resolve issues related to operation, component fit, processes and material choice. Our industrial design process integrates these qualities into all our projects so you don't have to choose between appearance and function.

Design from the inside

To be successful, the industrial design of your new product will not only need to work well, it will also have to meet industry standards and be inexpensive to build and maintain.

We make sure our industrial design work is practical by considering the technical requirements and internal layout first, before looking at the external design opportunities. By designing 'from the inside out' we make sure all the functional requirements are met from the beginning of the project.

Example: Airdri hand driers

Design from the inside

Prototype construction

Prototypes are a vital tool in the product development process that identify and help solve problems that would otherwise affect the final product. There are several types, from initial test rigs through to fully finished production prototypes.

Crucible works in partnership with a number of prototype producers in the UK and China. We can help you define what is needed and the most cost-effective way of achieving it. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in detail.

Example: Laser sintered front parts for Smart car

Prototype construction

Problem solving

A fundamental part of product development is resolving technical problems relating to function, component fit, mechanism, materials and process choices. Resolving these issues within cost constraints and creating a successful product is what good design is all about.

Crucible has considerable experience of hands-on engineering and problem solving, from mechanisms to plastic mould flow. If you need a safe pair of hands, look no further!

Example: SKC AirChek 3000 sampling pump

Problem solving

Testing & approvals

All products require some degree of testing, and need to meet standards that are appropriate to their industry and application.

Crucible can help you find suppliers of relevant testing services and build test rigs or prototypes for your product. We can also help you identify the appropriate standards that your product needs to meet.

Testing & approvals

"Crucible used their knowledge of injection moulding – and particularly the two shot process – to deliver a very successful solution to an exacting brief that required ATEX approval. Mike and Hugh took a very co-operative approach to the project and were always available for the discussions and meetings that are so important in a project like this."

Adam Clatworthy, Technical Project Engineer, SKC Ltd

Product design consultancy

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