Rapid prototyping at H T Brigham adds value for customers
The benefits of 3D printing have been widely reported; fast, low-cost and kind to the environment. This rapid prototyping allows working concepts to be ruled in or out more quickly, speeding up the development process and reducing the project lead time as a whole.
Celebrating 70 Years of Presswork Success
Birmingham metal pressing manufacturer, H T Brigham celebrates 70 years in business this year. The company was established in 1947 by Hugh Terrence Brigham who, with just £80 start-up capital, operated a single hand-press from a garage shed in Birmingham, delivering components locally using his motorcycle and sidecar. He was paid £9 9s 8d on the completion of his first order.
H T Brigham has a long and successful history in the presswork industry. The manufacturer supplies companies all over the world with bespoke metal pressing solutions, whether simple or complex, and prides itself on applying the team’s technical knowhow to assist customers with their projects in order to deliver genuine value.
To do this, H T Brigham’s design engineers like to get involved at the prototyping and development phases of a customer project, offering presswork expertise, which can engineer cost savings and improved functionality into the end product.
During this phase, computer simulation can help to demonstrate production feasibility and prototype development is vital for pre-production trials, but 3D printing is a technique which is becoming increasingly useful for the presswork manufacturer.
The benefits of 3D printing have been widely reported; fast, low-cost and kind to the environment. This rapid prototyping allows working concepts to be ruled in or out more quickly, speeding up the development process and reducing the project lead time as a whole. Lower costs, due to lack of tooling expenditure and low waste, mean that numerous options can be physically explored with relatively little outlay.
The technique has been used numerous times to assist with the development of innovative projects, which H T Brigham has recently been involved with. Rapid prototyping produces a tangible product, helping H T Brigham to demonstrate a particular design or idea.
This helps to progress design discussions with customers in regard to general design features, potential limitations, the examination of assembly possibilities and how a pressed part can integrate with ‘yet to be designed’ mating parts. This can help to comprehensively explore product feasibility and ultimately fast track design validation.
MD, Barry Smith, said, ‘A key aspect of our value proposition is using our presswork expertise to design out any problems that a customer faces, be that with an existing component or the design of a new one. We use various techniques to do this, but rapid prototyping is just such a quick and cost effective option. This gives us something tangible to work with during the discussion phases and helps to fast track the process.’