CAD Design and Engineering of Complex Machined Parts
Machined-part concepts realized
CAD design and part engineering at CED focuses on combining innovative creativity with function-improving design. Starting with your specifications and ideas, our highly trained CAD/CAM software designers will work with you through a collaborative process. One that begins with detailed variations of what you have in mind—and ends with realization of a working prototype or part.
CED’s 9-step CAD design process for machined parts:
1. Strategy Planning
We begin by working with you to define performance goals and important design parameters. We then brainstorm to come up with innovative ways to address any machining and design issues. This can include improving machined part appearance, improving part life, or even modifying a design as needed to avoid potential patent infringement.
2. Preliminary Modeling
Sometimes, pre-approval of a concept may be necessary, requiring a concept model to demonstrate or validate a design. Creating a preliminary model can help to clearly communicate an design direction, while ALSO providing a development structure for fitting proposed ancillary part components like gears, wires, tubes, springs, and more.
3. Concept-Approved CAD Design
With an initial design concept reviewed and approved, we deploy the latest CAD design technology to create a balanced first-pass design. Our abilities to design an aesthetically pleasing machined part is matched by our experience in engineering solutions that deliver you maximum production efficiencies.
Following our approved CAD design, we create tooling-ready CAD models that include perspective drawings, 3-D styled renderings, and cross section views as needed to better communicate structural details.
5. Prototype Development
A dimensionally accurate, functioning prototype of your part is then created using 3-D Rapid Prototype Printing or one-off CNC machining as applicable. From there, secondary and more critical design assessment can be conducted to ensure the design delivers the performance characteristics and structural integrity desired.
6. Prototype Evaluation & Refinement
Feedback from you and our designers is combined with a functional evaluation of the prototype that includes manufacturability. We then implement any warranted design improvements to arrive at a final, approved design ready for machining.
7. Design Documentation
Careful recording of the design process and final manufacturing strategy ensures repeatability and accountability. These records include a materials bill, description of process and details, elevation and 3-D CAD drawings, perspective drawings, CAD data, interior details, surface specifications, and animated video clips if necessary to illustrate crucial function.
8. Machine Tooling
Our proven expertise in complex machining and tooling ensures your design is translated into parts manufactured as efficiently and quickly as possible, while adhering to any applicable industry-mandated guidelines or requirements.
9. Quality Assurance Adjustments
Once machining of your part begins, first-run inventory is reviewed, measured, tested, and evaluated to detect any problems. We also investigate to determine if any additional cost-reduction or part enhancement is possible. Our quality commitment to you: we never stop looking to make your part better, faster, and for less.
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6 Reasons to consider CED :
1. Diverse Capabilities: Our equipment and procedures guarantee precise parts and subassemblies.
2. Customer Dedication: Experienced professionals focused on your part program success.
3. Lower Cost: Consistently higher-quality parts—machined for less.
4. Convenient Location: Nestled in Oxford, Connecticut, USA — only 1 mile from Oxford Airport.
5. Vendor Upgrade Program: Our 3-step program eliminates vendor-switching nightmares.
6. Reputation: Our world-class precision and service have earned praise and trust from our customers...
Read what CED clients say:
“We enjoy our relationship with CED for several reasons namely, that they have the expertise that our products require and the equipment that can efficiently produce it. Their decision making people are skilled in their areas of expertise. This, plus their attitude of "what can we do to help you" is a combination that has served us well.”
Tom Chiaramonte, Engineer | Triumph Actuation Systems
“CED has consistently proven they can produce top quality fabrications. The staff at CED offers outstanding Engineering support. The cycle time associated with design, prototyping and assembly verification is greatly reduced due to CED's commitment to quality and service.”
Tom Farbizio , Engineer | Hologic Inc.
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3 Fox Hollow Road,
Oxford, CT 06478