Engineered Art and Product Design
This is where we look at the form and function of a product in order to optimize its performance. Specifically looking at its appearance and importantly it's usability - ie, aesthetics and ergonomics. Generally speaking this is done before and separately to, design for manufacture, however, with my strong manufacturing background I look at these two areas at the same time.
At this stage freehand sketching, whether its simple biro or marker, helps initial ideas be explored relatively quickly. Here we are constantly thinking of how each pen stroke is likely to be manufactured, trying to ensure that any ideas presented have already had manufacture considered.
We also produce design work and pieces for advertising and product promotions. This is a full service from concept through to build, delivery and set up. Catering for all types of projects from small individual gifts onto much larger freestanding displays for promotional events.
With over 50 years engineering experience covering all aspects including design, manufacture, production and maintenance we are ideally qualified to help with your next project.
We have a strong hands on approach to problem solving and design thanks to a toolmaking apprenticeships plus time working as a field based installations engineers in the print and packaging industry. During our careers we have gained essential skills in the design and production of precision components, whilst learning how to work under pressure.
Being at the sharp end of product production throughout our careers has taught us the importance of good design. Ensuring that from day one products are designed for ease of manufacture, assembly and importantly making them easy to service and maintain. Every step saving time and money.
Advertising & Promotion
Dave Clark Designs
Along with sketching we also use 3d cad renders for visualisations. These run hand in hand with the mechanical design process. Referring to sketches and the mechanical needs and restrictions, basic 3d cad models can be produced. These are not yet fully formed designs but can show, with some level of certainty, the final direction that a product may take.
At this stage we develop construction ideas for a product plus how it might be assembled and also play with materials and surface finishes. Rendering software allows me to make changes easily, enabling various options to be shown to a client.
Prototyping & Production
For many projects we can also produce and test prototypes and even help with limited number production runs. As well as our own facilities, we have several engineering partners who I work with on various projects enabling me to provide a complete solution.