Below are the various services we provide here at LUMA, we take a concept from its initial stages and develop it all the way through to a fully functioning product. The 4 key stages of the design process are Concept, CAD, Prototyping and Production. If you have a problem that needs solving through design or some complex CAD modelling that needs doing, the first stage is to contact us here.
Once a brief has been discussed and agreed, we dive straight into the design process, bringing to life a large variety of initial concepts. This stage involves continual communication with the client by presenting ideas through sketches, moodboards and even those small exciting doodles. Once an initial design has been chosen we will move onto CAD.
✓ Immersive experience through research
✓ Exploring all possibilities by rapid concept development
✓ Deriving a clear specification
The best way of communicating a design is through the use of CAD. We take a clients concept and produce drawings, with accurate measurements, features and surface finishes. These digital models can then be presented as rendered images and working drawings, to bring that concept one step closer to being manufactured.
✓ Creating accurate models and designs
✓ Developing the design by electronically testing it
✓ Using CAD to document a products progress
Prototyping is one of the most important stages of the design process. Using rapid prototyping to produce 3D printed models of a design can help us find issues and areas for improvement. It is the best way of showing a client what their concept will look like as a final product. With our new very own FDM 3D printer, we are able to print our CAD models in a matter of hours.
✓ Rapid prototyping used to obtain fast and accurate results
✓ The prototype can be physically tested to find flaws in a design
The final stage before a product is complete, is for it to go into production. This is where we take all the research, testing, sketches and prototypes and input them into the manufacturing processes and materials, to produce a final product. Taking all aspects of a products form and function into consideration, and finding the most suitable ways to produce it, as this is the only way to get the best results.
✓ Using both conventional and experimental processes
✓ Manufacturing a sustainable, safe and innovative final product
✓ Presenting a final working product that solves the problem
The newest addition to our LUMA team is our very own in-house 3D printer. We recently purchased a Flash Forge Creator Pro, that will now help us with rapid prototyping needed throughout the design process. We have already put it to good use, developing new concepts and even printing parts to send to clients. The main features of the FDM printer include the speed at which it can print a prototype to a high quality and the use of materials such as ABS and PLA make the process easy. It also creates a realistic final prototype that can withstand a reasonable amount of strain and pressure. We can now save time having to order prototypes and instead print rough models to send to clients and help visualise the design. Find out more about our experience using the Flash Forge Creator Pro in our blog post, here.