Axiom services

Rapid prototyping

Many of our customers require us to rapidly convert a CAD drawing to an actual physical component before deciding to move to total production.

We also assist with design of the actual component, part or finished item if required.

When we say rapid prototyping, we mean rapid, should you require it, then we can give you machined components from plastic or aluminium in a matter of hours.

If plastic injection moulded parts are required, we can make these again extremely quickly and using our in-house presses, we can make the parts you need using production-intent material in just a few days.

We provide prototype vacuum form tooling to be used by our vacuum forming partners to provide you with the parts you need in a very short timescale.

Should you need advice on the pros and cons of which prototype method to use then we can advise you on these. Our design, engineering and manufacturing experience will rapidly bring your innovative ideas to life.

SicoMTB products created | Axiom

The team at Axiom Product Development were asked to design a mudguard solution for a mountain bike which could be rapidly prototyped and tested quickly.

The full range of skills and experience at Axiom was called upon to design and manufacture a workable solution for MTB accessories company SicoMTB Products. The highly experienced design, engineering and machining team at Axiom went back to basics to create a dual function mudguard which could act as a traditional mudguard and divert the water and muck specifically away from the electric motor housing. Throw in a few more complications like lack of space, and a highly complex solution was required.

The in-house design team at Chichester-based Axiom Product Development initially 3D scanned the bike to precisely replicate the bike’s geometry and enable them to simulate the suspension travel when riding on rough terrain.

The design team then designed a shape to fit the space, with some clever design features which addressed the various problems.

A 3d printed prototype was produced for thorough testing, and final design adjustments before the highly skilled machining team at Axiom were brought in.

We CNC machined the initial prototype tooling using epoxy blocks on one of the in-house 3 axis machines. The team then worked with a vacuum forming specialist to produce the final solution – an innovative 2-piece mudguard called the DualGuard.