Thompson Precision are specialists in mechanical and electromechanical product design with many years experience of helping clients see their designs come to life. You can benefit from our expertise whether you need help with creating a product design from scratch or just need to tweak an existing design to overcome mechanical problems or resolve any issues. Continue reading
The automotive industry has a habit of pushing boundaries; with billions of dollars pumped into research and development in the industry, it’s little surprise that today’s cars look vastly different to those from even a decade ago. While much of the basic features remain the same, automotive companies are constantly looking at ways to reduce weight, lower wind resistance and make cars that look as futuristic as possible. One of the main ways they do this is to utilise modern manufacturing techniques, like 3D printing. Continue reading
This year marks the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to vote, which is something well worth celebrating. However there is still a lot of gender imbalance when it comes to certain industries with less women choosing careers in the scientific and engineering industries. Continue reading
The manufacture of large precision CNC machined pieces can present a particular challenge. Large scale CNC machining is our specialty though and our expertise, together with the right software and machinery, allows us to offer this very specialist service to our clients. Continue reading
Reverse engineering is when a product manufactured by someone else is reproduced after examining its construction and composition – it is a process which involves disassembling or deconstructing the product, analysing its components and workings and then producing something similar or the same. It is also known as ‘back engineering’.
While this might at first sound like a process for ripping something off (and it can be, particularly for military purposes), it is in fact also a legally sanctioned method of copying a technology and it has some very useful applications. Continue reading
CAD stands for Computer Aided Design and combined with CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) it allows designers to use computer systems to first design a product and then to control the manufacturing processes. In other words once an engineer has created a design using CAD, the design itself can then control the machines that construct the component. Continue reading
One of the reasons customers use our precision engineering service is our ability to meet seemingly impossible deadlines. We thrive on solving problems and working on challenging projects, particularly when deadlines are tight.
When a client first comes to us, they may have a drawing or a component for us to reverse engineer, or they could have a problem that they need solving. Continue reading
The modern manufacturing industry would not be what it is today without precision engineering. Manual manufacturing is just not able to cope with the low tolerance to measurement deviations and need to consistently reproduce the exact same detail over and over again. Only precision engineering can handle the demands of technology for finer and finer detail and simultaneous requirement for more and more mass production. Continue reading
Engineering is in many ways a field of endeavour which is broadly appreciated but perhaps a little overlooked. That, however, is entirely unfair as it is in many ways feats of engineering which represent some of the greatest achievements in UK history. With that in mind, therefore, let’s take a closer look at the history of engineering beginning with its earliest forms and the etymology of the word itself. Continue reading