Precision Engineering Blog

What exactly is Reverse Engineering and how can it help?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

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Are you wondering how engineers provide high levels of innovation in what can be an incredibly fast-moving industry? The answer is reverse engineering. Reverse engineering ensures that teams can create products that have never been seen before and do provide tremendous benefits to users. To understand how this happens, you need to learn what reverse engineering is and how it can be used. Continue reading

Advanced guide to precision engineering ideas

Friday, June 21st, 2019

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Going from concept to production in engineering can be a laborious and time-consuming process. Whether your design engineer ideas are rooted in manufacturing, structural, electrical or mechanical engineering, any concept needs to be thoroughly tested, modified and revised until it’s perfected. Continue reading

How Fast Prototyping can Help in Manufacturing

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

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You could be in the thick of a team or building solo, but it’s critical that no matter what you do, you move quickly. Fast prototyping is a design workflow, and it’s one that is made up of ideation, prototype creation, and testing. When you decide to use fast prototyping, you will be able to work together with managers and designers, engineers, and users, to create a functional product.

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What is Low Volume CNC Milling?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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The basic idea of milling is to remove material from a larger piece, whether wood, metal, plastic or something else. Low volume milling refers to the case where only a small number of units are milled compared to regular manufacturing processes in which thousands or millions of pieces of materials are milled to the desired specification. Finally, the “CNC” part refers to the fact that the milling is directed by computer, not by hand. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control and is the name given to the process by which a computer translates digital information from a computer into milling instructions in equipment capable of removing material. Continue reading

UK’s Manufacturing Industry – A Short History

Friday, January 11th, 2019

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Invention and innovation has always been at the cutting edge in the Uk which is why the manufacturing industries have always been so important and whilst we saw a shrinkage during the mid 20th century it has still remained and important part of the UK’s economy. Continue reading

Thompson Precision and 3D CAD Software

Monday, October 15th, 2018

3D CAD software

Thompson Precision Engineering have offered 3D CAD product design for over ten years to support our CNC machining services and assembly facilities. But what exactly is 3D CAD design software, what is it for and why do we use it? Read on to find out more about this technology and how it helps us to offer world class product design. Continue reading

What is large scale CNC Milling and what is it used for?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

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CNC Milling is the use of automated machinery to produce incredibly accurate models, prototypes and products. When we refer to large scale CNC milling, this simply means that the end result is, well, large! To produce these bigger projects, specialist machinery is required which often uses something called G-code to produce accuracy on a large scale. Continue reading

Helping our customers with Product Design

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

CNC machined giant snow globe

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

3D Printing vs CNC Machining in the automotive industry

Monday, May 21st, 2018

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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