Software & 3D printing specialisms of newer STC members

Silverstone Technology Cluster

17th February 2021

Software development firm CAE Tech, founded by a member of the F1 title-winning BrawnGP team, and 3D print machine specialist Additive-X are among the STC’s newest members.

Warwick based CAE Tech has five full-time employees which develops bespoke software tools for engineering and manufacturing companies.

Its founder (in 2016) is Pete Harman whose career in software simulation has seen him work for several F1 teams, including the BrawnGP outfit (now Mercedes) that took Jenson Button to the 2009 world title.

He explained: “We’re helping manufacturers whose products have bespoke aspects with web-based tools that enable their customers, even those with no engineering background, to log-in and use a 3D interactive to refine the CAD design/product.”

CAE Tech’s expertise is in demand across as a variety of industry sectors.

Pete added: “We have a high-end lighting company who want to sell globally to a manufacturer of bespoke insoles.

“We are also working with two joinery businesses; one we are helping to develop a CNC software tool relating to projects using sheet materials; for the other, our product enables an architect to have more input in the final specifications in storage solutions such as kitchens and staircases.”

Pete added: “We need to promote ourselves more and the STC enables us to network with a high-end engineering community. It is also very active in terms of a meaningful events calendar, such as its Design, Simulation & Metrology and Digital & Advanced Manufacturing special interest groups which mean we can meet like-minded people in the region.”

Meanwhile, Additive-X’s has a UK-wide customer base and it sees the STC region as an important part of its plans.

MD Jo Young said: “We provide businesses with additive manufacturing solutions. With disruptions to the supply chain presently, more companies are turning to additive manufacturing as a way to access tooling for production lines and rapid prototyping.

“We can print in a wide variety of material from metals to simple PLA plastics, as well as high temp and ESD materials.

“But we don’t just sell 3D printers – we train and help customers build business cases to look at what processes can be 3D-printed to save time and money. Clearly the STC membership is active and innovating in the types of industry sectors that we cater for.”

With a sales and technical team of some 30 staff, Additive-X’s knowledge, precision and turn-around times means it is a ‘problem solver’ for one of the UK’s largest repairers of laptops, mobile phones and TVs.

 Jo continued: “We also print products for customers who don’t have in-house capability. The STC certainly has the right types of business for us to be seen amongst, and we feel our knowledge of the 3D printing market can bring the membership added value for their customers.”

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