Solid Design Ltd was registered by me, Alexander Plant Ph.D. for my work as a SolidWorks Computer Aided Design (CAD) contractor. I specialize in 3D CAD to provide effective and efficient solutions for private and public-sector companies and organizations.
I am a Certified SolidWorks Professional and am available for contracting work. New clients are always welcome. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
A small selection of my work is included in this website, please click the links above to explore.
I have my own licensed copy of the latest version of SolidWorks Professional running on a high specification machine with a full support and maintenance contract. Other software assets include SolidWorks Visualize, DraftSight, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the latest version of MS Office and MS Project. I also have the in-house capability to produce large format full-colour plots up to A1 size. Design work can be undertaken from my office or on the client’s premises, depending on distance and frequency required. I am based in Epping, Essex and available for work throughout London and the South East.
3D CAD offers many advantages over 2D drafting or CAD. It is much easier for all stake-holders to visualize and understand proposed solutions when 3D CAD is used as the need to interpret various 2D orthographic views as 3D objects or spaces is reduced. 3D geometry is created in the software and this shows on screens or printouts in a more realistic way. The design can be displayed in perspective with colors, textures and decals applied and even rendered to look photo-realistic.
Rendered images can be post-processed to create presentation visuals. Of course, there is still an important place for the traditional 2D engineering drawing with dimensions, especially where items are to be made by craftsman. Such drawings can be readily created from the solid models of parts or assemblies and are useful for quality control even when the latest Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines are used to manufacture parts from the 3D data.
The use of 3D CAD enables form and fit to be checked in virtual 3D space thus helping to avoid costly mistakes that can easily occur through oversight when only drafting in 2D. Cut lists and bills of materials can be automatically generated and updated as a design develops. 3D CAD also affords the opportunity to create low-cost prototypes by taking advantage of the emerging technologies of additive manufacture or 3D printing, thus avoiding the risk and expense of having moulding tools made to create untested components.