Orthotropic - Engineering design & development facilities

Visitors are always welcome to our Gloucestershire base:  Although small, you'll find that we're equipped to tackle a wide range of engineering challenges.  Please contact us to arrange a visit and we'll be sure to put the kettle on...

 

The Engineering Office at Orthotropic is equipped with the tools needed to accurately and efficiently provide a wide range of composites engineering services, such as engineering design and structural analysis tasks.  We run modern CAD and FE software on high-performance workstations and have developed a suite of proprietary tools to expedite the analysis of composite materials and composite structures.  Our efforts are supported by an impressive library of standard texts.

INVENTOR CAD software
INVENTOR CAD software

At Orthotropic, we use INVENTOR to model our designs

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INVENTOR  2D draughting
INVENTOR 2D draughting

Our 2D drawings are also created in INVENTOR

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Proprietary design tools
Proprietary design tools

Orthotropic has developed a range of proprietary design tools to expedite the analysis of laminates and composite structures

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INVENTOR CAD software
INVENTOR CAD software

At Orthotropic, we use INVENTOR to model our designs

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Engineering Office - Design, Analysis and Consultancy activities

Composites engineering is a highly practical subject, presenting many questions that can't be answered by analysis alone.  For this reason, we've set up our workshop to manufacture and test composite coupons, testpieces and small prototypes; we can help directly with activities such as composites materials selection and preliminary evaluation.  Whilst the primary function of the workshop is to support our design, analysis and consultancy actvities, it also enables us to offer a 'special-project' design and build service, perfect for those one-off jobs where economy of communication contibutes enormously to overall efficiency.  Careful control of process and traceability of materials and measurements can be taken for granted throughout all our manufacturing activities.

Fabric cutting bench
Fabric cutting bench

Our composite manufacturing begins at a well-organised cutting bench

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Vacuum infusion equipment
Vacuum infusion equipment

Orthotropic's workshop is equiped with a vacuum system and infusion equipment

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Tensile test frame - 100kN
Tensile test frame - 100kN

Orthotropic's 100kN test frame enables us to undetake and record a wide range of mechanical tests

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Fabric cutting bench
Fabric cutting bench

Our composite manufacturing begins at a well-organised cutting bench

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Workshop facilities - Prototyping, Development and Test