As a start-up business with three staff and cash flow limitations, Darren wanted the business to grow organically, secure more customers, and adopt the right technologies at the right time.
This has meant making do with using manual design and manufacturing processes and older CNC machinery.
“Precision engineering is an expensive industry to get into,” he said. “The best kit requires a hefty investment. Our initial CNC machines did the job, but they lack connectivity, and required a lot of manual intervention, especially with programming. We also had an old school engineering approach of hand sketching customer designs.
“For complex parts the design process could take up to two hours, and anything up to three times longer to manufacture.
“It was an obvious place to start.”