We were approached by a steel building company to design and develop a stable partition system to add to their portfolio of services, whilst also producing a set to install in an existing steel building.
The aim of the project was to produce a range of products that would cater to all levels of the horse market, from low cost single stables to high end livery yards.
We tailored a design process to suit the client, here is a brief overview of tasks undertaken to produce the design:
- Concept drawing
- 3D CAD modelling – First stab using first principles and experience of steel fabrication/steel finishing processes.
- Iterative design approach – Breaking down the design/splitting the concept drawings down into easy to fabricate/handle/assemble pieces, through various revisions as requested by the end user, fabricator and erection gang.
- Extensive use of laser cutting/profiling – For ease/speed of fabrication/to cut waste to a minimum.
- Value engineering – Through thorough material selection and use of stock steel sizes to keep costs down.
- Environmental engineering – Usage of recycled plastic infill panels/minimize unnecessary wastage by maximizing material utilization from stock lengths/sheets of steel.
- Basic structural calculations on the final design – to ensure the final product would perform as expected. (As a full calculation package was not requested/required.)
Production of high-quality fabrication drawings/CNC CAD files.
Producing a prototype set of stables – Managing the production of the prototype set of stables, from appointing the small works fabricator, to arranging all the material for laser cutting, using our network of suppliers.
Erection of stables in the steel building.