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Foregone Solutions Assists Apek Marine Equipment

Apek is at the cutting edge of dive technology, and is reflected in the level and quality of its tool room and design office.

Inspired by technical diving and designed for all, the full range of Apeks scuba diving equipment, which now includes regulators, bladders, drysuits, instruments and accessories, has been adopted by technical divers around the world. Apeks scuba diving equipment is being used to explore some of the deepest, coldest and most advanced dive environments on earth. Because when the environment demands, only one thing matters; that your dive kit is designed, developed and tested to keep you safe and comfortable.

Tony Grew from ForeGone Solutions asked Stuart Hargreaves head of tooling what was different about Apeks Marine. He replied,the designers here are set a unique challenge. not only do they have to design cutting edge products for a very demanding environment, but they are also challenged to test them out in real life, in-house there is an ANSTI Test Tank and all products need to be tested and evaluated before release to the diving community, either commercial, MOD or recreation. It certainly focuses the mind of the whole team.

 

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Cimatron has been a big part of the Tool Room for many years, both for mould tool design which also includes Electrode design.

Stuart went on to say

We have 2 full Cimatron E tool design suites and due to additional workload we recently invested in the Cimatron Standalone Quick Electrode for the shop floor, the guys out there just get on with it, it is intuitive to use, reliable, the 2D drawings are passed to the NC guys, inspection and finally the Spark EDM section. They contain all the sizes and information that any department needs.

Some of our electrodes can seem very complex, but the same file format from the Cimatron E design to the Cimatron Quick electrode ensures that the electrodes are always designed to the very latest cad files. Of course if we change the cad, then the electrodes are updated as are the 2D drawings.

Overall the software has allowed us to meet and exceed market expectations, we can bring products to market at least 3 months faster than if we were using software from any other supplier.

With our support from ForeGone Solutions, we are always getting the latest software and help is only a phone or email away for advice or guidance