Long Term Relationships

A long-term relationship with Sentinel Performance Solutions Ltd. for water treatment has seen product design specialists 4D Products develop several new products recently; some are new and improved versions of existing products, some carving out completely new product sectors.

A finalist in the annual awards for heating & ventilation industry leaders with its ‘Think Dirty’ campaign, Sentinel Performance Solutions Ltd. has been meeting customer demand for superior heating system performance with its protection products for 30 years. It approached 4D Products recently to help rethink its latest major innovation which features strongly in the campaign. More information can be found here.

Wavex Workout

4D Products has designed an exciting new portable system for fitness. The WAVEX microgym has support from regional business funding LCR4.0 which is intended to drive the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

In beta-test trials of the equipment, Wavex was put through its own workout. It gave a winning performance.

Personal Trainer and fitness guru Chris Hunt said; “As a personal trainer I have used many different pieces of equipment over the years. The Wavex has really impressed me on how easy it’s is to use and the vast amount of exercises you can do. I really like how with a few quick changes and you can go from performing deadlifts to a military press.”

He added; “I don’t just work in a gym, I also travel to clients’ houses, normally carrying a bag full of equipment dumbbells, resistance bands etc. But with the Wavex, I could easy take it with me and get the client to do a full body workout, doing almost exactly the same workout as I would have done but using one piece of equipment instead of five plus. I would highly recommend this product to anyone but I thinks it’s especially useful to anyone who travels a lot or for someone who has limited space at home. it’s light, easy to carry and doesn’t take up much space.”

Jane Roberts, who was also at the Wavex workout added; “A really well designed micro-multigym. Versatile, portable and a robust bit of kit for a full workout. I could use it in the gym, at home or on the move and it will be able to monitor my progress and set targets with its clever programming.”

A Walk In The Dark

Ask yourself, where was I on the evening of the 28th April? If the answer wasnt “Doing a charity walk in the dark to raise money for a local cancer treatment centre” then shame on you!

Luckily for you, our MD Iain, did do the walk. So you can ease your guilty conscience by donating some money to the Rosemere Centre here.

The Annual Walk in the dark event is an 11 mile walk from Chorley to Preston hosiptal, where hundreds or walkers brave the elements (and the A6) in order to raise money for this fantastic cause.

Walk in the dark

Product Design / Mechanical Engineer Vacancy

*APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED*

Are you fed up designing the same old products month after month? Looking for a chance to exercise your creative talents?

4D Products is an ambitious, innovative, Product Design Consultancy.

In 2018 we are celebrating our tenth year in business, and as part of our continued success we are looking for an experienced, technically minded Product Designer or Mechanical Design Engineer to join our design team.

We need you to;

  • Hold a high quality Product Design or Mechanical Engineering Degree.
  • Have 3-5 years commercial experience designing and engineering technically challenging, commercially successful new products from concept to manufacture.
  • Demonstrate experience and knowledge of designing for a variety of manufacturing processes, particularly plastic parts for mass production.
  • Have the desire and ability to innovate and create beautiful products in a variety of industrial sectors.
  • Have advanced Solidworks skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • Be very well organised.

In return we are able to offer;

  • A rare opportunity to join a product design consultancy.
  • A competitive salary based on experience.
  • A bonus scheme based on company performance.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • A company pension.
  • Training and personal development opportunities.

 

If this doesn’t describe you, please do not apply.

If it does, we want to hear from you.

Please send your CV and portfolio to info@4dproducts before the 31st March. If we would like to invite you for an interview, we will get in touch shortly after this date.

Football Flick Spotted on Mt Everest!

Every business developing a new product hopes it will one day reach the highest heights.

Football Flick recently acheived this in an unusal way as their brand embassador John Farnworth spent the last 10 days juggling a football all the way to Mt Everest’s base camp.

(Photo from BBC News)

Football-Flick-Everest

£10m Innovation Loans Competition

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network have announced the details of briefing events across the UK for Innovate UK’s innovation loans competition for manufacturing and materials readiness projects, which will open for applications on 26th February.

 

Detecting the advantages of great design

The need for surveillance in all aspects of work and life is growing. 4D Products is helping support new products and developments in this sector by working with global experts at Wireless CCTV (WCCTV), which manufactures and supplies portable, rapid deployment video monitoring solutions worldwide.

The company’s products need to be innovative, robust and to be able to withstand some of the most arduous conditions in the world. Cameras are used in places like oil refineries in Saudi Arabia, for event crowd controlin the US and for border controls in remote regions. Equipment need to be adaptable to contain the latest electronic surveillance technology, with great design built in, so WCCTV can stay one step ahead of its competition.

Follow how WCCTV’s design department selected 4D Products and how they worked together to introduce new materials, reduce production cost and stay ahead of the competitors. See the case study here.

 

4D Designed Product in the Movies!

One of 4D’s eagle eyed designers, David, spotted a Sabre Trident grip in the latest Kingsman movie, Kingsman – The Golden Circle. Nice to see one of our products starring on the big screen!

trident-grip-design

Welcoming a new member to the Product Design Team

At 4D Products we are always looking to boost our technical skills, as the 4D team deliver technically challenging projects for our clients.

We are therefore delighted to welcome our newest member of staff into the design team.

Matthew was recently awarded a first class Masters in Mechanical Engineering. His Key Courses included Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Finite Element Analysis and Mechanics. He has spent a year in Vancouver as part of his studies and also completed work experience in biomedical engineering and at Force India Formula 1, where he engineered a new body part which was adopted on the car for the 2016 season. He achieved the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for scoring joint highest final year mark.

Despite all this serious stuff, he’s into cricket and surfing and makes a mean coffee. So drop in and see us soon!

 

Aeroplane-shaped swimming aid takes off

 

A unique aeroplane-shaped swimming aid’s sales have taken off for a Cheshire coach turned inventor. Chris Shore turned to Warrington based product designers 4D Products for help in designing and launching AquaPlane and now has the backing of Olympic and Commonwealth Games stars for his revolutionary aeroplane-shaped swimming aid, with sales already taking off in ToysR’Us.

P1010151Chris Shore from Weaverham near Northwich was frustrated with the limitations of armbands and other buoyancy aids while teaching youngsters how to swim. So the 28-year-old used his knowledge and experience in combination with 4D Products’ design and manufacturing skills to launch his own flotation device and AquaPlane was born.

“Nothing was giving my students the support they needed,” said Chris, who runs Cheshire-based Shore Swim club. There are many issues with swimming aids such as restricting a child’s movement, incorrect buoyancy levels and lowering a child’s confidence when the aids are removed. I wanted to take away these barriers to children learning. It was a challenge but I couldn’t ignore the opportunity to make a difference to young swimmers.”

AquaPlane is a unique three-in-one swimming aid covering all the main stages of swimming development which starts out as a back float. The product is also already used by other swim schools across the UK including Puddle Ducks, which teaches more than 20,000 children.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Olympian Chris Cook has endorsed AquaPlane and uses them at his own swim school. He said: “Our swimmers love the freedom the AquaPlane gives them in the water. It works wonders for their technique.”

Former British swimmer and Commonwealth Games finalist Dan Coombs also backs the device. “I use AquaPlane to help children increase confidence and adopt the correct body position when learning to swim,” said Dan.

Iain McCall, Co-Founder and Design Director for 4D Products said; “We wanted to design a multi-use product that appeals to children and parents and met the price when manufactured. To begin with, the AquaPlane flotation device is worn on the back, so the child is swimming in the correct position while practising all strokes including backstroke. It has a lower profile and is wider than other back floats giving children better balance when swimming on their backs. When the child is ready, the straps are taken off and it is used as a kick board to enhance stroke development. Later, it turns into a performance tool to build stamina and strength.

As the aid has multiple uses it saves instructors having to carry around and store lots of different equipment, which is proving a big selling point.” He added; “The design is internationally protected and complies with international safety standards too which means international sales are possible too.”

Jamie Gagnon from Scotland praised the “great design idea”. She said; “Until now my five-year-old has been swimming with arm floats, but I found she was reluctant to use her arms. I took her to the pool last night for the first time with AquaPlane and within 10 minutes she was swimming around confidently and using her arms. She loves it.”

Chris now hopes to expand his range of stockists and is also looking to sell overseas.

AquaPlane is for children aged three and over and is available in four vibrant colours for £24.99 from Argos, Toys R’Us and the AquaPlane website at www.aqua-plane.co.uk .

 

Photo: In use with older children. Chris Shore (left) and Dan Coombs (right) in the water.

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