A DESIGN & ENGINEERING COLLABORATION
The Guy Martin Proper Van is the result of a collaboration between Guy Martin, MSRT, and Simple Design Works, combining different skills and expertise that helped take this Ford Transit Limited Edition from concept to production.
Simple Design Works interpreted the original sketched concept visuals into CAD Surface Models. We identified complications relating to the underlying vehicle structure and areas presenting difficulties to manufacture, enabling us to find solutions, both aesthetically and technically. This involved relocating the daytime running lights and re-styling the grill in-house.
We engineered the methods of mounting the lights, considered water drainage, surface reflections, concealed fixing methods and re-styled the lower vents to integrate a towing eye and cover.
COMPLEX SURFACE MODELLING & PROBLEM SOLVING
When you look at any motor vehicle body, you see an orchestra of surfaces that come together to give the vehicle its style and identity. The CAD surfaces we create are machined in the final tooling. Any small defect will stand out once it has been painted and would be expensive to correct in the tooling.
Achieving this in 3D CAD is a complex and skillful process to produce a shape with no defects. Before passing the CAD to production, a draft and curvature analysis, was performed, ensuring the aesthetic was a seamless representation of the concept visual, whilst preventing manufacturing difficulties such as the negative draft, overhangs and sink marks.
THOROUGH ENGINEERING ANALYSIS FOR MANUFACTURE
Our vigilance (and determination to get it right!) meant that when the first mouldings for the front bumper, vents, and grill were received at MSRT, they not only fitted on the ‘Guy Martin Proper Van’ . . . properly, they looked the part, too. The results speak for themselves.