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    Software

    Cadspec drives innovation at GBS

    • By MTDCNC
    • March 23, 2021
    • 5 minute read

    Great British Sports Cars Ltd (GBS) is a niche sports car manufacturer located in Ollerton near Nottingham that designs and fully manufactures lightweight sports cars in the UK. To enhance its manufacturing capabilities, the company has recently invested in Autodesk software platforms via Cadspec. MTD went along to Nottingham to find out more.

    The company manufactures the GBS Zero sports car that has a rear-mounted engine, and as a bespoke manufacturer, GBS offers engine mounts and exhaust systems off the shelf for a range of engines that includes the Zetec, Zetec SE, Duretec, Pinto, Ford Twin cam, CVH, XFlow, Vauxhall Redtop, Mazda, Honda S2000, Volkswagen and Audi. The performance of the vehicle depends upon the specific engine choice, but a typical 2 Litre Ford Zetec engine installation would achieve 0-60mph in around 4.5 seconds with a top speed of around 135mph. The main performance of the Zero is in its cornering where it has unbelievable levels of grip and balance in a very controlled and predictable manner, giving the driver maximum confidence and enjoyment.

    Richard Hall, Managing Director at Great British Sports Cars says: “We have taken a different model from our competitors where we want to design, manufacture and build the car in-house. This gives us a lot more flexibility on the design and performance, which we can then pass on to the customer.” 

    The GBS Zero car has sold more than a thousand models worldwide with exports continually growing. “A few years ago we took the decision that we wanted to manufacture more of the car and have more control over our own design and performance of the vehicle. So, we have looked into various software platforms and we have chosen to go with Autodesk and Cadspec to enable us to grow this part of the business. We looked at a few different software platforms and we started with another software provider and this started our learning journey and we identified what we needed. We naturally found some shortcomings with that system, so we looked in the market and we found that Autodesk Featurecam was the right solution for us.”

    “The journey has been really good from the initial meeting at a tradeshow, which we then followed up with a visit to the Autodesk technology centre in Birmingham, which was a really impressive place. We then got put in touch with Cadspec and they held our hand throughout the process, through training and getting the posts written for our Bridgeport machine and then on to producing parts.”

    Commenting upon the relationship, Michael Baxter CAM Product Specialist at Cadspec Ltd says: “Cadspec are an Autodesk partner, we have been supporting the Autodesk design software for 30 years now and quite recently, in October 2019 we were approved to support Autodesk for their manufacturing software solutions. After the initial direct conversation that Richard had with Autodesk, we were asked to get involved for the provision of the software and the training, which we delivered online due to the restrictions that have been in place. We also provided the edits to the post processors, specific to the milling machine. Going forward, we are looking to support them with software for turning centres as well.”

    Looking at the software from a shop-floor perspective, Thomas Slaney, CNC Production Engineer at Great British Sports Cars says: “We enjoy using Featurecam, the cycle times have reduced by about a third, the programming time has also decreased by around the same. Furthermore, the machine seems to run with much smoother tool paths than before and overall, it seems a much different experience to what we had before.”

     

    “With one particular component, we use a data file to program it and this picks out the slots, threaded holes and the chamfers to help reduce the programming time. We are in the early stages of using Featurecam at the moment, but as we move forward, we will be introducing more new parts. We will be trying to improve cycle times and surface finishes and it will be part of a continuous improvement process.”

     

    Michael Baxter CAM Product Specialist at Cadspec Ltd says: “Working with GBS has been a fantastic experience as they are a dynamic company. We have implemented the software, provided the training and this is working well with the milling machine, a Bridgeport machining centre from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG). We will also be looking to expand their understanding of the technologies that they have access to, especially with Fusion 360 and potentially with the generative design going forward.”

    Concluding on the relationship with Autodesk and Cadspec, Richard Hall concludes: “We will be looking to use more Autodesk products, especially as they have such a wide range of products available. The generative design lends itself well to what we’re doing. Having a real focus on lightweight design sports cars, it fits well. I think over the next few years we really want to capitalise on the work that we have been doing, we have done a lot of R&D and the next phase is to really get the name out there and grow the brand and company.”

     

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    Cadspec drives innovation at GBS

    Great British Sports Cars Ltd (GBS) is a niche sports car manufacturer located in Ollerton near Nottingham that designs and fully manufactures lightweight sports cars in the UK. To enhance its manufacturing capabilities, the company has recently invested in Autodesk software platforms via Cadspec. MTD went along to Nottingham to find out more.

    The company manufactures the GBS Zero sports car that has a rear-mounted engine, and as a bespoke manufacturer, GBS offers engine mounts and exhaust systems off the shelf for a range of engines that includes the Zetec, Zetec SE, Duretec, Pinto, Ford Twin cam, CVH, XFlow, Vauxhall Redtop, Mazda, Honda S2000, Volkswagen and Audi. The performance of the vehicle depends upon the specific engine choice, but a typical 2 Litre Ford Zetec engine installation would achieve 0-60mph in around 4.5 seconds with a top speed of around 135mph. The main performance of the Zero is in its cornering where it has unbelievable levels of grip and balance in a very controlled and predictable manner, giving the driver maximum confidence and enjoyment.

    Richard Hall, Managing Director at Great British Sports Cars says: “We have taken a different model from our competitors where we want to design, manufacture and build the car in-house. This gives us a lot more flexibility on the design and performance, which we can then pass on to the customer.” 

    The GBS Zero car has sold more than a thousand models worldwide with exports continually growing. “A few years ago we took the decision that we wanted to manufacture more of the car and have more control over our own design and performance of the vehicle. So, we have looked into various software platforms and we have chosen to go with Autodesk and Cadspec to enable us to grow this part of the business. We looked at a few different software platforms and we started with another software provider and this started our learning journey and we identified what we needed. We naturally found some shortcomings with that system, so we looked in the market and we found that Autodesk Featurecam was the right solution for us.”

    “The journey has been really good from the initial meeting at a tradeshow, which we then followed up with a visit to the Autodesk technology centre in Birmingham, which was a really impressive place. We then got put in touch with Cadspec and they held our hand throughout the process, through training and getting the posts written for our Bridgeport machine and then on to producing parts.”

    Commenting upon the relationship, Michael Baxter CAM Product Specialist at Cadspec Ltd says: “Cadspec are an Autodesk partner, we have been supporting the Autodesk design software for 30 years now and quite recently, in October 2019 we were approved to support Autodesk for their manufacturing software solutions. After the initial direct conversation that Richard had with Autodesk, we were asked to get involved for the provision of the software and the training, which we delivered online due to the restrictions that have been in place. We also provided the edits to the post processors, specific to the milling machine. Going forward, we are looking to support them with software for turning centres as well.”

    Looking at the software from a shop-floor perspective, Thomas Slaney, CNC Production Engineer at Great British Sports Cars says: “We enjoy using Featurecam, the cycle times have reduced by about a third, the programming time has also decreased by around the same. Furthermore, the machine seems to run with much smoother tool paths than before and overall, it seems a much different experience to what we had before.”

     

    “With one particular component, we use a data file to program it and this picks out the slots, threaded holes and the chamfers to help reduce the programming time. We are in the early stages of using Featurecam at the moment, but as we move forward, we will be introducing more new parts. We will be trying to improve cycle times and surface finishes and it will be part of a continuous improvement process.”

     

    Michael Baxter CAM Product Specialist at Cadspec Ltd says: “Working with GBS has been a fantastic experience as they are a dynamic company. We have implemented the software, provided the training and this is working well with the milling machine, a Bridgeport machining centre from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG). We will also be looking to expand their understanding of the technologies that they have access to, especially with Fusion 360 and potentially with the generative design going forward.”

    Concluding on the relationship with Autodesk and Cadspec, Richard Hall concludes: “We will be looking to use more Autodesk products, especially as they have such a wide range of products available. The generative design lends itself well to what we’re doing. Having a real focus on lightweight design sports cars, it fits well. I think over the next few years we really want to capitalise on the work that we have been doing, we have done a lot of R&D and the next phase is to really get the name out there and grow the brand and company.”