About

Who is 3D Engineers?

3D Engineers was founded by Stuart Brown and supplies services and products across the planet.

Just about everything on this website, apart from a minimal amount of illustrative visuals, has been created by 3D Engineers. All the 3D scanning, CAD design, video, pictures, methods and innovation have come into existence over slightly more than a decade.

It is unlikely that you can find a business for your project that has as much experience, academic achievement and positive press coverage in the fast-moving world of 3D scanning and CAD design than 3D Engineers with its innovative products.

Since inception, 3D Engineers has scanned hundreds of cars, created every part of the Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix racing car in Solidworks and 3D laser scanned many aircraft exteriors. Ship internals have been captured by scanning and made into CAD objects. Numerous egg crate or section, hammer form and hybrid body bucks have been designed, manufactured and delivered. 3D Engineers has created twenty-three unique car designs (and counting). Eleven unique cars are either built or in manufacture through this work to date. The tooling created has assisted the production of over one hundred and seventeen cars either from scratch or in a production run. The list goes on.

As shown through the content on this website, producing designs as complex as a car within an adequate time frame and to terrific quality can be achieved without a cast of thousands. Neither are expensive premises and a multi-tiered management structure required. It has repeatedly been proven that working long hours, studying the subject in depth and being adept at mixing and matching techniques, macros, hardware and software to create solutions saves time and money for our clients. It would not have been possible to achieve so much by having one discipline and working in an environment where work passes between departments and people. This old way of working creates project friction in all senses of the phrase.

3D Engineers works worldwide. Having undertaken projects from 3D scanning President Woodrow Wilson’s house frontage to laser scanning a tiny, but complicated, classic electrical item, the benefits of these experiences offered is extensive.

A key goal is to be the most efficient supplier in this field. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is an ongoing theme. Our founder became one of the few people on the planet to be awarded Certified Solidworks Expert status (CSWE) which is the best accreditation Solidworks offer. Back in 2017 when achieved, approximately 1000 users outside the Solidworks organization, out of a total of two million users (source Wikipedia and Solidworks Corporation), only 0.0005% of the total, had attained this qualification.

Courses both in person and online have been undertaken regularly in all key areas of the software and hardware that 3D Engineers use.

3D Engineers aims to be the most efficient, effective, skilled and highly qualified provider of 3D CAD, 3D scanning services and physical products created from these.

Innovative

Very early adopters in this niche area, we are market leaders. Constant refinement of techniques, introducing new equipment and innovating saves time and money. Our clients can comprehensively review their design wherever they are.

Award winning

In 2011 we were awarded the International Historic Motoring Award for Innovation. In 2014 we were shortlisted for the Specialist of the Year award at the International Historic Motoring Awards. In 2015 we won again, this time for Specialist of the Year.

Historical archive

Our automobilia archive of pictures, magazines, technical works and rare books, coupled with the contacts we have cultivated in vehicle museums and marque archives, ensures that we have the knowledge to undertake work for you with an enviable source of credible information.

Industry leader

We have extensive experience in using computers to re-create out of production vehicles and parts. We were the first to re-create a complete out of production vehicle in a 3D programme with our award-winning nut and bolt re-creation of the 1924 Bugatti Type 35.

Global reach

Our geographical location makes us ideally placed to service clients throughout the USA, Europe and across the World. Projects already successfully completed across the USA, South Africa, France and the Netherlands among many others.

Press coverage

3D Engineers' work has been featured in numerous magazines, on blogs and forums and at the Goodwood Revival and Essen. You will find many a mention of 3D Engineers in articles in The Automobile, Octane magazine, Bugatti Trust magazine and Classic and Sportscar for example.

Security

The vast majority of our work is conducted “in-house” and therefore clients do not have to worry about the intellectual property of their vehicle or other data being compromised. All work is stored off-line to maintain the utmost security.

Cost effective

Being skilled in a variety of techniques, and therefore being able to pick the most effective method, regularly saves our clients time and money.

Independent

Being totally independent we work solely for your success.

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FAQ'S

Frequently asked questions

The Design Brief takes a detailed look at the questions raised by Rudyard Kipling’s Six Honest Serving Men: What, Why, When, How, Where and Who? All are key to the fundamental success of each project.

At the outset, we request information on exactly who you are happy for us or would like us to liaise with and to what extent e.g. can they authorise work or amendments on your behalf? It is not generally productive to change these rules as the project develops – and our experience tells us “too many cooks spoil the broth”.

Whether you are preparing a surprise for a friend or family member or developing a commercial offering for yourself or a client, we are happy to provide a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement for your protection. As a matter of course, however, we do not generally go around discussing existing projects!

Yes, for example on our Ballot re-creation project that was all we had to go on. Likewise, when we designed the Mitchell Special, it was simply a sketch that we started with. Take a look here.

In this instance, we are of course happy to help you make the desired changes, but this is a new piece of work and will be agreed, priced and scheduled as such. We appreciate that changes are sometimes necessary for whatever reason, but encourage you to make full use of the virtual checks (which include measurement) so that such circumstances are minimized.

We may be able to help. However, we far prefer to deal direct with clients rather than through agencies or third parties and undertake any project on its own merit and our ability to meet its requirements. We work from our office, visiting clients as necessary but in line with our environmental policy. We do not take up residence in order to carry out a piece of work, nor work on a retainer that puts agency or third party work ahead in our scheduling, which would be to the detriment of other commitments.

Subject to government advice, no. We would aim to schedule in our visit to fit with any national holidays or similar, personnel availability and transport links to maximise its efficiency. We have successfully completed tasks in South Africa, Europe and the USA, for example, as well as the length and breadth of Great Britain and met clients around the world as required,

Reverse engineering mainly involves the rebuild of an item from an existing one – for example, where plans or molds no longer exist to fabricate it otherwise. It may involve 3D scanning of the original object, historical research and the use of photos or hand drawn memos and verbal anecdotes to reproduce the item. It can be a lengthy process but is always worthwhile. See more here.

A 3D scan is a process of recording the exact (to sub mm accuracy in some cases) detail of an object in 3D. This could, for example, be a car, historic artefact or building. The police use the technique for scenes of crime work too. The main way in which we carry out 3D scans is the use of laser technology. This equipment is fully portable and can run independently of any external power source for up to seven hours. This means that we are often able to accommodate seemingly out of the way or off the wall requests where access might otherwise be prohibitive to the 3D recording. We also have other scanning equipment, depending on the task in hand. An image is recorded in 3D in the form of many millions (often running into billions) of raw data points that we then ‘knit’ together (in a process called ‘post-processing’) to produce the 3D image. With further various processing techniques, this ‘post-processed’ data originally produced by the scanning can be manipulated for measuring, planning, modifying, aerodynamic testing and creating identical shapes. If the data is not going to be used immediately, it can be stored in its raw form as an insurance against it ever being required (for example, Old Yeller II) or as the stepping stone to a future project. We offer day scanning packages at competitive prices, with the post-processing separately agreed at point of contract, so give us a call or see this link to find out more.

It will be recorded forever! You can rebuild it if you ever suffer any damage to it, identify it if you lose it, use the data to create a video or model to enjoy it and you can modify it to your heart’s content in virtual reality before deciding on those all-important killer changes to make it the fastest, most beautiful, factory-perfect, idyllic or improved one ever. Imagine that for starters!

Yes. Contact us for more information on your requirements.

Yes. If undertaken on our own account. Contact us with your requirements.

You do the maths: our bucks are designed and manufactured to give service on more than one occasion and enable you to get the finished product right first time. It may load the project on time up front but it delivers again and again in terms of time and therefore cost savings later in the day. Find out more about bucks and pricing to suit your needs here.

Generally, they are constructed of plywood, but they can be produced of any wood and also, now, metal. See some examples and further information here.

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