Team of "two plus"
JRP is a small company that has already completed more than 150 projects of various sizes. Although the company employs only two engineers at the moment, we cooperate with other companies and freelancers that help us with our projects and which represent the "plus" in the equation. The time has shown that this is the best way to do projects which also require manufacturing and prototyping.
We do projects that can be merely a conversion from 2D into 3D but also projects that require engineering design, calculations, searching for new technical solutions and can result in more than 1000 technical drawings in the end. A huge help with such large projects is our data management software SolidWorks PDM Professional, which we began using in 2018.
Since 2014 we have developed (and are still enhancing) our own CAD standards that help us handle this kind of large projects with ease. Because the majority of companies we know never find the time to work on their CAD standards (and are losing a lot of money), we decided to offer this kind of consulting and help as a separate service called SolidWorks Productivity Check.
We also share our knowledge and experience about CAD standards on our blog.
How we work.
1 Every potential project starts with the first meeting. You can schedule a quick free chat via calendy or tell us about it via the contact form. Afterwards, if we find mutual ground, we proceed with a longer meeting based on which we can specify the scope of the project and we also decide whether it will be a "fixed price" or "payed per hour" project.
2 Based on customers requirements we proceed with the project's development. We communicate with the customer and his manufacturers on a regular basis. Depending on the customers location we can do on-site meetings or online meetings with screensharing.
Before the project's documentation is released, we provide a preliminary version of it to the customer and his manufacturers for confirmation. After the documentation is confirmed, all changes are kept by revisions.
3 The outcomes of our projects are usually PDF drawings, STEP models for CNC and DXF files for 2D cutting machines. For smaller products a prototype can also be part of the project. Because design changes also happen during manufacturing and assembly stages, we encourage our customers to give feedback on these changes, so we can transfer them back to 3D environment for customers future reference.
4 It's important to understand that when starting a new customer relationship some of the projects time will be spend for getting to know each other and the way each one works. This means that the first project usually takes longer to complete than the next one. Beside this, it is also crucial that the customer provides information about the components they want to use in their devices as soon as possible. Each customer has its own suppliers and not all components are always kept on stock, so responsiveness on both sides is crucial for a project to proceed as planned.
To speed up the CAD processes all repetitive tasks have been automated using PDM software and other macros. This enables us to focus on important tasks of the engineering design process.
All changes to documentation that has been released are kept by revisions. This way we prevent the production of wrong parts and keep the production costs to a minimum.
For file conversions we use automation tools that enable us to transfer specific custom properties from SolidWorks files to output files like PDF, DXF and STEP.
For example, we can put the material and thickness info into the filename of the DXF file and speed up the manufacturing process.
Parts Lists (BOM)
We create Excel based parts list that help customers and manufacturers filter by different columns like material, supplier, treatment etc. This way we shorten the time that is needed to order. We encourage our customers to provide a list of their suppliers of standard components. This way we can take into account the specifics of each supplier's component and make the design suit your needs.