Firstly, let me apologise for the lack of updates over the past 3 months, finding the time to do this was difficult when starting a company, even though now in 2018 it's considered to be a major part of marketing and growing your business, however it's still been a challenge, simply due to the influx of jobs heading our way over the past the 3 months.
So, what's new? Following much deliberation, we've invested in some accounting software, QuickBooks Online Plus. Tracking accounts and creating invoices, purchase orders and quotes manually was becoming far too laborious, so QuickBooks offered us a solution that really solved all our problems. We can access the accounts from anywhere, GDPR regulations are taken care of as all the data is in the cloud, quotes/invoices/purchase orders are all properly linked. Now the room for error is much narrower and gives a real time view of how things are going. It's a small but important investment for us during our early stages.
Speaking of how busy we've been, we've been recently working on a project for client who provides solutions for the Military, whereby we programmed the parts, designed and manufactured the jigs & fixtures, and actually went on site to install and prove out the program. This was another big step for us, showcasing our turnkey solution to provide complete machined jigs, CNC programs, and complete finished components. We also went on to design and manufacture x20 assembly fixtures to use in conjunction with the finished machined parts. Now the client is on its way to delivering their order ahead of schedule.
We'd also like to announce that we are working in partnership with automotive and Formula 1 casting giant, Grainger & Worrall. We are lucky enough to be located quite closely to them, and following a successful quick-turnaround programming job due to temporary a lack of resource, we have now gained further opportunities to work together. This again is massively important for us, to be working with such reputable businesses, operating at the cutting edge of manufacturing.
Also, I'd like to have a rethink about a previous blog post (5/30/18 - CNC Machining VS 3D Printing, what does the future hold?) I stated in that post that I doubted whether 3D printing would eve replace machining. Since then Atom Precision has worked a little more in this field, even invested in our own, desktop 3D printer, which I have been massively impressed with. It isn't used for functional parts, mainly just prototypes and physical versions of parts for us to program, as it's much nicer to program a part when you have it in your hand. Alongside this, we've recently worked with a company called Mark3D UK, the UK distributors for the brilliant Markforged 3D Printers. We designed a set of 3D printed vice jaws for a client, and Mark3D printed them, with integrated carbon fibre strands for strengthening in required areas. I was blown away by the strength and the precision of these parts, and it has really got me considering more about how I think 3D printing will eventually revolutionise manufacturing. It's easy to think that 3D printing is for making toys and trinkets, however seeing these functional, engineered parts in use, inside a running CNC miller really did it for me. If you would like to know more about these printers, contact Ian Weston at Mark3D UK, and follow the link below.
Thank you again for everyone's support. I will try and get back into posting more often, we are attending the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC Birmingham tomorrow, so check out our social media to see what we find!