LIGHT BLACK DESIGN
Transferring technological innovations between industries since 2009
WHAT WE DO
Light Black Design is an innovative design office, with the capabilities of being able to fully engineer parts & assemblies through all stages of the of the project from conceptual schemesthrough to 3D CAD & FEA, right through to the production tools and parts.
Throughout all these stages of the projects we will be drawing on the extensive experience gained from being in key positions at some of the most innovative automotive design offices, such as McLaren, Red Bull F1 and Gordon Murray Design.
This is combined with a deep understanding of all levels within the Design & Engineering businesses to produce end products that are optimised in all areas from cost & weight, to Part Production & Tooling routes
MATERIAL AND PROCESS SELECTIONS
INITIAL CONCEPTS AND CALCULATIONS
3D CAD & FEA STUDIES
PART AND ASSEMBLY DESIGN, IN METAL OR COMPOSITE MATERIALS
REVERSE ENGINEERING OF PARTS
TOOLING SPECIFICATION, DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE
SPECIFICATION AND DESIGN OF PRODUCTION LINE
PROJECT AND DATA MANAGEMENT
TOOLING AND ANALYSIS
Dan Primrose is a director and shareholder at We-Sense
We-Sense have developed award winning, rugged multi sensor technolgy
WHO WE ARE
The automotive industry has always been in the enviable position of being able to push forward technological boundaries, enabling the end products to realise their maximum efficiency. It is critical that every stage is fully optimised, from the setup of the office right through to the production and assembly of the finished parts.
Company founder Dan Primrose, worked for 13 years with the design offices of McLaren Automotive, Red Bull F1 team, Caparo Vehicle Technologies and most recently Gordon Murray Design. Within all of these offices, he was a key member of the teams responsible for the design and production of lightweight, cost-effective parts for a range of vehicles with production numbers from one-off prototype parts to 100,000 cars per year.
All of these engineering groups were kept deliberately small, as it was commonly felt that keeping the numbers down would prevent the flow of the design from suffering. This is the same principle employed at the majority of marine-based design offices, where it is critical that every member of the team is involved and has an understanding of all the key activities and is able to contribute to every aspect within the project. This set-up was rare within the automotive world and enabled the various design offices we have been fortunate enough to be part of, to excel in the tasks they set themselves.
Before starting at McLaren Automotive, in 1999, Dan worked at Pendennis Shipyard, as part of a team building high-performance composite yachts. This was a job that started after gaining a BEng (Hons) in Yacht Design at Southampton. It was this role that allowed Dan to move to the automotive world where McLaren were in the early stages of a project to design and build the first-ever carbon fibre, production road car, the Mercedes McLaren SLR. Until then composite cars had always been manufactured in extremely low volumes with extremely high costs, but with the knowledge gained from the marine industry, Dan was able to help move the automotive world in a new direction and help make lightweight cars viable.
Whilst working within some of the most prestigious automotive design offices, Light Black Design have been in the fortunate position of having direct access to the key people in some of the largest, world-wide suppliers. These have included business partners for CAD and FEA software to potential suppliers of raw materials, running into 1000's of tonnes per year.
So now, after 15 years of working the Automotive Sector, LightBlack Design is in a position to offer the latest technological advances that have until now have only been available to the high volume and niche markets in the automotive world, back to the marine sectors and help move the industry forward.