Simpact Consultancy

Consumer Product Development

Getting the most out of your products

Our customers come to us with a wide spectrum of product development challenges. Most of our experience in this area lies in the development of products for sports protection as they involve impact safety targets and a various array of threats and impact velocity. Specific examples include the development of composite cricket helmets, analysis of debris impact in F1 and the development of shin guards according to British impact design standards.

However in 2007, Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios came to Simpact with the idea to design and develop the world’s first carbon fibre piano. The concept of introducing a new low mass and high strength and stiffness material in an acoustic environment was identified as a significant challenge right from the start of the project but using advanced modelling techniques grown from modern OEM development, the project has been a complete success.

The project started with the reverse engineering of an existing piano frame to generate the baseline models required for the CAD and CAE development. The resulting design has some important acoustic as well as innovative functional qualities and only weighs around one third of a traditional concert grand.

The first prototype was launched at the NEC Composites Engineering Show in Birmingham, England. 7th-8th November 2012 and was manufactured in conjunction with SAATI, global manufacturer of a wide range of specialist fabrics in carbon, and Retrac Composites, who were commissioned to build the first prototype model using their vast amount of experience in the building of complex systems in carbon fibre.

In 2015 Simpact designed and built their own drop test facility so that they could carry out their own impact testing in-house and offer this impact evaluation method to their clients. This facility is particularly well suited to the drop test evaluation of mobile phones. It is fully instrumented and features a linear system that guides the device to the impact surface. This allows one to accurately replicate a load case which may be detailed in a standard such as the transit drop procedure described in the US Department of Defence standard MIL-STD-810G.

For more details on our drop test facility, please click here to visit the experimental testing area of our website.