Product Development Solutions

Engineering Services, Product Design & Development

Our engineering services team is fast, efficient and has a long history of work in many different industries. The SourceSync. product development team provides mechanical engineering, product design, industrial design, and analysis (FEA) services to help individuals and organizations realize their products. Our team of mechanical engineers acts as an extension of an engineering team; providing the right expertise and headcount to help meet product development goals and project deadlines. We are a comprehensive product development services provider. Our staff of degreed mechanical engineers are “Power Users” of the Dassault Systems Solidworks Modeling Package and proficient in many other industry-leading software tools including ProEngineer and Autodesk Inventor.

When selecting an engineering services provider you need to be confident that you’ve selected a competent team of engineers that can create innovative, manufacturable designs. Our designers and engineers continually leverage their knowledge, experience, and a wide spectrum of tools to complete engineering service projects for everything from medical devices to consumer goods to industrial equipment.

Our Engineering Team leverages years of experience and a deep knowledge of engineering disciplines to provide our customers fast, innovative design services. SourceSync. has worked with hundreds of customers on more than 1000 projects. How can we help you?

Contact our engineering services group to start realizing your products.

Component Design Services

SourceSync offers a comprehensive design and modelling service for seals, custom moulded elastomers and bonded components.

Typical services include:

  • Material recommendations, based upon chemical and mechanical constraints

  • O-Ring size optimisation to maximise sealing efficiency and life

  • Groove size recommendations

  • Custom seal design

Our application engineers design components using SolidWorks®, which offers three dimensional parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD) capabilities. Design intent is captured once into CAD and then reused to drive all design and manufacturing processes; from 2D & 3D non-linear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using ANSYS®, through tool manufacture, to 3D work instructions and 2D inspection drawings

SourceSync is design certified to ISO 9001:2000; our team of designers capture customer requirements and translate these into hardware recommendations and custom designs. Various formats of electronic drawings are accepted including IGES, STEP, PARASOLID, PRO-E®, Inventor, DXF, DWG, plus many others, these can be imported into SolidWorks® for our team of design engineers to work with. Components are designed in 3D CAD, and when required, are modelled using FEA.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Service

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a computer simulation technique used to predict contact forces, deformation and stress levels within elastomer components. In order to maximise the accuracy of modelling, SourceSync engineers generate temperature specific material models for specific applications.

By minimising stresses within an elastomer we can reduce the effect of stress induced chemical attack and therefore prolong the life of a component in application.

Being able to draw from a wide range of in-house compounds and a comprehensive supply chain, our design team are able to recommend the best materials for your application, either using solely elastomers, or augmenting them with metals or thermoplastics such as PTFE or PEEK®.

FEA helps the designer to address complex seal geometries, where assessing the sealing force is difficult, both intuitively and to calculate manually.

The use of such predictive behavioural programmes can be highly beneficial across a wide range of applications for elastomer seals. Many real-life tests involve complex set-ups, downtime on machinery or expensive laboratory time. The use of FEA may eliminate or at least accelerate the testing programme and is highly likely to be a more cost effective method in assessing the viability of introducing or changing a seal design.

By working closely with you we can provide technical expertise to maximise the performance of SourceSync materials in your application.

How to Patent a New Invention

You have just created a brand new gadget, it’s innovative, extremely useful and everybody is dying for one. But before you can turn your new invention into millions of dollars, you need to protect it from being stolen by other would be millionaires. To do this you need a patent. But wait, you don’t have the small fortune that it sometimes takes to patent a new invention.

While there is very little you can do about the filing fees that must be paid in order to patent a new invention, you can save thousands of dollars in attorney fees by applying for a patent yourself.

While the patent process is not for the faint-of-heart, in most cases it it highly possible to go it alone. In fact, it is a little known truth that patent examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are required by federal law to assist individuals who are applying on their own. This article discusses the basic steps you need to take to patent a new invention.

Patent A New Invention Basics

Determine if your New Invention is Elgible for a Patent

To be eligible for a patent an invention must be novel. This means that it must be new and something that has not been known before. It must also be more than just an obvious improvement on what existed before, it must result from a notably inventive process. Finally, it must be able to be manufactured and do what you claim it does.

Perform a Patent Search

In order to make sure that your invention is new and has not been known before, you need to perform a patent search. A patent search is a search of all earlier developments in your field. This means a search of prior patents, domestic and foreign, as well as published literature, such as scientific and technical journals.

You can perform an online search of patent libraries yourself or employ a professional to do the searching for you. Either way, your application will need to address how your invention differs from any similar invention that comes up in your patent search.

Determine Which Kind of Patent Your Invention Requires

There are three categories of patents, utility patents, design patents and plant patents. Utility patents protect the functional aspects of an article, while design patents only protect an article’s aesthetic features. Design patents are cheaper and much easier to obtain than utility patents. However, utility patents offer much broader protection for your invention. Plant patents are the third category of patents and are issued for new asexually reproduced plant species.

Determine How You Want to File

There are three options for filing a patent application. You can file a provisional patent application, a non-provisional application or an international application.

Provisional applications are valid for 12 months and are easier and cheaper to obtain. However, you must file a non-provisional application within 12 month of filing your provisional application or risk loosing your filing date and possibly the chance to ever receive a patent on your invention.

A non-provisional patent application is the basic, full-blown patent application for new inventions in the United States and will grant the applicant 14 – 20 years of protection, depending on the type of patent granted and the filing date.

An international patent may be applied for via the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which allows an applicant to receive patent protection in numerous countries by filing a single application, at a single patent office. Not only is this convenient, but it can save an applicant huge amounts of time and money.

File your application with the USPTO

Once you have prepared your application in the manner required by USPTO, including a description of your invention and a “claims section”, you are ready to submit your application. You may submit your application, along with the appropriate filing fee(s), through the mail or electronically through the USPTO’s electronic filing system (EFS). Filing your application via EFS is considerably cheaper than paper filings and offers various other advantages.

Depending on the kind of application and the technology involved in your invention, it may take one to three years for your patent to be granted. Once it is granted, you will have the right to prevent others from making, using, selling or importing your invention, while you alone enjoy the exclusive right to profit from it.

Patent protection is often necessary to protect a new invention from being appropriated by others before you can exploit its financial possibilities. Though not for everyone, it is possible to save a considerable amount of money in legal fees by patenting your invention on your own. This article provides only basic information on how to patent a new invention. For more detailed instructions see the USPTO website.