CAD - Computer Aided Design
Phelans have long since been in the unique position of merging traditional manufacturing methodology with state of the art technology, in order to bring forward a very special experience for their customers. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the perfect solution to visualising conceptual designs before they go into production, providing the client with total confidence and control over their bespoke piece and where necessary, design modifications quickly and economically.
The next stage to this design frontier is creating a ‘hard’ copy. From the CAD images a ‘model’ known as a ‘wax cast’ is created solidifying the clients confidence in the design by being able to try on a model version.
Once the Model has been agreed the wax is then sent to be cast in the items preferred metal, the piece is then created in a whole, two or three part rough casting and assembled accordingly.
The initial castings are known as ‘roughs’ due to their visual properties. It is the job of an experienced ‘mounter’ to piece together and finish the item by hand using a series of specialised buffing and polishing techniques.