OPEN MIND Moulds Success for Carbon Composite Manufacturer
When Simon Farren started Reverie Ltd 13 years ago with the focus upon high quality carbon fibre aftermarket parts for the motorsport sector, the ex-Lotus engineer couldn't have envisaged the success that would stem from car enthusiasts appetite for lighter and faster vehicles.
The business that has its own autoclave oven for carbon fibre production grew exponentially when it won the PETRONAS FP1 Superbike contract to produce full carbon fibre panel sets for over 150 homologated bikes for the then team of World Champion Karl Fogarty. The contract soon took the small business to an employee base of 20 with an additional 6 F1 contractors drafted in for additional support for the 14 month build plan. The project enabled Reverie to plough its profits into the business with more product development and expansion of site and facilities. The re-investment later noted the arrival of a new 5-axis routing machine from Thermwood and CAD & CAM packages from OPEN MIND Technologies.
“The demo was comprehensive, answered all our questions and we all felt the package was intuitive and easy to use. This set it apart from what the other CAM vendors showed us.”
Simon Farren, Reverie‘s Managing Director
Put the Reverie team in a comfort zone
When Reverie opted to buy CAD/CAM software, it reviewed the whole market. For Reverie, the key points in selecting the package were the levels of support, ease of use and functionality. These criteria were critical, as the business had little machining experience and no experience of 5-axis machining or CAM packages. The OPEN MIND team demonstrated hyperMILL® and hyperCAD® and immediately put the Reverie team in a comfort zone. As Mr Farren continues: “The demo was comprehensive, answered all our questions and we all felt the package was intuitive and easy to use. This set it apart from what the other CAM vendors showed us.”