Our design capability stretches across mechanical structure, tooling, and test rigs, bringing extensive experience in CAD modelling from concept to first article inspection.

We deliver accurate and reliable 3D models and 2D datasets to enable the manufacture of mechanical products.

Our team is highly familiar with the gated design review process and design steps from concept through preliminary, critical, and final design review (PDR, CDR and FDR).

Our baseline tool-set includes CATIA. However, our team is also well-versed in several other CAD systems including Siemens NX, Solidworks, Inventor, and CREO.

We also provide support in reverse engineering, designing for additive manufacture (DfAM), and legacy data digitisation, utilising VERISURF software for converting scanned data-point clouds into usable CAD models and surfaces.

Design Manager - Chris Fleet

Chris is an accomplished design engineer, with over 30 years of extensive experience in airframe and mechanical structures. Starting at British Aerospace, he honed his expertise in design and liaised closely with manufacturing departments in Warton.

His international tenure includes pivotal roles with global OEMs such as Boeing and Airbus, developing specialised solutions for test rigs, tooling, and ground support equipment.

Upon returning to the UK, Chris led a prominent North-West aerospace design office, delivering turn-key solutions for key industry players across aviation, defence, and space sectors.

As Design Manager at AFD, his practical knowledge, strategic leadership, and passion for engineering excellence drive the design team’s success, ensuring timely delivery from concept to production.

Chris is well versed in bringing design packages to fruition and seeing them through to manufacture under tight timescales, and will be instrumental in developing and focusing our design capability to support existing and future work packages.

The Design Team