Why Outsource Your Design Engineering ??

The benefits of outsourcing engineering design projects

Many engineering companies may not see or fully understand the benefits of outsourcing their design work, or may not like to consider it as an option. There is often fear of not having control over a project once it has been outsourced, but with a company such as ourselves, you can relax knowing it will be in safe hands. See below for some of the main benefits you can gain from sub contracting your design work.

Benefits of outsourcing include:

  • Improves reliability and service quality
  • Lessens potential impact of any risks that are taken e.g. taking on new staff in a hurry
  • Your business will become more flexible to change
  • Frees up human resources, allowing your staff to focus on their main responsibilities
  • Reduces overheads

Why outsource engineering design projects? 

  • You don’t have the required resources e.g. hardware, software and expertise
  • You have a project deadline approaching fast, and need extra assistance in order to meet it
  • You fear a competitor is about to release a rival product sooner than you
  • To avoid frequent training costs
  • No need to worry about costly CAD software updates, which can be due on an annual basis
  • Allows you to call upon the skills and expertise of dedicated, experienced design engineers
  • Total flexibility to use someone only when you need them

Why outsource to Nova Design?

  • Our professional approach is fully geared towards achieving a total quality solution
  • We possess over 20 years experience across several industries
  • The invaluable experience of our 35 person strong design team
  • We use the latest tools and technology, all housed inside our modern design facilities

We do not outsource any of our work and all of our projects are kept in-house in our modern design office based in the West Midlands. This is to allow us to monitor quality levels and ensure our work is kept at a consistently high level.

For further details on our engineering design services, please click on the link above and make contact with Nova.

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Happy Retirement Dave ‘Wainwright’ Stanford

Lovely surprise this morning on everyones desks.

Pie and a pint from Dave 'Wainwright' Stanford

Pie and a pint from Dave ‘Wainwright’ Stanford

Dave Stanford, one of our design engineers affectionately known as Wainwright is retiring today and has bought everyone a ‘pie and a pint’ to celebrate with him later.

Thanks Dave and have a great retirement from all at Nova.

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CAD Humour – Pages Updated :-)

Check out the latest CAD humour cartoons – always good for a smile on a dry, sunny Wednesday in December 🙂

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Let Nova produce your technical documents / manuals

A spotlight view of one of Nova’s additional services, our internal team can produce your technical manuals / documentation in either print or video formats.


Nova have experience in the production of technical documentation, including operator / operation manuals, maintenance and instruction manuals and the collation of documentation for the CE marking of products.

Our experienced Technical Authors will discuss your requirements and then produce high quality documentation to match your requirements.

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Nova’s Technical Documentation team are able to draw from scratch or use original 2D and 3D data from CAD systems to deliver technical illustrations and intelligent graphics optimising product information in the forms of assembly instructions, parts catalogues, operator and service manuals and training.

Combining the skills of our Technical Authors with those of our Visualisation Department, Nova can also produce Technical Manuals in video format. These have been proven to be of great assistance, especially where language barriers exist between the design, manufacture, assembly and installation departments.

Animation created by Nova Design – Courtesy of Aqualux Limited


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ERDF Award – Nova awarded investment grant

Nova Design have recently been awarded an investment grant of approximately £17,000 via the Business Improvement Programme (www.birmingham.gov.uk/bip), working with both Birmingham City Council (www.birmingham.gov.uk) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The grant has been utilised as part of Nova’s on-going project commitment and financial investment into additional CAD workstations and virtual simulation software.

With the current and foreseeable internal workload, Nova are embarking on another recruitment drive, with the view to employing additional design engineers and detail draughtspersons with a variety of engineering backgrounds and design experience.

The upcoming workload includes a number of projects associated with Aerospace gas turbine tooling and ground support equipment together with a large variety of tooling projects for the Automotive industry.

The Automotive industry projects include Body In White tooling, assembly and weld fixtures together with mechanical handling equipment associated with moving the car bodies around the automotive plant whilst they complete the trim and final assembly phases of production.

In addition to this, Nova are also undertaking virtual robot simulation studies to prove robot reach and cycle times together with ergonomic studies proving assembly demands on the shop floor staff undertaking vehicle assembly.

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ERDF Funding – Nova Design

Said a delighted Simon Parry (Nova’s Business Development Director), “Working with the BIP team within Birmingham City Council and being successful in obtaining this grant will allow Nova to continue our business plans of sustained growth – It’s fantastic news for Nova, together with creating additional engineering jobs in the West Midlands.”

The Business Innovation Programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 – 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf

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Our expertise as a CAD Agency

Historically a CAD design office undertaking innovative engineering design projects from within our Kingswinford design office, we are now also focusing on engineering design recruitment.

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Under the guidance of Daniel Tipper (Recruitment Executive), the previous experience and success of our internal recruitment team in other recruitment disciplines has allowed us to branch out and increase our expertise.

The recent growth and addition of staff to our recruitment department means we have the resources to offer this solution in addition to our already well established internal engineering design CAD facilities.

Although we have expanded from being purely a CAD design office, we are still the people to come for your outsource engineering CAD projects !

Nova offer a recruitment solution across the whole of the UK and supply candidates for contract, temporary and permanent positions within the engineering design industry – specifically Design Engineers, Detail Draughtspersons, CAD Operators / Technicians

Whether your resource issue is to cover holiday or sickness or to add to your team for the peaks and troughs that industry dictates, then allow Nova to take these issues away.

If you are trying to find quality permanent staff through your own methods and struggling, we can help you with a fresh and fast approach.

As a technical recruitment agency, we have at our disposal the latest advertising and recruitment tools, meaning our extensive personnel database is made up of thousands of candidates all seeking various job roles.

Please contact our Recruitment consultants to discuss your requirements in detail – Dan Tipper on 01384 405 975 | dan.tipper@nova-design.co.uk

Advantages of contractors :

  • Manage the peak and trough work loads dictated by industry
  • No additional costs associated with permanent employment – pensions, national insurance, holidays, sickness etc
  • Staff headcount does not increase
  • No minimum term contract, staff can be supplied for contracts as short as one day
  • Quick response, Nova will usually resource your problem within a short time scale
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