High Density Model Board

High density model board, also referred to as tooling board are machinable boards available in various densities, cut and shaped by hand, or via CNC machining. Polyurethane model board creates highly accurate and detailed models and patterns. The rigid material is perfect for making patterns and composite moulds for short production runs. It also offers more durability and better surface finishing over lower density model board.

Low density model board is easily and quickly shaped by hand using conventional tools and can be rapidly machined using manual or CNC machine tooling methods. However, using this will not result in the same strength and surface finish as a higher density model board.

Why Would You Use High Density Model Board?

High density tooling board is frequently used in industries such as automotive, industrial, foundry and film production but work well wherever any prototype or model work is required. They are supplied by companies in varying thicknesses and density depending on your requirements and the desired end-use.

The main advantages of using a high-density model board include it being a very stable and easy to mould material, producing an accurate surface finish. It has excellent machining characteristics and can be painted and sealed easily. High Density model board also has good compressive strength and high temperature and chemical resistance. They are very flexible to do exactly what is required in engineering terms, making the best option whatever moulding or prototype operations are required.

High Density Model Board

Charging Lockers

Charging Lockers are basically a cabinet or storage solution that can securely charge your electrical items such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones.

Charging Lockers are a vital part of our modern world, they are secure and are protected by either a key or code so only the person that is using that locker will have access to that space. They come in a range of sizes and will be able to charge most small electrical items.

Charging Lockers are used in a variety of sectors, including offices, leisure facilities and public areas. They can also be used at festivals where most people will be camping on-site with no electricity in their tent, they can safely charge their phones so they can get a hold on anyone should they get lost or need their phone to guide them back to the area where they have set up camp.

Charging lockers are now in most colleges or schools as technology takes over from the paper and pen, and students need fully charged laptops or tablets to work on. They are a fast and simple solution for any student or teacher.

Charging lockers for mobile phones are also very popular, they can be used in gyms and leisure clubs, the lockers can be rented out so that laptops and tablets can be charging ready for use once a person workout is over.

Factories and industrial sites also are big fans of charging lockers, small power tools and other electrical items can be charged for use, and kept secure in their lockers.

Charging Lockers can be purchase or rented depending on how often they need to be used, for things such as festivals they can be rented for that duration which is usually two or three days, for schools, colleges and leisure facilities they can be purchased outright which will probably work out cheaper than renting.

Charging Lockers


Car service

There are many different types of makes and models of cars on the market. However, in this article, we are going to be focusing on Skoda’s and SEAT’s. Every car needs a service when in use and the recommended time period to have a full service is every 12 months. However, if you have driven over 12,000 miles before the yearly period, it is recommended that you have a service at this point.

SEAT service

There are two types of SEAT services available on the market. These include:

  • Fixed/ time and distance SEAT service

This particular type of service is recommended if you are likely to drive your car less than 10,000 miles in a year.

  • Longlife/ variable SEAT service

This type of service is available on new generation SEATs with variable service intervals of up to 20,000 (at a maximum) or at a 2-year interval, depending on which one comes first.

Skoda Service

Like SEATs, Skoda’s have two types of services which are available including:

  • Fixed service/ time and distance Skoda service

If you are driving your car less than 10,000 miles a year, then this service is recommended for your Skoda.

  • Longlife/ variable Skoda service

This service is available to all new generation Skoda’s. It is recommended with variable service intervals of up to 20,000 miles or 2 years, depending on which comes first. It is also recommended if you drive your car for more than 25 miles per day.

Servicing FAQs

What does a full car service include?

A full car service includes tasks which can involve up to 50 car parts and components, system checks as well as adjustments. Some of which include:

  • Engine oil change and filter replacement.
  • Checking all dashboard warning lights.
  • Steering alignment.
  • Checking the brakes, steering, exhaust, tyres and lights.

What is a car service?

A service on your car checks the condition that your car is in and therefore will access general wear and tear of car parts and much more.

How much is a service?

Depending on what type of car service you require for your Skoda or SEAT, a service can range from £100 – £250.

What is Coded Welding?

Coded welding is used in all aspects of welding for commercial and industrial sectors. Once you have qualified as a coded welder, then regular assessment and testing will take place to ensure your welding is up to scratch.

The welds must be tested once finished to ensure they are completed to a high standard and fit for purpose, this is the first step in coded welding. There are many different types of testing including NDT testing (Non-Destructive Test) where a 5% weld inspection is common. X-ray is another common form of testing as this can show any cracks or other imperfections in the welds themselves.

In the UK welder approval is done to BS EN standards in the USA the standards are ASME IX.

To become a multi-coded welder each specification requires testing and examining, if every specification is passed then the welder is multi-coded.

There are various types of welding these include TIG, MIG, MMA and fusion welding.

TIG welding (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is often considered to be a difficult method as it requires a lot of coordination by the welder. Two hands are required to complete the welding as a filler metal is used in one hand while the welding torch is in the other.

MIG welding (Gas Metal Arc Welding) is the most common type of welding in industry today due to its versatility and ease of use.

MMA welding (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) also known as stick welding is a type of welding which uses an electrode covered with flux to lay the weld. The flux is there to give off vapours which then serve as a shielding gas.

Industrial Coded Welding

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Gear Cutting

Nu gears have been in the gear manufacturing and engineering services for over 10 years, our experienced team of gear cutting specialist have earned the reputation as one of the leading precision engineering companies in Birmingham and the surrounding area.

Nu gears can provide a complete bespoke gear cutting service, meeting the highest of standards set from our track history within the industry of setting the highest quality in precision, technology and skill.

Nu Gears supplies a specialist gear cutting service having the expertise to be able to provide a high quality of standard for all types of gear cutting services they offer including:

  • Spurs
  • Bevel
  • Helical
  • Moulded
  • Racks
  • Internal gears

Gear cutting Processes

Gear cutting is a very precise and technical process, usually having to cater for customers specific requirements so that the cut of the gear is perfect for the machinery they need it for. Commonly made from metal or plastic means there all multiple different gear cutting process depending on the service that the customer requires.

The most common gear cutting processes used throughout the manufacturing industry are hobbing, broaching, milling and grinding. It is important to understand the difference between these various gear cutting processes so that the right technique and procedure is apply ensuring the highest quality of precision cutting meeting the customers specifications and requirements.

Hobbing :

The hobbing gear cutting process uses a hobbing machine, these are fully automated machines cutting splines and sprockets. These hobbers come in a variety of different sizes this is because they are used to cut all types of gears from small instrument gears to large industrial machinery gears. The teeth of the gear are gradually cut into the gear through a series of cuts made by the hob.

The hobbing process for gear cutting is most commonly used for creating helical gears and spurs. This hobbing process for gear cutting is a relatively quick compared to other gear cutting processes meaning that it is commonly less expensive.

Broaching :

The broaching gear cutting process is mainly used for precision machinery and cutting some of the larger gears. This process uses a toothed tool called a broach which is used to remove material when gear cutting. This process is usually used for high quantity production runs as it can be one of the more expensive compared to other gear cutting processes.

Milling/Grinding :

This process of gear cutting uses rotary cutter to remove material, the milling machine covers a variety of different operations from small singular parts to big heavy-duty industrial machinery. The main difference between the milling cutter and other gear cutting processes mentioned is the cutter in the milling is moved perpendicular to its axis so the cutting edges of the tool continuously cut into and exit the gear meaning greater precision when cutting.