The 5 Steps of Cutting Dynamics’ Engineering Process

By Bill Carson  |  August 25, 2017

At Cutting Dynamics, we’re dedicated to our role as premium suppliers of hydroforming and thermoplastic composite services for the aerospace industry, and this dedication shows in our efforts within our engineering department.

To keep our customers informed about all that goes into our engineering work, we’ve created this post highlighting the five key steps.



The Engineering Department at Cutting Dynamics can see to the needs of clients who require form tooling for:

  • Hydroforming
  • Brake press
  • Metal hot forming
  • Composite forming

We are able to design and manufacture tooling for these needs in-house, and can produce custom solutions which adhere to customer requirements and product specifications.

During design, we utilize various software packages, with Solid Works being our primary design tool. Other software packages include:

  • Pam-Stamp
  • Logopress
  • SigmaNest

When sending file types to our team, customers can select from:

  • Solid Works (.SLDPRT, .SLDASM, .SLDDRAW)
  • CATIA (.CATPart, .CatProd, .model)
  • AutoCAD (.DWG)
  • Universal formats (.STEP, .IGES, .DXF)

Other formats may be possible, so check with our team if you have any questions. CDI is additionally able to reverse engineer tooling and samples when necessary.

For parts which are complex and difficult to inspect with traditional inspection methodologies, our team works alongside our Quality Assurance Department in the design and manufacture of essential inspection gauges and fixtures.


To enhance our engineering capabilities and produce the best quality products for our clients, our engineers utilize the cutting edge forming software listed above as part of our standard operations.

This forming software lets our team:

  • Evaluate multiple tooling designs
  • Evaluate forming processes
  • Craft the highest quality tools and prototypes

By making these simulations a key part of our engineering process, we’re able to more efficiently produce parts and in turn save time and cost for our clients.


After the above steps, our engineers then work to tailor our equipment to adhere to the unique specifications of the product which has been designed and simulated within our software.

Our versatile equipment is able to facilitate a variety of product types which can fulfill needs for:

  • Hydroforming
  • Assemblies
  • Kitting
  • Composites
  • Thermoplastic composites

Additionally, our equipment is put to use by such essential industries as:

  • Commercial aerospace
  • Defense

Visit our links above for a full look at our capabilities.


Prototyping is an essential component of our operations, and our engineering team conducts trials, samples parts, and adjusts tooling during the prototyping process to ensure materials and design are both up to CDI standards.

The simulations conducted within the previously mentioned forming software provide for the indication of potential problems before prototyping even begins, allowing our engineers to craft high quality, reliable components for our clients.

If you have questions about our prototyping, feel free to request information from our team.

Final Product

Once a prototype has been approved, our team then gets to work crafting the final product for our clients. These products adhere to our high standards which is evident in both our AS9100 and ISO 9001 certifications.

Ready for Cutting Dynamics to begin crafting your essential parts? Contact us today because our engineering team is prepared to get to work.

Want to Learn More?

Our team at Re:Build Cutting Dynamics wants to ensure that all your questions regarding Patriot missile systems, our product line, and beyond have been answered. With that in mind, feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have, as we look forward to assisting you.