Formed in 2002 and combining advanced technology with traditional skills, Alphateq designs and produces models and fixtures for automotive body and seating development, wind-tunnel models, patterns, moulds and fixtures for composite component parts and structures, hammer-forms and bucks for the rebuild of heritage vehicles and foundry tooling, being particularly experienced in the production of patterns and dies for the casting of power-train components.
The design office at Alphateq is staffed by experienced CAD engineers and operates multiple seats of various industry-leading software packages, including Catia V5, Siemens NX 11, SolidWorks, Creo3 and Autodesk.
Traditional time-served Patternmakers work in our large Pattern shop. We operate an apprenticeship scheme to ensure that these skills are not lost.
Our dedicated toolroom produces one-off and very low volume CNC machined components, dies and fixtures. It is equipped its own CNC machine tools including two Mazak 5-axis Variaxis type units for single set-up 5-axis machining and is staffed by a team of skilled toolmakers, fitters and programmer/operators.
Alphateq operates a high level of machining capacity, currently consisting of twenty High Speed Machining Centres, many with 5-Axis capability. Our largest machines are two 5-Axis CMS gantry units that provide us with X, Y, Z values of 2.6M x 1.6M x 1.2M and 3.6M x 2.6M x 1.2M respectively. Our primary machines are supported by a wide range of ancillary equipment including a die-sinking EDM.
We have also invested heavily in metrology equipment, having two fixed CMM units, a FARO arm with a 3.7M arm radius and most recently a Creoform MetraSCAN 3D portable optical 3D scanner.
Optical scanning is increasingly the inspection method required by many of our customers and it also gives us the ability to scan accurately and quickly for the reverse-engineering of many items including automotive body panels and components.
Stretton under Fosse