Associated with the National Facility is the Opto-Mechanical Design Office. Branded as Engineering Projects Group, it is operated by Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd at the Glyndŵr University, St Asaph site. It has developed a proven track record, providing engineering solutions starting from the original requirements, through design-concepts, to final delivery.
It works with potential customers to develop their specifications, or can accommodate a pre-defined scope of work, and provides engineering system-solutions to the client throughout all or part of the project lifecycle. Engineering Projects Group engineers have extensive experience of components and integrated systems, including telescopes, various optical instrumentation, specialised fixturing and handling equipment, mirror support systems, and test and metrology instrumentation.
Particular skills include design for manufacture, finite element analysis, optimisation of mirror light-weighting and support, and the management of uncertainty budgets for measurement and manufacture. Standard software includes SolidWorks, Zeemax and Matlab.