Clearview National September 2015 - Issue 166 - Page 48

doors&windows sponsored by Investment in Research and Development Origin invests 5% of its turnover on product design. A 3D printer and design software, installed in 2014, has made a huge impact on the speed and accuracy of operations. It’s also allowed us to redesign, manufacture and test components in-house for increased strength and durability. The design process involves coming up with the initial concept, then using the latest technology to design a 3D model. The component is then made on the 3D printer to see how it feels and works in the hand. Origin then makes iterations after iterations until the product is 100% right. The design is made into a metal prototype with springs and screws, and then the final component will go to cycle testing to ensure it meets Origin’s high standards. Steering away from gimmicks In 2008, only 7,000 sets of bi-fold doors were installed. This number has risen significantly and is estimated to be closer to 50,000 this year, according to Palmer Research. As the popularity has risen, so has the temptation to produce the ‘next big thing’. From electric bi-folds to inbuilt blind systems and zero thresholds, a number of new design features have launched in recent years. 48 » SE P 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M While we are open to new design, Origin steers away from gimmicks. Origin champions the true function of the product, a discipline that has allowed us to offer a 20 year guarantee – twice the industry standard. Going for Fold – the next big thing in bi-fold design The next big thing isn’t a product being launched. Instead, performance across the board is vitally important. Improving the thermal efficiency of existing systems particularly will be key, especially with fuel prices on the rise. For Origin, the objectives for 2015 are to see how our award winning bi-fold door and window system can be improved – a job that’s easier said than done. For more information, visit or call 0808 168 5816