Mechanical Design – Agricultural Tech Product

The development and launch of a cutting-edge new industrial product

Client – an emerging agricultural business

Expertise Applied


The client engaged SGW Designworks with a bold vision for improved drive systems in a specific industrial application. While the client company (an emerging business) had a clear vision for the product itself, it lacked the internal capacity for complete product design, engineering analysis, and production of a complete design package ready for production. It was clear that hiring a qualified product design firm was the best path to success.


By engaging SGW Designworks, the client was able to develop and launch a cutting-edge new agricultural product. Extremely large injection molded parts were developed, which took special consideration.

irrigation equipment engineering
Irrigation Equipment Engineering

Results / Outcomes

  • Multiple prototype and testing cycles led to the optimal design and feature set
  • Through their relationship with SGW Designworks, the client business gained the product engineering capabilities of a large company, without the overhead of a full internal Research & Development department


Low production cost and light weight were critical to the commercial success of the concept, as was the ability to support massive loads. For various reasons, injection-molded plastic needed to be the primary material used in this large, robust assembly.

The loads that the drive system must support push the entire drive assembly to the limit. Advanced finite element analysis, simulation, and geometry iteration were required to define designs that will provide reliable service in a critical application.

This drive assembly was analyzed and engineered by SGW Designworks to be manufactured entirely from injection-molded glass-filled nylon. DuPont joined the project team to help with the specific custom formulation. The final design was comprised entirely of injection-molded plastic, with the exception of the hub.

Hardware Developed Technologies Leveraged
Large glass-filled-nylon partsSolidworks 3D CAD
Large injection molded plastic partsSolidworks Simulation Pro
Thick-wall plastic partsFinite element analysis