Ben Pavey

I am a design engineer who prides themselves on carefully considered design through CAD and rapid prototyping. I enjoy solving problems to meet a requirement, ensuring the design is optimised for manufacture and able to withstand real world use. This passion has aided me throughout my final year and contributed to my success when designing high strength and specific manufacture process parts.
I have great experience with a wide range of the SolidWorks package through my time spent at Solid Solutions. Here I became well versed in the software through assisting customers on issues and teaching them how to use the software.

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Raised Access Flooring

Raised access flooring is used worldwide from offices to commercial spaces. This new stringer design helps the system be light weight and more eco-friendly.

In a joint project with China, NTU developed a new composite fiberglass panel for use in raised access flooring. However, to ensure that the system meets strict deflection standards, stringers are required to support these panels.

So that the stringers could match the design ethos of the panels (lightweight and reduced environmental impact), they had to be lightweight whilst maintaining strength and manufactured from a material that could be recycled.

To meet this requirement, the beams focus on using I beams as the core shape due to their unmatched strength to weight ratio. Further weight was saved from conducting topology studies to discover the areas of high and low stress along the beam when placed under load. This means that the areas of low stress, or areas that do little to resist bending, could be removed from the length of the beam saving weight. This would also mean that strength was not sacrificed so that the desired deflection standards were still met.

To ensure that the product could be disposed of correctly at the end of its life, the entire beam is manufactured using mild steel. This means they can be simply melted down and re-formed into something new.

This new design allows for new systems to be lightweight allowing easy installation and transport, without sacrificing strength. It also ensures that once it has met its end of life the material can be recycled.


Alu – Charge is an aluminium framed wireless charger. The design combines the sleek aesthetics of aluminium, with the function of the plastic dominated market of wireless charging. The profile of the design has been designed with extrusion in mind so that is ready for batch production. Aluminium boasts far superior recyclability, with a far larger percentage being recycled compared to plastics. This means the design not only looks better than the competition, but boasts better end of life characteristics.

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