Advanced technologies at BTB
BTB have recently invested in the latest Romer portable 3D measuring arm with specific tube
scanning probe and software that allows rapid reverse engineering of prototype or existing parts and
more accurate data transfer to our CNC tube bender. This capability will allow BTB to measure
vehicles at customer’s premises when required, so that new parts can be designed, fabricated and
delivered ready for final assembly without the car having to be transported or work on it
interrupted. The accuracy of the Romer enhances BTB quality by enabling verification of part to CAD
data and digital storage of geometry for future reference.
The latest 2016 version of SolidWorks has enhanced capabilities for 3d CAD and allows designers at
BTB to collaborate freely with our customers by importing and converting data from all formats of
their own software. A recent upgrade to fibre broadband allows increased download speeds
improving the ability to transfer large data files such as complete chassis structures and bodywork.
Fit and function of BTB’s products can be proven before any material is cut and fabricated for
improved efficiency and reduction in waste.
In house CNC Turning and 3 axis machining facilities enabling quick response to tooling
requirements. Lead times can be reduced by keeping control of machining operations as prototypes
can be proven out and once tested, the exact same machine can then produce production volumes
of parts without risk of inaccuracies. Parts can be made just in time, in the correct quantities to
match requirements, without having to over order in case of defects or interruption in the supply
Otherwise known as 3d printing, BTB uses plastic models to valid new design concepts, and can then
turn those designs into usable metal parts in materials such as nickel alloy 625 and titanium. This
process is in widespread use in aerospace and motorsport. BTB is fortunate to have formed strong
relationships with a number of suppliers of AM technology and can combine AM with traditional
fabrication skills to produce more intricate parts that are stronger and lighter than before.
Additive Manufacturing: BTB has contributed to a number of exotic “hypercars” over the years. The
cross over between cutting edge motorsport technologies is obvious in the extreme performance
goals that the designers of such cars demand. However, even at the cutting edge, there are
opportunities for marginal gains. Light weighting is often the key to performance, and improving the
strength to weight ratio of parts can unlock that performance. BTB recently combined their
fabrication skills with advanced additive manufactured parts to save 5 kilos from the mass of the
exhaust manifolds on a twin turbo charged hypercar. The performance gain was demonstrated by a
number of high speed test runs at high profile events, and has led to a limited run of these enhanced
cars being put into production.
The ability to machine a complex exhaust flange from solid billet has resulted in a
part that offers a better sealing quality in a critical area and has saved several fabrication operations
that were previously necessary. On their large bore upgrade exhaust manifolds for the classic Aston
Martin V8 Vantage, BTB recognised the need to improve the flange design between the manifold
and downpipe. The 4 pipe flange has a very limited sealing surface and is prone to leakage as the flat
flanges can be distorted by the welding process, and are difficult to fully weld in all the necessary
areas. Initially BTB introduced 4 small spigot tubes to support the solid copper gasket. This has
worked well, but is very time consuming to achieve as it relies on a lot of intricate TIG welding. BTB
can now machine the spigotted flanges on its own Hurco VM10i machining centre. The ability to
prove the concept and manufacture the parts under one roof has proved invaluable and will inspire
BTB’s designers to use the facility to improve other parts in BTB’s range of products.