At CDC, we engineer all of our new products in-house. We take pride in this as many brands actually purchase product that is not designed or engineered by themselves. That's putting a lot of trust in some other company's design capability. We conduct laboratory testing for fatigue, strength, and performance as well as on-bike testing in real world conditions. Although most of our products are designed and branded under CDC, in the rare case we offer someone else's product we run the product through the exact same tests so we can be confident before offering it to our customers.
MODERN VIRTUAL DESIGN
All our new products are designed digitally with the use of Solidworks 3D modelling software. This allows us to improve the design without the need to re fabricate prototypes and minimizes the amount of physical testing that is required. We'll run finite element analysis to ensure the design is durable and then move forward to prototypes and physical testing.
In some cases, we'll use 3D printing to verify the virtual design before committing to expensive tooling. An example of this could be a plastic part intended for injection mold where the tooling cost could be $20K.
Our in-house machinery is perfect for low-volume prototypes and allow us to machine or bend metal to the final form suitable for lab or on-bike testing.
All new product is ran through virtual, lab, and or on-bike testing. Requirements are set before the tests are conducted and standard SAE, TUV, MTL, or JASO specifications are used when applicable. In addition to these standard tests, we routinely test against our competition to ensure superior quality.