Designed together

We can help you turn your design ideas into perfect products and applications. Without any compromise on form or function, cost or quality. Our expertise with advanced composites can help you take your designs into exciting new areas, pushing the limits of what’s possible.

Your challenges

You should be free to create the best solution to any design challenge, confident in the knowledge that fastening won’t be a problem. When you’re working with new composite materials, when every detail needs to look as good as it performs, when you’re pushing the limits of what’s possible – you can trust bigHead.

We can work with you to…

  • create the best way to fasten lightweight composite designs
  • do away with drilling, riveting and welding
  • devise simple, efficient manufacturing processes
  • cut waste without sacrificing performance
  • embed bigHead fasteners in composite parts, with extreme precision
  • explore and test new ways to use composite materials
  • understand how composites perform under stress
  • prototype new ideas

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Working together

Good design is a collaborative process. We can work with you at each stage of your creative journey, helping you find new and better ways to test and refine your ideas, turning your vision into reality.

The design engineering process

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  1. 1

    Create

    Know the rules.
    Find ways to break them.

  2. 2

    Develop

    Prove the concept.
    Cut the compromises.

  3. 3

    Refine

    Prototype and test.
    Repeat until perfect.

  4. 4

    Optimise

    Keep talking.
    Keep improving.

New composite materials, manufacturing techniques and fastening ideas are redefining what’s possible. We can help you seize their creative potential, so you can push your ideas to the limit.

We offer:

  • 50 years of experience with composite fastening
  • a successful track record with some of the world’s most exacting design brands
  • practical, easy-to-use guidance on material performance
  • constructive and confidential feedback on your design ideas
  • simple, jargon-free advice on how you can use bigHeads
  • innovative ways for your Tier suppliers to embed bigHeads in composite parts

What does it take to move your idea through proof of concept to practical realisation? We can help you develop the technical details needed to turn your ideas into designs that work brilliantly.

We can:

  • Work with you to develop a fastening strategy that suits your design
  • Share our technical expertise, so you can make the best design choices
  • Provide the samples you need to develop and test prototypes
  • Help you to develop your design in a way that doesn’t compromise your ideas
  • Offer a full range of standard and bespoke bigHeads
  • Show you new ways to surface-bond or embed bigHeads into your composites

The difference between good and great is often in the margins. A small change here or there can make a huge difference to performance, quality or aesthetic appeal. We can help you refine every aspect of your design.

We can help you to:

  • Make your products lighter by minimising material sections
  • Create new design possibilities by reducing the number of fasteners you need
  • Explore ways to maximise loads and safety factors
  • Use fastening techniques that make final assembly quicker and easier
  • Develop ways of integrating fasteners in your manufacturing processes

There’s always scope to improve a product, often by cooperating with suppliers, investing in R&D or making the manufacturing process more efficient. We can help you optimise your designs, making great work even better.

We can help you to:

  • Cut cycle times
  • Remove or reduce secondary operations
  • Automate fastener installation
  • Make your products more valuable to your customers
  • Share your mould tool requirements to save time and money
  • Collaborate on R&D and share your future design roadmap
  • Identify your next platform design and process optimisation goals

New composite materials, manufacturing techniques and fastening ideas are redefining what’s possible. We can help you seize their creative potential, so you can push your ideas to the limit.

We offer:

  • 50 years of experience with composite fastening
  • a successful track record with some of the world’s most exacting design brands
  • practical, easy-to-use guidance on material performance
  • constructive and confidential feedback on your design ideas
  • simple, jargon-free advice on how you can use bigHeads
  • innovative ways for your Tier suppliers to embed bigHeads in composite parts

What does it take to move your idea through proof of concept to practical realisation? We can help you develop the technical details needed to turn your ideas into designs that work brilliantly.

We can:

  • Work with you to develop a fastening strategy that suits your design
  • Share our technical expertise, so you can make the best design choices
  • Provide the samples you need to develop and test prototypes
  • Help you to develop your design in a way that doesn’t compromise your ideas
  • Offer a full range of standard and bespoke bigHeads
  • Show you new ways to surface-bond or embed bigHeads into your composites

The difference between good and great is often in the margins. A small change here or there can make a huge difference to performance, quality or aesthetic appeal. We can help you refine every aspect of your design.

We can help you to:

  • Make your products lighter by minimising material sections
  • Create new design possibilities by reducing the number of fasteners you need
  • Explore ways to maximise loads and safety factors
  • Use fastening techniques that make final assembly quicker and easier
  • Develop ways of integrating fasteners in your manufacturing processes

There’s always scope to improve a product, often by cooperating with suppliers, investing in R&D or making the manufacturing process more efficient. We can help you optimise your designs, making great work even better.

We can help you to:

  • Cut cycle times
  • Remove or reduce secondary operations
  • Automate fastener installation
  • Make your products more valuable to your customers
  • Share your mould tool requirements to save time and money
  • Collaborate on R&D and share your future design roadmap
  • Identify your next platform design and process optimisation goals

Liberating your potential

The earlier we get involved in your design project, the more value we can add. We can help you to create a better solution, and to enhance your design and build process. Think of it as a partnership that will liberate your potential.

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Power and performance

A high-powered supercar is perfection on wheels. The carbon fibre body of a Lamborghini Aventador or an Aston Martin 177 isn’t just a masterpiece of design; it pushes manufacturing technology to the limit.

Matchstick-thin carbon fibre body panels make new levels of performance possible. But how do you fasten them in place without using a rivet or drilling a hole?

We came up with a new way to precision-fix bigHeads onto the super-thin carbon fibre products designed by our clients. We do it with specialist adhesives. The results are secure, reliable and completely invisible.

Our solution is perfect for making rapid prototypes and bespoke designs. But it also scales efficiently into mass production.

Key highlights:

Lightweight – bigHeads that do not require ultra-thin carbon fibre structures to be thickened or reinforced.

Perfect carbon surfaces – invisible fixings without shadows or holes.

Uncompromised design – bigHead’s flexible design does not compromise the car design.

Fastening solutions designed for Automotive -Power and Performance

Perfect every time

It’s hard to make something perfect. But manufacturing perfection in mass production is another challenge entirely.

Jaguar Land Rover wanted to fix rubber tread onto a metal running board in a way that would be secure but invisible. Ideal job for a bigHead.

But our client – a Tier 1 supplier – needed high volume production runs, without any dips in quality, compromises on design, or complications to its automated production process.

We worked with our client to ensure its robots could insert bigHeads into their injection-moulding tool – hour after hour, day after day. The bigHeads are invisible and secure. They do their job perfectly – every time.

Key highlights:

Production efficiency – consistent high volume process – bigHeads compatible with a high volume automated process.

Thin profiles – bigHead’s unique design enables a thin-profile to be combined with high strength.

Embedded fastening solutions

Silent beauty

Those annoying little rattles you hear in the car sometimes? You don’t get that with a Bentley. Ever. That’s in part because the door panels and central consoles are held securely in place by bigHead fasteners.

Locking down this kind of interior fitting is the kind of thing we’re used to. The hard part was working out how to do it efficiently. And how to meet the sky-high quality standards that Bentley owners demand.

We partnered with Bentley’s Tier 1 supplier to find an answer. Together we designed a one-step manufacturing process that embeds the bigHeads in the composite moulded part. No secondary operations. Completely discrete and ready for final assembly. It’s a simple idea, beautifully delivered.

Key highlights:

Perfect quality – versatile bigHead designs support the complex geometries of the composite part, with no compromises.

Quick final assembly – the fasteners are integrated in the composite structure requiring no secondary operations for final assembly.

Precision – moulded in bigHeads are precisely located from the mould process.

Fastening solutions for carbon fibre panels -Silent beauty

Strong and safe

Concrete cladding can weigh a ton. And if fixed in place with traditional steel anchors it’s a slow and inefficient process. So when our client won a contract to clad a high profile building in central London, we worked with them to design a better way.

Our client wanted to use Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) panels. They are thin and light, but still need secure mechanical fixings. Our solution was to embed bigHeads into the panels during the manufacturing process.

The solution we designed with our client means the bigHeads are always in exactly the right position. So on-site assembly is quick and easy. And the data we shared about our process enabled our client to meet the necessary accreditations.

Key highlights:

Quick and easy on-site assembly – bigHeads are pre-embedded in the panels during manufacture.

Lightweight – bigHeads enable thin-section panels to be used, saving material and weight.

Accurate, every time – pre-embedding bigHeads using a template is more precise and consistent than onsite drilling.

Fastening solutions designed for GRC-Strong and safe

Clearly better

A storm-battered oil rig miles from shore. Out here, where the weather is extreme, a lighting failure can be a matter of life and death. Everything must be designed and engineered to the highest standards possible.

Our client makes the IP-rated lights that guide people safely around a rig. They work brilliantly. But there was one problem: the fasteners used to fix the light into position relied on a hole drilled through its waterproof casing – this introduced the risk of a short-circuit.

We worked with our client to find a better answer. We looked at their manufacturing process as well as their product design. By embedding bigHeads into the waterproof casing that housed the light, we took away the need for those leaky holes. And by integrating bigHeads into the sheet moulded compound (SMC) process, we created a simpler one-step manufacturing process that saved them time and money.

Key highlights:

Improved product performance
no leaks

More efficient production process
no secondary operations

Improved product design
invisible, embedded fixing

Fastening solutions designed for Oil & Gas-Clearly better

Above the clouds

A power-generating wind turbine 100 metres above the ground. Up here, you don’t want to be struggling to open a maintenance hatch.

When Siemens decided to make its turbine housings out of composite materials, rather than metal, they gave us a challenge: Could we find a safer and quicker way to fix the access panels in place?

It took a lot of collaboration, prototyping and extreme testing to meet some of the toughest performance criteria we’ve ever worked with. Eventually, we found a way to integrate bigHeads into composite panels and over-mould them with an insulation layer. This keeps them safe from lightning strikes, and matches the colour of the composite housing.

Key highlights:

A safer working environment – the re-design of the access hatch made access easier and safer.

Improved design – bigHead design helped enabled an improved nacelle design in composites.

Lightweight – bigHead enabled use of composites

Fastening solutions designed for Wind turbine -Above the clouds