Research and development in pulsed power, plasma physics and fusion energy sciences since 2005


We offer assistance with all stages of innovation: concept design, engineering design, procurement, fabrication, installation, testing, and operations. We can offer support packages to suit your application and budget.

The aim of the design review process is to efficiently turn conceptual solutions into physically workable ones. The process draws on the combined knowledge base of the group, and so expediently resolves issues that may not have been clear in the first instance. The intention of the design review process is to deliver a single design for purchase fabrication and testing.

There are five stages to the design review process at WSI:

  1. Concept design – after the informal discussions, an idea will be sketched out (physics scripted, diagram or schematic drawn). Dominant physical constraints for the system are discussed. Usually the concept design is presented formally in a Design Review. Sketches should be in engineering format, outlines of physics should be coded into scripts to show sensitivity to various control parameters, and to understand costs. In response to the concept review, participants will generate a series of questions before the concept gets passed to the engineering phase (see review response form below).
  2. Engineering design: (schedule and costing review) by this point, the concept is fully fleshed out, and specific details of how to connect all the components of the system will be known, and vendors engaged with quotes. A schedule and task list will be generated for completion of the entire project.
  3. Purchase: for all projects Purchasing is often the most critical aspect of the development: tracking orders, managing vendors, and ensuring that items are delivered in a timely manner so that project time-line is not impacted. We have a decade of experience sourcing both used and new quality components, nationally and internationally. WSI can manage your purchasing while you focus on your project.
  4. Fabrication: after more than a decade of machining prototypes, working with state-of-the-art fabrication techniques (laser cutting, CNC mills/lathes, and now: additive manufacturing) we now offer fabrication services. For components fabricated elsewere, we offer integration services (we will put it together for you and ship completed systems). Let us know what you need fabricated or assembled.
  5. Testing: for systems shipped to your location, we offer installation and testing services – we will arrive onsite with our own equipment and get your system / subsystem functional. An experienced team will ensure safe operation, train your staff in safety protocols and ensure that all systems are working to specifications.

See also Hales and Gooch 'Managing Engineering Design' Springer 2nd Ed 2004