Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a design consultancy?

To kick start our Hang out with Haughton – Meet the Team series, we chatted with one of our Design Development Engineers, Danny Morris, to find out what he thinks of the job. Danny graduated from Aston University with a degree in Industrial Product Design and prior to HD, worked in engineering roles designing products varying from plastic vehicle bodies to sheet metal fabrication, gaining lots of valuable experience of design for manufacture in the production environment. Outside of work Danny likes to keep active, enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family.

What does a typical work week look like for you?

The Week usually starts with a design team review. This is a good chance to find out what the team has planned for the week, get an overview of the jobs going through the system and workload distribution. This generally sets the schedule of work for the week. This work can include individual tasks like CAD work, prototype building and testing as well as team collaborations like brainstorming sessions and design reviews.

What encouraged you into design and engineering?

As a child, I spent all of my time making models and sketching. I loved building and creating things. Throughout school, design and technology was my favourite subject. For me, pursuing a career in design was always a no brainer.

How does the diverse range of projects, clients and sectors at HD suit you?

The project diversity at HD always keeps things fresh. There is always a challenge and an opportunity to create innovative solutions to problems.

Medical Design Development Engineer, Danny in a team meeting in a design studio

What design software do you typically use and why?

For idea generation, I will tend to use a mix of Solidworks and Photoshop to present my ideas effectively. For detailed design, I will use Solidworks add-ons such as FEA Simulation and Motion to further validate my ideas. To quickly share my ideas within HD, I typically use Microsoft Teams and OneNote.

How do you ensure that you keep up to date with the latest engineering trends and techniques?

On top of regular training provided by HD, I regularly join webinars and events relevant to our line of work. Also, the Team at HD are great at communicating their experiences, so there is a wealth of knowledge in the office which is easy to tap into.

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