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​Design and development of infrared laser simulator for training defence personnel

Following the success of the C-EAGR, Close Air Solutions (CAS) approached Cubik for support with the design and development of their next project.

The IZLID is a compact, lightweight infrared laser device used by the military as a command pointer for target marking and communicating with aircraft. It is small enough to fit into the user’s pocket, or attach to their belt for quick access, offering swift guidance to ground personnel over a range of 39km.

Cubik were asked to design an IZLID simulator that replicated the look and feel of the IZLID’s aesthetics, ergonomics and user functions, minus the real world infrared beam. Cubik were responsible for electronic design (Altium), enclosure design (Solidworks) and the development of the embedded software.

The IZLID simulator connects to the CAS simulation system via a single USB lead and sends data back to the system regarding movement. To use the IZLID, the operator points it at the display during a training scenario generating a beam that replicates the position of the IZLID. This gives the operator a better understanding of how the IZLID behaves and reacts in real world situations.

CAS required a small batch of units to enable them to develop their simulator and subsequently sell to the simulator owners. To ensure the low volume of units remained cost effective, the housing was produced in a short run using Vacuum casting methods. On completion of the embedded software we built a short run of units at our in house manufacturing facility.

Throughout the project, we maintained a close working relationship with the CAS team. This gave us the opportunity to truly collaborate in the development of the product and ensure it met CAS original specification – replicating the real world.

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Tom Ball Founder and Technical Director of Close Air Solutions Ltd.
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Example of Close Air Solutions simulation software that they use courtesy of MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator.
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Adrian Schmieder of HiETA commented: “Cubik’s quick turn-around of a functioning PCB has sped the delivery of the project and enabled me to focus on areas of the project in which HiETA has expertise.  The project is a great success and produced valuable information even from its first use.  I am very impressed with the support Cubik provided me throughout the project, from initial concept through to PCB delivery.  I will not hesitate to engage with them again as future PCB projects arise.”


Speaking about the collaboration between Inductosense and Cubik Innovation, Founder and CTO Dr Chenghuan Zhong (Bamboo) stated: "It was great working with the knowledgeable and experienced team at Cubik Innovation. They always provide full support as well as useful and thoughtful advice to us, helping us find solutions for really difficult problems."


Geoff Jones, Aquabar Inventor: "It was a pleasure to work with Cubik on our project. Paul and Sam understood the concept at one meeting, and produced a solution filling the brief within two weeks which has enabled us to find a potential partner. We will certainly use Cubik for our production units later in the year, Many thanks."

Plymouth University

Paul Davey, Associate Professor (SL) Plymouth University: "If you need a prototype developed to a high standard and on time you would be hard pushed to find someone better. They have highly trained, experienced engineers who get the job done."

Clean Energy Prospector Ltd

Damon Rand, Head Product Design: "Paul and the team have really helped us speed up the turnaround on our prototypes and assure the manufacturability of our designs. If you’re designing electronics in the South-West, then Cubik is a great choice for short-run manufacturing."