Pattern Making

Absolute Patterns has a wealth of experience and talent of producing traditional hand made patterns and models from 2D drawings for both the foundry industry and G.R.P industry.

We can produce patterns up to 3m in diameter on our pattern miller.

If you require a pattern of any size and complexity, you can always rely on Absolute Patterns to fulfil your requirements.

Contact John our Master Patternmaker at or call the office on 01332 345795.

CNC Machining

Absolute Pattern and Toolmakers use highly accurate CNC machinery to manufacture complex pattern and tooling for a number of different industries throughout the engineering world.

Our experienced CNC programmers use software called PowerMill provided by Autodesk, once the toolpath strategies are generated and calculated they are then checked using the internal collision detection parameters which is then transferred to one of our six VMC CNC machines.

Each machine has varying capacities, with the biggest envelope we can machine at 2m x 760mm x 550mm of travel, all of our machines have automated tool changing capabilities, which carry up to 30 different tools from large roughing cutters down to Ø0.5mm ball nose cutters for picking out to the smallest detail required, this allows us to machine your project in an evidently speedier time through the machine rather than being benched in by our pattern makers on the bench possibly adding more time to the project.

Our tooling consists of solid carbide and PCD tools, from our trusted tooling suppliers, in addition to tools which are specifically ground for delicate and intricate work.

We machine many different materials including tooling/model boards, wood, resin, aluminium, steel and cast iron to manufacture patterns or tooling.  We will discuss the most suitable materials to be used, with our customers prior to any machining takes place.

At the final process of the CNC procedure, a full dimensional inspection using calibrated measuring equipment is carried out working to within requested tolerances by a senior member of staff to ensure the tooling is machined accurately before the project is released to the pattern shop.


We pride ourselves on turning your drawings, sketches or specifications into detailed CAD representations, we can use our extensive 3D scanning setup to create CAD models from a pert or physical prototype. 

We handle most 3D design tasks, from fully detailed engineering designs to more conceptual work, we can work from:

  • CAD files
  • Rapid prototype
  • 3D printing
  • 2D Drawings
  • Sample castings
  • Broken components

The CAD department at Absolute operates 4 seats of Delcam Powershape enabling our dedicated CAD engineers to fulfil all your Design and Manufacture Requirements.

We import most 3D file formats including IGES STEP DXF and PARASOLID enabling us to provide our customers with the best possible service.

We aim to develop long term relationships with our customers and will work in conjunction with you to help out with any design or technical problem.

Foundry Tooling

With our Foundry Tooling  we are able to apply the latest CADCAM technology to produce tooling of the highest quality within ever-shorter lead times.

Our expertise covers all aspects of foundry tooling and all associated production techniques.

Absolute Pattern and Toolmakers
Perkins Yard,
Mansfield Road,
DE21 4AW
United Kingdom

01332 345795

Mon – Fri: 07:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday: 07:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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