Jaguar XF

Automatic Gear Shifter

Client: Kostal
Services: Stereolithography, Vacuum Casting, Model Making
Project: Automatic Gear Shifter

Project Brief

To produce prototypes for the Jaguar XF Automatic Gear Shifter for internal design sign off and also to help Kostal win the business to produce them for Jaguar.

Background

Kostal and Paragon’s partnership has been a long and trusted one, with Paragon occupying a position of Kostal’s main supplier of prototypes.

Kostal were keen to win the business to produce the Automatic Gear Shift Switch for the Jaguar XF. In order to do so, they required a prototype of their design that fulfilled both concept visualisation and functionality needs.

“Paragon worked with us at Kostal producing models from the earliest stages of pitching for the Jaguar XF project right through to final sign off. As always we were very pleased with Paragon’s input – they consistently produce great prototypes for us, when we need them and make the whole process as pain free as possible.”

Nigel Harrison Modelshop Technician

Results

Paragon produced prototypes at each stage of the design process, from initial fit and function parts through to final design and assembly.

The first step was to produce SLA master models that were finished to a high level. Kostal then tested these within the assembly. Once fit was confirmed, Paragon used the master models to create silicone moulds for producing vacuum castings in polyurethane.

As with all things automotive, design is an ongoing and evolutionary process, and this particular project resulted in 4 different stages of prototyping. Paragon was delighted when Kostal won the business to produce the switch for the Jaguar XF.

Kostal and Paragon continued to work together to produce hand-finished prototypes to be demonstrated in situ in the car. This was the final step before achieving sign off at the highest level from Jaguar.

These Kostal-produced gear shifters are now an integral component of not only certain Jaguar models, but can also be found in Land Rover and Range Rover models. The prototype models we produced for Kostal have also been used for assembly trials, pre-production testing, and for marketing and PR purposes.

Client: Kostal
Services: Stereolithography, Vacuum Casting, Model Making
Project: Automatic Gear Shifter