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FISHER/UNITECH Provides Innovative Shoe Company with Tools to Design a Single Shoe with Multiple Heel Heights

TROY, Mich. USA, September 25, 2012 – Day2Night Convertible Heels, a startup focused on creating shoes with interchangeable heels, is using SolidWorks® 3D design software to bring its product to market faster and at less cost. A 2010 and 2011 MassChallenge finalist funded by Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects, Day2Night is solving the challenge of traveling with multiple pairs of shoes. In the process, Day2Night has dealt with—and overcome—complex design issues, with the help of FISHER/UNITECH, a leading SolidWorks Value Added Reseller.

 

The biggest challenge in designing a shoe with interchangeable heels comes from the need for strength. The shoe must be able to tolerate the wearer’s weight for a variety of heel heights, some of which are intricate and curved, creating potential stability issues. Using SolidWorks software alongside 3D printing capabilities, the engineering team at Day2Night was able to determine the optimal weight bearing load pressure for the shoe. This analysis was critical to learn not only how the heel would hold weight from the top, but how it would react to force when the heels were changed.

 

“This product required a mix of stability and flexibility when it came to changing the heels,” said Candice Cabe, founder and CEO of Day2Night. “We had to provide enough resistance that the heels would stay on during regular wear, but not so much that they couldn’t be taken off easily. They also had to withstand issues like being caught in grates or between cobblestones—just like a traditional shoe. Ultimately, we needed to know how much torque effect would be applied for someone to be standing, moving their feet, dancing or just walking. SolidWorks software enabled us to test all of these scenarios and easily develop prototypes so we could create a stable and beautiful product.”

 

Day2Night is an avid recruiter of interns with mechanical engineering background, giving students from top Massachusetts schools the opportunity to gain hands-on design experience with SolidWorks. These students, as well as a design firm, are helping design and prototype the products with the aid of 3D printing. The heels will then be manufactured using mold injection technology and shipped to shoemakers.

 

“3D printing is a critical tool for this type of product; it’s essential that designs are tested to make sure they’re safe, sturdy and attractive,” said Jenny Giolas, Regional Technical Manager, FISHER/UNITECH. “Day2Night’s use of SolidWorks to create a one-of-a-kind product and bring it to market is the kind of success story we love to tell; ultimately, designers have the power to make any product a reality using SolidWorks software.”

 

Day2Night shoes are available for pre-order at: http://convertible-heels.com/Buy_Now.html

 

About FISHER/UNITECH

FISHER/UNITECH, established in 1993, provides Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Rapid Technology solutions to the discrete manufacturing industry.   The company’s focus is on process improvement for product development and manufacturing.  With locations throughout New England and the Midwest, the company is a leading reseller of SolidWorks 3D design, analysis and data management software, as well as the full line of Rapid Technology equipment from Stratasys. Rapid Technology applications include Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing. Professional services are offered for design automation and data management which provides customers with a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems. The company offers advanced web-based delivery of training with its live, instructor-led 3DU. Please visit the company's website at (http://www.funtech.com) or call 800-816-8314.

About SolidWorks

Powered by the Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience Platform, SolidWorks 3D applications help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. SolidWorks delivers an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (www.3ds.com/solidworks) or call 1-800-693-9000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-693-9000       (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).

 

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations.  Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported.  Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world.  The group brings value to over 150,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.  For more information, visit www.3ds.com.

 

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