Inertia Engineering + Design
DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE INFANT AND CHILD SAFETY PRODUCTS WITH SOLIDWORKS INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
FAST, EASY INTEGRATION OF SOLIDS AND SURFACESAfter using SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer, IE+D realized important productivity gains related to better collaboration between industrial design and mechanical engineering. For example, because the software provides for fast and easy workflows between SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer and SOLIDWORKS software—without losing parameters established during industrial design—the firm no longer has to make iterations and transitions between the two functions part of its initial planning on a project. “I used to spend a half-day planning how we would move industrial design concepts into SOLIDWORKS, accounting for model rebuilds and fixes,” Yang points out. “With SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer, we’ve cut out that planning phase because of the ease in going back and forth between the two applications. I can roll parametrics into my free-form concept models, which allows me to roll back the industrial design CAD model as far as necessary to make the frequent changes required to support manufacturing.”
INNOVATIVE INFANT AND CHILD SAFETY PRODUCTThe first project that IE+D used SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer for was the design of an innovative infant and child safety product for a major manufacturer. The software allowed Yang to create free-form concepts more quickly without having to worry about the transition to engineering. In addition to enabling Yang to create an industrial design without a single flat surface, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer allowed him to address mass and volume requirements during initial concept development. “At IE+D, we view form to be just as important as engineering,” Yang notes. “Using SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer on the infant and child safety project, I was able to focus on the design aesthetic while simultaneously addressing mass and volume concerns. The product is designed for travel so it needs to be with the child and parent most of the time, so creating a design that would be as light and compact as possible was an important consideration during industrial design.”
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CREASING TOOLYang also utilized a unique creasing tool in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to efficiently refine the product’s handle. “While I was working on the handle design, which was initially an amorphous shape of all round surfaces, I wanted to refine the area where the hand is positioned so a user’s hand would naturally settle there,” Yang says. “I used the creasing tool to add a hard-edge return back down the rest of the handle with a flat round on the other side to define the handle grip area,” he continues. “That would have taken extra steps in Rhino, and I wouldn’t have had the parameters that will save time down the line. The ease of moving back and forth between SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer and SOLIDWORKS design software makes the solution infinitely more efficient.”
Inertia Engineering + Design, Inc. (IE+D) is a leading supplier of fast-tracked, streamlined product design and engineering services to the automotive, motor sports, and related manufacturing industries. The firm has relied on SOLIDWORKS® design and engineering solutions—including SOLIDWORKS design, SOLIDWORKS Simulation analysis, SOLIDWORKS Plastics injection-molding simulation and analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM product data management software—since its inception. However, as IE+D’s business has expanded, so has the consultancy’s need for an integrated industrial design, surface-modeling solution.
When IE+D heard from its SOLIDWORKS reseller about the development of new integrated sub-D surface modeling package called SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer, the product development firm signed up for the SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer Lighthouse Program, which provides the opportunity to use the software in production as part of pre-release testing. By implementing SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer, IE+D has eliminated a half-day of industrial design planning per project, created free-form concepts more quickly, innovated a combination infant car seat/carrier design, and reduced the mass and weight of infant car/seat carrier design during industrial design.
- Eliminated half-day of industrial design planning per project
- Created freeform concepts more quickly
- Improved collaboration between industrial and mechanical design
- Reduced mass and volume of infant product during industrial design
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Plastics
SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM