Innovating the Multi-Posture Workstation of the Future with SOLIDWORKS
DESIGNING AND CHECKING ASSEMBLIESUsing SOLIDWORKS software, Altwork designers were able to quickly design, check, and revise assemblies, moving development forward at a rapid pace. “Design starts with ideas sketched on paper,” Speicher explains. “We then choose the most promising idea and model it in SOLIDWORKS, with two to three designers involved with any particular assembly.” “We then use SOLIDWORKS dynamic motion capabilities to make sure everything is moving correctly and that we don’t have any collision or clearance issues,” Speicher continues. “I used SOLIDWORKS to design and check the linkages and cams, and did the same when working with optical and actuator systems. And when we need to make changes, they are quick and easy because of the parametric nature of SOLIDWORKS —a change at the part level automatically updates associated parts in higher-level assemblies.”
WORKING WITH PARTNERSUsing SOLIDWORKS software not only made the Altwork compatible with the specific industrial design, engineering, and manufacturing consultants with whom the company wanted to work, fostering a high level of collaboration,it also streamlined interaction with suppliers and production partners. “Having a vendor base of machine shops, laser cutters, plastic injection molders, and welding shops all running SOLIDWORKS is very beneficial to development,” Speicher stresses. “Being able to send a SOLIDWORKS 3D model to a vendor with a minimum of additional documentation and having the vendor machine the model is particularly useful, especially during prototype development,” Speicher adds.
INTRODUCING NEW PRODUCT CATEGORYWorking in SOLIDWORKS, Altwork was able to efficiently and effectively deliver a revolutionary new product that will change the way high-intensity computer users work. With no direct competition—standing desks compete indirectly—the Altwork Station establishes an entirely new product category. “SOLIDWORKS software was important for developing all aspects of the Altwork Station design,” Speicher says. “The ease of creating models and the parametric nature of SOLIDWORKS were not the only advantages during development of the 800 parts—made of steel, plastic, and foam—and 12 major subassemblies used in the Altwork Station,” Speicher continues. “We also utilized SOLIDWORKS visuals for marketing and communication before we had actual hardware, seeding the market for the innovative product to come.”
Develop, manufacture, and market an automated desk apparatus that enables users to work from multiple positions and perform varying tasks from a single workstation.
Implement SOLIDWORKS design, SOLIDWORKS Professional design, and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional product data management software.
- Innovated automated multi-posture workstation
- Streamlined interactions with manufacturing vendors
- Fostered collaboration with consulting partners
- Improved handling of assemblies
Products(s) Used:SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional