Advancing Interactive Table and Wall Display Development with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
FASTER DEVELOPMENT, BETTER VISUALIZATION, FEWER ERRORSSince standardizing on SOLIDWORKS, Ideum has realized shorter design cycles and greater accuracy in the development of standard and custom products. The interactive display manufacturer has cut development time for custom products in half and standard products by 25 percent. “One particular challenge inherent to ambitious, custom installations is the need to see how the hardware will look in the overall space,” Spadaccini notes. “With SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360 rendering tools, our designers and engineers are able to visualize custom hardware and hardware configurations and share them with clients with a high level of accuracy. “SOLIDWORKS has been instrumental in helping us minimize design time and costs through the use of parametric design, sheet metal, weldment, and structural analysis tools,” Spadaccini adds. “We can easily share design elements, and even some components, across our product lines, and can design iteratively through the use of assembly configurations. SOLIDWORKS associativity enables automatic updating of all assembly and part drawings, shortening development time between product cycles.”
REDUCED PROTOTYPING REQUIREMENTS WITH SIMULATIONBy leveraging the simulation capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Premium to perform FEA structural analyses and by taking advantage of 3D printing for rapid prototyping, Ideum has cut prototyping requirements for custom designs in half and for standard products by two-thirds. “Before SOLIDWORKS, we would often have multiple prototypes made and make a decision based upon an actual physical product,” says Technician Matt Gallegos. “Now, we can go through the same process virtually, viewing multiple versions of rendered photorealistic models, analyzing costing information, and reviewing the simulation analysis. “By making the switch to SOLIDWORKS, we have cut our design cycle from 16 weeks to less than 12 weeks,” Gallegos continues. “We used to create three prototypes prior to deciding on a production model; now, we only need one. This has saved a minimum of 160 man hours and substantial prototyping costs on a single project.”
SUPPORTING EXPLOSIVE GROWTHThe productivity gains that Ideum has enjoyed since transitioning to SOLIDWORKS have enabled the firm to maintain its lean manufacturing approach in concert with explosive business growth. “We were named an Inc. 5000 company in 2015 with an annual growth rate of 108 percent, and we’re on a similar growth path this year,” Spadaccini notes. “Our success stems from our ability to quickly integrate with new technologies—like 4K HD displays,” Spadaccini says. “SOLIDWORKS allows us to rapidly prototype new systems as well as boost annual throughput by 30 to 40 percent to support growth.”
Accelerate the development of cutting-edge, interactive, multitouch digital tables and walls for use in museum displays and other applications—in response to continuous technological developments.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional design and SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis software to improve visualization of visitor engagement, accelerate design cycles, streamline manufacturing, and boost throughput.
- Shortened development cycles by as much as 50 percent
- Realized return on CAD investment after two projects
- Cut rework by 90 percent
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Professional