Using SOLIDWORKS to Launch Innovative Wireless Monitoring System for Boats
COLLABORATION BETWEEN CAPTAIN, DESIGNER, AND ENGINEERSiren Marine used SOLIDWORKS software to shorten the development cycle for its MTC (Monitor, Track, and Control) System by enabling Harper to collaborate with an industrial designer and mechanical engineer, both of whom used SOLIDWORKS Premium design software. The MTC is the most versatile and reliable system on the market, allowing customers to monitor important boat systems, track GPS position, establish geo-fences, and remotely control lighting, air conditioning, security, and other systems with a smartphone and the Siren app. “SOLIDWORKS is critical to the way we handle development,” Harper stresses. “Because I have the boating knowledge and my collaborators understand mechanical design, SOLIDWORKS serves as the conduit for bringing both types of expertise together to create the best products that we can. With SOLIDWORKS, I can review each design iteration, offer input, and make important design and manufacturing decisions in real time, which shortens the development process.”
DESIGN FOR AESTHETICS AND MANUFACTURABILITYFor the Siren Marine MTC System, Harper worked with Mechanical Designer Luke Poirier of Celerity Embedded Design Services on the housing design for the unit, which contains two circuit boards. That initial concept was refi ned to improve design aesthetics and appearance by Darrick Wilson, a wakesurf board designer from Edmonton, Canada. Poirier then worked with the refi ned concept to ensure design for manufacturability, with Harper involved at nearly every step. “I started designing the MTC system in SOLIDWORKS before working with Luke Poirier, a mechanical engineer who also uses SOLIDWORKS,” Harper explains. “We then had Industrial Designer Darrick Wilson spruce up the design so that it felt and looked good, to differentiate ourselves from the competition. The overarching goal from beginning to end was to create an aesthetically pleasing device while ensuring design for manufacturability [DFM]. SOLIDWORKS helped us do just that.”
PRIMING MARKET WITH SOLIDWORKS RENDERINGSSOLIDWORKS helped Siren Marine prepare the market for its innovative MTC system through the use of SOLIDWORKS photorealistic rendered images, which let the company use imagery to market the product before it had been manufactured. “During our prelaunch period for the MTC, we made a fi nal design tweak to improve manufacturability, which meant that we had to delay the launch for a few months,” Harper notes. “We used SOLIDWORKS to create product imagery that’s diffi cult to distinguish from quality photography,” Harper adds. “The SOLIDWORKS images helped us to keep the momentum going and contributed to our successful product launch.” Harper began using SOLIDWORKS design software while managing boat builds as a professional boat captain. When Harper’s vision of the Connected Boat inspired him to found Siren Marine, the Rhode Island-based manufacturing company that develops products for affordable, real-time monitoring and protection of boating assets, he not only chose SOLIDWORKS as the company’s product development platform, he insisted that all design, engineering, and manufacturing partners also use SOLIDWORKS. Siren Marine standardized on SOLIDWORKS Standard design software because Harper thinks it’s a great tool for visualizationand collaboration, allowing him to work directly with industrial design, engineering, and manufacturing partners. The company used the software to develop its MTC (Monitor, Track, and Control)System, which lets customers monitor important boat systems, track GPS position, establish geo-fences, and remotely control lighting, air conditioning, security, and other systems with a smartphone and the Siren app. By choosing SOLIDWORKS, Siren Marine shortened its development cycles, facilitated design collaboration, ensured design for manufacturability, and supported marketing and sales through the use of photorealistic renderings.
Quickly develop and introduce a next-generation IOT device for monitoring the critical systems and positions of boats, whether they are docked or at sea.
Use SOLIDWORKS Standard and SOLIDWORKS Premium design software to rapidly collaborate on development and ensure that the design is ready for manufacturing.
- Shortened development cycles
- Ensured design for manufacturability
- Facilitated design collaboration
- Supported marketing and sales through photorealistic renderings
Products(s) Used:SOLIDWORKS Premium