A health and fitness brand is boosting the performance of its research and development function with the help of an innovative new design tool.
Exxentric, a leading supplier of flywheel strength training equipment, famous for their kBox, kPulley2 and recently released kPulley Go, has chosen online design platform Cadasio, to transform its traditional instruction manuals and processes in to interactive 3D experiences.
Having relied for many years on traditional methods such as time consuming “real life” videos to provide assembly instructions for its production line, the Exxentric R&D team decided to use Cadasio in a bid to cut costs and improve efficiency.
"Cadasio has revolutionised our production process and we can now create clear and detailed instructions in a quarter of the time it used to take us to shoot a video."
Salli Carlfjord, who works as part of the R&D team, explained: “All of our equipment is assembled in house prior to dispatch and every time we wanted to introduce new instructions or amend existing material, we would shoot a video with one of our colleagues to demonstrate the process. In addition to being time consuming, it meant we were limited in the different angles we could shoot the process from and also by the fact that we couldn’t begin filming until all the parts were actually available.”
By introducing Cadasio, the R&D team were able to use their CAD designs to create an immersive 3D experience of the assembly process giving users the ability to pan, rotate and zoom around individual steps.
Marc Campbell, who has been in charge of the Cadasio implementation, added: “Cadasio has revolutionised our production process and we can now create clear and detailed instructions in a quarter of the time it used to take us to shoot a video. And if anything changes it’s simply a case of updating existing projects, avoiding rework time and costs.”
With sales volumes of thousands of units per year, Exxentric is now looking to extend the use of Cadasio to create repair and maintenance guides for its rapidly expanding global customer base.
Cadasio director, Stephen Draper, said: “It’s great to see a company like Exxentric embrace our technology and deliver a range of savings and efficiencies. We’re looking forward to working with them on the next step of making our online animations available to end users, wherever they are in the world.”
Cadasio is pioneering a new way of presenting 3D assembly and service instructions online. Existing CAD data can be imported directly via addins for popular applications such as Onshape, SolidWorks, Inventor, Fusion 360 and Solid Edge.