Our customer, a well-established international manufacturer of outdoor power products, teamed up with Creaform to update and refresh the design and look of a ride-on mower. Working closely with the customer’s industrial design team, Creaform was mandated to convert and model in 3D the new signature look of the vehicle using CATIA V5 best practices. This included many aesthetic components, including the hood, front grill, instrument panel, steering wheel, and many other trims.
From the initial 2D sketches provided by the customer, Creaform’s challenge was to design the various components using a core-cavity design method based on the customer’s best practices—all while keeping a high level of quality and aesthetics for all components.
As it sometimes happens in facelift projects, two versions were designed in parallel to present to internal stakeholders. Following the project’s stage gates, Creaform supported the customer in the development of two 1:1 prototype models to present to the final decision maker.
Ultimately, the CFD analysis served as a tool to design efficient aerodynamic deflectors and other upgrades that mitigated contamination risks.
- Industrial design 2D sketches interpretation and conversion into 3D models
- Mechanical engineering
- Advanced surface modeling
- Plastic component design, including the validation of draft angles
TOOLS AND METHODS USED
Based on the client’s needs, Creaform used the following tools and methods:
- CATIA V5 Freestyle
- CATIA V5 GSD