CoreChair Achieves their Kickstarter Funding Goal
One of our clients, CoreChair, has come up with the idea for a revolutionary active seating system - starting with office chairs. The CoreChair is a dynamic postural support system that stimulates your core muscles and prevents back pain. In research tests conducted by the University of Waterloo, the CoreChair was proven to engage the user's core muscles while using it. This fall, CoreChair embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to pre-sell some of these chairs to early adopters and not only reached but exceeded their goal by 40%! Inertia's Consumer Products team designed and engineered the entire chair and tilt mechanism for CoreChair. Congratulations CoreChair! Best of luck as you bring your innovative and healthy product to market.
Inertia at DEX-EXPO 2013
For those of you interested in product development, engineering and machine building, DEX-EXPO (Design Engineering Expo) was the place to be to meet all of the key local players in the industry. The expo took place on Wednesday, October 30th at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Some of the team from Inertia was present at the show representing at our booth. It was great talking with everyone!
Inertia's Got a New Home
We're not sure what Rob Ford was up to all summer, but approving building permits wasn't one of them! On Friday, October 25th we FINALLY relocated to our new office and prototype shop at 34 Kern Rd., Unit 3 in Toronto. If you're in the neighborhood come on by and say hi.
IE+D at EVVÉ2013 Conference & Trade Show
Inertia was in attendance at the EVVÉ2013 conference on October 21st this year in Gatineau. As a development partner for the Unicell Quicksider Battery Electric Delivery Truck, we realize the importance of keeping abreast of developments in the electric vehicle industry in Canada as well as globally.
IE+D Team Gossip - a couple of big announcements here:
Eleu Um, one of our senior Product Development Engineers was recently promoted to Director of Engineering. Eleu now joins the Inertia management team as well as overseeing all project managers.
We are also really fortunate to have found and recruited Steve Micacchi who has joined our team in the role of Product Development Specialist. Along with being a talented engineer, Steve has a love of good food and all things motorized - he'll fit in quite nicely at IE+D.
We also welcome Cindy Meng who has taken on the role of Project Leader in Shenzhen, China. Cindy is in charge of our prototype and manufacturing sourcing in China. She just finished up a tour with one of our clients who was looking for manufacturing and assembly plants for a consumer appliance we’re designing for them.
Congratulations to Steve, Eleu and Cindy! We're lucky to have them here.
Inertia Expands Rapid Prototype and Product Manufacturing Capabilities
Based on customer demand and a focus on bringing products to market more quickly and efficiently, Inertia has expanded its rapid prototype and product manufacturing capabilities. On a recent 3 week mission to Shenzhen China, Inertia's Director Operations, Larry Zhou met with several rapid prototype and manufacturing sources to build relationships to support Inertia's growing product development services and product supply business. While Inertia has been a huge consumer and proponent of rapid prototype methods for many years using RP 3D printing technologies such as SLA, SLS, FDM and Polyjet, their applicability for some functional and structural testing sometimes fell short of requirements due to inherent deficiencies in the rapid prototype material properties. To respond to this need, Inertia can now source CNC machined plastic prototypes, often made from the very same production materials, within one week from our partners in China for prices competitive with local rapid prototype / 3D printing! To learn more about our rapid prototyping capabilities, please contact us here.
Inertia Expands Mechanical Simulation Capabilities with Altair Hyperworks
Inertia can now help companies bring products to market even faster with the addition of advanced simulation driven design tools from Altair Hyperworks. Building upon Inertia's expertise with Solidworks Simulation suite for structural analysis, Inertia has added advanced structural optimization capabilities through Altair's powerful Optistruct module. Additionally, Inertia's simulation capabilities have been increased for advanced kinematics and dynamics tools through HyperMotion which facilitates vehicle suspension design and vehicle dynamics simulation through pre-set suspension setups. Advanced vehicle dynamics capabilities such as CarSim and TruckSim is also available to Inertia through Altair's partner alliance program.
Canadian Security and Defense (CANSEC)
Inertia Engineering + Design was on hand at this year’s CANSEC conference and trade show in Ottawa’s CE Centre to view the latest in land vehicles, vehicle seating systems, and soldier safety equipment. Inertia met with a number of individuals and companies at the show to learn some of the ins and outs of defense procurement and to showcase Inertia's product development experience in vehicle structures and suspension systems as well as impact energy absorbing seating systems.
Advances in Child Injury Prevention (ACIP)
For the third year in a row, IE+D engineers attended the ACIP conference in Dearborn, MI which is presented by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention to learn about the latest research that is being conducted by around child injury as it pertains to vehicle accidents and child car seats or Child Restrain Systems (CRS). Over the past couple of years, Inertia has worked in the child occupant safety and child car seat design space through servicing clek and has become extremely knowledgeable in the design, development and testing of child seating products.
Canadian Mining Expo
IE+D attended the Canadian Mining Expo in Timmins, ON to talk with some of Canada's leading vehicle and equipment manufacturers and check out their latest technology. Inertia's brings its experience in developing vehicles for commercial truck and high performance vehicle space to the mining vehicle industry to provide it's product development horsepower and concurrent engineering practices to the bustling Canadian resources industry.
Human Interaction versus Product Design - Enhanced with Siemens NX and Human Modeling
Inertia Engineering + Design continues to expand its ability to provide great product development services to even more customers. Inertia has added Siemens (Unigraphics) NX Mach 2 CAD modeling capabilities along with Siemens' Human Modeling module to vastly improve design fidelity and decrease product development time for products that interact closely with the human body. Occupant packaging for vehicle design, vehicle and furniture seating systems, and child restraint systems are among the types of projects that Inertia routinely tackles. With the recent addition of NX Human Modeling, Inertia will now be able to quickly generate CAD models for a wide range of human sizes using anthropometric databases, easily position human models in their design environment, create reach zones and perform comfort assessments. To learn more about Inertia's capability to design better human environments for your products, contact one of our engineers.
IE+D leverages Lean Principles to Differentiate Engineering Services
On-line engineering resource Knovel published an article by IE+D president Ray Minato who writes about the philosophy, methods, tools and discipline IE+D uses to provide its clients outstanding value and customer service experiences for product development and engineering services. Click here to read the full article.
IE+D adds 3DVIA to its Toolbox
Inertia Engineering + Design is proud to announce that it has added the capability of creating rich product documentation through the use of 3DVIA Composer, a new software tool that revolutionizes the way technical illustrations are created. We can help you better communicate your engineering and design information by creating assembly animations, detailed user manuals, and interactive bill of materials. Learn more about the capabilities of 3DVIA Composer here.
Collaboration is King!
This month's edition of Design News features an article showcasing IE+D's collaborative product development expertise as applied to Unicell's battery-electric delivery truck project to reduce product development times. IE+D's President, Ray Minato and Unicell's Chairman and Owner, Roger Martin talk about the challenges of bringing a large dispersed team together to develop a prototype vehicle using Solidworks ePDM (enterprise data management) system as the collaboration backbone of the concurrent engineering process. Find out what they had to say...product development engineering
WTF?! (What's the foonf?)
Congratulations to IE+D client, Clek Inc. as they unveiled their newest child car seat dubbed "foonf" at the 2011 ABC Kid's Expo to rave reviews. Check out this new generation of impact-energy-absorbing child car seats here.
Chat with Solidworks CEO
Inertia President, Ray Minato along with a select number of Javelin Technologies' customers was invited to a private meeting with Bertrand Sicot, CEO of DS Solidworks Corp. to discuss the future direction of Solidworks products. Ray had the chance to discuss Inertia's needs from the perspective of an engineering services provider with Bertrand at Javelin's new state-of-the-art facility in Oakville. Just what exactly was revealed about the future of Solidworks at that meeting? We are not allowed to say, but rest assured that Solidworks will remain the mainstay of Inertia's product development engineering platform for many years to come.
Congratulations to IE+D client, Nienkämper Furniture for the successful launch of their Nabu series task chair and side chair at NeoCon 2011. Inertia Engineering + Design provided turn-key product development engineering support for the Nabu chair project. Starting with the industrial design concept renderings from Bang Design, Inertia worked through the remaining product development phases to deliver ready to tool designs. Inertia completed all surface modeling, structural analysis, design for manufacture, materials selection, mechanism design, attachment details, prototype evaluation and detailed manufacturing drawings. For more information on the Nabu chairs from Nienkämper please check out the official press release or visit their website at www.nienkamper.com.
Join us at OCE Discovery 11
The Inertia team is presenting our services at Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 11 - a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, and clean technology.
IE+D President, Ray Minato, engaged the ASQ London Section today in a discussion on lean practices in product development engineering. Find out what he had to say ...real world thinking
SolidWorks features IE+D design
Over 1 million SolidWorks users around the world now see an IE+D design featured on the SolidWorks 2011 start-up splash screen. While the SolidWorks software is loading, an image is displayed of one of a number of different products designed using SolidWorks. IE+D is proud to have had one of its designs selected.
To accommodate our expanding team and client base, IE+D has moved to bigger and better offices. Still located at 1415 Bathurst near the intersection of St. Clair and Bathurst, IE+D now calls Suite 303 home.