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Design Axis creates surface models without compromise using T-Splines Print E-mail

A complex organic design for swimming fins is created without compromise to form, fit or function.

The customer

Design Axis is an award-winning consulting frm specializing in the business of strategic innovation and product development.


www.design-axis.com

“I was able to create perfect surfaces in 3D for my fin model, resulting in high-quality molded surfaces, significantly fewer production rejects and much less waste. Less waste, less cost, more proft.”
- Poormehr Honarmand, Senior Industrial Designer

Case Study

The challenge

Our challenge was to design the evolutionary new version of the successful Alpha Swim Fin for our client Aqua Sphere. The original design was completed when we were creating very primitive 3D models quite a few years ago.

When we took on the challenge of the Alpha 2.0, we recognized the need to develop a more sophisticated design language. We were also challenged with creating a seamless and manufacturable 3D model that refected the elegance of the design’s form. We were going to have to step up our level of modeling in order to realize the design solution that we had envisioned.

The solution

Design Axis Fin

Our challenge was to design the evolutionary new version of the successful Alpha Swim Fin for our client Aqua Sphere. The original design was completed when we were creating very primitive 3D models quite a few years ago.

When we took on the challenge of the Alpha 2.0, we recognized the need to develop a more sophisticated design language. We were also challenged with creating a seamless and manufacturable 3D model that refected the elegance of the design’s form. We were going to have to step up our level of modeling in order to realize the design solution that we had envisioned.

Future Direction

We will continue to strive for a seamless design language and push the boundaries of surface perfection. With EVA foam, minor surface irregularities are very obvious to the quality control inspector’s eye, resulting in a large rejection rate for a material that cannot be recycled. So, creating perfect surfaces in 3D with the help of T-Splines results in better molded surfaces, significantly fewer rejects and much less waste. Less waste, less cost, more profit. The combination of Rhino and T-Splines has proven to be a great tool in that pursuit and we will continue to work with these products as they evolve.

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To learn more about how Design Axis completed its project with the help of T-Splines, you can download the full case study here or on our case studies home page.

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