One of our services team members, Paul, always tells me that “If the customer can do it manually with their current systems, we can automate it!”. By utilizing a combination of programming in the SolidWorks API, Microsoft Office, SQL data management and some elbow grease, Javelin helps companies such as Calendar Club, realize the potential of speeding up, and vastly improving their business processes, from design, through to production.
Javelin is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 SolidWorks ‘Cool’ Design Contest. We had a lot of amazing entries and it was a tough decision to pick an overall winner, which is why we have five runners-up! Listed below are details of all the winning entries, each of the designers have described the design function and how SolidWorks 3D CAD software helped them. A big thank you to all of our customers who entered the contest.
The 2010 SolidWorks Cool Design Contest is now open for entries from Javelin Commercial or Educational Customers. You have the opportunity to show off your cool designs created with SolidWorks, plus the chance to win an amazing prize! This year we have an Apple iPad and two iPod Touches up for grabs! If you would like to know how you can enter the contest, and intrigued to see a few entries from previous years, please read on…
The production version of SolidWorks 2011 is only a few months away and you’ll soon have a new and improved version of your favourite 3D design tool. But how do you go about learning all the new features? Why not attend a free half day Javelin SolidWorks 2011 Launch Event training session at your local cinema in October. See the new features on the BIG SCREEN, and have some fun while you learn!
William Lishman was the inspiration for the 1996 Film “Fly Away Home” about a gaggle of geese who were led by Mr. Lishman to wintering grounds in Virgina. Mr Lishman designed and build a flying “go cart” to lead the geese to their temporary home for the cold season. The Toronto Star has done an article, which talks about another of Bill’s inventions that is intened to carry emergency supplies to areas that have been stricken by bad weather or war. Read the article here.
Bill is designing an underground house and is using SolidWorks to aid in the design. He is a Javelin customer and all of us here just want to say Congratulations on all of his works.
Ryerson University (Calvin Chan) is the educational winner for the 2010 Javelin Green Design Contest. Calvin designed the iShower. Nice job Calvin!
Product Name: iShower the Greenstyle
Product Function: “iShower the Greenstyle” is a modern reinvention of the showering system. The systems computer is integrated into the faucet controls, allowing unprecedented control over the temperature at which water flows from the tap, thus eliminating needless water being wasted while adjusting for the perfect temperature. A redesigned piping system recirculates the cold water trapped in the pipes until the specified temperature is reached at which point the user can access at the push of a button. This design will eliminate the waste of fresh water entering the piping systems adding to the raw sewage which often overloads the cityâ€™s water recycling facilities. The showering companion will also record and remind the user the amount of time they are taking in the showers. Offering suggestions in which will help the users shower in a greener way. The user will enjoy their green lifestyle knowing they made an impact on each use.
How did SolidWorks help: The design process of “iShower the Greenstyle” was greatly improved by SolidWorks by allowing the drawings to come to life through the 3D viewpoints. By seeing the drawings in 3D new green ideas were formulated such as minimalizing material usage. The vast list of materials available through the SolidWorks library allowed the careful consideration of the materials. The SustainabilityXpress also played a big part in improving the green efficiency of our product through viewing the environmental impact of each material chosen. Through the use of the system, more stainless steel were chosen in place of plastic parts for its recyclable attributes.
Product Quality Improvement: Materials were reduced in the process of using Solidworks. Piping lengths were reduced. Usage of more durable materials.
Design Cost Saving: Designs were enhanced whilst materials were reduced. Piping lengths were greatly decreased.
Gastle Engineering Services has won the Runner-up prize for the 2010 Javelin Green Design Contest.
Product Name: 10 kW Microfit Ground Mount Solar Panel System
Product Function: This solar panel system generates electricity from the sun therefore reducing the need for less “green” methods of power generation (i.e. coal and natural gas). This system requires a small area of land roughly 34′x40′ in size. Typical users of this system are farmers and people with small acreages. This system can also be used on commercial roof tops such as strip malls with a different mounting method.
How did SolidWorks help: Solidworks enabled me to design this system with a minimum of structure to support the wind and snow loads that this system will see. The simulation express allowed me to check individual members for strucural integrity.
Product Quality Improvement: Achieved a weight reduction of approximately 15%.
Design Cost Saving: There was a cost savings of $0.14/watt over the existing design.
Javelin is pleased to announce the winner of our 2010 Green Design Contest, Wingspan Design from Ottawa, Ontario. Wingspan’s Energate Thermostat was judged to be the design that offered the most potential environmental benefit and had a very interesting SolidWorks design story as well. Congratulations Wingspan!
Product Name: Inspiration & Pioneer Smart Thermostats with Consumer Demand Response Technology
Product Function: The products are residential home thermostats with built-in power-saving intelligence and remote control capabilities.
For homeowners, these devices allow detailed set-up of heating and cooling schedules for their homes to reduce superfluous energy consumption, while the onboard software works behind the scenes to optimize the operation of furnaces, central air conditioners and other home comfort equipment to ensure they are cycled on and off efficiently, which is often a hidden source of extra energy costs.
Here is a clever green design for separating oil from water. The two stage oil separation system was designed by another of our green customers – Douglas Toombs of Maple Leaf Environmental Equipment, based in Brockville, Ontario.
Joseph Paonessa of the UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), in Oshawa, Ontario, submitted his green design concept of a Hydrogen Gas Station for one of our design contests. One day soon we might all be driving around in hydrogen fueled cars, filling up at a gas station just like this one!