Mechanical design being developed
Mechanical design is an area in constant flux. New materials are being discovered, production methods are being developed and CAD and various simulation programs are constantly becoming more powerful. This means new options in terms of designing products in a way that used to be impossible or extremely expensive.
At the same time users’ requirements regarding design, functionality, feeling and aesthetics are becoming more stringent – and consequently also the demands placed on those developing the products.
Tool-dependent product development
i3tex staff are highly skilled in the entire development and production process, and have a well-established network of suppliers – from development of prototypes to large-scale manufacture.
3D-printing of components and prototypes using various technologies is a fast and powerful way of producing components and prototypes, and we have great experience of doing this using SLA, SLS, FDM, MJF and FFF.
Long experience of various materials
We design everything from encapsulation of electronics, fixtures and consumer products to single-use packages for professional equipment. They can be made of machined components, thin metal sheet, castings and injection-moulded plastic components.
Breadth in the field of 3D CAD and PDM
We use and have licences for most 3D CAD programs and PDM (Product Data Management) on the market, e.g. Pro/Engineer/Creo, Solidworks, Inventor, Catia, NX, TCE, PDMLink, Windchill and Enovia.
Usability and User Experience (UX) Design
Users of a product must be able to understand and use it on the basis of their requirements. We place great emphasis on gathering information and creating an understanding of the individual, the product’s function and contexts.
We gather information through user studies, interviews and observations, and on the basis of that knowledge we develop specifications of requirements, concepts and solutions.
With this as a basis we develop everything from products’ physical aspects through to interaction with displays and other interfaces (HMI, MMI).
Design engineers with broad skills
It is important to ensure that the requirements for the product are met. Therefore, the solutions developed, tested, verified and validated are implemented. For this type of work, specific skills in mechanics, user-centered product development, usability and user experience are required – something our designers possess.
Simulations and analysis
Simulations and analyzes are becoming increasingly important tools to shorten and ensure development work. The 3D substrates we provide provide the ability to simulate different cargoes such as mechanical and thermal loads or make mold filling and flow analyzes to optimize mechanics as much as possible at an early stage. This reduces the risk of costly changes in the molding tools.
Soft surface materials
As well as hard surfaces, technology can be about soft materials. Examples of the latter are various types of textile, leather and vinyl, and they can be used for interior components within automotive, e.g. upholstery, airbags and sleep environments in lorries.
Growing need in the field of medical technology
Soft materials are also used in the Medical Device industry, e.g. in products for wound care and for artificial blood vessels.
The surface materials consist of fibres that are in various ways bound together to form a material. If you wish to create a specific property you have to decide how the fibres are to be merged, and then select a method of manufacture, materials and after-treatment.
Behind every material is a great deal of development work and a wealth of specialist skills, and the need for trained textile engineers in particular has increased in recent years.
i3tex has a number of textile engineers with experience of both medical technology and Automotive Industry.