Engineers at Watershot Inc. (www.watershot.com) recently designed a new underwater camera housing without first building costly prototypes. The enabler: CAD software. The company used SolidWorks to develop the Zuccarini underwater camera housings. In the process, engineers created a gear tower mechanism that transfers the axial motion of the external camera housing controls 90° to the axial rotation of the iris and focus bezels on the lens inside the housing. "The gear tower assembly was the most complex mechanism we had designed up to that point," says owner Steve Ogles.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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