CamelBak Products, LLC
REVOLUTIONIZING HYDRATION PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WITH SOLIDWORKS SOLUTIONS
SURFACING AND, MOTION STUDIES SPARK DEVELOPMENTCamelBak leveraged SOLIDWORKS surfacing and motion analysis tools during the development of its KickBak™ bottle, which features an innovative snap-back cap. Design Engineer Kelsey Hammond conducted motion studies on the living hinges that allow the cap to open and close—then ran multiple days of machine testing to ensure the cap would last for thousands of cycles. SOLIDWORKS surfacing tools helped her make the cap more ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing. “We are committed to offering a durable product that you can take out in the field and drop numerous times—or bang around your car—and it will still function properly,” Hammond stresses. “But we also want our products to look cool. SOLIDWORKS is extremely crucial for helping us uphold our standards. “For example, on the KickBak cap, I used SOLIDWORKS advanced surfacing techniques to place an undercut where one side of the cap snaps into the other side and to smooth the area where users drink,” Hammond continues. “Then, I added fillets to clean it up, improving performance and aesthetics. If I didn’t have SOLIDWORKS, I couldn’t do my job.”
ENSURING PRODUCT DURABILITY AND PERFORMANCEBecause CamelBak offers a lifetime “GOT YOUR BAK” guarantee on all products, the company strives to design products to last a lifetime. That doesn’t mean CamelBak skimps on innovation. In addition to conducting extensive testing of its design concepts, CamelBak relies on SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional FEA capabilities to push the envelope of what’s possible, such as the patented auto-seal trigger on the Forge insulated travel mug. “The Forge travel mug presented an interesting design challenge because we were introducing an industry innovation while attempting to shorten time-to-market,” Davies notes. “With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, I was able to quickly study stress concentrations and deflection of the leaf-spring which operates the trigger mechanism. This enabled me to whittle 30 different designs to three or four for prototyping, and then reduce the number of prototyping cycles required to identify the optimal design. SOLIDWORKS saves us time and money because we can iterate quickly on a design, helping us to shorten time-to-market, meet firm deadlines, and ensure product durability and performance.”
FASTER PROTOYPING SHORTENS DEVELOPMENTThe SOLIDWORKS design environment also lets CamelBak shorten its prototyping process through the rapid creation of fixtures, molds, and testing platforms. Design Engineer Aaron McCready used SOLIDWORKS to make a 3D-printed mold, with which he made a prototype of CamelBak’s one-piece, self-sealing, silicone bite valve. “The more testing we can do with real people to obtain feedback from actual users, the better,” McCready says. “We use SOLIDWORKS to create usable prototypes as much as posible because the speed with which we complete prototyping has become extremely critical. SOLIDWORKS is a huge timesaver—at least 10 to 20 times faster—for creating prototypes. For the bite valve, I had actual silicone parts for testing in two days with the 3D-printed mold as opposed to the two months it likely would have taken to create these parts elsewhere.”
Expand hydration products from initial backpack line into markets for bottled, filtered, and military hydration, while simultaneously increasing innovation, boosting durability, and streamlining development processes.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Premium design, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional analysis, and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional product data management software solutions.
- Grew offering to include bottled, filtered, and military hydration products
- Supported lifetime “GOT YOUR BAK” product guarantee
- Innovated first BPA-free plastic water bottle
- Created prototypes 10 to 20 times faster
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Simulation Professional
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM