Conceptual modeling for design teams

Dometic's head of Product Design chose Shapr3D because it helps communicate concepts, and is compatible with the tools they are already using (Solidworks, Rhino3D, KeyShot). Learn how they utilize the app in their workflow.

Dometic is a Global company with Headquarters in Stockholm that provides branded mobile living solutions in the areas of Food & Beverage, Climate, Power & Control, Safety & Security, and Hygiene & Sanitation. The Dometic design team uses Shapr3D throughout their conceptual design phase.

Recreational Vehicle fridge by Dometic

We’ve jumped on a call with Samuele, head of Product Design, to talk about how he uses Shapr3D and how it fits into their workflow. Samuele is responsible for creating and maintaining the Dometic design language while making sure it will be easy to produce and stay modular.

Samuele was looking for a compact mobile solution, as he travels a lot and the substantial part of his job is to give directions to his team. He was already using his iPad for creating 2D drawings in apps like Procreate and Affinity Photo. However, he was lacking an equally capable 3D modeling tool which he could use to create some design concepts with.

After a quick search on his iPad, he chose Shapr3D because it is solid, direct modeling (he can easily create real-life scale concepts), and because it isn’t tied to the cloud - he can use it anywhere, even without internet connection.

Fridge shelf concept design in Shapr3D

Introducing Shapr3D to Dometic

At Dometic, Samuele leads a team of 6, and they are using different 3D modeling tools for different needs. They use Rhino for general design, SolidWorks for communicating with the R&D, and KeyShot to create renders for design presentations. Currently, the team is moving away from surface modeling, as they try to achieve as much with parametric and solid modeling tools as possible.

“I’m trying to convince designers that parametric / solid modeling is the superior way of modeling. You’d think the first sketch you put down is the best, but that is hardly the case. You should not stick to a design, because it is too difficult to modify it.”

Fridge shelf concept - rendered in Keyshot

Using Shapr3D for work

Samuele is using Shapr3D to draw concepts which he can later share with his design team in STEP or XT formats. They can choose to rebuild them and use as a reference, or use the actual geometry to refine it in SolidWorks. Sometimes he just makes screenshots and shares his ideas with the team - he says sharing in 3D is more effective than sharing hand drawn sketches (his previous method).

Fridge ventilation concept in Shapr3D

One of the use cases he mentioned during our call was DXF/DWG export. Dometic uses 2D sketches to create graphics in Adobe Illustrator. A 2D projection of a 3D body put into a graphical context helps them effectively communicate the benefits of a specific design during meetings or on the website. He was happy to hear that this is the feature (DXF/DWG export to Illustrator) Shapr3D has introduced over the summer.

Graphic render of fridge ventilation concept

He also told us, that he imports his co-workers' designs (parts, mass studies) to use as a reference during the conceptual phase. He hasn’t started modifying the designs he imported, but that is something he is looking forward to doing in the future. Recently Samuele even purchased the latest iPad Pro to load heavy files he receives. He was especially happy about Items because Shapr3D is now capable of handling larger assemblies and one can conveniently arrange bodies and sketches.

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