Tentipi digitalizes their product development
Fabric, wood, and metal are the main materials in the tipi tents of Tentipi. To be able to create advanced surfaces and perform fabric preparation digitally were some of the most important features Tentipi was looking for in a CAD solution. There were also high demands on simulation and calculation capabilities. NX, from Siemens Digital Industries, was the only CAD system that fulfilled all needs.
Tentipi designs tents of the future supported by NX for Design
Tentipi designs and manufactures tipi tents. They are currently present at 22 markets all over the world, and Great Britain is their largest market. To maintain their position as market leaders it is important with clear communication, compliance, and to continuously launch new, innovative products of high quality.
However, Tentipi was facing challenges and wanted to invest in a competent CAD solution. The requirements where connected to the business strategy as off today, as well as historical and future needs.
NX’s functions won the race
Fabric, wood, and metal are the main materials in the tipi tents of Tentipi. To be able to create advanced surfaces and perform fabric preparation digitally where some of the most important features Tentipi was looking for in a CAD solution. In addition, there were also high demands on simulation and calculation capabilities. In addition, there are regulations and ISO standards that the tipi tents need to fulfill.
After benchmarking different use cases with the larger CAD actors on the market, only two vendors remained that could provide a solution that matched Tentipi’s unique needs. Of those, NX from Siemens Digital Industries did not require any additional plug-in or third party product.
New digital processes save Tentipi both time and money
All product development at Tentipi was previously manual. Hence, to test and validate the products, Tentipi needed to create several prototypes. Especially the big event tents are complicated and expensive to build in full-scale prototypes. Tentipi saves both time and money with digital twins to test on.
Today, with the compilation in NX, Tentipi can measure between points to get the theoretical measures.
Although Tentipi finds it impossible to move directly from a digital model to production, they see that NX will lower the number of physical adjustments and prototypes with a digital model to test on.
We have also bought a 3D printer to be able to manufacture and test physical models before we for example order a mold. In addition, NX helps us with our wind simulations to guarantee the security for those who are in the tents.”
“So far I have created 3D models and built a library with our existing products. This way we can reuse previous constructions and ensure that the material and the modules fit.”
Gustav Holmström was Design Engineer at Tentipi when they decided to invest in NX.
“The tools for design and production are future-proofed with NX”. We have already created drawings of metal parts that would have been hard to define and test without the possibility to draw them digitally.”
Benefits for Tentipi
- Fewer prototypes
- Fewer adjustments of physical prototypes
- Simpler and more visual feedback on changes on digital twin
- A common system for drawings and revisions
- Easier to comply with rules and regulations of 22 countries
- Possibility to ensure ISO standards
- Savings in material, for instance with help from NX Fabric Flattener
- Less material loss
- Nextage as NX CAD and Teamcenter PLM partner
- Fabric flattening
- Advanced surfaces
- Digital twin
- Fewer prototypes
- Collection and simpler revision of blueprints
- Faster production of measures
“With NX we will be able to increase efficiency and launch new, innovative products on the market at a faster pace”, said Gustav Holmström.
Tentipi designs and manufactures tipi tents from sizes of 2 – 15 people, used by family campers and extreme exhibitions, to large, flexible tipi tents for events. The tents used for events can be connected to create any space needed for a particular happening.
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