This project began with a 3i Project Booster Session, a refined brainstorming event that can deliver rapid response, creative concepts, and breakthrough solutions.
The 3i event (known as “Phase 0”) started with a “deep dive” to help the Vention team understand the customer’s surgical devices and technical challenges. The next step was a brainstorming session that generated 3 concepts. The team then formulated a strategy to assess the technical feasibility of the concepts.
After the 3i event, the customer decided to engage Vention to proceed to Phase 1A, Concept Refinement and Prototypes. The proposed solutions involved multiple tolerance stacks and complex mechanisms. The team used CAD layouts to simulate the mechanism and created functional prototypes for proof of concept.
In Phase 1B, Prototype Iterations, the team created additional prototypes for functional assemblies across 2 device platforms and multiple surgical accessories.
In Phase 1C, Concept Freeze, the team incorporated Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA) and assembly-level statistical tolerance analysis to ensure that the assembly mechanism was robust and that critical dimensions would hold their tolerances at process capability index 1.33.
Vention's innovative design met the user needs for a robust and intuitive assembly mechanism. The project went from brainstorm sketch to concept freeze, resulting in a complete and manufacturable design solution.