Using 3D Technology to Expand Product Line
Mechanical Engineering Design and Improvement
Rumidifier Home Comforts Inc. (Rumidifier), based out of Ottawa, Ont., wanted to expand its product line by adding an electricity-free humidifier run by the heat generated by baseboard heaters. The company had the concept but no means to design and test it.
With the design concepts from the original baseboard Rumidifier available, the research team was able to leverage its 3D technology and create a successful prototype design that works with traditional baseboard heaters. The team not only created several prototypes for this project, but also developed a testing chamber used to record temperature and humidity levels of the prototype during testing. With this, empirical results proving the concepts success were delivered to the industry partner, together with a comprehensive research report, and functioning prototype. Rumidifier Home Comforts Inc. plans to commercialize this new product in 2016.