French design studio, Element Studio, called upon Creaform’s engineering services team to help product development of a modular urban helmet. The project was unique and one-of-a-kind, since it would be the first helmet on the market to have a flip-up chin bar that could be retracted and snapped to the back of the head, transforming the helmet into what is known as a complete “jet helmet.” What’s more: the helmet product design had to respect regulatory standards for security and maintain a European look and feel.
Using CATIA V5 as our 3D modeling tool and 3D printing at critical stages in the project, Creaform was able to overcome the technical issues rapidly. Various kinematic simulations were run on CATIA V5 to ensure that the movement of the chin bar would diligently follow the helmet shape using a unique pivot concept.
In addition, springs were needed to allow a certain tension when snapping the chin-bar at the back; therefore, validating the ergonomics and ease of use was central in the design choice. That’s where rapid prototyping was incredibly helpful, enabling the team to test various product designs.
Creaform worked with the client to complete the engineering work, drawings and design. The helmet is now ready to go into production. Let’s hope we see these helmets around the city soon!
PRODUCT DESIGN TOOLS AND METHODS USED
Based on the client’s needs, Creaform used the following tools and methods:
- CATIA V5