The project

Our customer, Black & Decker’s industrial design team, required Creaform’s services to develop the plastic housing of a drill and other electrical tools of the VPX tool set.

Working very closely with the designer team, Creaform’s mandate was to design the 3D model of the drill’s housing using the client’s internal best practices. This included the integration of some mechanical parts within the 3D model, which had an impact on the aesthetic aspect of the object.

Working with the 2D sketches provided, Creaform had to generate a complete parametric 3D model of the housing. The model was developed using the core cavity design method of the client. The challenge was to design a robust parametric model, taking into account the high-quality surface expected for aesthetical parts. To accomplish this project, a good knowledge of the CATIA V5 surfacing and parametric tools was required. Creaform delivered the final design of the housing parts, including the overmold and other aesthetic features.

Services provided

  • Industrial design 2D sketches, interpretation and conversion into 3D models
  • Advanced surface modeling
  • Plastic components design, including the validation of draft angles

Tools and Methods Used

Based on the client’s needs, Creaform used the following tools and methods:

  • CATI V5 GSD
  • CATIA V5 Freestyle

When Black & Decker’s industrial design team needs an outside resource to supply high-quality V5 models, we confidently go to Creaform. Creaform works with our internal CATIA V5 best practice standards, completes work on schedule, and makes requested changes quickly. I appreciate the positive attitude of everyone I have worked with at Creaform to get the job done.

– Don Vetter - Lead Project Industrial Designer, Surfacing

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