Published on February 25, 2014
The new way to solve engineering challenges
Konecranes wanted to collect ideas for a chain wear indicator for their chain hoist.
Normally, they would look for ideas within their own engineering team.
Instead, they turned to the over 1 million engineers on GrabCAD.
Here's how GrabCADrs submitted a larger variety and higher quality ideas faster than ever.
The Challenge Design a chain wear detector Make it mechanical Allow for 5 different chain sizes Use a specific chain wear limit Keep production costs low Cash awards of $6,000 USD for best designs
1st place - Antonio Carlos Babler grabcad.com/library/switch-chain-wear-indicator
2nd place - Simonr grabcad.com/library/mechanical-chain-wear-indicator
3rd place - Paul Tripon grabcad.com/library/chain-wear-indicator--4
4th place - Yadwinder Paul Singh grabcad.com/library/chain-elongation-indicator
“The GrabCAD Challenge was a good experience for us to understand the possibilities of crowdsourcing. We did not have our own resources available to focus on this [problem]. After going through GrabCAD… it was easy for us to continue internally with the best ideas. We would estimate that we could do the idea development 50% cheaper this way, compared to doing it on our own.” --Konecranes
Learn more: Chain Wear Indicator Engineering Challenge Results on GrabCAD #crowdsourcing #openengineering #productdesign #industrialdesign #CollaborativeProductDesign #konecranes #grabcad #chainhoist
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