New York-based EnergyHub has designed an innovative home energy dashboard in SolidWorks CAD software that can help homeowners lower their energy bills.
SolidWorks 3D software is available in Australia and New Zealand from Solidtec Solutions . Solidtec also offers SolidWorks training and technical support.
The EnergyHub Dashboard, one of TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2009 combines the functionality of a home energy display and programmable thermostat.
Designed as the consumer face of the smart grid, the dashboard helps homeowners control their energy usage from the furnace to the last cell phone charger in a user-friendly way.
The smart grid is an evolving worldwide power generation and metering system designed to flatten and reduce energy demand.
EnergyHub used SolidWorks 3D design software to design the touch screen device, incorporate off-the-shelf parts, integrate electronic circuitry and communicate with partners.
Stephan von Muehlen, design director and co-founder of EnergyHub says that the design challenge was to make the dashboard elegant, user-friendly and simple so that consumers could reap all the efficiencies that technology could offer.
EnergyHub quickly and intuitively executed all the industrial design, mechanical design and electronic integration with SolidWorks.
Outside design partners were roped in for some parts of the execution. Since SolidWorks is an industry standard, it was easy to exchange files, whether in STEP, IGES or native SolidWorks form.
Von Muehlen used SustainabilityXpress included in SolidWorks 2010 to help ensure that parts and materials made the lowest possible environmental footprint while still satisfying business objectives.
“SolidWorks very much complements our ease-of-use commitment. And though I’ve used a lot of different computer aided design products in my career, I prefer SolidWorks by a long shot,” said von Muehlen.
EnergyHub relies on authorised SolidWorks reseller Cimquest Inc. for ongoing software training, implementation and support.