Vault Structures, a world-leading security devices manufacturer saved significant prototyping costs and reduced development time substantially by using SolidWorks Software during the design of an industrial vault door.
In addition to overall security, the two most important considerations in designing the massive vault door was a tight fit and the ability to get out in case of an accidental lock-in.
Vault Structures, Inc. has standardised on SolidWorks 3D CAD and SolidWorks Simulation design validation software to design industrial vaults for some of the world’s most renowned financial institutions.
Vault Structures offers a broad range of security products including safes and safe deposit boxes, custom high security blast panels, UL-certified modular vault panels as well as UL-certified vault doors.
The company recently unveiled its latest product, the VSI 360 vault door, tipping the scales at 9000 pounds and measuring 14 inches thick.
Sara Cheney, design engineer for Vault Structures lists out the design features of the vault door:
- Only 3/16 of an inch gap around its circumference to ensure maximum security
- SolidWorks was used to design a mechanism that enables people to get out of the vault if they accidentally shut themselves inside
- SolidWorks’ sheet metal analysis capabilities allows the designer to assess myriad sizing options to ensure precision before fabrication
- SolidWorks Routing enables engineers to determine exactly where and how to place electrical wiring within the design
- SolidWorks Simulation helped ensure the door would open and close without any interferences
- SolidWorks Workgroup PDM is used to maintain design version control and manage vault designs throughout their entire lifecycles
Cheney says that using SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation software has helped them design and test the door about 70 percent faster while facilitating tremendous savings in reduced prototyping costs.
SolidWorks applications are available from Solidtec Solutions- SolidWorks 3D CAD in Australia.