Scuba fins are not designed for walking, and putting them on before entering the water has traditionally presented a challenge for both novice and experienced divers. Omega's founder, Ronen Moyal, an experienced veteran of the Israeli special forces, recognized the need for a fin that was maneuverable both in and out of the water to eliminate the risk of military divers drifting away as they attempted to put on fins in the water while fully loaded with scuba gear. The Amphibian fin is uniquely designed to be strapped on prior to entering the water and removed after exiting, and allows divers to walk while wearing their scuba fins.
Designcraft uses PTC Pro/ENGINEER as its standard 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software for all product design. Using Pro/ENGINEER, Designcraft developed and prototyped the two-piece fin brought together by a special hinge that allows the webbed blades of the fin to be kept in the up or walking position until swimming in the water. Torsion springs push the soft blade webbing against the shin to allow divers to easily maneuver in and out of the water. The blades are locked into swimming position by a simple kick in the water.
"Omega Aquatics brought us an innovative concept in rough 2D sketches. Pro/ENGINEER allowed us to interpret and develop the idea into a 3D solid model that could easily be modified throughout the iterative design process," said Casey Stahl, lead designer, Designcraft. "Initial design and development was completed in less than six months enabling Omega Aquatics to revolutionize the diving industry with the first dynamic scuba fin. The initial design has evolved since its debut but because everything was designed in Pro/ENGINEER, it's been easy to incorporate modifications without impacting production."
"Leading companies around the globe leverage the powerful capabilities of PTC solutions to help drive innovation, improve product development processes and shorten time to market," said Michael Campbell, vice president, product management, PTC. "The successful collaboration between Omega Aquatics and Designcraft demonstrates the value that Pro/ENGINEER provides to companies of all sizes."
Founded in 1980, Designcraft is the midwest's premier Rapid Prototyping and product development facility. The company specializes in high quality industrial design models, engineering prototypes, high speed CNC Machining, 3D visual models and product development. For more information please visit www.designcraft.com.
About Omega Aquatics
Omega Aquatics is the producer of the world's first Dynamic Scuba Fin providing totally mobility in and out of the water. Omega products, which also include buoyancy compensator devices (BCDs) and other dive innovations, are sold to the worldwide recreational and public safety dive communities. For more information, please visit www.omegaaquatics.com.
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