macintype_dev • 10 December 2015
SOLIDWORKS® the right step for Rex Bionics
SOLIDWORKS® helps Rex Bionics develop the world’s first hands-free, self-supporting, independently controlled robotic walking device
Rex Bionics: the global leader in robotic walking devices, providing independent mobility to wheelchair users and other mobility impaired persons
Auckland, New Zealand
“Twelve years ago my best friend was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and both mine and (co-founder) Robert Irving’s mothers were in wheelchairs,” says Richard Little, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Rex Bionics.
“We knew already of the attitudinal and access barriers for people who are forced to live in wheelchairs, so we designed a few sketches on the back of a coaster.”
Getting the concept off the back of the coaster was the first challenge the fledgling company faced, but one made easier with the use of SOLIDWORKS Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software.
The company began working with SOLIDWORKS specialist, Intercad part of Central Innovation, a little over 12 months ago, due in large part to the company’s customer service reputation and training capabilities. Richard says working with Intercad brought immediate benefits to the company.
“We started working with Intercad because they understand the ins and outs of the software, and how to use it in the most effective and most efficient way … and its training is first class.”
Using SOLIDWORKS to bring the concept to life has enabled the company to launch exoskeleton robotics into the mainstream relatively quickly.
“Prototypes take months to manufacture, so if we can reduce the number of months we need it can significantly reduce time-to-market,” Richard says.