Laser Design is proud to announce that one of their engineering services customers, Sbyke USA, LLC, has won awards for its outstanding patented rear-steer kick scooter from both Popular Science and Parenting magazines. Receiving top honors in Popular Science’s “Wheel Wars” competition and Parenting’s “Best in Play,” the sbyke® was also an instant hit at the American International Toy Fair in New York, 2011.
Sbyke co-founders Steve and Bart Wilson wanted to use the most advanced technologies to design, test, and build their innovative and fun product. Since it was to be a children’s toy, safety was also a big concern. They first contacted Laser Design Services Corp. to perform high-accuracy 3D laser scanning on the hand-built one-of-a-kind sbyke prototype and create a 3D digital model necessary for further development and manufacture.
The 3D laser system scanned the rudimentary prototype completely and very accurately in less than an hour. Design issues were easily addressed in the CAD solid model Laser Design created from the scan data. Because laser scanning is such an efficient method to obtain accurate 3D data of complex shapes, the whole design and development process took only a couple of months to complete, versus many months with traditional manual measurement methods and 2D design drawings.
We at Laser Design Services Corp. are proud of our contribution to the sbyke’s structural integrity, and are always glad when our customers successfully launch a new product.”
The company was so satisfied with the scanning results that they contracted with Laser Design for a more complex process to further develop the sbyke product and bring it to market: Finite Element Analysis of the metal frame to assure mechanical fidelity and safety of the vehicle. Results of the virtual FEA analyses allowed the company to choose the optimal material to meet the required strength, resilience, and safety standards.
Test riders determined that the sbyke’s competitors were “no match in maneuverability” and that the sbyke was far superior when riders executed five-foot turns. The novel rear-steer™ system in sbyke enables such precision carving maneuvers. Steve Wilson describes the sbyke experience: “Both kids and adults thrive with exercise that challenges their motor skills. The thrill of riding a sbyke is like the unforgettable sensation of skiing down freshly-powdered slopes.”
The full spectrum of Laser Design’s engineering service saved the company time and money in the product development phase and in the manufacturing process. The speed of laser scanning plus the expertise of Laser Design engineers resulted in fast, continuous service from professionals who had a deep multi-layered understanding and experience with the breadth of the entire project. “We at Laser Design Services Corp. are proud of our contribution to the sbyke’s structural integrity, and are always glad when our customers successfully launch a new product,” commented C. Martin Schuster, Laser Design CEO. “The company’s winning the Popular Science and Parenting awards is an added well-deserved honor.”