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Machine of the month: Think Sensor Research’s autonomous surface vessel

Michael Di Staulo Content Marketing Manager / Sep 4th, 2019

For August’s Machine of the Month feature, we spoke with Mr. Pavel Haintz, CEO of Think Sensor Research(TSR), a Canadian SME based in Burnaby, BC that designs sensor system solutions for the marine industry. We wanted to learn more about the autonomous surface vessel that this innovative company has designed and built for the maritime security system sensor platform, which is part of the Canadian government’s IDEaS program.

TSR specializes in marine navigation sensors, underwater sonar imaging, and unmanned vehicles. Pavel and his team were looking to create a versatile structure to test different sensors and mounting options on a floating vessel.

With a concept in mind and tight deadline at hand, TSR’s structural prototype quickly became a reality thanks to Vention. Working directly on MachineBuilder with the support of a Vention application engineer, TSR’s development team was able to create its prototype in the 3D CAD environment, address structural specifications, and validate components in real-time.

The final prototype was mainly composed of our standard 45-mm T-slot extrusions, with the entire process from design idea to operational prototype taking a total of three weeks to complete.

See the result - which will always be known to us as the first Vention vessel - for yourself below!

Vention MachineBuilder Think Sensor Research’s autonomous surface vessel Vention Think Sensor Research’s autonomous surface vessel

We held a quick Q&A session with Pavel to learn more about his experience:

1) How did you discover Vention?
We discovered Vention through a simple web search.

2) What was your MachineBuilder design experience like?
MachineBuilder is an excellent prototyping tool. 3D design usually has a steep learning curve, but MachineBuilder is relatively straightforward to use. We found the collaboration feature especially useful, because it meant the Vention application engineering team could check our design and help us with it.

3) Time-wise, were you relaxed or in a rush to get this project done?
Since we had a really tight deadline, just a couple of weeks, in order to get the initial version integrated with our sensors. Fortunately, we got it all done!

4) How would you describe Vention in three words?
Quick, effective, versatile.

5) What aspect of Vention process stood out most to you and your team?
What stood out the most was the help we received in getting our structure from concept to reality so quickly. The mechanical design assistance was critical in making sure we had a practical structure and that we were using the right components to connect it all together

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