Vention’s platform is designed for professional and non-professional CAD users. On the one hand, we empower professional engineers and designers alike to create equipment and prototypes at a much faster pace that is currently possible today. On the other hand, we provide a simple, intuitive environment that lets non-CAD users to easily create their first fully-functioning design. Vention achieves those two goals by integrating our proprietary software with a hardware platform that has been optimized for ease of use. For example, Vention’s cloud-based CAD facilitates the “automatic mating” of components in a way that mimics the physical world. Similarly, Vention’s hardware platform removes the need to consider interface compatibility constraints during the design process, so you no longer have to waste time thinking about electrical, mechanical, or fastener compatibility issues.
Vention’s modular hardware library includes four categories of components: structural, motion, controls, and hardware. Structural components include a variety of aluminum extrusions, assembly plates, and mounting blocks, enabling the design of motionless structural machines. Motion components include servo-motors, servo-actuators, wheels, pulleys, etc. Those components enable an array of rotating and linear movements. Lastly, control components include controllers, sensors, and switches, enabling the design of fully-automated equipment and prototypes.
If you publicly share your designs through the Vention platform, you will be able to receive peer feedback from others, accelerating your own design cycle. You can filter through user comments based on user background and industry experience with the intended application of your design. Sharing your design on Vention’s platform also allows other users to create alternative designs by modifying and improving on their initial concepts (iteration). Over time, Vention’s user-generated design library will contain an extremely wide variety of mechanical assemblies, ranging from small machinery to electrical car prototypes, all of which will be one click away from being able to be ordered.
No. Vention’s platform allows users to choose if they want their designs to be private or public. Moreover, Vention offers a “private marketplace” feature, where they can collaborate and share their design within a closed group.
No, you are not required to use Vention’s cloud-based assembler, but we do highly recommend it. Vention’s web-based assembler is optimized for speed and ease of use during the design process. Vention’s assembler also integrates Vention’s library of modular components, enabling direct "drag and drop" of components into your CAD assembly as well as the "automatic mating" of components to one another. Those two features alone will significantly speed up your design cycle compared to what is feasible in other traditional CAD software. As you design your product using Vention’s assembler software, you can choose to import native CAD files directly into the Vention environment as well as export your entire Vention design to your local CAD software.
Yes. Vention’s cloud-based CAD-like assembler allows you to export your fully-assembled design to your local software. You can also choose to import native CAD files directly into the Vention environment, as our platform supports 22 different CAD file formats.
After you order your design, Vention’s logistics team will start preparing your personalized shipment that includes all the parts of your design. You will then receive one or several flat-pack boxes that contain the parts of your design in addition to a bill of material for your shipment. Lastly, you will need to assemble your design as you would do with a piece of IKEA™ furniture. An M8 Allen key is the only tool you will need to fully assemble your design.
Access to Vention web-based CAD-like assembler is free. You can create as many privately accessible or publicly available designs as you would like without spending a penny on software licenses. You only pay for the parts included in the design that you decide to order. The pricing of your design is provided to you in real-time directly within Vention’s cloud-based assembler.
Vention will be significantly less expensive than traditional mechanical designs. Unlike typical mechanical designs that often require custom-made parts and expensive software licenses, Vention will rely on off-the- shelf modular components and a free cloud-based CAD-like assembler. Modular components are mass-produced by a global network of suppliers, leading to a low-cost solution that is far more cost-effective than traditional mechanical designs. Our projections show that you will be able to save up to 60% on total design costs, due to our much shorter design and assembly cycle that uses the Vention software and hardware integration.
No. Vention’s designs are delivered to you ready for assembly. Because Vention tightly controls the components available with its hardware platform, we guarantee interface compatibility and a smooth assembly process for our customers. The only tool required to assemble the parts of your design is an M8 Allen key.
Vention’s integrated hardware and software platforms manage all fasteners for you, so that you do not have to add fasteners to your 3D assemblies or manually edit your bill of material to account for fasteners. Based on the parts you have selected in your design, Vention’s platform automatically calculates the fasteners you will need and adds them to your order. Fastener prices are already accounted for in the various part prices, so you don’t need to worry about hidden costs or fees.