When the Olympic Delivery Authority for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games could not find a pool lift that satisfied their exacting requirements for functionality and accessibility, they launched an international competition to find the right design.Poolpod Products LTD, a creative industrial design company based in Glasgow UK, took up the challenge and submitted their designs for Poolpod, a unique submersible platform lift. Designed around the needs of less ambulant people, families with small children, wheelchair users as well as for rehabilitation and aqua-therapy purposes Poolpod now forms a part of the legacy of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company’s innovative solution to the brief, adaptable industrial design skills, and progressive user-focused design philosophy ensured that the ODA selected them to develop their ideas.
Poolpod Products Ltd selected SolidWorks Premium software because of its ease of use, compatibility with other 3D technologies, manufacturing flexibility, and sheet-metal and tubing design capabilities. By deploying SolidWorks CAD software, the company accelerated time-to-market on its exclusive PoolPod product. SolidWorks dramatically improved their handling of complex and intricate assemblies, reduced the time required to take digital 3D and 2D models and transfer them into physical prototypes whilst also enhancing its design visualisation and communication capabilities.
"Poolpod was a challenging development with some complex geometries and large bill of material, we required powerful design software with features that allowed us to test and refine our designs quickly using both prototyping, and simulation. We chose the Solidworks Environment as it offered the best value, feature rich and accessible CAD system for our needs" Josh Reid, MD PoolPod Product Ltd