This high-durability disposable is meant for one-time use for potentially extreme conditions. Since it’s a portable product, weight was a concern. In the article, “Sophisticated Software Is Helping to Reshape Plastic Part Design,” by Geoff Giordano, Clark explains how his team used software to solve for these constraints.
“We wanted to make it tough and durable, and we didn’t want to use any more material than was absolutely necessary,” Clark told Giordano. He and his project team made use of many tools and techniques, including draft analysis and a considerable amount of FEA (finite element analysis), relying heavily on SolidWorks Simulation. Clark goes on to share some shortcuts and other software used by the project team to develop BDAS+.