Ergonomics, often called Human Factors, looks at how humans interact with physical systems and strives to optimize the performance of both.
It’s common sense for manufacturers to test their products with a representative sampling of potential users. Or it should be. Otherwise a customer discovers she can’t reach her car radio easily, and the technician concludes that he would need to be double-jointed to carry out a recommended service procedure. If you wait until the physical prototyping stage, design errors such as these are more expensive to fix and harder to find, putting both profitability and your brand at risk.
You need ‘people’. With PTC Creo Parametric, you can insert a manikin (representative model of a human being) into your 3D product model and get an early start on preventing ergonomic mismatches and reducing prototyping costs.
When you require additional capabilities, PTC Creo Parametric has them. Customize your manikins using PTC Creo Manikin Extension, and ‘see’ what would be inside each manikin’s field of reach or vision. PTC Creo Manikin Analysis Extension, an add-on to PTC Creo Manikin Extension, allows you to evaluate users’ comfort while carrying out the repetitive motions of lifting, lowering, pushing or pulling.
Together, these applications make it easier, faster, and cheaper to integrate economic considerations into your design process.