Recycled chair depends on software

Made from recycled plastic from Sony PlayStation 2 games console casings, the seat and back of the Reee chair were designed with the help of advanced software to enable it to achieve required performance without over-use of material.

“The final design is quite complex, though each component by itself is fairly simple,” said Guy Robinson, engineer with London based Sprout Design, which designed the chair for Pli Design, also London based. “There were a lot of details to get the geometry and ergonomics right, such as how the stiffness and flex of the ribs responded to the body, and how to make the clips tamperproof yet easy to disassemble etc. SolidWorks allowed us to tweak the design of the individual components while showing how this affected the whole product to get it right. We would have abandoned this concept early on if we didn’t have that flexibility.”

Sprout also used SolidWorks SimulationXpress to ensure the chair would be strong enough to support sitters without over-engineering the amount of plastic in the seat’s ribs, reinforcing the sustainable design theme.

The idea was the brainchild of Christopher Pett, founder of Pli Design. Each chair recycles 2.4kg of plastic, Both Pett and Robinson hope that the Reee Chair will set a precedent for electronics manufacturers around the world.

Sprout Design and Pli rely on authorized SolidWorks reseller NT CADCAM for ongoing software training, implementation, and support

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Tom Shelley

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