The site also includes helpful resources to quickly show engineers how to use Vention. Until recently, the site only offered structural assembly parts like beams, turntables, and caster wheels. Now, Vention has added MachineMotion controllers to its offerings that enable 1, 2, and 3 axes of motion in automated machinery. The controller's pair with NEMA 34 stepper motors. These, along with various M8 proximity sensors, are also offered in the site’s parts library and can be shipped with other parts for an assembly. Motion and speed profiles can be programmed using proprietary, open-source apps available on the Vention website.

The MachineBuilder 3D assembly builder is extremely easy to use in comparison to traditional CAD since all the parts in the library are modular and designed to integrate directly with one another. (Watch a demonstration video here.) After a user builds their assembly, the website will automatically calculate any additional fasteners needed for the final assembly, and then provide an estimate for assembly time.

The site also includes a Public Assembly library with equipment like test benches, industrial shelving and carts, and turntables. Some of these are built by Vention, while others have been shared by Vention users in industries like aerospace, automobile assembly and inspection, and research.

“We are excited to enter into our open beta stage so that industrial engineers can experience the convenience of next day delivery for custom assemblies with automated motion capabilities,” says Vention CEO, Etienne Lacroix. “We will transition to our first official release later this year, with even more industrial components and features added to our platform.

The robust structure of assemblies enabled by Vention also plays into the high repeatability of its linear motion components. Recently, a customer built a one-axis motion assembly that would be used to move a scanning camera across blueprints being converted into digital versions. The assembly included a 30-million pixel camera (not provided by Vention) mounted onto an automated piece of equipment. Repeatability was key so that the camera could generate a clear, and accurate rendering of the blueprint.