We surveyed our website audience to find out what they wanted to see in our next generation website. The answer was clear. Formaspace customers asked us to make our website more productive in three ways:
- Give us smart, easy-to-use tools that make the online furniture ordering process simpler and faster.
- Show us the most relevant information first, so we don’t have to sort through hundreds of catalog pages.
- Make it easy to create (and share) photorealistic images of Formaspace products to streamline the decision-making and approval process.
You, our customers have spoken, and we’ve delivered.
Introducing the first edition of our next-generation Formaspace.com website.
In this article, we’ll walk through each of the major changes that we’ve made, including:
- Introducing our new Virtual Workbench Builder, which makes ordering workbench furniture online easier than ever before.
- How the new Formaspace website learns your project preferences in order to make useful recommendations from our projects gallery.
- No more waiting for photorealistic imagery of custom workbench designs — accurate renderings can now be generated directly from the website without having to wait for them to be sent to you.
Simple, Easy-to-Use Furniture Visualization Tools Make Online Ordering a Snap
Ordering workbenches online was not a simple process — until now.
Using Formaspace’s new Virtual Workbench Builder, you can say goodbye to time-consuming requests to the manufacturer asking them to send you detailed drawings and photorealistic renderings of your chosen, customized workbench configurations.
Instead of waiting for someone to respond (which can often take a full business day or more), the new Formaspace.com website allows you to create your own photorealistic 3D renderings on the fly.
Architects and designers, as well as facility managers and business owners, will appreciate the new flexibility that comes from trying out all the possible workbench options online — with instant photorealistic feedback — as you personalize your workbench order.
Using the Virtual Workbench Builder, you can visualize different worksurface materials (including hardwood maple, stainless steel, or durable laminate), evaluate different productivity options (including multiple monitor mounts, storage shelves, cubbies, and drawers), select among various convenience options (including built-in lighting, power and networking connections), and specify your preferred colors and materials finish.
Try it out for yourself. You’ll find the Virtual Workbench Builder front and center on the new Formaspace.com website. Once you have created your ideal workbench, submit your design for a free build quote. We’ll also let you know when you can expect to receive your new furniture, and we’ll provide a link that allows you to return to your custom design at any time.
To learn more about the Virtual Workbench Builder, read our introductory guide.
We also have other ordering options available on the new Formspace.com website.
In a hurry and need quick delivery? Our SmartShip™ workbench program is the right choice for you. We can build 5 standard workbenches (in either Basix™, BenchPlus™, or Benchmarx™ configurations) at our Austin factory headquarters in just 5 days. (We can also build 10 benches for you in just 10 days.) With prices starting as low as $499, SmartShip™ is the quick and economical way to order industrial-strength workbenches.
What if you are looking for modified or fully custom furniture? Don’t worry. We’ve put all the options on the table in our new Quote Generator. This section of the new Formaspace.com website provides step-by-step instructions for how to request a quote for all our different levels of product. For example, let’s say you’d like a quote on a modified Laboratory Workbench, Industrial Workbench, or Computer Workstation. Just click the Modify Standard Workbenches link and follow the instructions. We’ll provide a quote in one business day, including an estimated ship date within the following 3 – 4 weeks.
The same goes for fully custom furniture. Click the link for Request Custom Design and follow the instructions to provide us your detailed configuration request. Depending on the complexity of your order, we’ll be able to respond within 1 to 2 business days with a price quote and ship date estimate (most custom workbench designs are ready for shipment within 4 – 8 weeks).
Looking for Inspiration? You’ve Come to the Right Place!
Turn to the new Formaspace Gallery to find inspiring new furniture ideas for your manufacturing operations, laboratory research facility, warehousing and distribution center, or educational institution.
As you browse through the gallery images, the new Formaspace.com website uses artificial intelligence (.AI) assistance to help you find what you are looking for. According to Mehmet Atesoglu, Formaspace’s Digital Marketing Manager who is leading the new website development effort, “Our goal is for you to be able to find what you are looking for in three clicks or less. That’s a challenge because there are literally thousands of possible product combinations we can show the user. So in response, under the hood, we’re developing a product recommendation engine that uses artificial intelligence to ‘learn’ from our visitor’s viewing activity in order to present the most useful images. The goal is to make the Formaspace website as useful and responsive for our customers as we can. Over time, we’ll be rolling out this smart content feature across our entire website as part of our customization and personalization efforts.”
Want to get started? It’s easy to browse our Gallery for inspiration. Just submit a search term describing what you are looking for. Or you can also answer a few questions to filter your results. For example, you can start by browsing through different Formaspace product categories to find what you are looking for, including:
- Bench Plus™
- Custom Workbenches
- Drafting Tables
We’ve also organized the gallery to make it simple to find project examples that are targeted for these unique industry verticals:
- Govt & Military
If you are looking for industrial furniture solutions for manufacturing and assembly, you can refine your search to locate gallery images related to:
- Heavy Duty
- Material Handling
- Tool Benches
Finally, we have organized the gallery to make it very easy to find both Wet Lab examples (including Casework, Cleanroom, and Sample Processing examples) as well as dry, Tech Lab projects, such as Computer Workstations, ESD Workbenches, LAN Stations, and Monitoring Stations.
Download and Share Gallery Images
Remember, you can download project images to use for planning your next project. Just click on the Download icon, and the Formaspace website will gather the images into a convenient zip file for your personal use.
Get a Free Quote on Projects Displayed in the Gallery
Our customers often use the gallery as a starting point for requesting a quote. See a project that interests you? Click the Get Pricing link to request a quote. Be sure to include any unique project details that you’d like in your quote request. A Formaspace Design Consultant will send you the estimated project pricing and other relevant quote information.
Zero In on Detailed Product Specifications Quickly
Here at our Austin, Texas factory headquarters, we design and manufacture furniture solutions for many of the world’s top companies. In fact, four out of five of our clients are listed on the Fortune 500 – from leading edge laboratory research facilities to aerospace and defense contractors, to automobile manufacturers, to computer assembly facilities, to international distribution centers, and everything in between.
If you are already a Formaspace customer, you know what we mean when we say “if you can imagine it, we can build it.” But for the uninitiated, the breadth of our products lines and capabilities as a custom furniture manufacturer can be a little bit overwhelming.
To make things easier, in conjunction with the launch of our new website, we’re introducing three standard terms to describe our furniture product lines: Standard, Modified, and Custom.
Meet the Formaspace Standard and Modified Products
Our Standard and Modified product offerings are built around our six core furniture products:
- Basix™ is our entry-level, industrial strength workbench that can be used across all industries and applications.
- Bench Plus™ workbenches add an upper, fixed shelf above the work surface, making them ideal for applications ranging from sample processing labs to data entry desks.
- Benchmarx™ is Formaspace’s most popular workbench solution, thanks to its wide range of available accessories, including built-in shelves, storage cabinets, and cubbies. You can even order height-adjustable work surfaces, either powered by internal motors or manual adjustment.
- Triton™ is a unique, integrated services lab solution that features built-in electricity, plumbing, and gas connections, making it an ideal lab bench for bringing services to your lab station.
- FabWall™ is our patented free-standing partition wall system that allows easy configuration of modular workbenches and storage units while keeping all the utility connections neat and tidy.
- Drafting Tables from Formaspace offer unmatched durability and flexibility. Available configurations include split designs that support angled drawing next to a flat surface for computer-based design work. Height-adjustable tables are also available that move the entire work surface up and down as a unit at the touch of a button.
The Formaspace Standard Product line streamlines the ordering process by offering you choices from our most popular configurations for our Basix, Bench Plus, Benchmarx, Triton, FabWall, and Drafting Table products. This allows our manufacturing team to build your product quickly for faster delivery, with lead times in as little as three weeks. Yet, even on our standard product offerings, you can still choose from the many available options, including dimensions, material finishes, worksurface materials, and more.
Visit the SmartShip™ section of our website to receive your Standard Product in under 3 weeks.
As the name implies, our Modified Products offer more options than our Standard product offerings. (In fact, other manufacturers might call this full customization.) For example, you can order ergonomic sit-to-stand features that will allow your employees to change seating positions throughout the day, select from a range of convenient storage options, including shelving, cubbies, and drawers, as well as productivity enhancements, such built-in power connections, lighting, and monitor stands.
The lead time for Modified products is between 3 to 4 weeks.
Use our Virtual Workbench Builder to create your Modified Product.
(If you would like additional customizations, such as a non-standard width or height, use our Custom Quote Generator – or speak with your Formaspace Design Consultant, and we’ll make it happen.)
Formaspace is unique among the major American furniture manufacturers in that we welcome the opportunity to build fully custom, bespoke products for your individual needs — and we have the capacity build your order in large quantities if needed.
So whether you are building a new manufacturing assembly plant, a clean room for a semiconductor fab, a new wet or dry research laboratory, or a new makerspace for an educational institution, you should contact us to speak with one of our expert Formaspace Design Consultants to find out how we can work together to make your project an outstanding success.
We provide quick turnaround times for our custom projects, with lead times generally in the 10 – 12-week range. We can manufacture custom products directly from your detailed drawings, or we can collaborate with you on the project by offering the assistance of our product design experts.
Get the conversation started today by speaking with your Formaspace Design Consultant.
Find Information Tailored to Your Unique Industry Applications
Are you looking for furniture solutions that are specific to your industry?
The new Formaspace website has you covered.
We have created individual entry portals for seven different industry verticals:
Inside, you’ll find relevant information tailored to your needs, including specific furniture applications applicable to your market. Don’t forget that you can also browse the Formaspace Gallery for more industry-specific product examples.
Formaspace also offers you fresh insight into current industry topics, with a searchable library of over 300 industry-related topics, including:
- Wet Lab
- Sample Processing
- Chemical Resistant
- Tech Lab
- IT & Computers
- ESD Environments
- Monitoring Applications
- Industrial Facilities
- Material Handling
- Heavy Duty
- Verticals & Applications
- Government & Military
- Workplace Bulletin
- Formaspace News
- Industry News
Help is Just a Click Away
Don’t forget that we are here to assist you every step of the way.
As you use the website, you’ll find a variety of convenient ways to contact us, such as:
Live Chat: You can chat with one of our Austin, Texas-based Design Support Specialists during business hours (Central time) directly from the website.
Interactive Map: Visit our Contact Us page and choose to Contact Your Consultant to see an interactive map that will help you connect directly with the Formaspace Design Consultant for your region of the country or your specific market application.
Quick Contact Forms: At the bottom of each page, you’ll find a quick contact form. Fill out the requested information, and a Design Consultant will be in touch to answer your request.
Installation Requests: Need assistance with your furniture installation? Our expert installers are ready to assist. We can answer your installation questions, or you can schedule an on-site installation.
Customer Support: If you have questions about your order or questions about doing business with Formaspace, use our Customer Support contact form to connect directly with Formaspace representatives who can answer your questions or resolve your issues.
If You Can Imagine it, We Can Build It
A word from Jeff Turk, President, and CEO of Formaspace:
“I’d like to thank you for visiting us online. The launch of our new Formaspace website marks an important milestone in our mission here at Formaspace, which is to advance the spirit of discovery and creation through the design and manufacture of custom business furniture.
We hope that our new the product Gallery, with its smart content recommendations (powered by artificial intelligence algorithms), will inspire you to build the perfect facility, whether it’s a research laboratory, assembly line, distribution center, or educational facility. And we hope that you’ll agree that our breakthrough, industry-leading Virtual Workbench Builder, with its intuitive, interactive interface, makes the process of ordering Formaspace furniture easier than ever before.
As you may know, 4 out of 5 of Formaspace customers are listed on the Fortune 500, so we have the experience (35 years and counting) of providing innovative solutions for major corporations, but I want you to know, we stand ready to create solutions for smaller businesses, startup companies, and even individuals, that are seeking the highest-quality, industrial-strength furniture available on the market.
I invite you to continue the conversation. Please contact your Formaspace Design Consultant to find out how we can work together to make your next project a major success.”
— Jeff Turk, President and CEO, Formaspace