• VIDEO: Episode 6: Customer Clinic DocumentaryContractors from around the country come to a customer clinic in Arizona to be the very first to operate Project Minotaur.
  • VIDEO: Episode 5: Lift the CurtainProject Minotaur team members discuss the work and planning that goes into developing a customer clinic for a new piece of construction equipment, and what they have in store for the first wave of contractors to operate the machine. 642
  • VIDEO: Episode 4: Break ThingsDan Seacat discusses the hours of testing put on equipment at the Wichita proving grounds, and what operators and testers are looking for as Project Minotaur comes closer to reality. 615
  • VIDEO: Episode 3: Heat, Data, Dozers, LoadersAir-to-boil testing puts equipment through extreme environmental and workload conditions before a new machine is ever seen by contractors.592
  • VIDEO: Episode 2: ConnectionsEngineers at the CASE manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas, discuss the first seeds of the idea that grew into Minotaur, and the core principle behind the frame design and blade/attachment interface. 568
  • VIDEO: Episode 1: Spare PartsCASE unveiled Project Minotaur at CONEXPO 2017 — a new machine category that brought together the performance attributes of a compact track loader and a dozer to create the industry's first ever Compact Dozer Loader, the DL450. CASE has since evolved the concept and is taking it into the next stages of development. This series will follow along the development process — Episode One details the steps taken since initial tests and focus groups after CONEXPO, the pieces of the original design left behind, and hints at the directions it is taking moving forward.511

The Origin Story

Making the Monster

In the Dirt

Dec 19, 2018

Making Something New Seem Familiar

The design process started with a small design team sitting in a conference room in Wichita in early 2016, sketching ideas on paper of what Minotaur would look like, informed with deep market research and company expertise.

Familiar Jacob

The process quickly migrated to computers, where design specs could be moved around to meet performance requirements. For instance, adjusting the linkage points (which define the path the arm would move) to stay within hydraulic cycle times and still meet lift performance requirements meant taking into account the location of the battery, tanks, and other components of a highly compact system. Past real-world testing and field experience informed all such decisions.

The real world testing only added to CASE’s confidence in the design, and engagement with customers will add to it.

“You can model how things are supposed to fit together, but you won’t know how it truly works and feels until you have an operator behind the controls,” said Jacob Benteman, Design Engineer.