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How to assemble an Ikea Norden table?

Are you struggling to assemble your Ikea Norden table? Are the different components confusing and the never-ending batches of different yet similar screws driving you crazy? Is the manual overwhelming you more than helping? Well, that’s expected. We don’t experience our life through 2D illustrations. How come we have to use a paper manual when the product itself is not two-dimensional. Thus, we will onboard you and assist you with assembling this piece of furniture step by step using a 3D interactive manual.

You can access the 3D manual of this piece of furniture directly using this link.

If you are struggling to assemble an Ektorp sofa, make sure to check out our article “How to assemble an Ikea Ektorp sofa?

Tools and Precautions:

To assemble this piece of furniture you will be needing a screwdriver, a hammer, and a hex key that was delivered to you in the box.

Above all, precaution and organization are key when assembling a flat-packed product. Thus, make sure to have a carpet underneath you before emptying the box. Screw each piece tightly and when in doubt contact us.

You will receive multiple fixation tools in different batches. Thus, make sure to organize them according to the following categories. This step will help immensely when it comes to identifying the needed piece later on.

You’ll find a set of four Ikea floor slide protectors, a set of four hinges, and four tarva metric screws. You will also get a set of forty-eight medium screwseight wood dowels, a set of four tlx flat screws, a set of forty-two euro screws, four nut sleeves, tow plugs, and two metal holders.

Step by Step to assemble the Ikea Norden table :

Assemble structure of Norden table:

First, align the two legs that they are facing each other, insert two wood dowels on each side of the smallholders. Secure the two holders on each side of the legs while making sure that the two holes in them are facing downwards. 

Insert the two metal holders on top of the legs and secure them using 4 screws from the set of 42 and a screwdriver.

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Now we focus on the top of the table.  Insert the two small wood pieces on each side with the two screws from the set of four. Tighten them using a screwdriver. 

Importantly, insert the four hinges with 32 screws from the set of 42 and secure them.

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When the top is ready, turn the legs upside down. Insert the four long screws on each side of both legs and secure them using the hex key. Add the four net sleeves in the four different slots of the wood holders and tighten them.

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Add the legs to the top of the table using the remaining 6 screws from the set of 42 and secure them tightly. Insert four slide protectors in the leg and hammer them in. Add the two plugs in the moving part of the legs and secure them using the hammer as well.

Assemble the drawers of the Norden table:

Now the structure of the table is ready we will move on to the drawers. First, Insert two side walls to the back, add four screws from the set of 48. Secure them using the hammer.

Then, slide in the bottom part, add the front wall. Using a hammer and 4 screws from the same set, secure the wall tightly.

Repeat the same process to the other Five drawers.

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Finally, add your finished drawers to the table and voila your Norden is ready for you to enjoy.

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That’s it your Ikea Ektorp Sofa is ready without the burden and overwhelming feelings of assembling flat-packed furniture. If you want to find other 3D manuals for other furniture make sure to check our platform.

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How to assemble an Ikea EKTORP Sofa?

We all agree that assembling flat-packed furniture from Ikea can be not only a difficult task but also extremely annoying. Indeed the Ektorp sofa, for example, will appear as an easy object to assemble but dealing with such a heavy product with very little to none clear instructions from a paper manual can be a burden. That’s why we will assist you with assembling it using a 3D interactive manual. You will also find a detailed step by step video that will transform the experience of putting together the sofa from overwhelming to enjoyable.

If you are struggling to assemble a Poäng chair as well then make sure to check out our article “How to assemble an Ikea POÄNG Chair?

Tools and Precautions:

You won’t need any tools to assemble the EKTORP Sofa. Every fixation tool will be inserted and secured using your hands.

Precaution and organization are key when assembling a flat-packed product. Thus make sure to have a carpet underneath you before emptying the box. Screw each piece tightly and when in doubt contact us.

Step by Step assembly of Ikea Ektorp sofa :

After making sure we have all the needed items we will start assembling. First, Locate the designated wholes in each of the bottom parts of the arm. Hand-screw the threaded pins in their designated wholes and on the corresponding side of the arm until they’re firmly secure.

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The second step would be assembling the arm and the base. Secure the arm in the base core of the sofa. Make sure both lower pins and the side pin go into their designated spots. Secure the pins with washers and nuts from the other side while making sure that both ways are screwed all the way in, as highlighted in the 3D design. Now you just have to repeat the same process with the other arm.

Finally, all you need to do is to hand screw the supports into their designated place in the corners of the base and place the cushions on top.

That’s it your Ikea Ektorp Sofa is ready for you to enjoy while lounging around and watching your favorite TV show. It was easy, wasn’t it? If you want to find other 3D manuals for other furniture make sure to check our platform.

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How to assemble an Ikea POÄNG Chair?

Have You bought an Ikea POÄNG chair and can’t seem to know how to assemble it? Are there different parts that are hard to distinguish between one another? Is the instruction manual confusing you more than helping? Don’t you worry, you came to the right place. We will onboard you and assist you with assembling this piece of furniture step by step using a 3D interactive manual.

You can access the 3D manual of this piece of furniture directly using this link.

If you want to know the added value of 3D manuals make sure to check our article “Why is 3D the future of product manuals?”

Tools and Precautions:

To assemble the POANG Chair you will only need a hexagon key. If you don’t own one you can buy it using this link.

Precaution and organization are key when assembling a flat-packed product. Thus make sure to have a carpet underneath you before emptying the box. Screw each piece tightly and when in doubt contact us.

After laying down a carpet, open the box to check what’s inside. You will find multiple parts ana batches of screws. We will help you identify each piece.

You will also find a paper manual just make sure to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.

Here is what you will find inside of the delivered box:

Step by Step assembling of Ikea POÄNG chair :

After making sure we have all the needed items we will start assembling. First, insert the 4 back pieces to one of the holders and make sure that the side with the velcro is facing the front. Add the second holder and insert the set of 8 screws on each side of the back and tighten them using the hexagon key 

The second step would be assembling the back and the seat using two screws from the set of six. Insert the two parts of the seat in the cloth and then insert them using the four remaining screws from the same set.  

Now we take the chair arms and insert them to one of the sides using a washer and your set of two screws. We then add the front and back holder and insert them using a nut sleeve and one of the screws from the set of four. Repeat the same process on the other side.  

Finally, add the cushion and the chair base while making sure to align it with the velcro on the back.

That’s it your Ikea POÄNG Chair is ready for you to enjoy while sipping on coffee and reading your favorite book. It was easy, wasn’t it? If you want to find other 3D manuals for other furniture make sure to check our platform.

Why is 3D the future of product manuals?

No one can deny the excitement we all feel when we receive at our doorsteps a box containing the product that we bought and we are eagerly waiting for.  We take the box, rush inside, open it, and here comes the disappointment. Parts scattered everywhere like the pieces of a puzzle and a sad-looking paper the so-called “Instruction manuals”.  

We start to assemble but fail miserably. We are stuck with the dilemma of wanting to test the product as soon as possible and the fear of committing errors and ruining it. Now hours have passed, and you are still trying to decipher a piece of paper that has illustrations of parts you can’t even distinguish between one another.  

And here comes your savior, a knight in shining armor, a 3D manual. Your product is in front of you looking as close to its real form as possible with a step-by-step demonstration of how to build it.   

Educating your customers on how to assemble, use, maintain, and repair your product is crucial. However, the traditional way of providing this support is obsolete.  

Everything wrong with instruction manuals:  

The first apparent problem with paper manuals is in its expression “PAPER”. The environment is already suffering from enough problems to burden it with manuals that no one reads or cares about anymore. We all toss them somewhere and start assembling while hoping for the best. It is very boring and noneducative that the intended solution has turned into a problem. 

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In a business context, this mean of communication is not profit friendly. From printing hundreds of thousands of documents in multiple languages to hiring someone to answer the never-ending support calls and someone else to train and teach operators on how to get accustomed to a machine, the whole process is overwhelmingly costly and time-consuming.  

Added to that manuals are OLD. How come every step of creating a product has been innovated and technology has been implemented in it but not with customer support? Why do we still need to use an outdated method? Simply the equation of what sellers are offering and the user guide don’t hold anymore. They are not in the same league. It is like selling someone a smartphone and then asking him/her to plug it to a network cable. What is the point?  

All these flaws and more are exactly what 3D solves.  

The added value of 3D manuals:  

Added value for users:

3D is immersive, interactive, and intelligent. It helps you visualize the product, understand, and distinguish each part. It guides you on how to build the device all while saving the planet. The instructions are clear and free of confusion. 

With this technology, you can rotate your object, and zoom in on every detail. Expand the view and get a clear idea of what to use and where to use exactly. Few minutes and voila your product is assembled and ready for you to enjoy it. 

Added values for inventors

Businesses will create 3D manuals that even the marketing team can benefit from them. They can market their product in the most efficient and close to reality way possible. Inventors can communicate their ideas to the users, the operators, and the customers, or any consumer without ambiguity. 

Companies won’t need to answer tedious calls and train employees while assuring that no customers are lost and no machine operators are suffering from fatal injuries. They will gain insights from the data they accumulate about what is a source of confusion for the customers. Thus, they will improve the quality of their products by knowing what to get rid of and what to keep.  

This will save precious time while generating profit since as known-time is money- and companies will be cutting the unnecessary costs generated by creating paper guides. 

We at onboard have created a platform in which companies can create manuals for their customers in a safe way while gaining important information. As a consumer, you use it by searching for what product you are trying to build. After that, we guide you with very engaging step-by-step tutorials to build it.  

In conclusion, a user manual is from the past and has long lost its value.  It is important to acknowledge that interactive 3D manuals are the future of this form of communication since they are efficient, engaging, and cost-effective. Thus, let’s get you Onboard, and let’s make receiving a new product great again.

No, real-time 3D is not a video. They are very different

We all stumbled upon that animated 3D model on a website and though well that is some interesting video. However, the truth is far from that. Real-time 3D is not a video. These models are what we call real-time 3D, an example of what a digital transformation represents which is strikingly different from the digitization of reality through text, images, and even videos. (check out our article “An image on a tablet is not Digital Transformation, nor innovation.” to know more about this subject)  

Have you ever tried to decipher a 2D illustration of a 3D product and failed miserably at it? That’s understandable since it is challenging to try and understand representations of what reality is in a two-dimensional format that strips the product from the details that matter.  

Real-time 3D solves that problem. It allows the viewer not only to visualize but to also interact with the product that is moving in real-time. 

What is real-time 3D? And How does it work? 

3D is captured and reconstructed from the real world in real-time by a process in which animations and images are rendered as quickly as possible that they appear in the exact time you are interacting with them. 

If you are used to playing or watching video games then you have experienced real-time rendering before. According to Unity, 3D images are calculated at a very high speed which is usually 24 frames/sec which is the minimum to trick the human eye and create the illusion of movement appearing as close to reality as possible 

Real-time 3D is dynamically updated in every frame which finishes processing before the next frame arrives and then expires. 

How is it different from normal videos?  

Real-time rendering and videos can be similar since they both use light to create images. However, when it comes to how they are created and the experience they offer, they are widely different. That is real-time 3D is not a video

Videos are an example of digitization which is the process of converting information from a physical format to a digital one. Videos are obtained by converting reality into a digital representation to be used by computer systems.  

They are created using compression technologies. From converting images into digital data and compressing it to its smallest file size to then decompressing it to get a presentation of that data in the form of a video. 

What is the value-added of Real-time 3D? 

Real-time 3D is very interactive and immersive. It embodies the human communication that we at Onboard aim to empower. Aside from viewing the scene in every angle possible it also allows you to dive deeper into it by zooming in on every detail.  

As a matter of fact, if you are an investor or a designer this allows you to know whether you’ve made a mistake in your design or not, what is needed to fix it, and where exactly. It facilitates the decision of a consumer to buy a product or not since you can view it from multiple angles which helps discover and understand if it is the right choice for you. 

Here an example of a real-time 3D. You can go ahead and discover it. 

Videos on the other hand offer a limited experience.  The only use you have of a video is to watch it at the static angle that the person recording chose and the best you can do to interact with it is press the play button 

Here is a short video of the same example shown above  

As you can remark with this format you cannot change the view either zoom in or out. You are able to only experience what the person who created the video wanted you to see

What industries can benefit from it? 

Aside from the video gaming industry that heavily uses real-time 3D, this technique is gaining popularity and is being implemented in other areas.  

Interactive 3D is a form of digital transformation that can revolutionize businesses on an immense scale.  

We at onboard for example are utilizing it to create intelligent 3D manuals. Our goal is to ensure that the inventors of a product are able to communicate their ideas to their users in the most humane way possible. 

The automotive industry can gain a lot using real-time 3D. Who wouldn’t want to peek inside their dream car and observe how they can handle it? 

This technique can make buying a new car at a next-level experience. Not just car purchasing, a house can also be immersive and as human as possible. Thus, the real estate industry is an ultimate beneficiary as well.  

Interior design and design, in general, will also be transformed using real-time 3D. The designer can view his work, move furniture around, and anticipate how the room will look like without the burden of lifting heavy products. 

To sum up, real-time 3D and videos cannot be put under the same umbrella. One is a digital transformation and the other is a form of digitization. Real-time 3D provides an exciting user experience. It is immersive, interactive, intelligent, and most importantly humanly   

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An image on a tablet isn’t Digital Transformation, nor innovation.

Creating a connected industry is the main promise of the fourth industrial revolution. Its goal is to apply digital transformation to the entire industry supply chain. However, applying this will push the manufacturers to get out of their comfort zones of predefined “successful” processes to be able to adapt to the market since these processes are becoming more and more complex for their frontline workers, who are still unfamiliar with these new technologies, and thus afraid of it.
Lots of concerns are rising with this sped up change, so the question becomes:

how do we innovate and leave humans at the center?


Humans are visual learners by nature, our first experience and discovery of our surroundings are through 3D (physical hand interactions). Images and text are only means of communication humans use to interact with each other. They abstract the true nature of things and sometimes even distort it. For example, manuals who are aimed to help end up confusing even more and lead to a 70% churn rate. They even tend to cause serious injuries especially when a user is using the product for the first time.

At Onboard, we aim to empower inventors and users to communicate humanly. Inventors who are engineers or product designers should be able to communicate their ideas. These ideas are to be understood by the users, the operators, and the customers in the most humane way possible, 3D.

How this digital transformation can benefit the industry?

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3D brings the flat ideas of 2D to life which automatically improves the overall performance of the industry. According to The Global Digital Transformation Survey Report 2020, 75% of the responders thought that digital transformation has a positive outcome on their business. 3D manuals help identify problems earlier and pinpoint what exactly customers are struggling to understand. This saves the company millions of dollars by fixing what is confusing to customers as soon as possible. Thus, no money nor time is lost on long exhausting training sessions since the manuals are already interactive and immersive enough.

What is the added value of “truly” digitizing manuals and documents for consumers

Making a 3D manual for each product or process will help greatly the person executing. Indeed, it is easier to see the different parts, to know how to use it, and what to do exactly. It saves valuable hours by reducing the time spent trying to decipher the so-called digitally transformed 2D image displayed on a tablet. More engagement and better user experience are guaranteed since 3D helps match the reality of the consumer.

These manuals and documents are also accessible via an application or a web platform. This enables users to see the different components and follow the instructions allowing them to carry out their work efficiently. They can even streamline exchanges in real-time via augmented reality.

In conclusion, capturing reality on an image or a video is not a digital transformation that is merely creating a digital representation fixed in time. However, using 3D as visual communication is, when coupled with the power of the cloud. Having you onboard with us ensures that you will digitize your user manuals the right way. Most importantly, you’ll provide your customers with the best user experience, all whilst learning from them.

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