A SolidWorks rendering of one of Redneck Engineering’s latest concepts. See how SolidWorks Premium helped them streamline another project on page 5.
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Cut new c oncept modeling t ime by 75%
solidworks PREMIUM is the ultimate tool you need to design, manage, test and communicate all of your models Built around our 3D CAD program, SolidWorks® Premium provides a complete suite of built-in simulation, routing, and presentation tools. You’ll also have our highest level of support anytime you need it. With SolidWorks Premium, you’ll maximize your individual design talents and improve collboration across your entire department. The program’s key features include: All the capabilities of SolidWorks Standard – the design tool of choice by 3D professionals Fast, secure access to design data for partners across your organization Streamline your design with piping and electrical routing capabilities Simulation and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools to reduce the number of prototypes Presentation tools to create model animations and photo-realistic renderings
Simulation ca pabilities eliminated ne ed for multiple pro totypes
This is the story of what SolidWorks Premium can do for you, as told through the eyes of three SolidWorks customers
solidworks PREMIUM GIVES YOU easy, secure access to up-to-date design data
Offshore wind technologies
The Ramboll Group is a global engineering consultancy that creates offshore wind turbine towers for sustainable energy. These incredibly complex structures must be built to withstand tides, waves, currents and forces 30 meters below the seabed that anchors them. For function, safety and efficiency, every one of their 8,000 employees and 200 offices has to work in unison. That’s why when the company decided to upgrade to 3D CAD, they knew an integrated PDM system would be vital. This led them to decide on SolidWorks Premium. “We instantly gained tighter revision control and traceability throughout the design process,” Structural Engineer Filipe Angelo says.
The company can now also ensure every one of their designers, partners and manufacturers is using the most up-to-date design data. SolidWorks Premium helps them prevent errors and eliminate accidental file overwriting so they can “produce more precise preliminary designs faster than our competitors.” Operating more efficiently is also making them a more innovative company. “Innovation has helped us gain a commanding share of the offshore wind turbine market,” Angelo says, “and SolidWorks is one of the tools that helps us innovate freely.”
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Increased design accuracy by 20% Secured 60% of offshore wind power market Improved design data management Fostered greater innovation through collaboration
Data management ensures that every member of your team works with the right files SolidWorks Premium enables you to give managed data access to any one of your designers, partners and suppliers – anywhere in the world. The program’s revision control automatically prevents costly errors like the accidental over-writing of files by ensuring that the most current designs are always being used. For maximum flexibility, data can also be securely accessed through your network or the internet. And with 2
advanced search tools, designers can save huge amounts of time by quickly finding and accessing any CAD file they need. 2
REDNECK ENGINEERING Specialty motorcycle development
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Solidworks PREMIUM lets you fully test designs before ever building a physical prototype Redneck Engineering was founded as a custom motorcycle company. But as demand for their choppers and bikes quickly grew, they began offering a standard manufactured line. As the emphasis on standard models increased, so did the company’s need to accelerate conceptual modeling, reduce development costs and streamline production. That meant making the switch to 3D CAD and finding a way to reduce physical prototypes.
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“We wanted to streamline the whole process,” explains Owner Vince Doll. With SolidWorks Premium, Redneck can now create complex models involving sheet metal and surfacing – and then optimize them using built-in analysis tools. “We’ve been able to cut down materials and make our bikes lightweight by simulating stress points and evaluating bending deformation.”
These new rapid virtual prototyping capabilities have reduced Redneck’s development costs by 50%, minimized the need for design rework, and shortened their time to market. These new efficiencies have also allowed for additional innovation time and resulted in an even more expansive product line. “For many years, we built only rigidmounted motorcycles with no rear suspension. After we implemented SolidWorks Premium, we released five new soft tail models.” Cut development costs by 50% Reduced concept modeling time by 75% Improved design visualization Streamlined development and expanded product line
Simulate a wide range of real physical conditions – and optimize designs accordingly SolidWorks Premium enables you to run an assortment of simulations and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). From integrated tolerance stackup analysis, to “what-if” structural tests, you’ll know how your design is going to perform long before ever building a physical prototype. You’ll also be able to assess how the parts will oscillate or move during operation – and even what the environmental impact of a design 4
will be over the course of its life cycle. With this real time data and analysis, you’ll be able to optimize your models as you create them.
NBU EH RA EV RC TOLD CORPORATION
Solidworks PREMIUM lets you dynamically present design concepts to any audience
Operatingfuel room equipment development Hydrogen cell technology and development
BERCHTOLD Corporation had long been the top manufacturer of medical operating equipment in North America. When the company decided to expand into global markets, they knew success would require finding new efficiencies in all areas of their business. They chose SolidWorks Premium to help them do that in design, sales and marketing. In addition to their new design capabilities inherent in SolidWorks, the BERCHTOLD team was quickly able to streamline and integrate their entire customer sales process. With SolidWorks Premium’s assembly configuration capabilities and open application programming interface (API), Designer Ted Atchley was able to create his own automated quoting application.
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The application allows sales representatives to use SolidWorks to quickly make custom proposals based on a hospital’s dimensions, needs and specialty. BERCHTOLD’S marketing department is also benefiting greatly from SolidWorks Premium. With built-in photorealistic rendering functionality, they’re able to create their own photo-realistic renderings and model animations for marketing materials. “SolidWorks has enabled us to apply engineering data across the entire business,” says Patrick Brown, R&D Engineer.
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Improved quoting efficiency by 75% Dramatically increased profit margins Supported annual revenue growth of 20 to 30% Allowed designers, sales and others to effectively present designs
communication tools let you easily share complex designs with manufacturers and partners SolidWorks Premium has a suite of built-in tools that allow you to email detailed design renderings and complete manufacturing instructions. The eDrawings feature lets you share renderings with downstream suppliers who may not even have SolidWorks. With built-in mark-up capabilities, eDrawings can also be used to conduct full design reviews via email. Another tool that helps designers communicate with manufacturers is DimXpert. 4
This function adds depth to your 3D models and automatically generates GD&T dimensions – fully eliminating the need to create extra 2D drawings. 6
CAD Capabilities Easy, Heads-Up User Interface Part and Assembly Modeling Production Quality 2D Drawings Realistic, Real-Time Rendering Advanced Surfacing Data Translation (Import/Export) Sheet Metal Design Welded Structures Design Plastic Part and Mold Design Large Assembly Management/Performance Assembly Motion Vizualization and Video Capture Part and Assembly Checks (Interference, Draft, etc.) Automatic Bill of Materials (BOM) Design Automation Intelligent Modeling (SWIFT, Smart Fasteners, etc.) Design Reuse Design Collaboration Automatic Feature Recognition Standard Hardware Libraries Photorealistic Rendering
Imagine what SolidWorks Premium can do for your company
Design Standards Checking Advanced Productivity Tools Import/Create Gemoetry Using Scanned Data Routed Systems (Cables/Harness, Pipe, Tube, Hose) ECAD to MCAD Integration
Data Management Capabilities
Youâ€™ve seen the impressive results SolidWorks Premium has generated for these unique companies. Now find out what our comprehensive design tool can do for you. Talk to your local SolidWorks reseller for a custom evaluation, or visit www.solidworks.com to learn more about all the integrated features and functionality of SolidWorks Premium.
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Published on Mar 30, 2010