The company evaluated Autodesk Inventor, but chose SolidWorks CAD software for its ease of use and integrated PDM system. SolidWorks also meets all of the company’s other needs for 3D CAD.
Product development of a new fireplace is now three months shorter, thanks to taking advantage of existing design components, and creating variation designs based on them. Component dimensions can be easily changed and have an immediate impact on the entire design. This was in principle impossible in 2D. Accuracy is also greatly improved with 3D. A fireplace that is assembled at a customer site using parts that came directly from different subcontractors must match exactly.
Another advantage is that it is much easier to describe a design as a 3D model. In the long run, the company plans to display 3D models of their fireplaces on the company’s website.
Bransjer: Consumer Products