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An engineer or designer without 3D CAD is like a Jedi without a lightsaber.
This elegant weapon … for a more civilized age … enabled those attuned to the flow of the force to overcome insurmountable galactic feats. And the same applies to you. Staying up-to-date with the latest engineering technology will allow you to achieve more in your engineering and design – and that all starts with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.
So are you sick of missing your deadlines?
Done with a flawed communication and collaboration process?
Wish you could be working more efficiently?
We hear you! And that’s why we’ve complied five major ways SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD conquers your worst design workflow quarrels. Work faster and with more accuracy while benefiting from technology that includes the largest pool of trained engineering talent, a network of suppliers, and technology that will meet your design needs now and in the future!
Let’s demystify your biggest CAD binds so you can start:
- Collaborating and sharing CAD data effortlessly
- Performing interference checks for design verification
- Designing with cost in mind
- Rendering beautiful, advanced photorealistic images
- Running simulation studies for design validation
Collaborate and share CAD data effortlessly
A long time ago, in an engineering office far far away, yelling across the room to Jim, your co-engineer, to stay out of the file you’re working on until you’ve saved your work, or losing your work completely to Bob who saved over your file inadvertently, was the norm. Today, that crisis is averted by working in a virtual, collaborative environment that allows you to share your CAD data with coworkers, managers, and even other departments effortlessly. Now you, Jim, and Bob can work in harmony knowing who is working on what file in real-time. If Bob has a design change to make to the file you’re currently working on, he can’t touch it until you’ve saved your edits and checked it back into the vault. And once the now dream team has completed this project, SOLIDWORKS easily brings all the files together in a nice, neat package that can be sent off to its next stop in the development cycle.
Perform interference checks for design verification
A small bolt that doesn’t quite fit right within your large machine causes a big, expensive problem if it’s not detected early. Even the most brilliant engineers can overlook well-cloaked errors like these, which is why virtually running interference checks is a crucial step in the design process. In less than 5 minutes, you can discover that that bolt is too big and make the change before any metal is cut or any parts have been ordered. And for once, sir or madam, the CAD model actually appears to be in good working order thanks to SOLIDWORKS interference checks!
Design with cost in mind
Material costs have a tendency to erode company margins. Word on the street is that the best material to design in is called Unobtainium — and no, that’s not something you’ll find in Watto’s shop on Tatooine. If you’re unfamiliar with Unobtaninium, it’s this amazing, versatile material that fits your exact design needs every single time, which means it actually does not exist. But SOLIDWORKS can get you as close to this magic material as physically possible. Let me explain how.
Driving down the material cost is a good way to decrease the project’s overall cost. In SOLIDWORKS, you can compare different materials very quickly. Within 20 minutes you can experiment with a wide variety of materials and settle on the one that meets your design requirements (while also staying within budget). You can also take into account not only what material the product will be made of, but if it’s the best material to machine. So you may be thinking your best bet is to order that tool steel, which is pretty cheap per kilogram, but incredibly expensive to machine. With the help of SOLIDWORKS Costing, you can design a functional project without blowing your budget.
Render beautiful, advanced photorealistic images
Having sales or marketing envision your concept from a 2D drawing is a constant struggle, which just causes more headaches downstream if the teams deploy inaccurate marketing material or relay misinformation to a customer about a product — Mesa cause one, two-y little bitty axadentes, huh? So to make all of our lives easier, 3D CAD models in SOLIDWORKS can be easily interpreted by the untrained eye and render beautiful images for sales and marketing copy.
Run simulation studies for design validation
Ah, yes, design validation. While the ubiquitous power of the Force skipped planet Earth, SOLIDWORKS created technology that allows us to predict our designs next move by running virtual simulation studies. The analytical solutions you see in books don’t always cut it in the real world, especially when working with complex models. You can run various virtual studies including fatigue, static, motion, thermal, vibration, fluid-flow, and nonlinear without purchasing expensive equipment (that will surely blow the budget) for testing or making decisions based off guesses and assumptions.
Ready to take your design skills to the next level?
In under six minutes, see how the forces within SOLIDWORKS can help you deliver massive results and transform your projects from good to great — More is Possible with SOLIDWORKS and DesignPoint!