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Vascular disease has become a major health problem for more than 17 million people. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) is revolutionizing the treatment of vascular disease through the development of a disposable, diamond-coated catheter-based device. Utilizing the principle of centrifugal force, CSI attachments orbit the interior wall of the artery and sand away more than 90% of the plaque creating the obstruction. Although the company used 2D design techniques to conceptualize the technology, commercializing CSI’s products required a more capable 3D system.


CSI chose SOLIDWORKS CAD, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software because of their ease of use, advanced manufacturability assessment tools, integrated simulation applications, and design communication solutions. By implementing SOLIDWORKS solutions, CSI reduced development time, cut manufacturing costs, introduced an effective treatment for removing arterial plaque, and improved the health and lifestyles of vascular disease patients.


  • Reduced development time by 25%
  • Cut manufacturing costs by 20%
  • Introduced effective treatment for removing arterial plaque
  • Improved health and lifestyles of vascular disease patients


Industry: Medical & Life Science