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Design that Matters, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that leverages design innovation and technology to provide breakthrough solutions to social needs in the developing world, such as producing an infant incubator manufactured from car parts and an affordable infant phototherapy treatment device. Having access to advanced 3D design tools is essential for the organization’s success.


Design that Matters chose SOLIDWORKS Premium 3D design and simulation software to support its development efforts because it is easy to use, is widely used by the group’s student contributors, and provides a complete range of design, simulation, and rendering tools. The group also uses SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communications software to demonstrate and show design concepts to advisors in developing countries. By implementing SOLIDWORKS solutions, Design that Matters accelerated concept development, improved its ability to communicate design concepts visually, cut the cost of a phototherapy treatment unit, and is helping doctors work to save infant lives in the developing world.


  • Accelerated concept development
  • Improved ability to communicate design concepts visually
  • Cut cost of phototherapy treatment unit from $7,000 to $350
  • Helped doctors work to save infant lives in the developing world


Industry: Medical & Life Science