Finding a stable, easy-to-use, feature-rich CAD system was difficult. Finding that system for a price that justified a shift from our current CAD system was impossible – until SOLIDWORKS. We wanted to move to a solid modeling environment but had always hesitated because of the high cost of most CAD software. We also needed a CAD system that could model our entire design. Many systems could not support all our simple geometry, requiring 2D systems to finish the work. The fact that expensive systems ran on expensive hardware was another obstacle. We wanted fully functioning solid modeling on an NT workstation inexpensive enough to put on every engineering desktop corporate-wide. SOLIDWORKS CAD software fit our business model hands down.
We chose SOLIDWORKS CAD software because it was the only CAD software that did everything the sales representative promised. We wanted to roll out solid modeling corporate-wide. Because many of our engineers have not worked in a solid modeling environment, the feel and intuitiveness of a new CAD package was extremely important. In addition, competing low-end systems could not model complete designs. Often details had to be left out, forcing the final detail work to be moved to a 2D CAD system such as AutoCAD. SOLIDWORKS CAD software had core functionality equivalent to Pro/ENGINEER, plus ease-of-installation and integration with Microsoft office. SOLIDWORKS CAD software offered all the benefits of competing, high-end systems at a fraction of the cost. The product direction was also critical. SOLIDWORKS had a track record of adding functionality twice a year. Within the first two years of its release, we felt it had already surpassed the technology offered by most competing systems. Consequently, we were excited about future capabilities. Finally, our business plan to deploy SOLIDWORKS CAD software corporate-wide included offices in Germany and England. Convenient sales and software support was available in those countries.
- Decreased design time by 45%
- Saved $40,000-50,000 by reducing the number of prototype fabrication stages from two to one
- Reduced errors by more than 50%
- Increased sales by more than 50%
Industry: Medical & Life Science