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Designing consumer products with SOLIDWORKS

The consumer products industry faces a unique set of challenges because it must quickly bring new products to market with cutting-edge designs, market-leading functionality, and competitive manufacturing costs. One of the most critical demands is managing the transition from design to engineering. Today, consumer product designers use specialised tools to define the flowing surfaces that often distinguish state-of-the-art industrial design. Mechanical engineers, however, use different tools to turn the designers’ creations into mathematically precise, functional, and manufacturable designs. Unfortunately, these individual tools have separate interfaces that require a time-consuming and error-prone translation process or that involve starting over when moving from one world to the other.

SOLIDWORKS bridges the gap between industrial design and engineering by providing powerful surfacing capabilities, the ability to easily import geometry from dedicated industrial design tools, and the industry’s top mechanical engineering environment—all rolled into one package. Read on and you will learn how SOLIDWORKS software provides a complete modelling environment for taking designs from concept to manufacturing.

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Free tutorial:

Creating a chair in SolidWorks

Stuart Wortley, one of Cadtek’s Design Engineers, provides a walkthrough of how he created this example chair as part of a customer request for help on a modelling issue. Watch how he uses a range of SolidWorks 3D modelling techniques to create and render this modern design.

 

Video Case Study:

The world’s most complex watches

At Swiss watchmaking company Franck Muller, the goal isn’t only to design beautiful and one-of-a-kind luxury timepieces. Their engineers are just as passionate about creating distinctive watches that contain some of the most complex mechanical movements in the world. And with the help of easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS software, they are able to achieve new levels of innovation that continue to push the boundaries of precision and beauty.

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