Contemplating changing your 3D CAD software? Or considering moving from 2D to 3D? The following blog post is a list of 5 important points to help you decide, outlining the benefits of SOLIDWORKS and looking at how it is widely regarded as the industry standard. It will also look at the benefits of buying from the Solid Solutions Group which Cadtek is part of, and why we’re so much more than just your port of call for purchasing the software in the UK and Ireland.
1. Efficient 3D design
SOLIDWORKS is an easy to use parametric design modular, meaning you can easily edit the design at any stage in the design process. RealView graphics allow you to visualise your design in real time whilst PhotoView 360 can create sophisticated photo realistic renderings and animations. Both tools will give you a fantastic insight into the way your design will look without it actually being made and can be a powerful asset when presenting your work to customers. You can look at each individual part of the design, see accurate mass properties and check for interference, meaning that you won’t have to build/manufacture the product before you see any errors, saving time and money and reducing the number of prototypes needed. All of this will speed up the whole process of design as you know it and increase productivity.
2. Customer/Supplier Compatibility
Choosing a CAD system that is widely recognised is very important. Due to the popularity of SOLIDWORKS it is highly likely that a competitor, supplier or customer will be using it, therefore eliminating the need to translate files from one system to another, reducing time and minimising the chance of errors. This makes working with customers and suppliers much easier, less time converting, increased efficiency, not to mention working together in 3D means delivering much better results.
3. Built-In Applications
SOLIDWORKS is a very productive 3D CAD software tool, with its integrated analytical tools and design automation to help stimulate physical behaviour such as kinematics, dynamics, stress, deflection, vibration, temperatures or fluid flow to suit all types of design.
Organisations with more than just a few designers can utilise product data management (PDM) software, which fully integrates with SOLIDWORKS. PDM systems can do much more than just store and organise files. They can help designers find existing parts to re-use instead of reinventing them, saving many man hours. PDM systems also generate material lists for cost estimating and feed data to manufacturing resource planning (MRP) systems. More advanced PDM software can automate change-control processes to assure that out-of-date or unreleased information isn’t sent to factories or suppliers.
4. Short Learning Curve
Time is money, subsequently the last thing you want as a forward moving organisation is to get stuck behind, and therefore you want the transaction to 3D CAD to be quick, simple and easy. SOLIDWORKS offers a consistent user interface throughout and drafting procedures that flow logically from start to finish. Furthermore SOLIDWORKS has built in tutorials, and lots of fantastic pre-sets to make designing speedy and stress-free. If you’re looking for that extra bit of help, Cadtek is part of the Solid Solutions Group, a fully authorised and approved training provider for all of the SOLIDWORKS products available. With different training locations across the UK we are able to offer regular classroom based training courses with a fully qualified instructor, to suit all needs. Our flexible training course structure is designed to allow customers to build an appropriate learning and development path that addresses individual specific industry needs.
5. After Sales Support
When you buy SOLIDWORKS from the Solid Solutions Group you don’t just buy a product, you buy first class support (as recognised by the fact we have the highest number of Elite Applications engineers in the world). In 2019 our average response time to a support call was under 10 seconds, with 100% of inbound calls passed straight to an engineer. The Group also has an average score of 4.8 on feefo, an independent scoring survey.
Safe in the knowledge that any problems you have can be solved by our support team offers peace of mind knowing you won’t be affected by any possible downtime and protect yourselves against loss of productivity. The support can also be seen as an investment into training, providing your staff with constant knowledge to help them develop continuously. Not only do we offer a first class support help desk but we offer fantastic services to our customers including exclusive weekly webinars, as well as workshops scheduled throughout the year. Not forgetting to mention you receive the latest updates and services packs for SOLIDWORKS, meaning up-to-date software, providing a much better return on investment.
Support is available across the full SOLIDWORKS portfolio, including;
- SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
- SOLIDWORKS Electrical
- SOLIDWORKS PCB
- SOLIDWORKS Simulation
- SOLIDWORKS Visualize
- SOLIDWORKS PDM
- SOLIDWORKS Composer
- Any add-on SOLIDWORKS product you have purchased
See what some of Cadtek customers have had to say about our support over the years.
Tim Dixon – UNIBOX
“Cadtek’s sales and support teams provide consistent and reliable SOLIDWORKS support with their pre-eminent product knowledge.”
Steve Duplock – COBHAM ANTENNA SYSTEMS LTD
“With any queries on SOLIDWORKS its always a great help to know Cadtek are only a phone call away with a quick response to solving our problem and getting us back up to speed.”
Mike Mohacsi – RENTHAL LTD
“Cadtek has been excellent at offering the technical support requested quickly as well as providing additional detail for future reference without being asked.”
Sandy Mcfie-Hyland – AQUACAST FABRICATIONS LTD
“Cadtek’s services and support have enabled us to progress our business to the next level. Our staff have received first class training and excellent continued support.”
Stuart Fagan – RICHCO INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LTD
“Cadtek have always been very helpful when dealing with questions that we have on SOLIDWORKS. We have been impressed by how reactive they are and would recommend them to anyone who needs a first-class, trustworthy service.”
Silvia Martinez – SEARCHLIGHT ELECTRIC LTD
“The quality of the service provided by Cadtek is excellent. Every time I need help they are there to solve the problem very quickly and to give me alternative solutions. 100% satisfied.”
Jay Dixon, Managing Director – DIXONS SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS LTD
“Everyone I have had contact with at Cadtek has proven to be professional, knowledgeable and helpful, and they have got us up to speed with SOLIDWORKS in no time. We have more than halved our design time since installing SOLIDWORKS.”
Chris Roach – STANHOPE-SETA
“Cadtek’s technical support is second to none, incredibly knowledgeable and highly responsive.”
Jim Kelly, Managing Director – ALLIANCE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING
“The professionalism and technical service we have received from Cadtek has been invaluable over the past 6 years. SOLIDWORKS has helped give our company a credible presence in our technical markets.”