Established in 1948 Bailey Caravans has been trading out of Bristol ever since, and is Britain’s largest and most successful caravan brand with a third of the UK market to it’s name.
Bailey Caravans has grown it’s design department from 6 people to a team of 36 in a short period as they have embraced SolidWorks 3D CAD, PDM, Simulation and Technical Communications tools. From originally working in 2D AutoCAD the move to 3D has rewarded the design team with improved collaboration, efficiency and innovation. There are also down-stream benefits for other departments. Using photo realistic images the marketing team are able to visualise new designs for promotional material before the latest caravans and motorhomes go into production.
Using SolidWorks Simulation has allowed the design team to increase strength while reducing weight, a critical factor in design and fuel efficiency. Cut-lists for the complex wooden interiors are automatically created from SolidWorks making final production faster and better co-ordinated. SolidWorks Product Data Management tools help eliminate file duplication and have improved the management of design iterations and changes, reducing errors and production time.