During the General Session at SOLIDWORKS World today, Gian Paolo provided an update on the 3DEXPERIENCE products – SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer and SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer – that we announced over the last two years. We are continuing to add new features to these applications to help our customers easily develop, review, and select mechanical and stylized concepts before committing to detailed design and manufacturing.
We also highlighted two great customers who using the solutions to collaborate with their customers to rapidly iterate on new design concepts to speed product design cycles and help drive innovation.
Based in France, Coval designs, develops and sells vacuum components and vacuum-handling systems used in automated production lines. A longtime SOLIDWORKS user, the company turned to SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer (SWCD) to help evaluate uncertainties with new projects. As part of its open innovation practice, it needed to reduce risks and optimize time and money when bringing new products to market.
The flexible and collaborative platform allowed users to easily illustrate concepts and accelerate decision-making. With SWCD, Coval can also easily share data among all the stakeholders within a project – from the design department to the 3D prototyping team to the sales team and customers.
Spark Product Development is an engineering-led product development firm that uses SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer (SWID) to quickly develop new concepts to show multiple prototypes to its customers. The team started as engineers using drafting tables and cutting foam prototypes by hand to illustrate their design ideas. What used to take them days to develop can now be created in hours.
With SWID users at Spark can also easily make customer-requested changes, pushing and pulling the design in the software, and immediately see the impact on the design. As a firm likes to work inside out – developing the function before the form – this allows it to spend the time upfront making sure the guts of the product are working before they design the packaging.
Originally posted in the SOLIDWORKS Blog.