Top 5 Reasons to Switch to SOLIDWORKS

There are many reasons why manufacturers should move to an integrated 3D product development environment like SOLIDWORKS, ranging from ease-of-use to an extensive set of related, integrated solutions. Most of these reasons fall within five primary categories of benefits that align with the product development and manufacturing goals of leading companies. The top five reasons to make the switch to SOLIDWORKS:

  1. Boost Productivity
  2. Reduce Costs
  3. Improve Quality
  4. Foster Collaboration
  5. Increase Innovation

Reason 1: Boost Productivity

Boosting productivity and product development and manufacturing throughput without sacrificing quality or incurring unnecessary costs is the ultimate goal of, and a critical success factor for, all manufacturers. An integrated 3D product and development environment like SOLIDWORKS can support the improved product development/manufacturing workflows required to take productivity gains far beyond what’s possible with traditional approaches. Key points:

Concurrent, Integrated Design Shortens Time to Market

Seamless Integration Promotes Concurrent Product Development

Improved Handoff to Manufacturing

Better Engineering Change Management

Leveraging Master 3D Models to Support Other Functions

Reason 2: Reduce Costs

Along with saving time, all product development and manufacturing organizations want to hold the line on or reduce development costs. That’s because unnecessary, avoidable costs directly impact profit margins by increasing the cost of goods sold. With an integrated 3D product development ecosystem like SOLIDWORKS, you can reduce costs by shortening design cycles and accelerating time to market, as well as by eliminating duplicative, unnecessary tasks and associated costs. Key points:

Concurrent, Integrated Design Eliminates Unnecessary Costs

Minimizing Engineering Change Orders During Production

Working with Master 3D Models Saves Money

Cutting Prototyping Costs and Field Failures

Slashing Training and Maintenance Costs

Reason 3: Improve Quality

While accelerating time-to-market remains the primary objective for product development and manufacturing organizations, doing so at the expense of product quality and performance is a sure strategy for failure. Quality products are the best way to build and cement brand loyalty, and with an integrated 3D product development system like SOLIDWORKS, you don’t have to make a trade-off between speed and quality because you can have both. Key points:

Minimizing Probability of Human Error

Updating Design and Everything Else

Validating Performance

Eliminating Revision Errors

More Flexibility to Make Design Improvements

Integrated Inspection and Quality Assurance

Take Advantage of Photorealistic Imagery

Reason 4: Foster Collaboration

Developing innovative, successful products of high quality efficiently and cost-effectively often demands the input of new perspectives, approaches, and ideas. However, if product development and manufacturing teams work in isolated silos—primarily because they use separate tools and speak a different data language—they have fewer opportunities for the interaction and collaboration that can result in winning product ideas. An integrated 3D product development environment like SOLIDWORKS enhances collaboration internally, with external partners, and with the growing SOLIDWORKS user community. Key points:

MultiDisciplinary Design and Engineering Collaboration

Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing Collaboration

Concurrent Development Compels Collaboration

Tapping the Resources of a Growing User Community

Reason 5: Increase Innovation

Innovation is more than a buzzword for leading manufacturers. That’s because of the numerous examples of how innovative product approaches, or the addition of innovative product features, can turn a market on its head or establish an entire new market and product category. Innovation can disrupt existing markets, establish new markets, and lead to market dominance. By implementing an integrated 3D product development system like SOLIDWORKS, manufacturers can achieve the product development agility, design flexibility, and collaborative freedom to inspire the innovative products of the future. Key points:

Freedom for Investigating Innovative, Outside-the-Box Approaches

Creating Internet of Things (IoT) Devices on an Integrated Platform

Exploring “What If” Scenarios

Incorporating Packaging Design and Production as Part of Product Design

Advancing Innovative Marketing and Customer Service Strategies

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