Big Ass Fans

Circulating high volumes of air requires a “big ass fan.” That’s why the company once known as the HVLS Fan Company changed its name to Big Ass Fans—it designs and manufactures among the largest high-volume/low-speed ceiling and vertical fans on the planet.

The Challenge

Circulating high volumes of air requires a “big ass fan.” That’s why the company once known as the HVLS Fan Company changed its name to Big Ass Fans—it designs and manufactures among the largest high-volume/low-speed ceiling and vertical fans on the planet. To move into new commercial and residential markets, the Kentucky-based manufacturer decided to upgrade its AutoCAD® 2D tools to a 3D design environment.

The Solution

Big Ass Fans chose SolidWorks® design and SolidWorks Simulation analysis software because it is easy to use and lets the company take advantage of automated design configurations, virtual prototyping techniques, and 3D visualization tools. By selecting SolidWorks, Big Ass Fans cut its design cycles by 40–50 percent, reduced prototyping costs, leveraged photorealistic renderings for marketing and sales, and expanded its product line into commercial and residential markets.

Success Metric

  • Cut design cycles by 40–50 percent

  • Reduced prototyping costs

  • Leveraged photorealistic renderings for marketing and sales

  • Expanded product line into commercial and residential markets