Center Rock Inc.

Designed drill to rescue Chilean miners with SolidWorks

The Challenge

Center Rock, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of drilling supply equipment. The company’s drill bits played a significant role in the rescue of 33 Chilean miners, who were trapped 2,000 feet underground for two months at the San José Mine in Chile. To develop its industry-leading drill bit technology, the company needed 3D design and simulation tools.

The Solution

Center Rock chose SolidWorks® 3D design and simulation solutions, including SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium design software, and the SolidWorks Simulation Premium and SolidWorks Flow Simulation applications for nonlinear structural and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. The company selected SolidWorks software because it is easy to use and provides an integrated suite of design visualization and simulation solutions. By using SolidWorks, Center Rock helped rescuers reach the trapped miners two months ahead of projections, redesigned the rescue drill bit in just three days, cut its design cycles by 66 percent, and quadrupled its product offering.

Success Metric

  • Reached miners two months ahead of projections

  • Redesigned drill bit in three days

  • Cut design cycles by 66 percent

  • Quadrupled product offering