Davis Furniture Industries, Inc.
“SolidWorks has enabled us to generate greater throughput while simultaneously improving quality. We’ve become both faster and better, with fewer design errors, and the quality of our development effort has risen dramatically.”
– Jim Martin, Product Development Engineer
Davis Furniture Industries, Inc., a family-owned and -operated manufacturer of contemporary office furniture, is a leader in the contract furniture industry—manufacturing institutional furniture for universities, hospitals, and office buildings. The company used AutoCAD® 2D design tools until 2003, when management decided to upgrade to a 3D parametric design environment to support its planned product line expansion.
Davis Furniture chose SolidWorks® Professional software, which the firm uses in conjunction with SolidWorks Gold Partner SolidCAM machining software. The company chose SolidWorks because it is easy to use, provides the best interface between design and machining, and includes design configuration capabilities. By selecting SolidWorks, Davis Furniture cut its design cycles by 75 percent, reduced time-to-market by 50 percent, doubled the number of product families it produces, and eliminated paper manufacturing drawings.
- Cut design cycles by 75 percent
- Reduced time-to-market by 50 percent
- Doubled number of product families produced
- Eliminated paper manufacturing drawings
Wolverine Worldwide Inc.
“We make a lot of models and prototypes of our shoes, and SolidWorks has helped us to make greater use of virtual models…. Overall, we have cut our development costs by 50 percent.”
– Chris Peterson, CAD/CAM Manager
Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. manufactures more than a dozen footwear brands—including well-known names like Hush Puppies, Merrell, and Wolverine—doing business in 190 countries and various footwear categories. Until 2001, Wolverine used the Pro/ENGINEER® CAD system to develop its products. At that time, usability and cost issues, and management’s plans to grow the company’s product offering, prompted Wolverine to evaluate other 3D design platforms.
Wolverine chose SolidWorks® Premium software because it is easy to use, provides greater value at a lower price, and includes integrated surfacing, visualization, and simulation tools. By selecting SolidWorks Premium, Wolverine has shortened its design cycles by 60 percent, cut its development costs by 50 percent, reduced material usage by 50 percent, and expanded its product line by 200 percent.
- Shortened design cycles by 60 percent
- Reduced material usage by 50 percent
- Cut development costs by 50 percent
- Expanded product line by 200 percent
JUGS Sports, Inc.
“SolidWorks software gives us the freedom to quickly develop a design, simulate its performance, check for interferences, and create a prototype.”
– Greg Anderson, Product Designer
JUGS Sports, Inc., is the world’s leading producer of baseball-pitching machines, softball-pitching machines, batting cages, radar guns, and other sports-related practice equipment. The company has expanded into the development of ball-throwing systems for football, soccer, tennis, field hockey, and cricket. To respond to increasing competition, the manufacturer needed a 3D design system that would enable it to efficiently expand its product line and introduce innovative concepts.
JUGS Sports chose SolidWorks® Professional software to jumpstart new product development because it is easy to use and helps the company visualize and interrogate new design concepts. By selecting SolidWorks solutions, JUGS Sports reduced its development time by 50 percent, cut the time from design to prototype in half, expanded its product line to capture the youth market, and increased product innovation.
- Reduced development time by 50 percent
- Cut time from design to prototype in half
- Expanded product line to capture youth market
- Increased product innovation