R.W. Fernstrum & Company

R.W. Fernstrum & Company is a leading manufacturer of cooling systems and custom heat exchangers for marine applications. While the company had used AutoCAD 2D software, the traditional design tool in the shipbuilding industry, it moved to Autodesk Inventor software in 2005 because of a discounted upgrade. Fernstrum sought to validate its 3D selection, however, by evaluating Inventor against other 3D CAD software.

The Challenge

R.W. Fernstrum & Company is a leading manufacturer of cooling systems and custom heat exchangers for marine applications. While the company had used AutoCAD 2D software, the traditional design tool in the shipbuilding industry, it moved to Autodesk Inventor software in 2005 because of a discounted upgrade. Fernstrum sought to validate its 3D selection, however, by evaluating Inventor against other 3D CAD software.

The Solution

The company decided to replace Inventor with SolidWorks 3D CAD software because it is easier to use; provides better sheet-metal, design visualization, and configuration capabilities; includes advanced design visualization and communication tools; and offers superior training and support. By deploying SolidWorks CAD Software, Fernstrum increased innovation in its sheetmetal components, improved its handling of configurable design variables, enhanced its design visualization and communication, and accelerated its production of technical documentation.

Success Metric

  • Increased innovation in its sheetmetal components

  • Improved handling of configurable design variables

  • Enhanced design visualization and communication

  • Accelerated production of technical documentation