ARKU Maschinenbau GmbH
- Parametric design
- Reuse of existing 2D data
- Excellent welded parts capabilities
- eDrawings® files ensure everyone is on the same page
ARKU offers precision straightening machines for sheetmetal parts, cutting and die-cutting systems, press feed equipment, and band preparation equipment for trueing. In 2004, with the decision to adopt 3D, the company took an important step. They had been working with the 2D-based software ME10. Now they needed a new system that would support parametric design and allow them to continue using existing 2D data. An impromptu benchmark at a CAD industry trade fair helped ARKU with its decision.
SolidWorks® scored with its capabilities for welded parts, which can be created as single parts and as an assembly. Overall, SolidWorks offered ARKU the greatest functionality. The company was also won over by the fact that SolidWorks software is widely used among customers and suppliers. They designed their FlatMaster part straightener entirely in 3D with SolidWorks. The process allowed ARKU to make major advances in machine engineering in the areas of design, appearance, and finish. Another key feature for ARKU is design analysis with SolidWorks Simulation. Since the main task of a straightener is to straighten bended sheet metal, engineers can use SolidWorks software to make sure forces are not negatively impacting rolls, machines, or framework. And since high commodity prices force every designer to use materials economically, ARKU uses SolidWorks software to find out where they can reduce material without losing stability. SolidWorks Simulation allows ARKU designers to test 3D models directly without needing to outsource.