- For products with shorter construction schedules. the target is “lead-time reductions” through prototype reductions, etc.
- For products with longer construction schedules or built at remote locations, the target is “visualization”
- Greatly reduced the design cycle in water gate mother-model creation to less than one-half
- 3D presentation with 3DVIA Composer utilized at the sales and marketing stage.
Mr. Watanabe, who was responsible for designs such as automated specialized welding devices, in 1996 decided to move to 3D after facing the limitations of 2D design for the in mechanical system with complicated movement. They only had a few high-end 3D CAD in house, which cost tens of millions of yen with hardware and software combined. It was also hard to use. But it was just about that time that the first mid-range 3D CAD that runs on Windows OS was introduced. This was SolidWorks, and it really gained acceptance at the drop of a hat.
In 2000, Mr. Watanabe took new mission to take on the role of expanding 3D CAD into the entire company. SolidWorks is easy to use. This means that it is easy to teach and easy to spread. SolidWorks was perfectly suited to the ideal of "a designer's CAD system.” “SolidWorks is a U.S. product, but you would know that the Japanese user is very much emphasized because from the very first version it was a simultaneous release in Japan and the United States. Another reason we appreciate SolidWorks is that our requests are faithfully being incorporated with version upgrades. Its sales and share are steadily growing each year, so it is easy to recommend it with confidence to in-house users,” in Mr. Watanabe’s opinion. So the spirit of innovation and operability that are characteristics of SolidWorks can be brought out at their very best, they participate in a beta program that is held every year and are active in pre-release evaluations and submitting enhancement requests.
Benefit: 2D/3D Transition, Manufacturability