Jet Propulsion Laboratories
- Shortened the design cycle by 30 to 50 percent
- Lowered design costs by at least 30 percent
- Increased manufacturability by 30 percent
- Improved collaboration between engineers and designers
Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) is a state-of-the-art company that designs earth observation and inter-planetary space systems for projects ranging from earth mapping and ozone layer tracking to missions to Mars to map the surface and study the Martian environment and minerals. JPL needed a mid-range CAD tool that would be easy to use by both experienced engineers and casual users: one that did not need years of experience and training to use, yet could handle reasonably large assemblies and all required documentation.
Most other solutions did not have the expert modeling capabilities that SolidWorks provides us, nor are they as fast and easy to handle as SolidWorks. Several were just 2D systems that did not offer the modeling capabilities that we required. SolidWorks fit our requirements nicely. Because of its ease of use, collaboration between engineers and designers on integration of parts has improved significantly. Engineers and designers can work more closely together. As a result, the turnaround for designs and fabrication have increased two- or three-fold.
Previous CAD: Pro/ENGINEER
Products(s) Used: SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Simulation Professional, SolidWorks Simulation Premium, SolidWorks Workgroup PDM, SolidWorks eDrawings Professional, SolidWorks Standard, SolidWorks Professional, SolidWorks Office