- Reduced design time by at least one third
- Reduced design errors dramatically
SAGIAN, a Beckman Coulter company, designs and builds advanced laboratory robotics systems that increase productivity in drug discovery research. To build cost-efficient, innovative products and get them to market more quickly, the design engineering team needed a design tool that was intuitive to use for new and experienced users alike. The designers also needed to be able to update 3D models quickly in order to explore alternative designs throughout the development process.
The group has achieved its objectives through such SolidWorks' capabilities as assembly design, feature-based modeling, tight integration with Microsoft Windows, and full associativity between model and details. SolidWorks allows the team to validate assemblies before building prototypes, dramatically reducing design mistakes. Compared with the development team’s previous experience with AutoCAD and Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks cut design-to-fabrication time by at least one-third. SolidWorks was so easy to use that new users with little or no experience in 3D modeling became productive within a week. The organization also benefits from a variety of integrated products from SolidWorks Solution Partners. Using SolidWorks Simulation, for example, the company was able to replace a number of machined aluminum parts with molded plastic to create a lighter weight, less expensive product. Interactive Product Animator (IPA) allows designers to present concept models more effectively to marketing and upper management, and Toolbox/SE simplifies feature-insertion for parts and fasteners in assemblies.