Alexander Smith – AS3D Design Ltd.
Taking Furniture Design to New Heights with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
SUPPORTING A LEAN DESIGN APPROACHAlthough SOLIDWORKS design software provided AS3D Design with the capabilities needed to efficiently create compelling furniture designs, the consultancy also needed a fast, highquality rendering solution for presenting and communicating new furniture concepts to clients and manufacturing partners. “I adhere to a lean development philosophy, which benefits both my business and my clients,” Smith explains. “In order to maintain a lean design approach, I need a 3D rendering solution that generates the highest quality in the least amount of time. I found the perfect solution in SOLIDWORKS Visualize software,” Smith continues. “Because SOLIDWORKS Visualize software is part of the SOLIDWORKS family of products, it enables me to output high-quality renders in the shortest period of time, which gives me a real competitive edge. “I’m not wasting any time reimporting models, reapplying textures, remapping, and lighting every time there is a design change, which is critically important, particularly when you are working with wood because as far as texturing is concerned, it’s one of the most difficult materials to manipulate with realistic results.”
CLOSE BUSINESS FASTERUsing SOLIDWORKS Visualize software in conjunction with SOLIDWORKS design software, Smith can quickly visualize design concepts, and then share them with clients and partners. High-quality images and animations are an effective way to communicate design concepts and have increasingly become a requirement for winning jobs. “My clients expect to see 3D renders before executing a contract and nowadays people are so visually spoiled that anything other than accurate visuals just won’t do,” Smith stresses. “Of course, there’s always been a need to visualize or show the product design which you are proposing and I always use real samples later in the process, but now you can get a client to pay attention to the intricacies of your design intent. What’s the point of putting a material swatch by the side of a sketch and asking a client to imagine how it can look when we have such powerful tools at our disposal to impart our intent so much more accurately? Furniture is an investment and we live in such a bottom-line-driven environment now that you have to show people exactly what they are getting in order to close business.”
TURNKEY APPROACH TO PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTWith the capabilities provided by SOLIDWORKS design and SOLIDWORKS Visualize software, Smith delivers on his turnkey approach to product development by efficiently managing each step from initial concept through production; effectively facilitating communications with clients, partners, and suppliers; and consistently accelerating the overall process. “Furniture is my love and passion, and because I come at it from the industrial design side of things, I appreciate the practical considerations in production,” Smith notes. “I’m a fundamentalist when it comes to design and adhere to the maxim that one does not show the client a design without knowing how to make it,” Smith adds. “SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Visualize give me the tools that I need to offer a true turnkey solution, including output of assemblies, subassemblies, and BOMs, as well as high-quality renderings to secure approvals and support critical steps in the process.”
Develop, visualize, and create custom and mass-produced furniture and other types of product designs quickly and cost-effectively.
Implement SOLIDWORKS design and SOLIDWORKS Visualize photorealistic rendering software solutions.
- Accelerated development process
- Improved communication from concept through production
- Achieved best rendering quality in least amount of time
- Supported turnkey approach to product development
Products(s) Used:SOLIDWORKS Visualize