Developing a Greater Range of Design Automation Solutions with SOLIDWORKS
Founded in 2007, FDES Technologies Private Limited is an Indian consulting firm that specializes in providing engineering design automation solutions and has developed custom applications for clients in the aerospace, manufacturing, power transmission, transportation, marine equipment, and construction industries with the help of SOLIDWORKS design software and SOLIDWORKS API.
FDES Technologies Private Limited is a leading CAD/CAM/
CAE software customization company delivering technology
solutions through engineering design automation, CAD
customization, drawing automation, CAD productivity tools
development, product catalog development, web-based product
configurator development, and mobile application development.
Founded in 2007, the Indian consulting firm has specialized
in providing engineering design automation solutions since
its inception and has developed custom applications for
clients in the aerospace, manufacturing, power transmission,
transportation, marine equipment, and construction industries.
The firm’s expertise and knowledge of engineering design
and CAD application programming interfaces (APIs) enables
FDES Technologies Private Limited to automate repetitive design
tasks through custom CAD macros, add-ons, and asynchronous
applications. The increased productivity and higher quality that
the consultant’s clients realize by automating design processes
translates into significant time and cost savings.
While FDES Technologies Private Limited has experience
developing engineering design automation solutions for a
range of CAD, CAM, and CAE platforms—including AutoCAD®,
Autodesk® Inventor®, SOLIDWORKS®, CATIA®, Unigraphics®,
and ANSYS®—the custom development consultancy prefers
to develop its solutions utilizing the SOLIDWORKS design
platform, according to Managing Director K. Nagarjuna Reddy.
“Although most of our customers utilize SOLIDWORKS software
as their preferred product development platform, that’s not
the only reason that we prefer to utilize SOLIDWORKS for
developing design automation solutions,” Reddy explains.
“There are simply more advantages to working in SOLIDWORKS
and leveraging its open API to create the macros, plug-ins, and
automation applications that are the basis of our business.
“To start with, other CAD applications are not only more difficult
to work with, they also require you to buy a development
license to create automation applications,” Reddy continues.
“We recommend SOLIDWORKS software to our clients because
it provides a more robust, efficient, and cost-effective means
for realizing the level of design automation that our customers
need to compete successfully in a global economy.”
Greater Automation Development Flexibility
By leveraging SOLIDWORKS software and its open API for
custom design automation development, FDES enjoys greater
flexibility in the number of available options and approaches
it can pursue to help customers achieve productivity goals
through custom application development. “Our customers all
have unique and highly specific application requirements,”
Reddy notes. “Because SOLIDWORKS is easier to use and offers
more customization options than other types of CAD software,
it takes less development time and we can do more to develop
design automation applications for SOLIDWORKS.
“With SOLIDWORKS, there are simply a greater number of ways to
integrate automation solutions than with other pieces of software
because you can work with all of the features in SOLIDWORKS,”
Reddy continues. “For example, in SOLIDWORKS, there are
several ways to select a face on a model. With other kinds of CAD
software, you’re forced to use just one method, which ultimately
limits what you are able to do. There’s also greater consistency
across different versions of the SOLIDWORKS API, and the
weldments API is far superior in SOLIDWORKS.”
More Cost-Effective Design Automation
FDES also recommends the SOLIDWORKS design platform for
design automation application development because using
SOLIDWORKS saves its clients money. Customers don’t have
to buy an additional software license, as with other software
packages, and because SOLIDWORKS is easier to use and offers
greater customization flexibility, application development
requires less time.
“On average, developing design automation solutions for
SOLIDWORKS is 25 percent less costly than with other design
software,” Reddy stresses. “Of course, development costs
depend on the complexity of features involved, but generally
speaking, application development requires less actual coding
time with SOLIDWORKS.
“When we do get stuck, which rarely occurs with SOLIDWORKS,
we take advantage of our SOLIDWORKS Subscription Services
license to tap into the high quality support provided by our
SOLIDWORKS reseller,” Reddy adds.
Crane Design in Hours versus a Month
In addition to developing custom design automation
applications for its clients, FDES Technologies Private Limited
developed its own Crane Design Automation software plug-in
to SOLIDWORKS software to completely automate crane design.
Based on user inputs, the plug-in automatically generates a 3D
model of the crane and outputs assembly and component
drawings. The plug-in reduces what would require roughly a
few weeks of design and modeling time to a five-hour process.
“Our business is based on helping our customers automate
existing tools to boost productivity,” Reddy says. “In
recommending the SOLIDWORKS platform, we’re letting
our customers know that the software provides the most
cost-effective, flexible, and robust approach to delivering the
automation solutions that they want and need.”
Develop efficient and cost-effective design automation solutions for its clients.
Leverage SOLIDWORKS design software and the open SOLIDWORKS Application Programming Interface (API).
Cut crane design time from weeks to few hours
Reduced design automation costs by 25 percent
Realized greater flexibility in developing
"Our business is based on helping our customers automate existing tools to boost productivity. In recommending the SOLIDWORKS platform, we’re letting our customers know that the software provides the most cost-effective, flexible, and robust approach to delivering the automation solutions that they want and need."
-K. Nagarjuna Reddy, Managing Director
FDES Technologies leverages SOLIDWORKS and its open API to create custom macros, plug-ins and automation applications. This approach provides greater flexibility in the number of available options and approaches that FDES engineers can pursue as they work to help customers achieve productivity goals.
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