IQS School of Engineering
Preparing Students For Careers In The Industry with SOLIDWORKS Education Edition
COVERING MORE GROUNDSince implementing SOLIDWORKS Education Edition software as its primary platform, IQS has been able to provide its students with more extensive experience in real-world product development and manufacturing techniques. “We use SOLIDWORKS for many student projects, beginning with sketch tracing and 3D scanning, before moving on to design optimization using simulation and fl uid-fl ow analysis tools, the creation of molds and sheet metal parts, and manufacturing,” Garcia explains. “SOLIDWORKS Education Edition is the full package for engineering education and is easy to learn, which allows us to broaden student training,” Garcia continues. “The integration between simulation, fl uid-fl ow analysis, motion analysis, and plastic injection simulation, all within a parametric model, enables us to provide students with the complete designthrough- manufacturing experience.”
FEWER ERRORS, MORE COST-EFFECTIVE PRODUCTIONWith the range of simulation and engineering tools provided with SOLIDWORKS Education Edition software, IQS students can more quickly create accurate designs, make fewer design errors, and minimize reliance on physical prototypes. Complete integration between SolidCAM and SOLIDWORKS software (SOLIDWORKS serves as the geometry engine for SolidCAM) has also helped to reduce the program’s manufacturing costs. “With SOLIDWORKS, we’ve reduced design time by 50 to 99 percent while simultaneously cutting design errors by 30 percent,” Garcia stresses. “This time reduction is even more signifi cant if we integrate simulation into our process. We hardly use prototypes anymore and estimate that we have reduced prototyping costs by 50 percent and manufacturing costs by 20 percent since moving to SOLIDWORKS. We can check many design options with SOLIDWORKS. We design plastic components with an optimized mold that allows us to achieve serial parts without prototypes. We can then manufacture the molds directly with the integration of SolidCAM in our process.”
ACQUIRING SKILLS AND CERTIFICATIONIn addition to helping the IQS School of Engineering provide students with a more complete industrial engineering technology experience, the transition to SOLIDWORKS provides students with the opportunity to gain industry-recognized certifi cation of their SOLIDWORKS skills by taking the Certifi ed SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) exam. Recently, 102 students chose to take the exam, of which 96 passed, gaining the CSWA certifi cation that improves student employment prospects. “By standardizing on SOLIDWORKS Education Edition software, we provide our students not only with the skills that most closely match industry needs, but also the opportunity to gain certifi cation of those skills,” Garcia notes. “In short, SOLIDWORKS helps our students learn more and then apply what they learn by making it easier to secure employment.”
Make the learning and use of 3D CAD tools more efficient to more fully prepare students—by acquiring more extensive design and production skills—for careers in industry.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 3D design and engineering software as the primary CAD platform supporting its industrial engineering technology curriculum.
- Slashed development time by 50 to 99 percent
- Cut prototyping costs by 50 percent
- Reduced design errors by 30 percent
- Decreased manufacturing costs by 20 percent