Airplane Hangar Doors Stand Up To Extreme Conditions With SolidWorks

Jewers Doors switched to SolidWorks to design products that enclose the world's largest hangars, protect against explosions at weapons depots, and mute sound at large plants

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 30, 2006— Jewers Doors Limited has standardized on SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software to streamline development of massive airplane hangar doors that must withstand gale force winds and earthquakes at airports around the world. The U.K. company speeds design time and reduces errors while ensuring its products, which also include bomb-proof and sound-proof doors, are durable enough to stand up to heavy use and harsh environments.

Founded in 1983, Bedfordshire-based Jewers Doors has established an industry reputation for designing custom-fit mechanical hangar doors that can weigh as much as 35 tons and reach nearly 600 meters wide. It has also installed doors that contain blasts at oil refineries and ordinance storage facilities. Some of its customers include British Airways, Texaco, and NATO. The company standardized on SolidWorks for new product development to enhance collaboration between engineers working in 2D and 3D and fuel innovation for increasingly complex customer demands.

"We switched from AutoCAD(R) and Inventor(R) to SolidWorks because we wanted to design in a stable environment that was easy to use and had strong weldment capabilities," said Steve Boxall, drawing office manager at Jewers Doors. "Weldments play a huge role in our products, and using SolidWorks helps us ensure that each welded joint will more than adequately do its job. That's important when our doors must stand up to earthquakes, strong winds, or explosions."

SolidWorks allows Boxall and his team to save time by reusing many standard weldment models throughout a project or for different projects. SolidWorks also saves time by automating changes throughout a design, a process that Boxall said was tedious and conducive to errors in Inventor. He added that AutoCAD forced engineers to redraw the entire part or door.

Jewers Doors engineers use SolidWorks DWGEditor(TM) to convert their 3D SolidWorks models to 2D formats to share designs with suppliers, partners, and customers who use AutoCAD. They also use eDrawings(R) e-mail-enabled design communication tool to share product information with recipients who can review, edit, and rotate solid models or drawings as if they were holding them. SolidWorks RealView tool enables engineers to generate lifelike images of doors for compelling sales presentations.

"Building doors that protect planes and maintenance crews from harsh environments or contain potentially deadly explosions means zero tolerance for mistakes," said SolidWorks Marketing Manager, Europe, Simon Booker. "Jewers Doors is using SolidWorks to bridge the gap between its partners and customers using 2D, and its engineers working in 3D, to deliver on that promise."

Jewers Doors relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Solid Solutions Management for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Jewers Doors Limited

Jewers Doors Limited is a privately owned family company dedicated to the design, manufacture, and installation of sliding folding industrial doors and aircraft hangar doors. The company manufactures the world renowned Esavian aircraft hangar door range and the Phoenix industrial door range. For more information, visit the Web site (

About Solid Solutions Management

Founded in 1998, Solid Solutions focuses on providing industry-leading software and services. This philosophy has helped Solid Solutions gain respect, recognition, and awards as an established and high-capability supplier of SolidWorks software. With main offices in Warwick and Fareham, and regional training facilities throughout the U.K., Solid Solutions supports thousands of customers encompassing all industry sectors and ranging in size from single-person operations to large multi-national organizations. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, providing intuitive, high-performing software that helps product design teams develop great products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks and eDrawings are registered trademarks and DWGEditor is a trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2006 SolidWorks Corporation.

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