CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 6, 2006— Redneck Engineering, a South Carolina company crafting custom motorcycles for everyday folks, is building better bikes faster with SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software.
SolidWorks is Redneck's first CAD software product. Owner Vince
"Nobody" Doll learned to use SolidWorks software last year in a
four-day crash course and has since shortened his concept-to-product
cycle by 75 percent. Prior to learning SolidWorks software, he had
been frustrated trying to communicate his intent to CAD specialists
who second-guessed him.
Within 24 hours of finishing his training course, Doll solved a
problem he'd been working on for two weeks, quickly completing the
design for the XB Bobber, a popular low-slung street rod. SolidWorks
Office Premium and its integrated COSMOS(R) analysis software also
enabled Redneck to develop its first line of "soft tails," or bikes
with rear suspension.
"I wanted 3D CAD so I could create models myself rather than
describe my ideas to someone who thought he knew better than I did,"
Doll said. "My research on CAD products on the market came out
six-to-one in favor of SolidWorks software for its ease of use and
bang for the buck. My choice panned out. When I went through training,
there were half a dozen engineers learning SolidWorks, too, but I was
able to keep up with them. I'd dabbled previously with AutoCAD(R) and
Autodesk Inventor(R) software, but they were goofy to learn.
SolidWorks, on the other hand, is easy enough to use for anybody. It's
the best money I ever spent on my business."
SolidWorks software paid for itself many times over, according to
Doll. It has allowed Redneck to sell pricey prototyping machines the
company no longer needs since designs can now be developed and
analyzed completely online. SolidWorks software has streamlined
communication between Doll and his 20 employees who make the bikes.
Doll can now set a part model printout on a work table and design the
tooling right around it, reducing tooling time from two weeks to two
Perhaps most importantly, SolidWorks and COSMOS software are
helping Redneck build better motorcycles. The software makes it easy
to achieve the proper fork trail - the offset of the front wheel axle
from the fork axis - and COSMOSMotion helps ensure that bikes stay
flat while steering. Doll can easily analyze suspension design,
including compression, rebound rates, and swing-arm action. Mass
properties enable the company to quickly calculate weights and
pinpoint centers of balance for sure handling. SolidWorks has also
taken over calculation work Doll previously performed with cumbersome
spreadsheets. These capabilities came together dramatically in the
company's daring customization of a rare Vincent Black Shadow
motorcycle that will be showcased at the prestigious Antique
Motorcycle Show next spring at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Los Angeles.
Doll explains that SolidWorks "frees (his) mind" by letting him
make a 3D model, tack a printout on the wall, and think about
improving the design every time he walks by it. He demonstrated
SolidWorks software to other bike builders at the recent Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally, prompting a German designer to switch to SolidWorks
"Art and engineering make fine bedfellows, and that's what you're
experiencing when you see one of Redneck's machines," said Rainer
Gawlick, SolidWorks Corporation's vice president of worldwide
marketing. "SolidWorks software helps the inspired designer
concentrate on his or her vision rather than the workings of the CAD
tool, resulting in machines that demonstrate superior looks and
Redneck Engineering relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller TPM
for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
About Redneck Engineering
Redneck Engineering, based in Liberty, S.C., builds really cool,
functional and affordable motorcycles for everyday folks. Redneck
Engineering doesn't give a damn how they do it on the West coast. For
more information, visit www.redneckengineering.com.
For more than 3 decades, TPM has used technology and expertise to
bring greater productivity to the creative design process. TPM
supports the entire design process from conception and collaboration
to management and presentation. At the heart of it all is an
unwavering dedication to our clients' success. For more information,
please visit www.tpm.com.
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
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, giving teams intuitive, high-performing
software that helps them design better products. For the latest news,
information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site
(www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America,
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
COSMOS is a registered trademark and COSMOSMotion is a trademark of
Structural Research & Analysis Corporation. Other brand and product
names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2006
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