Leading European manufacturer switches from 2D to 3D mechanical design software to troubleshoot errors and accelerate design development
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 9, 2003-- President Office Furniture is using SolidWorks(R) software to quickly design the award-winning, stylized office furniture it sells throughout Europe, SolidWorks announced today. With SolidWorks as its primary 3D mechanical design tool, President accelerates design development for its custom desks, tabletops, divider screens, file cabinets, shelves, and credenzas.
President's engineers work closely with customers to tailor
furniture products to their space, decor, and function needs. The
company had been using 2D drawing software, but chose SolidWorks
because it combines an intuitive user interface with the ability to
quickly design multiple configurations of the same product and
automatically apply changes throughout a design. For example, a
customer gives President a last-minute request to add more seats to a
customized workspace that features a large curved-edge desktop with a
low divider screen that allows for both privacy and team
communication. President can use SolidWorks to quickly extend the
desktop and the divider screen and automate the changes throughout the
design while still meeting the customer's delivery schedule.
"We switched to 3D CAD (computer-aided design) because we needed
to develop new products faster, and more accurately than with 2D,"
said Tim O'Brien, managing director at President. "When we evaluated
3D CAD software, we found that SolidWorks was more user friendly and
more versatile than Autodesk Inventor and Solid Edge. It allows us to
troubleshoot potential design problems before we begin to make
prototypes, saving us time and money."
Time to market is crucial for Bedfordshire, England-based
President because success in the office furniture market depends on
bringing innovative products to customers first. SolidWorks helps
President design flair and function into its new products without long
"For 50 years, President has set the bar for office style by
building customer tastes into its furniture designs," said Simon
Booker, SolidWorks sales and marketing director for the UK and
Ireland. "They're demonstrating that making the transition from 2D to
3D can be painless. SolidWorks is easy to learn and use, so President
is able to deliver its customized products faster and more
efficiently, and still blaze a trail for creative office
President Office Furniture is a subsidiary of Skandinavisk Group,
a pan-European collective of designers and manufacturers and one of
Europe's largest office and institutional furniture concerns. It
receives ongoing software implementation, training, and support from
SolidWorks' reseller NT CADCAM.
About President Furniture
One of the foremost authorities in the office furniture market,
President was founded in 1952 and is a consistently profitable
organization with more than 300 employees and an annual turnover of
GBP 26 million. A thriving business needs a creative and practical
working environment. President designs office systems that allow for
the use of ever-changing technology while accommodating new working
practices. President supplies a full range of office solutions:
desking, call center, executive and boardroom furniture, seating,
storage, and screens. For more information, visit the company's Web
About NT CADCAM
NT CADCAM has offices in five locations across the UK and Ireland,
and has in-house expertise in the fields of FEA, CAM, PDM, ERP, and
the integration of all these disciplines. A SolidWorks Solution
Partner, NT CADCAM provides complete end-to-end design and
manufacturing solutions by offering SolidWorks software. Supporting a
wide range of SolidWorks Gold Partner and Solution Partner products,
NT CADCAM provides organizations with a total solution, including
support, training, consulting services, and API programming. For more
information, visit the Web site at
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management (PDM).
Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for
everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user
community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has
shipped more than 245,000 total seats of software worldwide.
SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and
supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. For the
latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the
company's Web site (
www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000
(outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective
owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.
CONTACT: SolidWorks Corporation Simon Booker, +44 (0) 122-334-6900 Email Contact or Beaupre & Co. Public Relations, Inc. Darby Johnson, 603/559-5809 Email Contact