President Office Furniture Brings Comfort, Style to the Workplace Using SolidWorks Software

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 development cycles.

"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 environments."

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 site at


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: DASTY, 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 ( 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.

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