Pushing the limits of extreme vehicle design with SolidWorks

Supplier: Intercad Pty Ltd
12 April, 2011

"We are riding a wave of innovation that has become possible because of tools like SolidWorks." - Michael Howe, President

SolidWorks 3D CAD Packages are available in Australia and New Zealand through Intercad.

The Challenge

Howe and Howe Technologies, Inc., the subject of a TV show on The Discovery Channel called "Howe & Howe Tech", formed in 2001 after developing the world’s fastest robotic tank, the Ripsaw.

The company has since won a string of contracts from the US Defense Department and private companies to develop extreme vehicles. The firm soon needed to upgrade its AutoCAD 2D design tools to a 3D development platform.

The Solution

After evaluating the Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks 3D design packages, Howe and Howe Technologies chose SolidWorks Premium software as its 3D solution because the software is easier to use, outputs more compatible design data, and integrates well with the firm’s fabrication systems.

Since implementing SolidWorks, the company has shortened fabrication time by 1000 percent, reduced scrap costs by 850 percent, transformed a hobby into a multimillion-dollar business, and increased innovation in extreme vehicle design.

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