Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that break from the competition have more than a few things in common, according to Aberdeen Research. These best-in-class performers report higher profit margins, get to market earlier, and spend less money on product development.
We’ve talked in recent posts about how these companies are more likely to use 3D CAD, simulate during design, enlist product data management, and handle last-minute changes with tools like flexible modeling. Now meet some of these “best-in-class” companies and find out how they do it.
American VULKAN Corporation creates couplings and drive shafts for marine propulsion, power transmission equipment for industrial applications, and solder-free locking systems for refrigerant tubes.
Recently, the company decided to convert legacy AutoCAD and Microstation 2D drawings to 3D models and improve the design to manufacturing workflow. So it chose Creo Parametric and Windchill. And because AVC designers also need to easily and quickly change models, even late in the design process, they added Creo Flexible Modeling Extension, which provides direct modeling capabilities for modifying the model without worrying about design intent.
How does PTC help this company become best in class? “Using Creo Parametric and flexible modeling, we more efficiently reuse our existing design data to reduce new project design time by 75%,” says Matthew Moore, mechanical engineer at AVC. And that’s freed up time to invest in R&D for new products and working to win new business.
For example, the video below shows the U.S. Navy’s USS Independence combat ship, which includes AVC lightweight multiple-section carbon fiber propulsion shaft lines in its propulsion system. Read more of the American Vulkan Corporation story.
An industry leader in simulation equipment for flight education, AMST develops innovative products that offer pilots the opportunity to practice flight maneuvers while experiencing the physical discomfort of high altitudes, spatial disorientation, and G-forces—all from the safety of the ground
AMST uses Creo Parametric to create its 3D digital models. Then, to ensure models perform well under real-life conditions, it also uses Creo Simulate. Windchill PDMLink pulls it all together as the central hub for product development.
As Christian Baicher, the CAD/PLM Administrator at AMST says, “The pervasiveness of an integrated solution for all areas helps us not only to operate within ever stricter budget and time constraints, but also raises our competitiveness, most of all through achievement of the highest quality with increased innovation.” Read more of the AMST story.
The Institute of Musculoskeletal Science and Education (IMSE) is an engineering and development firm that specializes in medical devices (see image below). “We take a paper napkin sketch and deliver an FDA-cleared and manufactured device or product for large companies or regional start-ups or individuals.”
IMSE stands out because it doesn’t market the devices it engineers. Rather, everything is developed for other companies for a more ethical and fair work environment for the surgeons on its staff.
IMSE is also unique because it engineers everything in house, with PTC solutions supporting all of IMSE’s technology needs. Creo coupled with Windchill PDM Essentials has created an environment that is 40% more stable compare to when the company was using Autodesk Inventor. Plus, by using Creo Simulate, IMSE cut months off of the prototype phase of its projects. Read more of the IMSE story.
Aston Martin Racing has been an icon of speed and subtle sexiness for almost 100 years, winning the most distinctive races in the world. Take a look at the company’s Vantage GT3:
The production behind the car is as impressive the video. The team at Aston Martin designed and launched the GT3 in just 9 months!
Aston Martin uses Creo Parametric, along with Creo Simulate and Windchill, PTC’s Product Lifecycle Management system. “The combination of very good design modeling software and a leading data management solution made PTC our best choice,” says Dan Sayers, chief engineer at Aston Martin Racing.” Read more of the Aston Martin story.