Dauphin North America
Since seating standards and requirements differ across countries and markets—for instance,
US office furniture must be larger than European seating—Dauphin North America modifies
and adapts furniture designs, which are originally developed at the company’s headquarters
in Germany, to serve the needs of its diverse markets. The company also creates original
furniture designs that are specific to North America, such as lounge seating, which are not
sold in other countries.
The company say they encountered compatibility and stability issues working in Inventor.
“While I was able to open some Mechanical Desktop files, I could not open all of them. As
a result, I had to work through many software crashes. A colleague at our sister company,
Bosse, was using SOLIDWORKS® software, and could open the files that I could not. Before I
could work on the files in Inventor, I had to first open them in SOLIDWORKS software and then
save them as Inventor files.”
That time-consuming experience, combined with a lack of effective support, prompted
Hawkes to further investigate SOLIDWORKS software. At the same time, the German design
group was also evaluating SOLIDWORKS software. Dauphin North America chose to migrate to SOLIDWORKS Professional because of its ease of use, advanced surfacing tools, configuration
capabilities, responsive reseller support, and compatibility with Mechanical Desktop
and AutoCAD legacy data. The German design group also made the move to SOLIDWORKS software.
- Cut design cycles by 50 percent
- Substantially reduced design errors
- Developed product families from a single design
- Improved data compatibility with partners worldwide
"SOLIDWORKS software is so easy to use that i end up working at least twice as fast as I did in inventor."