Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins is an award-winning British company producing high quality hi-fi equipment such as wireless music systems, loudspeakers and portable audio products. Based in Worthing, West Sussex, their range of speakers are often found in top-end studios such as Abbey Road, London and Skywalker Sound, California.
The graphic design team at Bowers & Wilkins had no way of manipulating 3D CAD data to produce their customer manuals and quick start guides. Their design workflow was restricted by the drawing office's availability that traditionally had to re-enter the documentation to create 2D formats of each requested 3D drawing.
Bowers & Wilkins wanted a way to speed up access to the engineering data, reduce the dependency of the design team on the drawing office and accelerate products' time-to-market.
SOLIDWORKS Composer allows users to work directly from 3D engineering CAD data to make high quality illustrations and photorealistic images.
Although Bowers & Wilkins use NXD and files, graphic co-ordinator Katy Haylor was able to import them as 3D Step files into SOLIDWORKS Composer and work from the entire range of drawings, to get the exact images and angles she wanted.
- Production of user guides up to 80 per cent faster
- Improved design
- Improved workflows
- More effective time management
NT CADCAM arranged for a three-day training course at Bowers & Wilkins' London offices and Katy was up and running with the software straight away. "NT CADCAM has been very helpful. The training was good and the subsequent support has been great," says Katy. "No matter how small or tiny the issue - NT CADCAM would always come back to me with a working solution. They are always coming to us to arrange training sessions with more hints and tips. There is so much you can do with the software".
"SOLIDWORKS Composer has completely changed the way we can create our user guides. I am working more efficiently and accurately now and with the added benefits of animations and interactive PDFs creation, we are looking to advance our user guides in the future. At the moment we only scratch the surface with what the software can offer us, but so far it has proved invaluable."
Graphic co-ordinator, Bowers & Wilkins