Gentex chooses SolidWorks

On June 10 SolidWorks Corporation announced that Gentex Corporation is using its three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to help the company speed design of the machinery it uses to …

On June 10 SolidWorks Corporation announced that Gentex Corporation is using its three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to help the company speed design of the machinery it uses to manufacture its auto-dimming rearview mirrors. SolidWorks(R) software allows Gentex to easily make continuous improvements to its complex machinery, enabling the company to produce mirrors that help make night driving safer. Zeeland, Michigan, US-based Gentex has made night driving safer for millions. Gentex ships more than 80% of the world“s auto-dimming mirrors, and has shipped more than 40 million mirrors since 1987. The machines that manufacture these mirrors range in complexity from 10 parts to 200-foot assembly lines. The company previously used 2D CAD software to design these machines, but wanted the visualization and analysis capabilities available in 3D CAD. These capabilities allow Gentex to get input from designers up front, before moving onto manufacturing prototypes. Gentex chose SolidWorks 3D software because it provided powerful visualization and large assembly capabilities and was also easy to learn and use. In addition to its powerful functionality and ease of use, Gentex chose SolidWorks because of its extensive partner programme. Gentex currently uses several SolidWorks partner solutions, including COSMOS/Works for analysis, CAMWorks for solid machining, and RobotWorks for generating robotic interfaces and paths. Gentex is working with SolidWorks reseller Microsolid Solutions for ongoing software implementation, training, and support.