Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services had a painstakingly manual process that required engineers to design parts using 2D CAD software. Then CNC programmers needed to re-draw the part in 3D CAM software prior to machining. This additional step negatively affected part completion times, which in turn, affected aircraft maintenance turn times. They knew it was time for a software upgrade.
AMES needed the ability to create 3D models and wanted software that was user friendly plus allowed them to model their sheet metal and machined parts quickly and efficiently. After a 3DVision Technologies demonstration of all the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS, Jeff Smith, Manufacturing Specialist, knew they had found the right software. “We saw the value the SOLIDWORKS capabilities could bring to our operation and knew we had to bring this into production.”
The solution was to utilize SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Inspection to provide their customers a one-stop total solution for aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul.
After purchasing SOLIDWORKS Professional, AMES continued to maximize their investment by having multiple engineers participate in 3DVision Technologies led training. They gained crucial skills by taking SOLIDWORKS Essentials, Sheet Metal and Weldments classes. “They [3DVision Technologies] offer great training here. I think it would be really tough to just dive into it and learn it on your own without at least an essentials class. They gave me everything I needed to get started” Smith says.
AMES recently added SOLIDWORKS Inspection to their suite of SOLIDWORKS products. With some of their assemblies containing over 300 characteristics, SOLIDWORKS Inspection was a game changer when creating First Article Inspection Reports (AS9102). What normally would take days to complete, can now be done in a matter of hours.
“Tech support is awesome, everything from installation, updating to a new version, or just a simple question about flattening a part, the guys have always been great,” Smith notes.