Swiss Watchmaker Uses SolidWorks To Transform Complexity Into An Art Form

CAD And Simulation Help Company Reduce Design Cycle By 40 Percent And Cut Design Costs 60 Percent

CONCORD, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 11, 2011 — There’s no such thing as “too complicated” in Franck Muller’s world, and if there were it would be a compliment. The Swiss watchmaker celebrates complexity, layering one component on another to create some of the world’s most expensive and sought-after timepieces.

Franck Muller uses SolidWorks® CAD, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, and SolidWorks Simulation software as its primary design platform for combining 21st century engineering with classical features such as repeaters and tourbillions – rotating enclosures that compensate for gravity’s effect on the mechanism. Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega 4 Grande Sonnerie Westminster Carillon watch was the most complex wristwatch ever designed when it was created in 2009. It packs 1,483 individual elements, 205 sub-assemblies and 36 “complications,” or added features, into a space small enough to fit on a customer’s wrist.

“The movements in this watch are so precisely packed in a small space that it would not have been possible to have a clear overview of how the mechanisms function within the allotted space without SolidWorks 3D design tools,” said Franck Muller R&D Engineer Jean Pierre Golay.

SolidWorks software enabled Franck Muller engineers to shorten the design cycle by 40 percent and cut development costs by 60 percent. During development of the Aeternitas Mega 4, SolidWorks helped reduce design errors by 30 percent.

“Once the size of the watch is defined, the challenge is to figure out a way to design the various mechanisms to fit and function within the case,” Golay said. “This challenge becomes increasingly difficult when developing complicated movement. SolidWorks software not only allows us to visualize individual components but also to simulate the motion of components and mechanisms, so we can avoid interference errors.”

Franck Muller chose SolidWorks solutions for their ease of use, advanced design and simulation capabilities, and seamless integration between the CAD, simulation and product data management applications.

“Any competent designer can make something complex, but it takes real creativity to make complexity into the kind of beauty you see in Franck Muller watches,” said Christine Washburn, vice president, corporate marketing, SolidWorks. “We’re grateful that Franck Muller chose our software as the canvas its designers use to experiment and innovate as they explore ways to make a centuries-old craft new.”

Franck Muller works with SolidWorks authorized reseller Axemble for ongoing training and technical support.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2011 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.



Contact:

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.
Kristen Wilson, 978-318-5245
Email Contact
www.solidworks.com
or
Beaupre
Carrie O’Neil, 603-559-5813
Email Contact
www.beaupre.com




Review Article Be the first to review this article

Harris

Featured Video
Jobs
Senior Account Manager, Utilities for RAMTeCH Software Solutions, Inc. at Stillwater, Minnesota
GIS Analyst for Institute for Children and Poverty at New York, California
Business Development Leader for Geomni, Inc at Spartanburg, South Carolina
LiDar Specialist for Geomni, Inc at Frederick, Maryland
Vice President, GIS Business Unit for RAMTeCH Software Solutions, Inc. at Stillwater, Minnesota
Management Analys for City of Lenexa at Lenexa, Kansas
Upcoming Events
Eye On Earth Symposium 2018 at Mina A’Salam Hotel Dubai United Arab Emirates - Oct 22 - 24, 2018
SGEM Florence 2018, Palazzo Borghese at Palazzo Borghese, Via Ghibellina 110, 50122 Florence, Italy Florence Florence Italy - Oct 23 - 26, 2018
Esri Malaysia User Conference 2018 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - Oct 25, 2018
GEO Week 2018 at Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto) Kyoto Japan - Oct 29 - 2, 2018
Teledyne Optech
Teledyne:



Internet Business Systems © 2018 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise