The Advantage of SolidWorks for Bespoke Metal Fabrications

Updated: May 11, 2018

As one of the leading metal fabricators in the UK, we are often commissioned to make a variety of bespoke metal fabrications to a range of client briefs and specifications, all of which benefit from our years of experience with and in-depth understanding of the SolidWorks design programme. Our on-going expertise in SolidWorks doesn’t only reiterate to our clients that we strive to remain at the forefront of the metal fabrication industry, but also allows us to turn pretty much any idea into reality without first requiring a large amount of financial investment.

What is SolidWorks?

SolidWorks is a Computer Aided Design (also referred to as CAD) programme that is universally popular throughout the metal fabrication industry, owing to the wealth of flexibility and creative control it affords engineers. Solid Works’ CAD software allows us to create fully rendered 3D models of almost anything the client requires us to build, from data rack cabinets to office furniture.

Drawing on simple 2D specification drawings, our engineers begin by in-putting a set of parameters into the SolidWorks programme, including size, thickness and material-type, which produces the various components of the bespoke metal product. We then digitally assemble the various components, such as shelves, struts or support beams for example, to create a three dimensional representation of what the finished article will look like. Recent advances in SolidWorks software have allowed us to provide clients with even more detail at this crucial design phase, incorporating factors like paintwork and texture into their previews and allowing them to make better informed creative decisions.

After a process of careful testing and examination, these models are then passed on to the production team who personally oversee the entire bespoke metal manufacturing process. We then aim to refine and ship your bespoke metal fabrication, be it a display stand or a tool cabinet, in as short a turn-around time as possible, without compromising our stringent quality control standards.

What are the advantages of SolidWorks?

Increased versatility: At DB Sheetmetals, bespoke metal manufacturing is perhaps the most interesting, dynamic and varied part of what we do, which is why SolidWorks is such an integral part of our processes. CAD programmes such as this offer our engineers an unrivalled level of freedom and creative control when it comes to bespoke metalwork projects, something that our clients come to benefit from through products that are unique and striking without compromising durability and quality. SolidWorks enables our designers to take a step outside of the box, and allows them room for error that simply wouldn’t have been afforded otherwise.

Lower risk: As professional bespoke metal manufacturers, CAD programmes like SolidWorks allows us to better consult with our clients at the early design stages. This means that we can spot issues like structural weakness, or even work out aspects of the design that they’re not keen on, before the piece goes into full-scale production. This reduces the risk of wasting costly materials and thus helps to minimise our clients’ overheads, providing a more cost-efficient, risk-free service all round.

Better accuracy: Thanks to recent advances in SolidWorks software, we are now able to provide clients with increasingly accurate, realistic 3D models that take factors like material-type, texture and aesthetic finish into consideration, enabling them to better visualise the finished bespoke metal products. This in turn allows them to have a more active hand in the design and creation process, and ensures that their requirements and preferences remain at the heart of the item, regardless of whether it’s a simple metal bracket or a complex computer enclosure. 

The overall advantage of SolidWorks CAD software for both us and our clients is that it takes the risk out of bespoke metal fabrication. It allows us to produce comprehensive, realistic designs that benefit from the combined creative input of our engineers and customers. These designs require no materials, and thus can give the client an accurate measure of our skill set and ideas without incurring a large amount of financial investment.