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OCC works with SolidWorks Premium design software to build custom motorcycles

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Orange County Choppers (OCC) relies on SolidWorks Premium design software to build custom motorcycles, allowing the company to efficiently respond to the orders that accompany its popular ‘American Chopper’ television show.  

OCC has been designing and building custom motorcycles since 1999 to deliver on the orders that result from its successful reality television show, American Chopper.  

Founder Paul Teutul, Sr., realised the need for the company to leverage computerised design and manufacturing technologies to handle the dramatic increase in business.  

OCC standardised on SolidWorks Premium design software as its design platform for the application’s ease of use, design visualisation and surfacing tools as well as easy integration with MasterCAM computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, which automates machining on the company’s HAAS CNC production systems.    

Following the implementation of SolidWorks Premium design software, OCC has benefited from accelerated time-to-market, shortened design cycles, lower development costs and lesser need for prototyping.  

Key results:  

  • Accelerated time-to-market by 100% 
  • Shortened design cycles by 75% 
  • Cut development costs by 50% 
  • Eliminated several rounds of prototyping    
Jason Pohl, Senior Designer at OCC comments that SolidWorks is the backbone of their development effort as it enables them to refine the design, and then control the production of parts with a high degree of precision.   


Key benefits derived by OCC from SolidWorks Premium software include collaboration, implementation, ease of use, better product design, total cost of ownership, innovation, manufacturability, advanced modelling, automated documentation, photorealistic renderings and integration.  

SolidWorks 3D CAD design software is also available in Australia and New Zealand from Intercad .

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