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Pressure regulator manufacturer adds flow simulation to SolidWorks 3D design software

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article image Dresser uses integrated SolidWorks design and Flow Simulation solution for product development

Leading pressure regulator manufacturer Dresser added SolidWorks Flow Simulation computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software to their suite of design tools. The company already holds nine licences of SolidWorks 3D design software.

Dresser’s Pressure Regulation Group migrated from CADKey 2D design tools to SolidWorks 3D design software for product development requirements.  

In an effort to accelerate product development in 2005, the Group sought to investigate how it could leverage integrated simulation capabilities. Dresser was particularly interested in using fluid flow simulation to gain a better understanding of how fluids moved within its regulators and the effects of fluid flow on product performance.  

By simulating pressurised fluid flows, the regulator manufacturer hoped to shorten development cycles and streamline prototyping processes.  

While retaining its nine licenses of SolidWorks 3D design software, Dresser added integrated SolidWorks Flow Simulation computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Key reasons for choosing SolidWorks design tools included ease of use, integrated simulation tools, and advanced visualisation capabilities.  

Using SolidWorks Flow Simulation software, the company’s designers utilise fluid flow simulation results to optimise designs, not only improving product performance, but also reducing the time and cost associated with protracted prototyping and testing requirements.  

Key results from the integrated SolidWorks design and Flow Simulation solution:  

  • Reduced development cycles by 50% 
  • Cut validation time from a half-day to 15 minutes 
  • Acquired rapid casting capabilities for prototyping 
  • Improved design visualisation with photorealistic rendering    
According to Ben Bailey, 3D Designer, CAD Administrator and PDM/PLM Administrator at Dresser, SolidWorks Flow Simulation software provides greater insight into their pressure vessels.


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

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