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Propelling Large Air-Moving Fans into New Markets with SolidWorks

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Big Ass Fans, previously known as HVLS Fan Company designs and manufactures a specialised line of low speed ceiling fans and vertical fans to circulate high volumes of air.  

Big ass fans, so called because of their ability to move large volumes of air in industrial, commercial or home settings are designed using SolidWorks applications.  

Big Ass Fans chose SolidWorks design software and SolidWorks Simulation analysis software for their user-friendly operation, allowing the company to easily navigate through automated design configurations, virtual prototyping techniques and 3D visualisation tools.  

Big Ass Fans was able to reduce its design cycles and prototyping costs by using SolidWorks applications.  

A key challenge for Big Ass Fans was in expanding their products into new markets by compressing development cycles and increasing throughput.  

Key benefits derived by Big Ass Fans from SolidWorks applications:  

  • Cut design cycles by 40-50% 
  • Reduced prototyping costs  
  • Leveraged photorealistic renderings for marketing and sales
  • Expanded product line into commercial and residential markets

Jason Williams, Product Designer at Big Ass Fans says that the SolidWorks design configuration tools enabled them to create one design for each model and use configurations to account for different foil lengths as well as available options and accessories.  

He adds that the design software has helped them grow their product line and boost throughput.

SolidWorks 3D CAD software and SolidWorks Simulation software are available from Intercad in Australia and New Zealand. Intercad also offers training and technical support for SolidWorks.

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