News | October 7, 2006

Tobermory Accelerates Product Creativity, Development With SolidWorks®, COSMOSWorks

Concord, MA - Tobermory Ltd. is using SolidWorks® 3D CAD and COSMOS® design analysis software to design everything from precision medical devices to machines that make silicon computer chips. The U.K. consultancy designs more innovative custom products faster with SolidWorks® and COSMOS® than with its previous 2D and 3D software.

Since 1997, Tobermory is believed to have worked with companies of all sizes in a variety of industries including aerospace, electronics packaging, semi-conductor, medical, building and construction, public sector, and nuclear. Some of its projects include outdoor Internet access kiosks and complex wing de-icing systems for Boeing aircraft. Aside from providing innovative product designs and the manufacturing services to complete clients' products, Tobermory also analyzes clients' product designs to determine if they'll stand up to different stresses or behave as expected during use. The company is believed to have standardized on SolidWorks® and COSMOS® software to streamline product development, minimize errors, and enhance creativity.

One of Tobermory's specialties is designing large machines used in silicon chip manufacturing. The machine passes gas over silicone wafers at temperatures in excess of 1,000°Celsius, depositing the elements that make up the different chip layers. Tobermory modeled the machine in SolidWorks® three times faster than it took in Pro/ENGINEER. It used COSMOSWorks® design analysis software to check the structural integrity of the machine design and COSMOSFloWorks™ fluid flow simulation tool to ensure the proper gas flow throughout the chip-making process. "Having SolidWorks and COSMOSFloWorks integrated is invaluable to us," said Jones. "Otherwise, we'd have to learn and run two programs."

Because of the customization involved in most of its clients' projects, Tobermory frequently shares designs with clients using SolidWorks eDrawings® e-mail-enabled design communication tool. Recipients can view, edit, rotate, and manipulate 3D models as if they were holding them in their hands. Tobermory also uses PhotoWorks™ photorealistic rendering tool to create lifelike images of its clients' products for marketing and sales endeavors.

Tobermory relies on authorized SolidWorks® reseller Cadtek Systems for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

SOURCE: Tobermory Ltd.