Automotive and Transportation
Thordon Bearings Ing.
Vaughn Power, Marine Systems Designer
"Alibre Design has allowed me to reproduce a full 3D assembly model of our lubrication system. I had already completed a similar design using Mechanical Desktop but was surprised to find that I could complete an entire new design in about half the time using Alibre Design."
Croft Trailer Supply, Inc.
Rick Stephens Jr
"We had no diagrams, drawing, or other technical specifications to build our trailers from. We searched for a CAD package and (luckily) found Alibre Design. It was priced well and performed excellently. Alibre Design has met and exceeded my expectations, not only as a product, but as a company.
We now have 3D models of all of the standard Utility Trailers that we manufacture and should complete the technical drawings within another week. That is 5 unique trailer designs completed. When the drawings are completed, we will be able to hand a set of them to a newly hired welder and virtually walk away. In the past, we have had to use the time of an existing employee to train new welders in the intricacies of how we build trailers. Having these drawings available will increase productivity and save the loss of manpower while "training" a new employee. Thanks Alibre!
Building a trailer isn't rocket science, but our trailers are overbuilt to withstand a significant amount of abuse. Many of our trailers are sold to rental companies and they must be able to withstand rough use time and time again for the rental company to receive value. Others are sold to commercial lawn and landscape companies. We have all seen what those trailers go through simply by driving through any suburban neighborhood or business district.
I am not a degreed engineer. I started using Alibre Design as a consultant simply trying to learn a new "software package". The sales team was outstanding in their level of assistance during the trial period and the support team has not let that reputation down even a little bit. I have never had to wait for more than a couple of hours for a response to any problem I have had, and 98% of the problems that I have had have been of my own creation. The support staff has proven to be highly knowledgeable about the product. They have also shown great patience with a non-engineer and have worked with me to understand engineering terminology and techniques that most users of this product would already have.
I cannot give this product and the Alibre staff enough compliments to express my deep gratitude and happiness with them and the product."
Mike Samorodny, Design Engineer
"We design passenger BiLevel commuter rail cars at Bombardier. Recently we needed to reinforce a connection between the corner post and roof rail of our car body structure.
With Alibre Design, I was able to import the profiles of the complicated extruded aluminum sections from AutoCAD and turn them into 3D models in no time flat.
From there it was possible to design the reinforcing tube and the riveted connections and account for all potential interferences before we tried it in production. I was able to build the model in just a few hours whereas finding enough surplus material to assemble a small mock-up took over two weeks.
Alibre Design is allowing us to experiment with the power of solid modeling and break out of our 2D confinement at last."
Gaspar Acevedo, Engineering Manager
"At Magove, we build custom designed production machinery, welding cells and quality check devices mainly for the automotive industry. We may be building a bagging machine for dog food, a machine tool for a lubrication groove on a crank bearing and a robotic welding cell for exhaust tubes all at the same time.
In this ever changing environment, it’s easy to see that we are never experts on our client’s particular production process because we change processes from one job to the next. This situation makes project reviews and client involvement a critical part of our business success. We used to design using 2D Cad software and it was almost impossible to make our clients review us during the design stage. Reviews happened mostly during early construction and commissioning stages with very high associated costs.
We thought about using 3D software a number of times, but the high cost of a license + training, and the time needed to get productive with the new tool kept us from taking this step. A year ago, we contacted a CAD consultant, who is proficient in all the major CAD packages. He studied our case and spoke to us about Alibre Design suggesting it as a great tool. Today, we own 3 Alibre Design seats and will be buying one or two additional seats next year. We are now pretty much involved in 3D modeling and I can definitely say that the consultant was wrong, Alibre Design is not just an entry level tool, it may well be all you'll ever need.
We didn't only improve client involvement with Alibre Design, but we also improved involvement from our internal design team in reviewing and brainstorming projects in which not everyone was fully involved.
At first, we thought we'd use Alibre Design just for projects where 3D was mandatory, but it didn't take us long to realize that we could drop 2D for good.
Getting started was extremely quick (and fun) thanks to the professional and friendly attitude of the support staff.
Last, it’s impressive how many new features have been added to the software in one year.
I would surely recommend Alibre Design to any one in my field."
Index Sensors & Controls
Tony Thorne, Manager of Engineering
"Our company had utilized Pro/E for the last few years and it has become apparent that Pro-E - (although a powerful program) is not a program for non CAD experts.
If models are created to produce a product, we have expectations to utilize that material in presentations, cut sheets, or other marketing / sales materials, but the mechanical engineers would have to extract those materials at a cost of their time.
What the company needed was a program that provided a powerful CAD package, yet allowed casual users like program managers and application engineers to exploit the work already expended by the engineering department.
After several months of reviewing SolidWorks, Pro/E Wild fire, and Inventor 6.0 (now 8.0), we chose Autodesk Inventor because of the built in interface to our existing MRP system and an intuitive user interface.
Although some of us were biased towards SolidWorks (past life experience), the corporate decision was made based on performance, cost, and how we move forward with quality systems and MRP. Most important is an intuitive interface for casual users.
Unfortunately, those of us with lap tops that travel, provide presentations to customers, etc., would be burdened with a very large chunk of our hard drive dedicated to the modeling program.
Only a few weeks after we installed our new Inventor 7.0 package, I learned of Alibre Design and immediately purchased a personal copy for my laptop. As a manger of engineering, I can now import models created from Inventor and utilize the expended man-hours of mechanical engineering for other media materials - thereby increasing the value of the R&D process.
But as a power electronics engineer with 15 years in the electronics industry, I was extremely impressed with Alibre Design's menu structure and help menus. After only 30 days, I personally have modeled several parts and now using them in presentations of new product ideas, without expending valuable mechanical engineering resources on marketing / sales tools.
Looking at the power of Alibre Design and the easy user interface, I find Alibre Design a more powerful tool and wished I discovered it a month before our purchase of Inventor.
Although the parts I've modeled are still proprietary and cannot post them, I am excited about installing the upgrade to maximize the presentation materials for MS Power Point."
Company: Index Sensors has 27 years experience in the design and development of temperature & pressure sensors, and OEM electronic controls that are utilized in off-road and heavy truck industry.
Electronic MicroSystems, LLC
John Kubesh, Vice President
My background is in the development of low emissions engines, particularly those operated on alternative fuels. I was employed at Southwest Research Institute for 12 years, and my design needs there were handled either by hand-drawn sketches for the technicians and machinists, or by members of the engine design group who used Pro/Engineer. In 2003, I left to join a colleague in his small engineering consulting firm that specialized in development of electronic engine control systems. As part of this work, I had to design components for various fuel injection systems and other control actuators. I knew that I should use some form of solid modeling software to design these parts, but I was familiar enough with Pro/E to know it was very expensive and not that easy to master, so I began looking for alternatives. My first try was to use the free Pro/Desktop software from PTC, but it took me a while just to get through the tutorial, and then it was still not that intuitive for me. I next found Alibre Design on a CD on the back of NASA Tech Briefs magazine, and I gave it a try. Within one day I was using it and felt very comfortable with it, so I purchased it. I have used it for many different purposes, such as designing fuel injection hardware, valves, laying out placement of sensors, etc. It is very powerful and easy to use, and the realized value of this software, in terms of product out versus initial investment of cost and training time, is extremely high."