in SolidWorks August 22, 2017
- Facilitated design needs of global network of digital fabrication centers
- Grew total number of Fab Labs to more than 1,000
- Expanded Fab Lab network to encompass 87 countries
- Extended STEM education opportunities worldwide via Fab Academy
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The ChallengeSupport a global network of Fab Lab digital prototyping, fabrication, and manufacturing centers to provide greater access to production facilities and opportunities for rapid product development, as well as to offer worldwide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education via the Fab Academy.
The SolutionThe Fab Foundation chose to make one SOLIDWORKS Premium commercial license available to each officially designated Fab Lab and Fab Academy—as well as 10 SOLIDWORKS Education Edition licenses to each Fab Academy site—because the software is easy to learn and use, is a preferred 3D CAD package of companies and universities worldwide, and supports all of the different types of geometry data needs of the equipment within a Fab Lab. By deploying SOLIDWORKS software for use at Fab Labs and the Fab Academy, the Fab Foundation facilitated the design needs of its global network of digital fabrication centers, grew its total number of Fab Labs to more than 1,000, expanded the Fab Lab network to encompass 87 countries, and extended STEM education opportunities worldwide via the Fab Academy.
"Having access to SOLIDWORKS tools is a terrific benefit for Fab Lab users, whether they are students or entrepreneurs. The growth of our Fab Lab network is very exciting—there are currently about 1,000 Fab Labs in 87 countries on the official list, with the number of labs doubling every year and a half—and the availability of SOLIDWORKS has been a significant contributor to our growth and success.”
- Sherry Lassiter , Fab Foundation Director
Products(s) Used: SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks Education Edition
Benefit: Value, Power, Collaboration, Ease of Use, Focus on Design, Design Better Products, Innovation, Manufacturability, Integration, Improve Time-to-Market, Eliminate Rework, Improve Quality