Consumer Products

Accelerating development of custom furniture collections

FlexSteel Industries, Inc.
The Challenge

Named for the famous “flexsteel” spring that revolutionized furniture comfort, Flexsteel Industries, Inc., has led the North American furniture industry for over a century. In 2008, Flexsteel’s Contract Furniture Group decided to upgrade its product development platform from AutoCAD® 2D tools to a 3D design system to increase productivity and improve accuracy.

The Solution

After evaluating several 3D packages, including Unigraphics®, Pro/ENGINEER®, and SolidWorks® software, Flexsteel chose SolidWorks Professional design software. Flexsteel selected SolidWorks software because it’s easy to use; includes visualization, configuration, and surfacing tools; and provides the smoothest transition path from 2D. The company also acquired 3DVIA Composer™ technical communications software, with which it plans to improve product and manufacturing documentation. By implementing SolidWorks, Flexsteel shortened its product development cycles by five to seven weeks, reduced errors and associated rework by 40 percent, cut prototyping requirements by 30 percent, and introduced a new custom-configured business model.

The Results
  • Shortened product development cycles by five to seven weeks
  • Reduced errors and rework by 40 percent
  • Cut prototyping requirements by 30 percent
  • Introduced new custom-configured business model

"SolidWorks has enabled Flexsteel to reduce time and costs by taking the fat out of our development cycle as we strive to make it as lean as possible."
- Andrew Rudisill, Engineering SolidWorks Supervisor

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