|[November 16, 2012]
Lakowa Utilizes ZW3D and Allows Success to Speak for Itself
GUANGZHOU, China --(Business Wire)--
Lakowa is a development partner, systems supplier, and manufacturer that
was founded in Wilthen, Germany in 1913. They specialize in developing
and producing extraordinary plastic parts and use the 3D
CAD/CAM solution, ZW3D to design them.
In 2004, Lakowa
decided to upgrade its development tools because they were having
difficulty with their current system's lack of surface functions when
attempting 3D constructions. ZW3D
was chosen because of its innovative and self geometric modeling kernel
with surface features. The custom modules for tools and CAM processing
as well as accurate data exchange aided this decision. The excellent
value for money along with compelling service from Encee,
ZW3D's reseler in Germany was also a crucial factor.
Lakowa's custom development department has 10 licenses on ZW3D. It helps
the engineers fulfill challenging tasks by taking in account the
customers' own tools, production techniques and manufactured products.
"The acquisition of the data model in ZW3D works better each year,"
commented Andreas Happel, Director of Engineering and Development. "The
program is evolving quickly and emphatically."
Most data Lakowa receives is native CATIA-files,
which is taken as STEP-data with module parameters. The models are then
modified according to requirements of process technology and it is
completed in ZW3D without a hitch.
Specific and Useful Functions
Lakowa mainly receives orders for new development within existing
assembly-structures that are meant to take place within ambient
conditions. The stable hybrid modeler has all the features that can be
found in much more expensive CAD programs and ZW3D has specific and very
useful functions for the preparation of thermoforming: for example,
geometrical figures can be quickly and easily checked for undercuts.
Continuous CAD/CAM Functions
"The process of data transfer regarding design and part-design for
manufacturing molds was an important criterion in selecting the
program," said Andreas Happel. The powerful CAM module of ZW3D is used
for: de-molding plastic parts that are provided by in-house production
facilities and cut with openings and holes. The 5 axis milling programs
are created directly in the ZW3D - without interface data loss or
Individual Support and Training
Encee's excellent reputation has once again shown through with their
attentiveness and quality of service. Phone (News - Alert) inquiries, remote
maintenance requests and difficult cases are handled quickly and
efficiently. Encee also provides personnel training where participants
are asked to consider and review problems they have encountered in order
to provide the others with comprehensive and reasonable solutions. This
saves a lot of time and constantly enables Lakowa to improve the way
Success speaks for itself: Lakowa was able to expand its
RIM-part-manufacturing, molding, CNC machining and assembly. ZW3D has
proven it can meet their demands and more.
is cost-effective CAD/CAM software for 3D modeling, mold design, and
machining, which takes engineers from concept to finished product in one
easy-to-use, single collaborative environment.
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