Orange County Choppers
speeds reverse-engineering with DezignWorks software.
County Choppers has garnered worldwide praise and recognition for their custom
motorcycles. Established as a business in 1999, the shop grew out of Orange County
Ironworks, a steel fabrication enterprise founded nearly 30 years ago by custom-chopper
builder and rider Paul Teutul Sr. OCC jumped on the custom-bike scene at Daytona
Biketoberfest 1999 with "True Blue," a classic chopper built in the
basement of Paul Sr.'s house.
then, the company has continued to design
and manufacture high-end customized choppers,
specializing in theme bikes. American Chopper
is a reality television program that chronicles
the company's latest creations. The program
can be viewed on the Discovery Channel. Orange
County Choppers creates their own product
line and custom designs some state of the
back, SOLIDWORKS Express spoke with Jason
Pohl, an artist/designer at OCC about the
company's use of DezignWorks and SOLIDWORKS®
process did your company use to complete reverse-engineering tasks prior to using
"Previous to using DezignWorks, we relied on a drafting
board, calipers and a ruler."
challenge led you to consider/choose DezignWorks?
"We needed to
to accelerate our CNC parts line."
type of digitizing devices are you using with DezignWorks?
using Faro rocks we have two of them."
DezignWorks insures that all geometric elements are parametric, fully editable,
and conform to the feature-based intelligence of SOLIDWORKS software. What is
the benefit of this capability?
" It allows us to rapidly capture
vital data that we could not capture with our existing process. We' can then parametrically
change the cosmetic values of the part. With DezignWorks and SOLIDWORKS fully
integrated with one another, we're able to use assembly capabilities of SOLIDWORKS
to generate data for the shop floor."
is it important to be able to conduct real-time reverse engineering on multiple
parts and assemblies?
"The fabricators will come to us with paper
templates or existing parts. We now have the ability to digitize these parts and
cut them out much faster and more accurately than with our previous method."
is it a benefit that DezignWorks is fully integrated into the SOLIDWORKS property
"By being integrated into the SOLIDWORKS property manager
gives us constant feedback about the digitizing process. Probe movement as well
as location and depths for cuts and extrudes. By using the locked plane or locked
surface, wizard planes and surfaces are visible."
much faster is your design process with DezignWorks?
"200 mph or
using DezignWorks allow your company to accept jobs that it could not accept prior
to using DezignWorks? Please explain.
DezignWorks, we now have unlimited capabilities. We can reproduce any part accurately
and do it fast."
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