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Accelerated millwork drafting by 30-40% using SWOOD add-ins for SolidWorks

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SWOOD add-ins for SolidWorks accelerated millwork design cycle by 30-40%

Project Overview

Client Profile
Custom joinery and contract furniture manufacturing
Commercial millwork and furniture
Architectural drawings of the store’s layout
3D CAD models and 2D drawings
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Business Needs

  • Increase design productivity and accelerate the overall turnaround time.
  • Provide robust support for manufacturing with a single source of truth.
  • Lack of time for in-house resources to be trained on new software, such as SWOOD, and to use it on a daily basis.


  • A lengthy learning curve, requiring 6-10 days of training, in the face of tight deadlines.
  • Library management of numerous parts for various hardware consumed a significant amount of time.
  • Difficulties arose in understanding pre-written scripts and rules prior to writing for higher effectiveness.

Our Solutions & Approach

Accelerate design cycle by up to 40% with SWOOD

Share Your Thoughts

An existing client, specializing in commercial joinery and furniture manufacturing, had purchased the industry-leading software, SWOOD. However, due to limited in-house resources and licenses, they approached the Hitech CADD Services team, which was already providing them with SolidWorks design drafting support.

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Hitech Cash Counter
HT Paneling
HT Paneling
  • A team of two dedicated Hitech CADD Services resources was assigned to the project.
  • The project team had no prior experience with SWOOD, so they underwent official training provided by the software-owning company.
  • Training for writing custom scripts and integrating SWOOD with SolidWorks lasted approximately two weeks.
  • Following this training, the team rewrote the existing scripts, and a large database of custom tools was created.
  • Specialized SolidWorks add-ins for millwork were developed in SWOOD Design for easy design in a 3D parametric environment.
  • Using this, the client was able to create:
    • Production-ready designs by leveraging features like sheet metal nesting to optimize material consumption
    • Enhance material management by specifying grain direction, panel thickness, stock extensions etc.
    • Cutting list, hardware list, program list with label information with Bill of Material [BOM
  • Using this approach, the client could completely eliminate the need to create DXF files separately which saved time and number of different documents created.

Business Impact

Project Samples

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HT Teapoint
Sample Cabinet
Sample Cabinet
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