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Wolverine Blazes the Trail in Footwear Design

Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. manufactures more than a dozen footwear brands—including well-known names like Hush Puppies, Merrell, and Wolverine—doing business in 190 countries and various footwear categories.

The Challenge
Until 2001, Wolverine used the Pro/ENGINEER® CAD system to develop its products. At that time, usability and cost issues, and management’s plans to grow the company’s product offering, prompted Wolverine to evaluate other 3D design platforms.

The Solution
Wolverine chose SolidWorks® Premium software because it is easy to use, provides greater value at a lower price, and includes integrated surfacing, visualization, and simulation tools. Worldwide experienced faster design changes, shorter development cycles, material savings, improved quality, and reduced costs while advancing footwear innovation for new design configurations.

“We make a lot of models and prototypes of our shoes, and SolidWorks has helped us to make greater use of virtual models…. Overall, we have cut our development costs by 50 percent.” – Chris Peterson, CAD/CAM Manager

Wolverine also leverages Objet 3D printing techology to streamline their design process.

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