For our mechanical design we use the 3D design software, SolidWorks. This allows us to design anything from the smallest of assemblies and parts, to massive production machines. Our assemblies are modular, this gives us the capability to easily pull assemblies from several past machines and implement them into new ones, including custom manufacturing. This keeps from having to “recreate the wheel” every time we develop a new machine. This software also gives us many other capabilities such as collision control which reduces the number of mistakes that are made through the engineering process. Once the parts are completely modeled they can be kept as a solid model and imported into the GibbsCam software our machine shop uses to manufacture all our American-made machines.