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Wooden Shipping Crates Computer Design Advancements

Valley Box Company, a Southern California industrial wooden shipping crate manufacturer discusses the integration of SolidWorks® 3D design software into their engineering process.

SolidWorks® allows engineers to take sophisticated wood and steel crate designs to the next level with better 3D representation for their customers.


Communicate Complexity

SolidWorks® can accurately communicate complicated designs to customers. “It’s also an impressive presentation tool that can be easily understood by all involved decision makers,” says Alicia Guillette, President at Valley Box.

SolidWorks® 3D wooden shipping crates show moving parts and allow the viewing of each piece in detail. This clearer communication streamlines the design process assuring both Valley Box –as the crating provider– and the customer is satisfied with the final design.

"Complex products require complex wooden shipping crate designs for acceptable protection during shipment," comments Guillette.


3D models = Perfect fit

Customers who design their products in a 3D environment will find that Valley Box can easily create designs using the customer’s models. Download a pdf of the files we accept. 

“This means we can work with long-distance clients because we know the customer’s measurements are accurate,” says Guillette. “We can also send our customer the full 3D model so they can put it into their assembly to ensure proper fitment. Doing this helps to cut down on the number of prototypes and ensures fitment before the crate design goes into production,” adds Guillette.

By reducing the number of prototypes Valley Box can keep prices lower and reduce the amount of waste. SolidWorks® applications help millions of engineers and designers succeed.

Watch our video highlighting how Valley Box engineers use SolidWorks® to generate 3D designs.

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Valley Box Company

Written by Valley Box Company

Valley Box demonstrates what is possible beyond just the typical wooden crate. This specialty crating manufacturer works with a wide variety of materials from wood to plastic, corrugated, metals and more. Discover how to take specialty crating to the next level.