Case Study


Upgrading a World-Class Observatory with SOLIDWORKS


The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) Corporation provides the research community with a versatile, state-of-the-art astronomical observing facility. It operates a world-class 3.6-meter optical/infrared telescope, located atop the summit of the Maunakea volcano in Hawaii. 


The facility's design is under constant upgrading and it was in need of a software that would allow designers to create designs in a quicker and effective way that will also reduce production costs.

After changing to SOLIDWORKS software, CFHT has reduced their design cycles by half, has seen a higher compatibility with vendors who use the SOLIDWORKS software and have been able to update designs while physically being in the observatory.

Topics Overview:

  • Benefits of switching to SOLIDWORKS
  • Improvements in portability, compatibility and performance
  • Improved design visualization

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