23 January 2024

Swiss company Fuchs & Fuchs Metall- und Stahlbau AG, which specializes in metal, glass, and steel construction, has been helping architects and builders with their projects for almost 25 years. This family owned business needed to change its CAD software to complete complex steel construction projects and facilitate communication with end customers. They opted for TopSolid'Steel. How did the transition go? And what gains have been achieved? Find out below.

Fuchs & Fuchs: a family business with traditional know-how

Based in Steinach, Switzerland, Fuchs & Fuchs Metall- und Stahlbau AG is a family business that has built its reputation on technical expertise and craftsmanship. Their proficiency extends to various domains, encompassing metal joinery for doors and façades, both in aluminium and steel, balconies, awnings, staircases, and a myriad of general metalwork projects. Fuchs & Fuchs relies on 15 employees, including 3 dedicated apprentices, to carry out a wide range of work.

3D visualization, a very core need

Despite the professionalism of its teams, the company regularly experienced the limitations of its CAD software when tackling intricate metal construction projects. This type of work requires meticulous planning with a high level of detail. However, the drawings generated by their previous  software lacked the clarity necessary for customers to fully comprehend the presented plans. This often led to unpleasant surprises after installation...

Fuchs & Fuchs managers then decided to find a more suitable CAD software solution. Their criteria were clear: the new software had to offer a compelling and efficient project visualization feature.  After rigorous benchmarking of various possibilities, their choice ultimately fell upon TopSolid'Steel, renowned for its stunning 3D visualization capabilities. In addition to this, Fuchs & Fuchs sought to streamline the production of drawings with automatic bills of materials, and found the perfect match in TOPSOLID Switzerland's CAD/CAM software. "Now we can simply send STEP files and receive the bent sheet metal - quickly and easily" enthuses Urs Fuchs Junior, the company's managing director.

Smooth transition to TopSolid'Steel

"Learning to use the new software was a challenge since we had no prior experience with 3D software solutions. We faced some initial difficulties and frustrations, but TOPSOLID's support was a great help to us" says Urs Fuchs. Despite the initial learning curve and the time required to become proficient with the software, the transition to TopSolid'Steel went smoothly. "The third individual training session, conducted within our company two months after the software’s introduction, proved to be particularly beneficial to us", explains the manager.

The teams at Fuchs & Fuchs Metall- und Stahlbau AG are now fully autonomous and competent regarding the software. They occasionally require assistance but they know they can reach out the support team whenever needed. The greatest effort was required in the initial phase.

Overall Positive feedback

Fuchs & Fuchs teams have absolutely no regrets regarding their software change. "We no longer need to extract bars for complex cuts. Our internal workshops and assembly meetings now operate with increased efficiency because plans are much easier to understand. Moreover, we're getting external positive feedback, especially from private customers who are delighted with the project visualizations. We strongly recommend TopSolid'Steel. Even if it was a bit difficult to get used to at first, it's worth it in the end", confirms Urs Fuchs Junior.

TopSolid'Steel is the unrivaled, state-of-the-art, parametric and associative tool in the CAD market. This specialised 3D CAD/CAM software solution, dedicated to the metal transformation industry, plays a pivotal role in optimizing design and manufacturing processes regardless of the project’s complexity. TopSolid'Steel will considerably boost your company's productivity and facilitate your teams' work, establishing itself as an indispensable asset for your operations. Would you like to find out more? Contact us now!

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