Wood Stone

Wood Stone uses Solid Edge to cook up a wide range of specialty ovens.

Wood Stone manufactures stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment for the foodservice industry. From mom-and-pop restaurants to franchise chains to corporate kitchens in companies like Nike and Google, the company has more than 15,000 installations in over 80 countries worldwide. Wood Stone’s manufacturing technology uses advanced ceramics and engineering expertise, coupled with high-quality construction techniques.

Wood Stone transforms commercial kitchens across the globe with its stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment. When the manufacturer sought a 3D modeling package that would transform its product design and lifecycle, they chose Solid Edge. The company has relied on the software for more than 14 years.

“We were using Autodesk, doing 2D and 3D in AutoCAD, which was pretty brutal,” said Wade Bobb, VP of engineering and operations at Wood Stone. “It was an easy choice to make the switch and now there’s no looking back… Solid Edge is the better product with a stronger user interface and workflow.”

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“The product has been so stable we barely have to call for support, but anytime we have a tough challenge, Acuity can solve it. We would hands down recommend Acuity because of the quality of their support and the breadth of their knowledge.”

— Wade Bobb, VP of Engineering & Operations at Wood Stone

The company does all of its own part modeling and assembling, and in 2007 brought its sheet metal fabrication in-house. “Sheet metal design is one of the original strengths of Solid Edge,” said Acuity Account Executive Chris Trina. “The unique design features are particularly suited to companies like Wood Stone who have used the product for more than a decade.”

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The design team also uses Solid Edge to create product renderings for the company’s website. Designers use the KeyShot plugin for Solid Edge to create stunning visuals of rotisseries, charbroilers, stone hearth ovens and more. Acuity provided the initial software training for employees, and today Wood Stone provides the training in-house.

“The product has been so stable we barely have to call for support, but anytime we have a tough challenge, Acuity can solve it,” said Bobb. “We would hands down recommend Acuity because of the quality of their support and the breadth of their knowledge.”

Software

Solid Edge is a portfolio of affordable, easy-to-use software tools that address all aspects of the product development process — 3D design, simulation, manufacturing, design management and more — thanks to a growing ecosystem of apps. Enabling accelerated design, faster revisions and better reuse of imported 2D and 3D data, Solid Edge combines the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design.