After evaluating Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks software, the company chose SolidWorks for its 3D mechanical design. They found SolidWorks to be much better for surface modelling. SolidWorks could also perform simulations at the assembly level. The mechanical designer at Jolife also had a positive experience with SolidWorks at a previous job, which brought productivity faster.
The weight of the product is a very critical factor because LUCAS often has to be carried by the ambulance staff. In the new version of LUCAS, the company has found the totally integrated simulation possibilities very useful reducing weight by optimizing material without jeopardizing the strength. They also have validated the strength analyses by testing the products in five-year simulations that is the expected lifetime of the product.