Škoda Auto drives design innovation with 3Dconnexion 3D mice
Since Volkswagen took a stake in Škoda Auto the company has gone from strength to strength enjoying consider-able international success and winning numerous design awards. 3Dconnexion 3D mice are used in the whole car development process and are considered a valuable component of the company’s engineering toolkit.
Only a few car manufacturers can boast an unbroken history of motor vehicle production spanning over 100 years. For the Czech car manufacturer Škoda Auto the journey began in 1895 when the mechanic Václav Laurin and the bookseller Václav Klement began designing and manufacturing bicycles. In 1899 Laurin and Klement started making motorcycles and in 1905 they moved onto cars. Over the years that followed Škoda Auto became the leading automotive manufacturer in the Czech Republic, yet the company enjoyed only limited success outside the domestic market.
In 1989 they began to look for a partner whose experience and investment would help the company compete more effectively on the international stage. In April 1991 Škoda Auto joined VW, Audi and SEAT as part of the Volkswagen Group. Since then Škoda Auto has transformed itself into a dynamic and flourishing international company with a strong manufacturing programme, entering markets of more than 100 countries. 90% of the company’s output is exported and Škoda Auto has a 7.5% share of the Czech Republic’s export market, making it an integral part of the country’s economy.
Engineering road map
All Škoda cars are designed at the company’s design centre in Mladá Boleslav and the company prides itself on using the most cutting edge technology. In the R&D area, about 2,200 users work with 3D data from 3D CAD and modelling applications such as CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, ICEM Surf, Maya, and RTT DeltaGen.