Case Study

Center Rock Inc.: Enabling the Rescue of 33 Chilean Miners Using SolidWorks SImulation

As the world watched the miraculous rescue of 33 Chilean miners—trapped 2,000 feet underground for two months—few knew that a redesigned drill from Center Rock Inc., made the rescue possible. Center Rock is a leading manufacturer of drilling supply equipment. The company’s pneumatic bits utilize wear-resistant carbide and diamond tips on a series of rotating hammers. Unlike the bits in conventional rotary drills, Center Rock’s percussive hammer bits can tunnel through even the hardest, most abrasive rock, as was the case at the San José Mine in Chile.

To meet its product development objectives, Center Rock acquired SOLIDWORKS® 3D design and simulation solutions, including SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium design software, and the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation applications for nonlinear structural and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. Center Rock chose SOLIDWORKS software because it is easy to use for multidisciplinary engineering and provides an integrated suite of design visualization and simulation solutions.