School is not the only place to nurture your child – the home environment also plays a vital role in your learning and development. This back-to-school season, surprise your family with a toy that can help feed their inner engineer and inspire them to explore outside the classroom – Mega Bloks. A longtime SolidWorks customer (since 1999), Mega Bloks (now Mega Brand) has optimized product development, reduced prototype development costs, and improved management of product design data using SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Product Data Management. To ensure quality toys, Mega Bloks used real-time collision detection capabilities to detect areas of collision and interference before releasing any prototypes. Moreover, Mega Bloks cut their development cycle as a result of the SolidWorks Professional software suite. This has allowed the company to increase its new concept development efforts with products such as Mega Bloks Lil’ Dump Truck – the first product completely designed in the software. Mega Bloks has implemented SolidWorks PDM software to improve management of design data and streamline the design process. SolidWorks solutions animation tools and PhotoView graphics have allowed Mega Bloks to create product images and marketing collateral for sales support and market research to boost sales. With such a robust design process in place, it is no surprise that Mega Brand is one of the top toy manufacturers in the country. Mega Bloks has a wide range of toys to spark your child’s innovation this school year. Learn more about some cool Mega Bloks product offerings on their website and read their case study.