Cardiovascular Systems Inc. and SolidWorks Composer

Vascular disease has become a major health problem for more than 17 million people. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), is revolutionizing the treatment of vascular disease through the development of a disposable, diamond-coated catheter-based device. Utilizing the principle of centrifugal force, CSI attachments orbit the interior wall of the artery and sand away at speeds of 200,000 revolutions per minute more than 90 percent of the plaque creating the obstruction – a procedure known as orbital atherectomy.



To facilitate manufacturing their ground-breaking designs, CSI adopted SolidWorks Composer, which has helped them to automate their clean-room assembly processes. The company assembles its products in a Class 10,000 clean room. Before implementing SolidWorks Composer, clean room operators  had to keep paper assembly instructions in plastic sleeves and swab the documents regularly with alcohol. With SolidWorks Composer, the company’s engineers created easy-to-follow assembly animations that run on a computer terminal inside the clean room, completely eliminating the sleeving and cleaning process.


“The assembly animations that we created with SolidWorks Composer are an example of how 3D is helping us to streamline processes and save time,” Christopher Narveson, Design and Engineering Service Manager notes. “We are also using SolidWorks Composer to create animations of new designs for consulting physicians to show how the product will inject, travel, and work. 3D is vital for us, and SolidWorks  Composer gives us the flexibility to use 3D in innovative ways.”

Also, Cardiovascular Systems Inc. has incorporated other products within the SolidWorks family to further enhance their design and development processes. Check out CSI’s full case study here to learn more about how SolidWorks tools are helping them to continue innovating and streamlining their products.

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Jeffery Wong

Jeffery Wong

Product Management Intern at SolidWorks Corp.
Jeff Wong is mechanical engineering student and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), captain of WPI's varsity soccer team, and works with the product management team at SolidWorks Corp. Jeff has attained his CSWP certification, and has created multiple videos for the SolidWorks Composer YouTube channel.
Jeffery Wong