Perception Engineering Reduces Errors & Powers Data Management with 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Perception Engineering provides contract mechanical design services that include machine design, manufacturing support, new product development, and complex automation systems development to provide customer on-site and off-site support. Founded in 2013 and located in Allandale, Michigan, Perception Engineering leverages its highly trained engineers from diverse backgrounds that band together and solve almost any design and manufacturing problem for its clients.

When President Stephen Wierenga founded the company, he hunted for design and engineering tools that would contribute to his firm’s success. “SOLIDWORKS® was the obvious choice when starting Perception Engineering,” Wierenga explains. “Early on, we had a vision to be a trusted extension of local manufacturers’ engineering teams. To do this, we not only had to have knowledge of how products are made, but we also had to be experts in the tools and software that our clients use…the preferred design software was and remains SOLIDWORKS.”

By adding cloud-based data management capabilities from the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio to its existing SOLIDWORKS installation, Perception Engineering has realized 24/7 access to its design and engineering environment while minimizing design errors at the same time.


Fueling Cloud-based Product Development

With the benefits enabled by SOLIDWORKS, Perception Engineering continued to grow, however, like many businesses, it had to streamline client communications and increase collaboration among team members during the COVID-19 lockdowns. This necessity prompted Perception Engineering to add design, collaboration, and data management solutions from the 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio in 2021.

Perception Engineering has realized the benefits of increased collaboration across project teams and with clients.

“Having the ability to collaborate around a 3D design is pretty powerful. With more flexible access to project data on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, everyone can contribute.”

Scott Tompsett, Director of Operations

Bath Bean product and packaging


Communicating in Real Time

Mechanical Designer Cody Cook concurs, “On a recent project, we recruited a solo contractor to develop design options, which he then could post to our 3DEXPERIENCE Community, giving us the opportunity to have ideas offered and validated from both within and outside Perception Engineering.”

He continues, “On another project, we had three members of the team in-office and two other team members off-site. Working on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we improved communication and collaboration among team members because we were all working in the same design environment. We communicate in real time at every project stage so everyone is on the same page. We improve communication, maintain tight revision control, and reworked our workflows to shorten development cycles and become more efficient.”

If you would like to have powerful collaboration capabilities and reduce design errors, contact your local reseller to learn more about connecting SOLIDWORKS to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. You can read the entire Perception Engineering success story here.




Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.