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Charnwood, UK manufacturers of the finest multi-fuel and wood burning stoves switched from FastCAD to SolidWorks and revolutionised the way they work.

About A.J. Wells & Sons Ltd - Charnwood

A J Wells & Sons Ltd, was founded in 1972 and is a privately owned, family controlled, British company that specialises in the design and manufacture of high quality stoves; manufactures vitreous enamel products and imports fair trade tiles and pumice chimneys. Run by second and third generations of the family, they are dedicated to providing products of lasting design and of the highest quality.


Having spent several years designing in 2D CAD Charnwood were looking for a 3D CAD package which would help them improve their designs. Specifically they wanted to gain a better understanding of how the finished products would look, whilst speeding up their overall design process.


Charnwood are now able to use SolidWorks in conjunction with their CNC machines enabling them to automate much of their prototyping process. The company also produce instruction manuals and technical drawings for the stoves. They have purchased SolidWorks Composer which will enable them to produce views of their designs from live models.


  • Charnwood have been a SolidWorks user for 10 years. Switching to 3D from FastCAD revolutionised they way they worked.They were able to use SolidWorks in conjunction with their CNC machines which enabled them to automate much of their prototyping process.
  • SolidWorks Composer has significantly speeded up the design process and allowing production of the manuals to commence before the design is completely finalised.

A.J. Wells & Sons Ltd - Charnwood


Consumer Products

Isle of Wight

Products Used
SolidWorks Composer, SolidWorks CAD

Previous CAD

"It is very exciting that with SolidWorks Composer we will be able to produce illustrations without working on the live models. This break between the solid model and the illustrations will mean that we can generate new views and work on assemblies without the fear of inadvertently changing our production drawings, whilst at the same time giving an easy route for model changes to flow through to illustrations when required.”
Paul Wells - Managing Director

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