Mencke & Vagnby

SolidWorks is very good for handling many complex parts
Great precision of designs
Easier communication with photorealistic renderings

”SolidWorks is especially strong when you have to handle many complex parts which have to fit together in one assembly. We made a detailed and accurate design of the rather complex structure of the lamp, while we at the same time have been absolutely certain that it could be produced.”


Since the founding in 2004, Mencke & Vagnby have been a Copenhagen, based internationally-oriented design company. The two owners have worked to develop industrial products, furniture, transport solutions and architecture. Until 2007 Mencke & Vagnby used exterior drawing capacity, but then they decided
to buy a 3D CAD system to do all their development work and SolidWorks was the obvious choice, says Marcus Vagnby.


The office door is locked, the suitcases are packed and the whole business is gathered on a laptop with SolidWorks. First Karina Mencke and Marcus Vagnby will be going for three months to the United States and afterwards they will spend three months criss crossing Europe. For the moment, that is the planning horizon for the design company.

”We have now moved our entire office to a powerful laptop, and during our trip we will use SolidWorks for all our development of new products and solutions,” explains Marcus Vagnby.” Our previous office could almost be compared to a workshop for model building. Now our development work is going to to be fully digital.”

The two designers have several goals for their journey. They want to sell their lamp ”Snowflower” which they have designed and produced through their own company In addition, they will be visiting potential customers and servicing existing ones. Last but not least, they want to get air under their creative wings and generate ideas for new design projects.

”The ability to do model complex items and precision of design were crucial. Furthermore, we design a lot of products where we need to edit the models. In this context the built-in history in SolidWorks models is a wonderful tool. Finally, it is very easy to disseminate information using the tools of the CAD system. We use both 3D
models and photorealistic visualizations of our products in the communications with our manufacturers and customers.”

The Snowflower lamp is 100 percent developed using SolidWorks. 3D CAD system has been an invaluable help while the lamp consists of many small parts that must fit together. In parallel with the design work Mencke & Vagnby made physical show models in cardboard and by using 3D printing to evaluate the design.