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PPI Engineering

The aim of this project is to update the CAD drawings from an obsolete drawing system to SolidWorks.

CAD File Conversion

Since 2008 we have been using Creo software for Computer Aided Design (CAD) purposes. Last year, we made the switch to using SolidWorks; as with all businesses, if you aren’t using the latest technology you will get left behind. As PPI Engineering supports some obsolescent equipment, we still need the designs made with Creo to either remanufacture or update old designs.

This project will involve working with the design office manager and other programmers to write a macro to batch convert the files from Creo’s MI format to SolidWorks’ DWG format.

You will be writing the program and macro, then testing it in a real-world application before presenting it to the company. The program you write could be used in future projects by PPI since we operate in an industry that is constantly evolving and a similar process may need to be done again in the future.


Key skills and interests

  • Programming
  • Innovation
  • CAD systems
  • Microsoft Office
  • Strong communication
  • Must be willing to create a system that can work autonomously


Host company information

Experts in the design, supply and support of electrical rotating equipment. We operate in all area’s including and not limited to, Offshore, Tidal power generation, manufacturing facilities and many more.

We design bespoke electrical motors and generators as well as reverse engineering any obsolete equipment. Every project has it’s challenges and is different so it make for a really interesting work environment.

Address: 44 Rose Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1PN
Key Contact: Paul Ward

Visit the PPI Engineering website for more information about the host company

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD Crest award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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CREST Project Guide PDF 459 KB Download