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Over a billion people worldwide suffer from poor vision because they do not have the eyeglasses they need. While there are affordable eyeglasses that can be bought for less than $4, there are not enough eye care professionals to prescribe eyeglasses. PlenOptika created QuickSee to increase the throughput of optometrists, allowing them to prescribe more eyeglasses and make more money. QuickSee is an innovative, handheld auto-refractor that provides highly accurate measurements at the push of a
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
17 days ago
Born from over a year of dedicated research and personal experiences, Joulez empowers tween girls to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Joulez incorporates four key elements into its approach: identity, vocabulary, skills and tribe. They believe that each of these four areas must be addressed to engage girls in STEM over the long term. Founder and CEO of Joulez, Stephanie Rowe, has spent her whole career in STEM surrounded by mostly male coworkers.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
24 days ago
How does a young entrepreneur break into an established industry? Well, it helps when the concept behind the company has the potential to turn the industry on its head. That’s what Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged, did when he introduced the industry’s first continuous carbon fiber 3D printer. With the help of SOLIDWORKS’s user-friendly CAD software, Mark was able to change the pace and direction of the 3D printer market.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
24 days ago
Last year, our Community and User Advocacy Manager, Rachel York, interviewed a mechanical engineering entrepreneur from Texas A&M University, who used SOLIDWORKS to help create his own business. This year, Rachel and I wanted to catch up with him. This student is none other than rising junior, Tyler Wooten; the man who stepped up in figuring out a way for visually impaired students to no longer feel inhibited around college or business campuses.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
BOLT Sports is revolutionizing tennis rackets. Normal rackets are designed to flex as a way to absorb the ball’s impact energy and control the ball’s rebound speed. A stiff frame however is powerful, so the balance of control and power is always a compromise between the two. Now, BOLT has shifted the control of the ball’s rebound speed away from the frame and into a patented design called a Zipstrip – Power and control are achieved together, no compromise!
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
WiBotic has commercialized technology developed at The University of Washington to deliver wireless power and battery intelligence solutions for autonomous robots. These fully autonomous robots are able to navigate and “think” for themselves; but, there is a problem. Their batteries do not last very long and recharging stations with physical contacts wear out over time.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
Bringing together design, prototyping and short-run production with 3D CAD knowledge and 3D printing methods, 3dl.tech supports their clients’ needs. With their team of experienced engineers, 3dl.tech delivers interdisciplinary projects. 3dl.tech focuses on professional 3D printing, 3D design, prototype series and production tools. (Left to right) FDM print, Stereoligraphy print, Vacuum Casting Because 3dl.tech makes prototypes for their clients, they have been able to experience many different
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
2 months ago
Of the 114,000 thousand plastics recognized by the Society of Plastics Engineers, roughly 600 are used in 3D printing processes. 3D printing materials are often referred to by their traditional names like ABS, nylon, polypropolene, etc., but be aware that many 3D-printed materials only mimic true thermoplastics. For example, a 3D-printed part in ABS-like material will have similar, but not identical, properties to a molded ABS part. Stereolithography machines can build parts from a number of
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
The SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids team is busy. Time to visit Maker Faires and summer camps. It’s also time to explore the new App – “Print It“. I love the Print It app!
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
3 months ago
Metal 3D printing is not intended to replace traditional metal manufacturing processes. Rather, it’s a manufacturing tool that opens up new possibilities for product designers. There are many metal 3D printing technologies out there like direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), selective laser melting (SLM), electron beam melting (EBM). Each are fairly similar in how they build parts from atomized metal powders.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
“I was debating on getting an entrepreneurship minor or starting my own company. I decided to make the leap. Starting a company is you putting yourself out there. If you have an idea, go for it.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of additive manufacturing enthusiasts at the Dassault Systemes’ first-ever Additive Manufacturing Symposium in Chicago, which was part of the larger SCIENCE in the Age of Experience event being held May 15-18. The goal of the event was to bring the world’s leading experts and advocates of additive manufacturing (AM) together to share insights regarding the latest innovations, collaboratively address on-going industry challenges, and generate ideas
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
Most product developers and engineers have gained a solid working knowledge of 3D printing over the years. Also known as additive manufacturing, the term covers a range of technologies, such as filament-based fused deposition modeling (FDM) that creates plastic prototypes, laser-curing processes that make parts from photopolymer resins, and powder-bed fusion machines that produce fully dense metal and plastic components. A direct metal laser sintering machine fuses together powder to form each
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing has had a huge amount of hype in the last few years and in many cases has not lived up to expectation. This is because it is not a miracle manufacturing method for making anything and everything, but a different way of making things that has reached a maturity where for certain applications it is commercially viable. However, as with all manufacturing methods, design for manufacture is crucial. Understanding how that method works is key to that.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
This year’s SAE AERO Design West competition took place in the heart of the USA, nestled right in Fort Worth Texas. Students from all around the world and from different walks of life, filled the hotel lobby with propellers, DC motors, and aerodynamic fuselages, as they marched their planes in and out of the judges’ arena. Day 1 of the event was all about technical qualifications. A warm Texas morning welcomed the teams to the Thunderbird Field that hosted the Day 2’s agenda: Flight.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
5 months ago
Many analysts predict that 2017 will be the year where the hype around 3D printing fades away and becomes a realistic and commercially viable way of manufacturing more than just prototypes. The biggest challenge for this is understanding how the many different additive processes work and how to design specifically for it. Simply 3D printing an existing design that has been optimized for a traditional manufacturing method will almost certainly be more expensive. But how do you go about choosing
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months ago
3D Printing
Manufacturers
6 months ago
3D Printing
Manufacturers
6 months ago
It’s calm Sunday morning before #SWW17. But in a few hours, 1000’s of SOLIDWORKS customers, value added resellers and partners will be here. So too will come the researchers, educators, and students. If you are new to SOLIDWORKS WORLD, there is an education track just for you.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
7 months ago
We know him as Corporal Willy – Richard Williams, who is an engineer by passion and has dedicated his life to teaching in STEM education. From creating a bridge with fettuccine pasta and Elmer’s Wood Glue, to building a 9.25 ounces stool out of cardboard that went on to set a new world record that was tested at UNLV’s Labs, Richard makes science fun and exciting for children to pique their interests in engineering, architecture and other technologies. Besides being a SolidWorks instructor at
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
8 months ago
img_0364 Erin Winick, Founder and CEO of Sci Chic, talked to SOLIDWORKS about her startup business, where she creates and sells 3D printed science and engineering inspired jewelry made of plastics and/or metals. Erin will be graduating this December from the University of Florida with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She has had 4 internships, namely – Bracken Engineering, Solar Turbines, John Deere and Keysight Technologies. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Erin always enjoyed fashion and science
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
9 months ago
CNC Machining, 3D Printing
Manufacturers
9 months ago
CNC Machining, Sheet Metal, 3D Printing
Manufacturers
11 months ago
Molding, Sheet Metal, 3D Printing
Manufacturers
1 year ago