A year ago, I wrote an article about How to Dimension Silhouette Edges Using SOLIDWORKS MBD. This technique is often used to specify revolved bodies such as toruses in relief grooves, cones in chamfers, or shoulder heights on shafts and holes. Figure 1 below shows several examples in a detailed view of a shaft. Figure 1.
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9 days ago
Joseph_Joseph_Kitchen Say congratulations to Joseph Joseph. The British product design company has landed a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise – with a little help from SOLIDWORKS. What are the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise? Good question.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
10 days ago
To collaborate with suppliers, engineers often need to send technical documents such as CAD models, neutral STEP files, 2D drawings, QA provisions, and internal standards. This list goes on, and each document in this long list may generate its own revisions over time. In order to consolidate the fragmented documents, the U.S. Military Standard 31000A: 2013 recommended a concept called Technical Data Package (TDP). The gist is to bundle multiple technical documents together into one package to
SOLIDWORKS Blog
23 days ago
The Options File can be used to return a license back to the pool when the SolidNetwork License manager (SNL) sees inactivity on a client machine. This is especially helpful when administering PDM, giving a company a tremendous amount of flexibility on how licensing is handled. This guide will show you the steps to create your own Options File using the SolidNetwork License Manager. Launch the SolidNetwork License Manager STEP 1: Select Modify.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
(From left to right) Alessandra Paolucci, Patrick Schulper, and Rachael Naoum are interns who work primarily in the 3DExperience Lab Interns usually have a certain reputation of being undermined by their company’s full-time employees and bosses. The stereotypical intern seems to do menial work such as, get coffee and doughnuts for the rest of the company, go down the hallway to collect reports from the printer, or even clean up messes that they didn’t make. You get the gist; interns have a lot
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
We all live in a 3D world surrounded by 3D objects. When we create or design those objects (or products) around us, however, we’re relegated to sitting in front of a computer’s flat screen and confined to interact with our digital designs through 2D windows, icons, and menus. Is there a better way? Two technologies that show promise in providing designers with a more intuitive way to interact with their digital designs are augmented reality (AR), which overlays digital content onto the real
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago
With Season 2 of BattleBots on ABC now playing internationally, it’s time to start thinking about Season 3. Many teams are gearing up for another year and hoping to make the cut. We have had a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and get to know many of the teams that are using SOLIDWORKS to design their 250lb weapons of destruction. We also have several videos, blog posts with the teams, and even some SOLIDWORKS models available for download.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 months ago
The DraftSight 2017 SP0 download is only a few short weeks away so let’s take a look at what’s coming your way. We have added over 200 enhancements driven by feedback from DraftSight customers worldwide, including improved drawing quality, more productivity boosters, as well as several new capabilities and features in DraftSight Professional and DraftSight Enterprise. DraftSight Professional and Enterprise HighlightsDGN file supportDGN files are commonly found in construction, civil engineering
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Glasses have gone from bare necessity, through geek chic, to major fashion accessory. Yet thanks to the fact that eyesight gradually fades over time, a one-size-fits-all approach to spectacle selection is less than ideal. Sure, we can pick up an over-the-counter pair to cope with our worsening eyesight, but they won’t last forever. Besides, vision correction is prey to the demands of distance.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
One of the more challenging parts of implementing a PDM System can be the introduction of legacy files into the Vault. Mapping revision properties that exist within SOLIDWORKS files to match the revisions within PDM has traditionally meant the use of APIs, complex migration workflows, or the manual incrementing of files. Without going through one of these processes, once checked in and transitioned, files migrated into the vault can have their revision variables incorrectly reset. So for example
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Ah, the simple pleasures of a bike ride. It’s a freedom many take for granted but certainly not those with mobility issues. Step forward Van Raam, a Netherlands-based bike manufacturer for the disabled and the elderly. This family business originally set-up in 1984, turned its attention to designing bikes and tricycles specifically for a largely immobile client base, handing back the autonomy of travel to those without it.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Some world record attempts are pretty odd, but it’s not every day you are involved in a race to become the first person to cycle to the South Pole. That’s what happened when SOLIDWORKS was used to design a bike with a difference. SOLIDWORKS cycling to the South Pole Move over, Amundsen! On December 14th of 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Many SOLIDWORKS customers ask for the ability to attach files to PDF. Manufacturing firms would like to send SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies, STP, IGS, or other files in one 3D PDF package to suppliers for quoting or machine shops for NC machining. It is actually very easy using the free Adobe Reader 11. Here are the steps: Select the “Comment” tab in the upper right-hand corner and open the “Annotation” tab. pdf1 Figure 1.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
The fast paced nature of product design and engineering means that decisions and feedback need to be made promptly or the project grinds to a halt, resulting in increasing cost and delays in your product launch. A healthy product development process generates many Innovative ideas, but this means that the decision on which ones to move forward with for concept development need to be made quickly with feedback from all product stakeholders inside and outside of your company. Accelerating product
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
How should we get started with Model-Based Definition (MBD)? This is a vital, but complex topic because even a simple change is hard, let alone a shift from 200-year-old 2D drawings to 3D model-based processes, but we can at least start the discussion here. Implementation takes time and differs from company to company. At a higher level, it can be summarized into 3 key areas: People, Process, and Product.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
Carl Design AB is a leading Scandinavian industrial design firm that helps its clients develop and mass-produce creative, compelling products. Owner and Lead Designer Carl Öjerstam founded the company in 1995 after spending several years as a principal designer at IKEA. In order to maintain an impressive client list that ranges from IKEA to Tupperware to Vodafone, Öjerstam continues to investigate new design technologies. Öjerstam was on the lookout for a sub-D, free-form modeling application
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
In the early days of the Internet, circa 1993, the nascent world wide web was facing a huge problem – how to find what you were looking for. The distributed architecture of the web meant that the information you were looking for could be residing on a computer in Berkeley or on a server in Switzerland, and there was no simple way for you to find it. Enter the search engine
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
New for 2015, SOLIDWORKS have introduced a new product called SOLIDWORKS MBD. MBD, or Model Based Definition, is a great way of generating PMI (product manufacturing information) using the SOLIDWORKS models created by design engineers. This allows a drawing-less manufacturing solution to streamline, organise and publish 3D models with all the information needed for Manufacture. A 2013 survey suggested that 16% of SOLIDWORKS customers were doing or planning drawing-less manufacturing in 3 years,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
Every year all resellers have a customer launch event where we showcase the new version of SOLIDWORKS. At Innova Systems we always try and add a little more value to the day by doing some breakout sessions on a number of different subjects. This year I was tasked with doing a “Tips & Tricks” session, which is normally very well attended. This often causes us a few issues, as things that we use on a daily basis, we don’t necessarily class as a tip or a trick.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
Last week’s blog discussed how the SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual Lighthouse customers were designing and innovating faster than ever before using SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. Today we will hear how Social Collaboration is transforming the way they design their products. SWMC_Social_Image Romain Gaillet, Kremler Rexon Before when you wanted to design something such as a mechanical system often you needed a pen and a paper. For me, SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual is like an interactive
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
The SolidNetwork Licence Manager (SNL) adds significant flexibility to the way organisations can use their SOLIDWORKS licences, but this flexibility can be customised and extended further using the SNL options file. This options file allows administrators to use the tools provided by FlexLM (the underlying technology) but not advertised in SNL tools provided by SOLIDWORKS. To investigate we are going to consider a company Innova Systems (which may have some similarity to my office!). In this
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Reverse Engineer Modeled Parts FeatureWorks How Stuff FeatureWorks, Part II Part 2: Interactive Recognition Prerequisite, Part 1: Automatic Recognition So now that we know a bit more about FeatureWorks, lets look at how we can make it work around our own ideas and design intent. Here you can see that I’ve inserted the same part as before in an assembly. Notice that that the position of the mounting tab falls off the weldment. Lets see how we can use FeatureWorks to deconstruct and rebuild this
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Imagine what life would be like without the ability to touch, feel or grab? We explore and interpret the world around us through our sense of touch. Dr. Gerald Loeb and his team at SynTouch are changing robotics and prosthetics forever by incorporating innovative tactile sensing technology.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
This week is National Engineers Week and according to the NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and DiscoverE websites National Engineers Week is observed on the third full week of February. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago