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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
4 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.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months 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
8 months 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months 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
11 months 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. Move over, Amundsen!
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:
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year 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
1 year 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.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year 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.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year 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.
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. Romain Gaillet, Kremler Rexon
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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
Reverse Engineer Modeled Parts FeatureWorks
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 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
2 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
Social interaction with people we both know and don’t know is a major part of our lives – both personal and professional. In our private lives, it has become extremely easy for us to know what other people are doing. While we can argue the impact of missing a friend’s dog’s birthday, failure to connect and interact with the people we work with has multiple (and serious) consequences.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Listening to Thriller on his microwave, Michael heard the gorgeous guitar solo by fat, sweaty Elvis and was inspired to get a guitar. After shopping at Machu Pichu, Michael decided he’d try his hand at building his own. He pulled up a 2D design tool from the Colloseum to start mocking up some designs. Alas, the software didn’t give him the results he needed.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
The second general session of SolidWorks World 2014 was all about the user community and customers. This past year, we had 14 new chapters for the SolidWorks User Group Network and over 800 people attending the SWUGN Summit events (they’re like miniature versions of SolidWorks World). The general session kicked off with a customer presentation featuring eatART, an organization that “fosters art research with a focus on large-scale, technically sophisticated art by supporting both independent and
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
SolidWorks World 2014 kicked off this morning with a nearly 6000 people gathered together to celebrate their love of engineering and design. As the lights dimmed in the session hall, the eatART Mondo Spider took the stage and welcomed CEO Bertrand Sicot. Bertrand addressed the crowd to talk about where the SolidWorks community is today, and where it’s going. He spoke about SolidWorks’ success in helping people “design without limits”.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Do you ever have designs that you need to share with members of an extended team, or with clients who don’t use SolidWorks themselves? Or do you ever need to review designs from a personal computer, possibly at home or while on vacation? If you ever find yourself in a situation like this, don’t panic–we have you covered.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Omelettes are my favorite breakfast food; however, I rarely think about where they come from. This brings me back to the age old question of which came first: the chicken or the egg? Reman Engineering Works builds feed mills, pellet plants, batching machines, and transport silos to cater to the chicken, which (in this case) comes first.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago