Different types of engineers typically work differently. Though electrical engineers work in a totally different way than mechanical engineers, today’s complex design projects require tighter integration between the two disciplines. As design is changing at a rapid pace, and products need to be developed quicker, disparate engineering teams MUST work closer together. One of the largest challenges our customers face is that the ways in which these teams save their data is very different.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
12 hours ago
What if I told you by clicking a button in SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you could instantly render 10x faster? Would your world change? What you would do with all that extra time given back to your life? Would you actually believe me?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 days ago
Day three of General Sessions at SOLIDWORKS World started off with Mike Puckett, Senior Manager of the Worldwide Certification Program, who gave the audience a glimpse of the workforce of the future. According to Mike the SOLIDWORKS certification program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary, initially took 16 years to reach 100,000 certified users, but over the last two years it’s doubled in size with 200,000 new users now certified. In 2017 alone, the program added over 52,000 new certified
SOLIDWORKS Blog
16 days ago
What if you could shorten the path from idea to finished product and experience increased productivity while reducing errors? What if a complete, turnkey business environment involving minimal investment and administration overhead was at your fingertips? SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Services provide design, engineering and business process services on the cloud. Due to the flexibility of the product and the breadth of the portfolio, corporations of any size and business requirements can be
SOLIDWORKS Blog
16 days ago
After the General Session concluded on Monday, the Additive Manufacturing Symposium kicked off. The 3D printing initiatives that have been worked on here at SOLIDWORKS were unveiled along with a demos of some brand new products from partners such as 3D Systems’ 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS and Desktop Metal’s Live Parts. The symposium also featured two special guest speakers. One was Terry Wohlers, is principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he
SOLIDWORKS Blog
17 days ago
When innovations like augmented and virtual reality emerge, it’s only natural that we immediately start dreaming of the potential they can bring. We’ve listened to your dreams and are proud to introduce new functionality that will allow you take advantage of these technologies and provide cutting-edge tools to inspire innovation and make great design happen! — Welcome to SOLIDWORKS Xtended Reality – a method to transform your CAD data and bring it to life, virtually – opening the future of
SOLIDWORKS Blog
17 days ago
There has been a lot of conversation lately about a design-to-manufacture workflow as it relates to improving communication and efficiency within a company. What does design to manufacture mean? The short answer is that there are lots of different thoughts on this process. The one that is correct is the one that works best for your company and procedures.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
18 days ago
SOLIDWORKS World is an amazing community of engineers, makers and scientists who are a force for change in the world. This community keeps pushing the boundaries, with no fear of complexity. It is an amazing time to be in Product Design and Engineering – it is possible to give Life to the products we design today. With sensors that can see (vision) and sense the environment (temperature, distance etc.), to adding brains with PCB and software;
SOLIDWORKS Blog
19 days ago
SOLIDWORKS World is fast approaching and this time it is going to be bigger than ever. If you are there on the Monday, February 5th, and you are interested in Additive Manufacturing (AM), make sure you check out the Additive Manufacturing Symposium. Building on the success of the Design for Additive Manufacturing learning path introduced at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, this year’s breakout sessions dedicated to AM are all in the same room and on the same day. This makes it even easier to get a
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks’ new Distributed Data Management process solution is now a reality with the upcoming release of Service Pack 1 that is scheduled for early December. Distributed data management enables both internal and external users to access and edit the most up-to-date files, including Bills of Materials (BOMs), project timelines, and processes, from anywhere and on any device with a browser and internet connection. With the introduction of SOLIDWORKS 2018, distributed data
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
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.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
6 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
7 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
9 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
1 year 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