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By Oliver Dover, Business Consultant, Tacton Systems A Design Automation project lifecycle is longer than you would think. You might consider the work done when it is set into production, but I would argue otherwise. Rather, a Design Automation project is a living thing which will be updated with new product data and variants during its lifetime. And as it gets older and more experienced, the project needs to be maintained to stay efficient.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 hours ago
If doctors and plane manufacturers and world-class champions can use 3D printing to become best in class, imagine how you can use this technology for your applications. You have already heard about 3D printing with plastics. What you may not know is now, you can 3D print with metal! Picture this: In one room, surgeons remove a tumor infected bone from a patient.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 day ago
World champion magician, Jason Latimer and engineering.com have combined forces with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) energy to develop the “Impossible Science Student Challenge.” Jason’s passion for magic and science engages students to use their own creativity to develop the impossible. Engineering.com designed and implemented a virtual Project Board to create and share ideas with teachers, students, and scientists around the globe. Anyone in the world can participate in the
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
2 days ago
Freight_Farms You didn’t think you’d be eating cheese sandwiches and steak forever did you? Population pressures mean the menu of the future may look very different – and new technologies are helping food scientists get creative. It’s impossible to predict the future. But sometimes it’s important to try.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 days ago
Jonah, the Monster Jam(m)er. Jonah, the Monster Jam(m)er. For the past few weeks, members of the R&D department at SOLIDWORKS have been pouring over monster truck designs. They’re now cozy with the designs and dimensions of some of the regulars at Monster Jam, a massive event where monster trucks compete in races and perform freestyle stunts.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
3 days ago
When you are dealing with such a complex and function rich software like SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy for a few hidden features to slip through the cracks. Although some of these offer only minor help to your day-to-day design work, some of them can have a major impact both now and in the future. One of these hidden gems many overlook is called the Enhancement Request. Maybe you have created your own hotkey that takes a 10-step process down to one and you wanted to share it with the world?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 days ago
The fifth person we would like to profile from the SOLIDWORKS World xDesign challenge is Greg Green. He shared the following with us regarding the challenge: My name is Greg Green and I design things. First it started out innocent enough. In high school I was very interested in drafting.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 days ago
The island nation of Malta has a rich history and culture. It’s capital, Valletta is a European Art City and a World Heritage City. Fab Lab Valletta brings together education and entrepreneurship for a community of designers and makers. Director, Milan Noro, provided us with the story on how Fab Lab Valletta is making a difference in his community and the global Fab Lab network.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
9 days ago
The Man behind the Magic As someone who likes building things—he constructed a metal test stand in his backyard and uses it to conduct his own destructive testing—and solving problems, Eric Spendlove has risen from early work as a stagehand to become a top designer for entertainment props, sets, and rigging on the Las Vegas Strip. Spendlove’s journey to becoming a sought-after entertainment venue design consultant is marked by his long association with the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group,
SOLIDWORKS Blog
9 days ago
When the SOLIDWORKS team was introduced to the Magic Wheelchair organization at Maker Faire, we found our new design-make project! Magic Wheelchair builds epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs at no cost to families. SOLIDWORKS is a sponsor of the Magic Wheelchair organization, providing SOLIDWORKS software to volunteer design teams. Ryan Weimer and Lana Weimer started as parents wanting to make their sons smile at least one day a year (on Halloween) when they parade down the street and are
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
14 days ago
The fourth person we would like to profile from the SOLIDWORKS World xDesign challenge is Shawn Lesley. He shared the following with us regarding the challenge: When I first started trying to figure out what I would design for the SOLIDWORKS xDesign Challenge, I really couldn’t think of anything. The inspiration came to me as I was using a forge doing one of my hobbies, blacksmithing. Blacksmithing is something that happens all over the world, believe it or not.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
14 days ago
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself going to the internet for everything these days. Want to see a new recipe? Go to the web. Need to know where the new dry cleaner is?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
15 days ago
autonomous_ship_rolls_ royce Ever since humanity crawled from the oceans it seems we have been fixated with returning to them. From humble vine-bound wooden rafts to town-sized liners transporting thousands of holidaying guests at a time, it’s fair to say that, as a species, we’ve got travelling the oceans covered. Now, finally, it might be time for people to step away from the big blue once again. The latest ocean-going vessels have no need for a human captain and the era of self-sailing ships
SOLIDWORKS Blog
16 days ago
There’s a common thread among many of the big tech trends today. Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) are all powered by one thing: data. Better access and analysis of data enables people and organizations to be nimble and make better decisions faster. It’s pretty simple.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
20 days ago
I’m a programmer, an engineer, a husband and a father. I chose to focus on the “Simplify Your Life” project as clutter is always a huge issue for my wife and me. My wife is a fabulous cook and always makes great food, but there always tends to be a mess afterwards; and it’s worse anytime I try and cook.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
22 days ago
The term manufacturer takes on many meanings. For a lot of us along the gulf coast, that participate in the oil and gas and marine industries, it usually means custom, low-volume solutions, generally with short lead times. Busy manufacturing floors, packed with projects as varied as the customers. A dizzying array of parts flowing onto the receiving dock in a constant stream of delivery trucks.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
24 days ago
The second person we would like to profile from the SOLIDWORKS World xDesign challenge is David Furry. He shared the following with us regarding the challenge: As long as I can remember I have been designing and building things. My dad was an engineer and I got to help with a lot of projects around the house, usually my job was to stay out of the way and watch and learn. We designed and built Pinewood Derby cars for five years running and won a lot of trophies.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
27 days ago
I take notes and make myself reminders. It’s what I do. So after my day at the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network’s Technical Summit in Nashville, I’ve got a lot of notes and reminders to review. The SWUGN Technical Summits are one-day training and networking events in cities across the country.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
28 days ago
Students from Singapore Polytechnic finished in ninth place in the 2017 World Solar Challenge in a solar-powered car designed and built using SOLIDWORKS. Their car, not only had to be designed in accordance with strict competition design criteria but also needed to have the stamina to traverse 3000km across the unforgiving Australian outback, from Darwin to Adelaide, where temperatures fluctuated from single digits to 40°C within a single day. A solar-powered car that does not compromise
SOLIDWORKS Blog
29 days ago
Digital Toys What toys will your child play with during the next school holidays? Chances are they’ll be big, bright and lots of fun. But what’s the future of kid’s toys – and does the increasing digitization of playtime help or hinder child development? From Ken Dolls to computer coding
SOLIDWORKS Blog
30 days ago
The Great Hatch expands the limits of technological innovation in healthcare by hardworking, compassionate, and inventive hatchers in a high-energy, 3-day, pitch style competition. With 92 participants, 27 mentors, 4 speakers, and 8 judges. participants brought expertise from diverse backgrounds, including engineering, data science, design, pharmacy, nursing, and medicine. I caught up with University of British Columbia, UBC MD Candidate, Nancy Duan, sponsorship lead for the Hatching Heath event
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
As promised, here’s the first of the submissions from the xDesign Challenge that took place at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 in February. If you missed the intro blog about the xDesign Challenge, you can catch up here. Born in Utica, New York, David spent his early engineering career working in Albany and Binghamton in various mechanical engineering roles. He has been a SOLIDWORKS user since 2005.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
It might be the most commonly asked question during my years at GoEngineer, and it was easily my least favorite question to answer. “Do you print in metal?” It may surprise you to learn, but having to answer “no,” or more commonly “not yet,” isn’t actually why I disliked that particular question. Over time I’ve become adept at fielding the question in ways that kept their interest and channeled their excitement toward tangible options.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
DriveWorks design automation and online 3D CPQ for SOLIDWORKS is used by companies large and small. Whether you’re an engineer who needs design automation to automate your SOLIDWORKS models, or a company wanting to provide a product configurator and guided selling for your sales teams, distributors and even customers, DriveWorks software is the ultimate choice for SOLIDWORKS. There are three DriveWorks products – DriveWorksXpress, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro. Each product is a SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago