Are you constantly looking for ways to improve your productivity and processes? SOLIDWORKS and its partners strive to provide you with the tools you need to do your job as efficiently as possible. Let’s take a look at Dixon Valve & Coupling and see how they utilize SOLIDWORKS and the Xometry add-in to help its automation team realize its cost efficiency goals. For over 100 years, Dixon Valve & Coupling has manufactured and supplied hose couplings, valves, dry-disconnects, swivels, and other
SOLIDWORKS Blog
14 days ago
The vehicles of tomorrow are driverless. That’s the future and it’s coming faster than you may have thought. Just ask RDM Group, where talented engineers are using SOLIDWORKS to help create the UK’s first autonomous vehicles. Autonomous_RDM_Group_SOLIDWORKS_3 The future is coming
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
The world’s smallest workstation weaves feats of engineering with industrial design panache, incorporating workstation power and reliability without a single visual compromise. Some SOLIDWORKS users are using consumer-class PCs — computers not configured to support 3D CAD software and not engineered to be reliable under demanding use over time. With an eye to improving the 3D CAD experience for these users, HP set out to develop a product to address their unique pain points. The result is unlike
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
The experts at BOXX share this quick guide to choosing the right processors, SSDs, graphics, memory, and more so you can take full advantage of SOLIDWORKS 2018. With the arrival of SOLIDWORKS 2018 and all of the application’s new features, it may be time to consider upgrading your SOLIDWORKS hardware as well. Begin by asking yourself three questions: How big are my assemblies? How many geometric surfaces do I have?
SOLIDWORKS 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
5 months ago
DriveWorks design automation for SOLIDWORKS and online 3D CPQ software are 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 Blog
6 months ago
SOLIDWORKS World 2017 is featuring a record number of partners! 117 to be exact, and they’ll be available to meet with you from Sunday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 8. If you’re looking to preview new technology, solve design challenges or view cool products designed in SOLIDWORKS, visiting the Partner Pavilion is a must. Leading up to SOLIDWORKS World 2017, we’re going to publish a handful of blog posts featuring some of the excellent exhibitors you can meet in the Partner Pavilion.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
9 months ago
The Partner Pavilion at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 is larger than ever! With 117 solution partners onsite, chances are you’ll find a feature or two to help you get your work done more accurately and in record time. The Partner Pavilion is as a diverse as the SOLIDWORKS community. While walking around the area you’ll see everything from CAM and Design Automation to 3D Printing and learning resources.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
9 months ago
Next month at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, take a few moments to check out some of the incredible displays at the booths in the Partner Pavilion. Many of the best booths use Orbus Exhibit & Display Group™ to create those compelling backdrops, but did you realize that Orbus uses SOLIDWORKS themselves? Brands within the group include Orbus365™, SignPro Systems™, Origin™, and Nimlok®, each uniquely positioned to target a specific market sector of the signage, events, tradeshow exhibit and display
SOLIDWORKS Blog
10 months ago
Swing a baseball bat, eat with a fork and knife, steer a bike with both handles – without two hands, a child can’t do any of these ordinary activities that most children take for granted. But now The Helping Hand Project (The HHP), a nonprofit organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is using the latest advancements in 3D printing technology to make sure fewer children have to live life with such limitations. The HHP is non-profit organization that was started by students at the
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Designing and manufacturing woodworking projects requires a great amount of attention to detail. When it comes to bringing concepts to life in CAD, this means using dedicated woodworking features that require solutions specifically created for woodworking. This is especially important in the era of custom-made projects, when woodworkers must have strong modeling capabilities mixed with specific tools to address unique material and processing requirements. With SWOOD from EFICAD and SOLIDWORKS,
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next technological frontier that engineers, designers, makers, entrepreneurs and, dreamers of all stripes, is moving towards. In the IoT era, everyday objects are imbued with “intelligence” and connectivity – your wine fridge, detecting you are low on your favorite merlot, talks to your local vintner, and places an order for you, which in turn is delivered to your door by a drone. Fantastic? Maybe
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
The SOLIDWORKS Expo floor features multiple CAM solutions, several of them fully integrated into SOLIDWORKS CAD. Fully integrated CAM completely removes the wall between SOLIDWORKS CAD and CAM, i.e., CAM solutions that run directly in SOLIDWORKS. By providing CAM products to run inside SOLIDWORKS, these Certified Gold and CAM Partners allow users to design and machine in the same system: SOLIDWORKS. This direct integration allows users to: Choose any of several SOLIDWORKS integrated CAM
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
What do goggles, innovation and the SOLIDWORKS community have in common? Jeremy Singley Industrial Designs. Jeremy Singley, a long-time SOLIDWORKS customer and owner of his own design firm, implemented SOLIDWORKS Professional, Flow Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Gold Solution Partner Power Surfacing to deliver production-ready concepts efficiently and cost-effectively. Singley knew that he needed to purchase SOLIDWORKS in order to adhere to his business mission of developing creative, innovative
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
When considering the best practices of using a CAM system to program CNC equipment, some really important factors about the CAM system itself are key to getting the most return on your investment. These factors usually fall into two categories: Time and Direct Cost. Time: Programming Time – how long it takes a programmer to create a tool path for a part. Cycle Time – how long it takes each part to come off the machine.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
“I have a point cloud, now what”, is a question that often arises in the SOLIDWORKS user community and how that question is answered varies on who you ask. While my personal experience over the years working with point clouds often brings back memories of the game “Connect the Dots” in the Highlight magazines stacked high on the end table at my dentists’ office, I must admit although not quite as easy, working with point clouds elicit the same mental happiness when the image magically appears on
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Today, 3D CAD technology has matured to high levels of building complex designs. Validating the design for Fit, Form and Function (F3) are now completed with great care, upfront. Yet, Superior Assembly Build Quality, Consistent Performance and Low Cost Objectives have always thrown many a challenge to Manufacturing Enterprises. 3D CAD designs live in an Ideal World of congruence.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
The design of illumination systems is as much art as it is science. Illumination engineering, or design, is a challenging, and very rewarding field that transforms the output of a simple bulb (or LED) into a pattern of illumination that allows us to work, drive or play safely. As engineering evolves into design, the designer combines fundamental physics with architectural aesthetics and human physiology to develop lighting solutions to satisfy all of our ever changing needs. A combination of
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Today many companies with laser tube cutters are tracing production bottlenecks directly to programming. With the increased speed of today’s C02 and fiber tube lasers, programmers are finding it a challenge to keep these machines operating at full capacity. While these lasers generally come equipped with programming software, this software is usually very basic lacking the advanced functionality to optimize the machine’s advanced features. When purchasing new machinery manufacturers will
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Every year in the weeks leading up to SolidWorks World, we give attendees a chance to learn about some of our Solution Partners attending the event and setting up booths in the Partner Pavilion. Our partners play a big role in making the event great every year, and they always come with some of the newest technology and tools that help make SolidWorks users more productive. Now through January 26, we’re giving some of these partners a chance to let attendees know what they can expect–in their
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
StratasysLogoWithTagline275x85 Attending SolidWorks World this year? Wondering how 3D printing can affect you? Fender Musical Instruments Corp. can show you how they use SolidWorks and Stratasys 3D Printers to design and innovate. Fender designs and manufactures stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Every year in the weeks leading up to SolidWorks World, we give attendees a chance to learn about some of our Solution Partners attending the event and setting up booths in the Partner Pavilion. Our partners play a big role in making the event great every year, and they always come with some of the newest technology and tools that help make SolidWorks users more productive. Now through January 26, we’re giving some of these partners a chance to let attendees know what they can expect–in their
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Every year in the weeks leading up to SolidWorks World, we give attendees a chance to learn about some of our Solution Partners attending the event and setting up booths in the Partner Pavilion. Our partners play a big role in making the event great every year, and they always come with some of the newest technology and tools that help make SolidWorks users more productive. Now through January 26, we’re giving some of these partners a chance to let attendees know what they can expect–in their
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Every year in the weeks leading up to SolidWorks World, we give attendees a chance to learn about some of our Solution Partners attending the event and setting up booths in the Partner Pavilion. Our partners play a big role in making the event great every year, and they always come with some of the newest technology and tools that help make SolidWorks users more productive. Now through January 26, we’re giving some of these partners a chance to let attendees know what they can expect–in their
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago