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Starting in 2016 for SOLIDWORKS Professional (Premium for 2015 versions and older), there is a great add-in that works for those who need to transfer physical objects into a 3D model. The add-in is called ScanTo3D. For users who need to create organic shapes where it would be really difficult to model from scratch, ScanTo3D will help in importing scan data into SOLIDWORKS to convert the mesh to a surface or solid model.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 months ago
Every SOLIDWORKS version provides the ability to run basic internal flow analyses of geometry using the FloXpress tool. As long as your model has one inlet, one outlet and one internal cavity this can be achieved. For more information on activation, please see our Activating and using SimulationXpress blog post. Once activated, a wizard guides you through each step in the study process.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
In this 3 part tutorial, Jamie, one of Cadtek’s application engineers, gives us an introduction to cabinetry in SOLIDWORKS. This first tutorial will look at using Multibody Parts. Create anything from kitchen cabinets to wardrobes with greater efficiency using Smart Parts.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
We all know running a successful analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation requires a good mesh of our geometry. As far as generating a mesh is concerned, the SOLIDWORKS meshing command has traditionally offered us two options: the Standard mesh and the Curvature-based mesh. Generally speaking, the standard mesh is best used for angled, prismatic geometry and there was a time when it was the only meshing option available. Then in 2008, the curvature-based mesh was introduced.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
In vielen Branchen müssen Abwicklungen mit komplexen Geometrien erstellt werden, beispielsweise die Etiketten-Oberfläche der in unserem Video dargestellten Schnittstellenbaugruppe. Mit SOLIDWORKS 2016 lassen sich beliebige Oberflächen flach darstellen, selbst solche mit internen Bohrungen.
SOLIDWORKS DEUTSCH Blog
7 months ago
There are a few different animating tools within Visualize Professional but in this blog we will use the watch to illustrate the power of the automatic rotation animations, a method of doing quick and easy rotation animations with little effort. This can be great for things such as car wheels or in this instance, watch hands. In the following video you can see the hands moving round. This is done with just a couple of clicks but will make your designs pop and come to life.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition was a great tool when it was introduced all the way back in 2015. It is SOLIDWORKS solution to drawing-less manufacturing. Even in its short life so far, there have been a lot of enhancements added to the product to either make it easier to use or increase the capabilities. With 2017 right around the corner, I wanted to remind everyone of some of those enhancements in 2016.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 months ago
Author: Jim Peltier, CSWE – Javelin Technologies Let’s say you’ve created a feature in SOLIDWORKS that you really like. If you really like something, you want more of it;
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 months ago
By: John Setzer, Training Coordinator Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016 make it easy to select identical components in an assembly! Just use the new “Select Identical Components” command found in the Selection tool fly out:
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 months ago
“Garbage in, gospel out.” A slightly different take on the old adage, this is many people’s perspective on analysis results. But us engineers know better, right? Simulation results are generally only as good as the inputs to the problem.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 months ago
SOLIDWORKS has always been highly customizable, including keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures and almost everything else! Setting SOLIDWORKS up how you like it allows for a more streamlined and much more efficient design process. Using the right mouse button (RMB) on the command manager generates a selection box where you can customise the various sections.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 months ago
If you have worked around the injection molding industry long enough, you have probably heard about the process of using gas to fill and pack-out thick-walled plastic parts (also known as internal gas assist injection molding). If you haven’t, you can learn more about it here. Internal gas assist for injection molding (gas assist) can do many great things for the plastic processor: reduce cycle time, decrease tonnage, eliminate sink marks, reduce part weight, and allow for injection molding
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 months ago
Written by: Marty Adams, Technical Support Engineer, DASI Solutions In our modern software environment, the use of physical media has been overtaken by downloads. Given the cost of distribution, not just the cost of the DVD(s), it is everything, from burning the media to in your hands.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 months ago
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an extraordinarily powerful program. Fire tornadoes, cold beers by the grill, supersonic jets or even dragons can be analyzed in Flow Simulation with amazing results. You may have seen some of these examples before but did you know the setup for these kinds of studies is actually really simple? It is as easy as 1-2-3, what is happening, what do you know, and what do you want to know?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 months ago
The Beautiful Game Ball. At least the translation of Beau Jeu. So how can we model this up in SOLIDWORKS?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 months ago
A typical static analysis simulation starts off by first choosing the material, selecting fixing points, applying loads and finally running our set up. However, what if we could change this type of workflow and continue with our design when some basic information is not yet known? Testing and validating your designs is always a breeze using SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 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
Pillow Shape: A curvature continuous fillet is based on a spline, not an arc, which results in a more cosmetic pleasing round that better reflects light. A revolved surface is created to act as the very top of the pillow shape. A split line is used to split the loft into two portions for creating the upper portion of the corner area.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months ago
Author: Justin Williams, Javelin Technologies Are you a searcher or an explorer? If you’re a searcher then you’re in luck as SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional comes equipped with a powerful search tool, that can minimize the time it takes to locate a file or folder.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months ago
Moderate Sheet Metal Part Five: This part is created using sheet metal features so that the part can be flattened out to create a flat pattern. The first feature is a flat plate where the side flanges will be added throughout the design. With this part, we added some edge flanges separately because it was not tangent to adjacent edge. We could not add all edge flanges in one feature because two of the edges were not tangent to the adjacent straight edges.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months ago
Simple Surface Part Five: This door handle is an example of a part created without using any solid body features.A few of the initial features could have been created using standard solid features such as an Extruded or Revolved Boss/Bases.The Boundary Surface feature uses one edge and one Sketch in one direction to create the desired geometry. The Surface Knit feature is used to merge the four surfaces bodies into one by “stitching” them together. Check out the Simple Surface Part 1, Part 2,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months ago
Minor/Major upgrade? We always recommend SOLIDWORKS service pack installation as soon as possible after release. As well as providing minor enhancements and new features, this ensures maximum stability and the reduced likelihood of bugs.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months ago
In my opinion, one of the coolest modelling strategies in SOLIDWORKS is what I like to call the Skin and Trim technique! Now this may not be official terminology but it’s easy to remember and trust me, you want to remember this one! The Skin and Trim technique is where we overbuild and intersect all of the surfaces that form the skin of our desired model volume and then trim them all back to meet each other with a clear view to achieving a solid model.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months ago
Complex Sheet Metal Part 4: This feature distinguishes that this is sheet metal part. It specifies the bend radius, wall thickness and K factor. Sheet metal features are used so that the part can be flattened out to create a flat pattern.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 months ago