SOLIDWORKS xDesign Public Lighthouse Program was in full swing last few weeks through xDesign Your Way to Milan Challenge! Among the frenzied and fun-filled moments, five xDesign users made their way to participate in SOLIDWORKS xDesign hackathon. Their entries reflected their personal story and passion in solving a problem through a design that touches on various aspect of our life. We’ll share their stories on the blog in the coming weeks.
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16 days ago
I’m sure many of you have a tried and tested way of putting a new purchase or product through its paces. Maybe it’s that run to breaking your new running shoes, riding up that hill to see how light and responsive your new bike is, or by doing “keepie uppies” to judge the ‘touch’ of your new football boots (soccer cleats). Whatever it is we all have our own performance barriers that we use every day to decide whether we give a product the time of day or we walk on by. So what does this have to do
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29 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.
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1 month 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.
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1 month 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
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3 months ago
In Part 1 of this MBD How-to Video Series, we illustrated several techniques to define 3D annotations using SOLIDWORKS MBD. For example, Set an overall detailing standard Define location or size dimensions per the Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) schemes Create annotations to continuous features Call out annotations to intersection geometries Annotate patterns Modify dimension and tolerance styles. Defining annotations is the foundation of model-based workflows, but it’s not enough.
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11 months ago
If you have been following along with the past two blog posts in this series (A New Way to Capture Concept Ideas Quickly and Freeform Modeling in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer), you have seen how SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer (SWID) empowers designers to freely sketch their ideas and quickly model organic shapes. But designs may require more detail to fully convey design intent and ensure manufacturability. In this post, we will see how SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer takes your concepts to the
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2 years ago
Conceptual design of stylized products often starts with hand sketches, and may involve several disconnected software applications for sketching, surface modeling, and sharing the concepts with others. SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer streamlines that process with a unified workspace where hand sketches, photos, and even existing 3D models can be combined. Our client has provided some initial artwork and a 3D assembly. They need our help designing a new body for this electric carving knife.
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2 years ago
SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer is a useful 3D modeling app on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It allows you to create and animate 3D parts. Over the past few weeks, I have been creating various mechanisms of multiple levels of difficulty with it and creating the animations of the mechanisms in motion. This blog series will display the mechanisms that I created and explain the steps I took to make them.
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2 years ago
Karl W. Schmidt started using data management technology three years ago with the introduction of SOLIDWORKS EPDM. Data management was implemented due to the number of components we work with on our systems. For those of you that do not know us, Karl W. Schmidt is a global leader in engineering and manufacturing of custom recycling systems. Our products are large – both in physical size and by number of components in assembly.
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2 years ago
When I was first exposed to parametric CAD in 1995, I immediately saw the promise this modeling technique offered. No more add, subtract, union Boolean operations. No more user coordinate systems just to sketch some geometry. Coming from a manufacturing background, I quickly became comfortable defining some stock material, and then refining it using parametric features.
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2 years ago
The early concept design phase of product development is critical to getting designs off to a good start. During this stage a number of design alternatives are discussed, vetted, and tested by a large group of design stakeholders, including customers, before a decision is made as to which ones merit moving forward. The more efficient this process, the faster a product can get to market. MAR14-POLYR-SolidWorks_forCSA2 The ability to quickly create concept models and effectively collaborate on
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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
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2 years ago
1. It’s all about industrial design. The industrial design process is very different from the traditional mechanical design process. Industrial design is all about form, mechanical design is all about function.
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2 years ago
Many improvements have been made to ‘Computer Aided Design’ software (CAD) since its inception, allowing users to create designs faster and easier than ever before. Unfortunately, the aided part of CAD has not been applied equally to all areas of the software. Today you can create complex shapes with increasing ease but the task of assembling parts into an assembly has only seen a limited advance in terms of ease of use. Creating assembly mates has become easier mostly through the advances in
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2 years 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. Öjerstam was on the lookout for a sub-D, free-form modeling application
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3 years ago
Over the last two years, the CAD industry has evolved at an unprecedented rate – new technologies are providing new levels of connectivity, collaboration, and data analysis that are changing the way you develop products. SOLIDWORKS incorporates these changes in technology, while continuing to focus on delivering solutions that enhance your productivity and design capabilities. During that time, SOLIDWORKS introduced two new products — SOLIDWORKS Inspection and SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model-Based
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3 years ago
A critical aspect of effective conceptual design is being able to explore many ideas quickly, without disrupting your creative thought process. The freedom to easily develop, evaluate and communicate your ideas results in more innovation, and ultimately, better designs. SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE solutions deliver this design freedom as they are built around the Single Modeling Environment (SME). SME incorporates simple, integrated design workflows into a clean modern UI, allowing you to rapidly
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3 years ago
When talking to engineers around the world I hear a common complaint, we are all trying to get too much done with too little time. As an engineer you are juggling multiple tasks over multiple projects. You are designing, sourcing components, prototyping, testing and commissioning products. You spend way too much of your time balancing priorities and not enough doing what you enjoy, designing great products.
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3 years ago
Marc McCauley and Jesse Hahne, co-owners of the Center for Advanced Design (CAD), never know what projects are going to come through their doors. The product development firm has been involved in bringing more than 1,700 products to market. To be successful, they need to quickly create innovative design concepts and move those designs through client approvals and on to detail mechanical design, engineering validation, prototyping, and production. This often requires a variety of design tools,
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3 years ago
The manner in which you interact with your customers and supply chain has a massive impact on your products. Hugh MacLeod once said ‘All products are conversations’, something that we truly believe in here at SOLIDWORKS. As we develop new technologies to help you design better and faster, we have not forgotten that in order to develop great products we have to talk to you, our customers and that we have to develop tools that enable and enhance your conversations with your customers. At
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3 years ago
Let me be upfront about it, I think the ‘cloud’ is great. I use it in my personal and professional life all the time, and it’s not a stretch to say I could not live the way I do without it. But it’s not without its challenges. Working on the cloud or with cloud applications that require you to be continually connected to the internet can limit where and when you work.
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3 years ago
Today industrial designers use many tools to get their job done. From initial hand and digital sketching, 3D concept modelling, 3D detailing, through to PowerPoint presentations and 3D printing proposals. There is no ‘one tool fits all approach’, rather the tools that industrial designers use are many and varied. A possible Industrial Design workflow might look like this: But whatever your industrial design workflow, you and your design team need the right tool at the right time.
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3 years ago
The other day, while the dense, grey clouds were dumping enough snow in Boston to push the winter snowfall over the “100th inch” mark, I was relaxing on the beach in Miami looking at the fluffy, soft clouds scattered across the blue sky, and reflecting on one of the cruel realities of life, – not all the clouds are the same. This is especially true when it comes to the clouds you are using for your business and product development process. cloudguy1 Every day, cloud-based services are playing
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3 years ago