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. Let’s say you wanted to model up your hand.
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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. Alternatively, the same command is available under: ‘Tools > Options’.
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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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
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1 year ago
Welcome back to the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Step-Up series! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing all things SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Today, the North America SOLIDWORKS Simulation experts discuss pin connectors; pin connectors are basically the bolt connector’s little brother.
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1 year ago
Welcome back to the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Step-Up series! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing all things SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Today, the North America SOLIDWORKS Simulation experts discuss bolt connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This is broken down into 3 different parts: Part one goes over the benefits of using connectors and when to use bolted joints.
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1 year ago
Welcome back to the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Step-Up series! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing all things SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Today, the North America SOLIDWORKS Simulation experts discuss contact modeling in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This is broken down into 3 different parts: Part one goes over what contact modeling is, why it is used, and how it can benefit your model.
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1 year ago
At this point in the year, many people have forgotten all about their New Year’s resolutions but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get organized! There’s still time to make 2016 your users best SOLIDWORKS year ever. Below is a complete guide you can follow, broken down into five big categories. Download the easy-to-follow worksheet.
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1 year ago
SOLIDWORKS Visualize SOLIDWORKS Visualize is finally here and I can’t wait to tell you about it! For those who don’t know, SOLIDWORKS Visualize (formerly known as Bunkspeed) is a standalone software tool that provides industry-leading rendering capabilities. I had personally been awaiting its release for months and I can tell you that it was well worth the wait! There is a lot to learn about this new product so I’ve collected all of the key information that you will need to get started with
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1 year ago
In this 3 part tutorial Stuart Wortley, one of Cadtek’s Design Engineers, provides a walk-through of how he created this example chair as part of a customer request for help on a modelling issue. Watch how he uses a range of SOLIDWORKS 3D modelling techniques to create and render this modern design. Although this tutorial is to design a chair, all of the skills and techniques can be used across many industries. Some of the topics Stuart covers;
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2 years ago
In this 3 part tutorial Stuart Wortley, one of Cadtek’s Design Engineers, provides a walk-through of how he created this example chair as part of a customer request for help on a modelling issue. Watch how he uses a range of SOLIDWORKS 3D modelling techniques to create and render this modern design. Although this tutorial is to design a chair, all of the skills and techniques can be used across many industries. Some of the topics Stuart covers;
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2 years ago
HOW TO MAKE SPRING ANIMATIONS Occasionally we need to show animations of our assemblies that contain flexible parts, like springs, cables and hoses. Watch this video to learn about the powerful techniques to create the flexible part motion using in-context relations and the animation/motion tools. Written by Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer Symmetry Solutions Symmetry Solutions Symmetry Solutions, Inc. is your official SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and training provider for the Upper
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2 years ago
Simplifying Permissions By Applying Group Permission To Different Slices Of Your PDM Vault The basics of Enterprise PDM Folder Permissions are easy to learn. “I’ll create a group so I don’t have to modify every user gotta have Read file contents
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2 years ago
SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design has been garnering a lot of industry buzz since it was first teased almost two years ago at SOLIDWORKS 2014. In the months since, we’ve had a lot of questions from our customers about what the product really does and how it might serve the many challenges faced by consumer product designers on a daily basis. This article is intended to satisfy many of those questions. SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design might be right for you if you prefer to work with digital concept
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