Winners of the NASA Centennial Challenges 3D Printed Habitat Competition, SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) is a group dedicated to developing human-supporting concepts for space exploration. The design of their winning submission, Mars Ice House, was inspired by NASA’s “follow the water” into a magnificent 3D- Printed Habitat made of water-ice. The vertical multi-level dwelling for four is situated at the center of double-printed ice shells against an outermost layer of transparent EFTE,
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
7 months ago
This year’s SAE AERO Design West competition took place in the heart of the USA, nestled right in Fort Worth Texas. Students from all around the world and from different walks of life, filled the hotel lobby with propellers, DC motors, and aerodynamic fuselages, as they marched their planes in and out of the judges’ arena. Day 1 of the event was all about technical qualifications. A warm Texas morning welcomed the teams to the Thunderbird Field that hosted the Day 2’s agenda: Flight.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
8 months ago
Yannick Lammen, a mechanical engineer, and Jan Drennel, an undergraduate student, at the University of Stuttgart in Germany talk to SOLIDWORKS about their work for the SOFIA project. http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/5C41E9F285834C383AEA7A6C8942FC94.mp4 Also find link to video here. SOFIA. the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, is a 2.5 meter in diameter telescope mounted in the fuselage of a modified 747SP aircraft. The University of Stuttgart chose
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
8 months ago
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) 2017 is here! Shared by SOLIDWORKS mentor, Earl Hasz January 7, 2017 marked the kickoff of the exciting design and build competition season. SOLIDWORKS is a FRC Crown Sponsor. To all teams that apply for sponsorship at www.solidworks.com/FIRST, SOLIDWORKS will provide the SOLIDWORKS Robotics Suite of software tools.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
10 months ago
“Simple things seem to derive the most pleasure from everyone” – Corporal Willy Corporal Willy with a Epilog 120 Watt Laser The very first time we tried doing a 3D carving, we took just two pieces of scrap wood and glued them together. I looked for two pieces that were not cracked or had any knots or other irregular surface features to them. However, as the machine finished the carving, a knot showed up right at the end of the Wolf’s nose. Rob made this one on a laser machine for a friend’s
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
11 months ago
Fettuccine Pasta Bridge Richard first came up with the idea of constructing a bridge using fettuccine pasta, while pushing a shopping cart alongside his wife, Carmy, at a supermarket. As Carla stopped in the aisle stacked with a variety of pastas, Richard carefully observed the different types of pastas, appreciating the uniformity inside of the packaging. He recalls thinking, “To try and make something like that would be very difficult to say the least. I could not wait to get SOLIDWORKS up and
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
11 months ago
img_0364 Erin Winick, Founder and CEO of Sci Chic, talked to SOLIDWORKS about her startup business, where she creates and sells 3D printed science and engineering inspired jewelry made of plastics and/or metals. Erin will be graduating this December from the University of Florida with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She has had 4 internships, namely – Bracken Engineering, Solar Turbines, John Deere and Keysight Technologies. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Erin always enjoyed fashion and science
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 year ago
My name is Colleen Gallagher and I am an Electrical Engineering Major entering my fourth year at Northeastern University. I am currently an intern on the SOLIDWORKS Education team and I have to say, my favorite part about this job is the 3D printing! This post is all about modeling and 3D printing various versions of an alligator pin using Sindoh’s 3DWOX. IMG_4613 The 3DWox PrinterThe 3DWOX uses a 3D printing method knowns as FFF, which stands for “Fused Filament Fabrication”.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 year ago
Design for Quality – A PerspectiveIncreasingly a lot of attention is being paid to Quality in Product Engineering with emphasis on Quality By Design. Prof. Genichi Taguchi famously defined Quality as ‘Financial Loss to Society AFTER an Article is shipped.’ While 80% of the product cost is determined by design, the fate of a product is determined by its quality. If the concept of Quality is instilled in the design process, then it is bound to be a win-win situation.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Who needs mate references? Anyone who is repeating the same mate selection process over and over think in terms of assemblies with repeating components.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
Learn SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures Most of us don’t use SOLIDWORKS with any sort of fancy, new-fangled, professional 3D mouse. Instead, we make due with a standard, two-button mouse that probably comes with a scroll wheel and maybe a couple of other buttons. Does this make us any less important? Of course not!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
There are many adjectives I can use to describe my college experience: amazing, stressful, memorable, ridiculous, and broke, to name just a few. However, when I think back on some of the dorm rooms I shared, one word in particular comes to mind: CRAMPED. If you’ve ever lived in a dorm (and especially if you live in one now), you understand that space is a huge commodity. Every square inch you can gain is important.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
test Changing line color and line weight does not have to be a difficult process! Actually, it was such a simple adjustment, it was wide open for an additional feature, so lofting was introduced to add some fun to the mix! Please note that the video is in HD and you can adjust the resolution by changing the gear in the tools section of video window. Please send us feedback!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Science fiction has wet our appetites with visions of what will be served for dinner in the decades to come. These culinary prognostications range from the realistic, food packets and moon sandwiches in 2001: A Space Odyssey or food pills in the Jetson’s; and the ridiculous, Demolition Man’s prediction that every restaurant will become Taco Bell, thanks to a franchise war; to the frightening, two words: Soylent Green (it’s people)!
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
There is an excellent tool in Sheet Metal that can allow us to make completely round parts! Rolled Sheet Metal 2014 When you need to create large diameter round parts sheet metal may not be the first tool you’d consider, but it a great tool for this application. Consider a 3 foot diameter metal cylinder and how we could create this and create a flat patten using the sheet metal tools found in SOLIDWORKS Standard. There are some tips and tricks included!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Sometime you wish you could have your company logo in 3D but not just in 3D but animated. SOLIDWORKS has a the power to deliver your vision!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Highlighting some Hidden Gems in the SolidWorks User Interface My model is gone! If you click or right-click a model and accidentally select “Hide” from the menu or toolbar, the model isn’t displayed. Running the cursor up and down the Feature Manager shows a temporary wireframe outline of each feature, but no model. Just use the same menu or toolbar to show the model again.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Millions of tons of plastic are polluting the world’s oceans. It reaches the oceans through rivers and waterways, and then accumulates in five high-concentration areas called gyres. Boyan Slat, a student at the Delft University of Technology, and his Ocean Cleanup team believe that it’s possible to remove most of the plastic from the oceans in only five years using a series of floating filtration platforms anchored to the ocean floor, and massive floating booms attached to the platforms. By
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
A coworker recently sent me a story about Easton LaChapelle. Easton is a 17-year-old student from Colorado (in the western US) who has been doing some incredible work designing advanced prosthetics. Without telling the whole story, Easton met a young girl with an $80,000 prosthetic and immediately wondered if he could design something equally good at a lower cost. Using a combination of 3D printers, open-source part designs and SolidWorks, Easton was able to build a prosthetic hand and arm for
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Mass customization – where customers can modify a product’s appearance, features or content to their specification – has been the “next big thing” for a very long time. Even as far back as the 1970s, futurist Alan Toffler predicted the emergence of mass customization. Yet it has taken until very recently for the tools to enable such a revolutionary new production technique to become available on a mass scale. Now everyone from Nike to Motorola are using the technique to provide a unique product
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Today’s computers are lightning fast – they can enable you to do anything from communicating with your team remotely to performing complex calculations to improve your designs. Since its invention, the computer has helped scientists solve complex problems. Teversham Engineering in the United Kingdom is using SolidWorks to recreate digital technology of the past – the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, used by researchers at Cambridge University. As part of the EDSAC project,
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Since 2011, when we first featured Donn McKinney’s U.S.S Missouri project, our friend Donn has further progressed in his work. To give some background to those of you who are unfamiliar with Donn’s project, Donn, a fan of World War II-era US battleships, is currently building a fully operational virtual replica of the U.S.S. Missouri in collaboration with the U.S. Navy. Using the replica, he plans to examine the boat’s functionality. USS Missouri Modeled in SolidWorks eDrawings 1 To show us some
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
As we discussed in Part One of the series, the Maker movement is harnessing ideas and technology to spur innovation. MakerBot’s Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is bridging the gap between engineers, researchers, designers and creative professionals to create amazing, true-to-life products, quickly and easily. SolidWorks Simulation and Workgroup PDM software allowed MakerBot engineers to create and evaluate several design iterations of the MakerBot Replicator 2. In doing so, MakerBot wasted no
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
WIRED’s editor-in-chief Chris Anderson recently published a book suggesting that the Maker movement will likely transform the U.S. economy. Anderson believes that as the Maker movement gains momentum, the American spirit of tinkering and building will be re-tooled and made more user-friendly for the Internet Age. Formlabs Printer Designed in SolidWorks In his book, Anderson lists SolidWorks as the best paid software for designers, and mentions that the 3D printer is the most high-profile Maker
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago