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Flip Normal SolidWorks 2014 gives you a lot of new options, but this one has been a long time coming: Flip Normal! You are no longer prey to Reference Plane normals dictated by the geometry from which they are spawn. The new Flip Normal option allows you to control the XY orientation of your sketches, the positive Z for your extrusions, and gives you the ability to better control mate alignment when replacing a components sketches and faces. You are the Commander!
SOLIDWORKS Tech 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
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
Time ticks away. The fast pace of today’s design world is not for the faint of heart, nor for the slow of fingers. Today’s pace calls for fast eyes, and faster fingers. Today’s pace calls for The Fastest Hands in the East.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Eight months have passed since we took the stage at SolidWorks World in Anaheim and talked about cloud technology and the benefits it can bring to the product design process. As I travel around the world talking to companies and visiting user groups, I’ve noticed the same questions keep coming up, and I wanted to address some of them directly. First, people are asking what this “cloud” thing is all about In a nutshell, “cloud computing” leverages the Internet to shift processor-intensive tasks
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 years ago
I sat down last week with Austin O’Malley, SolidWorks Executive Vice President of Research and Development. Our conversation ranged from guitar amps to the new Macbook Air, but for the most part, we talked about current and future technology, and how it might apply to the next–generation software his team is working on, including online usage. Matt: We first announced our plans to start releasing cloud-based applications back in February at SolidWorks World. Since then, there’s been a lot of
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
Two weeks ago at SolidWorks World 2011, we showed off SolidWorks n!Fuze, our newest data and file sharing application. If you couldn't make it to San Antonio, here are a few more details about the product. SolidWorks n!
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
Gettingreal I was fortunate enough to recently stumble on the online edition of “Getting Real,” a book written by the founders of 37signals (you can click the link above to read it for free online, or check out the updated version titled “Rework”). If you’re not familiar with 37signals as a company, you probably are with at least one of their products. They’re the guys responsible for Ruby on Rails and Basecamp, as well as other well-received Web applications for project management and
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
There is very rarely a time where I don't have my iPhone with me. As a matter of fact, I am almost always with my iPad as well. Whether at home, work, traveling afar, or in the car running an errand, these devices have become an extension of my brain. They help me to explore new ideas, take notes, and look up just about any piece of information that I might need.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
Earlier this month at SolidWorks World 2010 in Anaheim, we gave attendees a glimpse into some powerful new solutions that we’re currently developing. Over the past few weeks we’ve been watching and reading all of the various blogs, forum posts, and news articles talking about what we showed. We thought we’d take this opportunity to address some of the questions that we’ve seen. First, let’s talk about the Monday morning technology preview.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 years ago
Back at SolidWorks World 2010, Jeremy Luchini, the brains behind our certification programs, announced that he would be hosting a new video series called Let's Go Design. We're happy to announce that the series is now live. Over the course of the next year, Jeremy will be designing and building some new things from the ground up. But first, he's looking for ideas from all of the designers out there.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 years ago
One of the things we've heard from SolidWorks World attendees over the past few years is that you'd like to learn more in advance about the SolidWorks partners who set up booths in the Partner Pavilion. So now through January, we'll be posting a series of blog entries about some of the partners you might think about checking out, and the people who will be representing them. Today we hear from Bahman Dara, Senior Manager of Product Marketing at ATI FirePro If there are any SolidWorks partners
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
Earlier today, we announced a new product for SolidWorks customers called Post3D, which is based on current 3DVIA Scenes tecnology. As easy as sending email, 3DVIA Post3D creates virtual collaboration spaces, or posts, for designers to upload CAD assets and review their work with partners in fully interactive and realistic contexts. Each post can be shared publicly or privately and allows users to meet virtually, in real-time through a personalized URL set by the author. Post3D will take product
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
One of the things we've heard from SolidWorks World attendees over the past few years is that you'd like to learn more in advance about the SolidWorks partners who set up booths in the Partner Pavilion. So now through the end of SolidWorks World, we'll be posting a series of blog entries about some of the partners you might think about checking out, and the people who will be representing them. Today we hear from Jean-Marc Ludwig, Senior Strategic Alliance Manager at NVIDIA. Quadro.Logo.3D 1.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
Draftsight Big news today from the DraftSight team. After an initial launch last June and over 400,000 downloads, DraftSight is now all grown up and out of beta. So if you're already a DraftSight user, go ahead to the website and download the official release. If you're not familiar with DraftSight already, here's a little background.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
It’s been a busy few months for me, but between taking on a new job, SolidWorks World 2011 and traveling between the US and France, I’ve still managed to visit a few great SolidWorks customers. There’s one in particular that I thought would be of particular interest to the SolidWorks community. Atomik Cars is a small company based in Paris. The Atomik team is made up of car industry veterans-everyone has at least 20 years of experience working for the big guys.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
That great idea you are looking for is already somewhere in your mind or in the collective mind of your team. The real effort in coming up with a great idea, is all about getting out of your own way so that your great idea can reveal itself. I want to refer to this as the “idea release” process, rather than the idea generation process. A very useful tool in the idea release process is mind mapping.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 years ago
One of the things we've heard from SolidWorks World attendees over the past few years is that you'd like to learn more in advance about the SolidWorks partners who set up booths in the Partner Pavilion. So now through SolidWorks World 2012, we'll be posting a series of blog entries about some of the partners you might think about checking out, and the people who will be representing them. Today we hear from Richard Runnells, Vertical Market Strategist in Dell's Precision Workstation division.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
NAO I have a little boy who just turned four. He's loved robots since he was 18 months old, and somewhere between two and three years old, he started asking to watch videos of vintage tin robot toys on YouTube. But watching wind-up toys roll around gets tiring after a while, so at some point, I started looking for videos of real robots. One of the best ones I came across was from a company called Aldebaran Robotics.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
We're in the home strech now, but we still have a few more partner profiles in the queue. Today, we're hearing from computer maker BOXX. And yes, that should be in all caps. 1.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
SolidWorks Innovation Education Forum On April 9, the SolidWorks Asia/Pacific team is hosting an online event where you can interact and learn from industry and product experts. The Forum will present topics and videos showing how SolidWorks software solutions are used in education to help students and professionals work more efficiently and create better designs. When students know how to use SolidWorks, they have a clear advantage in their career search. The Forum also provides an interactive
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
If you have children of a certain age, then right now your life is all about Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games. If you don’t know the story, essentially it’s about a sixteen year old girl trying to survive a kill-or-be-killed entertainment show in a post-apocalyptic world. Now Katniss’s weapon of choice is a recurve bow, which got me thinking–after my efforts to design a pumpkin chunkin catapult, could I use SolidWorks Simulation to analyze a bow? My first decision was to choose what kind of
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 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
4 years ago
As you may have heard, the SolidWorks community continues to grow. At last count, there are over 2 million people learning and using SolidWorks on a regular basis. And that means there are a lot people writing, blogging, tweeting, and posting about SolidWorks, as well as creating videos and images. In fact, a large portion of that comes directly from us.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago