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I recently took a trip to visit some of the schools I work in Montana to discuss their STEM Program. One of the schools I visited called Billings Career Center, a Career, and Technical education-focused school, had an exciting project they worked on with NASA using our STEM in a BOX program. The teacher and his students designed parts in SOLIDWORKS, then 3D printed prototypes, and machined the final versions. They then sent the finished versions to NASA.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
2 hours ago
When designing a new product the best way to get an idea how it will look or feel like in the real world is to produce a prototype. A few years back this would be done in a workshop or outsourced outside of the company. This takes time and can create risk of your early designs and prototypes getting in the wrong hands. But now there is a few choices of 3D printing technology to allow to create your prototypes rapidly and some can be done in house which can save a lot of time.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 hours ago
Additive manufacturing is the way of the future. There are countless reasons why adopting this new technology makes sense, but once you’ve decided to go down that path, there are many options, and so which path do you take? Currently, there are a number of major players all competing to cross the additive manufacturing finish line and be deemed the top player of this $7.3 billion market. They include HP, Formlabs, and Desktop Metal, and each of them have a different strategy.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 days ago
It’s time for the World Cup semi-finals, and what better way to celebrate your favorite team than by making a flag in SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids! Here’s a tutorial demonstrating how to use the Shape It and Style It apps to create England’s flag, and tips for making the coat of arms on Croatia’s flag. We also have a tutorial that will teach you how to make the flags for the teams competing in the previous semi-final match. With Shape It and Style It, you can create France and Belgium’s flags in a
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
5 days ago
The Evolution of Online Shopping It wasn’t long ago that the idea of purchasing products online was a scary, if not completely foreign concept to most of us. If you planned on making any type of specialty purchase, it started with checking the yellow pages or asking a friendly neighbor for a recommendation for a local shop, and then heading out for a scavenger hunt to attempt to become a more knowledgeable consumer. What used to be near impossible for the consumer to acquire GOOD information and
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 days ago
Thanks to SOLIDWORKS Sell and its team, you can now create your own custom jewelry directly online on the website of Maison TOURNAIRE. Some collaborative work to refine SOLIDWORKS Sell and the mobilization of many different skills were required to develop this customization platform. A combination of skills between the Maison TOURNAIRE and SOLIDWORKS included: 3D design, 3D rendering, UX design, web integration, 3D printing, lost wax casting, polishing and packaging. Maison TOURNAIRE is the
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 days ago
Danielle Boyer and EKGAR Danielle Boyer and EKGAR If you converted passion into fuel, Danielle Boyer could easily solve an energy crisis. Talking to her about her FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, Team 4384 Benzene Bots, her team’s incredible special project, EKGAR, and her commitment to STEM accessibility and affordability, you’d never know she’s just seventeen. She discusses “my students” with pride and excitement, and her mix of bubbliness and professionalism when discussing EKGAR and
SOLIDWORKS Blog
17 days ago
When testing out a new standup desk, I quickly discovered three things about the design that needed improvement. The tray offset height needed to increase Line of sight to keyboard needed to improve Width of the tray needed to increase. First on the list was the biggest problem, the new offset to the tray was too tall for my 9” custom monitor stands and not enough for using the platform with no stands. Designing new tray brackets would allow me to correct all three problems.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
18 days ago
This Friday I was invited to my wife’s work’s BBQ. I couldn’t go empty-handed so I thought I would 3D print something to give to her boss. It would be a nice icebreaker, and I thought it would be a good project to try out SOLIDWORKS xDesign on my Chromebook. To up the ante somewhat, and also save myself some post-processing time, I would design it so it could be printed as quickly as possible and needing no support structures.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
18 days ago
Rob, Albert, and Sal in the mini-Max-D The wheels have been painted, the body has been hard coated and sanded umpteenth times, the decals have been laid out, the LEDs have been tested, the chassis has been fitted, and the last week of work arrived. Yes, the SOLIDWORKS build team is finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel their monster truck costume has been racing through these past frantic weeks, and the closer they get to their end goal, the more excited and nervous they are. Any free
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
FIRST Championships FIRST Championships – Detroit April 2018, 405 teams descended on Detroit, MI, and 405 on Houston, TX. Inside two of the largest convention centers in the country, high school students from around the world competed in one of the most exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) events high school students can participate in: the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Out of the 3,660 teams from 27 countries who competed in this year’s FRC, 810 teams,were invited to
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
Although 3D printing has been around for about 30 years, the recent past has seen a huge adoption in additive manufacturing (AM) technology in both the commercial and personal arenas. Low-cost 3D printers have made the technology so affordable that today you can simply walk into a number of retail establishments and purchase a machine for less than the cost of a family vacation! Most consumers and small business are choosing to jump into the 3D printing pool as cautiously as possible, which
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
Min-Max-D’s face, simulation vs reality “The devil’s in the details,” or so goes the old phrase. For members of the SOLIDWORKS Magic Wheelchair build team, however, Maximum Destruction is in the details. Taking pieces of pink and black foam and transforming them into a perfect replica of an intricate monster truck is no small feat. Sub teams have been working together to create the details that will bring Jonah’s costume to life.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
Sal Lama and his dastardly headphones. The Magic Wheelchair build has officially had its first causality—the top of Sal Lama’s head! Was it from a machine going on the fritz? A sharp corner of foam whacking him at just the right angle after being cut off?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS is a proud sponsor of the Magic Wheelchair organization, which builds epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs at no cost to families. SOLIDWORKS is providing SOLIDWORKS software to volunteer design teams. The SOLIDWORKS R&D team has been matched up with Jonah, a wheelchair-bound eleven-year-old, and team is excited about the challenge of gifting him with the most incredible costume they can bring to life. You can catch up on the work SOLIDWORKS is doing with this amazing organization
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
When the SOLIDWORKS team was introduced to the Magic Wheelchair organization at Maker Faire, we found our new design-make project! Magic Wheelchair builds epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs at no cost to families. SOLIDWORKS is a proud sponsor of the Magic Wheelchair organization, providing SOLIDWORKS software to volunteer design teams. The SOLIDWORKS R&D team has been matched up with Jonah, a wheelchair-bound eleven-year-old, and team is excited about the challenge of gifting him with the
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
If doctors and plane manufacturers and world-class champions can use 3D printing to become best in class, imagine how you can use this technology for your applications. You have already heard about 3D printing with plastics. What you may not know is now, you can 3D print with metal! Picture this: In one room, surgeons remove a tumor infected bone from a patient.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself going to the internet for everything these days. Want to see a new recipe? Go to the web. Need to know where the new dry cleaner is?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
Spoiler alert: all secrets revealed! See how we unveil the magic behind the Ball and Vase trick using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and 3D printing. I’ve considered myself a magician since the age of nine, so it has been a passion of mine for quite some time now. I actually used to have my own business called JL Magic, and I directed a kid’s camp called the Kent Cummins Magic Camp (now the Fantastic Magic Camp) to help children develop life skills by learning and practicing magic, juggling, and puppetry.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
It might be the most commonly asked question during my years at GoEngineer, and it was easily my least favorite question to answer. “Do you print in metal?” It may surprise you to learn, but having to answer “no,” or more commonly “not yet,” isn’t actually why I disliked that particular question. Over time I’ve become adept at fielding the question in ways that kept their interest and channeled their excitement toward tangible options.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
SOLIDWORKS is now directly connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. The Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® Marketplace empowers you to collaborate with qualified industrial service providers across a range of services throughout your product innovation process. The first two services are: Make, for on-demand manufacturing, and Part Supply, for intelligent part sourcing. Each service adheres to industry standards and uses 3D as the universal language to improve collaboration and make sure there
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
Jason Ledon and a blown up print-out of his CSWE certificate. Image courtesy of Jason Ledon. Jason Ledon and a blown up print-out of his CSWE certificate. Image courtesy of Jason Ledon.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
4 months ago
The Cubie Team: Annie, Chinloo, and Sal. Featuring The Cubies and Abhishek Bali The Cubie Team: Annie, Chinloo, and Sal. Featuring The Cubies and Abhishek Bali If you ever have the chance to visit the DASSAULT SYSTEMES campus in Waltham, MA, you’ll initially be greeted with what looks like an ordinary office. Inside the Water Building, pods of cubicles dot the wide, open floor plan.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
4 months ago
Last week at SOLIDWORKS World in Los Angeles, Suchit Jain, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Strategy and Community at SOLIDWORKS announced a new partnership with Additive Manufacturing giant, 3D Systems. The key for additive manufacturing to reach its full potential across a wide range of industries is to make design tools more accessible and the workflow easier to navigate for the designer community. Up till now, designers did not have the right tools to make Design for
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months ago