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While 3D printers have been around for over 30 years, the reality of using a printer for manufacturing purposes at a reasonable price has only recently been available. 3D printers ascended to prominence largely on the backs of desktop machines, while printers capable of producing parts that would survive the factory floor were exorbitantly expensive. This created a false but lasting perception in the industry: you could either get cheap 3D printers to make trinkets and toys or million-dollar
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 days ago
Shooting great moving shots with a camera can be done with super steady hand but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes you need a mount to help get those shots to be steady and precise. Unfortunately some if this equipment can be really expensive for someone starting out and can creating videos as a hobby. So we designed this awesome DIY dolly using some Skateboard wheels, Solidworks and 3D printing.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 days ago
In SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids, you can use the Shape It app to create 3D projects. Adding and removing material is the simplest way to shape bodies and bring your ideas to life. Check out our blogs throughout the summer for more SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids How-To videos. To create your own Apps for Kids account, register now at www.swappsforkids.com.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
9 days ago
If you are maker, tinkerer, hobbyist or an inventor, chances are you are part of or have heard about FabLab. If you are still curious, a Fab Lab is a community space that provides its members—makers and hobbyists—with off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication tools such as laser cutters, milling machines, scanners, 3D printers and software design tools. It lets them translate their ideas into real products and sometimes create products yet to be envisioned by the established manufacturer. With
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 days ago
Multi Material 3D Printing is a way of printing with different materials to create more complex parts and parts that have multi colours. Most of these machines only have the capabilities of printing two material but for the tutorial we used an Original Prusa i3 MK2s with the Multi material upgrade which can print up to four materials. Multi material printing has some great advantages but it also has some disadvantage. these pros and cons need to be weighed up to find the balance to where you
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
16 days ago
SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids allows users to make projects public for all to see. You might run across a public project that’s so cool, you’ll want to personalize it yourself. In SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids, we call that “riffing.” Learn how to riff a project in our new how-to video.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
20 days ago
Now we’ve learned how to find, open, and create a project in SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids. But what happens we no longer need one of our creations? Today we’re learning how to delete a project. Check out our blogs throughout the summer for more SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids How-To videos.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
27 days ago
Up cycling is the process of giving a new use to an item that would be normally be discarded. Anything can be up recycled. Even those old boxes you keep to store things in is considered up recycling. So we got some jars to turn them into some new products.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
29 days ago
A sand pail and sand shovel designed and 3D printed with SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids A sand pail and sand shovel designed in and 3D printed with SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids Summer’s here and so is the summer sun. Where’s the best place to beat the heat? The beach! With SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids, the littlest sandcastle engineer can design, style, and print their very own beach gear.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
Additive manufacturing, also commonly referred to as 3D printing, is a manufacturing process by which material is added, layer by layer, to build a part. The process starts with a 3D model that is designed in the user’s native CAD program. That part is then analyzed and sliced into in many sections to create a build plan for the part. The popular technologies for additive manufacturing include Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS),
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids introduces children from ages 4 to 14 to the excitement of imagining and designing their own creations. A collection of apps breaks down the design process into bite-sized tools to create, style, design, and engineer a concept and then present and share it with others. Our blog will share fun quick projects children can create and print on their own 2D printer at home or if they have access to a 3D printer. But how do you start creating?
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago