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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),
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1 day 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.
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5 days ago
SOLIDWORKS xDesign Fridays with the Product Definition Team It’s July, and the thermometer has been flirting with +90° temps for the past week here in Waltham. The office environment at SOLIDWORKS is relaxed, which is ideal on hot and humid New England days. When I say relaxed, what I truly mean is you see few suits and ties. Well, one “anonymous” employee typically will wear a suit and a few executives will wear a jacket.
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6 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
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7 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
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9 days ago
Plastic parts are now commonplace in consumer product design, and for good reason. Highly durable, endless color options and of course, an inexpensive option when manufactured in high volumes. For the engineering and design team at URB-E, it was a no brainier to utilize plastic components for the fenders and battery hub in order to ramp up its production. But does this mean you have to be an expert in plastics parts to be able to design one in SOLIDWORKS?
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16 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
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19 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.
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20 days ago
Normally, I’m a Technical Manager at SOLIDWORKS, but this summer, I’ll be spending my days playing the role of an obnoxious CAD know-it-all on the URB-E design team. I’ll be getting on the nerves of my teammates by constantly demanding them to up their game, forcing them to adopt new and efficient CAD features, and pushing them to output the best looking and functioning designs possible – anything but the status quo. Hilariously, my co-workers claim this new role will not be far off from the
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23 days ago
The build team The build team It takes a lot to build a to-scale monster truck costume. Late hours, technical expertise, and, in the case of the SOLIDWORKS Magic Wheelchair build, a knowledge of CAD. A large group of people worked on the mini-Max-D build, and there were two threads that connected them: they all work at SOLIDWORKS and they all want to do it again. I had the chance to talk to four members of the build team, Annie Cheung, Rob Jost, Chinloo Lama, and Sal Lama, and ask them about
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26 days ago
The Summer of eLearning begins! Starting June 21st through September 21st, 2018 SOLIDWORKS eCourses are free* for customers on active SOLIDWORKS CAD Subscription. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your CAD skills sharpened by summer’s end. Now you can experience the convenience to learn what you want, where you want, when you want with access to a library of self-paced, high quality, interactive eCourses – giving you with the opportunity to learn on your terms.
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26 days ago
The SOLIDWORKS xDesign development team take pride in listening to customer feedback and keeping our promise of continuous improvements and innovation. SOLIDWORKS xDesign is a cloud solution so every time we update the cloud all our users see all the new features become available to you on all your devices immediately. No more manual installs and updates or scheduling downtime to do this tedious task. Combined with enhancements made to core platform capabilities, the latest update of xDesign is
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27 days ago
Every music and guitar lover has faced one or more of these challenges: Not able to jam when they travel, simply because they can’t carry their favorite instrument and the necessary equipment Have limited time, but it takes time to set up and tune instruments or meeting a fellow musician, but unable to jam together because one of you doesn’t have all their equipment Wanting to try a different style or effect but do not have the right tools Fusion Guitar is the answer to every challenge faced by
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28 days ago
Jonah in his costume Jonah in his costume It was a beautiful day in Foxboro on Saturday, June 9, and monster trucks were abound. In a parking lot next to Gillette Stadium, fourteen trucks and their drivers were getting ready for the Monster Jam Pit Party to begin, the mammoth machines shining in the sunlight. Among the trucks was Max-D, sitting massive and proud next to its trailer. And next to Max-D, at a 42.42% scale, sat the mini-Max-D, waiting to be revealed.
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1 month ago
Recently I was attending a SOLIDWORKS User Group Summit and people asked me “So xDesign is CAD on the cloud?” This question always makes me smile because SOLIDWORKS xDesign is beyond being just a browser-based online 3D CAD. Yes, you do get innovative 3D CAD capabilities, yes, everything runs in the browser, yes, on any device, yes, you can start using it right away (without installing any software), yes, you are always running the latest version, yes, you never need to install software updates
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So there I was in Los Angeles for SOLIDWORKS World 2018, minding my own business walking between the hotel and convention center when all of a sudden Mike Sande comes zipping by me on this sleek electric scooter. He was obviously enjoying his time at the event and getting to know one of our local SOLIDWORKS customers in California, URB-E: Mike SANDE enjoying his conference “commute” on an URB-E at SOLIDWORKS World 2018. URB-E was on-site this year at SOLIDWORKS World to share its story and its
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Engineering students at the University of South Carolina (USC) feel so strongly about the value of SOLIDWORKS that they showed up in droves on the Saturday before finals to gain exposure to the most popular CAD tool in the industry. For them, having SOLIDWORKS skills is a must, not an option if they want to rise to the top of the list of the candidates in a competitive job market. This message is not unique to students of the University of South Carolina, Application Engineers (AEs) all over the
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1 month ago
Back in early May, I modeled a wheelbarrow (sans fasteners) in xDesign. You can find the tweet I posted by clicking this link https://twitter.com/Edsonius/status/994300274444525568. This blog post is all part of an ongoing effort to display and introduce xDesign features, as well as push the boundaries to make the product a CAD tool that everyone can use. For this technical blog, I show how I create the bucket of the wheelbarrow with a new tool called Through Points.
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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
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1 month ago
Product performance and capabilities are evolving exponentially, design and technologies are becoming more challenging, and market/business pressure are constantly mounting. These factors are driving the need for cohesive, adaptive design capabilities for today’s products that can only be produced effectively through purpose-built mechatronics software. With the dawn of the Mechatronics product design, the day of siloed engineering design tools has gone the way of the drafting board. Having
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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
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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.
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Annette Norris Has a Passion for Changing Lives for the Better by Developing Educational Programs Related to ManufacturingWhat do the following all have in common: FIRST Robotics teams, apprenticeship programs, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum development, summer engineering camps, after-school engineering workshops, engineering job fairs, manufacturing career field trips, Maker Spaces, Fab Labs, and technology incubators/accelerators? Obviously, this is a list of
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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?
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