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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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4 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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5 days ago
Tennis_Ball Wimbledon’s two weeks of top-tier tennis is thrilling sports fans worldwide this July. Yet despite lawn tennis harking back over 150 years, the extent to which today’s game employs modern technology may just surprise you – and it’s pushing the sport to its limits. As the cream is readied for the strawberries and the players begin their final preparations, tennis fever is ready to grip the nation harder than the players handle their rackets. Here’s a little about the science behind
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6 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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7 days ago
The Smart Power Team with MuSHELLka The Smart Power Team with MuSHELLka Smart Power Team is a group of student – enthusiasts of Student Scientific Association of Machinery Design (SKN MKM), studying at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology in Poland. With the help of SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller SOLIDEXPERT, among others, they designed and built a battery powered car, the MuSHELLka. The MuSHELLka won first place in the Prototype Battery Electric class
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
11 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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14 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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17 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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21 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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25 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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26 days ago
football_pitch_world_cup Thirty-two teams. Sixty-four games. One trophy. It all kicks off, quite literally, this June.
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27 days ago
“Efficient Design with Layout Sketching” -Todd Trein In the very beginning stages of design, ideas are commonly sketched out on paper; also known as “napkin sketches” due to the common practice of sketching at the local watering hole. This convenient method is ideal for visualizing our thoughts quickly but doesn’t allow us to prove out positioning and motion behaviors. A major design requirement for URB-E from the onset was to minimize the footprint in its stored position while maintaining the
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28 days ago
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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1 month ago
robocup_2018_canada_montreal Robots taking on robots? If you thought that was the stuff of game shows, toy manufacturers or multi-million dollar film franchises, think again. Mechanoids battling against their synthetic siblings for supremacy isn’t just a reality, but a sport. Football, to be precise.
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1 month ago
Watching the WPI FSAE team during Tilt Test at FORMULA Michigan makes you hold your breath and celebrate the accomplishments of so many young engineers. The SOLIDWORKS team visits with 1000’s of students this time of year at SAE Collegiate Events, Maker Faire’s, Robotics competitions, graduations and more. It is great to see so many wonderful designs and the products students create for senior capstone projects, the middle school science fairs, and Solar Car teams like CalSol from UC Berkeley.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher 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.
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1 month ago
I’m sure I’m not the first to wonder what awesome products the great inventors of the world would have been able to create if they were alive and had access to the tools we use today. Back in 2014, I wrote an article asking this question of Leonardo daVinci: What if Leonardo da Vinci had SOLIDWORKS? The blog received a lot of interest, and it seems I was not alone, as many responded and shared the article. However, taking this thought to the next level: I was curious if these great innovators
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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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1 month ago
Like many others, I was very excited by the announcement of SOLIDWORKS xDesign at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas. I had played with other cloud CAD offerings but, being a diehard SOLIDWORKS user, I was holding out for its solution. I don’t think Gian Paolo Bassi had even left the stage by the time I had registered on the beta sign-up website from my tablet during the General Session. I kept tabs on xDesign news for the next few months and noted a few user group meetings (mostly on the east
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1 month ago
If you are an electrical engineer, or anyone who designs electro-mechanical products then this is the SOLIDWORKS event for you. We will spend 40 minutes (or less) discussing “What’s New” in SOLIDWORKS for electrical engineers. At SOLIDWORKS, we are very excited about this launch, as it will be focusing on electro-mechanical design. So many SOLIDWORKS users are adding smart devices into their product lines, or building new smart products all together, as customers are demanding smart products
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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
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1 month ago
While we were in Milan, I had an opportunity to talk to the contestants who participated in the SOLIDWORKS xDesign hackathon. His design tackles “moving in a sustainable world.” Can you tell me about yourself? My Name is Kevin Loeppke, I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
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2 months ago
How Dan Harper Navigated his Unique Entrepreneurial Voyage from Boat Captain to Tech CEO with SOLIDWORKS Captain Daniel A. Harper’s passion for sailing has taken him on some amazing adventures, like sailing from the tip of South America to South Georgia Island, where he visited the grave of one of his heroes, the explorer Ernest Shackleton, who died there on the last of the three British Antarctic polar expeditions that he led more than a century ago. Harper’s love of sailing, combined with
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2 months 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
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2 months ago