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1. Uncovering a childhood memory at the thrift store! I love thrift stores. There’s something magical about walking into one of these places and uncovering a treasure or seeing something from your childhood resurface.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Cinema might be over a century old. But it’s showing no sign of slowing down. Even a quick glance through its history tells its own filmic story of technology’s progress through the decades. From humble, silent monochrome beginnings, through to the lush, colourful expanse of CinemaScope, 3D and today’s jaw-dropping digital effects, film has both pushed and chronicled the latest in technology for audiences worldwide.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
The Manufacturing Technology Centre at the Coventry – University of Warwick, UK, developed and implemented a Design, Programming and Robotics residential course this past summer. MTC shared their story with SOLIDWORKS. The goal of the course was to design a robotic rowboat using a combination of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and programming skills to solve an engineering challenge. There were 3 main elements to this challenge;
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
With the completion of the Labor Day holiday, we have officially entered fall of 2018. For me, this means lots of exciting things: college football, family holidays, SOLIDWORKS 2019 and IMTS 2018 in Chicago. You may be asking what is IMTS? IMTS stands for the International Manufacturing Technology Show.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
In our case, the “napkin sketch” quickly turns into a Sketch Picture in SOLIDWORKS to start the design. I had a request to create a dolphin model and I decided to make it a case study on going from a 2D sketch to SOLIDWORKS to a 3D print. Being a long-time user of SOLIDWORKS but new to 3D printing, I wanted to pass forward what I already learned to anyone unfamiliar to 3D printing. First, the top and side profiles were created and brought in as two separate Sketch Pictures which helped to create
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Learn How to Optimize Your Design in SOLIDWORKS to Prepare It for 3D Printing In today’s age of 3D printing, once-inconceivable manufacturing projects can now be brought to life right from your desktop. But whether you’re using a desktop-sized Markforged or an industrial, state-of-the-art HP Jet Fusion, you’re likely starting in the same place – SOLIDWORKS. Therefore it’s imperative to optimize the design of your SOLIDWORKS model to prepare it for 3D Printing. When preparing a model for 3D
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Designers, suppliers and manufacturers use the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace to fulfill orders for new business. Want to join the party? Then join the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. Whether you are seeking bids on your latest design or offering to produce it, you need to know how to connect with new vendors and customers on the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
How do you connect two parts of a model in SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids? Today, let’s learn how to bridge gaps in our designs by using the bridge tool. 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
2 months ago
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 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago