Model-Based Definition (MBD) is a journey. Defining product and manufacturing information (PMI) on 3D models rather than 2D drawings is just a start. After that, it’s vital to serve the downstream processes such as inspection, fabrication, and suppliers, in an organized, consumable and actionable fashion. Regardless of MBD or 2D drawings, the functional purpose is to communicate.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 days ago
SOLIDWORKS 2019 contains many exciting improvements and new capabilities that help you design, present, and communicate your ideas faster and easier. Here are some of the key improvements: Create and work with large assemblies much faster. SOLIDWORKS 2019 is significantly faster when working with large assemblies. Whether you’re just viewing your design or adding new components and subassemblies, you’ll notice a significant difference in performance.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
12 days 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
20 days 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
28 days 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
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
2 months ago
The DimXpert tools in SOLIDWORKS MBD allow you to dimension your parts and assemblies with 3D annotations in order to communicate requirements directly in 3D for the manufacturing process. DimXpert dimensions can show widths, lengths, diameters, and several other features and tolerances so you can fully represent your part. But what if one section of your part needs to have different tolerances than other sections? For example, this purple gearbox shaft, shown in Figure 1, is connected to
SOLIDWORKS 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
3 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
3 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
4 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
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 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
4 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
5 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
7 months ago
Day three of General Sessions at SOLIDWORKS World started off with Mike Puckett, Senior Manager of the Worldwide Certification Program, who gave the audience a glimpse of the workforce of the future. According to Mike the SOLIDWORKS certification program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary, initially took 16 years to reach 100,000 certified users, but over the last two years it’s doubled in size with 200,000 new users now certified. In 2017 alone, the program added over 52,000 new certified
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
After the General Session concluded on Monday, the Additive Manufacturing Symposium kicked off. The 3D printing initiatives that have been worked on here at SOLIDWORKS were unveiled along with a demos of some brand new products from partners such as 3D Systems’ 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS and Desktop Metal’s Live Parts. The symposium also featured two special guest speakers. One was Terry Wohlers, is principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
There has been a lot of conversation lately about a design-to-manufacture workflow as it relates to improving communication and efficiency within a company. What does design to manufacture mean? The short answer is that there are lots of different thoughts on this process. The one that is correct is the one that works best for your company and procedures.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
Close your eyes and listen. Do you hear the sound of a 3D printer cranking out parts 100 times cheaper than molded prototypes? Open your eyes and watch. Do you see the digital quality heat map per the 3D geometric tolerances generated 100 times faster than manual inspections?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
SOLIDWORKS is turning the spotlight on manufacturing. This year’s event will feature, for the first time, a 40 x 70 ft. “Shop Floor” booth, recreating a typical manufacturing environment for the production and inspection of an automotive gear shift arm. Parts will be manufactured and inspected from part designs produced in SOLIDWORKS 2018 complete with embedded Model Based Definition (MBD).
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 months ago
Making product development more accessible has been our mission from day one. Access to the right tools at the right time is critical to bringing your ideas to market faster, more efficiently, and at a lower cost. More importantly, it’s paramount that SOLIDWORKS provides these design tools on your terms. You, our customers, are more innovative than ever.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Choosing the right digital tools is becoming a critical aspect of business strategy for today’s companies. When those tools are the ones you entrust with creating your company’s new products, the lifeblood of product development organizations, choosing the right ones becomes vitally important. There are so many factors to take into consideration when considering software vendors to partner with; an important one is the financial strength of that company.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago