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There are many challenges when introducing new technologies to developing countries, and the main one often isn’t cost or distribution—it’s adoption. Think about all the things that you do because your mother or father or another family member showed you how – like cooking those traditional meals you probably ate during the holidays. You may have heard there were better or different ways to make those meals, but why change what you’ve always done? Women in developing countries often feel the
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4 years ago
The future is now; the days of the unarmed vehicles and advanced flight technology are no longer just something for the big screen. Perhaps, one day, you will be able to get inside your car or board a plane that won’t have a driver or pilot but it will still get you from point A to point B safely, a concept that Google is currently exploring, according an article in Popular Science. SelectTech Geospatial Advanced Manufacturing Facility Flight Team SelectTech Geospatial Advanced Manufacturing
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4 years ago
ModerateFigureSkate_image Figure Skate Assembly: A shoe model is created for visual reference. It uses a variety of hybrid surface/solid modeling techniques to rough in a representation of an actual shoe. The Figuring Skating Blade uses multi-bodies to represent the assembly in a single part. Sketch elements are used to calculate how to taper out the path for a swept cut.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
So today I decided to go back thru and revamp one of my old workarounds for SolidWorks that is still relevant today. The article is based on support calls I have seen over the years and that is how to change the orientation of a part file. I broke this articles in two section because there are different methods, one for Imported Models and another method for Feature Based Models created in SolidWorks. Import-1 Imported Models The orientation of Imported Parts when brought into SolidWorks as we
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
In honor of SolidWorks World, we are running our first ever SolidWorks Mad Libs Social Media Game on Facebook and we encourage everyone to participate! This is how the SolidWorks Mad Libs game works: we have created a story and taken out random words. We need your help to fill in the blanks in our story by providing us with the types of words we request, such as adjectives, nouns, names of venues, names of celebritys, etc. We will ask you to provide us with different types of words every day
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Since its initial launch in April of 2012, SolidWorks Plastics has been deployed by hundreds of customers around the world as the solution of choice to optimize their plastics part and injection mold designs for manufacturability. Many customers start with SolidWorks Plastics Professional, which allows their part designers to answer some very basic questions such as “will my part fill?”, “where are the weld lines?” and “will there be air traps?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
The automotive, aerospace, defense, oil & gas, and medical device industries have strict safety regulations and requirements. Most companies working in these industries must provide industry-standard reports including inspection documents such as AS91002 or PPAP forms. Many SolidWorks users are creating First Article Inspections (FAI), Inspection Report, or Ballooned Drawings, but only a handful of you are already using software to do so. SolidWorks Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI)
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
The second general session of SolidWorks World 2014 was all about the user community and customers. This past year, we had 14 new chapters for the SolidWorks User Group Network and over 800 people attending the SWUGN Summit events (they’re like miniature versions of SolidWorks World). The general session kicked off with a customer presentation featuring eatART, an organization that “fosters art research with a focus on large-scale, technically sophisticated art by supporting both independent and
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
After the SolidWorks World Day 1 General Session, I was fortunate enough to catch up with Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab, as he was leaving the session hall. A dynamic personality in person as he is on stage and on television, Hugh answered a few of the questions I had after his presentation Hugh Herr on the cover of Wired magazine with American athlete Amy Mullins Hugh Herr on the cover of Wired magazine with American athlete Amy Mullins 1.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
The results are in! We have put together the best responses for our SolidWorks Mad Libs social game where we asked you to provide us with creative words to help us complete our story. See it below:Listening to Thriller on his microwave, Michael heard the gorgeous guitar solo by fat, sweaty Elvis and was inspired to get a guitar. After shopping at Machu Pichu, Michael decided he’d try his hand at building his own.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Having been frequently disappointed by the lack of chocolate in often overpriced Easter eggs, the Solid Chocolate Company recently set themselves the challenge of creating a truly solid chocolate egg. After a series of in-house trials it soon became apparent that 3D CAD software was necessary to design both the moldable pieces and the mold tool itself, the Solid Chocolate Company chose to outsource the task to Solid Solutions’ customers TronMec Ltd thanks to their extensive knowledge of the
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Have you ever imported a part or started a design and then wanted to change the part’s orientation to better fit with your overall design intent? If so, SolidWorks makes this easy following these simple steps. Step 1. Position the part or assembly in your view-port to the desired orientation.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Many SOLIDWORKS customers are passionate about helping people in need. Cincinnati-based, nonprofit organization May We Help designs and creates unique, custom solutions to free individuals with special needs to engage in, and pursue their passions. Founded by Bill Wood, Bill Diemling and Bill Sand in 2006, May We Help consists of more than 70 volunteers, including designers, engineers, craftsmen, machinists, welders and wood workers, committed to using their trade to create custom assistive
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4 years ago
1-29-2014 2-33-35 PM As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently working my way through the tutorials inside of SolidWorks. The last time I posted, I had just created my first part following the Introduction to SolidWorks Tutorial inside of the software. The tutorial helped with learning the layout of the program, and understanding the functions of the basic tasks inside of the tool bars, such as the Features Tool Bar. Now the lesson goes from creating a 3D part, to breaking it down in a
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
The Challenge of Mechanical Concept Design Design innovation drives business success, and innovation is all about designers asking “what if” during the concept phase of product design. Almost 1/3 of the total product development time is spent in the concept design stage as ideas are developed, iterated and evaluated. Typically, concept design is not a solitary procedure; designers tend to collaborate when creating concepts, at the very least using an informal way of exchanging ideas with their
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
You may recall from my previous posts that after working at SolidWorks for 14 years, I’ve finally decided to learn how to use the software, starting with working my way through the tutorials inside of SolidWorks. Moving on from the Getting Started tutorials, I decided it was time to get into some of the basic techniques. Today, I learned to create Fillets. Before I started though, I wanted to build the part they were going to ask me to practice with.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
SolidWorks Internet of Things Emerging devices are making the Internet more useful and exciting, but at the same time, these devices are also making the internet more complicated. From live-feed traffic cams to fitness trackers to smart watches, the family of Internet-based devices is growing more diverse every day, and integrating obscure gadgets that go far beyond the computers and servers that the Internet was initially built for. Refining the design and integration of these devices will
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
SolidWorks Internet of Things In the first part of our series on designing for the Internet of Things, we mentioned that it’s estimated that by the year 2020, somewhere between 50 and 100 billion devices will be connected to the “Internet of Things”—the phrase used to collectively describe all of the non-computer devices actively linked to the Internet. In order to maximize this potential, we need to take it upon ourselves to ease the introduction of these devices into the digital infrastructure
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4 years ago
Photo courtesy Charlie Booker Photo courtesy Charlie Booker The Challenge In this year’s 4-man bobsled this year in Sochi, it is expected that only a few hundredths of a second will separate the gold medal winners from the silver. Because of this, every team is trying to get even the slightest technical advantage in the design of their bobsleds. As in most competitions, there are rules for both the competition and the design of the equipment. The IBSF (International Bobsleigh and Skeleton
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
This week is National Engineers Week and according to the NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and DiscoverE websites National Engineers Week is observed on the third full week of February. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
SolidWorks Internet of Things In the first part of our series on designing for the Internet of Things, we mentioned that it’s estimated that by the year 2020, somewhere between 50 and 100 billion devices will be connected to the “Internet of Things”—the phrase used to collectively describe all of the non-computer devices actively linked to the Internet. In order to maximize this potential, we need to take it upon ourselves to ease the introduction of these devices into the digital infrastructure
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
SolidWorks Internet of Things In the first part of our series on designing for the Internet of Things, we mentioned that it’s estimated that by the year 2020, somewhere between 50 and 100 billion devices will be connected to the “Internet of Things”—the phrase used to collectively describe all of the non-computer devices actively linked to the Internet. In order to maximize this potential, we need to take it upon ourselves to ease the introduction of these devices into the digital infrastructure
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Concept modeling using SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual is fast and intuitive, allowing you to evolve your designs from simple 2D layout sketches to 3D geometry, then parts and assemblies. You can choose the level of detail required to validate your concepts, and easily share this information with other stakeholders in the decision making process. The streamlined user interface and flexible modeling tools provide a perfect combination of power and simplicity, allowing you to explore more design
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Many users of SolidWorks Electrical need to add their own information to the library of parts. To execute this, there are a few steps required. First you have to enable the additional ERP data capabilities to add fields to manufacturer’s parts and cables. Go to Library > ERP database connection.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago