Technology is always moving forward. Computers got faster and smaller throughout the decades to the point where they are now physically impossible to make any faster or smaller due to physics. We have the manufacturing knowledge to do it, but the physical size of an electron is now limiting us from designing smaller or faster CPUs. So in order to continue to improve, we have to change the direction of technology, and that’s fine because we know exactly how to do it – by using the CLOUD.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
Collaborating with my wife on this project to defeat the squirrels will be fun. Tracy is a Mac user, and I like using my iPad as much as possible because of its portability and the cool apps so this will test the true cloud capability of xDesign. I feel confident we’ll be able to collaborate and come up with a cool design that not only keeps the squirrels away from the bird feeders but will look really cool on our deck. There are a couple of design requirements I have in mind for the new bird
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
In order to succeed in the product design industry, you need to have hands-on experience with design software, and rudimentary knowledge of 3D printers, laser cutting, etc. As a graduate student at the Purdue School of Engineering, I was looking for an opportunity to get more hands-on industry experience and started an internship at SOLIDWORKS. My role in Product Management working on the new SOLIDWORKS xDesign includes tasks such as modeling in xDesign, giving feedback on software improvements,
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
4 months ago
Watch as my tiny car sun visor and the earth’s rotation ticked me off so much that it turned into a two-week project and this mediocre blog post. Image of the sun coming through and hitting my face. What’s the hardest part of the transition from being a person who loves to sleep until noon every day to Dassault Systemes’ newest product management intern? I wouldn’t say working 40 hours a week or even waking up early to do so is so unwelcome, but this.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
The myth of the lone inventor is one of the most pervasive in our culture; it is also one of the most incorrect. Quintessential lone geniuses such as Edison, Einstein and Tesla were far from recluses. Many of their greatest breakthroughs were born of deeply collaborative relationships with other inventive minds.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months 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.
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
My name is Maxime, and I’m currently an intern at Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Lab Boston. I am an engineering undergraduate student from France and am specializing in Aeronautics. I aspire to design airplanes, and hence have invested myself into honing my CAD skills these past four years of engineering school. Well versed with SOLIDWORKS and CATIA solutions, I am now dividing my time between designing cool things on SOLIDWORKS xDesign and learning how to use digital fabrication machines at
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 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
5 months 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
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months 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
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months 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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 months 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
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago
SOLIDWORKS xDesign Public Lighthouse Program was in full swing last few weeks through xDesign Your Way to Milan Challenge! Among the frenzied and fun-filled moments, five xDesign users made their way to participate in SOLIDWORKS xDesign hackathon. Their entries reflected their personal story and passion in solving a problem through a design that touches on various aspect of our life. We’ll share their stories on the blog in the coming weeks.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
I’m sure many of you have a tried and tested way of putting a new purchase or product through its paces. Maybe it’s that run to breaking your new running shoes, riding up that hill to see how light and responsive your new bike is, or by doing “keepie uppies” to judge the ‘touch’ of your new football boots (soccer cleats). Whatever it is we all have our own performance barriers that we use every day to decide whether we give a product the time of day or we walk on by. So what does this have to do
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
The fifth person we would like to profile from the SOLIDWORKS World xDesign challenge is Greg Green. He shared the following with us regarding the challenge: My name is Greg Green and I design things. First it started out innocent enough. In high school I was very interested in drafting.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
The fourth person we would like to profile from the SOLIDWORKS World xDesign challenge is Shawn Lesley. He shared the following with us regarding the challenge: When I first started trying to figure out what I would design for the SOLIDWORKS xDesign Challenge, I really couldn’t think of anything. The inspiration came to me as I was using a forge doing one of my hobbies, blacksmithing. Blacksmithing is something that happens all over the world, believe it or not.
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
10 months ago
In Part 1 of this MBD How-to Video Series, we illustrated several techniques to define 3D annotations using SOLIDWORKS MBD. For example, Set an overall detailing standard Define location or size dimensions per the Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) schemes Create annotations to continuous features Call out annotations to intersection geometries Annotate patterns Modify dimension and tolerance styles. Defining annotations is the foundation of model-based workflows, but it’s not enough.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
If you have been following along with the past two blog posts in this series (A New Way to Capture Concept Ideas Quickly and Freeform Modeling in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer), you have seen how SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer (SWID) empowers designers to freely sketch their ideas and quickly model organic shapes. But designs may require more detail to fully convey design intent and ensure manufacturability. In this post, we will see how SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer takes your concepts to the
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Conceptual design of stylized products often starts with hand sketches, and may involve several disconnected software applications for sketching, surface modeling, and sharing the concepts with others. SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer streamlines that process with a unified workspace where hand sketches, photos, and even existing 3D models can be combined. Our client has provided some initial artwork and a 3D assembly. They need our help designing a new body for this electric carving knife.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer is a useful 3D modeling app on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It allows you to create and animate 3D parts. Over the past few weeks, I have been creating various mechanisms of multiple levels of difficulty with it and creating the animations of the mechanisms in motion. This blog series will display the mechanisms that I created and explain the steps I took to make them.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Karl W. Schmidt started using data management technology three years ago with the introduction of SOLIDWORKS EPDM. Data management was implemented due to the number of components we work with on our systems. For those of you that do not know us, Karl W. Schmidt is a global leader in engineering and manufacturing of custom recycling systems. Our products are large – both in physical size and by number of components in assembly.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago