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Eddy Lin had a crazy idea while hiking the foothills of Los Angeles. Tired of LA’s heavy commuter traffic, Lin began dreaming of building a personal aerial vehicle. As he researched how to turn his idea into reality, Lin came across the GoFly Prize, a Boeing-sponsored competition to create a personal flying device with help from global aerospace experts and cash prizes. The GoFly Prize personal flying device must be safe, quiet, ultra-compact, nearly VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing), and
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1 day ago
Engineers need to stay on top of the latest design tools to compete in today’s fast paced product development cycles. SOLIDWORKS helps you do just that. Here are three of our latest, super-cool tools you need to know how to use: Topology Optimization, Additive Manufacturing and the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. Topology Optimization is a powerful simulation method that optimizes the performance of the system based on user defined constraints and goals.
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3 days ago
Starting in 2018 we introduced the Shop Floor at SOLIDWORKS World. It was an experience to showcase the digital and physical manufacturing workflow and enable people to see how designs become a reality based on a typical manufacturing process. The response from attendees was overwhelming as they were able to see first-hand how SOLIDWORKS can positively affect efficiency and productivity in manufacturing. Based on their feedback, we have expanded our shop floor in 2019 to include more of the
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29 days ago
SOLIDWORKS World 2019 is coming to its final countdown. As you pack up gears, remember to bring several design models. At the SOLIDWORKS booth, in several minutes, Mike Sande and I can help build your own 3D online configurators using SOLIDWORKS Sell, similar to the one as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1.
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30 days ago
Science never stands still. 2018 has seen tech’s progress march through the year with smart confidence. Here’s what’s made the year’s most notable tech trends. 2018_Trends_1 CAD connectivity Can you imagine the digital age without social media?
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1 month ago
Invertigo. Steel Vengeance. Batman. While these may sound like comic book titles at first glance, they are actually the names of popular roller coasters located at amusement parks across the U.S. that have garnered the passion and interest of Matt Schmotzer.
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1 month ago
For all those fans out there who have followed this blog series for the past four years, I have some unexpected news for you. The Torpedo Project has come to an early conclusion. I’m very bummed about this outcome but not as much as the Tucker Torpedo Team. Rob Ida, Sean Tucker, Bob Ida, Bob “Bobsled Bob” Cuneo, and all the other contributors can be proud of their accomplishment.
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1 month ago
The explosion of affordable immersive devices and broad ecosystem of technology and experiences are enabling more powerful storytelling. Introducing SOLIDWORKS Extended Reality (XR) – a method to bring your SOLIDWORKS CAD data to life, virtually – empowering you with the future of design and engineering. Do you feel limited by reviewing your 3D model on a 2D computer screen? Do you ever wish you could just “jump” into your CAD model to see exactly what you’re creating, at 1:1 scale?
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1 month ago
Turning on a tap is the easiest of tasks. Yet the process that gives you instant access to safe, drinkable refreshment is anything but simple. 844 million people don’t have access to safe water. That’s one in every nine.
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1 month ago
As a young boy, Easton LaChapelle had an interest in making things anything
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1 month ago
As 2018 quickly comes to an end, we thought it would be good to look back over the last year and share what has been this year’s 10 most popular blogs on our corporate blog. So without further ado, the top 10 blogs are: 1. Every year, our users eagerly await news of what new enhancements and functionalities will be included in the new release of SOLIDWORKS. This year was certainly no different with this blog, written by Craig Therrien, coming in at the top of the list.
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1 month ago
This article’s argument for mechanical engineering involvement in PCB design is specific to the layout. The schematics and circuit design such as power, analog, and digital belong to the electrical engineering domain and this area requires classroom and lab experience which one would expect from a degreed electrical program. It is not to say that a mechanical engineer cannot do circuit design. More so, we envision a future in which academia offers degrees in mechatronic design.
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1 month ago
As electrical system designers work on an electrical project, it is critical to collaborate and share pertinent data while still maintaining project integrity and accuracy. Electrical designers can take advantage of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional to meet these needs. The SOLIDWORKS Electrical PDM Connector manages Electrical projects and libraries, as well as simplifying deliverable creation. With the electrical library synchronized with PDM, designers can determine at a glance if a part under
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2 months ago
One would think that the title of this article should be a no-brainer. The fact of the matter is that the ownership of this vital aspect of electronic design is not only cloudy, but it will become murkier in the next 10 years. This murkiness is also an opportunity for mechanical engineers who aren’t afraid to expand their horizons. In order to understand the current climate, we have to look at the division of labor that took place in electronic design about 40 years ago.
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2 months ago
Red alert! Red alert! SOLIDWORKS Visualize is now faster than ever!!
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2 months ago
My name is Jamison Go and I am the team captain, primary driver, and one of the engineers for the BattleBot SawBlaze Team. Currently I am a R&D engineer at an additive manufacturing startup in the Burlington, MA. My experience is in both mechanical and electrical engineering, and I have spent many years as a researcher in robotics and additive manufacturing. My teammates (Lucy Du, John Mayo, Chris Merian, Joao Ramos, Alex Hattori, and Mason Massie) are either current students or alumni of MIT.
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3 months ago
Welcome back to this multi-part blog series featuring Mike Sabocheck and his efforts to outsmart his local squirrels using SOLIDWORKS xDesign. If you need to catch up, please read the part 1 and part 2 first. In the last blog the original design I came up with needed to be changed based on my wife Tracy’s input. She wanted the feeder support arms to rotate independently from one another and not have them stationary.
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3 months ago
At North Design Works there is never really a normal day at the office. At time of writing they’re helping a small software company break through into automotive hardware, whilst separately working with an historic racing car manufacturer to design one of their first new car bodies in years based on sketches of a 1960’s Formula 1 Concept Car. Work-in-Progress Project Car Previous extremes of project randomness include designing sports bras, automotive research in waste heat recovery,
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3 months ago
A while ago, I had the honor to be part of something special. It was the launch of a project I have been supporting for a few years, which will be hopefully the start of the largest Ocean cleanup in history: #theoceancleanup. Image source: The Ocean Cleanup I am rooted in the Seas and Oceans Ever since I was a little boy, like my dad and my grandpa before, I liked spending my time on the beaches of the North Sea. Now, as a father of three, I am taking my family to the Netherlands every year (I
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3 months ago
You may not know about Cambridge Design Partnership yet. But with the help of SOLIDWORKS they are breaking new ground in product design, with a list of patents to prove it. Here’s a quick guide to one of the UK’s most progressive product design specialists. Innovation that goes beyond buzzwords
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3 months ago
Trick AND Treat! If you haven’t been listening to the Born to Design Podcasts, you are missing out on some inspirational stories from designers and inventors like yourself. Listen to them out here
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3 months ago
If you are an engineer working at a small or mid-sized company, there’s a good chance that you might be working without a product data management (PDM) system in place. Many believe that implementing a data management solution would be time-consuming and just add additional work to the current ways of doing things. There is also the misconception that PDM is too expensive to implement. The reality, however, is quite the opposite.
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3 months ago
Battlebots Team BiteForce attacks I cannot imagine that you are not already aware, but the 2018 Season of BattleBots is coming to an end. The Final Four will be fighting it out this Friday on the Discovery Channel. I know I’m excited, as I have been following this event for many years now, however, this year is especially exciting as we have an ALL-SOLIDWORKS Final four. All four bots were designed using SOLIDWORKS: Lock-Jaw, Bite Force, Whiplash and Minotaur.
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4 months 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.
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4 months ago