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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25 days ago
Technology is rapidly evolving and our smart devices are playing an ever-increasing role in our day-to-day lives. One may not realize the importance of these devices. For example, imagine you’re traveling alone in a foreign country, and you’re relying on your smart device to help translate, navigate, and operate your trip around the country. What would you do if your device ran out of battery charge or lost internet connection.
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2 months ago
The September 2018 upgrade to 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform brings with it new features and enhancements that are now available to all SOLIDWORKS xDesign users. The xDesign upgrade focused on bringing new features along with several productivity and usability enhancements. Here is the list: 1. All features now support External references.
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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
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3 months ago
Before I begin the real topic of this blog, I like to comment on my journey through CAD technology and what I’ve experienced over the last 40+ years in my career. CAD has come a long, long way in my lifetime. Back in the late 1970’s at Xerox, I was introduced to Computer Graphics or CG as we called it back then. CG ran on terminals hooked up to VAX’s to do 3D design using wireframe techniques.
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,
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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5 months ago
Every music and guitar lover has faced one or more of these challenges: Not able to jam when they travel, simply because they can’t carry their favorite instrument and the necessary equipment Have limited time, but it takes time to set up and tune instruments or meeting a fellow musician, but unable to jam together because one of you doesn’t have all their equipment Wanting to try a different style or effect but do not have the right tools Fusion Guitar is the answer to every challenge faced by
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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
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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
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6 months ago
While we were in Milan, I had an opportunity to talk to the contestants who participated in the SOLIDWORKS xDesign hackathon. His design tackles “moving in a sustainable world.” Can you tell me about yourself? My Name is Kevin Loeppke, I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
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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.
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7 months ago
We had the opportunity to speak with Ed Gebo after this year’s SOLIDWORKS World to discuss his role in the development of SOLIDWORKS xDesign. One Door Closes, Another Opens There is much to be said for the phrase “One door closes and another opens.” In December of 2017, I was hired as a consultant by SOLIDWORKS to help with its new product called SOLIDWORKS xDesign. When I received that initial email a few months prior, the kid who graduated many years ago from Worcester Vocational Technical
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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
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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.
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7 months ago
The second person we would like to profile from the SOLIDWORKS World xDesign challenge is David Furry. He shared the following with us regarding the challenge: As long as I can remember I have been designing and building things. My dad was an engineer and I got to help with a lot of projects around the house, usually my job was to stay out of the way and watch and learn. We designed and built Pinewood Derby cars for five years running and won a lot of trophies.
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8 months ago