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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
A new era of product design innovation is upon us. 3D printing and digital manufacturing have reached the point where the question is not how, but when will additive technologies go beyond the existing limitations of traditional manufacturing. Companies at large will embrace additive manufacturing, and designers cannot ignore it or may find themselves in the position of writers who stuck to their typewriters, or photographers who insisted that film and chemicals would prove no match for
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 days ago
Lots of big news on day one at #SWW19. You can steam the presentations below, but here’s a quick recap. First on the new product list is the 3DEXPERIENCE.Works strategy. 3DEXPERIENCE.Works brings the power of the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to SOLIDWORKS users.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
12 days ago
As design tools are becoming more and more democratized and TV shows such as “Shark Tank” gain popularity, it seems the idea of inventing and bringing that next great product to market is no longer just in the realm of reality for large corporations but for small startups and entrepreneurs as well. This year at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, three startups will pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges in the 3DEXPERIENCE Pitch. Each participant will be allowed to give a five-minute
SOLIDWORKS Blog
17 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
SOLIDWORKS Blog
29 days ago
SOLIDWORKS World 2019 is fast approaching: February 10–13, 2019 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Everyone has a different reason for coming to this event, but many come with one mission in mind: to be inspired. Whether you’re looking to be creatively inspired by new technology from our 100+ partners, or seeking to advance your career by picking up new skills—or both—you’ll be glad you joined us at SOLIDWORKS World 2019. One way that you will be truly inspired is to
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1 month ago
My name is Joe N. Lance, Principal Mechanical Technologist at Halliburton in Houston Texas. I recognize the impact that one person can make, and I further understand that many people sharing a mutual vision can make an even greater impact, which is why I have volunteered to spearhead the Houston SOLIDWORKS User Group (HOUSUG) for over 12 years. As President of HOUSUG, I have brought in presenters ranging from the end users of SOLIDWORKS, Local Value-Added Resellers (VARs) and SOLIDWORKS
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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
Life is full of natural opposites: salt and sugar, darkness and light, McClaren and Ferrari. One of their commonalities is that if you strengthen one, you weaken the other. This is an age-old paradox in mechanical engineering as well. You might, for example, want to minimize the mass of a design, but you also want to maintain a certain level of stress.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
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
Congratulations, you made it to the end of another year! In just a few short weeks we will all have to learn how to write a nine over the top of everything we date as 2018. When I was a kid my grandpa used to tell me, “Every year will go a little faster as you get older.” At the time I thought he was trying to be funny.
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2 months ago
It’s finally here! SOLIDWORKS 2019 is out and available for download. If you haven’t had a chance to attend a Reseller rollout head over to our what’s new page on the SOLIDWORKS website. The 2019 release has lots of significant improvements to SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and Professional, but we are also adding some new features this year in some of the service packs.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 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.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months 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
5 months 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
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6 months ago
Still thinking about making that switch from your current CAD software to SOLIDWORKS? It’s time to stop thinking and instead listen to how Integrated Technologies Ltd. switched from Pro/ENGINEER® 3D design to SOLIDWORKS and never looked back. Let’s take a look at its story. Integrated Technologies Ltd. (ITL) is an award-winning medical device design, development, and manufacturing partner to companies that produce life-saving medical technologies, diagnostic devices, and analytical instruments.
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6 months 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),
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7 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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7 months ago
Thanks to SOLIDWORKS Sell and its team, you can now create your own custom jewelry directly online on the website of Maison TOURNAIRE. Some collaborative work to refine SOLIDWORKS Sell and the mobilization of many different skills were required to develop this customization platform. A combination of skills between the Maison TOURNAIRE and SOLIDWORKS included: 3D design, 3D rendering, UX design, web integration, 3D printing, lost wax casting, polishing and packaging. Maison TOURNAIRE is the
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7 months ago
Normally, I’m a Technical Manager at SOLIDWORKS, but this summer, I’ll be spending my days playing the role of an obnoxious CAD know-it-all on the URB-E design team. I’ll be getting on the nerves of my teammates by constantly demanding them to up their game, forcing them to adopt new and efficient CAD features, and pushing them to output the best looking and functioning designs possible – anything but the status quo. Hilariously, my co-workers claim this new role will not be far off from the
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7 months ago
So there I was in Los Angeles for SOLIDWORKS World 2018, minding my own business walking between the hotel and convention center when all of a sudden Mike Sande comes zipping by me on this sleek electric scooter. He was obviously enjoying his time at the event and getting to know one of our local SOLIDWORKS customers in California, URB-E: Mike SANDE enjoying his conference “commute” on an URB-E at SOLIDWORKS World 2018. URB-E was on-site this year at SOLIDWORKS World to share its story and its
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8 months ago
Engineering students at the University of South Carolina (USC) feel so strongly about the value of SOLIDWORKS that they showed up in droves on the Saturday before finals to gain exposure to the most popular CAD tool in the industry. For them, having SOLIDWORKS skills is a must, not an option if they want to rise to the top of the list of the candidates in a competitive job market. This message is not unique to students of the University of South Carolina, Application Engineers (AEs) all over the
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8 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
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8 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.
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8 months ago