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The industry's top engineers, designers, and additive manufacturing experts offer their best advice, research, how-tos, and insights—all in the name of helping you level-up your 3D designs and engineering skills. Your blog for all things: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, HP 3D Printing and Markforged 3D Printing.


28
January
2016

How to Use The SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

How to Use The SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher

The Configuration Publisher is a SOLIDWORKS tool that filters through configurations using defining properties. On insertion, instead of choosing a configuration’s name, the Configuration Publisher prompts the user to choose parameters that filter which configuration is needed. This is particularly useful for parts and assemblies with many configurations that are used frequently. Configuration names that are of part numbers or are not descriptive enough to accurately determine which one is needed can also benefit from setting up a Configuration Publisher.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

28
January
2016

Model a Helmet Castle with Chin Guard in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Neil Lantto, Application Engineer

Model a Helmet Castle with Chin Guard in SOLIDWORKS

The modeling process is very much a balancing act. “How should I model this?” The answer to that question has to account for a lot of things whether we’re aware of it or not. Our modeling is also limited to our known SOLIDWORKS bag of tricks.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

26
January
2016

Graphics Drivers for SOLIDWORKS: Newer is Not Always Better

Written by: Nick Beattie, MCAD Applications Engineer

Graphics Drivers for SOLIDWORKS: Newer is Not Always Better

There’s a general mindset with most of us techie types out there that new is always better. People stand in lines to be the first get the next new smartphone. They brag about having some brand new 12 core super computer. Your car still runs on gas? You need something NEW! Well, when it comes to SOLIDWORKS, sometimes brand new is not the way to go.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

25
January
2016

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Portal (ECP)

Written by: Paul Bremer, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Portal (ECP)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 has a lot of new features and as of 2015 there were electrical parts made by worldwide manufactures and that information was passed on to SOLIDWORKS customers in a folder.  Well in 2016 that folder no longer comes with your subscription and in typical SOLIDWORKS fashion they have attempted to make it better.  SOLIDWORKS has created Electrical Customer Portal (ECP).  It is here, up to date information is kept on the world’s electrical parts manufacturers.  This information is called Metadata.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Electrical

26
January
2016

What A Drag! Simulation Stresses the Situation

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

What A Drag! Simulation Stresses the Situation
Looking back on 2015 we find a world of Simulation applications that have been reviewed ranging from Magic Metal Bending to Semis Increasing Gas Mileage to a complete overview of Simulation with two SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineers called SOLIDWORKS Simulation & Design Validation Training.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Simulation

21
January
2016

A Symmetry Solutions Holiday Party

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

A Symmetry Solutions Holiday Party
Having good times and good laughs with good people!

Categories: Symmetry Solutions News

04
January
2016

Semis Increasing Gas Mileage? That's a Big 10-4

Written by: Charlie Preston, Application Engineer

Semis Increasing Gas Mileage? That's a Big 10-4

Air drag reduction on vehicle bodies is an ever-improving area of the auto industry. Minimizing drag forces on semi-trucks is especially important as they are not the most fuel efficient vehicles to begin with, and yet a single truck can log well over a hundred thousand miles annually. Because of this, there are more add-on drag-reducing accessories, and more varieties of them, on the road than ever before. This blog will use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to look at the effect that a couple of the most common fairing panels.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

31
December
2015

Slow SOLIDWORKS Performance on the Network? Speed It Up!

Written by: Nick Beattie, MCAD Applications Engineer

Slow SOLIDWORKS Performance on the Network? Speed It Up!

Does SOLIDWORKS sometime feel like it’s working at a turtle’s pace? The problem might stem from being connected to a network.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

31
December
2015

SOLIDWORKS 2015 x64 Service Pack 5.0

Written by: Neil Lantto, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS 2015 x64 Service Pack 5.0

SOLIDWORKS Service Pack 5.0 is available for downloading, updating, all the things!

It's downloadable and accessible from your Customer Portal account.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

22
December
2015

Flexible Means Not Fixed in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Paul Bremer, Application Engineer

Flexible Means Not Fixed in SOLIDWORKS

When I first started using SOLIDWORKS I learned about parts being used in assemblies and how to set them to fixed or float.  This allows one to control the movement of the parts being used.  The parts can be restrained using mates but not necessarily limit the movement.  That is great if you are dealing with only one assembly.  What if you are using an assembly with sub-assemblies through out and you still want movement?  The longer you use SOLIDWORKS the more you will be exposed to larger assemblies.  You know there is a way to have a flexible assembly but one might have forgotten where this function resides. 

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

22
December
2015

Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Setting up and using an Excel Based Bill of Materials can be frustrating if the rules are not known between Excel and Solidworks. You may have run into a couple of error messages in the process, or even ran out of memory with enough failed attempts. Following are the rules for successfully utilizing an Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

21
December
2015

SOLIDWORKS and Metal Bending Debunking of a Magician

Written by: Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS and Metal Bending Debunking of a Magician

This is one of the most enjoyable blogs I've done.  We take both real life and test it with the POWER of SOLIDWORKS to reveal and debunk a magician, a very good magician. 

One of the things I've always enjoyed about Justin is his willingness to tell that he is plainly deceiving you. 

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

15
December
2015

CircuitWorks 2016 - See What's New in SOLIDWORKS!

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

CircuitWorks 2016 - See What's New in SOLIDWORKS!

The SOLIDWORKS 2016 release is out and they have made some nice enhancements to the CircuitWorks add-in. The first being it is available with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium. It was only available in Premium previously.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

11
December
2015

MarkForged High Strength Carbon Fiber 3D Printing

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

MarkForged High Strength Carbon Fiber 3D Printing

Have you ever 3D printed a part that wasn’t strong enough? The revolutionary Mark Two prints with the strength of aluminum. Now you can have the dependability of CNC parts with the flexibility of 3D printing.

Learn how the unique composite reinforcement technology of the Mark Two lets you 3D print parts stiffer and stronger than ever before. Save time and energy by 3D printing parts instead of milling them.

Categories: Markforged News, Markforged 3D Printing

09
December
2015

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 Admin Images?

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 Admin Images?

It is starting to get to the time when you are thinking of upgrading to the SOLIDWORKS 2016 release. You use an Admin Image for deploying and you have more users to deploy to then previous years. Well new to 2016 Admin Images is the ability to use IP Addresses to deploy the software to.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

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