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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.


01
December
2015

SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Have you ever deleted a file from the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault and wish you had it back? Do you share files and when you’ve removed the last shared instance the icon still shows that it is shared? Hint: the deleted files needs to be destroyed.

If so, then you need to know about the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault recycle bin.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

25
November
2015

How Center Rock used SOLIDWORKS to Rescue a Group of 33 Chilean Miners

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

How Center Rock used SOLIDWORKS to Rescue a Group of 33 Chilean Miners

On August 2010, the Chilean mining accident shook the local and global community as 33 Chilean miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground. For 69 days, grief-stricken families worked to convince the Chilean government to continue drilling the ground until the miners were brought home safely. In October 2010, a rescue operation involving Center Rock (a SOLIDWORKS customer), the United States, Canada, South Africa and Latin America successfully brought “the 33” above ground.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News

25
November
2015

3D Printed Carbon Fiber Replaces CNC Aluminum in Racing Wing Assembly

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

3D Printed Carbon Fiber Replaces CNC Aluminum in Racing Wing Assembly

For the professional motorsports specialist Aeromotions, the ability to quickly create robust, track-ready prototypes allows them to adapt their revolutionary airfoils to new car models to serve new customers rapidly and effectively.

Categories: Markforged News, Markforged 3D Printing

25
November
2015

SOLIDWORKS & Workshops for Warriors: Turning Veterans Into Top Manufacturing Talent

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

SOLIDWORKS & Workshops for Warriors: Turning Veterans Into Top Manufacturing Talent

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we had to share with you SOLIDWORKS’ latest Born to Design video which highlights how SOLIDWORKS is helping Workshops for Warriors.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News

22
November
2015

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

Written by: Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

SOLIDWORKS has finally added functionality that we have been providing to our customers over the years with the “Symmetry Rev Set Tool” in the form of an PDM Add-in.  This functionality has now been added to the core product of “SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016” formally known as SOLIDWORKS "Enterprise" PDM.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

16
November
2015

New Functions in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016

Written by: Paul Bremer, Application Engineer

New Functions in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016

One of the new features in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 is the ease in ability to access the formula manager and modify or add new formulas.  Not only is this function easier to use but it also has a “TEST” formula feature to make sure your new formula provides the correct information.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Electrical

17
November
2015

The Best of What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - Part 2

Written by: Andy Rammer, Application Engineer

The Best of What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - Part 2

SOLIDWORKS 2016's new enhancements include tools to help you solve complex problems faster and earlier; streamline all parallel design processes; connect electrical and mechanical design; collaborate across multiple disciplines; and fast-track designs to manufacturing including 3D printing. The result: you can focus on design, not CAD.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

17
November
2015

Tech Alert: Why Will SOLIDWORKS Not Launch After I Have Applied Windows Update KB3097877?

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Tech Alert: Why Will SOLIDWORKS Not Launch After I Have Applied Windows Update KB3097877?

There has been another Windows Update KB3097877 that is causing issues with your SOLIDWORKS installation. The windows update came out around 11-11-15 and are causing SOLIDWORKS to not launch as well as other issues with Windows Programs.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

16
November
2015

Sketching in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Sketching in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Exciting changes were made for the new SOLIDWORKS 2016. Here are some of the nice changes made for sketching.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

16
November
2015

Sketching Within The Lines

Written by: Neil Lantto, Application Engineer

Sketching Within The Lines

I’ve proudly stated on my GrabCAD account that the process of modeling Lego files has been accurately measuring the physical parts via calipers and giving them SOLIDWORKS flesh. However there are limitations in the form of my Lego library not being quite being what it once was as a child. This has resulted in me having to resort to a process that we all run into from time to time that SOLIDWORKS has either foreseen like a time traveling wizard or accommodated like a caring nurse. This tool I speak of is Sketch Picture.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

16
November
2015

Buy SOLIDWORKS Today, Receive a Significant Tax Break for 2015

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Buy SOLIDWORKS Today, Receive a Significant Tax Break for 2015

Symmetry Solutions wants to alert you to important year-end tax planning implications – that you can take advantage of to purchase new SOLIDWORKS software!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News

13
November
2015

The Best of What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - Part 1

Written by: Andy Rammer, Application Engineer

The Best of What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - Part 1

SOLIDWORKS 2016's new enhancements include tools to help you solve complex problems faster and earlier; streamline all parallel design processes; connect electrical and mechanical design; collaborate across multiple disciplines; and fast-track designs to manufacturing including 3D printing. The result: you can focus on design, not CAD.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

10
November
2015

Tech Alert - SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP4 Stability Hotfix

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Tech Alert - SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP4 Stability Hotfix

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP4 has the possibility of having some stability issues. These could things such as delays when saving files, hangs when clicking in the graphics area after zooming or rotating a model, or intermitent shutdowns after adding a configuration or after performing FeatureManager Design Tree selection and rebuild.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

10
November
2015

Buy SOLIDWORKS, Get Your 2nd Product 50% Off!

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Buy SOLIDWORKS, Get Your 2nd Product 50% Off!

Buy any SOLIDWORKS product in November and you can get another SOLIDWORKS product of equal or lesser value for 50% off*!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News

02
November
2015

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Launch Event a Huge Success!

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Launch Event a Huge Success!

On October 20, Symmetry Solutions hosted the Largest Engineering and Design Event in the Midwest. Hundreds of engineers and designers packed the RiverCentre to take part in our annual SOLIDWORKS 2016 Launch Event. The full-day, free event was held at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, MN and offered attendees a chance to try out new tools and solutions that boost engineering and design productivity.

Categories: Symmetry Solutions News

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