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    What’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    by Angelle Erickson on October 17, 2017

    Whats-new-SOLIDWORKS-2018-1The release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here. Every year new enhancements and features are added to the SOLIDWORKS toolset to make drawing, simulating, and designing faster and easier. Whether you’re new to SOLIDWORKS software and want to start incorporating SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD into your everyday workflow or are a seasoned pro looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest, SOLIDWORKS 2018 won’t disappoint.

    The following blog was created and provided by SOLIDWORKS and will show you enhancements for the user experience, data, inspection tools, and more.

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      Bringing Flat Files into SOLIDWORKS to Create Models (Part 2): Pictures

      by David Janicki on October 13, 2017

      This is the second part to a blog I wrote on how to bring flat files into SOLIDWORKS. In my first blog, I showed how to bring in drawings and DXF files. In this blog, I am going to show you how to bring in pictures.

      If you’re a conceptual designer, just mocking drawings up on a whiteboard or napkin sketch, you may be wondering if it is possible to bring those 2D sketches or pictures into SOLIDWORKS. With the ability to directly import and size a picture, we are able to bring in our sketch-up and move through the process of part creation. Let’s get started.

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        Using a Data Card for State Changes in SOLIDWORKS PDM

        by Todd Barr on October 6, 2017

        Using-a-Data-Card-for-State-Changes-in-SOLIDWORKS-PDM-1When you have multiple SOLIDWORKS PDM users that need to make approvals or need to track tasks completed by different departments or individuals, it’s not always easily done using the Parallel option in Transitions. Using Automatic Transitions and Radio-button selections on a Data Card will allow multiple users to select when they are either completed with a task or approve a document. The last person to select approve or complete will send the document to the next State in the Workflow. Using the Data Card option you can also use the Search Tool to create Excel reports showing the status of documents, (i.e. who has approved or completed a task.)

        In this blog, you’ll learn how to configure the Vault for tracking completed tasks.

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          Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

          by Stacey Clement on October 4, 2017

          celebrating national manufacturing day-1Held on October 6, 2017, National Manufacturing Day celebrates the incredible achievements manufacturers have made to revolutionize, streamline, and challenge the modern world. And, it’s now more important than ever to pay attention.

          Unlike the Industrial Revolutions of the past, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we engage with the world across all industries, and it’s happening at unprecedented speeds. Manufacturers have made huge breakthroughs in our communicative capabilities and our ability to store and access data instantly from anywhere in the world.

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            The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard

            by James Reeher on September 29, 2017

            The-Power-and-Value-of-the-SOLIDWORKS-Hole-Wizard-1I am often surprised to discover how many SOLIDWORKS users are not taking advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard and all the capabilities that it brings to the table. The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard provides a myriad of hole options from threaded and clearance holes to pipe threads, dowel holes and slots.

            What many people don’t realize is that by using the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard you can automatically bring in your hole callouts into drawings, have the toolbox match the appropriate fastener size to the hole, and even have SOLIDWORKS automatically populate your holes with the correct fastener. If you do not use the Hole Wizard then you are manually performing all of these actions, which is a lot of extra design work that could be better spent on other tasks.  It’s time to work smarter, not harder.  Keep reading to learn more about the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard.

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              Delivery Drone Soars with SOLIDWORKS 2018 at Design to Manufacturing Events

              by Angelle Erickson on September 26, 2017

              Delivery-Drone-Soars-with-SOLIDWORKS-2018-at-Design-to-Manufacturing-Events-1What do SOLIDWORKS 2018, an RV manufacturer, and a delivery drone have in common? The Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS 2018 launch events! The theme of our events this year is Design to Manufacturing. We are so excited about SOLIDWORKS 2018. Using the new software along with additive manufacturing technologies in our portfolio, we have developed an end-to-end story using these technologies that we’ll share with you during the events.

              So plan to join us at a Design to Manufacturing event in a city near you. We’ll show you product demonstrations and real world examples of how you can apply SOLIDWORKS 2018 and additive manufacturing to your business to increase productivity, accelerate innovation, and get your great designs created. Keep reading to learn more about the events, how to find one near you, and a preview of our delivery drone.

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                Bringing flat files into SOLIDWORKS to create Models: Drawings and DXF Files

                by David Janicki on September 22, 2017

                In the current state of CAD affairs, everyone is either using or has heard of 3D CAD. But for users who have been using a 2D system for many years and have an exorbitant amount of data, making the switch isn’t always as easy as deciding to.

                Inside of SOLIDWORKS, there are a multitude of tools to help you take and convert your old 2D drawings, and begin to create 3D parametric models with them. In this blog, I’m going to take you through those steps to ensure none of your data gets left behind in this smooth and easy process.

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                  Meet our Experts: Cami L. Florence - Technical Support Manager

                  by Angelle Erickson on September 21, 2017

                  Meet-our-experts-Cami-Florence-technical-support-manager-1Today on our Meet our Experts series we’re featuring Cami L. Florence. Cami has been with Fisher Unitech for over 10 years and is a Technical Support Manager based out of our office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, Cami specializes in weldments, sheet metal, and surfacing and has over 20 years experience with SOLIDWORKS, design, pre-sales, support, and training.

                  If you’ve been to the well-known conference SOLIDWORKS World, you may have seen Cami present. She has an extraordinary knowledge- base and has created informative presentations to help with other users’ success. Keep reading to learn more about Cami and the pride she takes in providing the best customer experience.

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                  • POSTED IN EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                    2017 FIRST Robotics Competition: The Dundee Vi-Borgs

                    by Ethan Harper on September 18, 2017

                    2017-FIRST-Robotics-Competition-The-Dundee-Viborgs-1FIRST Robotics is an organization that encourages students from elementary through high school to further involve themselves in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, otherwise known as the common acronyms STEM or STEAM.

                    The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition has been the best season yet for team 4395, The Dundee Vi-Borgs based out of Dundee, Michigan. Incorporating plenty of cooperation, hard work, the right technology, and good spirits has all lead to a very successful year.

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                      Removing Padlocks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Area

                      by Toby Schnaars on September 15, 2017

                      One of the most useful resources available to subscription service customers is the ability to access the SOLIDWORKS customer portal. From this section of SOLIDWORKS, users may access the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base, grab a copy of the full download of SOLIDWORKS, examine the API support, and get some great tips and tricks from the SOLIDWORKS community.

                      However, when first creating a SOLIDWORKS customer portal account, users may find themselves in a situation where many of these terrific resources are “padlocked” and the user is unable to access these sections of the customer portal. In this blog, we will explore how to properly register your software and remove these padlocks.

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                      • POSTED IN CAD, ELECTRICAL, SOLIDWORKS

                        You Can Take SOLIDWORKS Electrical for a Virtual Test Drive

                        by Christa Prokos on September 11, 2017

                        You-Can-Take-SOLIDWORKS-Electrical-for-a-Virtual-Test-Drive-1Are you tired of managing countless spreadsheets and CAD drawings to document your electrical design projects? Is collaboration with other team members clumsy and cumbersome at best? If you have these product development pains, you need to reconsider the tools you are using. Today, you don’t need to sacrifice valuable time and effort with your electrical design work.

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                          How to Link Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM to a Newly Created Drawing

                          by Jodi Degenaer on September 8, 2017

                          Often times, linking the variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM (Product Data Management) to newly created drawings can seem like a puzzle with a piece or two missing. Fortunately, this can be mitigated by arming yourself with a step-by-step system that I’ve found to be very useful.

                          In this blog, I’ll take you through the steps to easily link variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM to newly created files. Let’s get started.

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                            SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing: Installing/Upgrading the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager on the Server

                            by Jon Sauerbrey on September 1, 2017

                            SOLIDWORKS-Network-Licensing-Installing-Upgrading-the-SOLIDWORKS-SolidNetWork-License-Manager-on the-Server-1Our technical support department often gets questions from customers regarding installing and upgrading processes. Depending on the situation, this can be an extensive support case. This blog is going to take you through the entire process and instructions for installing/upgrading the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork license manager on the server.

                            Before installing, upgrading, or reinstalling the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Server, you must first check the system requirements and review the “SOLIDWORKS Network License Server section. Now let’s get started.

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                              Design to Manufacturing: Find an Event Near You

                              by Angelle Erickson on August 29, 2017

                              Design-to-Manufacturing-Event-Explores-SOLIDWORKS-2018-and-Additive-ManufacturingAre you familiar with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software but want to know more about how 3D printing could also improve your processes? Is your company already 3D printing prototypes and parts and is interested in learning more about SOLIDWORKS? Now is the time to see how it all comes together during our Design to Manufacturing events.

                              Keep reading to learn how you can experience the latest and greatest of SOLIDWORKS 2018 and see what’s new in additive manufacturing technologies.

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                                The ThunderChickens use SOLIDWORKS and 3D Printing to design their FIRST Robotics Team Robot

                                by Ryan Henigan on August 28, 2017

                                The-ThunderChickens-use-SOLIDWORKS-and-3D-Printing-to-Design-their-FIRST-Robotics-Team-Robot-1On July 14th and 15th First Robotics Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), took place just outside of Indianapolis, IN. This event is an off season competition of the best performing team in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), from around the world. Each team was hand picked from those that applied for their outstanding robot performance during the official FRC season.

                                First Robotics is an organization dedicated to inspiring students to participate in STEM and STEAM related fields. FIRST offers competition levels for elementary through high school students, in the form of Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL), FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). These are broken down into elementary, middle, and high school level competitions.

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                                • POSTED IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION, CAD, SOLIDWORKS TECH TIPS

                                  How to Create a Custom OCR Dictionary in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

                                  by Nady Osmat on August 25, 2017

                                  How-to-Create-a-Custom-OCR-Dictionary-in-SOLIDWORKS-Inspection-1Inspection software aids tremendously with the creation of quality control and planning documentation. If you are using the standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection to balloon PDF or Tiff files and create inspection reports, you may run into a situation where the drawing you received has a non-standard font. This may result in inaccurate extraction of dimensions and/or notes.

                                  Keep reading to learn how to avoid this issue and gain a quick tip on how to fix the problem.

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                                    Optimize Your Plastic Parts and Injection Molds with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

                                    by Drew Buchanan on August 16, 2017

                                    Optimize-Your-Plastic-Parts-and-Injection-Molds-with-SOLIDWORKS-Plastics-In an increasingly technologically driven manufacturing environment, product lifecycles continue to become shorter and shorter. Designers are looking for ways to reduce costly prototypes, and to get a leg up on their competition. With the advent of computer-aided engineering (CAE), designers and engineers are able to test out designs and determine if design changes need to be made prior to prototyping and fabrication.

                                    SOLIDWORKS Plastics is one of the many tools in the SOLIDWORKS CAE portfolio. Read on to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Plastics and view our recorded 30 minute webcast to see  product demonstrations and examples of how to use the tool in your everyday workflow.

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                                      Come Explore Technology and Design at solidThinking Converge 2017

                                      by Chad Zamler on August 15, 2017

                                      Come-Explore-Technology-and-Design-at-solidThinking-Converge-2017Throughout history, technology has always influenced design. There are countless examples from coal and pigments to the printing press, and of course computer-aided design (CAD) and computer aided-engineering (CAE) software, such as solidThinking design validation tools.

                                      Today, a new wave of technology has emerged and is converging with the design world to inspire new design possibilities never thought possible. This is exactly what we plan to explore at solidThinking Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California on September 13th.

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                                        Meet our Experts: Drew Buchanan - Application Engineer

                                        by Angelle Erickson on August 11, 2017

                                        Meet-out-experts-Drew-Buchanan-Application-Engineer-1Meet our Application Engineer, Drew Buchanan, who is based out of our office in Horsham, Pennsylvania and has been with Fisher Unitech since 2015. Drew has been immersed in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) technology, also known as design validation or simulation technology, for the majority of his career. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh he continued to Villanova University for his Masters degree.

                                        Keep reading to learn more about Drew’s background with CAE, his simulation webcast on SOLIDWORKS Plastics, and how having the right solution can help you spot challenges before they occur during the design process.

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                                          Online SOLIDWORKS Training: Your Source for Success

                                          by Johnna Insana on August 10, 2017

                                          Online-SOLIDWORKS-Training-Your-Source-for-SuccessHere at Fisher Unitech, we want to make sure our customers are exposed to the best SOLIDWORKS training. We also strive to make sure training is as convenient as possible to fit everyone’s style and needs. What you may not know, is that we offer online training to more than just our Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and New England customers. SOLIDWORKS online training classes can be taken by anyone anywhere in the United States.

                                          Don’t own SOLIDWORKS software yet? That’s okay too; we can set you up with everything you need to learn SOLIDWORKS, boost your skill-set, and add to your résumé. Keep reading to find out more about training and how to get started.

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                                            SOLIDWORKS User Groups: Connect with Your Community

                                            by Angelle Erickson on August 3, 2017

                                            SOLIDWORKS-User-Groups-Connect-with-the-communitySOLIDWORKS User Groups were first established in 1999 with the mission to bring together SOLIDWORKS power users and new users alike to learn from one another. Meetings are free of charge, usually held in the evening, and experts present on an array of topics. They provide tips and tricks and answer questions during a Q&A session.

                                            Keep reading to learn more about these events, find out how to locate a user group near you, and what to expect.

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                                              A Quick Lesson on SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

                                              by Ken LaVictor on August 2, 2017

                                              Often when I teach SOLIDWORKS training classes, my students will ask me what the best way is to copy an assembly in order to ‘reuse’ the design. Though there are a few ways to easily copy existing assemblies, I find that the best method is through a tool that was introduced a couple of years ago called SOLIDWORKS Treehouse.

                                              In this blog, I’ll give a quick lesson on what SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is, and how it can save you time when creating a design.

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                                                The Camobots FIRST Robotics Team Climbs, Catches, and Overcomes Obstacles in 2017

                                                by Amanda Osbun on July 20, 2017

                                                 

                                                The-Camobots-FIRST-Robotics-Team-Climbs-Catches-and-Overcomes-Obstacles-in-2017-1As with many things in life, when one chapter ends another begins. The same goes for FIRST Robotics team mentors and coaches. Mr. Mang was a mentor on FIRST Robotics Team 2600 at Jefferson Township High School in New Jersey, where I had the pleasure of working with him before he moved back to his hometown in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. There, he started teaching at his Alma Mater, Honesdale High School.

                                                Mr. Mang and a teacher from Western Wayne High School started a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team. Together, the two schools make up Team 4285, also known as the Camobots.

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                                                  Don’t Let Mismanaged Product Data Hold you Back

                                                  by Christa Prokos on July 17, 2017

                                                  Don't-let-mismanaged-product-data-hold-you-back-1If you hear the British idiom, “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish” it’s probably in the context of making an important decision. In other words, don’t cut corners to save small amounts of money because it could cost you more in the long run.

                                                  The same idiom applies to the decision to invest in product data management (PDM) software. Some companies choose to cut corners and skimp on PDM. They may think it’s too expensive, or takes too much time to set up, or that their engineers and designers won’t like the new process and it could slow down their productivity.

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                                                    Meet our Experts: Sean O’Neill - Senior Support Engineer

                                                    by Angelle Erickson on July 11, 2017

                                                    Meet-our-experts-Sean-Oneill-senior-support-engineer-1Next up in our Meet our Experts blog series is Sean O’Neill! Sean is a SOLIDWORKS Senior Support Engineer at Fisher Unitech based out of our Horsham, Pennsylvania office and has handled thousands of technical support cases along with delivering training on multiple products within the SOLIDWORKS portfolio.

                                                    After graduating from Villanova University, Sean worked in the building products industry before joining Prism Engineering in 2012. Keep reading to learn more about Sean and his passion for continuing to provide an exceptional customer experience.

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                                                      Designing Smart Products Requires a Smarter Approach

                                                      by David Hofer on July 10, 2017

                                                      Designing-Smart-Products-Requires-a-Smarter-Approach-1Today many of our daily interactions involve connected devices and connectivity is shaping the economy. Gartner predicts that the total number of smart or connected “things” will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.

                                                      Designing smart products for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 requires a smarter approach. In order to stay competitive business leaders need to assess their product development processes to ensure that they are striving for best-in-class performance. This includes keeping an eye on the ever-evolving state of product design tools.

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                                                        Tech Tip: The difference between a sheet format and a drawing template in SOLIDWORKS

                                                        by Matt Haywood on July 7, 2017

                                                        Almost every SOLIDWORKS user has the need to insert a unique company title block into the SOLIDWORKS drawing template. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few handy strategies that will streamline your process. Understanding the terms “Sheet Format” and “Drawing Template” in SOLIDWORKS terminology will be central to your success. Although they might look the same on the screen, they have distinctly different jobs within the SOLIDWORKS file infrastructure.

                                                        In general drawing templates are used to start a new drawing. A sheet format is an overlay or title block that we might see on the initial drawing template, but it can be hidden. Also, sheet formats are useful on multi-page drawings as you might want a different looking title block on subsequent pages in a multi-page drawing. Before we get to saving anything, let’s make sure we cover some background information. Here’s an outline of the topics we will cover.

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                                                          More Control and Speed with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

                                                          by Laurie Luther on July 5, 2017

                                                          More-Control-and-Speed-with-SOLIDWORKS-Visualize-1Today we take it for granted that our digital product design and development process can run more efficiently with such software as SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and all of its add-on tools for design validation, product data management, and more.

                                                          Now think about the phase in your product development process when you need images to show others what it will look like and how it is intended to perform in the real world.

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                                                          • POSTED IN DRIVEWORKS, FISHER UNITECH NEWS, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                            Meet our Experts: Aaron Winthers - Advisory Support Engineer

                                                            by Angelle Erickson on June 29, 2017

                                                            Meet-our-experts-Aaron-Winthers-advisory-support-engineer-11Have you ever contacted the Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS customer support team? If you have, chances are you’ve been helped by our technical support expert Aaron Winthers. Based out of our Horsham, Pennsylvania office, Aaron has been an Advisory Support Engineer at Fisher Unitech since 2014 specializing in DriveWorks.

                                                            Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree, concentrating in product design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and comes to work every day with a wealth of knowledge. Keep reading to learn more about technical support, our support team, and how Aaron contributes to the customer experience.

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                                                              DriveWorks Design Automation is a Game Changer for Steiner Technologies

                                                              by Christa Prokos on June 28, 2017

                                                              DriveWorks-Design-Automation-is-a-Game-Changer-for-Steiner-Technologies-1Steiner Technologies produces a family of automatic back boring tools called the Autofacer. They have been using DriveWorks design automation software since 2010. In a recent blog post, Steiner Technologies explained how DriveWorks has significantly improved their processes to make them faster, better and more cost-efficient.

                                                              Read the full blog post below by Matthew Hoyt from Steiner Technologies to learn how implementing design automation has been a ‘game changer’ for them and the many benefits they’ve seen beyond internal operations.

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                                                                SOLIDWORKS Premium Does it All: Here’s What to Expect

                                                                by Ken LaVictor on June 22, 2017

                                                                SOLIDWORKS-Premium-Does-it-All-Heres-What-to-ExpectAre you creating designs with a comprehensive 3D CAD solution? Do you have a place to store, manage, and analyze your designs? You can get all of that and more with SOLIDWORKS Premium. In this two-part blog series, I will cover toolsets included in SOLIDWORKS Premium. Remember, this is additional functionality not found in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional.

                                                                Part one covered Simulation, Motion, and assembly level cost estimation. You can learn more about those toolsets here. In this blog, I’ll be covering three different areas: routing with piping and tubing, routing with electrical cabling and wire harnesses, and advanced surface flattening.

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                                                                  Strength Check Your Designs with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

                                                                  by David Roccaforte on June 21, 2017

                                                                  Strength-Check-Your-Designs-with-Simulation-Professional-1Simulation tools in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software are so user friendly and widespread these days that we often compare them to a spell checker analogy. Almost every application that requires entering text has a built in spell checker. Similarly every seat of SOLIDWORKS has some form of “Simulation” built in. You shouldn’t send on an email without a quick spell check, so why release a design without doing a performance check?

                                                                  Keep reading to find out how to quickly check your design the first time and eliminate repercussions.

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                                                                    Meet our Experts: Rachael Buhl - Senior Application Engineer Instructor

                                                                    by Angelle Erickson on June 20, 2017

                                                                    Meet-Our-Experts-Rachael-Buhl-Senior-Application-Engineer-Instructor-1Rachael Buhl is a Senior Application Engineer Instructor at Fisher Unitech and is based out of our office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rachael has been passionately instructing students on SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software for three years to help users sharpen their skills and gain their certifications.

                                                                    Rachael is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, with certifications in Mechanical Design and Composer. She has been a SOLIDWORKS user since 2011. Keep reading to learn more about Rachael and what got her interested in SOLIDWORKS.

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                                                                      SOLIDWORKS is not just CAD, it’s a Complete Product Development Platform

                                                                      by Christa Prokos on June 19, 2017

                                                                      SOLIDWORKS-is-not-just-CAD-its-a-Complete-Product-Development-Platform-1Where were you on November 1st, 1995? Perhaps you were a child, or a college student, or already building your engineering career. That was a long time ago. As you reflect back to 1995, you may already know the date’s significance. It’s when SolidWorks 95 was released — the first version of the computer-aided design and engineering software we know today as SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

                                                                      Now 21 years later, SOLIDWORKS is one of the most widely-used 3D CAD software solutions and a complete product development platform for today’s complex processes. In this post, I will cover how SOLIDWORKS improves collaboration and streamlines workflow with integrated solutions for product design, validation, documentation, and product data management.

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                                                                        Northwestern University Provides SOLIDWORKS for Students, Researchers, and Entrepreneurs

                                                                        by Christa Prokos on June 16, 2017

                                                                        Northwestern-University-Provides-SOLIDWORKS-for-Students-Researchers-and-Entrepreneurs-1It takes competitive product design and development skills to advance careers in today’s market. Northwestern University, a private research university based in Evanston, Illinois recently upgraded to a campus-wide SOLIDWORKS software solution. The university will provide SOLIDWORKS software in classrooms for students and researchers, and at its incubator space, The Garage, an accelerator where start-ups gather to experiment, collaborate, innovate, and build new ideas.

                                                                        SOLIDWORKS 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software gives users the ability to turn ideas into products with tools for mechanical design, simulation, electrical design, data management, and communication. Individuals can securely share design models for team collaboration and with suppliers throughout the entire manufacturing process.

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                                                                          Meet our Experts: David Hofer - Electrical Technical Specialist and CID

                                                                          by Angelle Erickson on June 12, 2017

                                                                          popappengineers-2Meet David Hofer, our SOLIDWORKS Electrical Technical Specialist and Certified Interconnect Designer located out of our Troy, Michigan headquarters. David has been one of our Electrical and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) experts at Fisher Unitech since 2014, specializing in developing electronic designs and helping companies get the best value from their SOLIDWORKS PCB and Electrical software.

                                                                          David really knows his stuff. He’s been working with computer-aided engineering tools since the 1980s when he was programming and designing printed circuit board layouts. A high-speed imaging project arose in 2011 where he was introduced to SOLIDWORKS and the rest is history! Keep reading to learn what gets David so geeked out about SOLIDWORKS Electrical and PCB design software.

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                                                                            Get a Fully Loaded Toolset with SOLIDWORKS Premium

                                                                            by Ken LaVictor on June 9, 2017

                                                                            Get-a-Fully-Loaded-Toolset-with-SOLIDWORKS-Premium-1As a former mechanical design engineer, I have always felt there were three tools that were a ‘must have’ in my tool belt. These tools include a 3D design tool, a data management tool, and a design analysis/validation tool.  I believe we need to design in a comprehensive 3D CAD solution. We need a place to store and manage those designs, and we need a way to analyze those designs in order to save on material costs and remain competitive. Today, I am fortunate to get some form of all three of these tools in one 3D CAD bundle: SOLIDWORKS Premium.

                                                                            In this two-part blog series, I will cover toolsets included in SOLIDWORKS Premium. Keep in mind, this is additional functionality not found in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional. Our webcast on June 20th covered the differences between SOLIDWORKS Standard and Premium. You can watch that webcast here.

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                                                                              Getting Started: SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard

                                                                              by Drew Buchanan on June 5, 2017

                                                                              Getting-Started-SOLIDWORKS-Simulation-Standard-1In an increasingly technologically driven manufacturing environment, product lifecycles continue to be shortened and shortened. Designers are looking for ways to reduce costly prototypes, and to get a leg up on their competition. With the advent of computer aided engineering (CAE), designers and engineers are able to test out designs and determine if changes need to be made prior to prototyping and fabrication.

                                                                              SOLIDWORKS Simulation is one of the many tools in the SOLIDWORKS CAE portfolio. This blog will provide you with a brief summary of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard.

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                                                                              • POSTED IN TRAINING, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                3 Ways to Get the Best SOLIDWORKS Training

                                                                                by Angelle Erickson on May 31, 2017

                                                                                3-Ways-To-Get-The-Best-SOLIDWORKS-Training-1Are you comfortable working in your SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software tools? Have you ever stumbled across a challenge that you wish you could have solved on your own but instead had to pass to someone else? Even if you just want to sharpen your skills, it’s never too late to consider SOLIDWORKS training.

                                                                                SOLIDWORKS training allows users to become more comfortable on a daily basis to manipulate and create designs. Being able to confidently overcome challenges independently means completing a project and getting a product to market faster. Worried that you can’t fit training into your schedule? It’s easier and more convenient than you may think. Keep reading to learn three different ways to get the best SOLIDWORKS training that will work for you.

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                                                                                • POSTED IN FISHER UNITECH NEWS, TRAINING, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                  Meet our Experts: Rodney Harper - Technical Training Manager

                                                                                  by Angelle Erickson on May 30, 2017

                                                                                  Meet-Our-Experts-Rodney-Harper-Technical-Training-Manager-1Meet Rodney Harper! Rodney has been our technical training manager here at Fisher Unitech since 2008 and is based out of our office in Troy, Michigan. With over 13 years of experience working with SOLIDWORKS, Rodney wants to guarantee that his students get the best training experience available.

                                                                                  SOLIDWORKS training is offered in class, on site, or online to meet your needs. Rodney manages a team of skilled trainers and training administrators committed to making your learning experience the best it can be.

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                                                                                  • POSTED IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION, CAD, SOLIDWORKS TECH TIPS, COMPOSER, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                    What's New in SP3.0: Import SOLIDWORKS BOMs Into SOLIDWORKS Composer

                                                                                    by Sean O’Neill on May 26, 2017

                                                                                    A few weeks ago, I was teaching a rather large SOLIDWORKS Composer class. It was comprised of ten students, all hailing from one of our larger customers. With each passing lesson on how to make their product assembly instructions more decipherable and their product exploded views much quicker/lighter, I couldn't help but notice them giving those "where have you been all my life" eyes.

                                                                                    While discussing bill of materials (BOM) tables, one of our more actively-involved students asked a very intuitive question: "Can we import our bill of materials from our SOLIDWORKS files into SOLIDWORKS Composer?" My answer then was different than my answer today because of a great timesaving enhancement to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 SP3.0.

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                                                                                    • POSTED IN CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                      What’s the Difference Between SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional and Premium?

                                                                                      by Christa Prokos on May 25, 2017

                                                                                      Whats-the-difference-between-solidworks-standard-professional-and-premium-1We often get the question, “What is the difference between the three SOLIDWORKS packages (Standard, Professional, Premium)?” Another common question is, “When does it make sense to upgrade from Standard to Professional or Premium?”

                                                                                      The answer depends on many factors and while there is a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD matrix that outlines every feature in each package, it can be a bit complicated. This blog provides a quick overview of each package, as well as two easy ways to figure out which package is best for you.

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                                                                                      • POSTED IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION, CAD, COMPOSER, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                        Technical Communications Come to Life with SOLIDWORKS Composer

                                                                                        by Angelle Erickson on May 19, 2017

                                                                                        Today, visual images are more important than ever. Just because a physical prototype of a product design isn’t available, doesn’t mean your training materials, assembly instructions, marketing and sales collateral should be put on hold. With SOLIDWORKS Composer you can start producing a range of technical communication graphical assets earlier in the product design process, helping to lower costs and speed time-to-market.

                                                                                        Even nontechnical roles can use SOLIDWORKS Composer. The easy-to-use tools let you work directly from 3D CAD data to create associative 2D and 3D deliverables that automatically stay up-to-date with the latest design changes.

                                                                                        Keep reading to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Composer and check out our recorded webcast "How SOLIDWORKS Composer Improves Technical Communications."

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                                                                                        • POSTED IN EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                          Steampunks, STEAMworks, and SOLIDWORKS in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

                                                                                          by Amanda Osbun on May 17, 2017

                                                                                          Steampunks-STEAMworks-and-SOLIDWORKS-in-the-2017-FIRST-Robotics-CompetitionI was a very shy, introverted kid who, although open to trying new things, would never imagine growing up to be the outgoing person I am today. I owe much of who I am to the FIRST Robotics team at Jefferson Township High School in New Jersey.

                                                                                          The FIRST Robotics team started when I was a junior. One of my woodshop teachers suggested I get involved and here I am nine years later. I was on the team for my junior year and co-captain of the team during my senior year. I have been a mentor for the team ever since I graduated high school. Our team is Team 2600 or Team Falcon.

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                                                                                          • POSTED IN DATA MANAGEMENT, CAD, SOLIDWORKS TECH TIPS, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                            How to Use the ‘Pack and Go’ File Management Feature in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                            by Matt Haywood on May 15, 2017

                                                                                            In my opinion, one of the better file management features in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is Pack and Go, which was introduced around 2007. Included in every release of SOLIDWORKS since then, this feature is still very useful today.  I’ve been providing SOLIDWORKS tech support for nearly 14 years and it’s fun to show unsuspecting users Pack and Go.

                                                                                            In this blog, I’ll take you through two scenarios:

                                                                                            1. Duplication of a data set for sharing or repurposing
                                                                                            2. Organizing a data set by renaming multiple files simultaneously

                                                                                            It’s true that these tasks can be done outside of Pack and Go, but I think you’ll find that through the use of Pack and Go, these processes will be completed faster and you will have fewer problems with mixed up file references.

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                                                                                            • POSTED IN CAD, PDM, SOLIDWORKS TECH TIPS, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                              Using Custom Search Columns to Create Simple Reports from PDM Searches

                                                                                              by Peer Larson on May 10, 2017

                                                                                              It can often be very useful to collect information about your files from a high level, such as if you were interested to learn the internal PDM Document ID or who in your department approved what when.

                                                                                              You can use custom search columns to change how a search card displays information and then export your search results to Microsoft Excel. This can also be useful when tracking project management documents, as you can have all of your relevant fields show in the PDM search card and then export those results to Microsoft Excel for easy portability and communication.

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                                                                                              • POSTED IN CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                                These 9 SOLIDWORKS Blogs & CAD Sites Will Boost Your Productivity

                                                                                                by Stacey Clement on May 8, 2017

                                                                                                Starting your Monday by catching up on industry news can be a great way to encourage inspiration and innovation all week long. By starting two-way conversations with fellow designers and SOLIDWORKS professionals worldwide, you can begin to expand your network, share experiences, and learn helpful tips and tricks you’d never find within the confines of your office.

                                                                                                While we’ve worked hard to stock the Fisher Unitech blog with up-to-date SOLIDWORKS news, regularly synthesizing diverse viewpoints from across the web can help make you a more global designer. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of informative, entertaining, or just downright underrated CAD forums, SOLIDWORKS blogs, and design Twitter accounts—for the betterment of workweek productivity everywhere. So which online community is right for you?

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                                                                                                • POSTED IN DRIVEWORKS, DESIGN AUTOMATION, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                                  Time to Test Drive DriveWorks Design Automation and Sales Configurator Software

                                                                                                  by Christa Prokos on May 5, 2017

                                                                                                  Time-to-Test-Drive-DriveWorks-Design-Automation-and-Sales-Configurator-Software-1Do you have repetitive design tasks that could be automated? Could the products you design be defined by rules? If you answered yes to these questions, it is time to add design automation and sales configurator software to your toolbox—specifically DriveWorks because you can use it in tandem with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design software.

                                                                                                  There are two DriveWorks software packages to choose from, DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro, which can also be used beyond the engineering department by marketing and sales teams. DriveWorks Solo and Pro provide the ability to automatically generate 2D and 3D drawings of your SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD models as well as manufacturing and sales data. Imagine the time and cost this can save your company and the productivity it can add to your day.

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                                                                                                  • POSTED IN CAD, SOLIDWORKS TECH TIPS, SIMULATION, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                                    How to Deal with Fixture Warnings in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

                                                                                                    by Drew Buchanan on May 3, 2017

                                                                                                    How-to-Deal-with-Fixture-Warnings-in-SOLIDWORKS-Simulation-00You sit down at your desk to finalize the design for a new product you are working on. You want to verify that the product does not fail under loading, and expect the finite element model to be fairly easy to set up and run.  However, much to your chagrin you run the model and a warning pops up.

                                                                                                    If you have been working with SOLIDWORKS Simulation for a long time, you most likely have seen this warning box before. In today’s blog I will show a handy tool which can remedy this issue very quickly. It should be noted that all tips in today’s blog pertain to a traditional Linear Static Analysis, which is available in SOLIDWORKS Premium,  SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium.

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                                                                                                    • POSTED IN EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                                      Jenison Robotics Team “Game Over” Uses SOLIDWORKS to Design Award Winning Robot

                                                                                                      by Nathan Appel on May 1, 2017

                                                                                                      Jenison-Robotics-Team-Game-Over-Uses-SOLIDWORKS-to-Design-Award-Winning-Robot-1I belong to Jenison Robotics’ team 457B named “Game Over” in Jenison, Michigan, near Grand Rapids. In Jenison Robotics, we use VEX Robotics technology to further our learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and grow skills in teamwork, leadership and problem solving. We also have a lot of fun.

                                                                                                      I started using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD fifteen months ago when I got a student edition for Christmas. I taught myself how to use the software using tutorials, along with guidance from my dad, who uses SOLIDWORKS at work. Last season, my dad showed my team and I how we could use SOLIDWORKS to design our robot. So, my goal for this year was to learn how to use SOLIDWORKS before the season even started so that when we did start practicing, I could fully design our robot.

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