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    Mastering the SOLIDWORKS Basics with SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training

    Rachael Buhl by Rachael Buhl on June 25, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS basicsWith more than 240,000 organizations using SOLIDWORKS worldwide, SOLIDWORKS adoption continues to rise, and many companies are beginning to use or switch to some form of SOLIDWORKS software — and with it, demand for current or future employees who know their SOLIDWORKS basics.

    Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS training courses are available for a wide range of SOLIDWORKS software and capabilities, including the essentials of its core product line. Anyone wanting to learn SOLIDWORKS can easily find an option that works for them, and learn not only how to use SOLIDWORKS, but how to use it as efficiently as possible. Here’s what you need to know about learning the basics of SOLIDWORKS.

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      Using SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks in Your Shop

      Daniel Sok by Daniel Sok on June 21, 2019

      using solidworks camWhether you’re working in a fast moving job shop or tinkering with prototypes and one-offs, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks provide powerful tools for the manufacturing world. It all starts with SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard, a free add-in that provides a unique CAM solution to anyone currently on Subscription Service. (Not on subscription? Here are 7 reasons why you should be.) There’s never been a tool that brings design and manufacturing together as seamless and intuitively as SOLIDWORKS CAM. Here’s a sneak peek at what you get when you start using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks in your shop.

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        Beginner’s Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS PDM

        Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on June 17, 2019

        what is pdm part 2SOLIDWORKS PDM is a comprehensive Product Data Management solution housed inside of Windows Explorer. In part one of this two-part blog series, we answered “what is PDM?” and explored the SOLIDWORKS PDM interface including the preview tab, data card tab, PDM Workflows, and more. This blog will focus on the core functions all users must know to get started in PDM.

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          Design Automation and DriveWorks

          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on June 11, 2019

          design automation fisher unitechDesigners, engineers, and manufacturers know that reducing time to market is crucial. In order to beat out competitors, companies must be able to quickly and efficiently create a quality product without incurring additional expenses...but multiple design iterations and troubleshooting can eat into a project’s budget and timeline. By implementing design automation in the workflow, companies can better leverage their data to streamline processes and reduce costly errors.

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            Best Practices for TPU 3D Printing Material (Part 1)

            Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on June 5, 2019

            TPU 3D Printing best practicesIn November 2018, Stratasys announced a new breakthrough TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomer) material for their F123 Series FDM line of 3D printers. TPU92A is a Fused Deposition Modeling material with a 92 shore value and prints in 0.010”. TPU 3D printing material is excellent for applications like tubing, ducts, hoses, seals, gaskets, and protective covers. However, to get optimal results, like any specialty material, there are some specific precautions to take before you start printing your applications. Let’s take a look at some of these best practices.

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              Prolific Inventor Leans on SOLIDWORKS to Push Boundaries of Innovation

              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on May 30, 2019

              Tegel Design solidworksIn Huntley, Illinois resides one of the world’s most fruitful inventors: Robert Tegel. An individual with a keen drive for innovation, Robert started Tegel Design out of his garage in 2005. Fast forward to today, and the company, along with its manufacturing services side of the business, Tebots, is a go-to source for diversified industrial machinery for companies.

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                Overcoming Engineering Challenges | Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 3)

                Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on May 29, 2019

                engineering challengesHaving a functional workspace that’s also neat and clutter free may seem unrealistic or temporary at best. Cell phones, computers, tablets, headsets - there just doesn’t seem to be enough room for it all! Over the course of the next eight months, the team of Application Engineers at Fisher Unitech is tackling this problem head-on overcoming engineering challenges with the goal to offer a solution that we can all use for desktop management and organization.

                In part one, we introduced the project plan as well as the tools we’ll use to execute our design including the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD products as well as additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning. In part two, we ran through different design concepts that serve as both functional and creative. In this blog, we share which concepts we eliminated.

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                  Digital Debunking: An Engineer Examines the Weapons of ‘Game of Thrones’

                  David Roccaforte by David Roccaforte on May 23, 2019

                  Game of thrones blog catapultsAs an avid fan of HBO’s uber-popular medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, I’ve often been curious about the feasibility of the weaponry we see in the show’s epic battle scenes. I took a particular interest in the massive trebuchets, a fancy name for a catapult, used in many of the show’s siege battles. This powerful catapult uses a swinging arm and counterweight to hurl projectiles over and through fortified castle walls and at battalions of oncoming soldiers. Of course, only an engineer like me would be able to suspend their disbelief for dragons and ice zombies while obsessing over the plausibility of a trebuchet, but still, I wondered, would the computer-generated mechanisms depicted on the screen stand up to the laws of physics?

                  The best way to understand how the trebuchet would behave is to put it to the test. I used Altair InspireTM Motion to create a simulation model, define the design constraints and performance goals, then simulate the catapult in action. We can then transfer the motion loads onto the structure to assess the feasibility of the initial design and even optimize the geometry to create a stronger and better performing final design.

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                    Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding: How to Optimize Design

                    Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on May 16, 2019

                    plastic part design for injection moldingIf you do plastic part design for plastic injection molding, you know that optimizing your design is key to reducing errors and producing better parts. Because mold rework can become expensive, a better design process will save on both time and cost for manufacturers, and allow parts to get to market faster. The use of simulation software like SOLIDWORKS Plastics is helpful in this regard because it “simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds,” allowing designers to easily and quickly evaluate the functionality of their design.

                    Although simulation software is an initial investment in your design process, your return on investment will take the form of reduced costs, shortened cycle time, and improved part quality. Here’s what you need to know about simulation software in plastic part design for injection molding.

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                      The Importance of Prototyping

                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on May 14, 2019

                      what is prototyping bottleAre you looking to accelerate your development, create better products, and beat out the competition but don’t know where to start? Although 3D printing is generating a lot of buzz, some companies are still unsure how it can help their design cycle and create better prototypes, or even what prototyping is — and that can put them at a major disadvantage. According to Forbes, prototyping was the most popular 3D printing application in 2018, with significant returns; 93% of companies using 3D printing in 2018 were “able to gain competitive advantages including reducing time-to-market and flexing to support shorter production runs for customers.”

                      So what is prototyping in 3D printing, and how do you take advantage of it? Here’s what you need to know.

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                        Concept Creation | Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 2)

                        Todd Myers & Laura Nickerson by Todd Myers & Laura Nickerson on May 8, 2019

                        Design to manufactureIn our previous blog, we introduced the Fisher Unitech Design to Manufacturing Series, a project our Application Engineers are tackling to address the lack of space and abundance of items on our desks that many of us can relate to. As Plato once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention” - something needs to be done. So to eliminate cord management problems and solve the “where should I put my headset” dilemma, the AE team will conceptualize, design, simulate and fabricate a headset and cellphone charging stand using the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS, 3D scanning, and 3D printing for a complete design to manufacturing experience.

                        As Industrial Designers, we live at the intersection of imagination and technology, bridging the gap between engineering and artistry. We are always thinking, approaching problems with curiosity, creativity, and the desire to help and hopefully, in the end, strike innovation. During our design to manufacturing series, we’ll take the same approach.

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                          SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tutorial: Applying Non-Uniform Pressure

                          Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on April 30, 2019

                          SOLIDWORKS Simulation TutorialWhen creating a simulation, it’s sometimes necessary to apply a pressure non-uniformly. This is most commonly found when dealing with liquid in a tank, however, other reasons may occur. Sometimes, (like in my example today) an accurate simulation can be made using modeled geometry such as modeling a solid in the shape of water in the tank, but this can add unnecessary complexity to a model and slow down a designer or analyst. Since this isn’t an everyday type of simulation for most of us, in this SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorial I’m going to demonstrate a quick example to make it a little easier.

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                            2D CAD Software: Easily Design in 2D with DraftSight

                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on April 25, 2019

                            2d cad softwareIf you’re a designer or engineer, you’ve likely worked with 2D CAD at one point or another. Although 2D design has become less prevalent with the release of 3D CAD, it is still a useful tool for many professionals, including those in architecture and construction. Because of this, many companies have a variety of 2D CAD software options in recent years, including industry leader SOLIDWORKS.

                            Whether you’re a student just learning about CAD or a seasoned professional looking to streamline your 2D design, there are effective, low-cost 2D CAD options available. Here’s what you need to know about 2D CAD software and how to easily download 2D CAD software like DraftSight.

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                            • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, CAD

                              Introduction to the Fisher Unitech Design to Manufacturing Series

                              David Janicki by David Janicki on April 23, 2019

                              Fisher Unitech design to manufacturing seriesTake a look around your workspace. If it’s anything like mine it’s full -- literally full -- no exposed surface or unused space. To make matters worse, I charge my cellphone from my computer adding yet another cord to my already overly-crowded desk. My headset also lacks a convenient and functional permanent home. It’s usually on my keyboard, draped over my laptop screen, or stacked on my cellphone.

                              Over the course of the next eight months, the team of Application Engineers here at Fisher Unitech is tackling this problem head-on hoping to offer a solution that we can all use for desktop management and organization. Here’s how we’re going to do it.

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                                Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

                                Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on April 23, 2019

                                SOLIDWORKS Flow SimulationWhen the products you design involve liquid or gas flow, how can you test their performance for real-world conditions? This is where computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software comes in.

                                SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables you to run “what if” scenarios and efficiently analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer and related forces on or through components. This allows you to compare design variations quickly to make better decisions so you can create products with superior performance. Read on to learn more about CFD with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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