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    Push it Real Good: SOLIDWORKS Animations to SOLIDWORKS Visualize

    David Janicki by David Janicki on March 19, 2019

    solidworks visualize Inside of SOLIDWORKS, there are some stellar tools to get you started down the road of photorealistic animations and the ability to push those animations over to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional.

    For those new to Visualize, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional takes the photorealistic rendering of Standard and enhances it in many forms. The one critical to pushing animations from SOLIDWORKS CAD to Visualize is the mere ability to create animations for your models, cameras, appearances, and more.

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      How to Make a Cube in SOLIDWORKS

      Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on March 18, 2019

      how to make a cube in solidworks blogAh, the cube. It’s such a fundamental geometric shape that SOLIDWORKS decided to incorporate it as part of its own logo. It might not be the most exciting shape to create, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? And besides, it doesn’t have to be boring, right? ‘Right’ - on both counts! In this blog post, we’ll go through the most straightforward way of making a cube in SOLIDWORKS. Then, I’ll show you some other ways to make and manipulate cubes. One or two of these ways might seem silly, and that’s OK. The goal is to expose you to different ways of doing the same thing, in an ultimate effort to expand your SOLIDWORKS toolkit. Let’s get started. 

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        Maxed Out? Declutter Your Configurations and Equations with DriveWorks Solo

        Aaron Winthers by Aaron Winthers on March 14, 2019

        driveworks soloAs a SOLIDWORKS user, you likely appreciate how easy it is to create parts and assemblies. But what if you want to make that process even easier? Maybe you’ve noticed that your assembly was pretty much the same, but still a little different, and started to leverage the use of Configurations.

        “Amazing! Now all I have to do is create a configuration of the same assembly and configure its components, dimensions, and features as I like!” Presto! No new assembly needed. Combine this with a design table and you can create configurations of various shapes and sizes faster than Usain Bolt can run the 100-meter dash. But what do you do if what started out as a tremendous help started to become a burden?

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          Effective Usage of the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Version Upgrade Tool

          Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on March 13, 2019

          Upgrade ToolSo you’ve recently upgraded to SOLIDWORKS PDM but now all of your assemblies are taking forever to open. Why? Isn’t a new version supposed to be better and faster? Well, you’ve upgraded the software version, but not the SOLIDWORKS files. Every time you open models in SOLIDWORKS they will need to be converted to the newest version. This can be especially frustrating if they’re released files, so you can’t just check them out, update, and check them back in. Now every time you open the same file, it’s upgrading and therefore taking much longer.  Fear not! There is a solution called the File Version Upgrade tool. It is important to plan and run the tool responsibly. That’s where this blog comes in. Let’s get started.

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            Take Control of Your SOLIDWORKS Network Licenses Using Options Files

            Heather Dawe by Heather Dawe on March 11, 2019

            SOLIDWORKS Network LicensesSOLIDWORKS Network Licenses allow companies to let users share licenses between each other to make better use of the licenses that they own. But sometimes, it can feel a bit like you’re playing tug-of-war.   

            Let me introduce you to the SOLIDWORKS Network License options file. Options files allow you to control who can get what licenses and for how long. This allows organizations to ensure licenses are available to the users who need them and the end of the tug-of-war game for your licenses.

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              Fisher Unitech Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019 #BalancedforBetter

              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 8, 2019

              International Women's Day 2019For over 100 years, March 8th has been recognized as International Women's Day; a day to celebrate the social, cultural, political, and economic achievements of women. No single organization is credited to establishing this tradition, so any institution, party, or person can observe International Women’s Day however they see fit. At Fisher Unitech, we would like to celebrate a few of our women engineers and executives who have helped balance out their male-dominant roles.

              It may not surprise you that women are often underrepresented in the engineering field, but actually, the number of women going into STEM fields has been on the rise thanks to organizations like Association for Women in Science and the Women in Engineering Proactive Network, who have made it their mission to ”transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women.” This is why today, women are able to advance in fields they’re interested in and flourish in their roles.

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                Nano Dimension and the Power of PCB 3D Printing

                Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on March 6, 2019

                nano dimension closeupIn the time of industry 4.0, remaining innovative and evolving quickly is key to manufacturing success, especially when it comes to electronics. Yet manufacturers creating PCBs and other electronic components are often held back by outsourced designs that can delay the design cycle by weeks or even months.

                To address this issue, companies like Nano Dimension have worked to adopt 3D printing to fit the unique needs of electronics development. Through revolutionary new hardware and materials, electronics designers and manufacturers can now leverage the power of additive manufacturing with PCB 3D printing. Here’s what you need to know.

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                  SOLIDWORKS World 2019 Recap: Where Possibility Takes Form

                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 5, 2019

                  solidworks world 2019 recapSOLIDWORKS World 2019 kicked off in Dallas, Texas on February 10th to thousands of people from around the world waiting to hear from keynote speakers, attend technical training sessions, and to network with fellow CAD users. In case you weren’t able to make it, here’s a recap of all three general sessions. Let’s take a look.

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                    The History of 3D Printing: A 3D Printing Timeline

                    Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on February 28, 2019

                    history of 3D printingWith the prevalence of 3D printing and its rapid adoption across industries, it’s easy to think that the technology has been around for much longer than it has. In reality, the history of 3D printing dates back to the early 1980s, and in forty years has grown from a new process used by a select few to a mainstream technology adopted by everyone from hobbyists and engineers to manufacturers and researchers. What began as a relatively simple process has now evolved to encompass everything from bioprinting to metal 3D printers.

                    We’ve compiled some of the biggest moments in 3D printing history below, as well as projections on where 3D printing is headed in the future. By preparing yourself for industry 4.0, and following along with the disruption of 3D printing, you can help your business innovate, save money and gain a competitive edge.

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                      7 Reasons to Be on (and Stay on) SOLIDWORKS Subscription

                      James Reeher by James Reeher on February 27, 2019

                      solidworks subscriptionWhen you purchase a seat of SOLIDWORKS, you have the option to add on the subscription service. SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service includes lots of tools and resources to help you get the most out of your software including upgrades to the latest version, customer support, full access to the customer portal, and allows you to participate actively and network in the SOLIDWORKS global community. If you’re still stuck on making a decision, I’ve compiled a list of the top seven tools you’ll get that might sway your decision.

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                        SOLIDWORKS Puts Ringbrothers in the Driver’s Seat to Scale Production and Propel Growth

                        Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on February 25, 2019

                        SOLIDWORKS Ringbrothers case studyIn the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin resides Ringbrothers, an automotive restoration company that has propelled itself to one of the top American car builders. The company was founded by brothers, Jim and Mike Ring, who shared a passion, imagination, and innovation for building cars from a very young age. The brother duo and the employees within wear many hats, as the company serves as a collision and repair shop to the community, as well as produces high-quality billet accessories, custom fiberglass, carbon fiber pieces, and custom-built cars.

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                          How to Create a Sandbox Vault in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                          Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on February 21, 2019

                          sandbox vaultIt is very important after creating a vault in SOLIDWORKS PDM and going live to not try and make changes on the fly. Any changes should always be tested in a Sandbox vault (or test vault) first before carrying them over to your production vault. The steps it takes to create a Sandbox vault are effortless and you’ll be happy you took the time to create it. Making changes outside of a sandbox vault can cause irreversible setbacks. Here’s how it’s done.

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                          • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, 3D SCANNING

                            3D Scanning: What It Is, Applications & Cost

                            Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on February 20, 2019

                            3D scanningWith an estimated value of $32.78 billion by 2023, the 3D printing industry has become involved in industries ranging from medical and manufacturing to aerospace and automotive. And while most people are aware of the roles that 3D printers and additive manufacturing are playing in innovation, many are still unaware of the impact 3D scanning has had on design. Here is everything you need to know about 3D scanning.

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                              SOLIDWORKS 2020 Features Revealed

                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on February 14, 2019

                              SOLIDWORKS 2020One of the most exciting parts of attending SOLIDWORKS World is getting a sneak peek at the next version. During the last general session at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, attendees got to see lots of new updates and enhancements currently being developed for SOLIDWORKS 2020. Here’s a look at what’s to come in next year’s release.

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                                How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

                                Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on February 12, 2019

                                how to change units in solidworks simulationChanging units in SOLIDWORKS CAD itself is easy. If you’re working in inches but need to enter a metric dimension, it’s as simple as typing the dimensions with the units after it. Ever since the units dropdown was added to the bottom right of the graphics window, it couldn’t be easier. You can change the default units in a part drawing or assembly without accessing a special window or settings page. It’s so seamless; you can make a part in millimeters, make a drawing in inches, and an assembly in meters without any trouble.

                                Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation isn’t the same as using SOLIDWORKS CAD, so here are some tips for managing and changing units, significant figures (the accuracy of the number), and whether the units are displayed in scientific notation or standard notation.

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                                  SOLIDWORKS 2019 Large Design Review

                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on February 6, 2019

                                  SOLIDWORKS 2019 Large Design ReviewLarge Design Review is a capability that has been available in SOLIDWORKS for several years and is still available in SOLIDWORKS 2019. This capability allows users to open very large assemblies lightening fast giving you the ability to quickly interrogate models or conduct design reviews.

                                  In Large Design Review, users have access to the feature manager and it provides quick view manipulation to rapidly visualize and move around your assembly. The ability to measure distances, cut cross sections,  hide and show components, and do walkthroughs are also valuable tools to interrogate a large assembly.

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                                    SOLIDWORKS MBD: The Value of Model-Based Definition

                                    Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on February 5, 2019

                                    SOLIDWORKS MBDBack in the days before computers, designers and engineers had no choice but to do their work on paper. But the way design is done has evolved alongside new technologies, resulting in 3D models and a host of CAD software that makes it easier than ever to produce accurate and complex models that can be translated into real-world solutions.

                                    Despite this, 2D drawings have not completely fallen out of favor, and are oftentimes used within CAD software. This can become a time-consuming and tedious process for designers, who will often have less time for the actual design of the product. Model-based definition (MBD) solutions such as SOLIDWORKS MBD help remedy this problem by publishing directly into 3D data, saving valuable time in manufacturing processes.

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                                      How Does 3D Printing Work? What Are The Common Functions, Uses and Product Options for 3D Printers?

                                      Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on January 31, 2019

                                      How 3D Printing WorksWhat is 3D printing? 3D printing is the process of creating a three dimensional, physical object from a digital model. 3D printing is sometimes referred to as “additive manufacturing,” although this term is used more frequently within the manufacturing industry to describe 3D printing’s role in the industrial process.

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                                        SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019: New DXF & DWG Format Capabilities

                                        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 30, 2019

                                        solidworks pcb 2019 dxfDXF and DWG formats have been around for quite some time and different design groups have used these formats to exchange graphical data for different purposes. SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019 has added these output capabilities.

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                                          FEA Simulation: Performing Vibrational Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

                                          Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on January 29, 2019

                                          FEA SimulationFinite Element Analysis, simply called FEA simulation software, is used by engineers to optimize designs and reduce the number of physical prototypes during the product development process. Did you know that FEA simulation does not have to be limited to static analysis?

                                          Today, you can perform more advanced types of simulation such as vibrational analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation. With an ease-of-use similar to everyday FEA simulation capabilities, SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows you to simulate product behavior under real-life conditions that involve vibration. Common types of vibrational analysis include modal, time response, and frequency response.

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                                            Where is my SOLIDWORKS Design Library?

                                            Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on January 28, 2019

                                            where is my solidworks design libraryNearly every year when I teach a course on SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal to students at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I have to field a handful of concerns regarding the SOLIDWORKS design library. The two most common being “my design library is missing,” or SOLIDWORKS is asking “Are you trying to make a derived part” when trying to use forming tools. Admittedly, it’s rather frustrating to try and use a design library when it’s not available or doesn’t work properly.

                                            The issue these students have is always the same and can be remedied with a three-part solution. In this blog, I’ll cover those three steps to enable forming tools when they aren’t available. Let’s get started.

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                                              Top 10 SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks of 2018

                                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 25, 2019

                                              solidworks tips and tricksRegardless if you’re new to SOLIDWORKS or are a power user, learning about new tools or enhancements that allow you to design faster or easier is always a plus. We posted a ton of tutorials and SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks in 2018 on a range of different subjects to help you achieve your design goals. Let’s take a look back on the top 10.

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                                              • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                                                Our Top 10 3D Printing Blogs of 2018

                                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 23, 2019

                                                Top 10 3D Printing BlogsCompanies and industries from around the globe are breaking barriers and embracing the disruption that 3D printing and additive manufacturing is creating. In 2018, we covered a wide range of subjects from breakthrough materials to brand new 3D printers that are assisting with the medical industry and surgical models to aerospace parts and consumer goods packaging. In case you missed any, here’s a compilation of the top 10 3D Printing blogs we published in 2018. Enjoy.

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                                                • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, POLYJET

                                                  3D Printing in the Automotive Industry: Revving Up Production with the Stratasys J750

                                                  Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on January 22, 2019

                                                  3D printing in automotive industryThe automotive industry has changed in almost every way since its beginnings in the 1800s, with rapid advances in everything from design and production to the parts and materials used. Today, the latest innovations in the automotive industry are driven by 3D printing, so much so that the market is expected to reach $1.56 billion by 2020. The availability of new materials like nylon, Ultem, and carbon fiber have given manufacturers more options when it when to comes to automotive applications, and continued improvements to 3D printing technology have reduced costs across the board.

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                                                  • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, SOLIDWORKS

                                                    The Best of 2018: A Fisher Unitech Recap

                                                    Matt Wise by Matt Wise on January 18, 2019

                                                    Fisher Unitech Happy new year! 2019 is upon us and as we ring in the new year, let’s reflect on the old. Last year was significant for Fisher Unitech, its partners, customers, and staff. 2018 saw significant investment throughout our organization, including a move to our new state-of-the-art Headquarters (which was named one of Michigan’s best places to work). It saw technological advancements in hardware and software from our longtime partners Stratasys, SOLIDWORKS, and Artec (as well as some exciting new partnerships) that will help our customers continue to lead the world in manufacturing innovations. I’d take a few moments to recognize some of our shared achievements of 2018.

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                                                      SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019: Copper Traces and Decals

                                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 17, 2019

                                                      SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019In SOLIDWORKS 2019, there are new capabilities for PCB collaboration to be able to import copper as well as decals into SOLIDWORKS. The control can be found in the setting for the collaboration and the first thing you’ll want to use is turn the option off for copper. In my example, I’ve pushed my design from SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019 with the copper option off and opened it inside of SOLIDWORKS Mechanical. In the image to the left, you can see that the decals and graphical representation of the top and bottom layer and there is no inner layer for copper in the design.

                                                      By turning the copper representation on, we’re going to reimport this design from SOLIDWORKS PCB. This new design will bring in additional information for decals and copper representation on all layers.

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                                                        Getman Mines for Greater Efficiency and Profitability with SOLIDWORKS

                                                        David Sheridan by David Sheridan on January 17, 2019

                                                        Getman Corporation In 1954, Getman Brothers Construction Company entered the mining industry with the design and production of the Scoot-Crete. The small motorized wheelbarrow was used to transport concrete in municipal construction works ranging from parking ramps to roadworks. Perhaps its most famous use was in the effort to connect the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge between 1954 - 1957.

                                                        Today, Getman Corporation is headquartered in Bangor, Michigan and a global supplier of mobile equipment to the mining industry, offering customer-specific solutions to underground mines in the production and production support classes of equipment. All Getman equipment is designed with extensive research and development and supported with over sixty years of experience serving the underground mining industry.

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                                                          Automate Your Designs Now by Activating DriveWorksXpress

                                                          Aaron Winthers by Aaron Winthers on January 14, 2019

                                                          DriveWorksXpressDid you know that you have a powerful tool that’s fully loaded and ready to go sitting right in your seat of SOLIDWORKS? DriveWorksXpress can be used right now with your existing designs to transform them into easily configurable, time and money saving machines.

                                                          So if you’re an engineer who spends too much time modifying existing designs instead of creating new ones, DriveWorksXpress can substantially automate your process allowing you to focus more of your time doing what you love and what benefits your company most - new product development. Companies have been using DriveWorks design automation to accomplish exactly this for over a decade and have reduced their design time from days to just minutes. So with that, let’s dig into what DriveWorksXpress is.

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                                                            What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Drawings 2019

                                                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 12, 2019

                                                            SOLIDWORKS Drawings 2019SOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers powerful new productivity enhancements that make documenting your designs even faster. Users can now create a slice section through the model at any location using the new Removed Section view command. Simply select two opposed model edges and a view is created perpendicular to the section line eliminating the need to create any additional construction geometry. Keep reading to learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS Drawings 2019.

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                                                              Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation Webinar: What is Finite Element Analysis?

                                                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on January 11, 2019

                                                              SOLIDWORKS SimulationComing up with engineering concepts and designs is one thing. Understanding how that design will perform in real-world conditions is another. Is an assembly component strong enough? At what point will a part break? Could you use a different material to reduce manufacturing costs?

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                                                                Simulation Workflow: How to Improve Data Management Workflows

                                                                Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on January 8, 2019

                                                                simulation workflow With the advent of the Internet of Things and everything that comes along with it (including smart products and 3D printers) the way that companies do business and manufacture their products has become increasingly reliant on technology, and by extension, the data that powers and is produced by it. Designers and engineers creating products can leverage tools like 3D CAD and simulation software to create realistic models of their work, but with that comes even more data to manage. Fortunately, tools like SOLIDWORKS Simulation have begun to integrate capabilities that make it easier for users to better connect their CAD and simulation environments.

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                                                                • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, STRATASYS

                                                                  David Bolen, Stratasys Dental Strategic Account Manager | Spotlight Interview

                                                                  Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on January 7, 2019

                                                                  David Bolen InterviewDental is an enormous and growing target for 3D printing. With the combination of specialized model shops, dentists, and orthodontists, it isn’t just your local dentists that need this technology - the industry as a whole is being disrupted.

                                                                  I recently spoke to David Bolen, Strategic Account Manager at Stratasys about the current state of the dental and orthodontic technology, workflows, and manufacturing and how 3D printing is exponentially increasing throughput and efficiency within.

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                                                                    New Assembly Structure Features in SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019

                                                                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 6, 2019

                                                                    New Assembly Structure Features in SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019 delivers some fantastic new capabilities for creating and managing assembly structures. When viewing large assemblies that contain many branches, the new setting to control the display of file images for each node is a great way of maximizing the amount of screen area available.

                                                                    By using a new toggle on the options dialog box, file images can be hidden or shown giving you more control over how your assemblies are displayed. Traditionally, treehouse has always used the file name to identify each node on the structure. Now in SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019, users can use any available custom property as the display name instead.

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                                                                    • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, 3D PRINTING MATERIALS

                                                                      The Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition: Industrial 3D Printer at an Affordable Price

                                                                      Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on January 4, 2019

                                                                      fortus 380mc carbon fiber edition3D printers have been integrated into workflows and onto factory floors to cut down on lead times and save on costs. But anyone who has 3D printed for tough applications knows the initial investment in a 3D printer can be expensive. Tough applications need to produce prototypes, parts, and tooling that are reliable and strong, but this dependability and accuracy don’t come cheap. Luckily, 3D printing company Stratasys has corrected this issue with an affordable carbon fiber 3D printer: the Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition.

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                                                                      • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                                        Leveraging the Where Used Tab in SOLIDWORKS PDM for Standard Parts & Toolbox Components

                                                                        Jenny Johnson by Jenny Johnson on January 3, 2019

                                                                        Where used tab Do you ever need to know the specific where used of your parts with configurations in SOLIDWORKS PDM? Have you explored the options on the Where Used Tab?

                                                                        Depending on how you have your dropdown configured, you could be missing out on important information. If you select a file in SOLIDWORKS PDM and choose the Where Used Tab are you presented with many different options on how to filter the where used information. In this blog, we’re going to explore those options. Let’s get started.

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                                                                          SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019: Flexible First Article Inspection Reports

                                                                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 31, 2018

                                                                          SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 adds some powerful new enhancements that give you greater flexibility when generating first article inspection reports. When creating a new inspection project, you can now add custom properties from either the drawing or its associated model. Simply choose to add a new custom property, then choose from a list of predetermined property names stored in the project template.

                                                                          Selecting a new value displays all of the available custom properties on both the drawing and model. Any number of combination, with both drawing and model properties, can be added to a project enabling quality teams to leverage even more SOLIDWORKS design information. Keep reading to learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019.

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                                                                            Using XML documents as Templates in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                                            Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on December 27, 2018

                                                                            XML DocumentsXML Templates afford the most flexibility in styling your documents. With this method, the XML can be copied and repeated, while there will only be one associated XSLT file in the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault. The XSLT utilized Extensible Stylesheet Language to transform an XML file into a styled format for display and printing. It is important to note that the document can only be edited from the data card.

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                                                                            • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                                                                              7 Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Principles

                                                                              Simon Indrele by Simon Indrele on December 26, 2018

                                                                              design for additive manufacturing3D printing started in the 1980s and since then quite a few different technologies have developed. DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing) will be applied differently to different 3D printing technologies. Different technologies require different optimization techniques which is important to keep in mind.

                                                                              In this blog, we’re going to touch on PolyJet and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technologies. Let’s take a look.

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                                                                                Working in Tandem: SOLIDWORKS Inspection and SOLIDWORKS PDM (Part 3)

                                                                                Tom Starks by Tom Starks on December 11, 2018

                                                                                SOLIDWORKS InspectionIn this three-part blog series, we’ve been discussing SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS Inspection and, most importantly, using them together in harmony. In our scenario, our CAD revision control process has had extraordinary success with the use of SOLIDWORKS PDM and now we want that same success for the quality team using SOLIDWORKS Inspection. In part one, we uncovered the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Inspection as an add-in, as a standalone, and the ins and outs of SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional.

                                                                                In part two, I introduced the six questions (and answers) for a successful PDM vault implementation and how to change your data management strategy. These are the questions that will ultimately help you meet your data management plan. In this blog, I am going to walk you through that process. Let’s get started.

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                                                                                  SOLIDWORKS 2019 Touch and Gesture Sketching

                                                                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 10, 2018

                                                                                  solidworks 2019 touchSOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers a wealth of innovative new productivity enhancements that let you take advantage of the latest cutting-edge hardware technology. Now, when working on any Windows touch-enabled device, users can use a Microsoft Surface dial to pan, zoom, and rotate a model. Place the dial directly on the screen, press and hold, and the tools appear graphically at your fingertips directly on the digital table.

                                                                                  The dial keeps you completely in touch with your design by providing an exciting and immersive way of interacting with SOLIDWORKS using touch mode. Whether you design complex shapes or simple mechanical parts, SOLIDWORKS gesture sketching provides an innovative approach to capturing rapid-fire design ideas. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019, your hand sketched shapes can be automatically converted into splines. The resulting shape can be modified just like any other making it even easier to achieve any shape you desire.

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                                                                                    New SOLIDWORKS 2019 Defeature Tools

                                                                                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 7, 2018

                                                                                    SOLIDWORKS 2019 DefeatureIn SOLIDWORKS 2019 the defeature tool has been enhanced enabling users to massively defeature assemblies to remove unnecessary detail or to protect intellectual property. The new silhouette option is now available to help simplify an assembly based on the outlines of components and bodies. Keep reading to learn about all the new defeature tools in SOLIDWORKS 2019.

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                                                                                      Getting the Most out of a SOLIDWORKS Certification

                                                                                      Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on December 6, 2018

                                                                                      SOLIDWORKS CertificationI am a firm believer in the value of certifications. I am also unquestionably convinced that a SOLIDWORKS certification makes it easier to convince someone that you are more qualified than a non-certified competitor. What am I getting at? I’m an engineer licensed by the state of Michigan, and even though Michigan doesn’t require a license for an engineer working under an industrial exemption, it gives the assurance that I at least met the minimum requirements of the State of Michigan for obtaining a PE license.

                                                                                      Having a PE license and being a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert made getting hired much easier than it would have been without those qualifications. So if you’re a recent college grad, looking for a first job, or looking for a career change, you likely won’t have much experience. A SOLIDWORKS certification can make all the difference - here’s why.

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                                                                                      • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, STRATASYS

                                                                                        Improving 3D Print Parts Services with the F900

                                                                                        Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on December 5, 2018

                                                                                        3d print partsAs a top reseller of Stratasys products, Fisher Unitech is always looking for new ways to innovate its own processes and services. We recently invested in our own Stratasys F900 3D printer for our Pleasant Ridge, Michigan headquarters to improve our 3D print parts services and give customers the opportunity to see the printer in person before they buy. The F900 has a number of capabilities that are well-suited to 3D print parts production, and customers can expect even better quality and faster turnaround from us in the future!

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                                                                                        • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                                                          SOLIDWORKS 2019 Mesh Data and Part Delighters

                                                                                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 3, 2018

                                                                                          solidworks 2019 mesh dataComplex shapes are widespread in today’s world and are often produced using industrial design tools or carved to make physical models - they still need to be manufactured. Common workflow to complete the engineering process is to leverage these designs from mesh data or scanned data. SOLIDWORKS 2019 provides several new tools to help leverage this data to create production parts and some handy new part modeling tools that are sure to delight. My example is a handle that originated from mesh data. Let’s take a look at how it was built.

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                                                                                          • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                                                            Using Excel as a Reporting Tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                                                            Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on November 30, 2018

                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS PDM AdminSome SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators want to gain more use of their data. Installing and using Reporting in SQL Server can be very powerful, but it requires a foundation of knowledge in setting up reports, permissions, and additional installations that some companies are not willing to give a PDM administrator.

                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS PDM can also generate reports using the Report Generator, but it can only deliver the results in table format. Reporting in Excel can be more flexible and allow you to analyze the data with formulas and graphs without the need for installing and setting up the SQL Server Reporting Services. There are a few ways to import SQL data into Excel, but this is one way it can be done.

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                                                                                            • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

                                                                                              SOLIDWORKS Education: Encouraging Student Success

                                                                                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on November 29, 2018

                                                                                              SOLIDWORKS educationIf you’re a teacher or a student who headed back to school this year, you probably thought you had all of the essentials down: pencils, binders, etc. But if you’re preparing to work in the STEM field, you’ll need more than books and paper to succeed. With STEM degree holders enjoying higher earnings and a growing job market, this popular field requires students to keep pace with new technologies and concepts to be ready in the workforce. Luckily, CAD leaders like SOLIDWORKS are making it easier for educators to prepare their students with special packages like SOLIDWORKS for Educators. Here’s what you need to know about encouraging student success with a solid SOLIDWORKS education.

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                                                                                              • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                                                                SOLIDWORKS 2019 New Group Mates Features

                                                                                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 28, 2018

                                                                                                group matesWhen working with assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, it can be easy to accumulate a lot of mates. With the new option to group mates in SOLIDWORKS 2019, users will find it much easier to navigate the mate folder. You can now group mates by status or separate fasteners. When grouped by status, mates are separated into folders. Keep reading to see more assembly features in SOLIDWORKS 2019.

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                                                                                                • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                                                                                                  The Best of 3D Post-Printing: PostProcess Technologies

                                                                                                  Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on November 26, 2018

                                                                                                  post processing in 3d printingAdditive manufacturing is on the rise; according to a report by Markets and Markets, the 3D printing industry is expected to be worth $32.78 billion by 2023. Defined by innovation and breakthrough technology, the use of additive manufacturing has impacted almost every industry by streamlining processes, saving money, and creating entirely new ways of doing work. Unfortunately, this innovation has not yet carried over to post-processing methods, which are typically still carried out in traditional and time-intensive ways - but companies like PostProcess Technologies are stepping up to innovate post-processing and help manufacturers save time and money.

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                                                                                                  • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                                                                    The Best of SOLIDWORKS 2019 (Part 2)

                                                                                                    James Reeher by James Reeher on November 21, 2018

                                                                                                    best SOLIDWORKS 2019Welcome to part two of our blog series where we’re discussing the best of SOLIDWORKS 2019. In part one, we gave a little bit of background information regarding the Canada- France - Hawaii telescope which is the backdrop for the SOLIDWORKS 2019 documentation.

                                                                                                    Also in part one, we discussed the best of the best enhancements surrounding large design review, treehouse, MBD, CAM, Simulation, and eDrawing among others. Let’s get started.

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                                                                                                    • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                                                                      The Best of SOLIDWORKS 2019 (Part 1)

                                                                                                      Paul Kutolowski by Paul Kutolowski on November 19, 2018

                                                                                                      SOLIDWORKS 2019The SOLIDWORKS 2019 backdrop for SOLIDWORKS documentation is focused on the Canada - France - Hawaii Telescope which was built (or started at least) in 1979, long before CAD and recently they decided to update it using SOLIDWORKS to document the entire structure.

                                                                                                      The lower portion of the Canda-France-Hawaii observatory encloses three floors of shops and meeting rooms as well as the spherical shape at the top which is holding the telescope. All of that had to be digitized and that’s where SOLIDWORKS came in. Let's take a look at some of the best new features and enhancements for the latest release.

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