SOLIDWORKS CAM is an add-on to SOLIDWORKS CAD that is packed with a variety of features from 2.5 axis milling to 2 axis turning. A frequent question I receive from CAM users is “how do I create a toolpath for a threaded hole in SOLIDWORKS CAM?” There are two methods to accomplish the programming of a threaded hole in SOLIDWORKS CAM: starting with the hold wizard or starting with a simple extrude cut. In this blog, I’ll cover both of those methods. Let’s take a look.
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Programming Threaded Holes in SOLIDWORKS CAMby Amanda Osbun on December 18, 2019
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The Difference Between Auto-Recover and Backup Functions in SOLIDWORKSby Laura Nickerson on December 6, 2019
A good practice when working in SOLIDWORKS is to save your work regularly and to save it often. SOLIDWORKS provides two functions to help prevent data loss in case the software unexpectedly terminates: auto-recover and backup. See side-by-side comparisons and the difference between the auto-recover function and backup function here.
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How to Change Default Options in Insight Softwareby Dan Erickson on December 4, 2019
Insight software is Stratasys' Advanced Slicer for Fortus and F123 Series FDM printers, allowing unparalleled customization of settings on a layer-by-layer basis. We hold a class every month to teach everything this tool has to offer, but even a little Insight can go a long way. So it's worth becoming at least familiar with the tool. Today I'll cover a simple foundational workflow that will make you a more effective Insight user, no matter your skill level. Read on to learn how to change the default settings in Insight.
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10 New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020 CADby Angelle Erickson on December 3, 2019
SOLIDWORKS 2020 introduces a portfolio jam-packed with new enhancements and capabilities to improve collaboration, productivity, and user experience when performing daily design work. Here are ten new SOLIDWORKS 2020 CAD upgrades to enjoy in the latest software release.
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Upgrading to a New Version of SOLIDWORKS | How-To Guideby Lindsay Early on November 21, 2019
The release of a new version of SOLIDWORKS is always exciting, but making the upgrade on your own can seem like a daunting task. To make sure you have a successful upgrade, we’ve put together this ultimate guide to get you up and running and back to designing in no time.
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Changing Material Colors for FDM 3D Printers | A Tip from a Techby Travis Testerman on November 12, 2019
Stratasys FDM 3D Printers like the F900 and those in the F123 Series can print a variety of colors in ABS and ASA. Swapping between colors of the same material is a fairly simple process since the printer doesn’t require a tip change or recalibration - just unload the old material and reload the new one.
However, depending on what color is being swapped out, it may be necessary to perform an extra purge from the tip in order to fully flush out the old material. This step is especially critical when changing out a dark color (e.g. black or blue) to a lighter color such as ivory. Keep reading for more tips and tricks for color changing on FDM 3D Printers.
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School Spotlight: The University of Michigan and 3D Printingby Angelle Erickson on November 1, 2019
At the end of 2018, DELOITTE Global predicted that “sales related to 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) by large public companies—including enterprise 3D printers, materials, and services—will surpass US$2.7 billion in 2019 and top US$3 billion in 2020.”
With the industry accelerating so rapidly, it’s important for universities to develop higher education programs that meet the demands of the future workforce and train students in CAD programs, additive manufacturing, and other 3D printing technologies. As a company headquartered in Michigan, Fisher Unitech appreciates the efforts of nearby schools to raise awareness around 3D printing and to educate the next generation of innovators. We decided to highlight the University of Michigan’s advancements in 3D printing, which have already been noticed by others in the industry; in 2017, the University of Michigan was recognized by 3D Forged as one of the top 3D printing schools in the country for its 3D printing facilities and contributions to the industry.
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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Hardware Requirements: The Best Processor, Memory, and Hard Driveby Drew Buchanan on October 31, 2019
SOLIDWORKS Simulation is an FEA (Finite Element Analysis) product that allows users to validate and test designs quickly and efficiently. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation, users can make changes to a geometry and retest designs to see how changes will affect the results. However, one of the most important factors that a user must be aware of is Simulation hardware requirements. This blog provides optimum hardware specifications for SOLIDWORKS Simulation to ensure that FEA problems are solved efficiently.
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Everything New in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020by Angelle Erickson on October 28, 2019
SOLIDWORKS CAM introduced as an add-in to SOLIDWORKS CAD in 2018, is a powerful tool that helps prepare designs for manufacturability early in the development cycle. SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020 comes equipped with even smarter features and functionality to complete your products faster than ever.
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How to Upgrade Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Serverby Lindsay Early on October 24, 2019
If it’s time to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS PDM servers, the task may seem a bit daunting. This guide will help you with everything you need to know and walk you through the process step-by-step to make sure you perform a successful PDM upgrade. Let’s get started.
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Need a Custom Tool? Make it! | A 3D Printing Tech Tipby Josh Humphrey on October 18, 2019
Preventative maintenance is important if you own a 3D printer. For FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D Printers, chamber fans keep the build chamber at the proper uniform temperature. As part of regular preventative maintenance, these fans need to be periodically replaced, but it's a bit of a tricky process. As a 3D printing Field Service Technician, I thought to myself, “what a great opportunity to use additive manufacturing!” To complete this task, the team here decided to 3D print a tool in-house to make the job easier. Here’s what we made.
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The Finished Product: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 10)by Laura Nickerson on October 17, 2019
At this stage in our Design to Manufacturing Series, we’re starting to wrap up our headset/cellphone project. The industrial design of the “Transporter Project” and the “Holster Project” share the same family look and design details. It’s important to vary the aesthetic so that each product stands out on its own.
With the help of SOLIDWORKS Visualize, the Industrial Designers could explore different surface treatments, colors, and LED configurations. SOLIDWORKS Visualize has a very intuitive, “what you see is what you get” interface, and the recent A.I Denoiser (which filters out noise from unfinished or noisy images) lets you create renderings nearly in real-time. It is operational in Fast and Accurate render modes for both setting up your renderings and rendering out any format (images, animations, Interactive, 360-VR, etc.) A rendering that would take several hours in previous versions now takes several minutes.
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Fisher Unitech Joins the Computer Aided Technology Familyby Angelle Erickson on October 15, 2019
Fisher Unitech announced today that they have merged with industry leader Computer Aided Technology (CATI). This merger expands their footprint in providing SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and Stratasys 3D Printers into the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas. We’ve highlighted some frequently asked questions and explain what this acquisition means here.
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Everything New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020: User Rights, Reports, and Moreby Angelle Erickson on October 11, 2019
SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a powerful tool that lets you design and place electrical schematics and components in an easy-to-use, collaborative environment. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 has added new features and functionality for reports, leader lines, user rights, and more. Learn more about these new enhancements and find out more about what SOLIDWORKS 2020 has to offer here.
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Learning SOLIDWORKS PDM with PDM Trainingby Tom Starks on October 9, 2019
There are many benefits to using product data management (PDM) software in project management; when used correctly, PDM can simplify the management of your engineering data, eliminate concerns about data loss, and simplify workflow. But for employees who have never used PDM before (or are not familiar with a certain PDM software), navigating the PDM environment can become time-consuming and less effective than it would be with a more experienced user. This is where PDM training comes in.