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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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              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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                  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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                    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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                        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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                          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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                          • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, DESKTOP METAL

                            Desktop Metal Studio System Revealed at Fisher Unitech Headquarters

                            Stacey Clement by Stacey Clement on November 16, 2018

                            Desktop Metal StudioChristmas came early at our Fisher Unitech Headquarters this year with the arrival of our first Desktop Metal Studio System 3D printer, which includes the printer, debinder, and furnace. The Desktop Metal Studio System is the first 3D metal printer that is safe, cost-effective, and easy-to-use in the office.

                            We announced our Fisher Unitech and Desktop Metal partnership back in August 2017 and since then Desktop Metal 3D printers remain the first of their kind on the market. Here are just a few benefits of metal 3D printing and the innovations our Desktop Metal Studio System will bring.

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                            • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                              SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019: Nonlinear Pins & Topology Study

                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 16, 2018

                              SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Simulation studies usually begin with a static study set up but they often need to move into non-linear studies.  New for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, static studies with contact and connectors can be copied or dragged and dropped into nonlinear and dynamic studies.

                              All the connectors in contact sets come across and can be edited. In addition, pin connectors can now have up to ten faces inside of nonlinear studies similar to how they are in linear studies today. Now, when we move to our results, we have new options for these nonlinear pins to see the forces at each segment along the pin helping to save you a ton of time in generating reports and understanding the assemblies behavior.

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                              • POSTED IN FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING (FDM), 3D PRINTING MATERIALS

                                Introducing Breakthrough TPU Material: Stratasys TPU 92A

                                Stacey Clement by Stacey Clement on November 16, 2018

                                TPU materialTraditional elastomer prototyping options such as non-FDM or FFF ( Fused Filament Fabrication) additive manufacturing isn’t always ideal. These methods often offer high-cost, limited geometries, can take up to one week, and can’t always create complex geometries. Non-FDM additive manufacturing solutions also offer limited build sizes, higher total part costs, and usually, require an external service bureau. Lower priced options like FFF additive manufacturing have labor-intensive support removal, poor support interface surfaces, and limited part complexity. Although the price may seem most affordable at a glance, the total cost of ownership is high.

                                So what is the better option? Resilience - the ability to stretch or compress greatly while not losing shape (and no, I’m not talking about touching your toes). This is the key difference between elastomers, like TPU material, and rigid polymers.

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                                • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                  SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019: New Authoring Tools and PDM Integration

                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 15, 2018

                                  SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 not only has modernized icons for enhanced visibility, but the command search has been added and the ribbon to make it easier to find and run and command. This is especially helpful for new commands like select adjacent parts to include neighboring parts in our selection. We can run selected adjacent multiple times in a row to get additional actors of interest and the updated status bar gives us instant feedback on our selection.

                                  To recall a previous selection, we can use selection sets but digging through too many selection sets can be costly. With SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 however, we can further organize selection sets and hot spots by creating groups.

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                                  • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, STRATASYS

                                    Driving Innovation in the Automotive Industry: Prototypes, Tooling and More

                                    Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on November 14, 2018

                                    future of automotive industrySince the days of the assembly line, the automotive industry has been known for driving innovation by adapting to changing consumer needs and taking advantage of new technologies. Today, the future of the automotive industry is strongly connected to the innovative power of additive manufacturing and the many ways it can save time and money. SmarTech Publishing expects the overall automotive additive manufacturing market to reach revenues of $5.3 billion USD in 2023, with a growth to $12.4 billion by 2028.

                                    How is this possible? Additive manufacturing drives innovation for automotive and other industries by working faster, cheaper, and more efficiently than traditional processes, allowing companies to produce everything from prototype parts to end products. Here’s what you need to know about additive manufacturing in the automotive industry, and what you can expect in the future.

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                                      SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids

                                      Stacey Clement by Stacey Clement on November 13, 2018

                                      SOLIDWORKS Apps for KidsWith SOLIDWORKS educational products being utilized at over 80% of the world’s top engineering schools, anyone interested in computer-aided design (CAD) would be wise to learn the software as early as possible. Although many students first gain exposure to SOLIDWORKS and other CAD products in high school, SOLIDWORKS recently introduced a way for an even younger audience to start honing their design skills: SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids.

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                                      • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                                        Jeff Mize, CEO of PostProcess Technologies | Spotlight Interview

                                        Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on November 12, 2018

                                        surface finishI recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Mize, CEO of PostProcess Technologies to dive into what his team is working on and what’s to come. Jeff Mize spearheads a team of over 50 people based out of Buffalo, New York, who are continually developing and reiterating their streamlined and automated PostProcess to 3D printing, consisting of specifically tailored chemistry, hardware, and software.

                                        Jeff is an accomplished technical leader, leading two previous companies to billion and multi-billion dollar acquisitions. Although he is relatively new to 3D printing, there is a theme to his career. First, he digitized maps, then farming data, and now - post-processing of 3D printing. Here’s what Jeff had to say during his spotlight interview.

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                                        • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                          SOLIDWORKS 2019 Graphics Performance Boost for Large Assemblies

                                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 12, 2018

                                          SOLIDWORKS 2019 Graphics PerformanceWhen working with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, view manipulation is vital to the user experience. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has worked hard to optimize view manipulation on the screen. For instance, large assembly mode will disable model edges, shadows, real view, and more. Keep reading to find out how SOLIDWORKS 2019 improved graphics performance.

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                                          • POSTED IN CAM, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                            SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019: Turning Enhancements

                                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 11, 2018

                                            SOLIDWORKS CAM Turning 2019Tolerance based machining in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 introduces some powerful new capabilities that dramatically reduce the time required to generate CNC programs for turned parts with close tolerances and surface finish requirements.

                                            Leveraging DimXpert dimensions and model base definition information applied directly to the model, SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 automatically applies your preferred machining strategies so the part based on the tolerance scheme with just a single button click.

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                                            • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS PCB, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                              New Component Flip, Fix, and Search Features in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019

                                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 7, 2018

                                              SOLIDWORKS PCB CollaborationIn SOLIDWORKS 2019 Mechanical and PCB collaborate in one ecosystem effortlessly. With this collaboration, SOLIDWORKS 2019 added new support for flipping and fixing or locking components. Keep reading to learn more about these new features and see them in action.

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                                                SOLIDWORKS CAM Training Webinar: How to Take Your Part from CAD to CAM

                                                Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on November 5, 2018

                                                SOLIDWORKS CAM TrainingIf you’re an engineer, you’re likely strapped for time and juggling multiple projects. The software you use can make or break your productivity, and not all products are created equally. Software like SOLIDWORKS CAM makes it easier to get your work done with features that smooth out processes, give you better oversight, and help create a better end product.

                                                This free SOLIDWORKS CAM tutorial will help you get started with SOLIDWORKS CAM and show how you can take your part from CAD to CAM in the same program. Here’s what you need to know if you’re just getting started with SOLIDWORKS or CAM software.

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                                                  SOLIDWORKS 2019 Weldments and Multi-Body Interference Detection

                                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 3, 2018

                                                  SOLIDWORKS 2019 WeldmentsWeldments are a key feature of many designs and SOLIDWORKS has long been an innovator of providing tools to create weldments such as this structure to support the telescope in this Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer. Let’s take a look at how this structure can be created using SOLIDWORKS 2019 weldments features.

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                                                  • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                    Replacing Control Logic with a Tab Control: SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip

                                                    Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on November 2, 2018

                                                    Control LogicControl Logic is a powerful tool for use in SOLIDWORKS PDM, but it does come with its limitations. Control Logic conditions can only be assigned to one control at a time. This means that if you have many controls that need to be shown or hidden at once, each one will need to be individually set up with Control Logic.

                                                    Also, there isn’t a tooltip or other visual aid when editing a data card that would let the administrator know that Control Logic has been used. This can be frustrating if more than one administrator is modifying the data cards. The only way to see that Control Logic was employed is to enter the correct interface from each control on the card.

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                                                    • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, CAM, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                      SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019: New and Improved Milling Features

                                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 2, 2018

                                                      SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 Milling SOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers some great new CAM milling features that will help you reduce the time it takes to program your parts. Configurations in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 is a great time saver that enables you to define multiple manufacturing setups within a single part or assembly. Learn more about configurations and a slew of other new enhancements that can help you improve quality and reduce the time required to generate NC programs.

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                                                        6 Questions (and Answers) for a Successful PDM Vault Implementation (Part 2)

                                                        Tom Starks by Tom Starks on November 1, 2018

                                                        PDM VaultBringing together two SOLIDWORKS tools can result in tremendous improvements to your overall workflow and business potential. However, the road to utopia can often be bumpy or, quite frankly, confusing. Just say your CAD revision control process is flourishing thanks to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and now you want that same success for your quality team with the help of SOLIDWORKS Inspection.

                                                        In part one of this blog series, I ran through what SOLIDWORKS Inspection can do and introduced how to incorporate it within SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. When SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is installed, there are six crucial questions you’ll need to answer when creating your data management plan. In this blog, I’m discussing in detail how these questions can affect your overall strategy.

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                                                        • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, STRATASYS

                                                          3D Printing Packaging & Consumer Goods: Custom Designs, Lower Costs

                                                          Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on October 31, 2018

                                                          3d printing packagingWe’ve all heard that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but there’s no denying that appearances matter - at least when it comes to consumer packaging. A 2015 study found that 84% of consumers agreed that “package designs have a significant impact on their buying behavior.”

                                                          The way we design, produce, and package consumer goods all contribute to their success in the market, but traditional design and prototyping processes can be costly and time-consuming. Companies looking to gain a competitive edge need to move quickly and efficiently in order to be successful.

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                                                          • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                            SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View Enhancements

                                                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 30, 2018

                                                            SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded ViewExploded views are a great way to communicate exactly how assemblies come apart and go together. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, creating and editing exploded views is even easier. One new feature is a rollback bar is available when working with exploded views. This new rollback bar works just like the rollback bar in the Feature Manager and can be dragged up and down the tree to help users visualize an explode sequence step-by-step. Keep reading to find out what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View.

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                                                            • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, ELECTRICAL

                                                              How to Import Symbols into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

                                                              Ken Reinert by Ken Reinert on October 29, 2018

                                                              SOLIDWORKS Electrical SchematicIf you’ve used SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Professional or Standard then you know how easy it is to develop your electrical systems thanks to the integrated library database which houses thousands of symbols and tools that can be used throughout your design. However, it is sometimes necessary to import a symbol into the symbol library in lieu of creating a symbol from scratch or modifying an existing symbol.

                                                              In this quick tip, I’ll show you how to import symbols into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic quickly and easily so you can continue your electrical design without a hitch. Let’s get started.

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                                                              • POSTED IN DRIVEWORKS

                                                                Design Automation Tools: Finding Value for Your Business

                                                                Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on October 29, 2018

                                                                design automation tools If you work in design, you know there are often repetitive tasks that can become costly, time-consuming and frankly, boring. If you’re looking for a way to work more efficiently in less time, there are solutions that exist - and when used correctly, they can provide a huge value to your business. Design automation software like DriveWorks can you save and time and money by reducing errors, streamlining processes, and automating redundant processes.

                                                                If you’re in the market for a design automation solution or vendor, watch out 30-minute recorded webinar for case studies and real-world examples on the business value of DriveWorks. Expert Aaron Winthers will show you the quickest and easiest ways to capture SOLIDWORKS model information and generate automated parts, assemblies, and drawings, while also providing insight into how your business can lower costs and increase revenue with design automation.

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                                                                  Uninterrupted Workflow: SOLIDWORKS 2019 User Experience Enhancements

                                                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 27, 2018

                                                                  SOLIDWORKS 2019 User ExperienceSOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces some great new capabilities that not only improve the user experience but increase your daily productivity. Providing quick access to your designs the welcome page now lists up to 100 of your most recently opened documents. Each document is displayed with its own preview, and the new quick filter can be used to re-find the list by displaying only parts, assemblies, or drawings. Keep reading to see an example surrounding new features that improve the SOLIDWORKS 2019 user experience.

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                                                                  • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, CAD

                                                                    Celebrating Manufacturing Day with Students at Make It: Manufacturing

                                                                    Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on October 26, 2018

                                                                    Manufacturing DayOn October 9th, Fisher Unitech hosted students from Ferndale and Hazel Park public schools during an event called “Make It: Manufacturing” at our Iron Ridge headquarters in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. This was the second event organized by Pathway X Events that Fisher Unitech has sponsored and it was as rewarding for all involved as the first event called “Build IT.”

                                                                    Why? Because Pathway X Events is helping kids learn about opportunities in manufacturing and other high demand careers through engaging, hands-on activities. This is a cause that Fisher Unitech can get behind. Plus, what fun to spend another inspiring day with young people to introduce them to 3D printing and 3D design software used in manufacturing.

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                                                                    • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                                                                      Alive or Dead? RTV Molding in Additive Manufacturing

                                                                      Derek Ellis by Derek Ellis on October 25, 2018

                                                                      RTV moldingFisher Unitech recently exhibited at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) conference and tradeshow in Chicago, Illinois. At IMTS we showcased our newest product lines from PostProcess Technologies and Nano Dimension as well as Artec 3D scanners and Stratasys 3D printers. I noticed that the majority of the crowd I saw were young engineers who had grown up in the transformative age of 3D Printing. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of them had ever even heard of RTV silicone molding, let alone used it. Have you?

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                                                                      • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION, SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS

                                                                        SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tutorial: Using the Soft Spring Method

                                                                        Drew Buchanan by Drew Buchanan on October 24, 2018

                                                                        SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorialImagine it’s 4:48 PM on a Friday and you’re running a static simulation in SOLIDWORKS Simulation when this message pops up, “Model may not have adequate fixtures.” As you slam your fist against your desk, you wonder if you’re going to be able to get this analysis finished in time. In this SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorial, I’m going to show you a great new technique to overcome this pesky error and help you get the simulation results you need in order to meet your deadlines!

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                                                                          New Features Improve Collaboration in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019

                                                                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 23, 2018

                                                                          SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019When you design a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) there are often times when you need to create barriers or height restrictions for component placements as envelopes. To do that, you can place a component called envelope. Once placed, you can change the component properties to be an envelope. You can then mate it into the position where you want the envelope to be placed on your printed circuit board.

                                                                          Once complete, you can then push the changes to SOLIDWORKS PCB using Collaboration and pull the change with the addition of the envelope. You can preview the changes, accept them, and the envelope will be placed on the board in the exact location as in mCAD. Later, you can add chamfers in the upper corners to match the additions. This is a powerful and efficient way to create restrictions inside of SOLIDWORKS mechanical and push them over for collaboration with SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019.

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                                                                          • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                            Stratasys GrabCAD Print and uPrint 3D Printer Bring SOLIDWORKS Model to Life

                                                                            Madison Bryce by Madison Bryce on October 22, 2018

                                                                            Stratasys GrabCADWelcome back to my blog series where I’m taking the concept of a fully automated drink dispenser and turning it into a real-life machine with the help of Stratasys GrabCAD Print and a Stratasys uPrint 3D Printer. In my first blog, I created a fully functional model using SOLIDWORKS. In my second blog, I created animations using motion studies SOLIDWORKS to see how the machine will move. In this blog, I demonstrate how I actually printed parts of the machine using a Stratasys 3D printer.

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                                                                            • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, ELECTRICAL, SOLIDWORKS PCB

                                                                              Smart Products & Design for the Internet of Things

                                                                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on October 16, 2018

                                                                              smart productsIf you’ve worked in business you’ve probably heard that it’s important to “fail fast,” but what exactly does this mean? It certainly doesn’t mean that your business should fail quickly, or you should fire an employee at the first sign of trouble. Instead, “failing fast,” should be about embracing small tests, moving quickly, and pivoting if you fail. This is especially true in experimental areas like the Internet of Things (IoT), which is spreading rapidly across industries and driven by innovation. Companies that can create new applications for IoT and the smart products that support them will ultimately be the winners in a market expected to reach a value of $267 billion by 2020.

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                                                                                SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019: New Security Settings and More

                                                                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 16, 2018

                                                                                SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019 (Model Based Definition) is a powerful solution that enables designers and manufacturers to create and communicate critical design information via the model. SOLIDWORKS 2019 adds support for sheet metal annotations and bend notes can now be automatically inserted directly onto a components flat pattern view explaining each bend direction, angle, and radius. For components that contain many bends a tabular display of the bend details is often the preferred method of capturing and viewing the information.

                                                                                Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can capture all of your manufacturing information in a bend table. When a bend table is inserted, each bend on the components flat pattern view is tagged in relation to the table. This, combined with the tabulated bend information enables you to now detail your sheet metal designs in the same manner as a traditional drawing. When finished, all the information can be captured with a 3D view ready to be shared with other members of your design team and organization.

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                                                                                • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                                                  Deleting Already Used Workflows and States in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                                                  Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on October 15, 2018

                                                                                  workflows and statesIf you’re a SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrator, you have most likely run into this issue: You need to change your workflow but if you try to delete a workflow state and save you get the dreaded message “The workflow was successfully saved but some states could not be deleted since there are files that are or have been in those states.”

                                                                                  The reason this is strictly controlled is because of the file history. If the file is ever rolled back to the point in time it was in that workflow state, it needs to exist.

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                                                                                    What’s New in eDrawings | SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                                                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 12, 2018

                                                                                    eDrawings 2019eDrawings is an excellent tool for viewing CAD models and now gets even more valuable in 2019. eDrawings 2019 now supports several new CAD file formats. Parasolid, Solid Edge, Acis, JT, and NX files are now supported for viewing making eDrawings your go-to choice for CAD file viewing.

                                                                                    Viewing configuration data has always been available for exported EPRT and e-Assembly files. Now with eDrawings 2019, configuration data can be viewed for native SOLIDWORKS parts and assembly files saving the step of exporting the data to eDrawings format. Keep reading to learn more.

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                                                                                      SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D Markup: A Better Way to Communicate Design Ideas

                                                                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 9, 2018

                                                                                      SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D MarkupGood communication among design stakeholders is essential to any successful design process. SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces a brand new way to communicate your design ideas by enabling you to add markups directly to parts and assemblies when using a touch device with the release of  SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D Markup.

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                                                                                        How to Leverage SOLIDWORKS Inspection & SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Part 1)

                                                                                        Tom Starks by Tom Starks on October 8, 2018

                                                                                        SOLIDWORKS InspectionJust say you use SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional to manage your 3D CAD revision control process and you recently purchased SOLIDWORKS Inspection for your Quality team. In order to start leveraging SOLIDWORKS Inspection and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with your inspection process, you must first understand that planning is key. In part one of this blog series, we will first discuss what capabilities are available within SOLIDWORKS Inspection and how they can be incorporated with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.  

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                                                                                        • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

                                                                                          Manufacturing Day 2018

                                                                                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 5, 2018

                                                                                          manufacturing day 2018Happy Manufacturing Day 2018! Celebrated this year on October 5th, 2018, manufacturers everywhere are recognized for their achievements to streamline and challenge the modern world. With the rise of Industry 4.0 (or the Fourth Industrial Revolution) manufacturers are continuing to bring new products and ideas to life to help improve communicative capabilities and integrated data.

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                                                                                            How to Make a Sphere in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                            Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on October 3, 2018

                                                                                            how to make a sphere in solidworksHistorically, whenever I’ve taught our SOLIDWORKS Essentials training class, I’ve imparted to following advice: Let’s start simple and let’s start with the basics. Oh, but you design airplanes? Dredging systems? Floor plans? To me, it doesn’t really matter. You can’t skip steps. If you start out small, you can scale your skills swiftly.

                                                                                            Figuratively-speaking, that means you should start with primitives. In computer programming, this means understanding data types like integers (1, 5, 17, etc.) and strings (“Hello world!”) first of all. In 3D CAD modeling, this means learning the primitive shapes, like how to model cubes and how to model spheres in SOLIDWORKS.

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                                                                                              Jigs and Fixtures: Changing the Factory Floor with 3D Printing

                                                                                              Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on October 1, 2018

                                                                                              jigs and fixturesAs we move deeper into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0), it becomes increasingly important that companies adopt new technology and innovate - or risk getting left behind. From automotive and aerospace to medical and consumer goods, industries have changed the way they work to create smarter and more efficient processes and products. 3D printing has been a strong driving force in this revolution and is now gaining prominence on factory floors for its ability to create manufacturing tools like jigs and fixtures faster and more efficiently. Here’s how 3D printing is changing the factory floor.

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                                                                                                Installing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Server

                                                                                                Heather Dawe by Heather Dawe on September 27, 2018

                                                                                              • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                                                                                Installing the SOLIDWORKS PDM Client

                                                                                                Heather Dawe by Heather Dawe on September 24, 2018

                                                                                              • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS

                                                                                                How to Scale in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                                Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on September 21, 2018

                                                                                                how to scale in solidworksSay you just modeled a sheet metal bracket and it has a couple of cuts and some flanges on its end. Now you have to make another one that is exactly twice as large as well as another that is half the current size. How would one accomplish this? Well, just like all things in SOLIDWORKS there are multiple ways to do so. One way is using the Scale tool which I’ll discuss the benefits and disadvantages of - at a practical level - in this blog post. Let’s take a look at how to scale in SOLIDWORKS.

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                                                                                                  Come See What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                                                                  Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on September 21, 2018

                                                                                                  SOLIDWORKS 2019If you’re wondering what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2019, don’t miss the chance to see its powerful new capabilities at a launch event. Each year we take the show on the road with product demonstrations, use case examples and tips and tricks so you can see the top new features and enhancements in the latest release of SOLIDWORKS first hand.

                                                                                                  If that isn’t enough, our SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch events provide a valuable chance for you get out, interact with other product development experts and peers and gain some new insights into best practices that you can bring back to your organization to improve your day-to-day productivity and processes, including the latest in additive manufacturing technologies. Read on to learn more about Fisher Unitech’s  SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch events and where you can join us.

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