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  • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, CAM

    Programming Threaded Holes in SOLIDWORKS CAM

    Amanda Osbun by Amanda Osbun on December 18, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS CAM TutorialSOLIDWORKS 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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    • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS

      The Difference Between Auto-Recover and Backup Functions in SOLIDWORKS

      Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on December 6, 2019

      SOLIDWORKS auto recover vs solidworks backupA 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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      • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, 3D PRINTING TECH TIP

        How to Change Default Options in Insight Software

        Dan Erickson by Dan Erickson on December 4, 2019

        insight software 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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        • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, CAD

          10 New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020 CAD

          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 3, 2019

          SOLIDWORKS 2020 CADSOLIDWORKS 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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          • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS

            Upgrading to a New Version of SOLIDWORKS | How-To Guide

            Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on November 21, 2019

            upgrade new version of solidworks 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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            • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING MATERIALS, 3D PRINTING TECH TIP

              Changing Material Colors for FDM 3D Printers | A Tip from a Tech

              Travis Testerman by Travis Testerman on November 12, 2019

              changing color fdm materialStratasys 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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              • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                School Spotlight: The University of Michigan and 3D Printing

                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 1, 2019

                University of Michigan 3D printingAt the end of 2018, DELOITTE Global predicted thatsales 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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                • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION

                  SOLIDWORKS Simulation Hardware Requirements: The Best Processor, Memory, and Hard Drive

                  Drew Buchanan by Drew Buchanan on October 31, 2019

                  Simulation Hardware requirementsSOLIDWORKS 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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                  • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, CAM

                    Everything New in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020

                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 28, 2019

                    SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020SOLIDWORKS 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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                    • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS PDM

                      How to Upgrade Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Server

                      Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on October 24, 2019

                      upgrade PDM server guideIf 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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                      • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING

                        Need a Custom Tool? Make it! | A 3D Printing Tech Tip

                        Josh Humphrey by Josh Humphrey on October 18, 2019

                        3D Printed Tool fisherPreventative 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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                        • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, SOLIDWORKS

                          The Finished Product: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 10)

                          Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on October 17, 2019

                          design to manufacturing series

                          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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                          • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, CAD

                            Fisher Unitech Joins the Computer Aided Technology Family

                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 15, 2019

                            Fisher UnitechFisher 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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                            • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, ELECTRICAL

                              Everything New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020: User Rights, Reports, and More

                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 11, 2019

                              SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020SOLIDWORKS 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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                              • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS TRAINING

                                Learning SOLIDWORKS PDM with PDM Training

                                Tom Starks by Tom Starks on October 9, 2019

                                solidworks pdm training 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.

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