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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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    • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION, SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS

      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 trim 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 features (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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                      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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                          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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                                                              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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                                                                  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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                                                                      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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                                                                                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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                                                                                  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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                                                                                    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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                                                                                      • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

                                                                                        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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