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    How to Copy a Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

    Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on July 22, 2019

    how to copy a sketch in solidworksAtoms. Atoms are the building blocks of matter. We’ve been hearing this since about the third grade. Sketches? Sketches are some of the most basic building blocks of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD files. We use them to define boundaries for adding and removing material in all sorts of ways – boss features, revolve features, loft features, and more. 

    During the course of your SOLIDWORKS career, you will come across occurrences when it will seem advantageous to copy a sketch you’ve already created to a new destination location. Using SOLIDWORKS, there are several ways to do so. In this article, I’ll reveal a couple of ways we can do this. Each way has a different end result – and for good reason. Using my own experiences, I’ll be sure to talk through each method (the ‘what’ and the ‘why’) of copying sketches in your designs. Let’s get started. 

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      Streamlining Industrial Design with an Industrial 3D Printer

      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 18, 2019

      industrial 3D printerIndustrial designers are challenged with designing the most effective and efficiently manufactured products and need robust hardware that can support their goals. For the fastest and most realistic prototypes, designers and manufacturers should leverage the power of additive manufacturing through 3D printers designed specifically for their needs: industrial 3D printers.

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        Improve Communication and Boost Productivity with Circuit Board Design Software

        Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on July 15, 2019

        circuit board design Circuit board design is a complex process requiring the expertise of both mechanical and electrical engineers, and everything from your initial circuit layout to mechanical/electrical integration can quickly become frustrating and time-consuming. By working between two teams (often with multiple design iterations), it is easy for communication to break down, losing valuable insights and even entire revisions that lead to expensive mistakes and frustrating stalls in production.

        Software created specifically for circuit board design can help engineers work faster and more efficiently, reduce costly errors, and improve communication between ECAD and MCAD teams. By looking for features tailored specifically to the unique needs of circuit board design, engineers can boost productivity and help the company’s bottom line.

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          Everything You Need to Know About 3D Printing Jobs

          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 11, 2019

          3D printing jobs

          As industry 4.0 continues, the need for workers who can design and develop smart products and other technologies will only continue to grow. The demand for skills in 3D printing was on the rise globally as far back as 2014, and we can only expect that trend to continue. Current and future designers and engineers concerned about automation – or simply looking to stay ahead of the curve – should, therefore, consider a career in 3D printing, where they can leverage their skill set in a wide range of industries and help drive innovation forward.  Here’s what you need to know about 3D printing jobs.

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            Calumet CopperBots Recap 2019 FIRST Robotics Season

            Lowell Torola by Lowell Torola on July 8, 2019

            CopperBotsTucked away in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan lies the small town of Calumet. As the most northern-placed FIRST Robotics team in Michigan, the Calumet Copperbots (FRC team 2586) have had to overcome some geographical challenges throughout the years and strive to make their team successful. With the support of their local community, families, friends, and faculty, the Calumet CopperBots gained recognition eventually winning the 2018 Michigan State Championship. Soon after the 2018 season celebrations, the team quickly started planning for 2019. Here’s a look back at what the 2019 FIRST Robotics season had in store. 

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              The Holster Project: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 4)

              James Reeher by James Reeher on July 2, 2019

              Design to Manufacturing series 4If you’ve been following along with our Design to Manufacturing Series, then you know that we’re on a mission to create a fully functional headset and cellphone stand. To do this, our Application Engineers are utilizing the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software as well as additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing and 3D scanning. For this particular entry, we’ll take a look at some of the tools that can help us identify, solve, and determine how we should proceed with our design process.

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                Creating a new Thread Profile in SOLIDWORKS

                Cami L. Florence by Cami L. Florence on June 30, 2019

                thread profileSOLIDWORKS users have been able to enjoy the ease of making threads ever since the release of Thread Profiles in SOLIDWORKS 2017. There are several pre-made types and sizes of thread profiles available, including Die, Tap, and Bottle Threads, as well as multiple different sizes available in each selection. However, there may come a time when you would like to add custom shapes and sizes. In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, I’ll show you an example of using an existing Bottle Thread Profile to create a Custom Thread based on a 4mm pitch as well as how to configure for additional sizes. Let’s get started.

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                  3D Printing Best Practices: TPU Material (Part 2)

                  Ryan Henigan by Ryan Henigan on June 27, 2019

                  TPU Material best practicesThe newly released TPU 92A material from Stratasys for their F123 series 3D printers is a great addition to the FDM family of materials. TPU material is an elastomer, meaning it lets your produce flexible and elastic parts - opening new doors for prototyping with FDM technology. TPU is best suited for applications such as overmolds, seals, hinges, and gripper pads. To print with TPU material, all that’s required is a simple software upgrade, a small component upgrade, and a new swappable TPU print head. To help you get the best results, we’ve got some best practices you should consider. 

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                    Mastering the SOLIDWORKS Basics with SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training

                    Rachael Buhl by Rachael Buhl on June 25, 2019

                    SOLIDWORKS basicsWith more than 240,000 organizations using SOLIDWORKS worldwide, SOLIDWORKS adoption continues to rise, and many companies are beginning to use or switch to some form of SOLIDWORKS software — and with it, demand for current or future employees who know their SOLIDWORKS basics.

                    Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS training courses are available for a wide range of SOLIDWORKS software and capabilities, including the essentials of its core product line. Anyone wanting to learn SOLIDWORKS can easily find an option that works for them, and learn not only how to use SOLIDWORKS, but how to use it as efficiently as possible. Here’s what you need to know about learning the basics of SOLIDWORKS.

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                      Using SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

                      Daniel Sok by Daniel Sok on June 21, 2019

                      using solidworks camWhether you’re working in a fast moving job shop or tinkering with prototypes and one-offs, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks provide powerful tools for the manufacturing world. It all starts with SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard, a free add-in that provides a unique CAM solution to anyone currently on Subscription Service. (Not on subscription? Here are 7 reasons why you should be.) There’s never been a tool that brings design and manufacturing together as seamless and intuitively as SOLIDWORKS CAM. Here’s a sneak peek at what you get when you start using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks in your shop.

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                        Beginner’s Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS PDM

                        Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on June 17, 2019

                        what is pdm part 2SOLIDWORKS PDM is a comprehensive Product Data Management solution housed inside of Windows Explorer. In part one of this two-part blog series, we answered “what is PDM?” and explored the SOLIDWORKS PDM interface including the preview tab, data card tab, PDM Workflows, and more. This blog will focus on the core functions all users must know to get started in PDM.

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                          Design Automation and DriveWorks

                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on June 11, 2019

                          design automation fisher unitechDesigners, engineers, and manufacturers know that reducing time to market is crucial. In order to beat out competitors, companies must be able to quickly and efficiently create a quality product without incurring additional expenses...but multiple design iterations and troubleshooting can eat into a project’s budget and timeline. By implementing design automation in the workflow, companies can better leverage their data to streamline processes and reduce costly errors.

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                            Best Practices for Using TPU 3D Printing Material (Part 1)

                            Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on June 5, 2019

                            TPU 3D Printing best practicesIn November 2018, Stratasys announced a new breakthrough TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomer) material for their F123 Series FDM line of 3D printers. TPU92A is a Fused Deposition Modeling material with a 92 shore value and prints in 0.010”. TPU 3D printing material is excellent for applications like tubing, ducts, hoses, seals, gaskets, and protective covers. However, to get optimal results, like any specialty material, there are some specific precautions to take before you start printing your applications. Let’s take a look at some of these best practices.

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                              Prolific Inventor Leans on SOLIDWORKS to Push Boundaries of Innovation

                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on May 30, 2019

                              Tegel Design solidworksIn Huntley, Illinois resides one of the world’s most fruitful inventors: Robert Tegel. An individual with a keen drive for innovation, Robert started Tegel Design out of his garage in 2005. Fast forward to today, and the company, along with its manufacturing services side of the business, Tebots, is a go-to source for diversified industrial machinery for companies.

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                                Overcoming Engineering Challenges | Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 3)

                                Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on May 29, 2019

                                engineering challengesHaving a functional workspace that’s also neat and clutter free may seem unrealistic or temporary at best. Cell phones, computers, tablets, headsets - there just doesn’t seem to be enough room for it all! Over the course of the next eight months, the team of Application Engineers at Fisher Unitech is tackling this problem head-on overcoming engineering challenges with the goal to offer a solution that we can all use for desktop management and organization.

                                In part one, we introduced the project plan as well as the tools we’ll use to execute our design including the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD products as well as additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning. In part two, we ran through different design concepts that serve as both functional and creative. In this blog, we share which concepts we eliminated.

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