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    Illinois State Archaeological Survey Captures Intricate Artifacts with Artec 3D Scanner

    Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on September 19, 2019

    ISAS ScanningThe Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) studies the state’s archaeological heritage, helping to protect, preserve and interpret irreplaceable and non-renewable resources to encourage and promote sustainable development. An integral part of ISAS’s mission includes field and laboratory research projects, as well as the curation of extensive, museum-quality archaeological collections that include artifacts from over 3,000 Illinois sites. 

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      The Top 5 3D CAD Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

      Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on September 18, 2019

      SOLIDWORKS 2020 Launch blogTo help you get acquainted with what’s new in the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020, we’ve highlighted the top 5 new features in 3D CAD. You can learn even more at one of our SOLIDWORKS 2020 Design to Manufacturing events. Along with showing you all of the top new features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020, we’ll have educational breakouts, great food and time for networking with peers and experts in your community. Keep reading to learn how SOLIDWORKS 2020 will help speed up every aspect of your design process with these top new features. 

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        The Ultimate Guide to SQL Backups

        Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on September 17, 2019

        SQL backsupsSOLIDWORKS PDM leverages Microsoft SQL Server for its database back end to satisfy its need for a relational data store.  There are countless numbers of IT professionals that dedicate themselves to developing, administering, and architecting solutions for Microsoft SQL Server.  Of these professionals, one common role is the operational DBA (database administrator) – whose responsibility it is to maintain and tune SQL Server environments.  A lot of companies have dedicated database teams that can help, or completely, maintain your database backend for PDM. Far more companies exist that don’t have a dedicated resource to perform this work which requires the responsibility to fall to the implementer of PDM to set up the maintenance of the SQL Server instance.  

        This blog will offer guidance and general rules of thumb for ensuring your SQL Server instance and databases are backed up and you are able to recover from oopsie deletes and disaster scenarios.

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          Electronic Fit, Function, and Validation: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 7)

          Mark Talbott by Mark Talbott on September 12, 2019

          Electrical design to manufacturingSpring cleaning has come and gone, yet the clutter persists.  In the act of redeeming a missed opportunity for bettering our work environment, the Application Engineering team at Fisher Unitech has sprung into action to create some elbow room, while hard at work servicing manufacturing.  An all-in-one wireless charging phone stand and headset holder takes center stage. We recently saw two design possibilities: The Holster and the Transporter, which both have been designed using a variety of tools and functionality within SOLIDWORKS.

          In both of these designs, we were able to overcome a few challenges that involved loads, stresses, and tolerances. We used 3D scanning, motion analysis, simulation, and 3D printing, among others to put us back on track. In today’s addition to our Design to Manufacturing Series, we detail the electrical aspects required for the scope of this project and the tools used to assist in our product development efforts.

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            Meet The Iron Angels: The First All-Female BUILD Moto Team

            Corrine Wolff by Corrine Wolff on September 9, 2019

            Iron Angels For the last two seasons, I have been a volunteer business mentor for The Iron Angels, the first all-female team in BUILD, a non-profit organization that I am very passionate about. BUILD Moto challenges high school teams to work with mentors to turn a vintage motorcycle into a qualified race bike in just six months. The students are provided supplies such as the chassis and engine, but the rest relies on the students to design, fix, modify, and rebuild for the race all while staying within budget. 

            Along with the technical side and building their bike, teams manage their own Instagram account, fundraise money for their bike, and keep track of their budget and spend. The Iron Angels are mentored by myself and other women who are knowledgeable and experienced with motorcycles. This not only helps with the technical side, but it inspires the students to dive in and get their hands dirty. 

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              F120 3D Printer Makes Industrial 3D Printing Affordable

              Dan Erickson by Dan Erickson on September 5, 2019

              F120With the release of the Stratasys F120, Stratasys continues its trend of offering more affordable 3D printing options for specialized markets. The F120 is an easy-to-use industrial-grade 3D printer in an office-friendly size. Combining the speed and efficiency of the F123-Series with larger material canisters allows greater productivity and design freedom. 

              Like the rest of the F123 lineup, the F120 is built to be used in an office space and used directly by engineers, designers and the like (even those without prior 3D printing experience) to produce professional prototypes and parts. F120's smaller size and price make sense especially for smaller-scale operations with financial or space restrictions, without compromising quality and accuracy.

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                Get up to Speed with 3DEXPERIENCE

                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on August 28, 2019

                3dexperienceWith so many stakeholders involved in the design process, it can be difficult for designers to safely share their data and communicate efficiently with other members of their company, especially when non-designers need or want input. The release of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform solves these problems by consolidating all of the tools both designers and non-designers need to collaborate into one cloud-based platform. 

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                  Back to 3D Printing Basics | A Tip from a Tech

                  Ryan Carpe by Ryan Carpe on August 26, 2019

                  3D printing basicsLet’s talk about acronyms. We see these a lot in the 3D printing world (e.g., FDM, SLS, and SLA). One acronym that specifically stands out to me is B2B. Not Business to Business, but Back to Basics. As a field technician, whenever I start a new case or am stumped on a problem I always go back to the basics. 

                  When I say B2B, I’m talking about proper maintenance for your 3D printer. This is the foundation for keeping your 3D printer up and running and it all starts with proper training. In our fast-paced lives, we can sometimes lose sight of the core basics we learned about machine maintenance. In this blog, I’ll highlight a few basic practices that can help keep your printer in prime condition.

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                    The Transporter Project: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 6)

                    David Janicki by David Janicki on August 22, 2019

                    design to manufacturing projectEarly on in our Design to Manufacturing series, we revealed some design concepts for our headset/cellphone stand that our Application Engineers were working on. The seven designs up for consideration were designed around portability and adjustability yet were creative and functional. We were able to narrow the final design down to two. In part four we saw how the Holster Project came together, in this blog we’re going to take a look at the Transporter.

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                      WEATHER GUARD® Takes DriveWorks 3D Configurator to New Heights — Expediting Distributor Referrals to Drive Revenue

                      Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on August 20, 2019

                      Weather Guard case studyWEATHER GUARD, a WernerCo brand, is an industry leader in truck and van storage equipment, including truck boxes, drawer units, shelving, cabinets, and racks for trucks, vans and utility vehicles. WEATHER GUARD organizes trucks and vans for greater productivity and provides tools and valuables superior protection against break-ins and weather.

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                        Is it Time to Give Your SOLIDWORKS Skills a Tune-Up?

                        Rodney Harper by Rodney Harper on August 19, 2019

                        SOLIDWORKS tune-upAre you confident with your SOLIDWORKS skillset? Or could you or your team's productivity be kicked up a notch or two? There’s a new SOLIDWORKS training course designed to improve your existing CAD knowledge by exposing you to new tools, methods, and functions that will speed up your design process and boost your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS. Here’s what you need to know about CAD112: SOLIDWORKS Tune-Up Training Class. 

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                          How to Relocate SOLIDWORKS PDM to a New Server

                          Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on August 13, 2019

                          Move SOLIDWORKS PDM to a New ServerHaving to move SOLIDWORKS PDM to a new server is something that will probably come up at some point. It’s especially poignant now that several server operating systems are becoming unsupported. Since SOLIDWORKS PDM uses server names for all of its connections, those names will need to be updated on the Archive, Database, and Clients. In this blog, we’ll assume that the Archive and Database server names are changing. Keep in mind that some changes can be omitted if changing only one or the other. 

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                            Finding a 3D Printing Services Provider in Michigan

                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on August 8, 2019

                            3D printing service michigan3D printing services can be a helpful way for companies to strategically use 3D printing in a cost-effective way. Here’s what you need to know about 3D printing services and how you can find the right provider for you in Michigan. 

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                              Speed up Selections with these SOLIDWORKS Selection Tools

                              Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on August 4, 2019

                              solidworks selection filter blogAre you having selection issues in SOLIDWORKS? No matter what you try, you cannot select a model edge or vertex? Do you spend a lot of time selecting many items over and over again? Sound familiar? There is an easy way. In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, we’ll take a look at a couple of examples to speed this up including the SOLIDWORKS selection filters and box selection. Let’s take a look.

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                                Let’s Talk About PDM: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 5)

                                Joe Frank by Joe Frank on August 2, 2019

                                about pdmOver the past few months, we’ve shared the progress of our Design to Manufacturing Series, a project using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, 3D printing, and 3D scanning to create a custom, fully functional headset and cellphone stand. The group of Application Engineers working on this project have had to collaborate on ideas, overcome design challenges, and share lots and lots of files. So before we jump into the next design, let’s pause for a minute and talk about product data management and sharing files with SOLIDWORKS PDM across a broader geography.

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