What’s New Series: SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018

    by Angelle Erickson on December 15, 2017

    SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018 There are so many new features to cover in SOLIDWORKS 2018, that we’ve split them up in series of What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 blogs. In this blog, we’ll be exploring what’s new in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018.

    SOLIDWORKS Visualize has a wonderful toolset that allows users to create realistic content and animations that depict the real-world and real-world scenarios. SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018 meets the demands of today’s consumers who expect to imagine and engage with products well before they go into production. Let’s take a closer look at how SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018 helps you to create even more compelling experiences for your customers.



      SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 - SOLIDWORKS 2018 Blog Series

      by Angelle Erickson on December 13, 2017

      SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 blog series If you or your organization creates inspection documents but the process is tedious and slowing you down, then it’s time to incorporate a more productive solution. SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 is an easy to use application that eliminates input errors and drastically reduces the time needed to create inspection and quality control documentation.

      SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 automates the ballooning and engineering of drawings and makes the creation of industry standard inspection reports so much easier. Keep reading to learn more about the latest capabilities in the SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio.



        New SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Licensing Options

        by James Reeher on December 11, 2017

        New SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Licensing Options-1SOLIDWORKS 2018 has introduced many new features and capabilities across the entire 3D CAD portfolio. One of those new enhancements that I am most excited about is the new SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Licensing option. This new option gives SOLIDWORKS 2018 users more asset flexibility than ever before.

        In this blog, we’ll take a look at what each licensing options look like from a high level and discuss how SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Licensing may be a good idea for you. Make sure to register for my December 19th webcast where I’ll be showing top tips on how to save time and money during the design to manufacturing process while also increasing product quality with SOLIDWORKS 2018. Let’s dive in.

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          What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018

          by Drew Buchanan on December 7, 2017

          What's New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018-1There are so many new features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018 that we’re excited about. Our “What’s New” blog series takes you through the entire what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. In this blog, we will be covering some of the great new features in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 portfolio.

          Do you want a live action demonstration? On December 14th at 2 PM EST I will be hosting an in-depth webcast on the newest release of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 covering solutions from stress/deflection, electromagnetics, topology optimization, injection molding scenarios, casting simulation, and more. Let’s get started!

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            What’s New Series - SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

            by Christa Prokos on December 6, 2017

            SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018Today in our blog series about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 we’re covering SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018. If you’re not familiar with SOLIDWORKS PDM, it’s product data management software used by organizations large and small to improve product development collaboration and automate workflows.

            New features in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 include design branching and merging, which will help users improve the process of handling various design change scenarios such as engineering change requests, working with external vendors, and more.

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              What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 - SOLIDWORKS Manage

              by Angelle Erickson on December 1, 2017
              SOLIDWORKS Manage 2018

              The SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio introduced many new enhancements and capabilities to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD users to help improve their business processes and minimize pitfalls during everyday workflow. Among these new features is SOLIDWORKS Manage, a tool that was announced at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

              If you or your organization could profit from an advanced  data management system, SOLIDWORKS Manage comes to the rescue with advanced capabilities for project management, process management, and item management along with helpful dashboards and reports for better decision making. Keep reading to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Manage and how the solution can help manage your organization.

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                SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2018 - SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New Series

                by Angelle Erickson on November 29, 2017

                SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2018Next up in our “What’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018” blog series we discuss SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2018 and the new features and enhancements that can be found in this useful technical communication tool. Whether you’re familiar with SOLIDWORKS Treehouse or haven’t discovered it yet, Treehouse for SOLIDWORKS 2018 doesn’t fail to impress.

                Both managers and designers can gain the benefits from using SOLIDWORKS Treehouse by having a clear hierarchical representation of an assembly to help visualize a project in the clearest way possible. Do you need communication to be clearer in your organization? Keep reading to learn more about what SOLIDWORKS 2018 has brought to the table with SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2018.

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                  What's New Series - SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D Interconnect

                  by Christa Prokos on November 27, 2017

                  What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D InterconnectThere are so many great new capabilities in SOLIDWORKS 2018 to cover. In this blog we highlight what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D Interconnect.

                  When 3D Interconnect was introduced in the new SOLIDWORKS release last year, users could now collaborate with customers and suppliers regardless of CAD tools.   

                  SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect made it possible to open third-party CAD files from design tools such as Siemens NX, SolidEdge, CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, PTC Creo, etc. directly in SOLIDWORKS and use them the same as native SOLIDWORKS files. SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D Interconnect has even more capabilities for viewing, editing and manipulating third-party CAD files.

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                    Introducing SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018 - What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 Series

                    by Amanda Osbun on November 22, 2017

                    Introducing SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018-1There are a lot of new features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018 that we’re excited about. This blog series will take you through the entire what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. In this blog, we will cover one of the most exciting new features of all, SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018.

                    SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018 combines design and manufacturing in one application with an easy-to-use interface. The result is an intuitive rules-based system that can be leveraged to save time and money while capturing company standards.

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                      SOLIDWORKS 2018 Series - What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018

                      by Angelle Erickson on November 21, 2017

                      SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018-1We bet you’re just as excited about SOLIDWORKS 2018 as we are. This blog series will walk you through the entire what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. We’re kicking off the first of this blog series with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018.

                      Electrical design changes can often feel like a huge setback due to the amount of rework and tedious updates and edits commonly involved for each symbol, wire, and title block. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has addressed these pain points so that corrections can be made in a snap.

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                        'Tis the Season to Get Your End-of-Year SOLIDWORKS Discount

                        by Christa Prokos on November 20, 2017

                        Tis-the-Season-to-Get-Your-End-of-Year-SOLIDWORKS-Discount-1It’s the time of year for holiday sales and new year’s resolutions. Whether SOLIDWORKS CAD is on your shopping list or part of your new year’s resolution, now is the time to get the SOLIDWORKS tools you need and jump start a productive new year — all at a significant discount.

                        Take advantage of these end-of-year SOLIDWORKS promotions and save on SOLIDWORKS CAD licenses and SOLIDWORKS add-on products. You have until December 31, 2017 to get your discounts on SOLIDWORKS.

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                          Deduct Your Software and Equipment Purchases with IRS Section 179

                          by Stacey Clement on November 16, 2017

                          IRS Section 179 deductionThe end of the year is near! Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we have 35 days until Christmas. Did you know time is also running out to take advantage of the IRS Section 179 and receive your equipment or software by the end of the year? Now is the time to buy the tools your business needs for a jump start on the new year.

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                            Forgotten SOLIDWORKS Tools and Reasons to Use Them

                            by Jay-Shan Jackson on November 15, 2017

                            Within SOLIDWORKS, there are some useful tools and features that many users overlook or simply forget about during their daily grind. In this blog, I’ll be discussing one of my favorite additions to the software that is often forgotten about: SOLIDWORKS Up to Reference Patterns.

                            The SOLIDWORKS Up to Reference Patterns tool allow the user to create patterns that are driven by the geometry of their part. Conditions can be set for the spacing, number of instances, but references for where the instances are measured from as well as where they end. Up to Reference Patterns allow the user to create dynamic patterns that change with the size parameters of their part geometry. Keep reading to learn more about this useful tool and why you should start using it now.

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                              How to Get Started with Your SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM Migration

                              by Tom Starks on November 6, 2017

                              How-to-Get-Started-with-Your-SOLIDWORKS-Workgroup-PDM-MigrationIn 2015, DS SolidWorks Corporation announced that it would phase out the aged product data management tool, SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM. It had reached the limit of what it could do with its architecture, the company said, along with advice that customers will be better served by migrating to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.

                              We knew SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM end of life was approaching and now it’s here. The release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 has brought with it the official retirement of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM. This blog provides advice on how to get started with your migration to SOLIDWORKS PDM.

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                                Meet our Experts: Matt Haywood - Senior Support Engineer

                                by Angelle Erickson on November 2, 2017

                                Meet-our-experts-matt-haywood-senior-support-engineerIf you’ve been a customer of Fisher Unitech for a while, or if you’ve ever contacted our SOLIDWORKS Customer Support team, you have probably interacted with Matt Haywood. Matt is a Senior Support Engineer based out of our office in Grand Rapids, Michigan and part of the Fisher Unitech family since 2003. After gaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University, Matt worked in the automotive and office furniture industries. Since then, Matt has earned several Expert, Professional, and Specialist SOLIDWORKS certifications in Mechanical Design, Simulation, Data Management, and more.

                                Keep reading to learn more about Matt and how his initial story at Fisher Unitech changed when he became one of the founding fathers of our SOLIDWORKS Support Group.

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                                  Where is the SOLIDWORKS Command That Lets Me Do…

                                  by Paul Kutolowski on October 27, 2017

                                  where-is-the-command-that-lets-me-doA common lament among new SOLIDWORKS users, and especially of those coming to SOLIDWORKS from another 3D CAD platform, is “Where is the command that lets me do..." You know the action you want to perform but you can’t remember where the command icon is located to let that happen.

                                  SOLIDWORKS has a search tool for just such questions and coincidently it’s called “Search Commands”. In this blog, I’m going to give you a quick tip on where you can find this tool, how to use it, and how to keep it handy for further use.

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                                    Design a custom 3D Printed Nameplate Using SOLIDWORKS

                                    by Dan Erickson on October 20, 2017

                                    Design-a-custom-3D-Printed-Nameplate-Using-SOLIDWORKS-1Fisher Unitech has 32 Stratasys 3D Printers, distributed across the showrooms of our 17 offices. To showcase them, we try to keep them running as much as possible, building sample parts and benchmarks to support our sales team, backfill production when our customers’ machines are down, and printing parts as a service. But having access to 3D printers does have its perks, and we do find the time for “government jobs” now and again.

                                    If you attended one of our Design to Manufacturing events and filled out a survey, you’ve already received one. I designed those “FUdgit” spinners earlier this year and we’ve been churning them out every spare chance we’ve had since then. But that’s the subject of a different blog article. Today I’ll focus on nameplates.

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                                      Top 10 CAD Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2018

                                      by Ken LaVictor on October 19, 2017

                                      Top-10-CAD-Enhancements-in-SOLIDWORKS-2018-1SOLIDWORKS 2018 includes over two hundred new features that were developed based off of user requests. Users want a 3D CAD software that is going to help them complete designs easier and bring their products to market faster. By using SOLIDWORKS 2018 along with all the new features and enhancements, meeting demands and completing a design couldn’t be easier.

                                      Below, you will find the top 10 SOLIDWORKS CAD enhancements in the recent release. Check back to see more top 10 enhancements in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Product Data Management (PDM), Electrical, and more in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio.

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                                        What’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018

                                        by Angelle Erickson on October 17, 2017

                                        Whats-new-SOLIDWORKS-2018-1The release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here. Every year new enhancements and features are added to the SOLIDWORKS toolset to make drawing, simulating, and designing faster and easier. Whether you’re new to SOLIDWORKS software and want to start incorporating SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD into your everyday workflow or are a seasoned pro looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest, SOLIDWORKS 2018 won’t disappoint.

                                        The following blog was created and provided by SOLIDWORKS and will show you enhancements for the user experience, data, inspection tools, and more.

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                                          Bringing Flat Files into SOLIDWORKS to Create Models (Part 2): Pictures

                                          by David Janicki on October 13, 2017

                                          This is the second part to a blog I wrote on how to bring flat files into SOLIDWORKS. In my first blog, I showed how to bring in drawings and DXF files. In this blog, I am going to show you how to bring in pictures.

                                          If you’re a conceptual designer, just mocking drawings up on a whiteboard or napkin sketch, you may be wondering if it is possible to bring those 2D sketches or pictures into SOLIDWORKS. With the ability to directly import and size a picture, we are able to bring in our sketch-up and move through the process of part creation. Let’s get started.

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                                            Using a Data Card for State Changes in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                                            by Todd Barr on October 6, 2017

                                            Using-a-Data-Card-for-State-Changes-in-SOLIDWORKS-PDM-1When you have multiple SOLIDWORKS PDM users that need to make approvals or need to track tasks completed by different departments or individuals, it’s not always easily done using the Parallel option in Transitions. Using Automatic Transitions and Radio-button selections on a Data Card will allow multiple users to select when they are either completed with a task or approve a document. The last person to select approve or complete will send the document to the next State in the Workflow. Using the Data Card option you can also use the Search Tool to create Excel reports showing the status of documents, (i.e. who has approved or completed a task.)

                                            In this blog, you’ll learn how to configure the Vault for tracking completed tasks.

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                                              Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

                                              by Stacey Clement on October 4, 2017

                                              celebrating national manufacturing day-1Held on October 6, 2017, National Manufacturing Day celebrates the incredible achievements manufacturers have made to revolutionize, streamline, and challenge the modern world. And, it’s now more important than ever to pay attention.

                                              Unlike the Industrial Revolutions of the past, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we engage with the world across all industries, and it’s happening at unprecedented speeds. Manufacturers have made huge breakthroughs in our communicative capabilities and our ability to store and access data instantly from anywhere in the world.

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                                                The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard

                                                by James Reeher on September 29, 2017

                                                The-Power-and-Value-of-the-SOLIDWORKS-Hole-Wizard-1I am often surprised to discover how many SOLIDWORKS users are not taking advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard and all the capabilities that it brings to the table. The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard provides a myriad of hole options from threaded and clearance holes to pipe threads, dowel holes and slots.

                                                What many people don’t realize is that by using the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard you can automatically bring in your hole callouts into drawings, have the toolbox match the appropriate fastener size to the hole, and even have SOLIDWORKS automatically populate your holes with the correct fastener. If you do not use the Hole Wizard then you are manually performing all of these actions, which is a lot of extra design work that could be better spent on other tasks.  It’s time to work smarter, not harder.  Keep reading to learn more about the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard.

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                                                  Delivery Drone Soars with SOLIDWORKS 2018 at Design to Manufacturing Events

                                                  by Angelle Erickson on September 26, 2017

                                                  Delivery-Drone-Soars-with-SOLIDWORKS-2018-at-Design-to-Manufacturing-Events-1What do SOLIDWORKS 2018, an RV manufacturer, and a delivery drone have in common? The Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS 2018 launch events! The theme of our events this year is Design to Manufacturing. We are so excited about SOLIDWORKS 2018. Using the new software along with additive manufacturing technologies in our portfolio, we have developed an end-to-end story using these technologies that we’ll share with you during the events.

                                                  So plan to join us at a Design to Manufacturing event in a city near you. We’ll show you product demonstrations and real world examples of how you can apply SOLIDWORKS 2018 and additive manufacturing to your business to increase productivity, accelerate innovation, and get your great designs created. Keep reading to learn more about the events, how to find one near you, and a preview of our delivery drone.

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                                                    Bringing flat files into SOLIDWORKS to create Models: Drawings and DXF Files

                                                    by David Janicki on September 22, 2017

                                                    In the current state of CAD affairs, everyone is either using or has heard of 3D CAD. But for users who have been using a 2D system for many years and have an exorbitant amount of data, making the switch isn’t always as easy as deciding to.

                                                    Inside of SOLIDWORKS, there are a multitude of tools to help you take and convert your old 2D drawings, and begin to create 3D parametric models with them. In this blog, I’m going to take you through those steps to ensure none of your data gets left behind in this smooth and easy process.

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                                                      Meet our Experts: Cami L. Florence - Technical Support Manager

                                                      by Angelle Erickson on September 21, 2017

                                                      Meet-our-experts-Cami-Florence-technical-support-manager-1Today on our Meet our Experts series we’re featuring Cami L. Florence. Cami has been with Fisher Unitech for over 10 years and is a Technical Support Manager based out of our office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, Cami specializes in weldments, sheet metal, and surfacing and has over 20 years experience with SOLIDWORKS, design, pre-sales, support, and training.

                                                      If you’ve been to the well-known conference SOLIDWORKS World, you may have seen Cami present. She has an extraordinary knowledge- base and has created informative presentations to help with other users’ success. Keep reading to learn more about Cami and the pride she takes in providing the best customer experience.

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                                                        2017 FIRST Robotics Competition: The Dundee Vi-Borgs

                                                        by Ethan Harper on September 18, 2017

                                                        2017-FIRST-Robotics-Competition-The-Dundee-Viborgs-1FIRST Robotics is an organization that encourages students from elementary through high school to further involve themselves in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, otherwise known as the common acronyms STEM or STEAM.

                                                        The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition has been the best season yet for team 4395, The Dundee Vi-Borgs based out of Dundee, Michigan. Incorporating plenty of cooperation, hard work, the right technology, and good spirits has all lead to a very successful year.

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                                                          Removing Padlocks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Area

                                                          by Toby Schnaars on September 15, 2017

                                                          One of the most useful resources available to subscription service customers is the ability to access the SOLIDWORKS customer portal. From this section of SOLIDWORKS, users may access the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base, grab a copy of the full download of SOLIDWORKS, examine the API support, and get some great tips and tricks from the SOLIDWORKS community.

                                                          However, when first creating a SOLIDWORKS customer portal account, users may find themselves in a situation where many of these terrific resources are “padlocked” and the user is unable to access these sections of the customer portal. In this blog, we will explore how to properly register your software and remove these padlocks.

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                                                            You Can Take SOLIDWORKS Electrical for a Virtual Test Drive

                                                            by Christa Prokos on September 11, 2017

                                                            You-Can-Take-SOLIDWORKS-Electrical-for-a-Virtual-Test-Drive-1Are you tired of managing countless spreadsheets and CAD drawings to document your electrical design projects? Is collaboration with other team members clumsy and cumbersome at best? If you have these product development pains, you need to reconsider the tools you are using. Today, you don’t need to sacrifice valuable time and effort with your electrical design work.

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                                                              How to Link Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM to a Newly Created Drawing

                                                              by Jodi Degenaer on September 8, 2017

                                                              Often times, linking the variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM (Product Data Management) to newly created drawings can seem like a puzzle with a piece or two missing. Fortunately, this can be mitigated by arming yourself with a step-by-step system that I’ve found to be very useful.

                                                              In this blog, I’ll take you through the steps to easily link variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM to newly created files. Let’s get started.

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                                                                SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing: Installing/Upgrading the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager on the Server

                                                                by Jon Sauerbrey on September 1, 2017

                                                                SOLIDWORKS-Network-Licensing-Installing-Upgrading-the-SOLIDWORKS-SolidNetWork-License-Manager-on the-Server-1Our technical support department often gets questions from customers regarding installing and upgrading processes. Depending on the situation, this can be an extensive support case. This blog is going to take you through the entire process and instructions for installing/upgrading the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork license manager on the server.

                                                                Before installing, upgrading, or reinstalling the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Server, you must first check the system requirements and review the “SOLIDWORKS Network License Server section. Now let’s get started.

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                                                                  Design to Manufacturing: Find an Event Near You

                                                                  by Angelle Erickson on August 29, 2017

                                                                  Design-to-Manufacturing-Event-Explores-SOLIDWORKS-2018-and-Additive-ManufacturingAre you familiar with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software but want to know more about how 3D printing could also improve your processes? Is your company already 3D printing prototypes and parts and is interested in learning more about SOLIDWORKS? Now is the time to see how it all comes together during our Design to Manufacturing events.

                                                                  Keep reading to learn how you can experience the latest and greatest of SOLIDWORKS 2018 and see what’s new in additive manufacturing technologies.

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                                                                    The ThunderChickens use SOLIDWORKS and 3D Printing to design their FIRST Robotics Team Robot

                                                                    by Ryan Henigan on August 28, 2017

                                                                    The-ThunderChickens-use-SOLIDWORKS-and-3D-Printing-to-Design-their-FIRST-Robotics-Team-Robot-1On July 14th and 15th First Robotics Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), took place just outside of Indianapolis, IN. This event is an off season competition of the best performing team in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), from around the world. Each team was hand picked from those that applied for their outstanding robot performance during the official FRC season.

                                                                    First Robotics is an organization dedicated to inspiring students to participate in STEM and STEAM related fields. FIRST offers competition levels for elementary through high school students, in the form of Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL), FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). These are broken down into elementary, middle, and high school level competitions.

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                                                                      How to Create a Custom OCR Dictionary in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

                                                                      by Nady Osmat on August 25, 2017

                                                                      How-to-Create-a-Custom-OCR-Dictionary-in-SOLIDWORKS-Inspection-1Inspection software aids tremendously with the creation of quality control and planning documentation. If you are using the standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection to balloon PDF or Tiff files and create inspection reports, you may run into a situation where the drawing you received has a non-standard font. This may result in inaccurate extraction of dimensions and/or notes.

                                                                      Keep reading to learn how to avoid this issue and gain a quick tip on how to fix the problem.

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                                                                        Optimize Your Plastic Parts and Injection Molds with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

                                                                        by Drew Buchanan on August 16, 2017

                                                                        Optimize-Your-Plastic-Parts-and-Injection-Molds-with-SOLIDWORKS-Plastics-In an increasingly technologically driven manufacturing environment, product lifecycles continue to become shorter and shorter. Designers are looking for ways to reduce costly prototypes, and to get a leg up on their competition. With the advent of computer-aided engineering (CAE), designers and engineers are able to test out designs and determine if design changes need to be made prior to prototyping and fabrication.

                                                                        SOLIDWORKS Plastics is one of the many tools in the SOLIDWORKS CAE portfolio. Read on to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Plastics and view our recorded 30 minute webcast to see  product demonstrations and examples of how to use the tool in your everyday workflow.

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                                                                          Come Explore Technology and Design at solidThinking Converge 2017

                                                                          by Chad Zamler on August 15, 2017

                                                                          Come-Explore-Technology-and-Design-at-solidThinking-Converge-2017Throughout history, technology has always influenced design. There are countless examples from coal and pigments to the printing press, and of course computer-aided design (CAD) and computer aided-engineering (CAE) software, such as solidThinking design validation tools.

                                                                          Today, a new wave of technology has emerged and is converging with the design world to inspire new design possibilities never thought possible. This is exactly what we plan to explore at solidThinking Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California on September 13th.

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                                                                            Meet our Experts: Drew Buchanan - Application Engineer

                                                                            by Angelle Erickson on August 11, 2017

                                                                            Meet-out-experts-Drew-Buchanan-Application-Engineer-1Meet our Application Engineer, Drew Buchanan, who is based out of our office in Horsham, Pennsylvania and has been with Fisher Unitech since 2015. Drew has been immersed in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) technology, also known as design validation or simulation technology, for the majority of his career. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh he continued to Villanova University for his Masters degree.

                                                                            Keep reading to learn more about Drew’s background with CAE, his simulation webcast on SOLIDWORKS Plastics, and how having the right solution can help you spot challenges before they occur during the design process.

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                                                                              Online SOLIDWORKS Training: Your Source for Success

                                                                              by Johnna Insana on August 10, 2017

                                                                              Online-SOLIDWORKS-Training-Your-Source-for-SuccessHere at Fisher Unitech, we want to make sure our customers are exposed to the best SOLIDWORKS training. We also strive to make sure training is as convenient as possible to fit everyone’s style and needs. What you may not know, is that we offer online training to more than just our Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and New England customers. SOLIDWORKS online training classes can be taken by anyone anywhere in the United States.

                                                                              Don’t own SOLIDWORKS software yet? That’s okay too; we can set you up with everything you need to learn SOLIDWORKS, boost your skill-set, and add to your résumé. Keep reading to find out more about training and how to get started.

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                                                                                SOLIDWORKS User Groups: Connect with Your Community

                                                                                by Angelle Erickson on August 3, 2017

                                                                                SOLIDWORKS-User-Groups-Connect-with-the-communitySOLIDWORKS User Groups were first established in 1999 with the mission to bring together SOLIDWORKS power users and new users alike to learn from one another. Meetings are free of charge, usually held in the evening, and experts present on an array of topics. They provide tips and tricks and answer questions during a Q&A session.

                                                                                Keep reading to learn more about these events, find out how to locate a user group near you, and what to expect.

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                                                                                • POSTED IN CAD, SOLIDWORKS TECH TIPS, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                  A Quick Lesson on SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

                                                                                  by Ken LaVictor on August 2, 2017

                                                                                  Often when I teach SOLIDWORKS training classes, my students will ask me what the best way is to copy an assembly in order to ‘reuse’ the design. Though there are a few ways to easily copy existing assemblies, I find that the best method is through a tool that was introduced a couple of years ago called SOLIDWORKS Treehouse.

                                                                                  In this blog, I’ll give a quick lesson on what SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is, and how it can save you time when creating a design.

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                                                                                  • POSTED IN MASTERCAM, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                    The Camobots FIRST Robotics Team Climbs, Catches, and Overcomes Obstacles in 2017

                                                                                    by Amanda Osbun on July 20, 2017


                                                                                    The-Camobots-FIRST-Robotics-Team-Climbs-Catches-and-Overcomes-Obstacles-in-2017-1As with many things in life, when one chapter ends another begins. The same goes for FIRST Robotics team mentors and coaches. Mr. Mang was a mentor on FIRST Robotics Team 2600 at Jefferson Township High School in New Jersey, where I had the pleasure of working with him before he moved back to his hometown in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. There, he started teaching at his Alma Mater, Honesdale High School.

                                                                                    Mr. Mang and a teacher from Western Wayne High School started a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team. Together, the two schools make up Team 4285, also known as the Camobots.

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                                                                                    • POSTED IN CAD, PDM, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                      Don’t Let Mismanaged Product Data Hold you Back

                                                                                      by Christa Prokos on July 17, 2017

                                                                                      Don't-let-mismanaged-product-data-hold-you-back-1If you hear the British idiom, “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish” it’s probably in the context of making an important decision. In other words, don’t cut corners to save small amounts of money because it could cost you more in the long run.

                                                                                      The same idiom applies to the decision to invest in product data management (PDM) software. Some companies choose to cut corners and skimp on PDM. They may think it’s too expensive, or takes too much time to set up, or that their engineers and designers won’t like the new process and it could slow down their productivity.

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                                                                                      • POSTED IN FISHER UNITECH NEWS, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                        Meet our Experts: Sean O’Neill - Senior Support Engineer

                                                                                        by Angelle Erickson on July 11, 2017

                                                                                        Meet-our-experts-Sean-Oneill-senior-support-engineer-1Next up in our Meet our Experts blog series is Sean O’Neill! Sean is a SOLIDWORKS Senior Support Engineer at Fisher Unitech based out of our Horsham, Pennsylvania office and has handled thousands of technical support cases along with delivering training on multiple products within the SOLIDWORKS portfolio.

                                                                                        After graduating from Villanova University, Sean worked in the building products industry before joining Prism Engineering in 2012. Keep reading to learn more about Sean and his passion for continuing to provide an exceptional customer experience.

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                                                                                        • POSTED IN CAD, ELECTRICAL, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                          Designing Smart Products Requires a Smarter Approach

                                                                                          by David Hofer on July 10, 2017

                                                                                          Designing-Smart-Products-Requires-a-Smarter-Approach-1Today many of our daily interactions involve connected devices and connectivity is shaping the economy. Gartner predicts that the total number of smart or connected “things” will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.

                                                                                          Designing smart products for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 requires a smarter approach. In order to stay competitive business leaders need to assess their product development processes to ensure that they are striving for best-in-class performance. This includes keeping an eye on the ever-evolving state of product design tools.

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                                                                                          • POSTED IN CAD, SOLIDWORKS TECH TIPS, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                            Tech Tip: The difference between a sheet format and a drawing template in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                            by Matt Haywood on July 7, 2017

                                                                                            Almost every SOLIDWORKS user has the need to insert a unique company title block into the SOLIDWORKS drawing template. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few handy strategies that will streamline your process. Understanding the terms “Sheet Format” and “Drawing Template” in SOLIDWORKS terminology will be central to your success. Although they might look the same on the screen, they have distinctly different jobs within the SOLIDWORKS file infrastructure.

                                                                                            In general drawing templates are used to start a new drawing. A sheet format is an overlay or title block that we might see on the initial drawing template, but it can be hidden. Also, sheet formats are useful on multi-page drawings as you might want a different looking title block on subsequent pages in a multi-page drawing. Before we get to saving anything, let’s make sure we cover some background information. Here’s an outline of the topics we will cover.

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                                                                                              More Control and Speed with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

                                                                                              by Laurie Luther on July 5, 2017

                                                                                              More-Control-and-Speed-with-SOLIDWORKS-Visualize-1Today we take it for granted that our digital product design and development process can run more efficiently with such software as SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and all of its add-on tools for design validation, product data management, and more.

                                                                                              Now think about the phase in your product development process when you need images to show others what it will look like and how it is intended to perform in the real world.

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                                                                                              • POSTED IN DRIVEWORKS, FISHER UNITECH NEWS, CAD, SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                                Meet our Experts: Aaron Winthers - Advisory Support Engineer

                                                                                                by Angelle Erickson on June 29, 2017

                                                                                                Meet-our-experts-Aaron-Winthers-advisory-support-engineer-11Have you ever contacted the Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS customer support team? If you have, chances are you’ve been helped by our technical support expert Aaron Winthers. Based out of our Horsham, Pennsylvania office, Aaron has been an Advisory Support Engineer at Fisher Unitech since 2014 specializing in DriveWorks.

                                                                                                Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree, concentrating in product design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and comes to work every day with a wealth of knowledge. Keep reading to learn more about technical support, our support team, and how Aaron contributes to the customer experience.

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                                                                                                  DriveWorks Design Automation is a Game Changer for Steiner Technologies

                                                                                                  by Christa Prokos on June 28, 2017

                                                                                                  DriveWorks-Design-Automation-is-a-Game-Changer-for-Steiner-Technologies-1Steiner Technologies produces a family of automatic back boring tools called the Autofacer. They have been using DriveWorks design automation software since 2010. In a recent blog post, Steiner Technologies explained how DriveWorks has significantly improved their processes to make them faster, better and more cost-efficient.

                                                                                                  Read the full blog post below by Matthew Hoyt from Steiner Technologies to learn how implementing design automation has been a ‘game changer’ for them and the many benefits they’ve seen beyond internal operations.

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                                                                                                    SOLIDWORKS Premium Does it All: Here’s What to Expect

                                                                                                    by Ken LaVictor on June 22, 2017

                                                                                                    SOLIDWORKS-Premium-Does-it-All-Heres-What-to-ExpectAre you creating designs with a comprehensive 3D CAD solution? Do you have a place to store, manage, and analyze your designs? You can get all of that and more with SOLIDWORKS Premium. In this two-part blog series, I will cover toolsets included in SOLIDWORKS Premium. Remember, this is additional functionality not found in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional.

                                                                                                    Part one covered Simulation, Motion, and assembly level cost estimation. You can learn more about those toolsets here. In this blog, I’ll be covering three different areas: routing with piping and tubing, routing with electrical cabling and wire harnesses, and advanced surface flattening.

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                                                                                                      Strength Check Your Designs with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional

                                                                                                      by David Roccaforte on June 21, 2017

                                                                                                      Strength-Check-Your-Designs-with-Simulation-Professional-1Simulation tools in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software are so user friendly and widespread these days that we often compare them to a spell checker analogy. Almost every application that requires entering text has a built in spell checker. Similarly every seat of SOLIDWORKS has some form of “Simulation” built in. You shouldn’t send on an email without a quick spell check, so why release a design without doing a performance check?

                                                                                                      Keep reading to find out how to quickly check your design the first time and eliminate repercussions.

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