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    Come See What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019

    by Christa Prokos on September 21, 2018

    SOLIDWORKS 2019If you’re wondering what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2019, don’t miss the chance to see its powerful new capabilities at a launch event. Each year we take the show on the road with product demonstrations, use case examples and tips and tricks so you can see the top new features and enhancements in the latest release of SOLIDWORKS first hand.

    If that isn’t enough, our SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch events provide a valuable chance for you get out, interact with other product development experts and peers and gain some new insights into best practices that you can bring back to your organization to improve your day-to-day productivity and processes, including the latest in additive manufacturing technologies. Read on to learn more about Fisher Unitech’s  SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch events and where you can join us.

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      Real or Rendered? Represent Real Life with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

      by David Janicki on September 8, 2018

      SOLIDWORKS Visualize ProfessionalImagine the power tool section of a hardware store. Above the shelf of impact drivers is a display photo showing the entire product line from drills to power saws. But wait, how confident are you that these tools were actually produced and photographed? Maybe they were merely designed in 3D CAD and rendered realistically. Have you ever wondered how these realistic renderings were created?

      SOLIDWORKS Visualize is just the product to help create photo-realistic representations for your parts in the environment that you want them to be in. If you continue to look beyond the capabilities in the robust toolset of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard, you will find yourself peeking into the window of efficiency builders and high-end animation abilities within SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. So what makes SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional such a powerful product? Let’s find out.

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        10 Ways SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks are Crucial to Your Manufacturing Process

        by Jeff Reiser on September 5, 2018

        CAMWorksSince the 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS, users on subscription have CAM capabilities within their SOLIDWORKS environment. With this integration of SOLIDWORKS CAM, users can now complete the design and manufacturing process within one system. Design changes, file formats, and file compatibility are just a few issues we commonly deal with when working between two independent CAD and CAM systems. Having an integrated solution like SOLIDWORKS CAM eliminates those issues and streamlines the design to manufacturing process.

        CAMWorks is a complete CAM solution including features such as full 3D simultaneous surfacing, multi-axis, mill turn, and wire EDM just to name a few. Additionally, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks share the same interface making it a simple transition from one product to another.

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          The Best Software for the 3D Printing Professional: SOLIDWORKS and GrabCAD Print

          by Lisa Hannon on August 30, 2018

          best 3D software for 3D printingWith the largest technical team in the industry, our staff at Fisher Unitech knows a thing or two about 3D printing and 3D CAD software. Our experts have helped everyone, from designers and engineers to manufacturers and students, find the perfect CAD software to meet their 3D printing needs. We’ve found that, for the professional, the best 3D software for 3D printing is SOLIDWORKS and GrabCAD Print - this blog explains why.

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            Attend a SOLIDWORKS 2019 Launch Event Near You

            by Christa Prokos on August 28, 2018

            SOLIDWORKS 2019Fall is always an exciting time of year for the SOLIDWORKS community. It’s when the new release of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software is unveiled at launch events. Whether you are a SOLIDWORKS power user, or just starting out, SOLIDWORKS 2019 contains hundreds of new, user-driven enhancements that make it the best release ever.

            Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch events are packed with product demonstrations and use case examples to show you the new release in action. You will see how enhancements and new features in SOLIDWORKS 2019 will help you go from design to finished products faster than ever before. Plus, you will gain some tips and tricks to take back to your office that will increase your productivity when working in SOLIDWORKS and ways to improve your product development processes with the latest in additive manufacturing technologies.

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              SOLIDWORKS Motion Analysis vs. SOLIDWORKS Mate Controller

              by Madison Bryce on August 27, 2018

              SOLIDWORKS Motion Study Welcome back to my blog series where I’m taking you on the journey from an idea to a working model. See how I took my concept of an automated drink dispenser, designed it, 3D modeled it, coded it, and eventually, 3D printed it. In my previous blog, I discussed the design process using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software. In today’s continuation, I show how I automated my machine directly in SOLIDWORKS and discuss some of the methods I used for coding the machine (including SOLIDWORKS motion analysis and mate controller) to match the automation I modeled. In future posts, I will show the process of 3D printing my drink dispenser using a Stratasys 3D Printer.

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                Using SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak to Improve Assembly Performance

                by James Reeher on August 20, 2018

                solidworks speedpakDo you work with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS but find that your system is running slowly, especially when using the rotate or zoom functions? If you’ve been searching for a technique or tool that can help eliminate or reduce this slowdown, you’ve come to the right place. SOLIDWORKS has a number of methods to address this issue but in this blog, we’re going to talk about a specific tool called SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak.

                What is a SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak? A SpeedPak is a special type of configuration for assemblies and sub-assemblies. These SpeedPak configurations are simplified graphical representations of those assemblies. SpeedPaks only include the graphics of the assembly and any selected faces, bodies, sketches, or reference geometry that you may need for mating or dimensioning purposes.

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                  Adding Serial Numbers to Your SolidNetWork License Manager

                  by Heather Dawe on August 14, 2018

                  SolidNetWork License ManagerThe SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager (SNL) is responsible for managing and distributing all of your SOLIDWORKS Licenses. This includes Network licenses, Network add-on licenses, and all SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional licenses.

                  If you find yourself in the position where you have received a new license and need to add this license number to the SNL, the steps below will walk you through the process of adding and activating your new SOLIDWORKS license.  Let's dive in and take a look. 

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                    SOLIDWORKS Designs: Fully Functional Drink Dispenser

                    by Madison Bryce on August 10, 2018

                    SOLIDWORKS DesignIn order to produce high-quality products, designers, engineers, and inventors must have a strategy for a productive design process. There is a myriad of individual methods involved in a personal design process, all employing the use of specialized tools. Today’s technology has wholly revolutionized the design process, offering countless new possibilities for turning dreams into reality.If you had the power to bring your ideas to life, what would you create?

                    In this blog series, I’m taking you on the journey from idea to working model. Thanks to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and 3D printers provided by Fisher Unitech, I will be able to see my design come to life. I will use the multitude of tools of SOLIDWORKS to create a working simulated computer model and the high-quality precision and speed of a Stratasys 3D printer to build my model. I will then program my product to be fully automated. In this blog, I will discuss the design process from a couple of sketches to a working model. Let’s get started!

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                      Always Have A Complete Packing List with SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go

                      by Heather Dawe on August 6, 2018

                      SOLIDWORKS Pack and GoWhenever I travel with my computer, I always create a list of items I’ll need (computer, screen, charger, mouse, etc.) However, it never fails that once I get to my location that I realize I forgot the connecting cord or the widget that goes with my wireless mouse. If you’ve found yourself in similar situations then you know it’s a pretty similar feeling when you’ve gone through the effort to modify or create a top-level assembly in SOLIDWORKS only to send it to someone and have them greeted with the “Unable to locate the file” message. This message indicates that they are missing one or more references to your assembly. While I can’t help to remind you to pack your computer cords, I can help ensure you’ve “packed” all of your SOLIDWORKS components using a handy feature called SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go.

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                        How to Get a SOLIDWORKS Free Trial

                        by Angelle Erickson on July 31, 2018

                        SOLIDWORKS Free Trial SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software offers a tremendous amount of solutions for all aspects of the design process. Jumping into a new CAD software or determining which CAD software is a perfect pick for you or your business can seem like a daunting task. To make the process easier, you can now get a SOLIDWORKS free trial of SOLIDWORKS Premium through MySolidWorks with no waiting or installation required. With this free trial, you can try SOLIDWORKS anytime, anywhere. Here’s how to get started.

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                          Landscape Forms Improves Productivity by Designing Outdoor Lighting and Furniture with SOLIDWORKS

                          by Christa Prokos on July 24, 2018

                          Landscape FormsLandscape Forms designs and builds beautiful site furniture and lighting, primarily for public spaces and college, corporate and healthcare campuses. In the early 2000s, Landscape Forms switched from 2D design tools to SOLIDWORKS design software and over the decade shortened design cycle time by 30 percent and reduced time-to-market by 15 to 20 percent.

                          Landscape Forms has also leveraged SOLIDWORKS to bring its optical and electrical design in-house and enhanced its ability to design organically shaped concrete site furniture and the tooling needed to build it. Fisher Unitech has provided training to upgrade user skills and responded quickly with expert technical support. “The result is that since 2011, Landscape Forms has reduced lighting design cycles by an additional 30 to 35 percent and time-to-market by 15 to 20 percent while reducing furniture design cycles by an additional 30 percent and time-to-market by 20 to 25 percent,” said Todd Halstead, CAD Team Leader for Landscape Forms.

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                            How to Make a Screw in SOLIDWORKS

                            by Toby Schnaars on July 20, 2018

                            make a screw in SOLIDWORKSFor today’s tech tip we’re going to talk about how to make a screw in SOLIDWORKS. This is the first in a series that will cover the process - we’re going to start out by making the head of the screw, we’re then going to create a helix, followed by sweeping some threads along that helix, then we’re going to assign the material to the screw, and finally we’ll create both a left hand a right-hand version of the screw. Let’s get started.

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                              Successful Start to SOLIDWORKS Concept to Consumer Tour

                              by Madison Bryce on July 19, 2018

                              Concept to Consumer TourThe first stop on the SOLIDWORKS Concept to Consumer tour was a success! July 17th marked the first city of the tour presented by SOLIDWORKS and featuring URB-E kicked off in Detroit, MI. The company URB-E produces compact folding electric vehicles that provide stylish and quick transportation.

                              The event is a comprehensive presentation of what it takes to create market-ready products through SOLIDWORKS. A group of elite SOLIDWORKS engineers presented the URB-E vehicle in a way that walked the audience through its entire design process. The URB-E took shape before everyone’s eyes and proved how essential SOLIDWORKS was in creating this product in a shocking six months.

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                                SOLIDWORKS Concept to Consumer Tour: Coming to a City Near You

                                by Angelle Erickson on July 10, 2018

                                Concept to ConsumerDS SolidWorks is kicking off their Creation in Motion | A Concept to Consumer Tour in Detroit, Michigan July 17th, 2018.  The Concept to Consumer Tour features key speakers straight from SolidWorks as they take you through an entire project, from concept to consumer while explaining in full depth the entire SOLIDWORKS portfolio.

                                During these events, attendees will be introduced to URB-E, a company “dedicated to designing and developing products to meet growing consumer market needs.” URB-E creates and develops compact folding electric vehicles for clean energy transportation. URB-E used SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software in order to bring their drawings of a small “zippy” electric scooter start-up to a fully functional vehicle. During these inspiring half-day live events, attendees will experience a complete end-to-end product development workflow. Keep reading to learn more.

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                                  Simplified Configurations and Working with Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS

                                  by Toby Schnaars on July 6, 2018

                                  Simplified ConfigurationsLarge assemblies in SOLIDWORKS can often be slow to open, slow to save, and slow to work with, and throughout this blog series, we’ve been exploring different options one can take to help with lag, locking up, and wait time. In this blog, we’re going to continue talking about large assemblies that are slow to work with and working with simplified configurations.

                                  I often like to say that there is no silver bullet when it comes to working with large assemblies, it’s really a combination of a lot of different settings, but if there was one silver bullet it would be to learn how to utilize working with simplified configurations. Overly detailed models in your top-level assembly will significantly slow down your assembly performance and overly detailed models in your top level assembly are the number one contributor to lag.

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                                    Edit an STL File in SOLIDWORKS - It’s Easier Than You Think

                                    by Dan Erickson on June 29, 2018

                                    STL File SOLIDWORKSIf you work with 3D Printers regularly, then you know what an STL file is. And you know what a pain they can be to work with. There are some very good STL editors out there, but they tend not to be “parametric” modelers, which can be difficult to use accurately. More importantly, this style of editing can be unfamiliar to Design Engineers. Luckily, if you have access to SOLIDWORKS 2018, you may be surprised how easy it is to edit STL files. Read on to learn how.

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                                      SOLIDWORKS Optimization: Preparing for SOLIDWORKS 2018

                                      by Christa Prokos on June 25, 2018

                                      SOLIDWORKS optimizationThe release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 brought exciting new capabilities and enhanced features to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software. If you’re preparing to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2018 (or update your software in general) there are certain hardware requirements you’ll need to meet first, as well as considerations on how to best use SOLIDWORKS moving forward. Here’s what you need to know.

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                                        How to create Manual Configurations and Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS

                                        by Madison Bryce on June 21, 2018

                                        manual configurationHave you ever needed to create a series of parts that were similar but slightly different in a few features, dimensions, colors, etc? In SOLIDWORKS, you can easily create a part then configure it to the exact specifications necessary for the other parts without the tedious recreation process. In this blog, we will use K’NEX pieces to demonstrate this process.

                                        This is the first in a series of two blogs based on configurations modeled by K’NEX. Today we will discuss how to manually configure K’NEX connectors and then how to use a design table in SOLIDWORKS to configure K’NEX rods. In part two, we will discuss how to configure a K’NEX assembly and how to use tools like DriveWorks to create configurations. Let’s get started.

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                                          The Difference Between SOLIDWORKS CAM Software: CAM Standard Versus CAM Professional

                                          by Amanda Osbun on June 19, 2018

                                          SOLIDWORKS CAM softwareEver since the release of the new integrated CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS, people often ask, “what is the difference between the SOLIDWORKS CAM software packages: SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional?” In this blog, I’m going to entirely run through both packages to help you determine which SOLIDWORKS CAM software package is best for you. Let’s dive in.

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                                            How to Get Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams for Subscription Customers

                                            by Angelle Erickson on June 18, 2018

                                            SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam Completing a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam and obtaining a Professional SOLIDWORKS Certification is a great achievement. Not only does it shine proudly on your resume, but it also shows employers, decision makers, and fellow team members your level of skill and knowledge of the software. Companies often have certain strategies and standards set as a business to help stay ahead of the competition and having a reliable, knowledgeable, and certified staff is appealing to potential customers.

                                            Did you know that if you have an active subscription with SOLIDWORKS you can take a free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam? SOLIDWORKS offers a variety of different exams each focusing in a different area of the entire portfolio. Keep reading to find out what SOLIDWORKS certification exams are available and how to start testing your skills.

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                                              3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Switching CAD Tools

                                              by Madison Bryce on June 14, 2018

                                              Switching CAD toolsSwitching to a different CAD software may seem like a daunting task. Not only is it essential to evaluate your company and its personal needs to decide if switching is right for you, but here are three questions that you should ask yourself before switching to SOLIDWORKS: Does switching to SOLIDWORKS make good business sense? Is SOLIDWORKS a software my team can easily learn? How would I go about transferring my legacy data?

                                              In this blog, we will discuss these topics in three sections starting with the business sense of SOLIDWORKS and how the company and its value-added resellers work for you. Second, we’ll discuss the learning curve and ways to minimize it. Finally, we will consider the transfer of data and how new versions of SOLIDWORKS changed the game in Multi-CAD tools. Let’s get started.

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                                                How Much Does SOLIDWORKS Cost? Everything You Need to Know About SOLIDWORKS Pricing

                                                by Christa Prokos on June 11, 2018

                                                SOLIDWORKS priceAre you interested in SOLIDWORKS software but don’t know where to get started? You’re not alone.

                                                There are many factors to consider when making a new software purchase, including pricing, functionality, and overall fit. We’ve broken down the different SOLIDWORKS products available for purchase and the differences between them to help you make the right selection for your needs. Here’s what you need to know.

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                                                  Improve Your Archery Game with SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks

                                                  by Peer Larson on June 8, 2018

                                                  SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks If you’re like me, then you like archery. There’s a lot to like about it - the serenity of nature, the simplicity of a bow and arrow, and the cool morning breeze as you line up your shot. While there are many of you out there that are far better at it than I am, we can all agree that practice is the key item that makes good archery possible. Also, a great excuse to do it more.

                                                  So how does SOLIDWORKS PDM play into this? As it turns out, there are a number of factors that can get in the way of our precious practice time. One of them being work; specifically tedious and repetitive work. We’ve all dreaded those late nights and weekends where we have to open hundreds or thousands of drawings, check a standard or property, and make a simple adjustment all before release day (or ISO inspection day) - usually Monday morning. If this is a nightmare you’ve experienced, are soon dreading, or simply don’t wish to encounter you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started.

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                                                    SOLIDWORKS Online Training: Here’s What to Expect

                                                    by Madison Bryce on June 5, 2018

                                                    SOLIDWORKS Essentials TrainingBefore enrolling as an engineering student at the University of Michigan, I had used CAD software for several years. During that time I’ve experienced formal classroom settings, informal settings, as well as learning the software by simply clicking around until I found a solution. Even though I eventually accomplished what I was trying to do, this method was time-consuming and didn’t always yield the most effective solution.

                                                    I recently had the opportunity expand my skills by taking a take a two-week SOLIDWORKS online training class called SOLIDWORKS Essentials. The experience I’ve had in the past with online learning involved recorded lectures, online classes, and tutorials so when I logged in the first day of the course, I expected a similar experience. Instead, I was introduced to a whole new way of learning.

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                                                      SOLIDWORKS Tips for Large Assemblies That Are Slow to Work With

                                                      by Toby Schnaars on June 1, 2018

                                                      SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies In my SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies blog series, I’ve talked about how large assemblies can be slow to open, slow to work with, and slow to save. Earlier in the series, we opened the assembly with a bunch of older version files and I was opening it from a network and it took seven minutes and thirty seconds to open. I went through the assembly and moved all the files to a location where they were getting the fastest possible data connection, opened all the files in a resolved state and made sure we had read/write access, we looked for any files with an unusually large file size and shrank those files, we resolved any errors in the assembly, sub-assemblies, and part files, and then we saved the assembly and all parts in the current version of SOLIDWORKS. After that, we closed the assembly and we toggled on the option to load components lightweight. I ended up cutting the total time down to just about twenty seconds just by following the steps talked about in previous blogs.

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                                                        How to Leverage Animation Data from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Within SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

                                                        by Matt Haywood on May 25, 2018

                                                        SOLIDWORKS Visualize ProfessionalSOLIDWORKS Visualize, introduced to the SOLIDWORKS product suite in 2016, currently offers the option to export animation files from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional package. If you are running SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard, it will NOT be possible for you to render animation files. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional is a requirement.

                                                        While it is possible to fully define your animation within the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional interface, you might save some time by exporting your existing animation from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. You might also find that you are most familiar with the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD commands for creating animations. In this blog, we will take a simple assembly from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, create a simple animation, and export to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional with just a few easy steps.

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                                                          Comparing SOLIDWORKS Packages: Standard vs Professional or Premium

                                                          by Christa Prokos on May 22, 2018

                                                          OLIDWORKS Standard vs Professional or PremiumWhether you’re just getting started with buying a license of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, or wondering if you should upgrade from SOLIDWORKS Standard to Professional or Premium, it’s important to take the time to make sure you choose the best SOLIDWORKS package for your needs. This blog will give you a helpful overview of SOLIDWORKS Standard vs Professional or Premium and how each package is different.

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                                                            Simulation with SOLIDWORKS: Is it Enough?

                                                            by Nathan Sneller on May 21, 2018

                                                            SOLIDWORKS premiumIf you’re a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software user, you’ve likely experimented with different features and read different blog posts on SOLIDWORKS to brush up your knowledge. With so many features offered (and three different software solutions to choose from), it can be hard to know if you’re using your software to its full potential. Keep reading to learn how to get the most out of the Simulation tools within SOLIDWORKS Premium and a chance to attend a fun webcast where we'll analyze the workings of James Watt’s flyball governor using simulation features in SOLIDWORKS.

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                                                              SOLIDWORKS CAM Tutorial: Customizing Tools and Tool Cribs

                                                              by Amanda Osbun on May 18, 2018

                                                              SOLIDWORKS CAM tutorialSOLIDWORKS CAM is a great tool that helps eliminate repetitive manual tasks, reduce errors, and avoid unwanted and unexpected costs that prolong time to market time. However, I often hear from SOLIDWORKS CAM users challenges they face regarding tools and tool cribs.

                                                              In this blog, we’re going to look at customizing tools, creating and customizing tool cribs, as well as creating new tools using solid geometry. Let’s get started.

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                                                                What are SWUGN Technical Summits? (And Why You Should Attend)

                                                                by Angelle Erickson on May 7, 2018

                                                                SWUGN Technical SummitsThe SOLIDWORKS User Group community has been growing, learning, and sharing their knowledge and passion of SOLIDWORKS since they were first established in 1999. The SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN - formerly known as the SOLIDWORKS National User Group) has adopted a new name and has expanded a lot over the past several years but has kept their mission the same: to bring SOLIDWORKS users together.

                                                                May 8th, 2018 kicks off the first of the SWUGN Technical Summits in Columbus, Ohio with speakers straight from DS SolidWorks Corp. and Fisher Unitech’s very own Jay-Shan Jackson and Amanda Osbun. Keep reading to learn more about SWUGN Technical Summits and why you should be attending these all-day learning sessions.

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                                                                  Are you sure it's a SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission?

                                                                  by Jodi Degenaer on April 27, 2018

                                                                  PDM PermissionSOLIDWORKS PDM permissions can be tricky at times to the point where you don’t know for sure if the issue you are having is actually a permission issue at all. The best way to test if it’s permissions is to log in as the admin user and see if you can perform the action. If you can it’s a permission issue.

                                                                  What permission could it be? In this blog, I’m covering a few tips where you might want to start looking. I also give a couple examples that demonstrate some common troubleshooting processes in looking for a permission.

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                                                                    SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 and Topology Study

                                                                    by Angelle Erickson on April 24, 2018

                                                                     using SOLIDWORKS simulationSOLIDWORKS 2018 introduced users to a number of enhancements that makes using SOLIDWORKS Simulation faster and easier than ever before. SOLIDWORKS 2018 also includes a new tool called Topology which is a design guide and study type that adds SIMULIA technology to the simplicity of a typical simulation set up. Together, these tools can improve workflow and help overcome otherwise difficult challenges in the design process.

                                                                    As we’ve seen in previous blogs, SOLIDWORKS 2018 has made several improvements to the entire portfolio - from product data management to realistic visualization and electrical schematics; simulation and design validation is no exception. Keep reading to see how SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a design validation game changer and familiarize yourself with Topology.

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                                                                      How to Pick the Right Product Data Management (PDM) Solution For Your Company

                                                                      by Christa Prokos on April 18, 2018

                                                                      solidworks pdm standard vs professional Have you ever heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for?” Although the connotation can be limited, it’s important to know when it’s true - especially when it comes to software tools for your business. Companies who want to scale and remain profitable need to know when the benefits outweigh the costs and how to make the right investments for their long-term growth.

                                                                      We’ve mentioned before that not using a PDM solution at all can result in longer cycle times, lost or inaccessible data, and much higher costs. A study by the Aberdeen Group found that PDM users saw a 15% decrease in development time, and were able to reuse data 10% more than non-PDM users. Even businesses who initially hesitated to adopt PDM due to worries over cost and setup have found PDM to be a cost-effective timesaver for their employees.

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                                                                        10 SOLIDWORKS Tips to Optimize Your Workflow

                                                                        by Christa Prokos on April 13, 2018

                                                                        SOLIDWORKS tips In computer aided design, accuracy and speed are key. Engineers and designers are often strapped for time, with a long list of tasks that need to be tackled every day. Optimizing workflow is key, but it can be hard to set aside time to learn the tools you need to get the most out of SOLIDWORKS. To help address this issue, we’ve compiled a list of SOLIDWORKS tips every CAD user should know, with advice on everything from speeding up assemblies to leveraging little-known tools.

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                                                                          SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation - Can Software Replace Human Observation?

                                                                          by Nathan Sneller on April 11, 2018

                                                                          SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation

                                                                          I was once treated to lunch by an older engineer whom I greatly admire. He holds many complex patents and co-founded a plastics company that he sold to a large industrial conglomerate. As we talked our discussion turned to injection molding simulation software such as SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation software.

                                                                          He believed the software was unnecessary, and that the results rarely provided information that couldn't be gained from a conversation with an experienced mold maker. He thought that in choosing software over an experienced human, the “richness of the dialogue was lost”, a phrase that has stuck with me for many years.

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                                                                            Slow SOLIDWORKS Load Time? Check This Setting

                                                                            by Toby Schnaars on April 5, 2018

                                                                            Slow SOLIDWORKSTrying to work effectively with a slow SOLIDWORKS large assembly that is slow to open, slow to work with, and slow to save is frustrating and can cause unwanted setbacks. In this blog series, we’ve been covering different steps SOLIDWORKS users can take to avoid delays and make working with large assemblies a much smoother process.

                                                                            In previous blogs, we’ve found that checking for errors and saving files on the most current version helped, as well as using the Automatically Load Components Lightweight option and checking your network for bottlenecks also made a significant impact. In this blog, I’m going to be showing you a certain setting that could be hurting load time and how to fix it so you’re no longer taking that lag.

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                                                                              Resetting the PDM Admin Password in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                              by Lindsay Early on March 30, 2018

                                                                              PDM Admin passwordA question I often hear from new SOLIDWORKS administrators is “how do I change the PDM Admin password in SOLIDWORKS?” When I hear this question, it’s usually for one of two reasons. Either, the administrator needs to change it to a more secure password, or the administrator has misplaced the password and needs to reset it.

                                                                              In this blog, I demonstrate step-by-step instructions and tips on how to simply change the PDM Admin password. Let’s get started.

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                                                                                New Features in eDrawings 2018: SOLIDWORKS 2018 Series

                                                                                by Angelle Erickson on March 26, 2018

                                                                                eDrawings 2018In our SOLIDWORKS 2018 blog series, we're covering new features and enhancements throughout the entire SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. eDrawings 2018 is a great tool that lets users open, view, and save 3D CAD files straight from SOLIDWORKS. The latest edition of eDrawings 2018 introduces many new enhancements to make collaboration with suppliers and manufacturers simpler and more powerful.

                                                                                In this blog, we’re going to cover some of these new features that include indicators, toolbars, and more. Let’s take a look.

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                                                                                • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, CAD, SOLIDWORKS TRAINING

                                                                                  Online SOLIDWORKS Courses: Worth the Investment?

                                                                                  by Rodney Harper on March 23, 2018

                                                                                  online SOLIDWORKS coursesWith more than three million users worldwide, SOLIDWORKS products are some of the most widely recognized 3D software tools on the market. Creating designs on everything from supersonic aircraft to exoskeletons, SOLIDWORKS users are leveraging the software to drive innovation in almost every industry — and with it, a growing demand for skilled SOLIDWORKS professionals.

                                                                                  The SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams were developed to address this demand, as well as help employers benchmark SOLIDWORKS competency. Passing a SOLIDWORKS exam has become a useful way to gauge an individual’s SOLIDWORKS knowledge, and some companies have even begun offering SOLIDWORKS training to take the onus of certification preparation off of time-strapped team leads. But is SOLIDWORKS training really worth it?

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                                                                                    Get a Sneak Peek of SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                                                    by Ken LaVictor on March 22, 2018

                                                                                    SOLIDWORKS 2019When SOLIDWORKS World 2018 came to a close back in February, attendees were able to witness one of the most anticipated announcements - a sneak peek of SOLIDWORKS 2019. Every year, SOLIDWORKS offers a sneak peek of new features and enhancements to come in the next release of the 3D CAD software.

                                                                                    In this blog, we will see a small sampling of new functionality slated for SOLIDWORKS 2019. While viewing these new features and enhancements, remember this is a preview of what might make it to the SOLIDWORKS 2019 release. By Fall 2018, many more features will be added as well, some may change, and some may take a little longer than anticipated to get out there. Let’s take a look at some of these potential new features.

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                                                                                      Fisher Unitech Customer Ringbrothers Keeps Their Future Digital with SOLIDWORKS

                                                                                      by Stacey Clement on March 20, 2018

                                                                                      RingbrothersJim and Mike Ring have had a passion for building innovative cars since childhood. Even at an early age they were busy building and painting cars anywhere and anytime they could. Now as successful adults, Mike and Jim carry their passion and imagination as co-founders of their company Ringbrothers. Along with being a collision and repair shop, they also deliver a few custom-built cars throughout the year.

                                                                                      Ringbrothers, headquartered in Spring Green, Wisconsin is not only a collision and repair shop,  they also produce custom builds and high-quality accessories along with custom fiberglass and carbon pieces. Ringbrothers has soared to the top of American car builders and won numerous design awards including the General Motors award for “Best Chevrolet of Show”, multiple Mothers Shine Awards, magazine covers, and more.

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                                                                                      • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS, CAD

                                                                                        Beginners Surfacing Breakout session at SOLIDWORKS World 2018

                                                                                        by Toby Schnaars on March 16, 2018

                                                                                        Beginners SurfacingIn February of 2018 I was honored to be selected by to present at the annual SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018 user conference. This year the conference was held in Los Angeles, California. My breakout session was focused on SOLIDWORKS Surfacing and was called “Beginners Surfacing for Beginners” and took place on Tuesday, February 6th at 10:30 AM.  It was attended by 181 SOLIDWORKS users.

                                                                                        The goal of this presentation was to help users who have little or no experience with the SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools get a better understanding of how and when surfaces can and should be utilized.  SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools are a great addition to any SOLIDWORKS user’s toolbox, and I wanted to take this, often avoided area of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, and make it more accessible to newer users.

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                                                                                          What is the Best CAM Software to Use with SOLIDWORKS?

                                                                                          by Christa Prokos on March 15, 2018

                                                                                          CAM SoftwareThe technologies you use during your design to manufacture process are critical to your success. There are costs to control, time you can’t waste, and quality you can’t afford to compromise. If you use SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to design parts and assemblies for CNC machining, then it’s time to take a serious look at CAMWorks CAM software.

                                                                                          CAMWorks is an intuitive, feature-based computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software that integrates seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS. It is ideal to use with SOLIDWORKS because it runs directly inside SOLIDWORKS so your design and manufacturing model become one and the same. Read on to learn more about CAMWorks.

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                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS Multibody Parts Using “Hybrid” Sketching

                                                                                            by Jay-Shan Jackson on March 14, 2018

                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS Multibody partOver the years I’ve had many opportunities to use SOLIDWORKS for different projects either for work, home, hobbies, teaching, and more. Working in the industry that I’m in you also tend to observe several habits for better or worse regarding design strategies. One habit that seems to be very consistent, is that people don’t seem to like 3D sketching.

                                                                                            Of course, saying people don’t “like” 3D sketching is one of the biggest understatements of all time. It’s kind of like saying that the Ford Pinto wasn’t an “ideal” racecar. No, the truth of the matter is that people seem to fear and loathe 3D sketching, to the point that they’d rather find any other way to get their design done. Let’s change that. In order to help spread the word, I presented this at my SOLIDWORKS World 2018 breakout session, so if you weren’t able to make it to the last event then you’re in luck. Let’s take a look at what you missed.

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                                                                                              Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools

                                                                                              by Chaz Stipkovic on March 9, 2018

                                                                                              SOLIDWORKS Mold ToolsAnother exciting SOLIDWORKS World event has come to a close, where over 5,000 SOLIDWORKS users attended and brought home new knowledge to incorporate into their everyday workflow. If you weren’t able to attend, or you’re new or unfamiliar with SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools, this blog is for you.

                                                                                              SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools are available in SOLIDWORKS Standard, SOLIDWORKS Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Premium and is offered for online and classroom training from our training team. The following blog was presented by our own Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS Expert Chaz Stipkovic, adapted from his breakout session at SOLIDWORKS World 2018. Let’s take a look.

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                                                                                                Simplify Your SOLIDWORKS Custom Property Input with the Custom Properties Tab

                                                                                                by Rachael Buhl on March 8, 2018

                                                                                                SOLIDWORKS World 2018 offered many different breakout sessions on an array of interesting subjects. However, if you weren’t able to make it to the Los Angeles, California event this past February doesn’t mean you should miss out on informative presentations. This blog covers what Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS Expert, Rachael Buhl, presented to users on how to simplify your custom property input with the custom properties tab.

                                                                                                Properties are simply details about a file which can be searched, and even referenced by other files. There are Windows-based properties and SOLIDWORKS based properties. Windows-based properties, such as file size, date created, and date last modified can be seen by right-clicking a file in Windows Explorer and clicking Properties. SOLIDWORKS properties, on the other hand, are very customizable. They may include anything you need. Common examples are Description, Part Number, Weight, or Material, just to name a few.

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                                                                                                  Joining Forces: Design in Parallel with SOLIDWORKS Electrical and PCB

                                                                                                  by Angelle Erickson on March 6, 2018

                                                                                                  SOLIDWORKS Electrical Electrical systems and printed circuit boards are all around us, embedded in an endless number of items. Your cell phone, computer, television, the lamp on your desk, the key fob in your pocket; even the very room you’re sitting in. Increasingly, anything you interact with contains a circuit board, and every circuit board needs a supply of electricity.

                                                                                                  The pace at which these technologies develop is rapid, and to meet that demand and deliver the latest and greatest products to market, electrical and mechanical designers and engineers must work in parallel; in a collaborative environment with seamless communication.

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                                                                                                    How to Use Design Validation and Virtual Simulation Software

                                                                                                    by Christa Prokos on March 5, 2018

                                                                                                    Virtual Simulation SoftwareVirtual simulation is not only for specialists and final design validation. It’s an intuitive design solution for all product engineers in all industries. Using simulation software, you can set up virtual real-world environments to test your product designs before manufacturing them. If fact, it pays to use simulation software. You will lower your costs and shorten your time-to-market by reducing the number of physical prototypes before going into production.

                                                                                                    To teach you more about how to use SOLIDWORKS design validation and virtual simulation software, we invited SOLIDWORKS Simulation expert Joe Galliera from corporate DS SolidWorks to present a webcast called, Design Better Products Faster with Virtual Simulation. Keep reading to learn more about using simulation software.

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                                                                                                    • POSTED IN SOLIDWORKS, CAD, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

                                                                                                      The Dundee Vi-Borgs Prepare for 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition

                                                                                                      by Ethan Harper on March 2, 2018

                                                                                                      2018 FIRST RoboticsWhen the 2017 year ended for my Vi-Borgs FIRST Robotics team based out of my high school in Dundee, Michigan, we took some time to look back,reflect, and learn on what happened to help prepare us for the 2018 FIRST Robotics season. The 2017 Steamworks challenge was my first year taking part in a FIRST robotics season and I enjoyed every minute of it. From beginning to end there were several challenges that our team faced but were able to overcome them using skills learned in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) fields that are applicable to everyday life.

                                                                                                      January 5th was FIRST Power Up 2018 season kick off. Keep reading to learn more about my FIRST Robotics team and new steps we took to prepare for the 2018 FIRST Robotics season.

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