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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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                                                        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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                                                              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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                                                                            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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                                                                              What You Missed at SOLIDWORKS World: How to use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse and Templates to Create Assemblies Faster

                                                                              by Heather Dawe on February 27, 2018

                                                                              SOLIDWORKS TreehouseOne of the most highly anticipated events at a SOLIDWORKS World conference is being able to attend break-out sessions that are hosted by Certified SOLIDWORKS users on an array of different subjects. If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s conference then you’re in luck. This blog covers what Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS Expert Heather Dawe presented to users to show how SOLIDWORKS Treehouse and templates can be used to create assemblies faster.

                                                                              SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) templates are one of the most commonly used automation processes in a PDM vault. They can be used for everything from creating new project folder sets, to writing ECO’s/ECR’s, to generating new SOLIDWORKS files. Many companies already use PDM Templates to create new project folder sets. These folders can be used to implement project-wide variables and can be populated with pre-designed template files to create a uniform, organized project folders. What a lot of users don’t know is that by using a little-known tool called SOLIDWORKS Treehouse, you can take your assembly to the next level and use you PDM templates to kick-start your project planning and create your assemblies quicker.

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                                                                                Top New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018 Flow Simulation

                                                                                by Drew Buchanan on February 23, 2018

                                                                                SOLIDWORKS 2018 Flow SimulationSOLIDWORKS 2018 released a ton of new features and enhancements that we’re excited about. In our “What’s New” blog series, we’ve been covering the entire SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. In today’s blog we will be covering some of the great new features in the SOLIDWORKS 2018 Flow Simulation portfolio.

                                                                                For an even more in-depth look, make sure to register for my upcoming webinar “Top Flow Simulation Tips and What's New in SOLIDWORKS Flow 2018” that I’ll be hosting on February 27th at 11 AM EST. Let’s get started.

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                                                                                  Fisher Unitech Receives Awards at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 for Superior Customer Service, Support and Sales Achievements

                                                                                  by Christa Prokos on February 21, 2018

                                                                                  SOLIDWORKS World In February, thirty Fisher Unitech employees went to Los Angeles, California to take part in SOLIDWORKS World 2018. Not only did we have the honor of delivering 10 presentations and joining our customers, partners and friends in the SOLIDWORKS community at the event, but we took home 17 awards for our customer service, support and sales achievements.

                                                                                  The annual SOLIDWORKS World conference held February 4-7 brought together 5,000 attendees in the SOLIDWORKS community including partners, sellers and customers from around the globe. The awards presented to Fisher Unitech recognize the company’s dedication as a partner of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. and the talent and commitment of its staff.

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                                                                                    ThunderChickens FIRST Robotics Team is Ready for 2018 Competition

                                                                                    by Ryan Henigan on February 20, 2018

                                                                                    ThunderChickensWith a new year comes a new FIRST Robotics season for the ThunderChickens. High school students in FIRST Robotics teams across the globe anxiously wait for this time of year. On January 6th, “For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology” (FIRST) released this year's FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (FRC) challenge.

                                                                                    FIRST Robotics is an organization that has been around since its founding by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989. Their goal is to inspire young students to participate in Science and Engineering as if it were a sport. With traditional high school sports receiving so much attention, Dean and Woodie set out to create a sport for the mind that all of its participants could “go pro” in some day.

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                                                                                      DriveWorks Design Automation: Configure and Customize with a Click

                                                                                      by Aaron Winthers on February 16, 2018

                                                                                      DriveWorks Design Automation-1Are you an engineer who is spending too much of your time modifying existing designs instead of creating new ones? Are you a technical lead who wishes that there was a way to substantially automate your supply chain with the press of a button? Are you a company executive who wants the competitive edge of allowing your customers to configure your products online? If you answered yes to any of these questions then DriveWorks is for you. DriveWorks design automation software allows you to configure, price and quote models, documents and data from web to the production floor.

                                                                                      This is just an introduction to DriveWorks design automation software, to learn more, check out my recorded webcast, “Save Time and Money with DriveWorks Design Automation” to see a live demonstration.

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                                                                                        2 SOLIDWORKS Tips For Working with Large Assemblies

                                                                                        by Toby Schnaars on February 13, 2018

                                                                                        SOLIDWORKS Large assembliesDo you often find that your SOLIDWORKS large assemblies are sluggish? Do you experience slow open time, lag, and a slow save time? If you do, you’re not alone, but there are several variables you may not have considered that could be causing this lackluster performance. In this blog series I’ve been covering each of those variables to help you get your SOLIDWORKS large assemblies opened, working, and saving faster.

                                                                                        In my first blog, I showed several examples of a large assembly that was slow to open, slow to save, and slow to work with. We were able to remedy that by opening the assembly locally, we turned off shadows and shapes, real view, and changed the display to shaded. In part 2, I talked about network bottlenecks and the differences in hard drives and how those can affect how your large assembly performs. Part 3 introduced the “Automatically Load Components Lightweight” option in SOLIDWORKS and how to reduce the amount of data being opened. Continuing with that trend, today we’re going to talk about a couple of best practices for working with assemblies in general but especially with large assemblies.

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                                                                                          SOLIDWORKS 2018 Assemblies and Magnetic Mate Capabilities

                                                                                          by Angelle Erickson on February 12, 2018

                                                                                          SOLIDWORKS 2018 assembliesIn today’s global marketplace, great products need to get built faster than ever. That’s why SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers the toolset and power source you need to help deliver assembly designs in record time and with less effort. One effective capability is that now when creating a linear pattern of components, SOLIDWORKS 2018 now gives users the ability to add an optional rotation. After choosing the number of instances, you can simply select a rotation reference and specify the incremental angle. This speeds up the process of all kinds of innovative designs and removes the need for additional features.

                                                                                          This blog covers more helpful features regarding surfaces, faces, and magnetic mating. Keep reading to learn more about these enhancements and how you can start implementing them into your everyday workflow straight away.

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                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS World 2018 General Session 3 Focuses on the Future

                                                                                            by Stacey Clement on February 7, 2018

                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS World 2018 General Session 3The Day 3 General Session of SOLIDWORKS World 2018 was held on Wednesday, February 7th and showcased the ways SOLIDWORKS customers have used SOLIDWORKS to create innovative solutions and products and how they plan to continue innovating moving forward. From Hollywood art directors to a Formula 1 driver, SOLIDWORKS customers across a variety of industries stepped up to share their stories, along with valuable insights from members of the SOLIDWORKS team. Keep reading to find out what we learned.

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                                                                                              SOLIDWORKS World 2018 General Session 2 THINK: INNOVATION Theme with Supersonic Jets, Exoskeleton and Entertainment Complexes

                                                                                              by Christa Prokos on February 6, 2018

                                                                                              The Day 2 General Session of SOLIDWORKS World 2018 on February 6th at the Los Angeles Convention Center showcased engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs explaining how they used SOLIDWORKS to turn their visions into reality. For example, Boom Technologies is developing a supersonic jetliner that can fly from New York to London in three and a half hours, half the time it takes to get there today. SG Robotics uses SOLIDWORKS to design exoskeletons that enable people with a wide range of disabilities to walk without assistance. Two Bit Circus is designing a fleet of next generation micro-amusement parks that will include the latest in multi-person virtual reality and mixed reality games, social play experiences, group games and liberal use of lasers, fire and robots.

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                                                                                                SOLIDWORKS World 2018 First General Session Lays Out Future Direction of Leading Design Software

                                                                                                by Christa Prokos on February 5, 2018

                                                                                                SOLIDWORKS World 2018 got off to an exhilarating start today in its first general session on February 5th 2018 in Los Angeles, California with the top executives of the company laying out their vision for the future, a high-powered customer story and a keynote speech by MIT Professor Neri Oxman. Keep reading to learn more about what was covered.

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                                                                                                  SOLIDWORKS 2018 Improves Productivity with Mesh, Tab & Slot, and Sketch Features

                                                                                                  by Angelle Erickson on February 2, 2018

                                                                                                  SOLIDWORKS 2018 Improves ProductivityA decrease in productivity can create a landslide of side effects amongst your engineering and design teams, and ultimately impact time to market. That’s why SOLIDWORKS 2018 made improvements and offered new features to keep your design process flowing smoothly.

                                                                                                  In our What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 blog series we’ve been taking a look at new features and enhancements across the entire SOLIDWORKS 2018 portfolio. In this blog, we’ll be looking at improvements in productivity within SOLIDWORKS Mesh and Sketch capabilities, and a new assembly tool called Tab and Slot. Let’s take a look.

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                                                                                                    Ask a SOLIDWORKS Expert feat. Tom Starks: Do I Need SOLIDWORKS Training?

                                                                                                    by Angelle Erickson on February 1, 2018

                                                                                                    Pop quiz: What level user should a person be to consider SOLIDWORKS training? New user? Experienced user? Expert? The answer is all of the above. It doesn’t matter what level of experience you have using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software; training is always a good option. Not only does SOLIDWORKS training help keep your skill set fresh, but gaining certifications can place you above the bar amongst your peers and help you gain recognition within your organization.

                                                                                                    At Fisher Unitech we offer SOLIDWORKS training three ways: Online (offered throughout the entire United States), onsite, and in-classroom. We offer over 40 different SOLIDWORKS online classes and 12 SOLIDWORKS certification tests to meet your needs. Most importantly, all of our classes are taught by a live instructor. One of those instructors is Tom Starks. Keep reading to learn more about Tom and his role in the SOLIDWORKS education experience.

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                                                                                                      SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018 Livestream

                                                                                                      by Angelle Erickson on January 30, 2018

                                                                                                      SOLIDWORKS World 2018 is heading to Los Angeles, California where over 5,000 SOLIDWORKS users can join their peers to share, explore, and learn about the latest in 3D design. The theme for SOLIDWORKS World 2018 is THINK FUTURE, THINK INNOVATION, and THINK NEXT IS NOW which will be discussed in further detail over the course of the three-day event.

                                                                                                      CEO of Dassault Systemes, Gian Paolo Bassi will kick off the first general session at 8:30 PST on Monday, February 5th and guests will hear from a collection of motivational speakers and SOLIDWORKS experts delivering news and advancements that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

                                                                                                      Can’t make it to Los Angeles? All three general sessions at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 will stream live coverage, which can be viewed on your computer no matter where you are. You can sign up for the live stream below.

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