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    Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding: How to Optimize Design

    Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on May 16, 2019

    plastic part design for injection moldingIf you do plastic part design for plastic injection molding, you know that optimizing your design is key to reducing errors and producing better parts. Because mold rework can become expensive, a better design process will save on both time and cost for manufacturers, and allow parts to get to market faster. The use of simulation software like SOLIDWORKS Plastics is helpful in this regard because it “simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds,” allowing designers to easily and quickly evaluate the functionality of their design.

    Although simulation software is an initial investment in your design process, your return on investment will take the form of reduced costs, shortened cycle time, and improved part quality. Here’s what you need to know about simulation software in plastic part design for injection molding.

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      Concept Creation | Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 2)

      Todd Myers & Laura Nickerson by Todd Myers & Laura Nickerson on May 8, 2019

      Design to manufactureIn our previous blog, we introduced the Fisher Unitech Design to Manufacturing Series, a project our Application Engineers are tackling to address the lack of space and abundance of items on our desks that many of us can relate to. As Plato once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention” - something needs to be done. So to eliminate cord management problems and solve the “where should I put my headset” dilemma, the AE team will conceptualize, design, simulate and fabricate a headset and cellphone charging stand using the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS, 3D scanning, and 3D printing for a complete design to manufacturing experience.

      As Industrial Designers, we live at the intersection of imagination and technology, bridging the gap between engineering and artistry. We are always thinking, approaching problems with curiosity, creativity, and the desire to help and hopefully, in the end, strike innovation. During our design to manufacturing series, we’ll take the same approach.

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        Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

        Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on April 23, 2019

        SOLIDWORKS Flow SimulationWhen the products you design involve liquid or gas flow, how can you test their performance for real-world conditions? This is where computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software comes in.

        SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables you to run “what if” scenarios and efficiently analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer and related forces on or through components. This allows you to compare design variations quickly to make better decisions so you can create products with superior performance. Read on to learn more about CFD with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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          Industrial Magnetics Drawn to DriveWorks to Enhance Automation Journey with SOLIDWORKS

          Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on April 16, 2019

          DriveWorks Industrial MagneticsHeadquartered in Boyne City, Michigan, Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (IMI) is a leading provider of permanent magnets and electromagnets for work holding, lifting, fixturing, conveying and magnetic separation. The company specializes in providing personalized service, innovative solutions, and custom fabrication — designing, engineering and manufacturing industrial-grade magnetic products to meet customers’ specific requirements.

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            Getting Started as a PDM User: What is PDM?

            Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on April 15, 2019

            what is pdmWhat is PDM? PDM stands for Product Data Management and is essentially an add-on for Windows that allows companies to better manage their data and collaborate more effectively. Some of the benefits of Product Data Management is that it keeps a full history of every file, allows only one user to edit a file at a time, file security, comprehensive search and research tools, and lets everyone work locally (no more working from shared drives).

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              How to Create a Plane in SOLIDWORKS

              Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on April 9, 2019

              How to create a plane in solidworks When speaking to beginner SOLIDWORKS users, I always recommend taking a course like SOLIDWORKS Essentials in order to get started on the right track with their SOLIDWORKS-using experience. On the topic of planes: the word “plane” is used 337 times in the 2019 edition of the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course booklet. That’s a lot.

              In this article, I’ll discuss when/why you’d look to make new reference planes for your SOLIDWORKS geometry, as well as several methods of making them. Let’s get started.

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                Distributing SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In Settings

                Todd Barr by Todd Barr on April 2, 2019

                SOLIDWORKS PDM add-inWhen working in SOLIDWORKS PDM, it may be desirable to have all of your users working with the same client settings. Having the same client settings can enable better collaboration by having all PDM users see the same columns, icons, variable information, etc. Note: If there is a setting outside of what is described below, this is probably a setting controlled via the PDM Admin Tool and you will need to have your PDM Admin adjust these. Let’s take a look.

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                  Drawing a Line in SOLIDWORKS: Click-Click vs. Click-Drag

                  Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on March 28, 2019

                  solidworks tutorialIn this quick SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks blog, we’re going to take a look at how we draw our lines, the most fundamental shape in SOLIDWORKS. There are two techniques to draw a line: Click-Click and Click-Drag. I’m going to show you the differences between these two methods and how they may save you time, additional clicks, features in your tree, or hair on your head. Let’s get started.

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                    Push it Real Good: SOLIDWORKS Animations to SOLIDWORKS Visualize

                    David Janicki by David Janicki on March 19, 2019

                    solidworks visualize Inside of SOLIDWORKS, there are some stellar tools to get you started down the road of photorealistic animations and the ability to push those animations over to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional.

                    For those new to Visualize, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional takes the photorealistic rendering of Standard and enhances it in many forms. The one critical to pushing animations from SOLIDWORKS CAD to Visualize is the mere ability to create animations for your models, cameras, appearances, and more.

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                      How to Make a Cube in SOLIDWORKS

                      Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on March 18, 2019

                      how to make a cube in solidworks blogAh, the cube. It’s such a fundamental geometric shape that SOLIDWORKS decided to incorporate it as part of its own logo. It might not be the most exciting shape to create, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? And besides, it doesn’t have to be boring, right? ‘Right’ - on both counts! In this blog post, we’ll go through the most straightforward way of making a cube in SOLIDWORKS. Then, I’ll show you some other ways to make and manipulate cubes. One or two of these ways might seem silly, and that’s OK. The goal is to expose you to different ways of doing the same thing, in an ultimate effort to expand your SOLIDWORKS toolkit. Let’s get started. 

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                        Take Control of Your SOLIDWORKS Network Licenses Using Options Files

                        Heather Dawe by Heather Dawe on March 11, 2019

                        SOLIDWORKS Network LicensesSOLIDWORKS Network Licenses allow companies to let users share licenses between each other to make better use of the licenses that they own. But sometimes, it can feel a bit like you’re playing tug-of-war.   

                        Let me introduce you to the SOLIDWORKS Network License options file. Options files allow you to control who can get what licenses and for how long. This allows organizations to ensure licenses are available to the users who need them and the end of the tug-of-war game for your licenses.

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                          SOLIDWORKS World 2019 Recap: Where Possibility Takes Form

                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 5, 2019

                          solidworks world 2019 recapSOLIDWORKS World 2019 kicked off in Dallas, Texas on February 10th to thousands of people from around the world waiting to hear from keynote speakers, attend technical training sessions, and to network with fellow CAD users. In case you weren’t able to make it, here’s a recap of all three general sessions. Let’s take a look.

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                            7 Reasons to Be on (and Stay on) SOLIDWORKS Subscription

                            James Reeher by James Reeher on February 27, 2019

                            solidworks subscriptionWhen you purchase a seat of SOLIDWORKS, you have the option to add on the subscription service. SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service includes lots of tools and resources to help you get the most out of your software including upgrades to the latest version, customer support, full access to the customer portal, and allows you to participate actively and network in the SOLIDWORKS global community. If you’re still stuck on making a decision, I’ve compiled a list of the top seven tools you’ll get that might sway your decision.

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                              SOLIDWORKS Puts Ringbrothers in the Driver’s Seat to Scale Production and Propel Growth

                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on February 25, 2019

                              SOLIDWORKS Ringbrothers case studyIn the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin resides Ringbrothers, an automotive restoration company that has propelled itself to one of the top American car builders. The company was founded by brothers, Jim and Mike Ring, who shared a passion, imagination, and innovation for building cars from a very young age. The brother duo and the employees within wear many hats, as the company serves as a collision and repair shop to the community, as well as produces high-quality billet accessories, custom fiberglass, carbon fiber pieces, and custom-built cars.

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                                SOLIDWORKS 2020 Features Revealed

                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on February 14, 2019

                                SOLIDWORKS 2020One of the most exciting parts of attending SOLIDWORKS World is getting a sneak peek at the next version. During the last general session at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, attendees got to see lots of new updates and enhancements currently being developed for SOLIDWORKS 2020. Here’s a look at what’s to come in next year’s release.

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