Upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018

January 19, 2018

When it comes time to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2018, figuring out where to start might leave you with some questions. Let us help you answer those questions and ease the transition to SOLIDWORKS 2018. Below are some of our best resources to make that happen included current FAQs to a complete upgrade guide for users. 

SOLIDWORKS, Technical Communication

How to Create Real-Time Digital Click-Through Manual With Your SOLIDWORKS Files

January 18, 2018

With the snow coming down we thought it would be the perfect time to show off SOLIDWORKS Composer and how it can be used to create an interactive animation assembly. In the on-demand webinar below, I demonstrate this by using the software to assemble a 3D printed snowflake from four unique components. 

3D Printing

New Year's Resolution: Clean Your Printer

January 17, 2018

In 2018 our New Year’s Resolution is to keep our printers clean all year round. And we’re determined to make it last! (Unlike last year’s goal of eating healthy… which only lasted until January 2nd when we had leftover Holiday cookies for breakfast.)

Simulation, 3D CAD, Client Stories

Client Story: How Simulation Drove Innovation at Waters

January 16, 2018

As SOLIDWORKS' involvement in the product design process continues to grow, one area that shows significant potential is virtual design analysis. From basic finite element analysis (FEA) and tolerance stack-up analysis using intuitive wizards, to mold flow analysis, to streamline plastic mold design and advanced simulation studies using premier simulation tools, SOLIDWORKS offers a complete range of tools to make product design more efficient and productive. 


How to Add SOLIDWORKS Material Properties

January 12, 2018

SOLIDWORKS comes with a large variety of material options. However, in some cases, the specific material for your project may not be listed. Fortunately, is it is easy to add new materials by either creating your own or by importing a database somebody else has created.

3D Printing

3D Printing Best Practices: Orientation and Fill

January 9, 2018

From orienting your part, to selecting fill style, to sending your digital files, there are a lot of factors that go into 3D printing. And to add to that, these modes change depending on the model's intended end use. To help you accomplish a successful print, we outline the best ways to use orientation and fill. 


How to Improve Design and Documentation Processes

January 8, 2018

Are you still using a paper-based product development process? If you're a small to mid-sized manufacturer using SOLIDWORKS, it's time to upgrade to a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Learn how PLM can benefit your business from guest blogger, Alaine Portnoy of Omnify. 

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Flow Simulation

Q&A with Sam Skinner: Featuring SOLIDWORKS Simulation

January 5, 2018

Our QA blog series looks at different members of our team, their passion, 3D CAD specializations and a piece of content they’ve developed. This month’s QA features Sam Skinner and SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Flow Simulation

Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Simulation & Flow Simulation

January 2, 2018

There are many ways to validate your designs. However, to avoid over-engineering your parts and making costly design errors, SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools are some of the most reliable resources available.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, MySolidWorks, DriveWorks

Three Easy Steps to Get Started with DriveWorksXpress

December 29, 2017

Every SOLIDWORKS user has access to a series of “Xpress” products which are introductory versions of fully featured add-ins to the software. This blog will focus on DriveWorksXpress specifically, but the same procedure can be applied to SimulationXpress, FloXpress, DFMXpress and SustainabilityXpress.

GrabCAD Print

What's New With GrabCAD Print: Version 1.12 and 1.13

December 27, 2017

In May 2016, Stratasys released GrabCad Print, a sophisticated 3D printing app that allows designers and engineers to prepare, schedule and monitor 3D printing jobs. Since its release, GrabCAD has continued to make exciting updates to this software; and I will be updating you every month on its new features - December 2017 launches GrabCAD Print 1.12 and 1.13.


Watermark Your Design

December 22, 2017

Watermarks are an easy and clear way to mark the state of a drawing. Commonly used states are Preliminary, Work in Process, Pending Approval and Released. We’ll first look at creating a watermark using text and then do an example with an image file.