From an engineering perspective, if you’re looking into the world of Model-Based Design (MBD) or have already been shifting that way, you’ll want to start researching some of the new standards that are being developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In particular, the new standard that they are developing as a product definition for additive manufacturing. In this article, we will provide a quick list of the standards being looked at this year and touch on how you can apply these and other standards in a SOLIDWORKS workflow.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Model-Based Enterprise Summit at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. This was the 10th annual MBE Summit and was focused on highlighting the practical implementations of MBE in the world, with the main theme being Democratizing the Implementation of MBE.
This event was possibly the most in-depth technical summit I have ever been to. The amount of applications for model-based engineering is amazing and getting to see how people are leveraging this technology is truly eye-opening. The list of speakers was staggering and humbling. It was truly exceptional to see so many experts in their field speak to how digital engineering has been completely transforming their businesses. As a mechanical-minded person focused on technology and interconnected systems, I believe there are certainly some exciting leaps coming in the future.
Industry 4.0 is a trending term, originating from a project in the high-tech strategy division of the German government to promote the computerization of manufacturing. As a general principle, it envisions a “smart factory” with cyber-physical systems communicating and cooperating real time with the software and humans that drive the production. Until recently, however, factory management tools and automation have been some of the only driving factors in production throughput.
September 14, 2018
For those of you who have used SOLIDWORKS Weldments for frame design and extrusions in SOLIDWORKS, you're probably aware of how easy they are to work with and create. However, you may not be aware that there are literally thousands of profiles that you can download for free directly in the software.
Many people deal with importing models and translating data back and forth between SOLIDWORKS and other software on a daily basis. Requesting the proper file format for this move is imperative, but can be overwhelming. Read our blog to discover how to avoid errors and learn about the different options.
April 2, 2018
Here at TriMech we don't think our job ends once the sale is final. We want to help throughout your entire SOLIDWORKS journey. Instead of flipping through manuals and Googling question after question, we have a handy Technical Communication Webinar Series to answer your MBD, Inspection and Composer questions.
February 2, 2018
I ran across SOLIDWORKS article announcing that SOLIDWORKS World 2018 is going to be featuring a “Shop Floor” booth, which seems really interesting to me. After having attended many SOLIDWORKS World conferences in the past, I can say that in previous years, focus hasn’t always been on manufacturing, but mostly on design and analysis. However, it seems like the dynamic is steadily shifting to encompass both design and manufacturing in recent years. So, the fact that SOLIDWORKS is going to be encompassing and highlighting increasingly more products that support and enhance the interaction between design and manufacturing is encouraging.
May 4, 2017
I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and have been for a very long time. And it doesn't get much better than the final climactic moment from “A New Hope.”
Last week, we discussed SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect, a new tool released in 2017 that allows users to open neutral and native CAD data from various sources right inside SOLIDWORKS. Today, we're going to show you how to utilize this new feature in today's mixed CAD environment.
If you have legacy Autodesk Inventor files or you have received an Inventor file and need to open it in SOLIDWORKS, it may seem as though there is a washed out bridge in your path, but don’t panic! You CAN do this in SOLIDWORKS. There are two ways through which you will be able to open the Inventor files: through 3D Interconnect and the Autodesk Viewer.