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    SOLIDWORKS

    Top 5 DFMXpress Features You Already Have

    September 4, 2020

    SOLIDWORKS gives users the freedom to design anything they can imagine. From heavy machinery, to bicycles and even abstract art. When it comes to producing those designs in the real world, however, our imaginations can sometimes run a little too wild and create something that is costly to manufacture. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS has built-in tools that can help evaluate the manufacturability of your designs. DFMXpress is one of those tools. DFM stands for “Design for Manufacture.” It allows users to check for manufacturing parameters on parts that will be milled and/or drilled, turned with mill drill, formed from sheet metal or injection molded. In this article, we look at the top five features you already have in DFMXpress.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019

    Hidden Gems in SOLIDWORKS 2019 or Later

    July 24, 2020

    SOLIDWORKS understands that engineering is a process of constant improvement. Their software reflects this philosophy and every year more and more features are added to improve the user experience. We always cover the major changes in our roll out presentations, but sometimes there are hidden gems that you might not have heard about.  In today’s article, I go over some of those gems from SOLIDWORKS 2019.

    SOLIDWORKS, Visualize

    MDL Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

    May 11, 2020

    SOLIDWORKS Visualize has a great selection of material appearances right out of the box. It allows users to improve upon the standard SOLIDWORKS appearances and make their renderings look amazing. More choices are never a bad thing, and in 2019, SOLIDWORKS added support for NVIDIA MDL materials to SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3DEXPERIENCE

    Using SOLIDWORKS From Home

    March 16, 2020

    In this modern digital age, working from home and ensuring that business continues (mostly) as usual is not difficult. For those of us that work with SOLIDWORKS, that means bringing our work laptops home, or installing the application on a home computer. In today’s article, I’ll explain the different ways you can use your SOLIDWORKS license from home.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Using SOLIDWORKS (Part One)

    August 12, 2019

    We all remember the days when we first started using SOLIDWORKS. Many of us didn’t know a sketch from a sweep! There are so many useful tools within SOLIDWORKS and it can be daunting for new users to keep track of them. Whenever I teach our SOLIDWORKS Essentials class, at least one student will inevitably exclaim, “I wish I had known that months ago!” In this blog article, we’ll go over some of those essential tools you might not know about yet.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, Applications & Projects, CAM

    Concept to Completion with SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Tools

    June 7, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS is not just a CAD application. The integrated add-ins and supporting applications make it a complete engineering solution. I recently took advantage of these tools to complete a project that has been at the back of my mind for some time. It was a great opportunity to show how to use the SOLIDWORKS integrated platform from design all the way through the manufacturing and post-manufacturing process.