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    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    A Better Way to Share Your BOM Using SOLIDWORKS

    November 29, 2021

    First, SOLIDWORKS introduced us to a Bill of Materials (BOM) table on the drawing that was updated to match the components in the assembly. Then we moved to SOLIDWORKS PDM where we could look at a BOM without even opening the assembly and save it out if needed. Now we have moved to SOLIDWORKS Manage, where we can create BOMs from assemblies, add items to the BOM that are not CAD related, and easily run comparisons.

    How could life get better for companies that gather information in their BOMs? SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022 brings two new features for BOMs to the table to help us make our work lives even more efficient. Now you can share an editable BOM with someone who does not have Manage, and you can use a BOM from Manage in your SOLIDWORKS drawing.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    How to Use the BOM in SOLIDWORKS Manage

    September 29, 2021

    I love SOLIDWORKS PDM and how it makes life easier for an engineer to do their job and keep their files in one secure location. With that said, I’ll admit that there are times when you just need more from PDM with regards to the Bill of Materials (BOM). I mean, who wants to model oil, glues, etc. just to have them be on a BOM? I get it, I really do. Having those materials accounted for ensures that when the assembly person goes to grab the grease, it’s there, but having to put blank models inside an assembly?

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    Hand Sanitizer for Your Data - Keeping it Clean

    August 30, 2021

    SOLIDWORKS PDM is awesome for storing your files and making sure that everyone follows the rules to get products into the customer’s hand. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can locate files by searching for them using the information stored in the database. Even with this searching ability, some companies prefer to have folders to organize their files. So, what can you do to keep your vault clean? SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional provides the right tools to help you organize your vault. Let's take a look as I’ll run through a couple of them right now.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    Top 5 Favorite Tools in SOLIDWORKS PDM

    August 3, 2021

    SOLIDWORKS PDM is a phenomenal tool that can help you stay on top of your data. While using SOLIDWORKS PDM for storage of my files, or to show someone how to use PDM, I find myself using a few tools over and over. It is surprising to me how often our clients do not use these options, so I thought I’d share five of my favorites, and hopefully make your work a little easier.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Hidden Gems in SOLIDWORKS 2017 or Later

    July 10, 2020

    Every year, there is excitement and anticipation within the engineering and designing community as SOLIDWORKS releases new enhancements and features for the software. At TriMech, we have made it a tradition to put together a list to highlight our top favorite enhancements. With all the excitement it's sometimes easy to forget about previous updates that continue to make our lives easier and allow us to get the job done quicker. I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and refresh the updates from SOLIDWORKS 2017 and later that still impact our design experience as we use SOLIDWORKS. While there are a lot out there, I am going to highlight some of my favorites for you here.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    Importing Non-Native Files into SOLIDWORKS

    September 10, 2019

    Although we love SOLIDWORKS and think everyone should be using the software, there are occasions where you may need to import non-native SOLIDWORKS files. That poses the question, what file formats will work with SOLIDWORKS? There are a couple of ways to handle this situation. In recent years, you have had the choice of converting these files to imported bodies, or leaving them in their native format. Let's dive into what files will work with standard SOLIDWORKS and how to import them.

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD

    A Day in the Life of a Swim Mom

    July 20, 2018

    Being a swim mom, I spend a lot of time in places that are hot, humid and smell of chlorine. My daughter swims competitively year-round, so there is rarely a weekend where I am not sitting poolside, sweating while cheering her on. One thing that has always caught my attention, is the number of girls swimming with long hair. Olympic men shave their bodies to reduce drag, so what can a thin swim cap do to prevent drag for a girl with long hair? There also doesn't seem to be any reasoning behind where the lump of hair ends up on their head. This made the engineering side of my brain wake up and question if the location of the lump under the cap mattered at all.  

    SOLIDWORKS, Events and Webinars

    SOLIDWORKS World 2017: New SOLIDWORKS 2018 Features + Day 3 Recap

    February 8, 2017

    After an amazing opening ceremony and customer appreciation event on Day 1 and an inspiring glance at education and the engineering community on Day 2, you might say the last day of SOLIDWORKS World 2017 had big shoes to fill. It certainly didn't disappoint.