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    SOLIDWORKS, Electrical Design

    How to define a PLC in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

    April 19, 2022

    SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a great tool for designing electrical schematics in 2D and having it represented in our 3D SOLIDWORKS assemblies. We know that we can create 2D symbols of all different types of components including motors, resistors and terminal strips that also maintain associativity back to our component library. This library holds all sorts of information about the component including manufacturer, location and any other relevant data. A common question I receive from clients is: “I do a lot of electrical design using PLCs. Typically, I just draw boxes and type in any information I might need but this is very time consuming. Is this a better way?” Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes this process as seamless as adding in any other component.


    Understanding 3D CAD in a Post-Pandemic World

    April 18, 2022

    When the pandemic hit, it turned our understanding of how a workforce operates on its head. In the past we might have been used to a huge office building full of employees all working in close proximity to each other. However, in a post-pandemic world we are seeing a predominantly remote workforce that seems more connected than ever. Fortunately, the flexibility with our design tools has allowed the shift from in-person to primarily remote happen seamlessly.


    Designing for Today: Manufacturing Definition Creator

    February 21, 2022

    If you have been following along with this series so far, you’ve seen some of the powerful design tools included with SOLIDWORKS Cloud. Additionally, if you read through the last post in this series, you would have seen me creating a model on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform using tools to create structural members from standard or custom profiles.

    Today, we’re going to use the same set of tools from SOLIDWORKS Cloud except for this time we’ll see how we can add our Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) directly to a 3D model.


    Designing for Today: 3D Structure Creator

    February 14, 2022

    One of the best parts of the SOLIDWORKS Cloud offer is that it allows me to take all the tools I know and love from desktop SOLIDWORKS and puts them on the 3DExperience Platform. Not only does this help me stay connected to my team and keep them updated on my tasks but it also allows me to let the creative juices flow and create designs from anywhere I can access an internet browser. No matter where I am, I’ll be able to stay informed on the design process and make sure my work stays current with the rest of my team.


    SOLIDWORKS 2022: Tips For a Successful Upgrade

    October 4, 2021

    As the temperature beings to cool and the leaves start to change colors, people look forward to sweaters, hot cups of tea, and Thanksgiving food. What if I told you there was one more thing to be excited for as summer starts to wind down? Here at TriMech, the thing that we’re most excited about is the release of SOLIDWORKS 2022! If you are like us, you probably can’t wait to start downloading and checking all the great new features added in this year’s release. However, before you jump right into the new release, make sure you read below to review some of our tips for a successful upgrade.


    Cloud-Based 3D Design with xApps - Part 6: 3D Mold Creator

    September 8, 2021

    One of the benefits of working in a connected design ecosystem like the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is having the ability to create, modify or update designs no matter where you are, as long as you have an internet connection. For this phase of our circular saw project, we are doing everything from the comfort of a hotel room, hundreds of miles away from the rest of our team members. Because the xMold xApp is accessible from a web browser, we can communicate seamlessly with the team and won’t miss a beat.


    Understanding 6W Tags on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

    May 24, 2021

    The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is your central hub for all things collaboration between you and your team. You can store files, share content and even do some design work all in your internet browser, along with a host of other powerful tools. However, with all of this design and social collaboration, there needs to be a way to filter through it to find a specific piece of information you are looking for. Whether you have been on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform since its launch or you recently joined to follow along with the SOLIDWORKS Forum, you know that one of the most powerful tools at our disposal are the 6W Tags.


    The Difference Between SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

    March 16, 2021

    One of my favorite things about SOLIDWORKS is being able to take a design from my head to a 3D Model and then from the 3D model into G-Code that can drive a CNC machine. Almost everyone knows that creating 3D models is a core SOLIDWORKS function, but what about programming for a CNC machine?

    Since 2018, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks have been an integral part of the SOLIDWORKS design ecosystem, allowing us to use our 3D models to create parts on a CNC machine. Like many products within SOLIDWORKS, there are different packages to fit your needs, whether you're milling, turning or doing advanced machining operations. Keep reading to learn more about our CAM offerings, as well as which package might suit you best.


    Solving Communication Breakdown - Part Four: Chat Tools

    May 4, 2020

    Typically, the downfall when working with a group is a lack of communication between the different members or even various departments. Throughout this series, we have provided you with ideas and tools that could help you improve your team’s communication. Whether through cloud-based solutions or data management software, there’s a wide variety of solutions to ensure that your team is communicating well throughout the product lifecycle. In this article of our series, we are going to explore different chat tools,  their capabilities and how they can help your teams stay connected.