Our 3DEXPERIENCE platform circular saw project is over halfway done! At this point, the design for the rotating guard handle is complete, but we want to make a few modifications and create a drawing that can be shared with fabricators and other external members. Using the xDocument xApp for this, we will continue the work on a Macbook Pro because xApps don’t care what kind of computer we choose!
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September 3, 2021
As we move further into our 3DEXPERIENCE design process for our circular saw project, we are now going to work with the mechanical design using xDesign. This 3DEXPERIENCE application (xApp) is a 3-dimensional parametric design tool that operates under the 3D Creator Role in the platform. Since the xApps don’t care what operating system is being used because they are cloud-powered, today’s walk-through will be done using a Macbook Pro. Traditional CAD environments require Windows as the operating system as most continue to use it. However, using this platform we are expanding our options and can use a number of operating systems to design, share and collaborate amongst our team.
Developing a tooling split can be an arduous process using lesser design tools. When using 3DEXPERIENCE, the workflow is very direct. With powerful mold tools built in, regardless of what access level you have in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, you can efficiently create a tooling split when building molds. With our carving knife handle, this is no exception.
We reviewed the plastic injection process in our last installment. However, this part started in xShape and from that app we were able to streamline the creation of a very complicated shape. Today we are going to show how the mold tools can be easily utilized for functionality on this updated geometry.
SOLIDWORKS xShape is an excellent modeling tool on the SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE that is wonderful for creating designs that require organic shapes with very smooth transitions. This app allows industrial designers, digital artists and engineers to create innovative products in a new way, using a collaborative space.
In our last session,we updated the handle design using xShape. The geometry is fairly complex and it's not a native SOLIDWORKS file. We need to make this a usable form from a manufacturability standpoint by making the file visible in SOLIDWORKS so we can make changes quickly. With a simple reloading of the handle from the platform (in the SOLIDWORKS Connected app), our references are maintained and all that’s left for the mechanical engineer to do is to recheck for clearance and fit.
July 13, 2021
As we dive deeper into the production of an electric carving knife handle using the SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we are starting to get a better and more concrete understanding of how all the pieces fit together.
Previously, we created an ergonomic handle design using xShape. In this step of our design project, we will be talking about using xShape data in SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE. One of the great things about this platform is that you can access it from anywhere as long as you are connected to the internet from a computer. Once the files are saved, they can easily be utilized by any team member without the hiccups of controlling and managing servers.
Concept, design, simulation and production can all be tasks that involve many professionals of varying areas of expertise to create a successful end result. In our last installment of this project, we established what needs to be done to the assembly using the 3D Product Architect role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
This time, we will be covering the design and reference of parts and making them available to team members, including industrial designers, machinists and management. We will be using SOLIDWORKS Connected and various other apps in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to complete these tasks.
While there are many improvements and new roles in the latest functional delivery in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform (FD06), today we are focusing on the improved features for those that are using the most typical workflows from a mechanical engineer’s point of view.
In my engagement with customers that have been using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, many have yielded similar questions and feedback for features that we have taken for granted on the desktop products. What happens when you want to take a project and duplicate it, or pull up a bill of materials without entering the CAD application? What about the deployment of that software? Do you have a centralized system to push out a standard set of software options for those that are in a collaborative environment?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. With that said, this blog is a high-level review of the latest features, and there is much deeper and more comprehensive detail on these attributes and more that you will learn as you work within the platform.
February 9, 2021
The adoption of cloud technology has provided many companies with better ways to communicate and collaborate in a more streamlined manner. This was especially important in 2020 when having a proper remote communication mechanism and data repository became a need rather than a want for many companies in order to adapt. With that said, integration with cloud products whether for file storage, communication, or even running native apps, isn’t for everyone. It’s important to understand why cloud integration may not be appropriate for your team, why some integrations fail and why the Dassault branded 3DEXPERIENCE platform could be a better solution.
Today, with the right setup, working away from the office can be very effective. In a previous article, we showed you how to set up your SOLIDWORKS license if you need to access it remotely. Now that you know how to access SOLIDWORKS, how about we give you some tips on how to manage data and file information remotely?