SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and Printing With xDesign: Part Two

March 19, 2019

In our previous blog, we discussed my need to design a case for my Raspberry Pi, and why I chose SOLIDWORKS xDesign to do it. In part two of this series, I will look at one of the options for creating my design: FDM 3D printing. The entire process from start to finish was easier than you may think. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and Printing With xDesign: Part One

March 18, 2019

SOLIDWORKS xDesign is a cloud-based application that is part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. One of the most convenient and coolest features is the ability to model from any place with an internet connection. I recently needed to design and create a case for my new Raspberry Pi circuit board and decided to use xDesign to do it, which saved me a lot of time and effort.

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

Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Touch Screen

March 15, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 builds upon the ground-breaking touch modeling innovations introduced last year in SOLIDWORKS 2018 and offers even more enhancements for working on touch-enabled devices. There’s now a wealth of innovative new productivity enhancement that lets you take advantage of the latest cutting-edge hardware technology. 3D CAD modeling on a touch screen PC such as a Microsoft Surface or a Windows 10 PC is now even better. Currently, more entity types are supported when sketching with a pen or stylus, dimensions can be created by writing directly on screen and the intuitive touch-optimized environment supports even more everyday design workflows.

3D Printing, MakerBot, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

When Is It Best to Use PLA?

March 12, 2019

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is one of the most widely used thermoplastics in 3D printing, specifically in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers. PLA is widely used on hobbyist level printers for its speed and overall part quality, but it's not very popular on higher-end machines because it lacks strength and resistance to heat and chemicals. That makes it unsuitable for any kind of applications that rely on those qualities, like jigs and fixtures. However, there are characteristics of PLA that could make it very useful for engineers or hobbyists on certain types of projects.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Can I Run SOLIDWORKS On A Mac?

March 11, 2019

Yes, but not really. Here's how.

"Can SOLIDWORKS run on a Mac?" is a question we get all the time. Unfortunately, the answer is no, it does not run natively on a Mac. It can only be installed on a Windows environment. So, the question then becomes "How can I run SOLIDWORKS on a Mac and how well does it perform?" Let's talk about how to get SOLIDWORKS running on your Mac and what you can expect in terms of performance with this kind of set up.

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

Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Section Slice

March 8, 2019

New to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the slicing tool which creates 2D sketch sections at the intersection of geometry and a reference plane. It's extremely powerful because it can be used with traditional SOLIDWORKS geometry as well as mesh geometry and even graphics bodies. 

Desktop Metal, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Stainless Steel (Metal) UPDATED

March 5, 2019

Stainless steel materials are characterized by their combination of strength, hardness and corrosion resistance. They're ideal for a variety of applications such as tooling, molds and production parts. In their as-sintered state, material properties consistently meet industry standards. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

PDM Professional's Web2

March 4, 2019

Did you know that Web2 allows users to stay connected to their PDM vault from anywhere where there’s an Internet connection? Web2 has been around for several years, but not many people are familiar with its features.

The Web2 Client offers a large and small format layout. The large format is designed for bigger devices, such as computers, and the small format is a condensed version of the interface aimed at devices such as tablets. Today we’ll cover the features of the Web2 large format layout.

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

Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Removed Section View

March 1, 2019

We’d all agree that there is an inherent complexity in trying to convey a 3D concept in 2D space and have seen that it’s possible for some information to get lost in translation while making this change. To help deal with this complexity there are powerful new productivity enhancements that make documenting your designs even faster in SOLIDWORKS 2019.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

Using Cut, Copy & Paste in Windows Explorer vs. PDM

February 28, 2019

You’re probably very familiar with the functions used to move and/or duplicate information within Windows Explorer named cut, copy and paste. These commands are summoned by the default right mouse button (RMB), but, more commonly are called upon through the use of keyboard shortcuts to carry out these commands.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, GrabCAD Print

GrabCAD Advanced FDM Features

February 26, 2019

Have you ever 3D printed a part and it wasn't as strong as you'd hoped? Maybe before printing, you decide your part needs additional strength in one area and not another. Maybe you're going to drill a hole or put a threaded insert inside of a part and you just wanted to add strength just to those key areas. Well, now there's a tool that can do that without having to send the design back into your 3D CAD software. In this video blog, TriMech Application Engineer Ricky Shannon will walk through the new GrabCAD Print Advanced FDM toolset.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Electrical Design

Managing Heat in Modern Electronic Devices (Part 2)

February 25, 2019

In part one of this series, we evaluated how heat accumulation on a circuit board can lead to components shorting out and causing product performance issues. In this follow-up article and video, we're going to explore another important consideration when designing connected devices - battery life.

From the latest smartphone release to the driving range in electric vehicles, battery efficiency and performance is often a deciding factor in consumer purchasing decisions.