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    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Engineering Services

    SOLIDWORKS in Motion: Creating and Positioning Blocks

    April 21, 2021

    Every SOLIDWORKS user has the power to leverage motions synthesis and simulations tools. In this article, we’re going to prove it by covering functions that are available in every license level of SOLIDWORKS, as well as every version, going all the way back to 2007.

    We are going to start by taking a closer look at part sketches, which is the easiest and fastest way to synthesize a desired motion in SOLIDWORKS. You can do planar, 2D mechanism design in a single SOLIDWORKS part file, and within a single sketch. We can then use blocks in the sketch to group lines. Lines grouped into a block gain positional independence, and so then serve as the parts and sub-assemblies of your machine. All of these layers of power build upon a strong understanding of how the SOLIDWORKS dynamic constraint solver works in a sketch.

    3D Printing, Post-Processing

    Transforming Additive Operations with Automated Resin Post-Printing

    April 20, 2021

    Since March 2020, additive manufacturing has gained a lot of press for the way in which it was relied upon for pandemic emergency supply production. When hospitals and healthcare facilities were suddenly short on everything from personal protective equipment (PPE) to breathing apparatuses, additive manufacturing stepped up to the plate to produce mass volumes of these critical supplies.

    Specifically, additive users often turn to vat photopolymerization print technologies like stereolithography (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP) and Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) for benefits like highly accurate part builds and cost-effectiveness. However, the final leg of this process, post-printing and especially resin removal, has traditionally been prohibitive to this technology’s progress, until recently. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    How to Use SOLIDWORKS for Gravity Casting

    April 19, 2021

    Castings are a very powerful form of engineered metal component, and examples abound around us. From rivets and buttons in blue jeans to flight-critical turbine blades and airframe nodes, castings serve us well, worldwide. Castings can be formed from any alloy family in a myriad of mold types. How those mold types are formed now embodies the most cost-effective applications of additive and subtractive manufacturing.

    Design engineering of excellent castings is difficult, and excellence in manufacturing engineering of the design to assure specified quality is critical. Software tools that encompass design engineering, durability analysis and manufacturing engineering are powerful, but disjointed, expensive and require specialized expertise. The SOLIDWORKS software suite can be used in a new and innovative way to make casting design and manufacturing engineering coherent, integrated and easier to accomplish exemplary results. This article will focus on how to develop the foundational castability geometry so that structural geometry can be overlaid in a castable result.

    Tech Tips, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Creating Manufacturing Notes Within GrabCAD Print

    April 16, 2021

    Communication is an area we can all work on, even in the 3D printing space. But never fear, GrabCAD Print has a little-used tool to help annotate and mark up parts for both file setup and secondary operations. This tool is rightfully called Manufacturing Notes and it does exactly as its name implies – allows for the dictation of valuable information on the part being printed within GrabCAD Print.

    Career Advice, Staffing Services

    3 Tips for a Seamless Job Relocation

    April 14, 2021

    Starting a new job is a big life change. Add relocating at the same time and it can be one of the most stressful endeavors you can take on in your lifetime. Even in the best of circumstances, both of these things can be nerve-wracking and emotional. However, if you plan right and stay organized, you can make your move as seamless as possible. Here are some things to consider as you start your new journey.

    Rapid Prototyping, Engineering Services

    Propel Your Startup with the Right Engineering Partner

    April 13, 2021

    It would be impossible to overstate the degree to which the COVID pandemic has challenged our norms. Although not talked about as frequently, it is painfully obvious that it has affected the entrepreneur communities as well. In response, many early-stage businesses have reacted quickly with new sanitation procedures, PPE production and other countless significant influences in areas that benefit society.

    TriMech has the honor of working with many organizations that move society forward. In this article we are going to distill that experience into what we feel are the top five benefits for members of the entrepreneur community when they choose the right engineering services partner.

    3DEXPERIENCE

    Strategic Advantage: Move Fast & Don’t Break Things

    April 12, 2021

    One of the most impactful areas for change in an organization is mastering the ideation process and understanding its importance in the connected process. The connected process, or the main stages of product development, is broken up into anywhere from 5-10 stages, like ideation, simulation/testing, documentation, production resource management, and product management/shop floor. We’ve all heard the phrase “Move Fast & Break Things,” but with a strong ideation phase that influences every stage of your connected process, you can move fast and NOT break things.

    SOLIDWORKS

    Matching PDM Vault Users to the Right Client

    April 7, 2021

    SOLIDWORKS PDM client types determine the level of access each person can have to the Vault. Do you have your Vault users set up with the right client type? Choosing the right license and number of licenses for your company's needs can be a difficult and costly task. Each license has an official product name relative to the data management solution that your team has chosen. In this article, we will work backwards from generalities to the more formal ways to classify these clients. 

    3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Education

    Using 3D Scanning in the Manufacturing Industry

    April 6, 2021

    3D Scanning has been around for quite some time now and has evolved to have a place in a multitude of applications, especially for manufacturing. Whether the need is to reverse engineer a long out-of-production part, or to perform quality inspections on parts and equipment, 3D scanning is up to the task. Let us look at a few of instances where Artec 3D solutions are making it possible to get much needed data that would be hard to get any other way.