SOLIDWORKS, PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM (Part 1): Defining Variables and Properties in Microsoft Office Files 

July 2, 2018

In part one of this two-part blog series, we'll walk you through the process to define Product Data Management (PDM) variables, manage data cards and designate properties in Microsoft Office.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation

Design Studies Beyond Simulation

June 29, 2018

A popular question among SOLIDWORKS users is “How do I determine volume marking levels in containers?" Perhaps you have run into a similar scenario in the past. This is easy if the container has a regular shape (like a cylinder or pyramid), but it becomes a bit more challenging when the container has an irregular shape.

3D Printing, Events and Webinars, 3D Scanning

Experience Additive Manufacturing at Expo 3D

June 26, 2018

Additive manufacturing with 3D printing technology can be applied in a variety of different ways. It can be used to create parts and assemblies without tooling, reduce design risk through prototyping, provide efficiencies in the manufacturing process and be used for low-production digital manufacturing. But with so many applications it can be very hard to pin down the technology that is right for your specific needs. 

Problem solved! On Thursday, July 12, you will have the opportunity to see multiple additive manufacturing solutions under one roof. 

Change How You View Your Feature Tree in SOLIDWORKS

June 25, 2018

We are all well-acquainted with the “order dependent” nature of the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager. You can enable display characteristics of the FeatureManager Design Tree by selecting options on the Tree Display submenu of the shortcut menu. Keep reading for a further review on utilizing this feature. 

3D Printing, PolyJet Technology

Client Story: 3D Printing Produces Prototypes in Record Time at Plastics One

June 21, 2018

TriMech is fortunate to work with clients from Maine to Florida and out to Arkansas, offering a wide range of engineering solutions. This week's client story showcases PlasticsOne and their use of the Stratasys Objet260 Connex3.

3D Printing

Hobby vs. Commercial 3D Printing

June 19, 2018

Periodically, we receive calls from our current Stratasys 3D printer customers who are considering adding a consumer-level hobbyist printer for additional output. We also hear from prospective companies asking why they should spend the additional money for a Stratasys commercial printer when they can buy a cheap hobby-level printer.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Education

Putting SOLIDWORKS to Work in Our High Schools

June 18, 2018

I recently paid a visit to my old stomping grounds, Smithfield High School in Rhode Island. It was my intention to catch up with my original CAD teacher, as I wanted to learn how his students are using SOLIDWORKS. What I expected to be a two hour visit, ended up being an entire day. I met with three STEM classes and even taught one! It was great to work with these up-and-coming SOLIDWORKS designers and learn about how they are using 3D CAD for their class projects. Below are some of my experiences with these different classes.

SOLIDWORKS, Training

Tips for Passing the CSWA Exam

June 15, 2018

Becoming a CSWA, or Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate, can seem like a daunting task if you don’t know what to expect. However, if you are an experienced SOLIDWORKS user, you should have no problem passing the test if you set yourself up for success. The following blog is intended to help you do just that.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Events and Webinars, Flow Simulation

New Webinar Series: Design Validation

June 14, 2018

The end-use of a product should be at the forefront of your mind when you're in the design process. However, consumer products are often able to be used for multiple purposes which makes prototyping an important step. But did you know that before you print out several mock-ups you can look at each stage of design validation utilizing simulation software? Lucky for you, we have a three-part webinar series where we demonstrate and explain this all for you. 

3D Printing, FDM Technology

5 Easy Steps For Painting FDM Printed Parts

June 13, 2018

So you've finished printing your FDM part, but how do you really make it stand out as a finished product? Color adds depth, contrast and character and ultimately brings a product to life. This is true for concept models, marketing samples and finished goods. The process of turning an FDM part into an eye-catching sample is the same as that for other plastic parts.

These are the five simple steps to make a part come to life:

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

Enhancements to the Stratasys F900

June 13, 2018

The Stratasys F900 already holds the title as the most proven and reliable manufacturing 3D printer. But it didn't earn that without continuous improvements. Keep reading to learn about the advancements made to the Stratasys F900 (formally the Fortus 900) in order to uphold their most reliable 3D manufacturing system title. 

3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology

Enhancements to the Stratasys J750

June 11, 2018

The most versatile printer on the market, the only one that can produce full-color, multi-material models in a single print, just got better. Can you believe it? Neither can we! Keep reading as we dive into the new enhancements for the Stratasys J750