Online product configurators and Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ) tools are increasing in popularity due to their ability to help you provide a customized experience to your clients, which helps you stay in front of your competitors and elevate your customer engagement in a cost-effective way. With an online product configurator, your customers will be able to develop and see 3D previews of their products and get pricing information, all while your back end runs smoothly. In this article, we look at how DriveWorks can help your team provide the best experience for your customers. We show you some of the product’s features and how they are beneficial for your clients and most importantly, your business.
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August 28, 2020
In our most recent article in this series, we went through how 3D printing is influencing and bringing changes to engineering departments across different schools. Other departments like fine arts also have the need to create prototypes, for props and costumes. The show must go on as they say and 3D printing has been instrumental in making sure that happens. In this article, we look at how fine arts departments are including 3D printing in their curriculum and what impact this technology has had when it comes to theatrical productions and theater art classes.
August 25, 2020
This week's Product Story showcases Tulip's cloud-based platform to help MasksOn ship 5x the amount of product in a day.
MasksOn is comprised of clinicians, technologists and other organizations who are working together to solve the shortage of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect the front-line workers in all industries. The high demand for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) created a supply chain issue and left many without protection. MasksOn has taken on this challenge and developed a new type of PPE by attaching an air filter to a scuba mask with the help of a 3D printed adapter. They have successfully shipped thousands of masks which provided over 12 million added days of clinical protection.
The eDrawings software serves as a communication tool designed to share 3D drawings and 3D models across various teams. The software creates a highly compressed version of these files that are easy to share. Most people know of eDrawings as a standalone tool for viewing SOLIDWORKS files for individuals who do not have SOLIDWORKS. That was true and still is, but incremental improvements have been introduced in the last several iterations that will enhance your experience with the software. There are different versions of the software, including eDrawings Viewer which you can download for free, and eDrawings Professional which is integrates with SOLIDWORKS software products. In this article, we go over some of the most relevant features in the software.
According to Murphy's Law, file corruption will occur shortly before a deadline. Nobody wants to redo work they've already done with the clock bearing down on them. Regardless of what caused a file to become corrupt (random network glitches, bad geometry imported from other CAD formats, power fluctuations, improper shutdowns, sunspots, ancient curses) SOLIDWORKS provides some powerful tools to help us find and fix problems. If an assembly won't open the problem is most likely an individual component of that assembly. To fix it, first we must figure out which one it is. Or just let SOLIDWORKS do it for you!
August 18, 2020
In this Video Tech Tip, we go over some easy ways to add strength to your FDM parts in GrabCAD Print. GrabCAD allows users to effectively add strength to certain areas without using excess materials.
As engineers, we’re tasked to handle many aspects of the product development process. Feasibility, design concepts, design reviews and documentation to name a few. With a mature product, we often find ourselves fielding requests from customers for custom designs and, when receiving multiple requests, per day it can be difficult to keep up with demand. When a new request comes in, you’re probably copying an existing design and related drawings, then spending hours or even days updating the design to meet the customer need. If this sounds like you, then you probably wish there was a way to help automate some of these mundane tasks. Well, I’m happy to tell you there is, DriveWorks Solo.
August 14, 2020
The Desktop Metal Shop System is the first-ever binder jetting system. It was specifically designed for machine shops to give them the ability to print end-use metal parts with unparalleled speed. Using a few videos and animations let's take a look at the the inner workings of this printer and discover how it operates and produces the highest resolution out of any single-pass binder jetting system available. To show you this powerful system, we have to break it down into individual sections to give you a complete tour of each feature within the Shop System.
August 11, 2020
The importance of increased productivity, quality and consistency are rapidly growing in necessity in many industries to stay a step ahead of the competition. Many are taking advantage of rapid prototyping to produce jigs, fixtures and tools with FDM materials that provide engineering-grade strength and a faster timeline to production. This advancement of improved design and build processes is very important to the improved productivity, but the final step in production is often overlooked as an opportunity to further optimize overall production times.
TriMech’s Project Engineering Group (PEG) provides different design services across various industries. One of the common requests we get from our clients is the creation of 2D or 3D files of existing products which can be accomplished through reversed engineering. Some of the reverse engineering services we have provided include drawings that are ready for mass production with appropriate GD&T applied or a fully featured CAD model to be utilized in the design process and more! In this article, we look at three ways in which PEG can support your projects using 3D scanning for reverse engineering.
While switching 3D software platforms may seem like a daunting task, sticking with an existing platform for sake of ease can cost a company time, money and important resources. If you’ve recently thought about switching platforms, think it may make sense for your company in the future or are not completely satisfied with your current workflow, join us as we take a look at the top 5 reasons to make the switch to SOLIDWORKS.
One benefit of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is that new features are constantly added to the software and platform. So far this year, we’ve had two releases; one in April with "R2021x" and its first Functional Delivery (back in the early versions of SOLIDWORKS we called these Super Service Packs) over the July 4th weekend. The Functional Deliveries update brought significant improvements for a better user experience. In this article, I list and describe my top 11 favorite features.