SOLIDWORKS 2017 enhanced several parts and features, with improvements to Advanced Holes, Cut List Sorting, Window Selection, Configurations and more. Out of these updates, Chamfer Enhancements is hands-down one of our favorites. Here's why:
April 14, 2017
With the Easter holiday around the corner, we wanted to get into the Spring spirit. So for this week's “Make Your Own Solution” blog, I decided to 3D print chocolate bunny molds using a Stratasys Objet30 Pro.
April 12, 2017
At last year's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, attendees got a glimpse of several of the most innovative, emerging technologies. Out of 2,407 exhibitors, Stratasys caught all eyes and ears with the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator and Infinite Build 3D Demonstrator. In part 1 of our two-part blog, we explore what the 3D printing robot has to offer the manufacturing technology industry.
April 11, 2017
Just last year at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas, Texas, SOLIDWORKS PCB (Printed Circuit Board) was added to SOLIDWORKS' product portfolio. It's a huge game changer for mechanical and electronic design teams, integrating Altium's best-in-class PCB technology with SOLIDWORKS CAD capabilities. To help users navigate the new software, we put together a SOLIDWORKS PCB guide series, covering everything from version control to the ECO process and even design for manufacturing.
Our Q&A blog series looks at different members of our team and their perspective on the most current 3D printing and SOLIDWORKS CAD technology. This month’s Q&A features Juan Carlos Gandiaga and 3D Scanning.
April 7, 2017
Do you have large models that are time-consuming to open, drawings that refer to the wrong model, too many sheets slowing down performance or assembly files that won't open at all? We have the hidden tricks you are looking for when opening SOLIDWORKS files.
With the recent growth of home and hobby 3D printers, we sometimes hear companies say, “We’re thinking of getting into 3D printing, but before we invest in a commercial solution, one of our staff members is going to make some parts on their home printer.”
While we’re engineers and tinkerers at heart ourselves, and we appreciate the attempt to reduce risk, our experience is that companies are always disappointed by this approach—and wish they had used the time to get productive with a commercial solution.
April 3, 2017
For many design projects, 3D printed parts made of plastics are not strong enough to withstand extreme impact, high heat or other stress factors. This can limit 3D printed parts, especially in PLA, to the prototyping phase of development. To put this challenge to the test, I created an experiment on concrete molding with tough PLA on a MakerBot Replicator+. This is what I found.
March 31, 2017
TriMech Technical Support has received a large amount of calls from our clients indicating that their SOLIDWORKS performance has suddenly come to a screeching halt for seemingly no reason at all. We have learned that this is being caused by a Windows Update pushing out a new, unsupported version of your graphics card driver within the normal updates and patches. So, how do you fix this?
March 29, 2017
If you’re a PolyJet user, there is a good chance you’ve experienced under-cured or over-cured parts at least once—especially if the UV Calibration Wizard hasn’t been run in a while. In this blog, I’ll explain the effects of a poor UV calibration (low and high) and how to avoid running into these problems.
March 27, 2017
Join the Burlington-Alamance County, NC SOLIDWORKS User Group (Bacon SWUG) on Thursday, April 6th, where I will be presenting tips and techniques on SOLIDWORKS MBD and SOLIDWORKS PDM.