SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top 11 Features: Chamfer Enhancements

April 17, 2017

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:

Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, Make Your Own Solution

Make Your Own Solution: Chocolate Bunny Molds

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.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS): Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator

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.

SOLIDWORKS, Electrical Design, PCB Design

New Guide Series: Navigating SOLIDWORKS PCB

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.

3D Printing, 3D Scanning, TriMech News

Q&A JC Gandiaga: Featuring 3D Scanning

April 7, 2017

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Support FAQ Series

Hidden Tricks When Opening SOLIDWORKS Files

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.

3D Printing

Top 3 Challenges When Buying a Consumer 3D Printer for Commercial Use

April 6, 2017

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. 

3D Printing Materials, MakerBot

Concrete Molding with Tough PLA on a MakerBot Replicator+

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Stratasys, TriMech News

3D Technology Round-Up: March 2017

March 31, 2017

March was an exciting month for the 3D printing and CAD communities! Check out some of our favorite news highlights from this month.

SOLIDWORKS, TriMech Tech Support

Microsoft Update Causing SOLIDWORKS Slow Down (March 2017)

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? 

3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology

Effects of a Poor UV Calibration in Your PolyJet 3D Printer

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.

SOLIDWORKS, Events and Webinars, TriMech News

Upcoming SWUG Event: Burlington-Alamance County, NC

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.