xShape is an exciting cloud-based subdivision modeling tool available through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. xShape allows users to generate smooth, freeform shapes in 3D using a workflow that feels more like sculpting than CAD modeling. Using traditional mechanical CAD tools, organic shapes could be rather tedious to create. Surface modeling tools often have a longer learning curve and can be more time consuming in general. However, with xShape the simple push-and-pull approach will have you modeling in no time.
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Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform includes a wide range of cloud-based apps in one interconnected environment. One of these apps is xDesign, which offers parametric, feature-based CAD modeling right in your web browser. The toolset is intuitive and user-friendly, especially for anyone who has experience with SOLIDWORKS. Getting started is quick and easy!
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.
If you are using SOLIDWORKS 2019 or newer, you may have noticed a tab on the command manager called “Structure Systems”. You may also have noticed that this command ribbon has very few tools on it. What is it?
Think weldments, but supercharged. Structure systems allows designers to create frame structures like scaffolding, support equipment, frames, a deck for your house. The list goes on. It allows designers to create these structures in a more concise workflow rather than using a series of weldments and trim tools resulting in a long feature tree.
March 29, 2021
On the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, technical product communication has become easier than ever with the new xHighlight App. Available with the Product Communicator Role, xHighlight allows you to import your CAD data into the 3D Presentation workspace where you can generate precise technical communication documents for any product. The user-friendly interface is very intuitive, offering simple model manipulation tools like zoom, rotate, and explode components. Create your model Scenarios, and then present right within the Play mode of the app, or export into high quality images for use offline.
All it takes to get started with xHighlight is three simple steps:
- Import the model
- Set the scenes
- Show it off!
Can’t find SOLIDWORKS Explorer anymore? Not to worry, you’re not going crazy!
SOLIDWORKS Explorer was replaced by SOLIDWORKS File Utilities in 2020 and can now be accessed quickly with a simple right click in Windows File Explorer. While the familiar graphical interface may be missing, the same functionality exists and allows users to perform the same convenient tasks that they enjoyed before. In this article, we are going to show you where it is and how to install it if you don’t have it already.
February 9, 2021
The adoption of cloud technology has provided many companies with better ways to communicate and collaborate in a more streamlined manner. This was especially important in 2020 when having a proper remote communication mechanism and data repository became a need rather than a want for many companies in order to adapt. With that said, integration with cloud products whether for file storage, communication, or even running native apps, isn’t for everyone. It’s important to understand why cloud integration may not be appropriate for your team, why some integrations fail and why the Dassault branded 3DEXPERIENCE platform could be a better solution.
January 27, 2021
In the first part of this series we looked at ways to get more out of your system by using approved hardware and advantageous software settings and options. SOLIDWORKS also has a number of features and options which can help you build more efficient models, and in return, put less strain on your machine’s processing power. It also provides methods of determining what features, or components, are consuming the most resources and lets us know what to focus on. Let’s take a look at some ways to build more streamlined models.
January 26, 2021
SOLIDWORKS is the leader in professional CAD modeling software and each year brings new features and capabilities to their suite of products. However, all that power can come at a cost in system performance, especially when working with large assemblies. The bright side is there are quite a few things you can do to help speed things up in your workflow besides drinking more coffee.
In this first part of a two-part series, we’ll focus on the components and specs of your system environment that affects the performance of SOLIDWORKS on your machine. This includes improvements and tweaks to your computer’s hardware and software. The following installment will cover modeling techniques which yield better performance.