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    Understanding Your 3D File Formats

    August 2, 2021

    Have you ever wondered why there are different types of 3D printer file formats? Well, these various formats carry the encoded information that includes geometry, texture, color, transparency and more. The format dictates the variety of the information available and makes it possible for 3D printers to read. However, there are quite a few to choose from. Today I am going to share with you which ones are the most common and what information they carry to help you determine what will be the best fit for your 3D printing project. 


    Topology Optimization: Modeling

    July 27, 2021

    Topology Optimization is key if you are looking for a better way to design a model that meets all goals efficiently, looks aesthetically pleasing and comes in under budget. This blog article covers modeling tools and is the third and final entry in a series of blog articles covering a practical workflow and best practices for using the Topology Optimization module within SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

    In case you missed the first two:
    >> Part 1: Topology Optimization: Introduction to Part Creation
    >> Part 2: Topology Optimization: Simulation


    Topology Optimization: Simulation

    June 23, 2021

    Topology Optimization is key if you are looking for a better way to design a model that meets all goals efficiently, looks aesthetically pleasing and comes in under budget. In this second installment of our series on this topic, we will be studying how the simulation stage, where we create a topology optimization study, plays a critical role in creating successful modeling results. 


    Topology Optimization: Introduction to Part Creation

    May 26, 2021

    Like many engineers, I often wonder if there is a better way to accomplish the tasks I am working on and how I might design a model that meets all the requirements more efficiently. One of the many ways you can pursue this quality of work is through topology optimization.

    You may have seen components of products that you use every day that has material removed and holes in very strategic locations, or you may have noticed thickened and buffeted regions with greater structural strength. These parts tend to look incredibly organic and natural, so it begs the question, how did this get designed?

    The answer is topology optimization!


    Understanding 6W Tags on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

    May 24, 2021

    The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is your central hub for all things collaboration between you and your team. You can store files, share content and even do some design work all in your internet browser, along with a host of other powerful tools. However, with all of this design and social collaboration, there needs to be a way to filter through it to find a specific piece of information you are looking for. Whether you have been on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform since its launch or you recently joined to follow along with the SOLIDWORKS Forum, you know that one of the most powerful tools at our disposal are the 6W Tags.


    What is xShape and How Does it Work?

    April 27, 2021

    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.


    What is xDesign and How Does it Work?

    April 26, 2021

    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!


    How to Use SOLIDWORKS for Gravity Casting

    April 19, 2021

    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.


    What is a Structure System?

    March 31, 2021

    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.