SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS

Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS: Waking Up Midpoints

June 19, 2017

Welcome to our blog series, Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS, dedicated to the lesser-known new features. They might not be as popular as the cool kids, but we think they still deserve a seat at the lunch table.

3D CAD, Visualize Features and Tips

Adjusting Appearance Settings in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

June 14, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Visualize has taken renders of SOLIDWORKS designs above and beyond what PhotoView 360 was ever capable of. By tweaking the appearance settings like Tile Value, Roughness and Index of Refraction, it’s much easier to control exactly how materials will appear in the final render. Let’s take a look at an example.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Make Your Own Solution, solidThinking

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 3 of 4

June 9, 2017

Having already designed the wood stringers with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD in part 1 and refined the shape of the kayak for buoyancy, stability and draw with Flow Simulation in part 2,  the third step in designing a 3D printed kayak is designing the interior structure. In this blog, I show how to create the geometry to hold those stringers in place.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Make Your Own Solution

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 1 of 4

June 9, 2017

With summer upon us, it is time for my favorite pastime (other than using SOLIDWORKS): Kayaking! And this year I have a brand new boat to play with.

See the entire design process of the TriMech kayak, from idea to production and launch, by reading our four-part blog seriesIn this first video, I go over how to use SOLIDWORKS to create the initial concept of the kayak by using a historic design for inspiration. Watch the video below.

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SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS

Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS: Circular Pattern

June 5, 2017

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of hype over the top new features SOLIDWORKS 2017. And while we admit that our engineers think chamfer enhancements, advanced hole, hide all types and a number of the other popular features are pretty impressive, we also think there are several undocumented features in SOLIDWORKS that aren't getting the attention they deserve.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Training, Applications, Education

SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids: Introducing 3D Design to the Next Generation

May 19, 2017

More college graduates are well-versed in SOLIDWORKS than any other CAD system. SOLIDWORKS continues to lead the charge with a presence in a multitude of high schools and even some middle schools. Students are learning the skills necessary to lead the future of design.

But what about the younger generations? Their creativity seems to know no bounds. So what can we do to introduce them to 3D design and allow that creativity to flourish?

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Promotions

Biggest SOLIDWORKS Promotion to Date

May 15, 2017

Is your company looking to take their designs to the next level? Do you want all the SOLIDWORKS capabilities rolled into one tool? There is no better time to upgrade then during the biggest SOLIDWORKS promotion to date.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Make Your Own Solution

Designing a Grate Cover for the Death Star Exhaust Port

May 4, 2017

I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and have been for a very long time. And it doesn't get much better than the final climactic moment from “A New Hope.”

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Training, Industry News, Education

High School Student Earns CSWE Certification

April 25, 2017

There are less than 3,000 Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts (CSWEs) in the world, and one of them is a high school student. Two weeks ago, Tim Ackaway, student at Braden River High School, passed the CSWE, and this is his journey.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM, Technical Support FAQ Series

Working Concurrently on SOLIDWORKS Files

April 24, 2017

In a fast-paced engineering environment, it is common for multiple users to need to edit parts, assemblies and drawings at the same time. With these tech support tips, you can stop battling coworkers for write access and start working concurrently on SOLIDWORKS files.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM, Technical Support FAQ Series

Pack & Go Inside of SOLIDWORKS PDM "Copy Tree"

April 21, 2017

Did you know that SOLIDWORKS PDM has a similar functionality to SOLIDWORKS Pack & Go? It is called “Copy Tree”. In this blog, we outline what Copy Tree does, how it is different than Pack & Go and other features it has.

3D CAD, 3D Printing, Events and Webinars, TriMech News

TriMech Kids Day: Engineering for All Ages

April 20, 2017

Last week, we hosted our first-ever TriMech Kids Day event for all children of TriMech employees. And let me tell you, it was a BLAST!