SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Visualize vs. PhotoView 360: What's The Difference?

August 10, 2018

With their numerous similarities, SOLIDWORKS Visualize, SOLIDWORKS' newest photo rendering software, and PhotoView 360 might seem interchangeable to some. Or maybe you're wondering if PhotoView 360's practical rendering tools are inferior to the best-in-class quality and speed of SOLIDWORKS Visualize. 

The truth is there are uses for both tools, depending on your applications and design stage. In this post, we'll walk you through the features of each one and compare the two different software.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, CAM, CAMWorks

CNC Controllers: Six Modes of Operation

August 3, 2018

Welcome to this introduction to CNC Controllers.  Over the years, I've trained dozens of machinists, and by the end of this blog I want you to feel more comfortable around CNC precision tooling.  Keep reading as I walk you through all six modes of operation for CNC controllers.

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

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 5 of 5

July 30, 2018

327 in³ of model material. 298 in³ of support material. 250 hours of print time. 41 parts. 20 hours of building and assembly. 1 kayak. 

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

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 3 of 5

July 25, 2018

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'll show how to create the geometry to hold the stringers in place.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 1 of 5

July 23, 2018

With summer upon us, it's 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, in our five-part video blog series. In 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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Flow Simulation

A Day in the Life of a Swim Mom

July 20, 2018

Being a swim mom, I spend a lot of time in places that are hot, humid and smell of chlorine. My daughter swims competitively year-round, so there is rarely a weekend where I am not sitting poolside, sweating while cheering her on. One thing that has always caught my attention, is the number of girls swimming with long hair. Olympic men shave their bodies to reduce drag, so what can a thin swim cap do to prevent drag for a girl with long hair? There also doesn't seem to be any reasoning behind where the lump of hair ends up on their head. This made the engineering side of my brain wake up and question if the location of the lump under the cap mattered at all.  

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Learn to Slow Down So You Can Speed Up With SOLIDWORKS

July 9, 2018

If you haven't slowed down to appreciate the more subtle aspects of the SOLIDWORKS user interface, we recommend you take a moment to do just that. It’s easy to get so caught up in your design task, that you miss the many cues SOLIDWORKS provides to help with important commands that we all repeat, day-in and day-out. Keep reading for some helpful hints to be more aware of the cues SOLIDWORKS offers. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Education

Putting SOLIDWORKS to Work in Our High Schools

June 18, 2018

I recently paid a visit to my old stomping grounds, Smithfield High School in Rhode Island. It was my intention to catch up with my original CAD teacher, as I wanted to learn how his students are using SOLIDWORKS. What I expected to be a two hour visit, ended up being an entire day. I met with three STEM classes and even taught one! It was great to work with these up-and-coming SOLIDWORKS designers and learn about how they are using 3D CAD for their class projects. Below are some of my experiences with these different classes.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Training

CAASE18 Day 1 Recap

June 6, 2018

The first day of CAASE18 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Ohio was off to a strong start with more than 550 leading simulation engineers and vendors in attendance. This largest conference in North America for computer-aided engineering leaders and analysts. NAFEMS and Digital Engineering has delivered. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

The Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering 2018

May 31, 2018

As we head into the peak of summer, the International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community (NAFEMS) and Digital Engineering are gearing up to co-host the largest gathering of computer-aided engineering professionals. TriMech will be in attendance, as keynote speakers from Ford Motor Company to technical officials from Federal Aviation Administration discuss emerging challenges in manufacturing and material processes as applicable to digital engineering.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Improving Workflow With Exploded Flat View in SOLIDWORKS

May 30, 2018

In many industries, quick manufacturing turnaround is an important element of the design process. When sending an assembly with multiple 2D flat components to a cutting machine, organizing and outputting these profiles can be tedious. If your workflow involves exporting these profiles as part of one drawing, the traditional technique is to create a view of each component, which can later be exported to a 2D format. For a faster alternative, keep reading! 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

The Hidden Treasure Trove of Sketching Tools

May 21, 2018

We all have our favorites in the diverse arsenal of SOLIDWORKS sketching tools. However, for most, those favorites all shine on the CommandManager, taking the spotlight, right at the top of our screen. This spot is well deserved by most of the icons that are found here, but when it comes to sketching tools in SOLIDWORKS, there is more than meets the eye. Many powerful tools made for the sketching environment are under-utilized. In this blog, we dive into some of these tools and how they work.