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    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    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.

    3D CAD, 3DEXPERIENCE

    Introducing xHighlight on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

    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:

    1. Import the model
    2. Set the scenes
    3. Show it off!

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    Where is SOLIDWORKS Explorer?

    March 9, 2021

    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.

    3D CAD, Technical Communication, 3DEXPERIENCE

    Top 3 Reasons Why Cloud Integrations Fail

    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.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Boost SOLIDWORKS Performance: Modeling Techniques

    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.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Boost SOLIDWORKS Performance: System Environment

    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.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Scanning

    When Do I Need SOLIDWORKS ScanTo3D?

    January 20, 2021

    ScanTo3D is an add-in to SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional and Premium that allows engineers and designers to use concept models, existing OEM parts or anatomical objects and easily convert these into SOLIDWORKS models. Plus, ScanTo3D can recognize analytic shapes, such as machined parts and consumer products, and can decompose and fit analytic or non-analytic surface types to the mesh.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

    SOLIDWORKS 2021 Requirements and Recommendations

    January 6, 2021

    SOLIDWORKS clients often overlook the importance of having the correct hardware to support their new 3D CAD purchase. A common question we get asked is what should be considered before buying or upgrading equipment, so we thought it would be helpful to compile all the published system requirements along with our Engineering Team's recommendations in one place. Here is the information for this year's version of SOLIDWORKS as compared to last year.

    3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials

    The Continuing Story of the TriMech Holiday Ornament

    December 22, 2020

    It is a scientifically proven fact that playing with toys can improve your mood, so this holiday season I decided to play with the 3D printing “toys” I am lucky enough to have access to here at TriMech! A few years ago I was able to create some incredible Snowman Holiday Snow Globe Ornaments in full color plus clear (and they still adorn our Christmas Tree’s and desks at TriMech this time of year). Since then, Stratasys has added an incredible new machine to its lineup, as well as a wonderful new material, so I felt that this would be a great time to revisit that design and see what these advancements are capable of.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    When Do I Need SOLIDWORKS TOLAnalyst?

    December 18, 2020

    If you have been using SOLIDWORK Professional or Premium you may be wondering what that add-in “TOLAnalyst” is all about? Now you probably have already guessed that it’s to analyze tolerances as the name implies, but what is tolerance analysis and who should be using it? In this blog we’re going to answer both of these questions.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3DEXPERIENCE

    5 Signs You Should Invest in SOLIDWORKS

    December 4, 2020

    Thinking about SOLIDWORKS but aren’t sure if you’re ready to bite the bullet? There are multiple things to consider before purchasing a software as powerful as SOLIDWORKS, such as narrowing down the main reason your company could benefit from investing. Whether you are using free CAD or other 3D model software, it can be hard to determine if it is worth the move to SOLIDWORKS.

    Check out these 5 signs that could mean you need to invest in SOLIDWORKS:

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Events and Webinars, Electrical Design, Technical Communication, Visualize, DriveWorks, CAM, 3DEXPERIENCE

    TriMech Tech Talks 2021: Engineer Insight Spotlight

    November 30, 2020

    Our engineers are constantly learning, experimenting and discovering new ways to get things done better inside SOLIDWORKS. We want to share everything we've mastered and teach you real-world techniques that can be implemented immediately in your processes. This was the main idea behind our TriMech Tech Talks 2021 Engineer Insight, and now you can watch them on-demand!