3D Printing Materials, 3D Printing, Desktop Metal, 3D CAD

5 Misconceptions of 3D Printing

January 8, 2019

We eat, sleep, breath and dream 3D printers. We're also well aware that we're not the norm and some people are just starting to learn about our obsession. As the printers gain popularity and start getting talked about more and more, we've noticed that there are a few misconceptions about the technology. Rather than turning a blind eye, we're taking a page out of the MythBusters' playbook and setting the record straight.

SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019, 3D CAD

New Blog Series: Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019

January 4, 2019

The release of SOLIDWORKS 2019 provides many enhancements and improvements, most of which were created in response to requests from customers like yourself. These enhancements deliver improvements to existing products as well as introduce new functionality.

3D CAD, 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

The Story of the TriMech 2018 Holiday Ornament

December 26, 2018

Magic is in the air this holiday season at TriMech with all of the new toys we’ve been getting here in our print lab lately. Since we’ve been given the gift of an incredible new Stratasys J750, I decided that it would be great to get into the holiday spirit and create a miniature winter scene to share with some of my clients and co-workers that don’t get to experience all of the charm and joy that snow brings this time of year.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

Migrating from Vault (Autodesk PDM) to SOLIDWORKS

December 21, 2018

TriMech has developed a 12-phased approach to migrating data from one system to another. Typically, with PDM to PDM, we start off with a detailed analysis of the database. Then, we move on to the definition of what you are looking to do with your data. The complexity comes with mapping one utility version of features to PDM’s version of features.

3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS

Topology Optimization for 3D Printing

December 17, 2018

The traditional design cycle creates product geometry before validating and optimizing a 3D CAD model against any requirements. After a meticulous process of sketch, analysis and prototype generation, the design may still be far from optimal due to constraints or market demands to reduce product development time. The current trend for high-quality, lightweight products with improved performance and user experience requires an optimized concept design at the very beginning of the product development cycle.

Tulip, Automotive, Aerospace Industry, 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS

The Latest Design Tech From the Aerospace and Automotive Sectors

December 14, 2018

Coming from working in the automotive industry, it is easy for me to see the benefits of the yearly new features and updates the SOLIDWORKS portfolio has to offer. But the automotive industry isn't the only industry that has benefits, such as aerospace. This industry breaks new ground on revolutionary technology, as engineers and designers need a tool that will supplement creative freedom, not curtail it. Both industries have seen major benefits of utilizing a central design platform in the last 30 years, one that allows for design, documentation, validation and production.

PDM, SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Archive Server Replication with PDM Professional

December 10, 2018

You're on a roll, focused and in the zone and then you click on an icon and nothing happens. So you sit and wait, and wait until finally, the dialog box pops on screen. But just like that, you lost your groove. We have good news for you... there is a way to end this stop and go waiting game in SOLIDWORKS PDM and we're going to share it with you!

MySolidWorks, 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS

Migrating to SOLIDWORKS From Autodesk Inventor and Inventor Fusion Made "Easy"

December 7, 2018

Sometimes switching software can seem daunting. With the right path and the right state of mind, making the change is definitely achievable. Switching between two 3D CAD programs isn’t nearly as hard as switching from 2D to 3D, and we’ve made that leap already! 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Extended Reality

December 3, 2018

SOLIDWORKS 2019 includes a new ability for extended reality. Extended reality is an export from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Standard, Professional and Premium. It provides a much richer experience to view designs that are typically consumed on a flat monitor or image. With the new export option, users are immersed in a virtual environment via virtual reality headsets. The benefit is seeing an interaction between your product and the environment in such a way that was not possible until now. It is currently not available in Service Pack 0 (SP0) but will be included in future service packs.

3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS

Migrating from AutoCAD to SOLIDWORKS

November 30, 2018

For years, you’ve been languishing in the darkness of 2D CAD. That black background felt so familiar, but now you’re starting to see the 3D light. It can be difficult for your eyes and mind to adjust but have no fear, I’m here to guide you on your new journey into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

3D Scanning, 3D Printing, SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Making the Perfect Camera Mount

November 16, 2018

It's finally fall! For everyone who was dying in the summer sun, we finally made it and get some relief from the heavy heat! To me, fall is the time for watching leaves change color, eating my share of turkey on Thanksgiving and my favorite, riding my motorcycle through the mountains! Every year I cram as many weekend rides into the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the trees and enjoy the crisp air as possible. Like many riders, I have a camera to capture all the great scenery, as well as any road hazards. I typically mount my camera on the motorcycle itself, however, that’s only because I can’t find a mount that perfectly fits my helmet. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

National STEM Day - Part 2: Kinematics Within SOLIDWORKS

November 8, 2018

As I mentioned in my other postI was fortunate to have the opportunity as a high school student to learn engineering and architecture through a program similar to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). So in honor of National STEM Day for the young minds we’ll take a peek into some kinetics (motion).