3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

How to Represent a Knurled Surface in SOLIDWORKS

September 7, 2018

The question comes up all the time, "How can I model a knurled surface in SOLIDWORKS?"

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication

From Design To Production: 3 Tools A Manufacturing Engineer Needs

August 31, 2018

SOLIDWORKS makes it easy for engineers to design in 3D. But once the design is complete, we have to manufacture the parts, ensure they meet quality standards and assemble the product. Assembly fixtures and molds need to be designed, assembly guides have to be created for the manufacturing floor and parts have to be checked against the engineering drawings.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

5 Reasons Surface Modeling Is A Needed Skill

August 24, 2018

Rather than viewing your SOLIDWORKS designs as a wireframe model you have the ability to view them as a solid-appearing object. This makes it possible for users to look at an object at specific angels with solid surfaces. But that's not the only reason why surface modeling is important. Read on to discover why we have surface modeling and the top five reasons it's a needed skill.

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.

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

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

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, Make Your Own Solution

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.

Flow Simulation, SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

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. 

Education, SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

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.

3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS, 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.