SOLIDWORKS

Mechatronics and Creating Smarter Products

August 15, 2018

One thing at the forefront of most companies' minds is how to beat the competition. One way to do this is to create smart products, but that leads to the question, "How?" We have one possible answer: mechatronics! Keep reading to discover all about this technology and how it can help you take the lead on your competitors.

SOLIDWORKS, Visualize Features and Tips

SOLIDWORKS Rendering Challenge: Visualizing Art

August 13, 2018

The third leg of the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Contest asked its contestants to create a 360° high-resolution rendering of an interior space. I had already seen a number of Visualize renderings highlighting furniture and architectural spaces, but I wanted to try something a little different– art! 

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

Designing and 3D Printing Threaded Parts

August 9, 2018

In this blog, we walk through the process of working with existing geometry and adding the ever-important part of threads to it. By this I mean physical threads, not virtual threads or visualizations of idealized threads. We are talking about the real deal, physical threads modeled in your SOLIDWORKS part. Read on to find out how it's done.

SOLIDWORKS

Top 5 Tips to Transform Product Design for Smarter Products

August 8, 2018

Smart, connected technologies are leading companies into more and more innovation. The opportunities and growth potential seem limitless. Technology has become so critical that a large number of companies focus on improving their already smart products. The trick is that in order to mange this additional complexity companies need to perfect and refine their development processes.

This eBook from Tech-Clarity outlines some helpful steps to a successful product transformation. 

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SOLIDWORKS Beyond the Desk: A Personal Client Story

August 6, 2018

One of the many aspects that we at TriMech like to pride ourselves on is our commitment to training. Whether you are looking to maximize the benefits of your SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software or Stratasys 3D printer, we have the certified instructors and classes to help you improve your skill-set.

This is a story about how TriMech training brought excitement and bonding to one of our client's families.

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.

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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, Simulation, Flow Simulation

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 2 of 5

July 24, 2018

Yesterday, we released the first video blog of our five-part series showcasing our process of designing and 3D printing a skin-on-frame kayak. We theorized that with SOLIDWORKS solutions, designing and testing a skin-on-frame kayak would be much faster and cheaper than building physical prototypes. This allows us to ultimately 3D print and build a full-size kayak, with relative ease, to test on open waters. In the first video segment, we completed the initial design in SOLIDWORKS, allowing us to move on to testing, which is part two of the series.

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.