SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and Printing With xDesign: Part Two

March 19, 2019

In our previous blog, we discussed my need to design a case for my Raspberry Pi, and why I chose SOLIDWORKS xDesign to do it. In part two of this series, I will look at one of the options for creating my design: FDM 3D printing. The entire process from start to finish was easier than you may think. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and Printing With xDesign: Part One

March 18, 2019

SOLIDWORKS xDesign is a cloud-based application that is part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. One of the most convenient and coolest features is the ability to model from any place with an internet connection. I recently needed to design and create a case for my new Raspberry Pi circuit board and decided to use xDesign to do it, which saved me a lot of time and effort.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Touch Screen

March 15, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 builds upon the ground-breaking touch modeling innovations introduced last year in SOLIDWORKS 2018 and offers even more enhancements for working on touch-enabled devices. There’s now a wealth of innovative new productivity enhancement that lets you take advantage of the latest cutting-edge hardware technology. 3D CAD modeling on a touch screen PC such as a Microsoft Surface or a Windows 10 PC is now even better. Currently, more entity types are supported when sketching with a pen or stylus, dimensions can be created by writing directly on screen and the intuitive touch-optimized environment supports even more everyday design workflows.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Can I Run SOLIDWORKS On A Mac?

March 11, 2019

Yes, but not really. Here's how.

"Can SOLIDWORKS run on a Mac?" is a question we get all the time. Unfortunately, the answer is no, it does not run natively on a Mac. It can only be installed on a Windows environment. So, the question then becomes "How can I run SOLIDWORKS on a Mac and how well does it perform?" Let's talk about how to get SOLIDWORKS running on your Mac and what you can expect in terms of performance with this kind of set up.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Section Slice

March 8, 2019

New to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the slicing tool which creates 2D sketch sections at the intersection of geometry and a reference plane. It's extremely powerful because it can be used with traditional SOLIDWORKS geometry as well as mesh geometry and even graphics bodies. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

PDM Professional's Web2

March 4, 2019

Did you know that Web2 allows users to stay connected to their PDM vault from anywhere where there’s an Internet connection? Web2 has been around for several years, but not many people are familiar with its features.

The Web2 Client offers a large and small format layout. The large format is designed for bigger devices, such as computers, and the small format is a condensed version of the interface aimed at devices such as tablets. Today we’ll cover the features of the Web2 large format layout.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Removed Section View

March 1, 2019

We’d all agree that there is an inherent complexity in trying to convey a 3D concept in 2D space and have seen that it’s possible for some information to get lost in translation while making this change. To help deal with this complexity there are powerful new productivity enhancements that make documenting your designs even faster in SOLIDWORKS 2019.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

Using Cut, Copy & Paste in Windows Explorer vs. PDM

February 28, 2019

You’re probably very familiar with the functions used to move and/or duplicate information within Windows Explorer named cut, copy and paste. These commands are summoned by the default right mouse button (RMB), but, more commonly are called upon through the use of keyboard shortcuts to carry out these commands.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Electrical Design

Managing Heat in Modern Electronic Devices (Part 2)

February 25, 2019

In part one of this series, we evaluated how heat accumulation on a circuit board can lead to components shorting out and causing product performance issues. In this follow-up article and video, we're going to explore another important consideration when designing connected devices - battery life.

From the latest smartphone release to the driving range in electric vehicles, battery efficiency and performance is often a deciding factor in consumer purchasing decisions.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Structure System

February 22, 2019

It's time to reveal our sixth favorite feature in SOLIDWORKS 2019: the structure system tool. Weldments are a key feature of many designs and SOLIDWORKS has long been an innovator in providing tools to create weldments. The structure system tool is a brand-new way to create weldments. To see it in action be sure to check out the video below where it’s used to create a large support structure for a massive telescope.

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SOLIDWORKS World 2019: Partner Pavilion

February 19, 2019

There are many aspects of SOLIDWORKS World that we look forward to every year, but one that never fails to be increasingly interesting is the Partner Pavilion. Here we get to explore the largest gathering of SOLIDWORKS Solution Partners showcasing their new technology, tools, applications and services. It also allows us to network with partners, resellers and other users while getting to try out new technology. 

SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks

Understanding CAMWorks Options for SOLIDWORKS

February 18, 2019

I have been a CAM geek for most of my life. You can imagine my excitement when SOLIDWORKS announced SOLIDWORKS CAM with the 2018 release. At the same time TriMech became an official CAMWorks reseller so that in addition to the SOLIDWORKS CAM products, we could offer all the additional tool options by the same company that powers SOLIDWORKS CAM suite. As a result, TriMech has a solution for almost any CAM need, but being spoiled with so many choices can make it hard to know where to start. That’s what we’re going to touch on here.