SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD

Introducing Simulia Structural Simulation Engineer

April 19, 2019

It is becoming increasingly important for innovative companies to accelerate new product time to market without compromising quality. In order to do this teams need to perform more complex simulations reliably and easily, have easy access to validation tools for quick evaluation of designs, and be able to share all these results and ideas with other teams. To meet these demands Dassault Systèmes, has introduced SIMULIA® Structural Simulation Engineer (SSE).

SSE is based on Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® cloud platform and provides users with design validation tools (apps), a collaborative environment for data sharing and data management apps. It is an easy to deploy software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that combines robust software and elastic hardware infrastructure.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and Working With Decals in SOLIDWORKS

April 15, 2019

Decals make all the difference with your models. They are the little details that truly elevate your design from good to great and most models aren’t complete without them. So, what are decals and how do you use them in SOLIDWORKS?

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM & Toolbox: How To Set Up For a Multi-User Environment

April 8, 2019

Enterprise Data Management solutions are used for keeping your design data files organized and under control. Organizing your data in a vault, or central archive, is ideal for automating workflows, finding files and ensuring manufacturing teams have the latest file versions. If you’re a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional user, there are ways to optimize the performance by using the benefits of the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Stratasys

Best Practices When Designing Plastic Parts

April 5, 2019

3D printing is currently leading the pack on the prototyping side of things. It’s fast, affordable and extremely easy to design parts. 3D printers use two main technologies, PolyJet and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), each with its own set of considerations. There are several methods for creating plastic parts – at both the prototyping and production level as well as some best design practices for better parts result.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Better BOMs

March 29, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 is full of countless enhancements for parts, assemblies and drawings. One of the biggest enhancements to drawings in this release was an improvement to Bills of Materials (BOMs). BOMs have grown to ubiquity over the years as they are used by almost every designer for nearly every single assembly. 

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys

5 Basic Steps for Making a Functional Prototype

March 26, 2019

3D printing a functional prototype is one of the most critical steps in the development of any product or solution. It allows for testing, hands-on fit and finish testing and the ability to make design iterations on the fly before the final product is made. It allows for problems and defects to be found quickly, saving you both time and money. Plus, prototyping can be done in 5 easy steps.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Top 5 Apps Included in 3DEXPERIENCE

March 25, 2019

At its core, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a collection of cloud-based software applications for 3D design, analysis, simulation and communication. It allows team members to be in the same environment looking at the same data and the same files in order to make changes and comments in real time. Just like with a smart phone, there are different applications available for the platform to customize the experience for your specific project needs. And since the platform is cloud-based, all of what we are about to talk about is accessible through a web browser, not a dedicated computer.

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

Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Geodesic Entities

March 22, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 comes with dozens of features that expand on the robust toolset we have been using for decades. We're eager to share with you the newly expanded capabilities of the Offset on Surface tool which now includes Geodesic Entities. Through the offset on the surface command, you can now add an offset that is defined as either a geodesic offset or a Euclidean offset.

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.

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

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.