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    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, CAM

    How To Set Up Your SOLIDWORKS CAM Tech Database - Video Tutorial

    October 26, 2020

    SOLIDWORKS CAM is a fantastic CNC programming tool included with every seat of SOLIDWORKS on subscription, since the 2018 release. It is powered by CAMWorks and includes the Technology Database (TechDB). The TechDB allows for storing a variety of information for CNC Programming. This includes Tool, Tool Crib, Post Processor, Machine and Strategy information. The TechDB can be leveraged to speed up programming time and reduce errors. This video tutorial series will dive into each of these areas.

    3D Printing, Tech Tips, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    Top 5 Ways to Reduce 3D Printing Costs: PolyJet

    October 20, 2020

    In our previous blog article, we covered some quick and easy ways to reduce print time and costs on your Stratasys FDM machines. If you're a PolyJet user, don't worry! We've got you covered and in this article, we'll look over the top five ways to reduce your 3D printing costs with your machines, in no particular order.

    3D Printing, Tech Tips, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    Top 5 Ways to Reduce 3D Printing Costs: FDM

    October 19, 2020

    It is a well-known fact that bringing in additive manufacturing (AM) can help save companies time and (arguably most importantly) money! AM has been used in a variety of applications like jigs, fixtures, concept designs and end-use parts just to name a few. Customers in all fields have felt the benefit of merging AM into their everyday workflow. But many user’s may not be aware that with a few changes they can save even more. In this article, I am going to break down the top five ways you can reduce the time and cost of your FDM printer, in no particular order.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2020

    Hidden Gems in SOLIDWORKS 2020 or Later

    July 31, 2020

    In every major release of SOLIDWORKS, there will be countless enhancements and hundreds of pages of release notes. There will always be some key new features and improvements that take the spotlight, but often it’s the little changes that can make a big difference in your workflow and user experience. So, here are a few of the lesser known “hidden gems” that were introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020.

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

    Hidden Gems in SOLIDWORKS 2019 or Later

    July 24, 2020

    SOLIDWORKS understands that engineering is a process of constant improvement. Their software reflects this philosophy and every year more and more features are added to improve the user experience. We always cover the major changes in our roll out presentations, but sometimes there are hidden gems that you might not have heard about.  In today’s article, I go over some of those gems from SOLIDWORKS 2019.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    Hidden Gems in SOLIDWORKS 2018 or Later

    July 17, 2020

    As an experienced SOLIDWORKS user, I know sometimes there are frustrating situations throughout my design process. I have found myself making up excuses or justifications when including explode lines to my explored view; have been unable to mate two sets of holes that are not perfectly concentric and have questioned why my assemblies are slow. If like me, you’ve found yourself in any of these situations, then this blog article is for you. I will share with you some of my favorite features from SOLIDWORKS 2018 onward that have helped increase my productivity. These features will allow you to retire your clever workarounds for workflows you might use daily or during specific phases of your projects.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Hidden Gems in SOLIDWORKS 2017 or Later

    July 10, 2020

    Every year, there is excitement and anticipation within the engineering and designing community as SOLIDWORKS releases new enhancements and features for the software. At TriMech, we have made it a tradition to put together a list to highlight our top favorite enhancements. With all the excitement it's sometimes easy to forget about previous updates that continue to make our lives easier and allow us to get the job done quicker. I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and refresh the updates from SOLIDWORKS 2017 and later that still impact our design experience as we use SOLIDWORKS. While there are a lot out there, I am going to highlight some of my favorites for you here.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Tech Tips, 3D Scanning, Training

    Free Tools for Success in 2020

    January 1, 2020

    Ready to maximize your efficiency in the new year? These free resources are great for identifying small improvements for your day to-day task or finding solutions that address an engineering, design or manufacturing challenge. We have compiled a list of helpful options when it comes to learning more or just needing a reference. Whether you only have a few minutes or you are ready for a week long course, we have resources created by industry experts at your fingertips.

    Simulation, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Free Render Farm - Simulations and Photorealistic Renders in no Time

    September 2, 2019

    In every major release of SOLIDWORKS you will find hundreds of enhancements that will help boost your productivity and performance. Some of these performance gains happen behind the scenes without you even noticing, while others may require you know a trick or two to take full advantage of their capabilities. Some of the most talked-about performance enhancements came in 2013 and 2017 with the addition of network solver capabilities for PhotoView 360 and SOLIDWORKS Simulation respectively. In this blog post, we show you a great trick to take full advantage of these performance solver engines.

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How To Avoid Frustrating Errors in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

    July 22, 2019

    You’re working away in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation when you run into this message, “Fluid volume recognition has failed because the model currently is not watertight.” Ugh. It can really put a cramp in your workflow. Even the tiniest holes keep SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation from detecting your fluid region making it impossible to run a study. Luckily, you don’t have to scrap your work and start over. Since SOLIDWORKS 2013, there’s a tool that makes it extremely easy to locate these frustrating gaps and holes in internal studies. It’s called Leak Tracking and it shows you exactly where the problem areas are so you can finish setting up your model for an internal flow study.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    5 Best SOLIDWORKS Tricks You Wish You Knew

    January 21, 2019

    This time of year is known for award shows, so we thought we’d jump into the mix and award the best TriMech Video Tech Tips for 2018. We had 52 amazing nominees, consisting of every Video Tech Tip we sent out in 2018. It’s a competitive field since these are published every week and each one was surely honored to be selected, produced and distributed for everyone to learn from. Voting was done by our TriMech Application Engineers with the criteria focused around which videos had the biggest impact on users. After we tallied all the votes we had our final top five Video Tech Tips!

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Creating Custom Weldment Profiles Using Configured Sketches

    September 21, 2018

    Are none of SOLIDWORKS' default weldment profiles working for your project? Check out this short step-by-step tutorial on using configured sketches to create your own custom weldment profiles.

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