SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication

An Introduction to SOLIDWORKS xDesign

February 14, 2019

SOLIDWORKS xDesign is a new way of looking at CAD design. It is one of the cloud-based CAD applications that are part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Just by being part of the platform allows this software to do some pretty interesting things that you can’t do with traditional SOLIDWORKS alone.

3D CAD, Technical Communication

5 Reasons the Cloud is the Future for 3D CAD

February 8, 2019

We’ve looked at reasons to use the cloud, reasons to avoid the cloud, now let's take a look at the benefits from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and see how they outweigh the reasons not to make the move to the cloud. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is geared and poised to make engineering in the cloud not only seamless but provides substantial benefits to the entire design process. Here are the five main reasons I think design in the cloud on this platform is the future:

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication

What is 3DEXPERIENCE?

February 7, 2019

You may have been seeing a compass icon in SOLIDWORKS videos, web pages and even in some of your design applications and wondering what it is or what it’s there for. Well, that compass represents the central navigation of the 3DEXPERIENCE “business experience” platform. In this blog, we are going to explore what that means and how SOLIDWORKS users can benefit from knowing how to use it.

3D CAD, Technical Communication

5 Reasons to Avoid the Cloud for 3D CAD

January 31, 2019

I recently created an article on the “Top 5 Reasons to Use the Cloud for 3D CAD.”  And in true engineer fashion, I made a list of pros and cons and wanted to follow it up with the top five reasons to avoid the cloud when working with CAD. The cloud is great for design and there are substantial benefits, however, there are some drawbacks and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention them as well.

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5 Reasons to Use The Cloud For 3D CAD

January 30, 2019

When I saw an article request come across for the top five reasons to use the cloud for 3D CAD, I snagged it before it could be distributed. This is something that has always fascinated me and I’m often wondering why the design world, the world in which I live, has been so slow to adopt it. I use Netsuite, Office 365, Gmail, Amazon, Netflix, Pokémon Go and Fortnite almost daily but anytime I want to design, I’m sitting behind my laptop working locally. Here are my personal top five, of many, reasons to move the design to the cloud.

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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.

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Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication Tools 

April 2, 2018

Here at TriMech we don't think our job ends once the sale is final. We want to help throughout your entire SOLIDWORKS journey. Instead of flipping through manuals and Googling question after question, we have a handy Technical Communication Webinar Series to answer your MBD, Inspection and Composer questions. 

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: Smart Capture in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

February 26, 2018

With so many new enhancements, it’s hard to decide which SOLIDWORKS 2018 features to try first. If you work with multiple CAD systems, consider adding SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 to the top of your must-try list. Here's why the new Smart Capture feature is a TriMech favorite!

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: Inspection Reports from Parts and Assemblies

February 19, 2018

Model Based Definition (MBD) is becoming more and more prevalent in today's designs.  Through SOLIDWORKS MBD and the DimXpert tool, we can add our dimension and tolerance data directly to the 3D model, helping to eliminate the need for 2D drawings, while more effectively communicating our designs. Keep reading to learn how SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 now allows us to utilize this information to create first article inspection reports right from the 3D model.  

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How to Create Real-Time Digital Click-Through Manual With Your SOLIDWORKS Files

January 18, 2018

With the snow coming down we thought it would be the perfect time to show off SOLIDWORKS Composer and how it can be used to create an interactive animation assembly. In the on-demand webinar below, I demonstrate this by using the software to assemble a 3D printed snowflake from four unique components. 

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Technical Communication

Import Files Into SOLIDWORKS Composer Without Installing SOLIDWORKS

October 24, 2016

In 2014, SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Composer, a tool that design companies use to leverage their 3D CAD data from any source to develop assembly instructions, end-user manuals and intriguing animations.

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Making 2D Orthographic Drawings Obsolete

October 20, 2016

 
Many of our clients have hundreds, if not  thousands, of 2D drawings to manage and maintain. With the advent of 3D modeling, more and more companies are realizing the value of capturing Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) within their solid models.