SOLIDWORKS, Technical Communication, MBD

    Using SOLIDWORKS MBD For DoD Compliance and More

    August 9, 2019

    When creating Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) for industry standards, designers and engineers benefit from being able to add annotations on their 3D models. Thanks to SOLIDWORKS MBD, they can annotate and organize 3D data such as dimensions, tolerances, surface finishes, notes and Bill of Materials (BOM). This application helps in the automation of manufacturing processes such as tolerance analysis, machining and inspection. In this article, we will provide different examples through which the use of MBD was critical to creating designs for the military, compliant with the new MIL-STD-31000 A+B standard.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

    How to Make Multi-Colored Prints with FDM

    July 22, 2019

    Stratasys 3D printers offer two main technologies through which multi-color printing can be accomplished. PolyJet technology is the most widely known that allows you to 3D print multi-color, multi-material parts and is known for its detailed and realistic results. Surprisingly, many people do not know that single-print, multi-colored prints are also possible when using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. Using Stratasys 3D printers and GrabCAD Print software, the process is actually very simple.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, CAM, MBD, CAMWorks

    The Top SOLIDWORKS Products for Manufacturing

    July 16, 2019

    With so many software options out there, it’s hard to know which combination is right for your custom manufacturing needs. With the SOLIDWORKS family of integrated products we’re spoiled for choice, but that doesn’t make understanding all the options any easier to someone looking at it for the first time. We’ve taken a look at all the options and put together a summary of what we think is the “ideal” manufacturing bundle. In this blog post, we’ll go over all the top-level benefits for each product and what you’ll be taking with you.

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Technical Communication

    Using Simulia Structural Simulation Engineer to Run a Snap Fit Analysis

    July 8, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS Simulation is one of the leading design analysis tools that brings the power of simulation into the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment, to conduct design validation early in the design process. Ease of use and tight integration within CAD enables designers and engineers to run different types of simulation from linear static to nonlinear static to dynamic analyses. However, even with its extensive capabilities, there are situations where SOLIDWORKS Simulation needs a little extra help. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at one of these situations, running a snap fit analysis and will walk through assisting SOLIDWORKS Simulation with Simulia Structural Simulation Engineer (SSE).

    SOLIDWORKS, Technical Communication

    Best Practices for Using the New Composer Export Options in SOLIDWORKS

    July 2, 2019

    Prior to the SOLIDWORKS 2018 updates, you were capable of saving a SOLIDWORKS assembly as an SMG file, however, there were no export options for SMG files and the default export option was set to exclude surface bodies. Due to this, users preferred to open SOLIDWORKS file directly through Composer, where import options can be customized as they need. Since the SOLIDWORKS 2018 updates, new SOLIDWORKS export options for SMG files have been added that allow full control over what information is saved to SOLIDWORKS Composer. These new options provide many advantages to Composer users that will be explained in this blog. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, Education

    Quick Guide to SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2019-2020

    June 25, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS Education Edition is the perfect solution for preparing students for a career in engineering. With more than 200,000 jobs posted a year seeking employees with SOLIDWORKS experience, investing in their training will not go to waste. There are many questions regarding the Education Edition and what all is included. Let's dive into those questions as well as the updates to the 2019-2020 version. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, CAM, MBD, CAMWorks

    Shop Collaboration and Communication in the Modern Age

    June 10, 2019

    Manufacturing technology seems to catch on much slower than other technological leaps; it’s 2019 and I still train students every month coming from 2D drafting into the 3D world! Is this because of the companies, the designers, the machinists or none of these? There is a huge difference in how a job shop, or even a large-scale production facility, work versus how we think. We’re going to take a look at this much too common disconnect and what options are out there to improve shop communication and efficiency.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, Applications, CAM, MBD, CAMWorks

    Concept to Completion with SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Tools

    June 7, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS is not just a CAD application. The integrated add-ins and supporting applications make it a complete engineering solution. I recently took advantage of these tools to complete a project that has been at the back of my mind for some time. It was a great opportunity to show how to use the SOLIDWORKS integrated platform from design all the way through the manufacturing and post-manufacturing process.  

    Technical Communication, MBD

    Reviewing ASME Standards for Additive Manufacturing

    April 22, 2019

    From an engineering perspective, if you’re looking into the world of Model-Based Design (MBD) or have already been shifting that way, you’ll want to start researching some of the new standards that are being developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In particular, the new standard that they are developing as a product definition for additive manufacturing. In this article, we will provide a quick list of the standards being looked at this year and touch on how you can apply these and other standards in a SOLIDWORKS workflow.

    Technical Communication, MBD

    Model-Based Enterprise Summit 2019

    April 22, 2019

    Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Model-Based Enterprise Summit at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. This was the 10th annual MBE Summit and was focused on highlighting the practical implementations of MBE in the world, with the main theme being Democratizing the Implementation of MBE.

    This event was possibly the most in-depth technical summit I have ever been to. The amount of applications for model-based engineering is amazing and getting to see how people are leveraging this technology is truly eye-opening. The list of speakers was staggering and humbling. It was truly exceptional to see so many experts in their field speak to how digital engineering has been completely transforming their businesses. As a mechanical-minded person focused on technology and interconnected systems, I believe there are certainly some exciting leaps coming in the future.

    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: