Planet SolidWorks

November 29, 2021

The Javelin Blog

TechTalk: Metal materials specialist highlights the accessibility and power of metal 3D printing technologies

Check out this interview with Simon Bakhshivash, a member of our Professional Services team who works out of the Advanced Manufacturing Centre at the Canadian headquarters in Oakville, Ontario.

Simon, what is your background and role?

I’m a metallurgist and Metal Additive Manufacturing Specialist for Javelin – A TriMech Company. I studied mechanical and mechatronics engineering and received my master’s degree at Waterloo University.

After graduating, I worked in an additive manufacturing lab with many different technologies, developing parameters to print efficiently, ensuring the quality of parts, and making sure customers were happy with the results.

Javelin brought me on earlier this year as their metal printing specialist to take metal to the same level as plastics. That means building more awareness of the technology options and what they can do, and making sure engineers and manufacturers understand how to improve parts and processes. I’m here to prove how you can be profitable using metal printing.

What do you want people to know about the printers themselves?

There is a system for every environment and application. The newest systems handle industrial tasks yet are office friendly. We sell, support, and use different kinds of metal printing technology and each has its own market.

The Xact Metal XM200C system uses a DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) process, which involves a computer-controlled, high-power laser beam to melt and fuse layers of metallic powder together. A DMLS process creates high density, accurate, repeatable parts and tooling.

Xact Metal 3D Printer

Xact Metal 3D Printer

It has a build volume of 5 x 5 x 5 inches with a small footprint of 24 x 24 inches.

Small to medium businesses find the system easy to use and maintain. Changing out materials is easy. We use this system regularly in our own centre.

We also offer ExOne printers, such as the Innovent+. ExOne is the world leader in binder jetting systems. These systems use a binder to glue metal powder particles together, layer by layer. Everything happens at room temperature and no laser activity is involved. Once printing is finished, the part is transferred to a small and office friendly oven for debinding and sintering, during which the particles fuse together and form a solid part. Any binder residue evaporates during this step and leaves no footprint on the final part.

ExOne Innovent + 3D Printer

ExOne Innovent + 3D Printer

Who can benefit most from adopting metal 3D printing?

All industries can use metal printing. Some examples are aerospace, automotive, and nuclear energy production. You just have to redesign for metal additive manufacturing – to reshape your parts to make the best use of the technology.

When the geometry of your parts is so complex that it’s difficult, costly, or impossible to CNC, you can turn to metal printing. We can bring together 20 small parts that were once bolted and welded together into one intricate part. The open structures we use, instead of solid bulk, reduce the weight, particularly important during flight or to reduce fuel consumption.

metal 3D printed feature test

Xact Metal 3D printed part

I have seen parts that are one-third the weight of their traditionally manufactured counterparts. Why wouldn’t you want the same strength, with less weight?

Tell us about accuracy. How complex are we talking?

Our team is working with an electronics client that requires copper components with dimensional accuracy of one thou or 25 microns or that part will be rejected.

The Xact Metal XM200C prints layers with a spot size of 20 microns, providing precision to your build.

Pencil injector 3D printed on Xact Metal

Pencil injector 3D printed on Xact Metal

Using the ExOne Innovent+ and ultra-fine MIM powders, we can achieve fine features and surface-finish results that routinely meet post-sintering dimensional tolerances of 1 to 2.5% on a first print run. Through iteration and optimization, we can get to less than 1% with two to three builds.

Are engineers and manufacturers becoming increasingly interested in, and educated about, metal additive manufacturing?

Yes. Every day, there is more news out there about printers, methods, materials, and applications. People are searching for information and support.

Programming for CNC is hard and takes a long time. Plus, I have seen 3D printed metal parts that would be impossible to CNC. There is no just other way to make them. The designs wouldn’t even come to mind because they were once impossible.

For very high volumes, 3D printing can’t compete with injection molding or die casting, but for specialty parts and lower volumes, like a few thousand parts a year or less, additive works.

Additive processes in general reduce waste. Can you tell us how?

Subtractive processes that begin with a solid block of metal are wasteful and costly, especially with expensive metals like titanium, copper, and gold. Imagine designing and 3D printing jewellery without wasting any gold powder.

3D printing delivers near net shape, reducing the need for surface finishing. We’re also reducing your failure rate. You don’t want to mess up three times on the CNC machine when you’re making only 10 parts.

And in some cases, we’re skipping the tooling creation stage altogether. We remove the need to make a die or jigs and fixtures.

Our Professional Services team has specialists in space, aerospace, and automotive. We also have expertise in design and materials for medical, dental, and biomedical applications. We’re proud of the equipment we have in our Canadian Additive Manufacturing Centre, as well as the expertise and support we can provide.

Some people come to us to do test parts they can see and touch and evaluate. They want to know if it can withstand load, or resist corrosion. We also help people design for additive by recommending changes in the design to save material and printing time, to improve the support structures, or maximize performance.

We understand investing in an in-house premium printer is a big step. We’re here to help you prove out the technology and return on that investment, or to provide professional manufacturing services until you are ready to buy. And when you do buy, we’ll support you through installation and training.

Contact Us

Complete the form to get a quote or call 1-800-298-6437 and speak to an expert

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by Karen Majerly at November 29, 2021 03:15 PM

November 27, 2021


How Dangerous Is a Lego Technic Saw?

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While LEGO Technic sets are not supposed to be dangerous, that does not mean people will not try to make them so.

In the case of YouTube channel GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines, he found the best way to make a LEGO Technic saw as practical as its real-life counterpart: by attaching 14 LEGO motors to it. With six smart hubs and a 1:9 gear ratio, his first saw spun at a rate of 1,940 rpm.

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The chunky saw blade could easily cut through paper and cardboard, but it already had difficulty cutting through more rigid objects. Slicing through an apple took multiple passes, and you could see the motors starting to groan. Cutting a much tougher pencil was just impossible for it, as well as a thin piece of nylon. During these tests, you can even see the saw’s teeth start to dull and wear down.

lego technic saw

The most exciting experiment with the first saw was when it was pit against a piece of wood. There was no way the 14-gear saw could cut through such a rigid material, so he added extra six motors. Yet despite the extra torque, the LEGO plastic saw was no match for the compact wood.

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He fitted the next saw with a 9×9 LEGO saw blade and a gear ratio of 1:15. With the added power and thinner blade, this second saw had an output of 4,350 rpm. So did any of this make it a better saw? Well, yes, but not by much.

lego technic saw

It could still cut things like paper and cardboard with no problem and could now cut through foods like carrots and cucumbers. Yet, thicker materials such as carpet were no match for this much faster blade!

lego technic saw

Sadly, the worth of a saw is measured by how well it can cut wood, and this one could not do it. The piece of wood was roughly the same as the one used on the first saw, and that was not even thick either. So while the LEGO saw suffices as a food and paper cutter, it just does not make the cut as an actual saw.

GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines YouTube channel usually sees him making all sorts of LEGO vehicles, but these saw machines were a nice break from the monotony. You should check it out if you’re into the more mechanical side of LEGO building!

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 27, 2021 10:52 AM

This LEGO Sashimi Bowl Looks Downright Scrumptious

stop motion sashimi

Though they may be inedible, I think we can all agree that LEGO food is still pretty cool, especially if captured in stop motion.

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Earlier this month, YouTuber I Like Home created a LEGO donburi sashimi bowl. While the actual dish is relatively easy to make, his LEGO version took over a month to produce. More than 10,000 still shots are in this 3-minute animated short, but he was wise to keep mum on the amount of LEGO pieces he used to make the ingredients.

stop motion sashimi

The king salmon alone looks like it’s comprised of tens of thousands of LEGO pieces. I Like Home painstakingly placed each piece not just to achieve the realistic appearance of the fish but to allow it to move just like the real one. From the flailing of the salmon to the moment he sticks a knife through it (*sniff*), you can see just how much attention to detail he put into the short animation.

stop motion sashimi

Even in death, the salmon looks real. How he scales and debones the LEGO model in the video seems vivid. I Like Home achieved this fluid movement by using LEGO hinge pieces between the bones and joints of the salmon.

stop motion sashimi

After “cutting” a few slices of salmon, I Like Home completed his dish by adding some LEGO onions, wasabi, and some scooped up roe from the salmon’s belly. Add these on top of a LEGO rice bowl, and you have yourself a dish that looks good enough to eat. Of course, you can’t eat this particular sashimi bowl, but it looks so good that you would want to go out and order an actual one for yourself. I Like Home has more LEGO delicacies on his YouTube channel, each of which looks better than the last.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 27, 2021 10:27 AM

AirHero Is an Air Purifier Made From Upcycled Coconut Waste


No one likes smelly odors in their living quarters, but no one likes spending tons of money on expensive air purifiers and multiple cans of toxic air fresheners. So instead of holding in your farts or wasting money, why not check out AirHero?

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This air purifier isn’t as expensive or energy-consuming as its electrical counterparts, nor does it emanate any strange odors. It simply removes any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and moisture from the air – nothing more, nothing less.


The AirHero has a unique triple-piece design. It is cut into three segments – one semicircle and two quarter circles. The semicircle covers an area of 360 feet (perfect for a living room or kitchen), while the quarter circle is best for 180-foot spaces like closets and cabinets. It can even be put inside the fridge, bags, shoes, and even pet huts! When combined, the circular AirHero measures 3.9 inches on all sides – just the perfect size for it to be unintrusive.


The way the AirHero goes about air purification is entirely natural. Nested inside its tear-proof SMS composite linen housing are pieces of pulverized coconut charcoal. These charcoal pieces absorb VOCs and moisture in the air, purifying and dehumidifying the surrounding area. So really, the AirHero is an air purifier and dehumidifier rolled into one.

You can store the AirHero inside your room, closet, car, or even in your gym bag. No matter where it is, the air purifier will clean and dehumidify its surroundings in 24 hours. That’s a lot of time to clean up the air but considering it isn’t electrically powered, I’d say its purifying time is justified.


Reactivating the odor-adsorbing power of the AirHero is easy. Just place it in a spot with direct sunlight every month, and you can enjoy its benefit for up to two years. After those years of use and the AirHero has served you well, you can take the coconut charcoal inside and use it as fertilizer for your plants.

People must be thinking greener because the AirHero is already fully funded on its Kickstarter page. It currently has a total funding of US$15,662, a little more than US$5,000 above its US$10,000 goal.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 27, 2021 08:44 AM

Is America’s Infrastructure Really That Bad?

america poorly designed

Don’t be fooled by the clickbait title of his video; not everything in America is poorly designed in the eyes of Oliver Bahl Franke. All it boils down to are problems in transportation.

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To be more precise, Oliver has an issue with how American infrastructure focuses more on cars than any other mode of transportation. Ever since cars became more affordable and widespread in the 1930s, the country has slowly but surely evolved into a place where cars reign supreme. Overabundant highways, wide roads, and way too many parking lots are just some of the instances where you can see just how much personal vehicles are given priority in America.

america poorly designed

It’s not entirely without reason, either. I mean, take a look at the other modes of transportation in the country. The quality of public transportation, more specifically trains and buses, hasn’t improved in years. From shoddy architecture and poor upkeep to the inefficient ways it transports people to and from their destinations, it’s no wonder why no one wants to use public transport.

america poorly designed

As an example, Oliver pulls up a map of the Chicago train system. It was designed to funnel people from all over the city to the downtown area. Even if you aren’t headed that way, you still need to pass this particular location if you want to get anywhere else via train. This choice may have been a product of capitalism at the time (that might still well be the case), but any railway engineer today could tell you that this system is highly inefficient as a way of getting people to different parts of the city.

america poorly designed

Buses are another problem. According to Oliver, 75% of bus costs are subsidized by the local state and federal government, while ticket costs cover the remaining 25%. Since most Americans have their cars, this creates a loop where the state puts less emphasis on funding public transportation, leading to the poor quality of buses and fewer people using them.

america poorly designed

Believe it or not, just walking or biking from place to place is becoming harder to do as well. The lack of proper sidewalks and guardrails makes it not only difficult but dangerous. And when you see that almost 80% of the road is dedicated to cars, it isn’t hard to see why people would rather drive a short distance in safety than risk being hit by a moving vehicle.

Oliver Bahl Franke’s video dives deeper into other aspects of American infrastructure, from institutional parking lot minimums to breaking down other countries’ attempts to make their locales more accessible for different modes of transportation. You can find this video and more design-oriented content on his YouTube channel, OBF.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 27, 2021 05:49 AM

November 25, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Simulation or 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation SIMULIA?

Which one do you choose, SOLIDWORKS Simulation or 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation SIMULIA? This is quite a common question when solutions overlap with each other a little bit. But a true answer to this question arises not only from the kind of studies we are able to perform but also from what happens upstream and downstream of the design process.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a powerful and intuitive solution for designers and engineers to quickly evaluate and validate their product performance as well as improve product quality and obtain insight into the design and innovation process.

Built within the SOLIDWORKS user interface, its power lies in the tight integration to the design space. Any design change is instantly picked up by the simulations associated with the product in question, making sure that the user is looking at the latest and greatest when it comes to the design.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers a variety of packages (StandardProfessional and Premium), covering the bandwidth of simulation studies required by designers today.

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So now that we understand what SOLIDWORKS Simulation is all about, let’s talk a bit about SIMULIA.

SIMULIA offerings as part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation portfolio caters to solutions driven by Powerful ABAQUS technology enabling engineers to push their design limits further and model complex structural simulations with high accuracy.

As with SOLIDWORKS offerings, there are four SIMULIA roles:

What is unique about this solution is that it comes as part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform which enables users to do more than just run simulations. We’ll look into that in just a minute.

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Great! Now, which one do you choose?

Here are some things to consider when choosing your path:

1. Model simulations that are Challenging and Interesting (Like a crush test!)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation excels in running efficient studies for linear statics, frequency, thermal and many more! They’re proven to provide quick and accurate results when simulations are simple enough that designers can accurately model them to drive their product optimization process.

But…what if the study is hard to model to begin with? Maybe your study has complex rubbery materials that require to be calibrated properly? Maybe you need to model a lot of frictional contacts, or your study simply isn’t solving using SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

When such a situation is encountered, the roles offered on the platform can be leveraged to provide you with results in a short amount of time, with great accuracy and ease of use.


Structural Mechanics Engineer

2. Waiting for Simulation Results is Hard!

While we’re very happy that SOLIDWORKS Simulation helps you achieve what you want in your design, it might be good to ask the question, “How long do I have to wait to get my results?” and “Is there a faster way to solve it?”

With the SIMULIA roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, compute power is available for simulations that can be solved on as many as 144 cores! Don’t worry…you don’t need to invest in them; with cloud computing, you can leverage Dassault’s hardware to run your studies and get quick results.

Bonus point – SIMILIA lets you model simulations that mimic reality without the need to approximate simulations to just solve them!

3. Process Changes can Streamline Your Workflow

A typical day for the life of an engineer includes running studies, downloading them in a document and sending it off in an email or having a meeting about it. It’s a few steps to work through, but many are fine with it, so why change?

We are almost tuned to work in this fashion, which is great. However, there are powerful tools available at your fingertips by leveraging the added capabilities of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Collaboration and communication are streamlined by the platform adoption process, giving you the ability to virtually share anything from design sketches, manufacturing data, to simulation results from within the platform experience.

4. Connectivity for Seamless Transfers

If you need to make a design change or use the platform, would I be able to do that from SOLIDWORKS? Is the platform connected?

A common theme presented between all SOLIDWORKS solutions is to provide connectivity. Every user would like to work from within the SOLIDWORKS user interface.

If you are designing your product in SOLIDWORKS and would like to leverage the platform for its advanced simulation capabilities, we have connectors that can seamlessly transfer existing SOLIDWORKS designs (and some SOLIDWORKS Simulations) to the platform.

How to Transfer Designs

With guided virtual assistants, simulations can be set up on the platform with ease by following just a few steps.

Solidworks and platform connection

Connected Workflow – SOLIDWORKS and SIMULIA

Analysts can take it a step further by creating and capturing complex simulation workflows, thereby keeping the technical aspects under the hood and enabling the end-designer to perform studies, evaluate results and optimize their products.

SIMULIA Structural Mechanics Engineer

Simulation users and skills

Hopefully, that provides a deeper insight into choosing the right solution that works for you and your engineering team(s). By asking yourself the questions of simulation limitations, hurdles of collaboration and communication, you are almost certain to make the right choice. Contact us to engage in a discussion to help you find the right FEA solution.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 25, 2021 05:37 PM

November 24, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022 BOM Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS® Manage is an advanced data management system that extends the global file management and application integrations enabled by SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. SOLIDWORKS Manage is the key element in providing Distributed Data Management. With SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022 there are many new enhancements for the Bill of Materials (BOM) that allows users to share, filter, and easily obtain the latest version:

Sharing your BOM

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022 now allows you to share BOM views, via a web page link or email message, with users that may not have direct access to the system

  • Enabled at the object and BOM view level and accessed via the BOM Tools menu


  • Provides external uses a way to view BOM contents and make comments in designated reference specific field columns.
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022 External BOM

SOLIDWORKS Manage External BOM

  • List of shared BOM available in the Share right side fly out in main UI
  • Links are time based and can be set to expire as desired


  • Limits can be set on number of that can be shared per link and the number of links a user can create

Bill of Materials Filters

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022 allows you to create and save filters to quickly show desired BOM contents:

  • Filters can be saved and edited as global to make them available to all users
  • Based on filters applied to columns via the Show / Hide filters icon or by using individual column filters

SOLIDWORKS BOM Filter showing parts with red paint required

Bill of Materials Latest Version Setting

Show latest version setting remembered after log out/log in for each user

Show latest version

Show latest version

SOLIDWORKS Integration BOM View

The Bill of Material view available via the right click menu, now displays the “Open BOM in new window” dialog to enable editing.
Eliminates the need to go back to the main UI to access the editing capabilities:



SOLIDWORKS Integration Drawing BOM Table

You can now add a SOLIDWORKS Drawing BOM from a linked record:

  • It is now possible to add a Bill of Material table from a file’s Linked Record
  • Uses BOM variants and templates defined in the Linked Record object
  • If multiple linked records are associated to a file, the user can choose which Linked Records is used
Insert BOM Table

Insert BOM Table

Open linked record from add-in:

  • Linked records for file can be accessed directly from the SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in via the right click menu:
Open BOM Record

Open BOM Record

  • BOM “Item” numbers are now available to include in BOM tables and balloons. Previously only the Marker could be shown to display a sequenced number for each line item:


Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Manage

The Administering SOLIDWORKS Manage training course teaches system administrators the basics of how to get started in this expansive software. Topics include basic setup, routine maintenance, connecting to PDM, Document and Record objects, Users and Groups, various field types, and the Web Client.

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by Rod Mackay at November 24, 2021 02:15 PM

November 23, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Sketch System Options that will Save You Time

In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few SOLIDWORKS Sketch Options that will make your work much easier and save you valuable time by reducing tedious clicks.

The time-saving sketching techniques and options we’ll cover in this video blog include:

  • Auto-Rotate View
  • Create Sketch on New Part
  • Enable On-Screen Numeric Input on Entry Creation
  • Create Dimension Only When Value is Entered

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SOLIDWORKS Sketch Options

To access sketch options go to System Options > General > Sketch.

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Options

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Options

Auto-Rotate View

The first option is the Auto-Rotate View. Under options for sketching, you will find an option called Auto Rotate View Normal to Sketch Plane on Sketch Creation and Sketch Edit. This means whenever you’re creating a new sketch or editing an existing sketch, the sketch will rotate normal to the screen. This is very convenient and useful if you’re always reorienting your model.

Create Sketch on New Part

If you start a new part, activating this option will start you in Sketch mode in a Front plane by default. As you’re designing parts, if you frequently find yourself creating that first sketch on the front plane, this is a great way to save you a few tedious clicks right out of the gate.

Enable On-Screen Numeric Input on Entity Creation

As you start to create geometry within your sketch, and before creating the sketch line, you can type in a value on the fly that is tied to the parameters not actually adding a dimension to it. We’ll cover adding dimensions in the next option

Create Dimension Only When Value is Entered

Check the box for Create Dimension Only When Value is Entered. Now, when you sketch a line and type in a value, your dimension is added with your sketch line.

Work smarter not harder

These are just a few of the techniques you can take advantage of to improve your workflow so you can focus on your design instead of making tedious clicks that interrupt your concentration. To learn more sketching techniques take a SOLIDWORKS training course from Javelin »

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 23, 2021 05:56 PM

November 22, 2021

The Javelin Blog


3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS gives users the opportunity to use advanced designing and collaboration features that positively change the way we create and build. If you are currently a SOLIDWORKS Desktop user and considering a move to the cloud, there are differences that you should be aware of. Below we will review some of those differences as well as take a look at the process involved when making the switch.

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SOLIDWORKS Desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS are essentially the same

Aside from a few minor differences which we will cover below, the first thing to point out is that SOLIDWORKS Desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS are essentially the same software. The core SOLIDWORKS software for both versions will still be installed locally on your machine and get all the benefits and power of your CAD workstation.

The same tools and features are available in both versions: Sweeps, Lofts, Surfacing, Sheet Metal, Weldments, Assembly Tools, Drawings, etc. If you can model parts in SOLIDWORKS Desktop, you can model the same parts in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS. File types are the same as well, so communication with outside vendors will continue uninterrupted.

Two Save and Open Options

A key difference between SOLIDWORKS Desktop and 3DEXPEREINCE SOLIDWORKS is when you’re opening and saving files.

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is cloud-connected from the ground up. Everything about it is designed to work with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and connect your data to the cloud. This is apparent when saving and opening files. Let’s look at saving files.

This platform is designed to let you work at your own pace with regard to cloud storage. It allows users to save and work locally, or in the cloud. Both of these options are provided in the Save dialog and the File pull-down menu. The Save dialog conveniently toggles back and forth between the cloud and local storage. This allows users to work locally until they are ready to move the file to the cloud.



Once in the cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS seamlessly manages the local cache storage of cloud files. The Open dialog provides the same toggle between local and cloud files. Simply toggling the dialog allows you to browse your local machine or sort by 6WTags on the platform. This makes working with data in the cloud easy and straightforward.


Another differentiating factor is how the software updates. 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is always on the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. Updates are handled through a dropdown in the list of apps. There is no need to browse for executables and store them somewhere. You simply launch the installer and update the software. Email notifications are sent out on a regular basis notifying users of pending updates allowing them to plan accordingly.





3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS licenses are assigned per user for either a three-month or a one-year subscription. Since they are assigned to a unique user, the user is able to use the software on any machine to which they have access. This is a great alternative to the online licensing that was discontinued. You can run SOLIDWORKS on any machine that meets SOLIDWORKS system requirements. This license also allows a user to access the data anywhere from any device. You can log into a web browser on a tablet and view the data for design reviews.


Making the move is simple. You start by uninstalling SOLIDWORKS desktop from Add/Remove Programs in the control panel. There are a lot of uninstalling options through the installation manager, but for this move, a complete uninstall is the best option. Once SOLIDWORKS is removed from the machine, we can start the process of installing 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS. The first step is to log in to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The dashboard list in the upper left corner allows for toggling between our dashboards or area of focus. We want to start in the Platform Management dashboard and make sure we have the proper roles assigned.



Click on the “Information” icon next to the username and make sure you have 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS selected. This assigns the user a license of SOLIDWORKS. We can now switch to the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS dashboard and start the installation.

We access the apps in the compass located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. From the SOLIDWORKS Connected application, we can now start the installation. Detailed instructions on how to install the software are provided in the video below:

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Now that the software is installed, you can launch 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS from the compass and work on all of your existing files just like before.

Additional Help and Resources

If the above seems a little daunting, there are a few avenues at TriMech that can assist. First, our 3DEXPERIENCE Platform training courses teach the essentials of setting up users and configuring roles. The Javelin service team can help uninstall SOLIDWORKS and any issues or concerns with accomplishing that. Finally, client care visits can be used to cover the basics of what is new in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 22, 2021 04:33 PM


The Animation Process Behind a Pixar Film

incredibles 2 production reel

It’s almost three decades since Pixar released Toy Story 1, its first animated feature-length film. Since then, animation on the digital frontier has progressed in leaps and bounds.

And yet, some things never change.

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In a recent video posted on the company’s YouTube channel, we got a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to produce a scene from their 2018 animated superhero movie, Incredibles 2.

incredibles 2 production reel

Just like what they did with Toy Story all those years ago, it all started with hand-drawn storyboards. While the animators didn’t use them in the final product, storyboards helped to map out the shots and the flow of the scenes the way the producers wanted them to be.

incredibles 2 production reel

Once everything was in place, animation started previsualizing on computers. And just like in other projects, the Incredibles 2 animation involved creating a simple but accurate representation of the scene. It includes all the characters, props, backdrops, and adding audio to the mix.

As more elements got added into the scene, the whole film team tried to figure out a layout for the camera and shots. After all, what good is all that animation if you cannot capture it in just the right way?

incredibles 2 production reel

Finding out the proper placement of the camera would allow the animators to fine-tune their work. Animations for each main character then received further emphasis and depth, such as their facial expressions and movements.

This part will teach you that main stars aren’t the only ones who deserve special treatment. All extra characters in various scenes of Incredibles 2 also acquired the same amount of care and attention. This process prevented the dissonance between them and the main characters in any part of the movie.

incredibles 2 production reel

Care and attention bring us to the process of simulation. Toy Story had some pretty static hair and cloth simulation, but the past two decades allowed Pixar to take things to new heights. Incredibles 2 features almost realistic simulations – from hair and cloth sims to water effects and light reflections.

Once all of those elements were good, the team implemented one final lighting round to make everything in the shot look cohesive and part of a collective whole. It might look like just a few steps, but the whole process took a lot of time and effort to make each scene look perfect. So the next time you tune in to watch a Pixar animated film, be sure to give the animators behind it some praise. They worked hard on that!

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 22, 2021 11:00 AM

How Do You Encase a Moving Bullet in Resin?

shooting bullet through resin egg

I’ve seen some strange things encased in resin, and YouTuber Jedrek29t’s creations are always on top of that list. He’s already fossilized a McDonald’s cheeseburger and French fries, so how much weirder can he get?

How about encasing a bullet shot through an egg?

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Now, to be honest, that cylindrical piece of metal you see in the final product isn’t an actual bullet: it’s just a piece of brass lathed to look like one. And that shattered egg? That’s the result of two eggs molded and combined to make an illusion.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s break each part down, shall we?

Dissecting the Egg    

shooting bullet through resin egg

As mentioned earlier, the shattered egg is the end product of two eggs: the first egg makes up the silicone mold and the second uses its eggshell for the effects.

shooting bullet through resin egg

After using the silicone mold to create a yellowed resin egg, Jedrek29t covered the hardened resin with shell fragments from the second egg. You may have noticed he kept the resined segments of the glue sticks uncolored. This part was intentional to project the scene of a bullet’s trajectory passing through the resin egg.

What Makes the Bullet?

shooting bullet through resin egg

If you think about it, any bullet is just a hollowed piece of metal filled with gunpowder. Take away the powder, and all you need to make a fake bullet is a piece of metal shaped to look like one.

In this case, Jedrek took a brass roller and used his metal lathe to give it that dangerous bullet shape. After tons of filing, sanding, and polish, the piece was ready to fit on top of the resin egg.

Encasing Everything in Resin

shooting bullet through resin egg

The yellow tinge of the resin egg is indeed visible. While it looks odd, this appearance helps differentiate the egg’s inside from the rest of the finished product.

The transparent resin mimicking the bullet’s trajectory, on the other hand, looks almost invisible to the naked eye when encased in another layer of resin. You can barely see the part connecting the bullet to the egg.

shooting bullet through resin egg

It’s like unveiling the secret behind a magic trick. You think this would be a complex project, but it becomes much easier to understand once Jedrek29t reveals his thought process. You can find all of Jedrek29t’s awesome resin art on his YouTube channel if you want more fun projects like this.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 22, 2021 10:05 AM

Buble Is a Projector Which Uses Toys To Play Animations


Buble by French company Dreemzzbox is a portable projector for kids which plays screen-free animations on the ceiling. This projector took its inspiration from planetariums and dome theaters, allowing kids to lie down and fall asleep while watching some mind-numbing shows.

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Instead of playing Netflix or Disney+, Buble uses its in-house animations via Bublers. They are PVC plastic with built-in NFC smart chips. Different Bublers store different animations which can play when placed on top of the Buble projector. While Buble currently has animations only available in French and English, the creators consider incorporating other languages.


And because this is the 21st century, you can bet Buble comes with its app. With it, parents can supervise what their kids are watching on the projector and track their interests. It’s an excellent concept, but I hope it doesn’t encourage parents to watch over everything their child watches as they get older.


I’ve talked about the NFC chips and the Bublers at length, but the projector itself is also something to talk about.


The Buble has an LED projector that plays shows at an 854×480 resolution with 150 lumens brightness, and the audio comes out through two 3 watt speakers. It even has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to access it via the app on your phone.


While those specs aren’t exactly stellar, what will catch your attention is the Buble’s unique shape. It takes its design from a whale’s body – with a chunky front body curving down to the strap at the back. The Buble even has a two-split color scheme reminiscent of a killer whale.

The team at Dreemzzbox came up with multiple designs – starting with a seashell, then a starfish, to an octopus shape. In the end, however, the whale shape prevails due to its appeal to its target market: the kids.


Buble comes at a rather steep $197 (and that’s only for early birds) price tag. But that doesn’t stop parents from wanting something special for their kids. It currently has total funding of US$37,050, which is more than halfway towards its US$56,490 goal. If you want to join the Buble project, better check its Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 22, 2021 08:17 AM

Artist Makes a Bust of Himself Working on a Smaller Figure of Himself

self-portait sculpture

Irish poet Oscar Wilde once said that “life imitates art more than art imitates life.” In layman’s terms, it means that human beings tend to look at nature through the eyes of an artist by way of their art rather than see things as they are. It paints artists in a somewhat powerful position, making them the seers of the world and the rest of humanity as the viewers.

Artist Steven Richter, on the other hand, took this saying a little more literally. About a year ago, he took the concept of egotism and face reveal to new heights. He created his own half-body and half-size sculpture, making a quarter-size model of himself.

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Sculpting in Clay

self-portait sculpture

Steven first began his journey by making a rough sculpt of his half-size bust in clay. This project required him to focus on its facial features – including the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Once the clay dried, he poured layers of silicone mixture over the sculpture to create a mold.

self-portait sculpture

He left the silicone to dry for a while before adding a layer of what I assume is papier mâché over it.

Giving Mini-Steven a Hand

self-portait sculpture

Before Steven could finish the silicone bust, he first completed his clay sculpture’s right arm.

Unlike the rest of the sculpture, the right arm has a frame made of wire to keep it upright. Steven built the arm around this frame and took extra care to put in the finer details. Some of the things he did were the positioning of the fingers and the wrinkles on the skin.

Like the bust before it, Steven poured layers of silicone over the right arm. He performed it before encasing the part inside a layer of papier mâché.

Bringing a Plastic Bust to Life

self-portait sculpture

By pouring liquid plastic on the inside of the silicone molds, Steven created the bust for his final sculpture.

This final canvas was painted and fitted with eyes, hair (including facial hair and eyebrows), and a pair of glasses frames. To make the bust look even more authentic, Steven went through the trouble of screen printing and sewing a smaller version of his Star Wars t-shirt.

Don’t Forget the Tiniest Steve!

self-portait sculpture

While the half-size bust is chock-full of details, the quarter-size figure the bigger one is supposed to be working on appears like a work in progress.

Still, Steven puts just enough effort to make the tiny bust look like it’s in the middle of the sculpture process. He used liquid plastic with a grey tinge to make the figure look like clay and painted it to give it that extra layer of detail.

Time To Bring Everyone Together

self-portait sculpture

Place the quarter-size bust in front of the half-size statue and place full-size Steven behind everything else, and you’ll be hard-pressed to determine who is making whom. Thanks to the amount of detail Steven put into the busts, they look like him just enough to make things creepy.

This project is one heck of a face reveal, as Steven Richter only previously made busts of other famous icons instead of himself. If you’d like to see those more well-known faces, be sure to check out Steven’s YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 22, 2021 05:43 AM

Combining 3D Printing and Metal Casting To Make Double Threaded Bolts

casted double threaded bolt

Making something on a 3D printer these days is easy. You upload the files to your computer, add in the filament, and you have your brand spanking new item within a couple of hours.

Casting metal, on the other hand, is much more complicated. But Seth Robinson of Robinson Foundry could marry the two methods to create double-threaded bolts.

For those who don’t follow his channel, Seth 3D-printed some double-threaded bolts and cast them in metal before. The first cast was a suitable proof of concept, but the bolts didn’t have edges to fit an oversized wrench.

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This second attempt used a design that looked more like a traditional bolt. Seth started gluing on extra attachments after printing out the bolt models using PLA filament, making it possible for him to make a casting mold.

casted double threaded bolt

These printed parts are placed inside a liquid ceramic and given an even coating on all sides to make the perfect metal cast. After the first two coats, the following seven coats were succeeded by dusting silica sand to help harden the mold.

casted double threaded bolt

After the fourth coat, Seth wrapped a layer of steel wire around his mold. This process would prevent large cracks from emerging and potentially breaking the finished product. As an added measure, he sprinkled on some fiberglass shards to help strengthen the ceramic.

casted double threaded bolt

Seth let the molds dry for a few days before popping them in his kiln at 500°F (260°C) to melt away the 3D-printed plastic. He took a momentary pause to remove the plastic before popping the ceramic molds back in his kiln and cranking the temperature up to 1500°F (815°C). This step would not only harden the molds but vitrify them to a point where they can contain molten metal.

casted double threaded bolt

The following day brought good results, as the molds were solid without any large cracks. After pre-heating the molds to 1000°F (537°C), it was the perfect time to melt the metal and start pouring it in.

casted double threaded bolt

Seth made two molds for two bolts: the first one cast in copper and another in bronze. Using scrap metal from his previous projects, he poured in his molten concoctions and let them settle for a few hours.

casted double threaded bolt

Cracking open the molds unveiled some finely casted metal. Nearly all the metal was perfectly shaped to the mold, requiring Seth to cut off only some of the excess with the help of a file and a disk sander.

casted double threaded bolt

Some final brushing and polishing later, and the nuts and bolts are ready to go. You’d be hard-pressed to find a hole that would fit these particular pieces, but they make for a very satisfying turn. You can turn the nuts either left or right (as their namesake implies), and they will fall right into the bolts.

For more metalworking projects, you can check out Seth Robinson’s YouTube channel, Robinson Foundry.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 22, 2021 03:26 AM

November 18, 2021

The Javelin Blog

How to Leverage Industry 4.0: The Industrial Internet of Things

For manufacturing companies, the important variation to discuss around IoT is IIoT. That’s not a typo, it refers to the Industrial Internet of Things.

This is not going to be an article that explains the traditional “Internet of Things” and gives examples of how just about anything and everything made these days is potentially connected to other devices and systems over the internet. We’re going to assume you’re familiar with the addition of sensors, software and technology to physical objects (the “things” in IoT) to facilitate the seamless communication of data. It’s essentially already ubiquitous at this point, right? Everything from household appliances to baby monitors and even things like deodorant is connected to the cloud. We’re going to talk about why that matters.

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Applying IoT technology to the production floor is key to the digital transformation at the heart of Industry 4.0. In the most basic form, equipment is connected and able to communicate (i.e. send and receive data) with other machines and processes. Companies can then achieve wireless automation and control. But with advanced analytics and machine learning they can gain even more valuable insights to drive smarter, faster decisions.

Keys to Successful IIoT

It can easily be overwhelming for manufacturing technicians, managers and executives to figure out if and how to apply IIoT concepts to their businesses. However, learning from successful early adopters of manufacturing IoT reveals guidelines for the best approach:

  • Have a purpose in mind – start with a specific problem and desired fix.
  • Start small – run a pilot in one process or work cell to grow confidence and experience with IIoT.
  • Iterate and Evolve – the initial scope can become more sophisticated over time with new ideas.
  • Measure effectiveness – plan the roll-out in phases so you can analyze the return on investment (ROI) at each stage.

Biggest Takeaway: Start NOW

Industry 4.0 is here, and IIoT is seeing rapid adoption. One research report estimates that 38% of manufacturers plan to implement IoT technology in the next 12 months, and 72% plan to do so within the next three years. If you’re not planning an adoption strategy, you are likely to be left playing a game of chase in cyber-land. Every business has opportunities for improvement. Where does your process lack effectiveness? Are you able to react rapidly enough to changes in supply and demand? Find the challenges your shop floor faces and work with a vendor who interacts with industry peers and can advise you on best practices.

Industry 4.0 Production Monitoring

Industry 4.0 Production Monitoring

Your IIoT Platform: DELMIAWorks

DELMIAWorks (formerly IQMS) is a manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that serves as the foundation for IIoT implementation. It is designed specifically for the factory setting to streamline the process and gain visibility and control from end to end. Some of the top industries including Aerospace, Assembly, Automotive, Food and Beverage and even Packaging are utilizing it to have a single platform to integrate inventory management, procurement, planning, sales, CRM, shipping, production, financing and even business intelligence.

DELMIAWorks End-to-end Solution

DELMIAWorks End-to-end Solution

With a fully tailored environment, you can unleash this intelligence from the moment a sales order is received. Every requirement needed to fulfill that order is checked: raw materials, machine capacity, setup times, vendor supply, people. The manufacturing schedule can be set with confidence that delivery will be on time. During production, data collection in real-time provides insights to manage costs and targets for continuous improvements. Quality assurance, regulatory requirements and even packaging and shipping tasks are taken care of within the system.

Some of the efficiencies and benefits you can expect with DELMIAWorks and IIoT:

  • Growth without additional labor resources
  • Improved on-time delivery
  • Reduction in scrap
  • Zero shipping errors
  • Reduced maintenance costs and repair times
  • Increased plant efficiency
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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 18, 2021 06:09 PM

November 17, 2021

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Leveraging SOLIDWORKS Linear Patterns

SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern enables you to copy an existing feature and apply it in various ways, saving you time from having to recreate them. This week’s video tech tip will go over two enhancements SOLIDWORKS has made to linear patterns in recent years to help you design more efficiently. Let’s take a look in the video below:

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What is a SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern?

The basic function of linear patterning is to pattern a component, but there wasn’t an option to rotate the instances until now. To apply the Rotate Instance function, I will navigate to the Linear Component Pattern feature and select a direction. In this example, I will select the opposite way from the default setting. The next step is to mark the check box for Rotate Instances and click OK. I will then select a Rotation Axis before choosing the component I want to pattern. Once I do that, I have the option to add the number of instances that I want to create from the component. I can now choose the angle of degrees that I want the instances to be spaced out at. In this example, I want the instances to be spaced out at 120 degrees.

SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern

SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern

So, all within the property manager for the Linear Pattern, I can apply these options and apply instances of a component quickly and easily to my assembly.

Up to Reference

Another enhancement from SOLIDWORKS for linear patterns is called the Up To Reference function. This is an enhancement for assemblies. As you can see in the image below, I have a component, highlighted in blue, that is running alongside the rail. I have set the offset to ten millimeters from the side, which is the requirement, but we’re not sure how many instances we want along this rail. In this case, we want to apply a pattern that gives us the flexibility to adjust on the fly. The only thing we know is that they need to be ten millimeters from each side. So, let’s navigate to the Linear Component Pattern and select the Up to Reference function.

Up to reference pattern

Up to reference pattern

Next, I will choose the component and the face that I want the component to reference. In this example, I will activate Bounding Box Center. SOLIDWORKS is taking in the reference of the surface highlighted in green and adding the instances of the component up to that point. This gives me the flexibility to adjust my component on the fly using a set spacing distance between my components, or I can select the number of instances that I need if that is my intent.

This was originally introduced as a feature pattern for part files and features for patterns but now is available with linear patterns. After seeing this demonstration and how easy they are to use, you can apply these two powerful enhancements into your workflow so you can design quicker and more efficiently.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 17, 2021 11:36 PM

November 15, 2021

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Managing Local Files in SOLIDWORKS PDM

When working with SOLIDWORKS PDM, it’s important to understand what a local file is and why it should be utilized rather than working strictly over a network.

SOLIDWORKS users need a powerful data management system to organize their files to implement different workflows, maintain quality and have maximum efficiency when modeling. Rather than deal with any of these tasks manually, SOLIDWORKS PDM allows multiple users to work on a data set without stepping on each other’s toes, and it does so by being a network-based program.


If a user needs to work on a particular file, they must first check out the file. This is for performance reasons since working on the network is a much slower process for computers. However, it is also to protect the users and the data set from unintentional editing and deleting of files. For this to be successful, PDM will create a cache of a copy of the file to be placed on the user’s local drive.

In addition, to better CAD performance, this allows users to create any changes without immediately committing to them. If the user decides not to implement new changes, they can revert to a previous revision of the files.



Adding Files to Your Vault

A very important aspect of local files is being able to recognize if they are not yet checked into the vault. This is easy to identify by the color of the folder: green folders are part of the network vault, while greyed-out folders are still completely local. Local files are being pulled directly from your hard drives, therefore not accessible to other users through PDM and not a part of the workflow embedded in your PDM.

You may be working on local files inside of your vault, but they need to be officially converted so that it is accessible to others. If you have placed files or folders inside of your vault and want to do so, right-click your file and select “Add To File Vault.” Your folders will turn green, meaning it’s now permanently situated inside of your network’s vault.

Add file to Vault

Add file to Vault

Skip the Duplicates

SOLIDWORKS PDM has great functionality in terms of data management, especially how it handles local and network vault files. If one user checks out a file, PDM will understand that this file is checked out and in the hands of a particular computer. If another user were to attempt to check out the file, the option would be greyed out to prevent creating duplicates. When the file is checked back in, a local read-only file can be created on your local cache, or users can opt to remove the local cache files while checking in. SOLIDWORKS PDM allows users to implement workflows that they are already used to, while maintaining file references and avoiding unwanted file duplication.

While the vault is incredibly powerful, understanding local files and how to convert them into network files is crucial to the organization of your vault. Files stored in the vault can be checked out as copies, which builds safety around your data set. Folders copied from local hard drives can easily be pushed into the network with a right-click function. SOLIDWORKS PDM is a crucial tool for many engineers, creating a structure for data sets while giving freedom to implement any workflows that just work for the team.

Learn how to use SOLIDWORKS PDM

Attend a SOLIDWORKS PDM Training course live online, courses are available for both users and administrators.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 15, 2021 01:00 PM


Make a Simple Lamp Out of Wooden Skewers & Epoxy Resin

epoxy resin lamp

There are lots of lamps out there that you can buy to instantly light up your room. But sometimes, with the plethora of designs available, finding something that will match your taste can be hard. And if you have a wood-themed or minimalist room at home, you might want to consider a lamp that will complement it. But instead of spending a lot on a lamp, why not try to make one? The YouTube channel Totally Handy can help you with that.

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You’ll need a bunch of wooden skewers, epoxy resin, some plastic, and a couple of LEDs to make this nifty lamp. Once you have everything needed, start by chopping those skewers in half. After that, proceed to the creation of mold which is one of the biggest requirements in any resin project.

epoxy resin lamp

Making a Mold

You’ll want a rectangular mold with a recess on one side to hold the power source. The easiest way to make this is by measuring out and gluing plastic panels together.

epoxy resin lamp

Placing the Skewers

This makeshift container will allow you to arrange skewers on both sides. Make sure the skewers are densely packed, so both sides would look like solid pieces of wood. After setting them down, you need to secure the bundle of sticks to prevent them from moving. You can do this by gluing plastic panels on both sides.

epoxy resin lamp

Filling In the Space With LEDs

To fill in the unsightly gap between the skewers, cut your LEDs from your power source (don’t worry, you’ll be fixing that later) and use them to fill in the remaining space. You’ll want to drill a hole after this. This will allow you to pass the LED strips from the center to the recess which holds your power source. Since you’ll be filling the mold with resin later, make sure to seal off the hole and let it dry before moving on to the next step.

epoxy resin lamp

It’s Resin Time!   

After much preparation, it’s finally time to add the resin. Totally Handy used a green pigment for their resin, but you can choose whichever color you want for your lamp.

Make sure to drill a hole on the top of your mold to allow air to rise to the surface. Once it’s dry, carefully heat the glue and peel the plastic off of your mold.

epoxy resin lamp

Sanding & Polishing

To make the lamp shape uniform on all sides, take it to a belt sander and shape it down. Totally Handy also used Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue and glue activator to help keep the parts intact while performing the heavy sanding process.

The sanding process will make your lamp look quite dull and opaque, so make sure to buffer and polish it to bring back some of its transparency.

epoxy resin lamp

Reconnecting the LEDs

Finally, you can solder the lamp LEDs back to their power source. While Totally Handy made use of a battery pack for their lamp, you can connect these lights to a traditional plug and get the same results.

epoxy resin lamp

If you buffered and polished the lamp correctly, the LEDs should shine through and illuminate the room with your chosen resin’s color.

The sad thing about encasing LEDs in resin, however, is that the lights will eventually lose their power and burn out. There’s no way to replace them without cutting open the lamp to pull them out manually. But while the lights are still good, this lamp will provide you with a cheap way to light up your office or room with an enchanting glow.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 15, 2021 11:34 AM

X-ONE: The World’s First Commercially Available 3D-Printed Razor

x-one razor

Since the age of 3D printing things is upon us, folks at Ubunnys thought this is the perfect time to use the technology to the product that is always present in any bathroom: razors. But besides being the first-ever 3D-printed razor in the market, what can it offer you?

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To be honest, the X-ONE isn’t all that different from the razor you currently have in your bathroom. Each blade cartridge comes with 6-layer precision blades set in a tri-layer arrangement, which is supposed to give you some of the closest shaves ever. It even has that iconic razor shape you’ve come to know and love.

x-one razor

What really sets it apart from other razors is its hollow design. Made from photosensitive polypropylene resin, the X-ONE is meant to be lightweight at 19 grams. This also means easy handling and if the Kickstarter page is to be believed, it is much warmer to touch compared to its aluminum razor counterparts. Lastly, its base is magnetic which makes storage easier. This should allow you to snap it inside your medicine cabinet or to any metal surface.

That doesn’t really justify the US$59 price point. So what else is there?

x-one razor

Since people at Ubunnys know it isn’t all that hard to mimic the design of their razor, they’ve decided to include all the data needed to print the handle on whatever 3D-printing software you want. With the files in your hand, you can even choose the material and colors to personalize your own X-ONE.

It’s a bold move to give your customers what is essentially the secret to mass-producing your own product, but it looks like the X-ONE is riding on the fact that it will be the first commercially available 3D-printed razor more than anything.

x-one razor

The X-ONE is currently live on Kickstarter and has a funding of US$3,259 – about twice its intended US$1,540 goal. If you don’t feel like spending a few hours in Maya creating your own razor, the X-ONE is worth checking out.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 15, 2021 09:41 AM

The Clearest Ice in Japan Is Made Via a Clothes Iron

ironing ice

There are lots of things needed to produce the world’s most transparent ice. If you are wondering what you need to try the project at home: it’s a clothes iron. Weird, isn’t it? Well, it is not for an ice manufacturer in Japan that produces its clear blocks using the said appliance.

In a video by YouTube channel Bites, we find out how the ice manufacturer does it.

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According to Toyosuke Nakasone of Cue Walk, pouring water on the ice changes its temperature drastically in an instant. This can cause the ice block to crack. The best tool for the job is a clothes iron with an aluminum base. By slowly running the iron along the surface of the ice, it becomes crystal clear.

ironing ice

He even has a special tube for making transparent ice balls! After the machine has carved out the balls from the ice, they are hammered out with a mallet. Nakasone-san will then put the balls through what I surmise is a preheated metal tube – further rounding the sphere and turning it transparent.

And what would you use the transparent ice for?

ironing ice

Apart from keeping your food and drinks cool, they can also be used as a canvas for some amazing art. By drilling a hole on one side of the ice, you can work the drill bit inside and carve out some inspiring shapes. Once the shapes are finalized, food coloring can be poured into the hole to give it some color. Finally, the hole is plugged up with ice to make it look like the piece is forever suspended in a frozen block.

ironing ice

If you’re in Japan and want to check out some clear ice and cool ice art for either your drinks or an upcoming event, check out Cue Walk.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 15, 2021 05:40 AM

How Does Faber-Castell Make Its Highlighters?

faber-castell highlighters

It’s been some time since we last had a story about Faber-Castell factories. A few years ago, the company gave viewers a tour of their pencil factory. And just last year, they gave us a closer look at their highlighter making process:

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It all takes place at their Engelhartszell plant in Austria. According to Faber-Castell, over 35 million writing materials are produced in this plant every year. This translates to 250 tons of ink fueling them.

A total of four key chapters make up their production process: injection molding, ink mixing, assembly, and packaging.

faber-castell highlighters

Injection Molding

The first chapter has very little to do with the actual writing material. Instead, it focuses on providing the proper housing for the highlighter. By melting recycled plastic and different colored dyes and injecting them into a mold (hence the name “injection mold”), Faber-Castell is able to produce its iconic highlighter cases.

faber-castell highlighters

Mixing Ink

A highlighter isn’t complete without the ink. Various dyestuffs are mixed and matched in a laboratory until the perfect color is attained. Considering Faber-Castell has been doing this for centuries, they most likely have their own patented, in-house colors which are a closely guarded secret.

faber-castell highlighters

The dyes are given a quality check whilst still in the mixing vat to ensure they are up to the company’s standards. If they pass the test, the batches are sent off to the assembly line.

faber-castell highlighters


This is where the housing and dyes are brought together to make the highlighters you know and love. Here, the cases are sorted, labeled, and fitted with an ink reservoir.

The cases are then flipped right side up and injected with their appropriate ink color. Once the reservoir is filled, a highlighter tip is inserted and the top cap is installed.

faber-castell highlighters

Quality Test & Packaging

Prior to packaging, each highlighter is tested to see if it is working properly. If it passes the test, it is either packaged by hand or by machine (depending on the type of marker) and sent off to stores worldwide.

These inside looks into Faber-Castell’s manufacturing process aren’t supposed to be the most informative videos. They are meant to be relaxing breaks from your daily work. So sit back and enjoy watching the manufacturing process of some of your favorite office supplies on the Faber-Castell YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 15, 2021 03:25 AM

November 14, 2021


Drive a Toy Car on Walls & Ceiling Using Vacuum-powered Motor

wall driving car

At some point in our childhood, I’m sure all of us have dragged our toy cars across the wall. It makes perfect sense as a kid: why get on our knees and push cars across the floor when a wall works just as well?

Debashis Das of DD ElectroTech was reminded of this childhood pastime when his nephew did the exact same thing with his toy car. Surprised that no toy company is offering a wall-driving car, Debahis took it upon himself to make his own.

So what did he use? Magnets? Adhesives?

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Nope. Turns out, all you need to get is a good suction mechanism.

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The Miniscule Motor

Taking inspiration from household vacuum cleaners, Debashis figured the best way to make his project possible would be to create an air seal between the object and the surface it makes contact with. But seeing that there isn’t a prebuilt motor small enough for his project, he 3D printed his own.

His first custom motor (comprised of a turbine, a base, and a 3.7-volt battery) had enough suction to keep itself sticking to walls for a long time without overheating. But can it also bear the weight of the toy car?

wall driving car

So Debashis added a tray to his suction motor and began adding weights. As it turned out, the maximum weight his 3D-printed motor can carry while sticking to surfaces was only 65 grams. That was where the real challenge started. Debashis had to create the car components that would fit the said weight limit. Some of them were the car housing, four wheels and their motors, and the electronic modules where all the programming can be stored.

wall driving car

Working on the Prototypes

The housing and frame weren’t too much trouble for Debashis. Using lightweight material filaments in his 3D printer, he immediately started printing the outer shell of his car.

This left him ample time to work on the electronics. After making a sample circuit and using some wheels and motors, he created an Android app that allowed him to control everything from his phone.

The app worked as intended but upon testing the custom suction motor with the car parts, he found the first car prototype was too heavy.

wall driving car

Electronics Weight Adjustments

This prompted Debashis to go back to the drawing board and shave weight off of the parts.

He reduced the weight of the electronics by creating a circuit using Altium Designer. He made sure to include only the necessary components and to use their SMD (surface-mount device) versions which will further reduce the weight.

When the printed circuit board was ready, Debashis applied solder paste on the PCB and attached all the parts. Compared to the first circuit which clocked in at 27 grams, the new circuit board only weighs 6 grams – leaving enough weight for the wheels, motors, and frame.

wall driving car

Swapping In Lighter Parts

Seeing as the electronics became much lighter, the rest of the car had to follow suit.

Debashis replaced the steel 19-gram wheel motors with plastic 6-gram motors. He also 3D printed four wheels which total up to 2 grams (more than 10 times lighter than the former 29-gram wheels).

wall driving car

Making the Frame

Last but definitely not least, he 3D printed the top frame of the car which involved a lot of sanding procedures afterward. He first started with 100-grit, before moving to 220-grit, 400-grit, 600-grit, and finally 1,000-grit sandpaper. In between the sandings, Debashis applied water, primer, and paint to make the car look as sleek as possible.

wall driving car

Assembly and Test Run

With all the parts in place, the only thing left to do for Debashis was to upload the driving program and assemble it all together.

The finished car has two modes – Driving and Wall mode. The standard Driving mode is simple: you just push any of the directional buttons on the app and the car will move. Wall mode is a little more complicated (at least for the car’s electronics).

wall driving car

While the controls in the Wall mode are the same as those in Driving mode, the former activates the suction motor at the bottom of the toy. This creates a very loud, vacuum-like noise which signifies that the motor is doing its job. Apparently, you can also know it works if the car sticks onto a surface.

wall driving car

While climbing up walls is a bit of a challenge, the wall-driving car definitely works. The motor even has enough power which allows the car to drive on ceilings! If you don’t mind the annoying whir of the suction motor, this car will entertain you whilst you relax on your chair or bed.

For easier, do-it-yourself electronics projects such as this one, you can check out Debashis Das’s Youtube channel, DD ElectroTech.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 14, 2021 03:11 PM

Fold Your Luggage Down To Side With the LITO Suitcase

lito suitcase

Now that the world is slowly returning back to normal, more and more people are coming out of their holes and starting to travel. But even after a hiatus from trekking, carrying and storing your luggage is still as bulky and cumbersome as it once was. LITO suitcase will save you from that.

The LITO suitcase looks to give you that spacious luggage compartment you so desire while still making it easy to store. It works very much like a regular wheeled suitcase, only it allows you to fold it down once you’ve arrived at your home or destination – effectively reducing the amount of space it takes up.

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This is all thanks to the LITO’s folding mechanism, which consists of 4 folding panels located insides the case. When the situation requires smaller luggage, you just fold in these panels and the LITO shrinks down from 25 or 28 cm wide to just 15 cm.

lito suitcase

The LITO suitcase comes in carry-on and check-in variants. The carry-on version measures 21.3″ tall and 9.8″ wide with a carry capacity of 40 L when unfolded. The larger check-in variant stands at 25.2″ and has an unfolded width of 11″, allowing for a carry capacity of 70 L.

Aside from the folding panels, the LITO suitcase also has your standard luggage features. It’s got four 360° rolling wheels which make transportation easier, a 15.6″ laptop pocket located at the front of the suitcase, and a 1-click TSA omni-opening lock that secures both the laptop pocket and main compartment.

lito suitcase

It’s hard to believe that the LITO’s outer shell is made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles. Each suitcase saves 50 bottles and around 5.1 lbs of plastic from ending up as waste – so you’re doing the world a service by recycling wastes! Apart from plastic bottles, the other parts of the LITO are made from aircraft-grade aluminum.

lito suitcase

lito suitcase

What’s cool is that members of the LITO community (which I assume are early backers) had a hand in designing the final product. Aspects of the suitcase, such as the handle type and lock mechanism for the front opening, were put to a poll for the community to vote on. The winning features were then implemented into the LITO.

Its release will probably not be that long since the project already has a funding of €95,512 on Indiegogo and extra funding of €92,200. A full list of the suitcase’s specs can be found on the LITO Indiegogo page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 14, 2021 07:42 AM

Can You Fit a Giant LEGO Roller Coaster in Your Living Room?

giant lego roller coaster

Rollercoasters are fun. LEGOs are also fun. Therefore, by the unspoken rule of cool, putting the two together only makes the end result much cooler.

A few months ago, Chris Burton of Half-Asleep Chris took 10 LEGO roller coaster sets with the sole purpose of making a single, giant roller coaster. After opening 423 plastic bags and sorting the 37,116 LEGOs found inside, he got to the task of turning his living room into a LEGO amusement park ride.

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The initial goals were to make the roller coaster as high as possible, have at least one loop, and make it using only LEGOs. But upon hitting the halfway point towards the ceiling, Chris realized making the supports out of LEGO just wouldn’t work. The structure was already wobbly, and adding more LEGOs would only be asking it to topple over. To top it off, he had nowhere near enough plastic pieces to complete the supports of the roller coaster.

giant lego roller coaster

The Wooden Compromise

Seeing as there was no way he would give up creating the tallest LEGO roller coaster possible, he made a different compromise. The roller coaster tracks and the attractions would still be made out of LEGO, but the supports holding everything together would be made out of wood. So after some good, old-fashioned carpentry, Chris had himself a sturdy wooden support for his track.

You can see Chris split the upward track into two slopes. This would make the track less prone to snapping and make the cart less likely to fall backward. He also installed a motor at the halfway point to aid the cart with the rest of its upward journey.

giant lego roller coaster

Going Down!

With the uphill track finished, Chris then worked on the descending track. This part consists of a straight vertical drop made from modified track pieces that are placed on their side. And to hold the all pieces together, Chris used LEGOs and cable ties.

giant lego roller coaster

The vertical drop was made much shorter than intended, as the cart would derail on a longer track by picking up too much speed. And if everything goes well, the cart would go through an enclosure fitted with a smoke machine.

giant lego roller coaster

Getting Creative With the Tracks

To make things more exciting, Chris created a number of different track variations for the cart to run through. There’s a bumpy section, a straight track section, another bumpy section, lots of twists and turns, a small loop, and a big loop. He didn’t fully abandon his LEGO support idea, of course, as he used some of the pieces to prop up the smaller parts of the track.

As this isn’t an official LEGO track, it is not expected to work 100% of the time. According to Chris, the cart can sometimes get stuck in the small loop about 1 in 4 times. The weight of the GoPro attached to the cart can also contribute to the derailing of the cart. It’s going to take just the right try for it to work properly but thankfully, Chris managed to get a perfect run on camera.

giant lego roller coaster

Light It Up!

After some good lighting and decorating, the giant LEGO roller coaster was ready to go. To put things in perspective, if the average human were to scale to a LEGO minifigure, this coaster would be 94.3 meters tall (or roughly 309 feet).

giant lego roller coaster

The first-person view from the GoPro’s perspective is definitely a trip and I wouldn’t recommend this ride to anyone who can’t handle flashing lights. The project was definitely a fun built to work on for Chris, even though it was by far his most expensive one.

To see more of Chris’s interesting builds and projects, be sure to check out his YouTube channel, Half-Asleep Chris.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 14, 2021 07:08 AM

November 11, 2021

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Driving Innovation in the High Tech Industry with 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation

In this on-demand webinar we discuss how 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation, featuring advanced analysis capabilities from SIMULIA, expands the simulation capacity of engineering teams, providing tools for high tech industry applications.

Development cycles in the high-tech industry are faster and more intense than nearly any other industry. With the rate of product development moving at breakneck speed, organizations must move quickly, or risk being outpaced by their competition. Releasing low quality products, or designs that fails to incorporate the latest advances, can set a company back in a competitive field, and severely influence bottom line.

Simulation Overview and Demonstration

From high-performance antennas to high-capacity batteries to particle accelerators, 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation tools are leveraged to improve the design of high-tech devices large and small.

This webinar focuses on the following:

  • Addressing Electromagnetic Concerns using SIMULIA
  • Leveraging Cloud Computing to Expedite Simulation Tasks
  • Computation Fluids Solutions for Thermal Management

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Why 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation

The 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation portfolio helps businesses of all sizes (small, medium or large) solve all types of structural problems enabling companies to bring new and innovative products to market faster.

Benefits of this portfolio:

  • Accessible
    • The SaaS model provides the right set of apps for the length of a project (three-month or one-year subscription) for flexibility.
    • It is accessible directly from SOLIDWORKS® and 3DEXPERIENCE® SOLIDWORKS roles for unique and smooth design workflow.
    • Company experts can easily customize the application UI based on internal workflows for everyone in the company to access simulation.
  • Scalable and Powerful
    • All structural roles use the same Abaqus FEA technology, recognized as the industry leader, from the Designer to the Analyst role.
    • This cutting-edge, proven Abaqus technology solves with speed and accuracy from the simple linear static, small-deformation scenarios to the most complex nonlinear dynamic, large-deformation, high-speed events.
  • Connected
    • All structural roles use the same cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform where data is securely stored and easily accessible from anywhere at any time.
    • Making design decisions is faster with simulation results that are easy to review, compare and share from the web dashboard.
    • The cloud computing option lets the user choose when to run simulations in the cloud to free up local computer resources and access unique computing power.
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by Dassault Systèmes at November 11, 2021 01:00 PM

November 10, 2021

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Engineering Efficiency Improvements with SOLIDWORKS 2022

SOLIDWORKS 2022 software features new, user driven engineering efficiency enhancements that help to streamline and accelerate product development from concept to manufacturing. This article will outline how you can work smarter, faster, and collaborate more efficiently.

Work Smarter

Many of the 2022 SOLIDWORKS enhancements have been developed to let efficient engineers work smarter by focusing on high-value activities while letting the system handle more repetitive, routine and time-consuming tasks. At the same time, SOLIDWORKS incorporates a range of specialized new improvements that make it easier than ever to execute sophisticated designs, such as configuration tables, part modeling enhancements and hybrid modeling.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 gives designers a significant advantage in the face of aggressive timelines and growing competition. SOLIDWORKS 2022 features improved workflows and powerful enhancements in assembly and part design, drawing detailing, simulation and product data management, as well as dozens of user interface enhancements to the shortcut bar, configuration management, geometric tolerancing and more. New features in parts, such as hybrid modeling and standardized external threads, make processes more efficient, comprehensive and intuitive.

The result: An optimized product development process that lets designers get more done in less time, with the ability to freely iterate and enhance designs, enabling the creation of high performing, high-quality designs refined to the highest possible degree.

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Part Modeling Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS’ legendary modeling capabilities have been further refined to make it faster and easier than ever to create part geometries. These enhancements let you:

  • Use the Stud Wizard to create external threaded stud features quickly and easily
  • Create Draft on both sides of parting lines simultaneously
  • Mirror geometry of two planes at once, rather than having to mirror twice
  • Benefit from improved appearance and ease of use of cosmetic threads

Hybrid Modeling

Engineering Efficiency with hybrid modeling using mesh geometry accelerates the design process and shortens design times. Hybrid Modeling lets you:

  • Create a hybrid solid or surface body that includes mesh BREP geometry as well as classic BREP geometry
  • Combine the speed advantages of using mesh data with the accuracy and parametric features offered by solid modeling

More Efficient Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

A dramatically improved workflow and user interface for Geometric Dimensioning and tolerancing delivers engineering efficiency directly in the graphics area and build feature control frames cell by cell. Improved ISO support means that it’s faster and easier to ensure standards adherence. The result is faster, more intuitive tolerancing of designs.

Engineering Efficiency with SOLIDWOKS 2022 GD&T


Cut List Support in BOM Tables

An updated user interface and expanded functionality for detailed cut lists in Bill of Materials tables make BOM functionality more user-friendly and useful. In addition,

  • Table icons match those used in the FeatureManager design tree
  • You can now dissolve components in indented BOMs either automatically or manually
  • Balloon properties correspond to the linked BOM
  • Detailed cut lists are available for all BOM types

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Configuration Tables

Configuration tables eliminate the need for Excel or similar applications to store configuration parameters. Created automatically when a part or assembly has multiple configurations, configuration tables make it easy to quickly modify configuration parameters for parts and assemblies.

  • Enable “real-time” updates
  • Check inputs instantaneously
  • Modify configuration parameters as an integral part of the design process without leaving the SOLIDWORKS environment

The result is a smoother workflow and better integration when creating configurations.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Configuration Features

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Accessing Features

Work Faster

An optimal product development process is one that allows the creation of better products in fewer steps. The 2022 SOLIDWORKS makes it possible, with efficient new workflows and powerful enhancements in assembly and part design, drawing detailing, simulation and product data management. SOLIDWORKS even enables automatic assembly optimization without the need to change settings.

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Assembly Performance and Workflow

The 2022 SOLIDWORKS makes it faster and easier than ever to manage large, complex assemblies through improved
workflows and smarter mode management, minimizing wasted time and maximizing productivity. Features include:

  • Dramatically improved performance when opening, closing and saving assemblies
  • Users can open a subassembly in either Large Design Review or resolved mode from within Large Design Review mode
  • Components resolve automatically when selected in the Feature Manager design tree

Expanded Use of Detailing Mode

Detailing mode is the fastest way to open and detail a SOLIDWORKS drawing. These speed and efficiency gains are
now available for an expanded range of functions within the mode. Users can:

  • Access all drawings, regardless of the SOLIDWORKS version it was saved in or whether the drawing had been saved in detailing mode previously
  • Open drawings in Detailing Mode directly from an assembly in Large Design Review mode

Import and Display Performance Improvements

Performance improvements in import and model display accelerate and streamline the design process in several ways:

  • Improved performance when importing a DXF or DWG file into a part sketch
  • Improved performance when importing STEP files in SOLIDWORKS
  • Improved performance for 3D textures and silhouette edges

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Structure System and Weldment Improvements

New Structure System improvements make weldment creation faster and easier than ever before. You can now:

  • Add end caps to structure system bodies with closed profiles, like tubes, squares and rectangular tubes
  • Upgrade the custom properties of files created in SOLIDWORKS 2017 or earlier
  • Enjoy a more intuitive workflow when using Corner Management functionality
  • Create multiple secondary members using Between Points Member for the selected pair and create secondary members with the Up to Members method
SOLIDWORKS 2022 Weldments

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Weldments

Work Together

In today’s fast-paced environment, optimized product development process is seldom strictly linear. Efficient product development depends upon efficient, effective collaboration—between teams, across borders and across all strata of the product development chain. The 2022 SOLIDWORKS maximizes the value of connection to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to leverage its collaborative capabilities, accelerate innovation and improve decision making, and the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio powerfully enhances your competitive advantage.

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3DEXPERIENCE Improvements

  • Boost user productivity with support for additional languages (Traditional Chinese, Czech and Polish) in Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS
  • Using 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, access your favorite 3DEXPERIENCE commands from multiple places within SOLIDWORKS including the File Menu, Command Manager, and Context menu with support for all 3DEXPERIENCE operations

Extending Your Reach with Collaborative Business Innovator

Adding Collaborative Business Innovator to your SOLIDWORKS portfolio unlocks a broad range of capabilities to powerfully expand collaborative capabilities through dashboards and communities, increasing the speed and engineering efficiency of the development process and accelerating innovation. Features include:

  • Secure connection of all users in the value stream, eliminating silos and uniting design, engineering, manufacturing, sourcing, sales, marketing and supply chain partners within a secure collaborative environment
  • Empower users to create personalized user experiences for maximum efficiency and productivity
  • Immediate deployment and flexible scaling through cloud deployment, enabling scalability without the need for costly IT support
  • Enhanced multimedia collaboration with support for multiple media types and voice/video calls
  • Access and interact with 3D assemblies without the need for a CAD license
  • Quickly access any product-related information, from any device at any time SOLIDWORKS

Engineering efficiency for you

Today’s changing technological landscape and competitive market environment mandate new levels of engineering efficiency , accuracy, quality and cost-effectiveness in the realm of product design. Today’s designers can’t afford to work within siloed, sub-optimal environments which slow their progress or compromise their efficiency—and the need for barrier-free communication and collaboration across all strata of the design-to-manufacturing process is absolutely critical.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 addresses these needs with enhancements expressly created to enable designers to work faster, work smarter and work together. User-driven enhancements designed to speed workflows, expand access to usable data and facilitate seamless collaboration add up to an optimized design environment that lets designers put their focus squarely upon innovation, producing high-performing designs that improve product quality while accelerating the product development process.

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by Dassault Systèmes at November 10, 2021 07:21 PM

November 09, 2021

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Using SOLIDWORKS Automation Add-in to Reduce Design Costs & Increase Profitability

Learn how the DriveWorks Automation Add-in for SOLIDWORKS speeds the creation of Quotes, Drawings, and Models, allowing you to reduce time to market and optimize profit margins.

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Most profit margins are narrow and continue to become even narrower. Even in segments with relatively healthy margins, competition and global outsourcing necessitate cost reduction.

Historically, the significant expenses associated with engineering have reduced profit margins, so numerous approaches have been formulated to cut process time. Most have been point solutions that can be helpful but are not applicable across the board

Design automation stands out as an effective means of dramatically cutting costs for a well-defined, well-proven range of engineering challenges, this is especially true where businesses demand quick quotes, consistent engineering, and reduced time-to-market.

Download paper to learn how to reduce design costs

Most companies want to reduce design costs, and design automation is an effective means of dramatically cutting costs for several engineering activities. Learn more about what design automation tools in SOLIDWORKS® can do for your company to save time and money.

DOWNLOAD the White Paper to learn how implementing design automation, engineer-to-order manufacturers can complete days of custom engineering in just minutes. Design automation also expedites and simplifies the creation of SOLIDWORKS models, drawings, quote documents, manufacturing data—virtually any requirement of the custom sales process.

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by Dassault Systèmes at November 09, 2021 02:05 PM

November 08, 2021

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What You Need to Know About Photobleaching

When 3D Printing clear parts you may find an unwanted tint or coloration. In this article learn how to reduce the yellow colouring with Photobleaching.

Creating optically clear parts via traditional manufacturing methods is often either cost-prohibitive, geometrically limiting, or outright impossible. Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing has allowed for a new way of thinking about prototyping and part production through its material versatility, and one of the more popular families of materials is the optically clear and translucent variety.

However, there are instances where something that is meant to be optically clear comes off the machine with an unwanted tint or coloration. Why is that and what do you need to do to make it truly optically clear?

3D Printed Clear Material

3D Printed Clear Material

What Causes Yellowing in Some 3D Printed Parts?

PolyJet 3D printing utilize light-curing technology, the UltraViolet lamp cures the resin layer by layer to complete the build. When clear material parts are over-exposed to UV light during the print process, parts can exhibit a slight yellowish tint. This tint is less than ideal when the application calls for true optical clarity. For this reason, we can take a few preventative measures during the printing process to reduce the overall tint and remove any remaining tint with a quick and easy post-processing technique called photobleaching.

Photobleaching is a concept in optics that describes the photochemical phenomenon in which a fluorophore molecule is permanently altered. Which begs the question, what is a “fluorophore” molecule? Well, it is a chemical compound that can re-emit light, almost indefinitely, when excited via light energy. In 3D printing, the fluorophores in the UV-cured resin emit a yellow light after being exposed to the UV lamps resulting in a visible yellowish tint in the final part.

3D Printed Clear Part

3D Printed Clear Part

To remove the tinting effect, we must remove the offending molecules. The structure of fluorophore molecules can become unstable when in the excited state for a prolonged period of time and may begin to degrade. As the molecules break down, they lose their ability to fluoresce, thus removing the yellow tint from the part. This process can happen gradually over time if the parts are left on a desk in a plainly lit room for example. However, if we increase the intensity of the light, we can over-excite the molecules more rapidly and remove the tint in a timely and intentional manner.

Ways to Reduce Yellowing When Printing

The amount of yellow tint in a clear 3D printed part can vary from build to build. This is largely dependent on the geometry of the part and the total number of parts on the printing tray. To reduce unwanted tinting, the user will ultimately want to reduce the amount of unnecessary UV exposure as much as possible.

One way to ensure that parts are not overexposed is to keep print times to a minimum. This can be done by printing one part at a time, or if throughput demands multiple parts on a tray, ensure that they are appropriately spaced out to allow for a break from the UV exposure. Avoiding putting two parts in a single build with significantly different Z heights can cause UV overexposure on the smaller part and increase the total time to part.

Lastly, for maximum clarity, critical surfaces should be oriented with the critical face upward, and with the part set to print in glossy mode, as opposed to a matte surface finish which would decrease clarity

Photobleaching Solutions

There is a range of photobleaching solutions that range from a simple DIY solution using a few LED lamps and a cardboard box lined with aluminum foil, all the way to large-scale industrial photobleaching solutions for high throughput and consistent results.

Stratasys ProBleacher

Stratasys ProBleacher

The truth is; to get the results you want, photobleaching requires the right equipment with specific functions. This includes the right wavelength, the intensity of the light source, and time and temperature control. Anything less will not deliver the maximum transparency you need.


As an example of using the right tool for the job, Stratasys provides the ProBleacher photobleaching system for use with their premiere line of clear PolyJet 3D printable materials in order to get the best results.

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Clear 3D Printing Materials

Creating an optically clear part can be difficult and challenging regardless of industry, niche, or even manufacturing method. Stratasys has brought best-in-class clear 3D printing to the market at nearly every available price point with 3D printable materials like VeroClear or VeroUltraClear 3D printing materials. With a simple post-processing step, complete within 24 hours, and absolutely zero additional labor, Stratasys has also developed a cost-effective, true plan-and-play solution for photobleaching to further optimize the clear 3D printing workflow.

Interested in the Stratasys ProBleacher?

Learn more about the Stratasys ProBleacher PolyJet 3D printing accessory designed to make your transparent parts even clearer.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 08, 2021 02:11 PM

November 07, 2021


Can You Skip Rope Fast Enough To Protect Yourself From the Rain?

jump rope machine

I’ve always marveled at how other physically fit people could skip rope hundreds of times without missing a beat. One such jump rope aficionado is Alex Apollonov of the I Did A Thing YouTube channel, who may or may not have exaggerated his love for the sport in a recent video:

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While Alex can skip a mean jump rope, he always wondered if he could skip fast enough so that he could stop rain from falling on him. After doing some simple maths, he found out that you would have to make 800 full rope rotations a second to stop every drop of rain from entering your jump rope’s vicinity. Of course, that’s a tall order for any normal human to accomplish so instead of finding the best rope jumper in the world, Alex turned to machinery.

jump rope machine

After doing some initial tests with a cement mixer motor and finding the rotations lacking, he picked up a pool pump motor that spins at 2,830 RPM. Armed with his main rotation device, Alex got to work.

jump rope machine

His first rope turner was made out of steel and had bearings fitted onto the edges of the blade. Even though this thing could cut your head clean off, the rotations it made were nowhere near fast enough to stop rain from falling.

jump rope machine

So Alex tried changing the blade composition but with a wooden blade this time. And while the rotations were much faster, the heat produced by the friction between the motor and wood prevented it from reaching its full potential. Apparently, that and the wooden nature of the blade weren’t going to be able to handle that many rotations without snapping… and that’s the exact thing that eventually happened.

jump rope machine

Switching back to his steel blade, Alex thought of adding another piece of rope to increase the number of rotations. This eventually pushed him to affix both ropes to a fidget spinner on the opposite end of his super jump rope machine. Not only would this aid in the rotations, but it would also prevent the ropes from tangling together.

jump rope machine

This proved successful but was still not fast enough. So to cut down on the weight, Alex switched the blade’s composition to a much lighter aluminum. He also did the same for the fidget spinner by switching out the cheap plastic for an aluminum frame fitted with skateboard bearings.

After doing his final tests and finding them satisfactory, he applied some Locktite glue on the screw to prevent it from coming off, made his own rain machine off-screen, and got to the main event:

jump rope machine

While the motor didn’t completely stop the rain dead in its tracks, it did create a fine mist in the general area. This means there are enough raindrops being displaced at such a speed. And while this experiment was a failure to fully stop falling water, Alex realized that his machine is still powerful and functional in its own ways.

Alex Apollonov’s projects don’t work every time, but he always makes them entertaining to watch. You can find all his failed and successful experiments on his I Did A Thing YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 07, 2021 12:40 PM

Warmee Is a Set of App-Enabled, Bed-Warming Products


I’ve seen many strange things with app support from Apple’s AirTags to smart robot vacuums.  But never have I encountered an app for a blanket before. Well, it’s going to change with the introduction of Warmee.

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Warmee is exactly that – a set of app-enabled bed companions which can be heated with just a few taps of your smartphone or tablet. I already mentioned the blanket but there’s also a smart heated throw pillow and a mattress pad, just in case you need that extra warmth in the coming cold months.


All three of these products use the company’s Ultra-Thin Invisiwire technology, which incorporates super-thin stainless steel wires to run a current through your beddings and pillows. Unlike other heating apparatuses, these wires won’t poke or prod you whilst you’re sleeping.

The wires are insulated with MFA polymer, making them resistant to oxidation and moisture. Apart from being impervious to your sweat and body odor, the insulation also makes Warmee products machine washable.


You can choose between any of the 10 heat settings and set them to pre-heat at a specific time. Prior to that, make sure the blanket, mattress pad, and pillow are plugged into a socket so they can heat up. Once you’ve sorted out everything, you’re good to go.


But what about that app support, eh? Simple. It allows you to adjust any and all of your Warmee products on the fly. And if frequently tapping your phone isn’t your thing, you can pair your Warmee items with your Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

Further, whether you’re using the app or your virtual assistant, Warmee products have a built-in auto shut-off feature that saves energy and prevents your house from burning down from an accidental fire.


Seeing as winter is fast approaching, it isn’t surprising to see Warmee is already fully funded on Kickstarter. As of now, the products have a backing of US$13,882, just a little above its US$10,000 goal. Nonetheless, if you’re one of those folks who still want to push this project further, you can find more about these app-enabled warming devices on the Warmee Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 07, 2021 12:14 PM

Just How Much Damage Can a Tempered Glass Panel Take?

testing tempered glass panels

Next to epilepsy-inducing RGB lights, the biggest fad in PC building nowadays is tempered glass panels. These see-through sides (while probably not providing the best airflow to your computer) make it easy for you to have a clear view inside your rig. But even though it’s cool to look through, this is glass we’re talking about. And glass breaks. So how much damage can one tempered glass panel take before it shatters into a million pieces?

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For the good of all PC owners out there, Jay and the crew from JayzTwoCents took a bunch of old tempered glass panels and “scientifically” dropped them in different ways from different heights.

testing tempered glass panels

Prior to breaking any of the tempered glass panels, Jay explained how tempered glass absorbs impact. He said that the material is very good at taking pressure on its face and dissipating it throughout the whole panel (yet, dropping a tempered glass panel face-first from a considerable height could cause it to break). However, absorbing impact at a single point is another thing – especially when it comes to its corners. The more focused the pressure is, the harder it will be for the tempered glass to spread it. This results in the glass not just breaking in the place it was hit, but completely shattering to pieces.

With that information, Jay started dropping tempered glass panels:

testing tempered glass panels

The first tempered glass panel he used was not that thick and only had some paint on the sides. After daintily dropping it on its side on carpet flooring with no damage, he started dropping the panel on its corners a few inches above the ground. With the exception of some loud resonance, the panel remained completely fine.

testing tempered glass panels

That was on the carpet. The real test was if the tempered glass panel could survive being dropped on solid ground. Thankfully, as it turns out, dropping the panel on its side on a flat surface is still relatively safe due to the air cushioning its fall. Should a panel accidentally fall out of its casing and onto the floor, you could easily pick it up and return it without too much damage.

testing tempered glass panels

Dropping a tempered glass panel on solid ground from a height, however, is a different story. The tempered glass shattered when it was dropped only a few inches above the ground and it sent shards flying everywhere. What’s interesting to note is that the glass continued to shatter even after it was already dropped but remained intact at the points where it was painted.

testing tempered glass panels

In keeping with the spirit of controlled experiments, Jay did another set of tests – this time with a thicker tempered glass panel. He dropped the panel at the same amount of times on carpet from the same heights. After the prior tests proved unfruitful, he began dropping the tempered glass on the solid ground.

testing tempered glass panels

Dropping the tempered glass panel from the ground didn’t produce any results, but the inch-height drop proved more interesting. Instead of shattering on the first drop, the more reinforced tempered glass panel actually withstood the impact. Of course, the second fall caused the glass to eventually break, but that shows us that the thickness of the glass and the amount of reinforcement are factors in the overall sturdiness of the material.

Satisfied with the results, Jay still had one more panel to mess around with. Instead of wasting the panel on the same control experiment, he and his friends decided to have a little fun and started chucking random objects at it.

testing tempered glass panels

Surprisingly, the tempered glass panel was able to withstand a fair amount of punishment. It survived hits from a marker, a screwdriver, and an old graphics card! It even survived the first direct hit from a hammer!

These experiments prove just how sturdy tempered glass panels are. They can tolerate breakage as long as the pressure is properly distributed along the surface during the impact. However, you still have to be careful not to drop them on the corners or apply too much pressure at a single point.

You can find more PC shenanigans over on the JayzTwoCents YouTube channel, as well as some helpful videos that can show you how computer parts are actually meant to be used.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 07, 2021 11:04 AM

Spimbey Is a Modular Playground That Can Fit Anywhere


Playgrounds haven’t changed much since they were invented in the 1800s. You’ve got your swings, slide, and maybe a jungle gym if your local government feels generous. It’s not much but whatever was good for our great, great grandparents must be enough for 21st-century kids… right?

Spimbey doesn’t add a new attraction to your local playground, nor does it reinvent how kids view playtime. What it does is make playground assembly easier and more modular, giving grown-ups more time to relax on weekends instead of becoming the de facto family carpenters.

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Depending on your kids’ needs and the amount of play space you have available, you can order the appropriate number of playground components:


The Swings

You’ve got your 3-position swing which is always a crowd-pleaser (the double glider holds up to 2 children at a time while two belt swings can hold 1 child each).


The Playhouse

You can choose from either a large or a small playhouse – both of which have a large front opening, a window, and a secret trapdoor at the back. While you can stand these up on their own, the playhouses can also fit on top of the play deck.


The Play Deck

This is where the bulk of playtime occurs. Here, you have an 8-foot diagonal slide, a sandpit, and a stall where kids can set up a lemonade stand (complete with 2 benches), and a rock wall that leads to a viewing deck. There’s even a working telescope once you reach the top!


As mentioned before, there’s enough space on the viewing deck so that you can install either the large or small playhouse. Kids can take a ladder located at the back of the play deck and go through the playhouse’s trapdoor, then emerge from the front and use the slide. If they’re feeling more adventurous, they can climb the 4-foot rock wall in the front using the installed 5 handholds to reach the viewing deck. Excluding those smart alecks who try to climb up via the slide, all the entrances to the viewing deck have safety grips that ensure kids won’t fall on their way up.


All Spimbey components are designed in Switzerland and made with child safety in mind. From the stainless steel snap-on connector tarps to the pre-drilled holes in the water-based painted wood, you can tell that no one is getting hurt as long as they don’t play too roughly (that goes for the assembly, too).

Spimbey just recently reached its US$23,122 goal, but it still has a month to go. If you want to find out more about this modular playground (such as each component’s dimensions and measurements) or just want to back the project, be sure to check out its Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 07, 2021 05:16 AM

Germany Is Starting To Incorporate Electric Line System Into Its Highways

germany electic highway

After years of parading the existence of electric and hybrid motors, we’re finally getting some progress in the field. Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state of Germany, has begun implementing eHighway test projects to make electric and hybrid heavy-transport vehicles more viable.

You would think that the government is putting up dozens of charging stations for drivers of these vehicles to use, but no; the answer is much more… suspended. Tom Scott recently took a trip to the northern city of Lübeck and saw just how their highways have changed.

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Along either side of a 5-kilometer section of the A1 motorway stands a lane of overhead lines held up by masts. Through the use of substations, these lines supply electricity to special hybrid trucks: vehicles equipped with pantographs (those things you see on the top of trams and trains).

germany electic highway

When under the overhead lines, these hybrid trucks can prop up their pantographs. This not only allows them to use the electricity powered by the city to propel them forward, but it also charges their batteries. Once they get off the system, hybrid trucks use their standard hybrid drive to continue on their merry way.

Considering a lot of heavy-duty trucks are used for transport and delivery between cities, putting the lines on a busy highway makes perfect sense. Truck drivers can use their hybrid drives on less-trafficked smaller roads to get to their initial destination, then prop up their pantographs on the highway for the bulk of the journey. When they need to get off the highway, the pantographs automatically retract. This allows the truck more clearance to get under bridges and through tunnels.

germany electic highway

This is the Field Test eHighway Schleswig-Holstein (FESH), an initiative set in Schleswig-Holstein to see whether or not supplying power through overhead lines is a viable solution.

The reason for this is because putting overhead lines over long distances isn’t cheap. According to David Cebon, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cambridge, he thinks that the system will be able to pay for itself in the long run. The money that will be saved from gas prices by truck drivers can be used to pay a small electricity tax imposed by the government for using the overhead lines. This won’t only pay for the electricity, but the money that will be earned can be used to further develop the technology and increase its coverage to other less populated parts of Germany.

The project is still in effect, so we won’t know the results until the end of 2022. Still, the results can’t be ignored. The technology definitely works, and truck drivers don’t seem to have any qualms about running their trucks on electricity, provided they get to their destinations on time. Only time will tell, but this is already looking to be one big step towards an electric vehicle lifestyle.

by Carlos Zotomayor at November 07, 2021 03:30 AM

November 04, 2021

The Javelin Blog

3 Ways to Run SOLIDWORKS Online

Now more than ever before, customers are looking for flexible ways to access SOLIDWORKS online. It is not uncommon for a SOLIDWORKS user to have two or more workstations, and being able to work from different locations or on the go is key to maintaining productivity.

Depending on what type of SOLIDWORKS license you currently own, you have different options for accessing SOLIDWORKS online. In this article, we will discuss options for network and standalone SOLIDWORKS licenses, as well as the SOLIDWORKS Connected product through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. If you’re looking into purchasing SOLIDWORKS for the first time, you will want to consider these differences when deciding what type of license is best for you.

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1. VPN, Host Your SOLIDWORKS License Manager on a Virtual Machine

SOLIDWORKS network licenses allow seats of SOLIDWORKS products to be shared across multiple users. These are sometimes called “floating” licenses. Using a service like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, the SolidNetWork License Manager can be installed on a virtual machine, so that users can connect to it from anywhere. To obtain one of the floating licenses, the user would simply need to establish a secure connection between their PC and the virtual machine where the SOLIDWORKS licenses are held, then run SOLIDWORKS as usual.

With this option, the user would need to have SOLIDWORKS installed on their physical PC and meet all of the SOLIDWORKS hardware requirements. The connection to the virtual machine only provides the license key.



2. VPN, Run SOLIDWORKS on a Virtual Machine

This method could be utilized for network or standalone SOLIDWORKS licenses. Similar to the previously described method, this would involve virtual machines on a platform like Azure or AWS. However, rather than only installing the license manager on the virtual machine, the user would install all of their SOLIDWORKS products on the virtual machine. Then, when connecting to the VPN, the user would essentially be viewing a screen-within-a-screen of the virtual machine where SOLIDWORKS is actually running.

With this option, SOLIDWORKS is installed and runs on a Virtual Machine. Because of this, the user’s physical machine does not have to meet the SOLIDWORKS Hardware Requirements. This option is especially useful for those who want to use SOLIDWORKS on a Mac or a PC with a non-approved graphics card.




Connecting your desktop SOLIDWORKS online is possible with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS. Unlike network or standalone licenses, there is no serial number associated with the product. Instead, the license is tied to the user’s 3DEXPERIENCE login. To start 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, the user would need to log in to their 3DEXPERIENCE platform in their web browser and click the SOLIDWORKS Connected icon. This obtains the SOLIDWORKS license from the cloud, then runs the SOLIDWORKS Connected software on the user’s physical machine. Because of this, the user’s PC must meet all of the traditional SOLIDWORKS hardware requirements.

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3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS has the same modeling functionality as the traditional SOLIDWORKS desktop product, with just a few differences in licensing, file management and the user interface. Because 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is run through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, it undergoes automatic updates to always stay on the latest version. Also, it comes with integrated data management tools for storing and managing your CAD files in the cloud. And unlike SOLIDWORKS network licenses, 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS cannot be shared across multiple users because each license of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is linked to one 3DEXPERIENCE login.

Retirement of Online Licensing

If you have a standalone license, you may be familiar with another method of accessing SOLIDWORKS – through online licensing. This was an option in the MySolidworks Admin Portal where a license could be set to machine activation or online licensing. Machine activation is the default activation method where a serial number is held on one machine at a time. The option for online licensing would allow a user to log in with their SOLIDWORKS ID, upon starting SOLIDWORKS, to access their license. SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing is being discontinued and will be fully phased out by March 2022.

NOTE: If you are still currently using SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing your license will automatically be switched to machine activation in the coming months.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 04, 2021 12:00 PM

November 03, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Electrical Design System Migration Made Easy with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Fear of an electrical design software change? Watch the on-demand webinar to learn how SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes it easy to migrate from your existing system.

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Changing your electrical design system

Fear of change is natural, especially when related to critical aspects of our daily routine. Passionate designers and engineers covet their CAD tools as though life itself depends on them. In today’s world, life as we know it does depend on these CAD tools to enable great minds with the freedom to create life-changing products.

Is your current electrical design process limited by aging technology? Is the fear of change holding you back from embracing a more modern system? Change doesn’t have to be scary.

DS SOLIDWORKS has developed guides and software features to remove the fear and make your migration easy.

In this on-demand webinar SOLIDWORKS Electrical experts help dispel some common fear factors such as:

  • Loss of legacy project data
  • Loss of productivity
  • Learning Curve
  • Workflow Flexibility
  • Quality & Format of Deliverables

Greater agility, flexibility, and collaboration are needed to innovate intelligent products

Today’s innovative consumer products and intelligent manufacturing systems require the convergence and synchronization of electrical, electronic, and mechanical design efforts into a single, unified development process.  Download the white paper to learn how real-world customers are finding success in this incredibly competitive market by using SOLIDWORKS-integrated solutions.

Download the paper to learn how these integrated tools can help you:  

  • Develop, produce, and introduce innovative consumer products more cost effectively
  • Make ECOs faster and easier; changes are automatically reflected in related data
  • Shorten design cycles and reduce designs costs
  • Leverage 3D design data downstream for greater efficiencies
  • Eliminate errors and improve quality as a result of better collaboration between stakeholders
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by Dassault Systèmes at November 03, 2021 07:00 PM

November 02, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Working with Breadcrumbs in SOLIDWORKS

In this tech tip video, we’re going to look at navigation and selection techniques specific to working with SOLIDWORKS Breadcrumbs.

Breadcrumbs in SOLIDWORKS is a tool to help navigate an assembly and locate what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently. Another reason for using Breadcrumbs is to explore errors, access features, or access edit options. It’s a powerful selection tool that saves you time from digging through the FeatureManager Design Tree for the features that need editing or viewing a trail of the modeling structure by simply hovering over the graphic area. Let’s take a closer look at Breadcrumbs.

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Introduced in 2016, a shortcut for Breadcrumbs is pressing the “D” key to make them appear at the mouse cursor. In 2019, SOLIDWORKS added an option to place Breadcrumbs at the cursor by default. What was traditionally found in the FeatureManager can now be set to appear right at your mouse cursor.

SOLIDWORKS Breadcrumbs FeatureManager

SOLIDWORKS Breadcrumbs FeatureManager

In the image above, I can see that I have some errors in my tree. When I click on one of the components shaded in red, the context menu and Breadcrumbs icons appear in the top left portion of the graphics window. The Breadcrumbs icons also appear when I click on a component within the graphics window.

In the image below, I’ve selected the face of a component. I can see the feature that created the face as well as the sketch for the feature. I can right-click on any of the Breadcrumbs icons and get the associated context options that we would if we were right-clicking in the FeatureManager.

Breadcrumbs edit feature

Breadcrumbs edit feature

If we click on a Breadcrumb icon closer to the part, we can see the related mates to that part. If there is an error such as a bad mate, needs a new reference, or it’s just over-defining, I can decide as to how I want to fix these mates. In this example, we’re just going to go ahead and delete it. For components that are mated, we can always access this folder which only appears in Assemblies beneath the component. This shows the assembly mates that have been mated to this part. I can come in and right-click and delete the mate if that’s going to be the resolution.

Access Sketches

Access Sketches

Another reason for using this tool, we can open a part file and use it for accessing sketches. So again, you hit the “D” key and breadcrumbs will appear. I can click on the sketch; I can edit that sketch as needed. Very easy to do and very easy to access. This is an example of Breadcrumbs in two different environments.

The improved feedback and convenient access to information can save you time locating parts of subassemblies. By cutting down mouse time, users can speed up selection and command execution and have a more efficient workflow. Simply stated, Breadcrumbs creates an overall better user experience.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at November 02, 2021 01:32 PM

October 31, 2021


What Ever Happened To Michelin’s 3D-Printed Tires?

michelin airless tires

It’s been almost a lifetime ago since we first heard of Michelin’s plans for their 3D-printed tire movement. We’ve seen prototypes since that initial unveiling back in 2017, but not anything close to a release date. But why is that? To help us understand it, here’s racing driver and host of Driven Media Scott Mansell. He will also explain why car tires still haven’t changed that much over the years:

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It may just boil down to centuries of use and refinement, but the human race has gotten really good when it comes to driving on wheels of insulated air. Driving on what is essentially air is quiet, comfortable, and easy to predict.

Don’t forget tire companies’ endless efforts to constantly refine their rubber tires. You might think the rubber found in tires is just an elastic substance found in some tropical plants, but it’s actually a mix of different substances which contribute to the tire’s traction and overall performance. Couple that with the ever-changing tread patterns and it’s not hard to see why shifting gears to a new tire type is difficult.

michelin airless tires

Why Change the Tire Game

The answer is quite simple: blowouts. If you’ve ever driven a vehicle on rubber tires, you’ve likely had to deal with a flat tire. While small rips and holes can be easily vulcanized, the immediate danger you put yourself and others into when driving on a flat tire cannot be understated.

Another reason why tire failures are a big issue is the amount of waste they produce. Since rubber tires can be easily punctured by debris or road imperfections, millions of tires are scrapped and burned every year – contributing to the increasing world pollution problem.

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This is why we’re starting to see the rise of more sustainable new tire designs. Michelin’s Uptis airless tires, for instance, seek to make tire punctures a thing of the past. These 3D-printed tires use spokes that separate the wheel and the tread – effectively making the tire airless. So not only do you not have to constantly monitor your tires’ air pressure, but you also don’t have to worry about tire blowouts anymore! Problem solved, right?

According to Scott, the answer isn’t as simple as that. In making the tire airless, you’re giving up a lot of the comforts of driving with it: suspension, side-to-side rigidity, and rolling resistance. Turns out, getting airless tires to perform just like aired tires is difficult. This explains why it’s taking a long time for these 3D-printed tires to come out.

michelin airless tires

Airless Tires Can Bring Big Changes

For starters, all of Michelin’s prototypes are made with a wheel-tire combo in mind – meaning you can install them yourself instead of lugging your ride all the way to the auto shop.

This also allows the tires to be reused. Once you’ve hit a certain mileage with your tires, you can have them retreaded using a 3D printer. (Michelin has plans for a 3D printing system built specifically for this purpose!)

michelin airless tires

There are still a lot of things to know about airless tires, with the biggest question on everyone’s minds being just how they will drive. If Scott Mansell is right, we won’t see Michelin’s 3D-printed tires until 2024 at the earliest. Well, here’s to hoping they get things right before then!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 31, 2021 07:05 PM

Alva Is a Modular Flashlight That Leaves Your Hands Free


If you’re tired of using the flashlight of your smartphone to light your way, then here’s something a bit more modular: Alva.

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While you could always use a regular flashlight while working on something underneath your car, it leaves you with one less hand to work with, or at the very least requires you to get someone to hold the torch. Well, that is not a problem at all with Alva as it makes illumination a hands-free task.


Alva is a tiny but mighty modular flashlight that can be attached to a bunch of things. It can be slotted into a wrist or ankle strap, a keyring, and even a GoPro mount – leaving your hands free to do anything.

Popping this bad boy onto the wrist strap allows you to set the Alva overhand or underhand, thereby letting you point the light exactly where you need it to be. Seeing as the Alva weighs only 39 grams, its weight won’t be an issue when strapped to your arm or leg.


Alva lights come in two colors. The standard white light illuminates your path while the red light makes your position known to others (this is perfect for joggers and cyclists). The 110-lumen light output isn’t super powerful (it’s roughly a little brighter than a standard flashlight), but it should be enough to see areas clearly and let others know that you’re there.

The Alva can run for 3 hours on a full charge and takes only 40 minutes to recharge with a USB cable. You’ll be fine using one in an urban setting but for longer outdoor escapades, you might want to bring a charger and a couple of extra lights.


Prototypes for the Alva are currently being made. While manufacturers are aiming for an Ingress Protection Code of 67 (meaning they will be waterproof at a 1m depth for up to 30 minutes), they guarantee the finished product will at least have an IP65 rating which makes them rainproof.


It will take some time before production on the final design can be made (January 2022, to be more precise), but the project is already live on Kickstarter. If you want to learn more about Alva, or if you want to support hands-free lighting, be sure to check out its Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 31, 2021 06:05 PM

Author Clock Is a Literal Take on Telling Time

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A good clock should be easy to read. You should never spend more than a few seconds looking at one to determine the exact time and get on with whatever you’re doing. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to see the Author Clock go against this design philosophy. Created by Mechanical Design Labs, the whole point of this literary clock is to make you take your time reading it.

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You see, instead of using pointers or numbers, the Author Clock uses words. And not just any words: it provides passages taken directly from some of the world’s most famous literary authors and highlights the time in bold so that you can read it.

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Telling the time this way is definitely more time-consuming, but that’s the whole point. Author Clock wants you to take a break when you read it! (So I wouldn’t recommend putting it on your work desk when you’re trying to meet those strict deadlines.)

Over two thousand quotes from authors of various centuries are used to tell each minute and hour, so you can be sure there will be a line from a book or two that will entice you to check it out. Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will even get a chance to submit some quotes from their favorite books to be added to the clock’s system!

author clock

The Author Clock comes in small and large variants (the former has a 4-inch diagonal display screen while the latter has a 7.5-inch display), but both are made from the same materials. Their housing sports white oak wood while the front is protected by a glass screen and a recycled plastic bezel. Both the small and large versions can stand on the provided brass base, but the large Author Clock can also be mounted on your wall.

author clock

Interacting with the Author Clock requires you to use the brass knob on the side. Not only can you set the time, but you can also change the text font to match your literary needs, invert the screen, toggle profanity-ridden quotes on or off, activate low power mode, and switch to a normal digital clock display.

Using the clock normally doesn’t drain too much of its battery life. You can use the small Author Clock for 3 weeks straight before needing to recharge it using a USB-C type charging cable, while the much larger clock requires a charge only once every two months.

author clock

It’s nice to see how many people appreciate good literature, seeing as the Author Clock has already overshot its US$20,000 goal. Currently, it stands at US$645,241, which is thirty times more than what the developers and producers asked for. Well, I guess people really do like to read… even if it puts them at a mild inconvenience!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 31, 2021 04:02 PM

October 29, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Lesser known SOLIDWORKS features you should know

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 lesser known SOLIDWORKS features.

Repair Missing Fillet Edges

Sometimes, when the feature history of a model is modified, but the resulting geometry is the same, Fillet and Chamfer features lower on the Feature Tree can lose their references to the edges where they need to be applied. Previously, to fix missing fillet edges, the user would have to manually replace each reference, which in some cases could result in re-clicking dozens of red highlighted edges. A time-saving improvement was introduced in 2020 which allows the user to right-click and Repair All Missing References which will identify and re-assign missing references.

Repair Fillet Missing References

Repair Fillet Missing References

Hole Wizard Depth Option

Using the Hole Wizard, holes can be generated which have a conical end to represent the shape carved out by a drill bit. In 2020, there is a new option in the Hole Wizard to specify whether the depth of the hole is measured to the tip of the hole, or to the shoulder of the hole (the edge of the tapered conical region).

Hole wizard depth setting

Hole Wizard depth option

In the image below, you can see how a 10mm deep hole can produce two different outcomes when defined by the shoulder vs. the tip of the hole.


Hole outcome in SOLIDWORKS

Hole outcome in SOLIDWORKS

Direction for Surface Thicken

If you’ve ever used surface modeling tools as an intermediate step to generate a solid, you’ve probably encountered the Thicken tool. Just like its name suggests, it applies a specified thickness to a surface body. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, the Thicken tool now has a new option to specify the direction for thickening. The direction can be specified by any axis, plane, planar face or surface, linear model edge or linear sketch entity. This update allows the user to have more fine-tuned control in their design intent. The image below shows three identical surface bodies thickened in three different ways.

Thicken Surface direction options

Thicken Surface direction options

Translate Feature Names in Tree

A lesser-known feature that was added in SOLIDWORKS is the option to view translated feature names in the FeatureManager Design Tree. To view Feature Names in another language, right-click on the file name at the top of the Tree > go to Tree Display > Show Translated Feature Name in Tooltip > Select a language. After selecting a language, the translated name of the features will show when the mouse is hovered over a feature. This new capability can improve technical communication for users who speak multiple languages or who work with international vendors/clients.

Translate feature name trees in SOLIDWORKS

Translate feature names

Alternate Position Views

The Alternate Position View creates a phantom dashed-line overlay of a different configuration of a part. Prior to 2020, this capability was only available for showing different positions of assemblies. But now, multiple configurations of parts can be displayed on top of one another to communicate different variations of the same core model. In the image below, the Alternate Position View was used to show the two variations of the plate.

Alternate position view in SOLIDWORKS

Alternate position view in SOLIDWORKS

Learn more lesser known SOLIDWORKS features

Attend a SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update Training Course to learn the advanced functionality within the core SOLIDWORKS product including all the features you wish you had known about before.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 29, 2021 01:42 PM

October 27, 2021

The Javelin Blog

3D printed spiders using PolyJet technology for Halloween!

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble! This year for Halloween the TriMech RP Services team is brewing up some cute little flexible spiders to decorate the office and you can join along and print some of your own using our multiple material recipe! You may not have a need for spiders, but you probably can think of some applications where combining rigid and flexible materials would come in handy.

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These spiders can be made on any PolyJet multi-material system that can print in both a rigid and a flexible material at the same time, but we recommend using the new Stratasys J35 or the Stratasys J55 PolyJet 3D printers in order to spin a web that matches our print tray perfectly!

Stratasys J55 PolyJet Spider

Stratasys J55 PolyJet Spider

Ingredients for 3D printed spiders:

First, download the GrabCAD Print “TriMech Halloween Spider Tutorial Tray” that we will be using HERE! If you are using a J55, choose any two additional materials that you would like to use!


  1. Make sure that your Stratasys J35 or J55 is loaded with all three materials and you’ve completed your head optimization wizard process following this process if the materials were not already loaded.
  2. If you have not done so lately, clean your heads, wiper, roller, and UV lens, to ensure optimal print quality. Also make sure that your tray is empty, and clean from all previous builds.
  3. Using GrabCAD Print, open the “TriMech Halloween Spider Tutorial Tray” file that contains one Stratasys J-series Spider file. This file will automatically open using the J35 printer template but can be adjusted accordingly for a J55 or other machines. You will need to select your PolyJet 3D printer at this point to ensure that all of the settings can be correctly sent over to the printer when you are ready to make your spider.
  4. Feel free to scale your spider(s) however you would like using the “Scale” options menu. Next, you can use the “Orient” menu to rotate the model so that its “feelers” are facing the center of the tray. You don’t necessarily have to do this rotation, but we find that the spider printers particularly well when facing this direction.

    Spider print parameters on J55

    Spider print parameters on J55

  5. Next, click “Model Settings” menu, then click on one of the 27 bodies of the model. Our spider template is adjusted for several different ShoreA durometers and rigid blends using combinations of Elastico Black and either VeroUltra WhiteS or VeroUltra BlackS. We use flexible blends for the legs and rigid simulated Polypropylene-like blends for the front of the feelers and the “TriMech” logo and font. Free to play around with the durometer blends however you would like!

    Spider Durometers on J55

    Spider Durometers on J55

  6. Click on the entire spider model from the assembly tree box in the top left-hand corner of the screen. With the entire model highlighted blue, choose either Matte or Glossy from the “Model Settings” menu. If you would like to mix and match surface finishes, that is absolutely fine too, since we’re having fun experimenting with how different settings produce a different look and feel in the end model.
  7. When you’re happy with all of the settings, click “Print” in the bottom right-hand corner. GrabCAD Print will estimate the print parameters, specify the print time and material usage, as well as evaluate whether or not there are any issues with the tray or the printer’s configuration. If you get a large green checkmark that says “Good to go!” Click send, and your tray will be sent over to the printer.”

    PolyJet Spider Print Parameters

    PolyJet Spider Print Parameters

  8. At the printer, click the play icon (triangle). Click OK when the printer asks to make sure that the tray is cleared and the door is closed. Now you’re spinning a web that will soon be a beautiful little flexible PolyJet spider!
  9. Once the print is complete, remove the spider from the machine, run the routine cleaning wizard on the printer to ensure that it’s ready for your next print, remove the support material using a waterjet, and enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 27, 2021 02:47 PM

October 26, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Use SOLIDWORKS Electrical Locations to organize your System Design

This article looks at how to get more organized with an electrical system design. We’ll be focused on how SOLIDWORKS Electrical can help you get a grip on the number of devices that you have present within a system design starting with proper component management best practices. Watch the video to take a closer look at how to get organized using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Locations:

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Locations

In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, the primary tool that you have at your disposal for helping to get organized are what’s called “locations.” Locations are groups of components that exist within your electrical project. This makes it easy to capture their relationship to the mechanical system that is being developed. An analog would be assemblies and sub-assemblies inside of the mechanical system. Locations is the same concept in electrical design.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical locations

SOLIDWORKS Electrical locations

Setting these up is simple. It’s a matter of designating what we want, what it’s going to be called and how many we need. In this example, we will create and specify a seventh top-layer location to the existing six. Once created, I can add details to the properties window. From within the assembly, I can mirror the sub-assembly structure of the mechanical assembly that it’s going to be associated with, and I can also add several sub-locations to the top-level assembly to designate different locations.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Sub Locations

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Sub Locations

Once I have the structure built into my project, how I assign these come in many different flavors. I can go to the sheet itself and right-click on the sheet, or I can go in the tree to change the location. I can then point to what I want most of the elements on this page to be associated with. In this case, most of the components are in the panel. It’s a lot easier to locate devices in the sub-location of my design that I’m interested in.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Locations Outline

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Locations Outline

Another approach for elements on this page that I may want to identify as being part of a different location than the rest of the elements is the utilization of “location outlines.” I can also designate – using a box on the page – an area that is representative of the different locations within my design. For example, we’ll say everything inside of the box that I’ve just drawn is going to be in the conveyor location. What SOLIDWORKS will do is change the location of the elements that were within that box and place them into the conveyor location. This helps me organize the information and confirms that everything inside of this box is now in that location for the viewer of the page.

Interested in SOLIDWORKS Electrical?

Learn more about the SOLIDWORKS Electrical products and the training courses available from Javelin.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 26, 2021 12:00 PM

October 25, 2021


Take a Closer Look at the Ingenious Design of Australia’s Crosswalk Button

australia crosswalk button design

You may have heard it before: the metronome-like beat that progresses to a rapid, thumping sound that instinctively calls for rapid movement. This beat, which is used in Billie Eilish’s 2019 hit “Bad Guy”, is that of the Australian pedestrian crossing. Besides that sound, however, what makes this particular pedestrian crossing stand out globally? To find out, Julian O’Shea took a deep dive into the history and design of this simple and often overlooked part of Australian society.

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Created in 1976 by Louis Challis (regarded as Australia’s leading acoustical engineer) and his associates, the button was the product of the country’s search to find a crosswalk system that could be used by the vision and hearing impaired.

australia crosswalk button design

The button has a built-in microphone that takes in ambient noise. Using this data, it adjusts its own volume to create a sound that is audible above the surrounding noise, but not too loud that it becomes annoying. The sound also sends vibrations throughout the button which can be felt when touched – letting those with bad or no hearing know when it’s safe to cross.

australia crosswalk button design

Above the crosswalk button is a textile arrow. You wouldn’t pay this any mind if you have visual acuity near 20/20 but for the vision impaired, touching the arrow helps them easily ascertain which direction they should go.

Even though the design has been around for 50 years, it still manages to stay current. During Sabbath days, for instance, some Jews view any sort of interaction with electrical devices as actual work. To compensate for this, areas in Australia with high Jewish populations have their crosswalk buttons set to automatic during these special days.

australia crosswalk button design

The automation of the crosswalk button is even more common now in the throes of a pandemic. To prevent people from touching the same button (thereby risking the spread of COVID-19), most crosswalk buttons are automated and have signs posted nearby. Some crosswalks even have paved lights for those looking down at their phone.

Grace Howard, an eight-year-old girl from Malvern, even thought up a “kick me” button which can be placed at the bottom of the crosswalk traffic light poles. Instead of touching them with their grubby hands, pedestrians can simply kick the button when they want to cross the road. The product is still in its concept stage, but with the winnings from a local competition, she’s well on her way to making her dream a reality.

There’s still a lot that can be added to the crosswalk button, but Louis Challis’s base design proves that simplicity and ease of access are definitely the way to go when designing something for the long run.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 25, 2021 02:58 PM

Putting Metal Into a Microwave Isn’t as Dangerous as You Think It Is

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You know what I love about internet videos? You can witness people try stupid and dangerous things through the complete safety and comfort of your computer.

Case in point: dangerous microwave experiments. Recently, Mehdi Sadaghdar of YouTube channel ElectroBOOM did us all a service and caught on camera the result of microwaving metal. The answers may be less surprising than you think!

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Contrary to popular belief, popping any sort of cutlery into the microwave isn’t dangerous at all! Mehdi tried multiple variations and orientations of spoons, knives, and forks. The result? None of them caught a single spark or flame. They got heated, that’s for sure, but so does anything you put into the microwave.

metal in microwave

Aluminum foil, on the other hand, is a different story. Sheet metal with smooth edges is safe, but add a sharp or jagged edge to it and it could catch fire almost immediately. Mehdi didn’t explain it in his video, but moving electrons that are charged by the microwave get concentrated along creases and sharp edges – creating a static charge which will set off sparks.

metal in microwave

You might be wondering why the knife and fork, both of which have pointy metal bits, didn’t catch fire. This may likely be due to the finish and thickness of the cutlery. Most people don’t like an extremely sharp knife or fork, so cutlers dull the tips a bit to make them easy to store, clean, and use. Maybe if he used an extremely sharp and serrated knife (such as those butchers use), Mehdi might have had different results.

metal in microwave

So there you have it. Provided you aren’t heating anything sharp and creased (aluminum and tin foil are the biggest culprits here), you should be fine with accidentally heating metal inside your microwave. But do yourself a favor and pay attention to what you put inside your kitchen appliances! Leave the dangerous stuff to folks (like Mehdi Sadaghdar) who seem to get a kick out of doing everything their parents told them not to do.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 25, 2021 02:04 PM

The Javelin Blog

How to Connect SOLIDWORKS to the Cloud with Collaborative Designer

Enabling remote access to design data is a must for every business, especially today. Now, you can connect your SOLIDWORKS data to the cloud and securely access it, along with additional design, simulation, manufacturing, and management tools, from anywhere with a browser. Get the facts on getting your SOLIDWORKS data connected today.

SOLIDWORKS Collaborative Designer

SOLIDWORKS Collaborative Designer

In the following on-demand webinar, TriMech Technical Manager and Elite Application Engineer, Matt Kokoski, discusses how the Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform can co-exist to improve your design process. SOLIDWORKS has become a popular choice for organizations when choosing an engineering content authoring tool, but when paired with 3DEXPERIENCE, you are increasing your ability for easy access as well as the ability to leverage your data for design, simulation, manufacturing and governance. He teaches you how they make the perfect pair to help you easily grow your business.

Collaborative Designer Overview

Watch the video to learn about:

  • Saving your CAD data on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform for easy access
  • Reviewing tasks and opening design data on the platform without leaving SOLIDWORKS
  • Enabling stakeholders to use your design and business data in the cloud while you simultaneously can work on SOLIDWORKS
  • Sharing your CAD designs within your business ecosystems from any device at any time
  • Searching, exploring and selecting relevant design contexts from a web browser and performing lifecycle operations
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Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS Features

Access and share your SOLIDWORKS data securely on the cloud:

  • Save on the Cloud: Save your CAD data on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and make it available to all solutions on the platform.
  • Review tasks and data: Review tasks and open design data on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform without leaving SOLIDWORKS.
  • Share your SOLIDWORKS data: Enable stakeholders to use your design data along with all available business data in the cloud while you continue to work in SOLIDWORKS.
  • Collaborate on any device: Share your SOLIDWORKS designs within your business ecosystem from any device, at any time.
  • Perform Livecycle Operations: Search, explore, and select relevant design contexts from a web browser, and perform lifecycle operations including revise, release and lock/unlock.
  • Manage on the Cloud: View, share, annotate, discuss and manage designs from anywhere, at any time and on any device with a web browser.
  • Visualize online: Visualize 3D components instantly from any web-enabled device. Navigate tabular and 3D design data simultaneously and easily validate the differences between two product structures.
  • Seamless Interaction: Avoid rework and data translation errors through seamless interaction with 3DEXPERIENCE design tools such as SOLIDWORKS 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor.
  • Securely Manage & Revise: Securely manage your data and all facets of your product development process on the platform. Control revisions with specialized tools.

Interested in connecting SOLIDWORKS to the Cloud?

Javelin provides the software and services to connect SOLIDWORKS desktop products and exclusive cloud services for collaborating on the cloud. Contact us to learn more.

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by Rod Mackay at October 25, 2021 12:00 PM

October 22, 2021


Create Your Own Skeleton Crew for Halloween

quaruple skeleton costume

To get you ready for the spooky festive season, YouTuber The Q has thought of a way to quadruple your Halloween costume points. How? By creating four skeleton doppelgangers!

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Making the Skeletal Framework

quaruple skeleton costume

Making the bodies of the skeletons requires a bunch of PVC pipes, some pipe fittings, and a few hooks. Cut the pipes using your body measurements as a basis, so the skeletons could have the same body dimensions as yours. Connect these pipes using the fittings until you have yourself 4 identical rib cages.

Arms, Legs, and Appendages

quaruple skeleton costume

To get your skeletons to move, you’ll need some hooks placed on the edges of the upper and lower ribs. This will allow you to hang a couple of extra PVC pipe appendages which will serve as your skeletons’ upper arms and legs. Don’t forget to add hooks on both sides of the appendages, so you can add some extra flair later with some 3D printed bones!

Putting Some Meat on Bones

quaruple skeleton costume

I know this is supposed to be a skeleton costume, but it can’t hurt to give your skeleton buddies some bulk. Find some PVC pipes with diameters roughly matching the size of your shoulders and pelvis and fit them on the skeletons. Not only will this shape out your skeletons, but it will also be much easier to fit wacky outfits onto them!

Connecting the Skeletons

quaruple skeleton costume

Connect the skeletons using PVC pipes with the length of your choice. But prior to this, you might want to find 4 identical shirts (5 including yours) that you don’t mind discarding after Halloween. This is because to get the whole crew to move, you need to cut some sections of the shirts to properly attach the pipes.

quaruple skeleton costume

Depending on your preference, you can use short or long garments for the lower body. Shorts are great since you don’t have to poke holes in them and they make it easy to add some extra 3D-printed skeletal legs at the bottom. Just remember that you have to run another length of PVC pipe here so that you can get all the skeleton legs to move!

quaruple skeleton costume

The Q had also 3D printed a bunch of skeletal hands and legs and attached them to the appendages. To get these guys to move together, he connected the joints using some metal wire and a metal pipe. To cap it all off, he had 3D printed four skulls and placed them on each of his skeletons.

It’s Time To Move!

quaruple skeleton costume

You’ll have to attach a harness somewhere at the top of the ribs, so you can securely fasten the whole thing on your body. You will also need to create some ties around your wrists, ankles, and knees. It will take some time but once you’ve strapped yourself in, you’ll be able to freely control your skeletons’ movements!

It may feel a bit clunky and you won’t be able to sit down, but controlling four skeletons simultaneously with your body is something I’m sure no one in your neighborhood would have thought of this Halloween. And considering this thing weighs 23 pounds (10.43 kg), you better get a whole sack of candy for all your hard work!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 22, 2021 06:27 PM

SolidWorks Legion

Automatic Border tool works its wonders

Check out SOLIDWORKS's Automatic Border tool and how it makes editing your Sheet Formats so much easier than old fashioned sketching! The post Automatic Border tool works its wonders appeared first...

by fcsuper at October 22, 2021 06:03 PM


Who Knew You Could Simulate Earthquakes Using 3D Printers?

3d printer earthquake simulation

Some might say that 3D printers are just for printing things. Well, Steven from 3D Printer Academy found another use for his own unit: simulating an actual earthquake.

Using the ground motion data of the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake which occurred on January 17, 1994 in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, he was able to recreate the exact motions of the quake on his 3D printer.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper earthquake simulation without any damage. So to help with his mini-quake demonstration, he employed the use of some magnetic supports, a couple of 3D printed platforms and bricks, and a single LEGO mini-figure.

His earthquake tests mostly revolved around two structures: one using a moment-frame design and another using a braced-frame design:

Moment Frames   

3d printer earthquake simulation

The moment-frame structure relies on the strength of its rigid beams and columns to keep it steady during an earthquake. While strong on its own, modern structures which employ this sort of design use building rollers set below them to offset the movements of the earthquake. This results in a building that has little to no movement at all.

Braced Frames

3d printer earthquake simulation

Braced frames are just as sturdy. This is due to the fact that the beams and columns in the building are held together by cross members which prevent lateral movement. While it never hurts to have rollers underneath braced-frame structures, they can withstand strong natural calamities like hurricanes and earthquakes even without them.

Reinforcing Lower Structures

3d printer earthquake simulation

Some structures with parking lots in their basements do not have proper reinforcement, so while the floors above them are rigid, the base floor isn’t. Steven explained that reinforcing the lower levels will ensure that the building won’t collapse on itself; keeping everyone in said building alive.

What About Unreinforced Bricks?

3d printer earthquake simulation

As an added bonus, Steven described how unreinforced masonry structures like those made from bricks can be hazardous during an earthquake. Without proper metal or steel holding them together, these structures will easily crumble and fall on anything in their immediate vicinity. The solution? Reinforce them with rebars or some sort of metal!

That’s a lot of information made easy to understand; thanks to the use of ground motion data, some simple 3D printed objects, and a couple of knickknacks. Steven has a lot of informative and experimental videos like these which utilize 3D printing, all of which can be found on his YouTube channel, 3D Printer Academy.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 22, 2021 04:11 PM

Tweet2Doom Allows You To Play the Classic Shooter Game “Doom” on Twitter


You can play id Software’s classic game Doom using the most unexpected things such as McDonald’s cash registers and calculators. But now, here’s another surprise: it’s now available on Twitter.

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Tweet2Doom, created by Georgi Gerganov with art by Yanknov Kras (assuming that is his real name), is a Twitter bot that lets you input a series of commands by replying to any tweet. The full list of commands can be found on the following pinned tweet. Once you’ve typed in your commands, the bot will reply back with a 10-second rendered video of what you’ve done.

Your commands must run a minimum of 18 frames (this version of Doom runs at 35 frames per second), but you can go as high as 350 frames on a single tweet. Seeing as the bot can only output a 10-second video per tweet, longer inputs result in a string of videos that come out every 36 seconds.

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This transforms the traditional action game into a turn-based title. A typical run follows you typing in a string of commands then waiting for the bot to render your inputs into a video. You watch the video to see how far you’ve progressed then put in succeeding commands to supplement the development. This loop repeats ad infinitum until you beat the game or give up.

It isn’t the best way to experience a first-person shooter genre, but it is unique! I’ve tried playing a couple of runs myself and just kept running into and shooting walls.

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Of course, with something as complex as Tweet2Doom’s input commands, there are bound to be a select few who can only finish the game in mere tweets and minutes. Completing a level, finishing the game, or earning a community achievement will automatically render that specific video in full and make it viewable for everyone. These are the minority though – most runs involve players flailing around as they come to grips with the control inputs.

If you have a Twitter account and some time to kill, you might want to consider trying Tweet2Doom. Its user interface may not be the easiest to understand, but if you want to learn something new while playing an almost 30-year-old game, this more than scratches that itch.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 22, 2021 03:39 PM

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The Artec Micro is a user friendly desktop 3D scanner ideal for small objects

Javelin Technologies, A TriMech Company hosts annual internal training meetings called Back to School during the month of August. The purpose of these meetings is to go “back to school” and learn from colleagues and management. This year, we were given the opportunity to participate in a video contest to encourage cross-training and teamwork.

Being an administrative staff member with Javelin, in my almost 10 years, it’s rare that I get to be hands on with the products. Thanks to an amazing contest presented to the company, I was able to participate in making a commercial for a very unique product new to our line-up – the Artec Micro desktop 3D scanner.

Check out the video of our Artec Micro to see a demonstration of how the desktop 3D scanner works:

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Not only did this get me in front the of the product and see it in action, but in the midst of a global pandemic, I can’t deny the fact that working as a team had a huge impact to the enjoyment of this project.

I was able to not only collaborate online and in person (fully vaccinated and safely) but also, I got to “spruce up” the Micro and help prepare a stop motion video to show its capabilities.

Weighing in at just a tad over 25 pounds, this little unit packs a tiny but fierce punch when it comes to scanning the smaller items in your business. As part of our project, we took real, tangible, plumbing reducing couplings and gave them personas. By having them wear little paper crowns in line to ride the ride at a Javelin/TriMech circus, this seemed the best way to showcase what the Micro desktop 3D scanner can do!

One poor little coupling got the boot though to represent how a defect on the item in the scanner will get a FAIL for results. All others passed.

Disclaimer: only one coupling got damaged in the making of this video.

About the Artec Micro

Although this is a fun demonstration for a video contest, the Artec Micro is the ideal solution for reverse engineering, quality inspection/metrology, dental, heritage, art and design to capture small items.

The Artec Micro is a desktop 3D scanner with twin cameras and blue LED lights that are synchronized with Micro’s dual-axis rotation system to create a digital copy of your object with minimum frames. It is compact and easy to use with minimal training. Fully automated desktop 3D scanner designed for 1-click capture of your small objects.

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Artec Micro desktop 3D scanner

Artec Micro desktop 3D scanner


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by Barb Johnson at October 22, 2021 03:33 PM


SuperCarrier 2.0 Is a Modular Reusable Bag Perfect for Segregating Your Stuff

SuperCarrier 2.0

According to Internet meme culture, really strong people only need to make one grocery-carrying trip to and from the car. But even if that’s true, you could end up with smashed fruits and veggie items or even bruised fingers. So, yes, it isn’t an elegant way of carrying your sustenance, nor is it practical.

Nonetheless, instead of considering carrying your grocery bags one by one, why not consider having this handy modular bag?

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SuperCarrier 2.0 is a reusable modular bag with pockets and compartments for days. They can be used for storing food, drinks, and whatever else you need at any given time. Depending on your situation, you can widen, tighten, and move the segments to sort your belongings according to your preference.

SuperCarrier 2.0

Once you’ve organized your items in the bag, the so-called “internal memory” of SuperCarrier 2.0 will make sure everything stays exactly the way you placed them. And being made from 100% ripstop nylon material, the SuperCarrier 2.0 has some excellent qualities to boast:

SuperCarrier 2.0

It is a master when it comes to isolating items with its compartments and pockets. Wet items can be placed near dry ones and the latter will never get soaked. Further, hot food containers can stand beside ice cream pints without affecting each other’s temperature. Even contrasting items you wouldn’t normally put in the same bag (e.g., bleach and foods) are not a problem with SuperCarrier 2.0.

SuperCarrier 2.0

The SuperCarrier 2.0 can also carry a lot of weight and take a ton of abuse. You can carry up to 30 kg in a single bag and not worry about it ripping apart. It’s also water and splashproof, so an accidental spill in one compartment won’t leak to the other sections beside it. When your bag is ready for a clean, all you need to do is throw it in the washing machine!

SuperCarrier 2.0

Apart from grocery shopping, you can use the SuperCarrier 2.0 in other aspects of your daily life. Store your workout gear in it when going to the gym. Place cooked foods inside the bag and have a picnic.

Indeed, whatever stuff you need to bring with you, SuperCarrier 2.0 will be able to help you out. And if you don’t need it, you can always fold the bag into a compact, thin form that can fit in your pocket.

Considering it helps save the planet from the plastic scourge, it’s nice to see that the SuperCarrier 2.0 has already achieved its Kickstarter goal. It currently has a funding of US$79,160 – which is a big sum over its initial US$3,436 goal. To find out more about this reusable modular bag, check out the SuperCarrier 2.0 Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 22, 2021 01:54 PM

October 21, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Resolving Mesh Failures and Errors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Meshing is a crucial step for SOLIDWORKS Simulation. When working with assemblies or complex parts you may experience SOLIDWORKS mesh failures or errors with messages like “mesh terminated” or “failure to mesh part” for certain features, or components.

The first step in debugging SOLIDWORKS mesh failures is looking at your geometry. Based on your analysis objectives, you can suppress certain features that do not contribute to the results and are there for cosmetic reasons only. In this article, I will demonstrate how to suppress cosmetic features and suppress fillets and chamfers if they are not relevant to your analysis. Let’s take look in the video below:

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Import Diagnostics

Starting with an imported model, we can run the diagnostic tool before setting up a static study. As I try to mesh this part using the default mesh size, we can see that the SOLIDWORKS mesh error “failure to mesh part” has appeared. I will go to “Mesh Failure Diagnostics” and attempt to apply mesh control, but since it’s an imported part, I want to first run a Geometry Check.

Imported Part with features

Imported Part with features

We can use the Check tool under Evaluate that checks the model for geometry errors such as invalid faces, open faces, the minimum radius of curvature and maximum edge gap. We can also run a more stringent test with Geometry Analysis to identify any sliver faces, short edges, small faces, knife edges or knife vertices. When I run the Geometry Analysis on this imported part, I can see that SOLIDWORKS has detected a sliver face and two knife edges.

Mesh created from imported part

Mesh created from imported part

What we can do is try to fix the fault by using the Delete Face command. Next, I will select the faces that I want to delete and patch. From here, I will try to go back and create the mesh, and we can now see that we have a successful mesh. I like to use the curvature-based mesh because it automatically resizes the element size based on the geometry.

Simplify Model for Meshing

In another example, if we take an up-close look at the logo, we can see that we have Cut-Extrude features that are very small compared to the rest of the model. Meshing will be a challenge even if we apply mesh control. What I want to do in this case is to identify small features and suppress them right before meshing.

Simplify Geometry

Simplify Model for Meshing

If I right-click on the mesh, I have an option to “Simplify Model for Meshing”. Here we can specify a simplification factor in the Simplify panel by selecting the features that we need to suppress. We can do this by feature-based or volume-based, and we can certainly deselect the features that we need to keep. From here, we can also add a derived configuration before suppressing the features. Now we have a simple model that can be meshed easily.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 21, 2021 01:00 PM

October 20, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Get to Know the Stratasys Elastico Rubber 3D Printing Material

In 2021, Stratasys introduced Elastico a new rubber-like flexible 3d printing material to the PolyJet platform in two different colours.

Elastico is an elastomeric PolyJet material that has a base shore hardness of A 45 and boasts an impressive elongation at a break of up to 400%. Elastico possesses superior tear resistance of more than 7 kg/cm making it an ideal addition to the PolyJet family. Let’s take a closer look at this fantastic digital material in the video below:

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Elastico Applications

Elastico comes in both black and clear and is prominently featured on both the Stratasys J55 Prime and the Stratasys J35 Pro 3D printers. As multi-material printing becomes quintessential in large manufacturing verticals including automotive, industrial, and consumer goods, the ability to simulate over-molding, living hinges, and gaskets or seals is essential in today’s manufacturing world. The ability to select ShoreA Values from 50-95 provides a wide range of use cases including applications that require different durometers.

Elastico Colours and Material Blends

On the Stratasys J35, Elastico Black and Elastico Clear can be mixed with Vero Ultra White, Vero Ultra Black, Vero Ultra Clear, and Digital ABS to achieve these durometers. They cannot be combined with Vero Draft Gray or Vero Contact Clear. On the Stratasys J55, Elastico can also be mixed with the VeroVivid colors such as cyan, yellow, and magenta.

Elastico Sample Palette

Elastico Sample Palette

The J35/J55 Elastico Sample Part in the image above displays, in great detail, the different digital materials that can be achieved on these platforms. The fifteen samples inside of the white and blue rectangles are blends that can be achieved only on the J35. The bottom two rows are only a fraction of the examples that can be achieved with the J55 Prime. It is important to note that these samples were printed on a J55, which has five material channels. This allows for a printer loadout consisting of Vero Pure White, Elastico Black, Elastico Clear, Vero Cyan Vivid, and Vero Magenta Vivid.

Applying Elastico with GrabCAD Print

All of the material assignments, including preferences, can be easily applied in GrabCAD Print under the Model Settings tab in the right-hand toolbar. In the drop-down menu, select the DOWN arrow and choose  Digital Materials. Next, select 2+ materials, and you’ll notice the possible combinations appear below. See below for reference.

GrabCAD Model Settings

GrabCAD Model Settings

Learn more about Stratasys J-Series 3D Printers

As the ability to rapid prototype with rubber-like 3D printing materials becomes industry standard, it is increasingly more important for companies to bring the capability in-house. The small form factor of the Stratasys J-Series 3D printers is the perfect vehicle to deliver it in. Thanks to the near-silent operation due to the circular build platen, pro aero odor-free environment and wide range of materials and capabilities, the Stratasys J55 Prime and the Stratasys J35 Pro allow users to fabricate the flexibility and create without compromise!

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 20, 2021 01:32 PM

October 19, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Using 3DEXPERIENCE Bookmarks to Organize Designs and Supporting Data

Learn how to create and leverage 3DEXPERIENCE Bookmarks to stay on the top of your game.

Watch the video to learn more about how Bookmarks on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help keep your critical information organized.

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What are 3DEXPERIENCE Bookmarks?

When development work hits a frantic pace, the ability to stay organized so you can keep projects and people on track is more vital than ever. On the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Bookmarks can help you keep your important data organized and easily accessible so you can find it when you need it most.

Think of Bookmarks as folders and shortcuts; they organize information so you can quickly access them when you need them. You can create Bookmarks inside other Bookmarks (again, just like folders) to develop an organized structure that makes it easier for you to work as a team.

Bookmarks also provide access to additional tools, lifecycle actions, and collaboration features that make it easy to perform everyday tasks to stay on top of the game.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by Dassault Systèmes at October 19, 2021 12:33 PM

October 17, 2021


What Does It Feel Like To Actually Walk in VR World?

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Virtual reality or VR has improved by leaps and bounds since it was invented in 1968. The headwear has become a lot lighter, the graphics much better, and the controls way easier to navigate.

On the other hand, one thing that hasn’t changed much over the course of half a century is how people navigate in the virtual world. Up to this day, most virtual reality headsets have some sort of control mechanism (usually in the form of an analog stick) which players can use to explore virtual spaces without any real physical effort.

Enter the Kat Walk C, the first commercially available VR treadmill which actually allows you to walk in your favorite VR games. I won’t delve too deep into this treadmill’s features (you can find more info about it on the official Kat VR webpage), but just take note that this baby uses a treadmill combined with sensor-mounted shoes to translate your walking into in-game movement.

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What I really want to get into is how the product feels for an actual consumer. The YouTube VR fanatic known only as ThrillSeeker recently got his hands on the US$1,400 VR treadmill, and you can bet that the man put this thing through the wringer!

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Setting up the Kat Walk C both physically and on the computer was easy enough. Within 30 minutes, our man got it up and running. The hardware only occupies an area of 16.6 ft2 (1.54 m²) – meaning it can fit in almost any small room. On the other side of the coin, it weighs about 128 lbs which allows it to handle a 288-pound (130 kg) individual.

The standard version of Kat Walk C can support average bodies with heights ranging from 5”3’ – 5”10’, while the larger version is made for those lucky enough to be anywhere from 5”11’ – 6”7’.

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The software is much easier to understand. It supports a ton of HMDs, including the Oculus Quest and Quest 2, the Oculus Rift and Rift S, the HTC Vice and Vive Pro, the Valve Index, WMR, Pimax, and PlayStation VR which needs an adapter. It also works with any SteamVR game which has free locomotion support, as all it does is remap the traditional inputs of an analog stick to the sensors located on the Kat Walk C shoes.

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This brings us to the second most important piece in this very expensive VR set: the shoes. Apart from the sensors I mentioned earlier, these shoes come with very slippery outer soles which allow you to slide along the Kat Walk C.

Just like what ThrillSeeker said, it was more like using a “slidemill” than an actual treadmill. Instead of doing that regular walk movement, you have to allow the machine to carry some of your weight so you could slide your feet along the Kat Walk C. This will then help the floor translate your movements into usable data.

The pads on the outer soles can be swapped. With this, you can choose between a slippery or a friction-based walking experience. And should you find yourself slipping and falling, don’t worry! The harness of Kat Walk C can support your weight in any case you lose your balance.

kat walk c experience

Now for the most important part – the gaming experience. After getting used to sliding around a flat circle, ThrillSeeker explained that using the Kat Walk C felt very intuitive. You don’t have to push an analog stick to control your avatar as the machine itself is imitating your real-world actions.

kat walk c experience

In single-player games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR or No Man’s Sky VR, this thing is a blast to play! Despite visiting some of these worlds previously using a mouse and keyboard, I want to do it all over again with the Kat Walk C. Why not? Just imagine a more immersive gaming experience that is made possible through your own actual body movements. It would probably be like literally running away from guards and trekking from one location to the next.

kat walk c experience

Sadly, the competitive multiplayer experience isn’t as great. While the Kat Walk C allows for movements such as crouching and slow walking, fighting other players in shooters like Pavlov VR is not fun. Not only are you physically exerting yourself in every match, but you’re fighting players who are using analog sticks to navigate the game. This puts you at an extreme disadvantage the longer you play as you get more tired with each match.

If you don’t mind the noise and the physical workout (and, of course, its limitations), then the Kat Walk C is a big step towards truly immersive VR. It frees up your hands quite a bit and makes you use your body in a way that actually makes sense in a game. However, for your own benefit, make sure you’re playing with others who are using the same tech when competing in a multiplayer title.

ThrillSeeker’s YouTube channel is dedicated to the world of virtual reality hardware. From gloves to headsets to really weird treadmills, his quest to find the most truly immersive VR experience is chronicled here.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 17, 2021 03:19 PM

October 16, 2021


Secret Whiteboard Lets You Switch Between Ideation and Leisure in a Flash

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With ideas constantly popping in our heads, whiteboards can be invaluable to some folks who hate forgetting things. But for some, these scribble-filled white surfaces are an eyesore when it comes to enjoying downtime in the office. Well, we can’t blame them. Who wants a constant reminder about work plastered on their wall when all they want to do is forget about it for the moment?

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This is what the Secret Whiteboard by Sable Flow was made for. Instead of having to look at or erase all your whiteboard notes when the day is done, the Secret Whiteboard allows you to shut the double-sided board and replace it with a portrait of your choosing. This is all thanks to the magnetic nature of the whiteboard.

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Further, you can also snap any important document to the Secret Whiteboard by way of a couple of magnets. It’s a simple concept, but it can save you from stress and help you have a more organized workspace.

secret whiteboard

Secret Whiteboard comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Regardless of the size, nonetheless, all boards come in black or white frames and with stock prints that can be easily swapped out for something else. To install it, all you need to do is pick a spot and drill in the screws.

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The adjustable nature of the keyhole hardware allows you to choose which way the Secret Whiteboard will open, so you have full control over how it will look. Just make sure you aren’t hanging the whiteboard sideways, unless you want to explain to each and every one of your guests why you have a painting lying down!

secret whiteboard

Considering how the current state of the world requires a lot of us to work from home, the Secret Whiteboard is a great way to separate business and leisure time. You can jot down your ideas in the morning on the clean whiteboard, then shut it to reveal the relaxing painting behind it as the day draws to a close. When you find yourself itching to get back to work, all you have to do is open up the whiteboard and pick up where you left off.

The Secret Whiteboard has already completed its Kickstarter goal and currently has a funding of US$30,253. To find out more about this transforming ideation station, check out its Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 16, 2021 12:59 PM

Can a Helium-Filled Air Mattress Levitate?

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Most homes have inflatable mattresses which can be very handy during sleepovers. When filled with air, hopping atop one of these things makes you feel lightweight. How about filling it with helium? Would it make you literally feel like sleeping on a cloud?

In one of his videos, James Orgill of The Action Lab filled an air mattress with several tanks of helium. But with a shortage of helium on the rise, is 80% helium and 20% air mixture enough to provide that magic carpet experience?

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To make a long story short, it isn’t. Filling the empty 3.653 kg (8.05 lbs) mattress with helium only reduced its weight down to 3.2 kg (7.05 lbs). While the mattress did get lighter, the helium inside wasn’t enough to lift it slightly off the ground.

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You might think it was the 80-20 helium-air mixture that James used, but he explained that it wouldn’t affect the outcome of the experiment that much. According to him, it will take a large volume of dense air to displace anything – let alone an 8-pound uninflated mattress. In order for the mattress to float, James would need about 7 times the amount of air the mattress can hold.

levitating air mattress

With the experiment sadly concluded, James went on to explain the helium shortage situation in detail. So the next time you want to inhale helium to make your voice all squeaky, you might want to think twice before using up this precious resource!

James Orgill’s The Action Lab YouTube channel is chock-full of easy-to-do experiments which will make you question the nature of the world. Those with inquisitive minds are sure to get a kick out of it!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 16, 2021 12:16 PM

LEGO Titanic Is a 9000-Piece Set Ready To Be Split Apart

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While watching a 3-hour drama about a sinking ship is not everyone’s cup of tea, spending 3 hours on a LEGO Titanic set is a different story.

Just a few days ago, the Denmark-based toy company unveiled their latest and largest LEGO set yet. And just like the original ship it was based on, this one splits into three segments.

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The LEGO Titanic is a 1:200 scale replica of the RMS Titanic which sank in the North Atlantic back in 1912. With 9,090 pieces of LEGO, it measures 18 inches high, 7 inches wide, and 54 inches long (44 x 16 x 54 cm).

While this LEGO set isn’t quite as seaworthy as the real Titanic, it does have features that slightly justify its exorbitant US$629.99 price tag:

Cross Sections

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As I mentioned earlier, the ship can be divided into three segments. This is not to recreate the unfortunate sinking of the original Titanic, but to showcase the model’s intricate build.

When taking apart the LEGO Titanic, you’ll be able to see the areas made famous in the 1997 film. This includes the boiler room, the smoking lounge, and the grand staircase. There seems to be some sort of hierarchy when you look inside the Titanic. The boiler room and crew’s quarters are at the very bottom, while more lavish rooms and other complex features of the model can be found at its upper portion.

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To make separating the ship easier, each of the three segments comes with its own stand. When combined, the LEGO Titanic has this nice three-stand frame and a name plaque to go along with it.

Moving Parts

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A good LEGO set wouldn’t be complete without its moving parts, and the LEGO Titanic is no exception.

On the outside, you have your anchor and tension lines – both of which can be adjusted manually for some light playtime. The anchor can be raised and lowered, while the tension lines can be tightened or loosened.

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The interior, while not as interactive as the exterior features, has one moving feature that stands out. By spinning the ship’s propellers, you’ll be able to see the piston engines turn inside the ship itself. It’s a small touch but it shows how much attention to detail LEGO puts into its sets.

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This isn’t something a typical kid can build on their own, so it comes as no surprise that the LEGO Titanic is a set aimed at those 18-year-old and up. It will be out this November 1, which is the perfect time to get yourself that early Christmas present!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 16, 2021 11:13 AM

TreePod Canopy Provides Hybrid Canopy-Hammock Experience

TreePod Canopy

Anyone who likes to relax is bound to love cozy hammocks. They keep you close to nature and they make you feel as though you’re resting on a cloud. The only downside of a hammock is that there isn’t enough space for more people to enjoy it at the same time.

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That and a few other hammock quirks are what the TreePod Canopy addresses. As a fine medium between a canopy and a hammock, this baby is a large levitating nest for you.

TreePod Canopy

It even sets up like a tent! Just insert the provided steel poles into the UV canvas, throw the hanging rope over the limb of your favorite sturdy tree, and bam – you’re ready to relax. If there is no tree nearby or you want to set the TreePod Canopy indoors, there is a patented stand you can use to hang it anywhere you want.

TreePod Canopy

The TreePod Canopy has a diameter of 6′ x 7.5′, so tall people can lie flat on its base without problems. It also has a weight limit of 500 pounds which means it can hold 2 or more people. And with 5 wide windows, you’ll never have to worry about stuffy indoor air.

TreePod Canopy

And that’s just the base TreePod Canopy. If you truly want to make it your own, there are tons (and I mean TONS) of optional accessories you can use to personalize your hanging canopy. Don’t like bugs coming in through the windows? Add a bug net. Like the weightlessness of the canopy but don’t like being blown around like a wind sock? Secure it down with some drag anchors. Depending on your needs and wants, there’s always something you can add to customize your TreePod Canopy experience.

TreePod Canopy

During these stressful times, people are really in great need for relaxation. This probably explains why the TreePod Canopy has alreadycollected a funding that is five times its initial request on Kickstarter. As of writing, it boasts a US$126,539 fund that is far from its initial goal of US$20,000. You can find more about this suspended relaxation station on its TreePod Canopy Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 16, 2021 10:18 AM

October 15, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Tips For a Successful Upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2022

Before you download SOLIDWORKS 2022 and start checking out all the great new features added in this year’s release make sure you read our tips for a successful upgrade:

SOLIDWORKS System Requirements

First things first, it is important to review the System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2022 to make sure your computer can handle the new enhancements. It’s always a good idea to double-check your operating system and your system hardware against the recommendations so you don’t upgrade to a product that doesn’t run as smoothly as it should. If you’re looking to verify your system or purchase a new one for SOLIDWORKS 2022, check out our SOLIDWORKS 2022 Hardware Recommendations »

SOLIDWORKS Graphics Card and Driver

Once you verify your system meets or exceeds the system requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2022, the next thing you should check is that your Graphics Card and Driver are certified. The benefit of using a certified Graphics Card is they are tested to work with SOLIDWORKS. Additionally, having the most up-to-date Driver for your card may not be the best thing. It’s always a good idea to consult the SOLIDWORKS Hardware Certification site to check which version you should be using. Doing this gives puts your best foot forward going into a new release of SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS Installation Type

In general, SOLIDWORKS 2022 can be licensed two different ways. The licenses starting with 9000 are standalone licenses and the licenses starting with 9100 are network licenses. If you are using a standalone license, the upgrade process is as straightforward as installing the new version of SOLIDWORKS. If you have a network license, the process has a few more things to keep in mind.

The reason for this is that the SOLIDWORKS License Manager (SNL) must be at the same version as your SOLIDWORKS Installation (SOLIDWORKS 2022 and SNL 2022) or a higher version than your SOLIDWORKS Installation (SOLIDWORKS 2020 and SNL 2022). This means you will need to make sure your SNL is upgraded to the new version of SOLIDWORKS before your upgrade the individual SOLIDWORKS Clients.

Copy Settings Wizard

One of the last steps before upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2022 is to save your current SOLIDWORKS Settings. You can access the Copy Settings Wizard either from inside of SOLIDWORKS (by using the task pane) or directly from your Windows Search Bar. The Copy Settings Wizard allows you to save a file that includes the things that you’ve customized with your current SOLIDWORKS Installation. This includes keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, the SOLIDWORKS system options, and even the layout of your toolbars.

Once you upgrade SOLIDWORKS to 2022, the Copy Settings Wizard can be relaunched and can be used to Restore SOLIDWORKS Settings to the new installation. The tool can also be used to transfer settings between other computers, not just for upgrades. Learn more about using the Copy Settings Wizard »

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Copy Settings

Frequently Asked SOLIDWORKS Update Questions

  1. Can I have multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS installed on the same machine?
    When running the new SOLIDWORKS Setup, it will allow you to either Upgrade to a new version on installation or just do a normal installation. Upgrading will remove the old version of SOLIDWORKS where a normal installation allows both to coexist on your machine. Be careful when running multiple installations that you don’t save a SOLIDWORKS file into a newer version when you don’t mean to. If you save a file in 2022, it means you won’t be able to open it in 2019, for example.
  2. Can I still install if I have a network installation?
    Yes! If your SOLIDWORKS License Manager is an equal or higher version than the SOLIDWORKS you want to install, you can still pull a license. For example, you can install and run SOLIDWORKS 2019 and SOLIDWORKS 2020 on a SOLIDWORKS 2022 License Server.
  3. What happens to my Custom Templates when I upgrade?
    It is important to save your Custom Templates to their own folder outside of the default SOLIDWORKS directory. These locations can be restored using the Copy Settings Wizard after upgrading. If you leave them in the Default Directory used in the SOLIDWORKS install, they may be wiped during the upgrade process.
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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 15, 2021 12:00 PM

October 14, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 11: Wrap up using a 3DStory

Our 3DEXPERIENCE Works saw project is coming to a close, but we want to end it with a flourish to demonstrate the success we have experienced. We are using the 3DStory app to share those wins even when the recipient is not on the platform!

When we think of product design, whether it’s creating something new or updating a previous version, we typically think of the CAD component. Just as important as creating the CAD components is having the ability to communicate our work effectively. This can be difficult to achieve in various CAD platforms because some programs allow you to only place text and pictures. The 3DStory app can help us put our work in the spotlight it deserves.

Watch the video below for exactly how we built the 3DStory for our saw project:

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Selecting a Template

Like a lot of other 3DEXPERIENCE xApps, 3DStory prioritizes ease of use and a quick learning curve to get started. Opening the app allows us to select a template closest to what we want our results to look like. Of course, these will be editable once placed into our project, so nothing is set in stone just yet.

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Template

3DStory Template

These templates will include font, picture layout, theme, transitions, and page ratio. These can be changed at any time after the project is started. Once the template is selected, the community where we want to publish this to must be selected. If you’ve been following along with this project, you may have seen the updates and renders made for our new edition. This is what we’ll want to display in our 3DStory project.

Personalizing Workflow

Besides the story pages themselves, the workflow in this app will be focused on the left side of the screen. The tabs on the left allow us to access images, GIFs, and videos that were created during our project. We can also add audio tracks (typically this is music from your local drive) and even 3D CAD models to our story!

Working on the first page, we will be using one of the templates while adding in our own picture, adjusting the text, and applying the theme that matches our team’s colors. Also note, when clicking on a cell on this page, you have an option to split the cell in half vertically or horizontally. In this case, we split the bottom cell in half to add our logo.

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Splitting a Cell

3DStory Splitting a Cell

Creating Pages

This is looking like a great opening page. We can move on now to create more pages to show what changes have been made to our project. The great thing about 3DStory, and the way it’s connected to the rest of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, is how images that are saved in different xApps will show up here. So will videos and GIFs that are created in those apps.

The first thing we’ll do is select the cell alignment by selecting the layout tab to the left. We’ll be splitting this next page vertically in half. The images we import may not be automatically cropped the way we want. With the cursor over the cell, we can now click the Edit button (pencil icon) and use the moving and scaling tool to adjust the image.

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Adjusting Images

3DStory Adjusting Images

Publishing to the Community

Creating these 3DStory projects couldn’t be simpler. Adjust the font and cells, add images and text, and select the transitions! This project becomes a playable file, not like a typical PowerPoint presentation, that can be shared with our team whether they’re on the platform or not a3DEXPERIENCE user! Being able to pull these images from our projects is a fantastic time and energy-saving feature.

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Storyboard Example

3DStory Storyboard Example

Once your project is done, it’s time to publish. Save it to your local drive as a PowerPoint file, or publish it to your Community for your team to view.

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Publishing to Community

Publishing to Community


As you can see from this, and our previous series, 3DEXPERIENCE Works allows users to take advantage of a robust and collaborative platform with built-in data and product lifecycle management, intuitive conceptual design, industrial and sub-D modeling, photo rendering, linear static simulation capabilities, and so much more. We are excited that we have been able to demonstrate some of the highlights of this environment and hope you will take a look at how it can help you ramp up your design game!

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 14, 2021 12:00 PM

October 13, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 10: Product Release Engineer

Now that our 3DEXPERIENCE Works circular saw project design is complete, we’ll see how we can use the Product Release Engineer Role / Engineering Release xApp to finalize the information about the components, release the part files, and generate multiple Bills of Material. Files can be released individually or as an entire set and any created BOMs can be exported as a CSV file to be used in other processes in the engineering cycle.

Watch the video below for the complete walk-through on how we finalize our project with the Product Release Engineer:

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Opening a Project

First, we start by opening the circular saw assembly. You can open any assembly done in one of the xApps or any SOLIDWORKS assembly in the Engineering Release app. This xApp shows a list of components in the assembly.

3DEXPERIENCE Project Components

3DEXPERIENCE Project Components

Modifying Properties

With the assembly open, we can now modify the properties of the components. This is done with the Information icon in the upper right-hand corner of the application.

3DEXPERIENCE Modifying Properties

3DEXPERIENCE Modifying Properties

Selecting the pencil icon will allow us to change information about the parts like description, material, title. We can set all these items about any component in the assembly before releasing the part.

3DEXPERIENCE Setting Enterprise Number

Setting Enterprise Number

We can also use the Engineering Release xApp to set our Enterprise Item Number (EIN). This is a custom item number we can assign to any component in an assembly. We can customize the string of items we put together to make a part number.

Releasing the Files

Once all the data for the components are set, we can work on releasing files. Files listed in the BOM can be sorted by the maturity state. This will show which files are released, frozen, or in work.


File Listing

In this list, files can be released individually or as an entire set.

3DEXPERIENCE Releasing Files

Releasing Files

Exporting the BOM

With all the files released, we are now ready to export the BOM. The entire BOM can be exported as a CSV file to be used in other processes in the engineering cycle.

3DEXPERIENCE Exporting the BOM

Exporting the BOM

Creating a New BOM

Now that the circular saw design is released and the BOM is finished, we will create a new BOM. With Engineering Release, we can create a BOM that includes existing components and items that may need an item number but not a CAD file. This allows us to create BOMs for items outside the design environment, for example, a packaging Bill of Material.


Creating a New BOM

Non-engineering items can be added as well. For example, here we added instruction documentation and a warranty card. We can add these items from the vault or upload documents from our computer. This built-in flexibility allows the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to be used in more areas of the design process. And perhaps most importantly – all within a web browser.

3DEXPERIENCE Adding Documentation to BOM

Adding Documentation to BOM

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 13, 2021 12:44 PM

October 12, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Using Additive Manufacturing for Custom Metal Form Tooling

Using production-grade FDM thermoplastics for 3D printed metal forming tools allows manufacturers to go from a form tool design to production in as little as a week. Many tools can be 3D printed in less than 24 hours with no human intervention!

3D Printed Metal Forming Example

Stratasys customer East/West Industries needed to manufacture sheet metal parts but their existing tooling had been damaged. They were able to print a full size forming tool out of Nylon Carbon Fiber material using their Stratasys Fortus 450mc production machine. This allowed them to save a significant amount of time and money by quickly 3D printing their tool rather than machining a new metal tool. Watch the short video below to learn more:

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Download a Technical White Paper

This white paper presents the findings of a case study involving the use of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing to create custom sheet metal forming tools. The design and processing techniques are specific to this use case but can be applied to most metal form tooling applications.

Custom Metal Forming

Custom Metal Form Tooling

The custom metal form tooling paper includes:

  • Section 1 – Application Overview
  • Section 2 – Custom Geometry vs. Standard Bends
    • 2.1 Offset Bends
    • 2.2 Ribs
    • 2.3 Dimples/Flares
  • Section 3 – Material Recommendations and Processing Techniques
    • 3.1 Materials
    • 3.2 Processing
  • Section 4 –  Testing Results
    • 4.1 Offset Bend Tooling – Aluminum
    • 4.2 Offset Bend Tooling – Steel
  • Section 5 – Metal Forming Considerations
    • 5.1 Tonnage Ratings
    • 5.2 Max Material Thickness and Cycles
    • 5.3 Spring Back
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by Stratasys Ltd. at October 12, 2021 06:31 PM

October 11, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Get to Know DriveWorks

Are your designs “the same but different”? Have you ever wondered if you could automate repetitive designs and tasks? Let us show you how to reduce costs and increase profitability while automating your customized designs.

Join us on Thursday, December 9th, at 10 AM ET for our webinar as TriMech Application Engineer, Dave Ramsey, teaches you how to take advantage of DriveWorks design automation and 3D Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) configurator software to reap these benefits. You’ll learn the quickest and easiest ways to capture current SOLIDWORKS model information and generate automated parts, assemblies and drawings, allowing you more time to design what counts! He will also discuss how you can use DriveWorks to create your own CPQ solution allowing for a more streamlined custom part quoting process.

Featured in this DriveWorks webinar

In this webinar, Dave will cover:

  • What DriveWorks is
  • DriveWorks connectivity with SOLIDWORKS
  • Setting up interactive, customizable user input forms
  • Creating rules to drive your models and drawings
  • DriveWorks on the Web

Plus, you’ll learn about some of the new feature enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2022 and get any questions answered!

Reserve your spot by registering now. Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll send you a recording!

About The Presenter

Dave Ramsey, Application Engineer

DRamseyDave has 10 years of expertise in high volume manufacturing. He has been using SOLIDWORKS since 2003 and has been a TriMech Application Engineer for six years. His expertise includes research and design, product design, stamping, tooling, documentation and engineering process improvement.


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by Rod Mackay at October 11, 2021 11:18 PM

October 09, 2021


Turning Push Pins on a Lathe Is a Very Bad Idea

turning push pins

When it comes to turning objects on a lathe, crafts made of wood, resin, and paper seem to work best. This is because the materials mentioned are softer and easier to chip away with your tools piece by piece. How about a pile of push pins?

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Drew from the Cook Woodworks YouTube channel has been chronicling his journey from a beginner to a slightly better woodworker. One of the projects he worked on in the past is the aforementioned push pin vase. For this project, he dumped a couple of boxes of push pins into his casting pitcher and placed a small wooden log in the middle.

turning push pins

After his hodgepodge of push pins, wood, resin, and hardener had dried, he took it to his lathe and began working on it.

Apparently, the main component of push pins is steel – which is very hard to cut! Drew said that he barely made a dent in the push pins and his carbide cutters almost shattered.

turning push pins

You can see resin and plastic from the push pin heads flying from the lathe, but not that much metal. Anyway, no one would certainly want those shards of metal flying all over the place!

turning push pins

Drew initially wanted to make a v-shaped vase, but the time it would take and the damage it would do to his carbide cutters would be too much for him to handle. Instead, he hollowed out the center to make a simpler vase that didn’t deviate too much from the contour of his casting pitcher.

Drew said that should he attempt to put metal on his lathe again, he would try using aluminum or some other soft metal. My advice? Don’t put ANY sort of metal onto your lathe! While the end result looks colorful, it won’t be worth it if you poke an eye out lathing the thing. That being said, stick to softer, more malleable materials!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 09, 2021 04:16 PM

How Convenient Is It to Use a Tesla for Long Road Trips?

tesla autopilot roadtrip

With electric vehicles becoming more charismatic in this environment-conscious age, it’s hard not to resist the temptation to trade your normal, gas-guzzling car for one.

But just how efficient is an electric car? Is there enough support on the road for such a vehicle? And just how efficient is its built-in auto-drive feature, if it has one?

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All these and more were answered by Ryan Trahan and his friends on their road trip from Texas to Chicago. Using a Tesla car (The one they used looks like a modified Model X!), they went on a cross-country drive to see just how reliable one of Elon Musk’s road babies is. To make a long story short, it was a double-edged sword.


tesla autopilot roadtrip

On normal roads, the Model X’s autopilot doesn’t seem to work that well. It runs stop signs, has trouble switching lanes, and almost always needs a helping hand in navigation.

Once you get to a highway, however, the autopilot is a godsend. As long as you aren’t merging into a lane or avoiding roadwork, you can take in the scenery while your Tesla does all the heavy lifting.

You need to apply pressure on the steering wheel with your fingers to let the car know you’re still there, but the convenience of not having to be 100% focused on the highway cannot be understated.

Charging Stations

tesla autopilot roadtrip

The number of electric charging stations isn’t as abundant as normal gas stations, so the duo had to deviate quite a ways just to find a Tesla Supercharger. Thankfully, their route from Texas to Chicago had just enough Tesla Superchargers where Ryan charged up his car.

tesla autopilot roadtrip

While the charges are completely free (Ryan even got a complimentary coffee just for showing his Tesla car key!), the miles they needed to take just to reach a Supercharger added hours to the Model X’s drive time. The takeaway from this is that Tesla could use more Superchargers on the road if they want their electric cars to compete with the fossil fuelled versions.

Charging Time

tesla autopilot roadtrip

Besides the time finding charging stations, the time they spent charging the Tesla is downright ludicrous. Seven and a half hours in total just waiting for the car to charge wasted their time that could otherwise have been spent driving.

Though Ryan admitted the joy of driving into a new city with friends made the charges more bearable, he wouldn’t recommend doing a long road trip like this on an electric car.


tesla autopilot roadtrip

With the autopilot enabled, driving on the highway is a breeze. And though veering off-course to charge the car for about an hour was a chore for Ryan, the team definitely enjoyed the cost-free charging from Supercharger!

Ryan also mentioned that temperature can affect Tesla’s battery life. Apparently, low temperatures drain the car’s battery faster, so he actually had to go beyond the speed limit in certain parts of the trip just to reach a Tesla Supercharger in time.

tesla autopilot roadtrip

All in all, it took the team almost 28 hours on the road and a little more than 7½ hours charging the Tesla Model X. This means a total of 35 hours and 33 minutes just to get from Texas to Chicago. Compared to the 27-hour, 17-minute estimate that Google gave them prior to the trip, that’s almost an additional 10 hours. So there you have it: while a Tesla electric car appears ideal when driving in short bursts, using one for a long road trip seems pretty impractical.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 09, 2021 03:39 PM

October 08, 2021


Make Your Own Popsicle Stick Butterfly Knife

wooden butterfly knife

A balisong, or a butterfly knife as it is more commonly known, is a much cooler version of a traditional pocketknife. Originating in the Philippines, this nifty tool can be spun and twirled which makes the simple act of opening and closing the knife look that much more awesome.

Most butterfly knives are dangerous (I mean, they are called “knives” for a reason!), but the one made by Brian of Brains techKnowlogy is totally safe. Why? It’s because it’s made from Popsicle sticks!

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Making this wooden butterfly knife requires a tongue depressor-sized stick, along with 5 regular sticks and a couple of cotton swabs. The tongue depressor will serve as the blade of the knife, while the Popsicle sticks will make up the handles. Finally, the cotton swabs shall serve as anchor points holding the whole thing together.

Fashioning the Handles

wooden butterfly knife

Four Popsicle sticks will be made into handles, while the fifth’s rounded edges will be cut off. These round stubs will be glued on the edge of two sticks, providing the space needed for the blade to fit through the handles.

Making the Holes

wooden butterfly knife

Cut the tongue depressor down to size and make it just as long as the regular-sized Popsicle sticks. This will allow the blade to fit perfectly in between the gap of the handles.

Once the blade is slotted into place, mark center points on the Popsicle sticks somewhere just a bit below their edges. This will provide points of reference which you can use to drill through afterward. Take note that the diameter of the drill bit required needs to be at least near the size of the cotton swabs you will be using.  Too small and they won’t fit. Too big and they’ll fall right out!

Take the handles out so that you can make the holes on the blade bigger. This will make the butterfly knife move better once you start spinning it around! Finally, fill in these holes by cutting off pieces of the cotton swabs.

Putting the Stoppers

To help the butterfly knife keep its center mass, you’ll want to put a couple of stoppers on the blade.

wooden butterfly knife

The first stopper is made by folding the butterfly knife and marking the center point where the two handles and the blade meet. Drill a hole through this point and fit a cotton swab through.

wooden butterfly knife

The second stopper is located on the blade’s body. Simply fold the handles around and drill through the center just like before. This time, your handles should have markings on the side from when you drilled the first stopper. Use these markings as a guide to find the proper positioning. Oh, and don’t forget to fit a cotton swab piece through once you’re done!

Shaping the Blade

wooden butterfly knife

By now, your butterfly knife is almost finished. The last major thing left to do is shape the blade to your liking.

This is where you can get creative. Brian made a simple blade design, but you can totally get crazy with your butterfly knife. As long as the design fits within the boundaries of the tongue depressor, you’re sure to make a knife that flips and folds properly.

Apply the Finishing Touches

wooden butterfly knife

Glue in the cotton swab pieces, sand the whole thing down, and your wooden butterfly knife is ready to go! The only thing left to do now is to learn some butterfly knife tricks!wooden butterfly knife

This is the most bare-bones butterfly knife design Brian has ever made. Nonetheless, he also has a lot of other knives which put a spin on traditional designs. One has a comb for a blade while another has a pencil for a sharp point!

Be sure to check out Brian’s YouTube channel, Brains techKnowlogy, to see how he made each of these knives and some of his other DIY projects.

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 08, 2021 03:18 PM

Pupsule Makes Picking Up Pet Waste a Stylish, Hands-Free Experience


Cleaning pet waste outdoors is really a strenuous task. Not only do you have to pick up your pet’s business, but you have to carry it around like a bomb until you find a trash can. Pooper scoopers and dustpans do a horrible job of making the task easy and portable. And who wants to bring them to a park while enjoying a walk with your pet anyway? We’re sure no one would fancy that. So, what’s the best choice do hoomans have? Pupsule is the answer.

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Pupsule is a capsule-sized carrying device you can use to clean up after your pet. Just twist the capsule open to wrap a bag around the 6-claw grabber and pull the handle on the other side to open and close the claws. The mechanism will handle the waste with great precision and will save you from the awkward moments of picking up waste with your hands.


Once you’re done picking up the doo-doo, just close the Pupsule until you can dispose of the waste properly. The casing is made from ABS and PP plastic materials which keep the smell from seeping out. It’s also shock-proof, so it will certainly protect and contain the content like a piece of a priceless gem.


The Pupsule comes with its own built-in bag dispenser, so you never have to bring any extra bags with you. Just fill up the bag compartment located in the middle and pull out a new bag once the old one has been used. All you have to do is wrap it around the claws and it’s ready to pick up all kinds of nasty pet poo!

Ten rolls of biodegradable and compostable bags are provided when you buy a Pupsule. Each roll is composed of 20 bags and that makes a total of 200 bags for you. You’ll have to buy the succeeding bags yourself, but it’s great that the creators will provide plenty of bags upon your first purchase.


It even comes in different sizes! Depending on the size of your pet, you might want to go for either a small or large Pupsule. The small Pupsule is 3″ wide and 8.5″ high (7.5 x 21.6 cm), while the large Pupsule measures 3.3″ by 9.6″ (8.5 x 24.5 cm).


Pupsule is meant to be a stylish capsule that you can “wear”, but I think there is no way people would want pet waste anywhere near their bodies. Even though the plastic keeps the smell at bay, the fact that the only thing between you and your pet’s business is a thin wall of material makes wearing the capsule a little bit undesirable. Nonetheless, let’s admit that it is much better than carrying around a transparent plastic containing putrid stuff.

This handy poop grabber has already captured the attention of many on Kickstarter, and will soon be ready to make a name in the market. Pupsule currently has a funding of US$27,853, which is way more than the US$8,000 they initially asked for. You can check the Kickstarter page for more info and get in on the early bird prices!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 08, 2021 01:47 PM

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing in the Heavy Equipment Industry

In this article learn how 3D printing / additive manufacturing with a Stratasys F770 in the heavy equipment industry addresses common manufacturing challenges and reduces costs compared to traditional manufacturing and CNC machining.

While processes like machining, molding and casting have proven to be reliable ways of making things, they also come with inherent drawbacks. Making prototypes, tools and production parts with these methods is usually associated with significant burdened cost and lengthy lead times.

The need for skilled labor and reliance on long, conventional supply chains make them vulnerable to labor shortages and unanticipated disruptions that also drive cost and add delays. Traditional manufacturing systems also preclude the ability for customization and low-volume production because tooling costs often negate a satisfactory return on investment.

In contrast, additive manufacturing (AM) using FDM® technology offers a faster and less costly alternative to these traditional manufacturing practices. Prototyping with FDM allows manufacturers to iterate more often to arrive at a better design. 3D printed tooling can be created and deployed faster and for less cost than heavier metal tools. Out-of-production and customized parts can be produced cost-effectively due to the tool-less nature of additive manufacturing.

An Additive Manufacturing Solution for Large Parts

Despite these benefits, 3D printing large parts – approximately 600 mm (24 in.) and up in a particular X / Y / Z direction – is challenging. Many 3D printers cannot build large parts due to build chamber size limitations. For many manufacturers, 3D printing large parts requires dividing them into multiple pieces and fastening them together. But this adds more time and cost to the workflow.

3D Printed Heavy Equipment Parts

3D Printed Heavy Equipment Parts

The Stratasys F770™ 3D printer was developed to provide manufacturers with an affordable and reliable means to use AM for big parts. The F770’s build chamber dimensions are 1,000 x 610 x 610 mm (39.4 x 24 x 24 in.), providing an overall build volume of 372 liters (13 cubic feet). The F770 is also built on the proven foundation of Stratasys FDM technology. Precise thermal control within the build chamber, linear motors and industrial-grade components provide reliable, accurate print performance. Soluble support material lets you build complex parts since the support material can be dissolved hands-free in a solution bath.

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The Stratasys F770 is able to print large parts for prototyping and validating new designs in the heavy equipment industry. It also offers an economically viable means for end-use parts either as a bridge to full production or to produce low volumes of out-of production parts.

The F770 is also capable of quickly and cost-effectively making large jigs, fixtures and manufacturing aids. The design freedom of AM allows these tools to be more user friendly, ergonomic, lighter and more efficient than their heavier metal counterparts for certain applications.

Get our Application Report

The Application Report highlights relevant Additive Manufacturing (AM) applications for heavy equipment production using the Stratasys F770 3D printer. It also offers guidance on how to design parts with AM, which is different than designing them for conventional manufacturing. Finally, it presents valuable insight on how to get the best results when printing large parts with the F770 printer.

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by Stratasys Ltd. at October 08, 2021 12:00 PM


Leathercraft Company Recreates a 30-Year-Old Wallet From a Defunct Brand

wallet restoration

Earlier this year, the Hahns Atelier leathercraft YouTube channel received a message from a subscriber asking them if they could restore her husband’s wallet. With over 30 years of use and age, this money holder was breaking at the seams.

The problem was that the company which made the wallet (Rolfs and Amity) no longer exists. With this, Hahns Atelier was their last resort. With only a couple of pictures showing the dimensions, the leather company gladly took the challenge of recreating the wallet.

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The process started with the sketches of each part of the wallet, which would be used to create the patterns on Photoshop. The patterns were then printed and glued onto think paper, creating stencils that would be placed on leather.

Thickening the Wallet Exterior

wallet restoration

The leather in question is 0.8 mm thick, so it was quite easy to work with. After cutting the patterns and skiving the sides to make them thinner, a 0.4 mm thick Texon stiffener was used to reinforce the body and turn it into a sturdy wallet.

Hahns Atelier later covered the piece of Texon stiffener with some polyester lining to create the back portion of the bill compartment.

Making the Pockets

wallet restoration

To create the pockets of the wallet, Hahns Atelier glued polyester lining to the leather and folded the edges inward. Finally, each pocket was creased and sticking holes were made in order to sew them easily.

Putting the Three Inner Segments Together

wallet restoration

There are 3 inner parts in total: the vertical card compartments on the left, the inner spine, and the horizontal card compartments on the right. Hahns Atelier glued and sewed all three pieces onto a wide piece of the polyester lining before engraving the front of the vertical card holder.

Making the Bill Compartments

wallet restoration

To create the essential bill components, a polyester lining was glued over the wide piece of polyester holding the card compartments. To make the divider look more professional, a strip of leather was glued and sewn on the top.

Completing the Wallet

wallet restoration

With a polyester lining covering the wallet, Hahns Atelier could now glue and sew everything together. To make the corners look cleaner, a ruler was used to create creases that were folded neatly into the wallet.

wallet restoration

Hahns Atelier finally cleaned up the final product with some milk balm and prepared it for the clients to see. I wish the subscriber posted their reaction when they received this almost exact replica of their prized wallet, as this would definitely make anyone’s day. Nonetheless, just seeing how much life Hahns Atelier had given to the wallet is enough to satisfy your eyes.

If you want to make this wallet yourself, Hahns Atelier has made the PDF pattern available on their Etsy shop. While they made it look easy in the video, making a leather wallet is anything but. So make sure you read through the product’s description before purchasing the PDF files for yourself!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 08, 2021 11:35 AM

October 07, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 9: 3D Render

Using tools in the 3D Render Role in 3DEXPERIENCE Works, we can create photorealistic renders to make great-looking marketing material, and make more informed decisions on the aesthetics and form of our designs. Today in our 3DEXPERIENCE circular saw project, we are using xStudio xApp to take advantage of its browser environment to create a CAD rendering using a fine balance of efficiency, simplicity and quality that can be used on any device.

Watch the video below to see the amazing quality that xStudio can produce in your rendering!

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xStudio Features

One of the main focuses of the xStudio xApp is simplicity in the workflow, and it shows through the user interface. The important sections highlighted in the app’s screenshot are the feature tree of the product files, the viewport, and the toolbar. Because we’re working in 3DEXPERIENCE Works, we can pull files from any of the community spaces we have access to by dragging them into the project from the search results on the right.

The toolbar also has a very simple layout. Starting from the left, and after the four Community Space-related tools, is the Insert tool, as well as, Create Ambiance, Live Preview Rendering, Render Export and Render Job Monitor. The next four buttons are related to viewport manipulation. The last button on the far right accesses the Camera Properties of the currently active view. This simple toolbar lowers the knowledge required to create renders as you can move down the toolbar chronologically through your project.

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Features

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Features

Community Space

These xStudio projects are called “Experiences”. When a new project has been created through the splash screen, the search tool through your community spaces is automatically started. Note that this is not the only way to bring your projects into xStudio, but it is the quickest way in this environment. For this example, a photorealistic render has been requested for a circular saw project with updated components. We’ll obtain this project from our community space and drag it into my viewport.

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Community Space

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Community Space

Creating Ambiance

When creating a render, it’s generally a good idea to start from the environment and work your way down to the actual geometry and their appearances. Environmental lighting and color refraction play a huge part in photorealism. To make more accurate decisions when tweaking the appearances, it’s important this is implemented first.

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Creating Ambiance

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Creating Ambiance

To create a new Ambiance, select the appropriate button from the toolbar. You have the ability to upload an HDR file you may have created or downloaded from an online database (HDRHaven is a great option to start your library). The backplate may be plain white as shown to be used in PowerPoints. Toggle the environment angle and light intensity to complete your custom Ambiance.

Assigning Materials

A good question that gets asked often is, “If the materials are already assigned in the CAD tool, do we need to re-apply materials and appearances in the rendering program?” The answer is, “yes”. CAD appearances typically prioritize performance over actual looks, so there’s not a lot of information about the material added to them. This is especially true with non-uniform colors like wood. It has also been noted that sometimes metal materials brought in from CAD programs just don’t look quite like it should in the rendering software.

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Assigning Materials

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Assigning Materials

We can easily apply materials by first selecting Insert Material. Second, pre-selecting the object for the material, and third, by clicking and dragging from our material database that shows up to the right onto said object. You can see the highlighted sawblade and the appropriate steel appearance applied. There’s also an in-depth material slider menu to make your materials match your final products exactly. This example project will have a new palette of materials through xStudio that will make it look less cartoon-like.

Live Preview Rendering

The Live Preview Rendering button is an incredibly effective way to test your material and environment settings. On the left is the CAD-imported materials, and the image on the right is with applied materials through xStudio. The new materials pop more and matches material that will most likely be used in the final production. However, there are some camera properties that need to be adjusted to make the image even more realistic. Before combing through the camera properties, we should first make sure the camera angle is about where it needs to be for the final render. The view is manipulated and at the top right the button to Apply Scene to Camera can be used to set the actual camera position (or use Shift + A if you like keyboard shortcuts).

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Live Preview

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Live Preview

Camera Options

Selecting the button at the far-right side of the main toolbar will display the camera options. If you’ve dealt with cameras or other rendering tools, these settings will be very familiar. One of the most important items to pay attention to is adjusting the Focal Length. A focal length of about 60mm and is typically used for product marketing. 100mm is nice and flat for more technical images.

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Camera Options

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Camera Options

Another very important setting to adjust is the Focus. When our eyes focus at a specific distance, things much closer or further appear blurry. This happens naturally. Applying just a bit of blurriness to the closest and furthest points of your model make it look professional. Renders without this may look too “perfect” to be realistic, and since photographers can use this blur to hide imperfections, this is a good way to fake realism. Also note, a 360 sequence can be created, which essentially puts your product on a turntable.

Render Export

If we’re happy with what we see in the Live Preview, we’re all set to export this project and see how our final image comes out! Select the Render Export button and then choose the options that match what you’re looking for. As expected, creating higher detailed and larger images take up more credits. The higher the quality and the larger the image, the more light passes xStudio will need to take to create the final image. Once Rendered, the computer can be used for any other task while the Job Monitor tool can be used to check on the progress of our render.

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Render Export

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Render Export

Now Publish!

Once it’s done, we’re ready to publish! Download the completed files to use in your local documents or use the images in your community’s 3DSwym forum to see what your team thinks of your work.
3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Final Rendering3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Render PublicationUsing the xStudio xApp is incredibly easy to use and can generate fantastic quality images without taking up your computer’s resources. The simple interface makes it very easy to go through the intended workflow without the steep learning curve most rendering tools require. Customizing the environment, as well as, materials and camera properties is as easy as adjusting some sliders with one eye on the Live Preview mode. Creating visual prototypes and marketing content has reached a new level of accessibility through the xStudio application on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 07, 2021 12:00 PM

October 06, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 8: Product Communicator

Communicating with the customer is key and we need to make sure that the instructions that accompany products are clear and concise. For this part of our 3DEXPERIENCE Works project, we are working on instructions that show the user how to remove the saw blade in order to clean or replace it. We will use 3DEXPERIENCE xHighlight through the Product Communicator Role on the platform to generate technical illustrations that will be included in our User Manual.

Watch the video below for all the details on how we are creating technical illustrations with the Product Communicator xHighlight App:

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Starting the Project

Using the xHighlight xApp, we will insert the Circular Saw assembly, then create the Scenes, export them as Technical Illustrations and insert them into the Instructions Document.

Product Communicator Technical Illustrations

Technical Illustrations

The first step is to create a new, blank project. In this new project, we will insert the circular saw assembly file. You can navigate through Collaborative Spaces and bookmarks to open any platform-native files. Once the Circular Saw assembly loads in, we can get started with creating the Scenes.

3DEXPERIENCE xHighlight Creating a New Project

Creating a New Project

Setting the Scenes

Our Instructions sheet will include 3 Steps:

  1. Rotate the blade cover to expose the blade
  2. Remove the hex nut and washer
  3. Remove the blade.

We will create a total of 4 scenes to depict these steps. Our first two Scenes will show the blade cover in its starting position, as well as the rotated position. We will orient the model into position and add a circular arrow annotation to the first image.

3DEXPERIENCE xHighlight Orienting the Model

Orienting the Model

Keeping the same orientation for the second image, we will rotate the blade cover and it’s associated screw and handle by dragging on the arc of the triad. We will also adjust the position of the green arrow.

Product Communicator Adjusting Position

Adjusting Position

For the third image, we want to show the removal of the hex nut and washer by exploding those two components out. Selecting each component and dragging them along the axis pointing straight out from the blade and then adding a straight arrow will show the removal of these components.

3DEXPERIENCE xHighlight Component Removal Illustration

Component Removal Illustration

For the fourth and final image, we will use the previous image as our starting point. We will hide the hex nut and washer that have been removed and hide the green arrow as well. Then, we will use the triad to drag the saw blade straight down through the opening of the base plate. We’ll make sure to turn off the “Always on Top” option for this arrow, so that we can see where it is really passing through 3D space.

The process we have followed in the steps above is a typical workflow in xHighlight. Each Scene can be enriched with 3D annotations like arrows, polylines, and labels. Users who are familiar with SOLIDWORKS Composer will feel right at home in xHighlight.

Export as Technical Illustration

Once the Scenes are set, they can be exported as individual images, animated together as a video, or converted into a technical illustration. We will opt for the technical illustrations for the blade removal instructions for the circular saw.

Technical Illustration

xHighlight Technical Illustration

Technical illustrations are commonly used in user manuals to help a non-technical user understand the orientation, purpose and relationships of components. The classic cartoon-like appearance can be seen in instruction manuals for many types of products – one example might be furniture assembly.

The xHighlight xApp exports technical illustrations as scalable vector graphics, which can be scaled to any size while maintaining their crisp line appearances. Also in xHighlight, there are options for line thickness, model outlining, and shadows which can be modified for your final output. We will take the final technical illustrations of our Scenes and import them into the blade removal Instructions document.

Technical Illustrations Final Example

xHighlight Technical Illustrations PDF

On the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, technical product communication is easier than ever with the xHighlight xApp.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 06, 2021 12:00 PM

October 05, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 7: Product Document Creator

Our 3DEXPERIENCE circular saw project is over halfway done! At this point, the design for the rotating guard handle is complete, but we want to make a few modifications and create a drawing that can be shared with fabricators and other external members. Using the Product Document Creator Role / xDocument xApp for this, we will continue the work on a Macbook Pro because xApps don’t care what kind of computer we choose!

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Changing Properties

We are opening the handle in the Design tab of the dashboard. In this case, we were already in xDocument, but if not, we can easily change between any of the xApps that we have access to by pressing the “x” key.

As you can see below, we can change the document standard between metric and English quickly. We can also change default document properties like font, default balloon characteristics, etc.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Changing from Metric to English

Changing from Metric to English

Creating Standard Views with Product Document Creator

Next, we will create the standard views, orthogonal views, isometric, and if needed an auxiliary view too. Creating this in xDocument is quick and allows us to capture the correct orientation of the model to pass along the necessary information. What’s even more convenient, this command allows us to repeat the command to capture all the necessary views at once.

Product Document Creator Standard Views

Creating Standard Views

Capturing Dimensions

Now that the views have been made, it’s time to capture dimensions. Adding dimensions is a couple of clicks away. We can align those dimensions and add pertinent text alongside those dimensions.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Capturing Dimensions

Capturing Dimensions

Selecting Tolerance Schemes

As you can see below, any developed part needs to carry along tolerance information. Here we can select from a few standard tolerance schemes. We’ll put a quick plus/minus tolerance on the inner diameter to reflect its clearance fit with the mating screw.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Tolerance Schemes

Tolerance Schemes

Applying Surface Finish Marks

We can also apply surface finish marks to illustrate the precision to which specific faces need to be constructed. Like many mature CAD environments, we can specify whether machining is required or prohibited, just as we would expect to fully illustrate how surfaces are to be finished.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Applying Surface Finish Marks

Applying Surface Finish Marks

Configuring Notes

Notes are always needed to capture those repeated items like common radius callouts and/or schemes that a company may use to pass standard information to the person downstream. The note here is easily configured and goes along for the ride to the attached annotation view.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Configuring Notes

Configuring Notes

Creating a 2D PDF File from Product Document Creator

Finally, we will create a 2D PDF of the file that can be shared on a personal 3DDrive and for that external collaborator, we can directly provide an external link so that person can immediately see the PDF and begin their work.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Creating a 2D PDF File

Creating a 2D PDF File

The Product Document Creator Role / xDocument xApp allows for 2D PDF generation to document any 3D design in a very simple to use interface and quick access toolbars so you can streamline the process to go from design to print as efficiently as possible. Ultimately, it is a seamless process to capture the dimensions and also provide the annotated document to any internal/external team member.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 05, 2021 12:00 PM

October 04, 2021

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Enhanced Design Capabilities and Collaboration with 3DEXPERIENCE Works

Explore how to leverage cloud computing solutions to elevate your designs with 3DEXPERIENCE Sub-D modeling, share information through cloud-based data management, and get your product to market faster than ever before.

Parametric problems

The SOLIDWORKS CAD environment uses parametric-based modeling, which allows for design intelligence and design intent to be built into models. While this is undeniably valuable, problems arise when it comes to tasks such as surfacing. As anyone that has attempted surface modeling on desktop SOLIDWORKS will attest to, it is a process that is time-consuming, requires a high level of expertise, and one which is not conducive to major design changes and quick conceptualizing. Parametric surfacing requires a fairly clear idea of the end shape in advance, due to the “skeletal substructure” of splines, planes, curves, points, etc. that is used to create the desired surface. Even a small change to the surface requires hours of rework to the skeleton.


So, what can be done about this limitation? Insert the 3D Sculptor role with 3DEXPERIENCE Works! This role gives you access to the xShape app, a web-hosted Sub-division Modeling software that allows for organic and ergonomic shapes to be created through effortless push, pull, bend and crease capabilities. Through Sub-D Modeling, designs and design changes that would traditionally take hours can be created in a matter of minutes while giving you a continuous curved surface that is impossible to achieve using parametric surfacing.

Sud-D modelling in xShape

Sub-D Modelling with xShape

Cloud Collaboration

Of course, a natural question might be which modelling type is the most optimal? The honest (and annoying) answer is it depends. Each modelling technique best serves a different purpose. But why pick one over the other, when the 3DEXPERIENCE platform lets you leverage both to push your design capabilities? Additionally, with cloud-based data management offered on the platform, your company’s design data can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, anywhere in the world (provided they have the right permissions). Not only is this very applicable in today’s remote work environment, but it also enhances collaboration between team members, quickening design cycles and getting your product to market as soon as possible.

An engineer working in SOLIDWORKS can work concurrently with an industrial designer using xShape to produce a finished model. Because all the data is stored in the cloud, the designer can pull a SOLIDWORKS assemby into xShape and use it as a reference to create the required surface through sub-D modelling. On the engineer’s side, a surface created in xShape can be seamlessly brought into SOLIDWORKS, and parametric modelling tools can be leveraged to create holes and other features. Check out the video below for a real-life example of this workflow.

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If surfacing is an important part of your workflow, combining the power of sub-D and parametric modelling through 3DEXPERIENCE Works is a no-brainer. So what are you waiting for? Contact the Javelin team to learn more!

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by Craig D'Costa at October 04, 2021 01:15 PM

October 01, 2021


Turn Flat Pieces Of Plywood Into a Bowling Ball

wooden bowling ball

How do you turn a flat object into something round? Well, you don’t need magic to do it. All you have is the right strategy to make it possible. That’s what YouTuber The Q did in one of his videos.

Witness how this artist produced a playable bowling ball with nothing but planks of plywood and creativity:

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Using some templates he printed out, The Q set his saw blade at different angles to make 60 customized triangle plywood pieces. These pieces would form the round exoskeleton of the bowling ball.

wooden bowling ball

The Q glued 5 of these triangles together and used duct tape to keep them in place. He did this 12 more times – making a total of 12 semi-circular plywood pieces.

wooden bowling ball

Prior to gluing all the semi-circle pieces of wood together, The Q sprayed some foam inside. After the foam had set in, he cut out some parts to give space for the 3,144 g (roughly 6.9 pounds) cylindrical weight. The Q sealed off the rest of the interior with foam before gluing in the last few semi-circles to complete the bowling ball.

wooden bowling ball

Despite its weight being the same as an actual bowling ball, the flat plywood exterior didn’t exactly make it feel like one at first. Given the structure of the glued triangular pieces of wood, there were edges that would prevent it to roll on the floor smoothly. The Q, thankfully, knew what to do.

A couple of passes with an angle grinder coupled with a good sanding fixed this in a jiffy. You can even catch a glimpse at The Q’s makeshift lathe – made from a wooden stand and a hand drill! The Q then completed his ball by drilling in the finger holes and giving the ball a good finish.

wooden bowling ball

I was a bit worried that the bowling ball would crack and break open the first time it landed on the bowling lane, but it managed to roll like a piece of polished marble. The Q even hit a couple of strikes with his new toy!

To see more of The Q’s DIY madness, check out his YouTube channel. There’s bound to be something there that strikes your fancy!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 01, 2021 04:21 PM

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Working with a BOM in SOLIDWORKS Manage

I love SOLIDWORKS PDM and how it makes life easier for an engineer to do their job and keep their files in one secure location. With that said, I’ll admit that there are times when you just need more from PDM with regards to the Bill of Materials (BOM). I mean, who wants to model oil, glues, etc. just to have them be on a BOM? Having those materials accounted for ensures that when the assembly person goes to grab the grease, it’s there, but having to put blank models inside an assembly? This is where SOLIDWORKS Manage shines.

Adding Items

You can add items inside Manage that do not have any 3D model associated with them. Once you have done that, you can then edit a BOM inside Manage to add the item even with a quantity.



Duplicating a BOM

What if you need to create a BOM for a system that is physically the same, but has some extras that are different? Maybe a version that gets shipped to a different country needs to have a different manual, packing materials or vendor-specific items. These things are easy to accomplish in SOLIDWORKS Manage. Simply create a second BOM from the original and make the needed changes by replacing or changing properties.

BOM Copy From

BOM Copy From

Comparing BOMs

Now that you’ve done all these things, how do you know what is different? SOLIDWORKS Manage has an intuitive comparison tool. It will take two BOMs and color code them based on what has changed. You can compare different revisions, two Manage BOMs or even compare the Manage BOM to the Assembly inside PDM. Now you do not have to pour through exported BOMs just to see what is different.


Compare BOM

A bonus is that when you make changes to the assembly, Manage will catch those, but not erase the extras you’ve added. So, if your company needs to modify BOMs, and you find yourself adding extra blank files, or adding lines to a BOM on a drawing, look into SOLIDWORKS Manage to solve your problems.

Interested in SOLIDWORKS Manage?

SOLIDWORKS® Manage provides a unique set of advanced data management tools. This is accomplished by leveraging the file management capabilities and ease of use of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and adding powerful projectprocess, and item management capabilities. Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Manage »

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 01, 2021 12:00 PM

September 30, 2021


Thumby: The Thumb-Sized, Programmable Video Game Console


If you are already mesmerized by the simplicity and body dimensions of the Playdate, wait until you see Thumby.

Thumby is an aptly named, thumb-sized console that can serve as a keychain. Created by TinyCircuits, it measures 29.5 mm x 18 mm x 8.5 mm and has a teeny tiny 72 x 40 pixel monochrome OLED on which you can play games.


The games of Thumby aren’t exactly groundbreaking. You have Tiny Blocks, a puzzle game; Space Debris, a space shooter game; Annelid, a classic Snake-like game; Delver, a dungeon crawler with light RPG elements and a battle system; and Saur Run, a side scroller where you control a running and jumping dinosaur.

You can interact with any of the 5 pre-installed games using the console’s 6 buttons. The controls are composed of 4 directional buttons and 2 gameplay buttons. (The physical interface is reminiscent of a classic Nintendo Game Boy!)


What’s cool about Thumby is that you can take these existing games and modify them yourself! Using the MicroPython programming language and the tutorials provided, you can rewrite or even create your own games. It’s a great way to get into coding video games, as the Raspberry Pi RP2040 Processor is quite easy to use (especially with those handy tutorials). Provided you don’t go over the very limited 2 MB internal memory storage, you can modify and create as many games as you want.

You can connect the Thumby to your computer via a micro USB cable for charging and programming. On the other hand, the 40 mAh rechargeable LiPo battery can run on a full charge for 2 hours of non-stop gaming. With this, it can definitely be an on-the-go type of console that you pull out when your phone is running out of juice.


Further, it sports multiplayer support! Using the provided Thumby Link cable, you and a friend can enjoy together any of the games you have installed.


Now I don’t need to tell you that this thing is more of a novelty item than anything else. There is a possibility of it causing carpal tunnel and dwindling eyesight, but it can save you from the dullest moments when your iPhone is out of juice.

With a going retail price of $19 ($9 if you’re an early bird), there is a lot to love about the Thumby. It’s small, easily programmable, and is an excellent way to kill time.

Folks must really love squinting to play their video games since Thumby is already fully funded on Kickstarter. As of now, it has current funding of US$51,582 – a far cry from its initial US$15,000 goal. You can find more about this extremely compact console over on the Thumby Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 30, 2021 02:53 PM

Kitchen and Meal Preparation Inside Submarines

food in a submarine

Life on a submarine can feel quite cramped, to say the least. When submariners are stuck underwater in a metal tube for months, you wonder just how they survive in those extreme conditions.

The answer to most of those survivalist questions has to do with the submarine itself. Thanks to the built-in reactor, the warship can produce its own electricity, oxygen, and even convert surrounding saltwater into freshwater. In fact, the reactor can work remotely for years – meaning the only thing preventing anyone from living the rest of his/her life inside a submarine is food.

Yes, food. The one thing apart from water humans can’t live without. You can’t grow plants without sunlight and you can’t bring livestock into an already cramped warship. So how do you feed a crew of starving submariners? And how do you cook in such an area with a tight space?

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American engineer Destin Wilson Sandlin of SmarterEveryDay hopped aboard the USS Toledo submarine for 24 hours and grilled the warship’s kitchen staff on how they get their crew fed. Turns out, they hoard their food at the ports they arrive in.

Depending on the areas and countries they will be passing, submarine chefs will take an advance look at the catalog and plan their shopping list accordingly. They cross-reference this list with what they think the crew will enjoy eating (it takes a couple of ports for them to figure this out) and whip up something scrumptious!

food in a submarine

Frozen foods like chicken, pork, and fish are stored inside a freezer. Further, there’s no pre-made bread on the submarine because it spoils quite fast and no one certainly wants to eat a moldy piece. Instead, the crew makes their own bread on-site using flour, yeast, sugar, salt, eggs, and milk (which are stored in the freezer).

food in a submarine

All these ingredients are used in the kitchen – which looks exactly like the back of a McDonald’s restaurant but with way better working conditions. You’ve got fryers, ovens, microwaves, grill tops, stoves – everything you would ever need to make a great meal. According to the crew Destin interviewed, it usually just takes one person in the kitchen to prepare the meals for the crew. The number of kitchen staff goes higher, however, when something big comes along… like a pizza night!

What’s interesting is that food further helps the crew mark the passage of time. There’s no sunlight inside a submarine and apart from the clocks, you can’t really tell how much time has gone by. Having food delivered to you every 8 hours on a fixed menu per week helps you know just how much time has passed.

food in a submarine

Something as simple as food may not be a big deal for us land-dwellers but for a crew who has to live days underwater, having 3 meals a day can mean more than just a nourishment break. It’s a chance to kick back, connect with your crewmates, and enjoy dishes made from the interesting raw ingredients around the world.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 30, 2021 01:53 PM

September 29, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 6: 3D Mold Creator

One of the benefits of working in a connected design ecosystem like 3DEXPERIENCE Works is having the ability to create, modify or update designs no matter where you are, as long as you have an internet connection. For this phase of our circular saw project, we are doing everything from the comfort of a hotel room, hundreds of miles away from the rest of our team members. Because the 3D Mold Creator Role / xMold xApp is accessible from a web browser, we can communicate seamlessly with the team and won’t miss a beat.

Watch the video below for a walk-through of using 3D Mold Creator (xMold) for this phase of our project:

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Task Update

As we experience the rise in remote work, it is increasingly important to make sure the right people know that you are actively working on a task. By first going to Collaborative Tasks, we see that there is a task waiting. When you move the task to “In Work” or “Completed”, the person who assigned that task will get notified so that they can stay up to date on the progress. Additionally, when a task is completed, the file can be attached directly to the task, allowing the assignee to see the work that has been done.

3DEXPERIENCE task update

3DEXPERIENCE task update

Inserting Geometry in xMold

Inserting Geometry in xMold is no different than the “Insert Part” command inside of SOLIDWORKS. The main difference is rather than opening the file locally, we are going to open the file right from our Collaborative Space where the rest of our design content is located. Once inside of xMold, we can use the “Insert Geometry” command to search all of the data we have access to on the platform.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Insert Geometry

Insert Geometry

This may seem daunting at first, but the powerful search command combined with our 6WTags will help us find the exact piece of content we need to make a mold of. It is as simple as typing in a keyword and then selecting the relevant data tags to find what we are looking for. It is often easier to find files on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform than your own hard drive!


xMold 6WTags

Adding Draft to the Model

When we go to create a mold around our part, typically we want to have the draft pre-applied to the faces before we start. This helps ensure all our mold features are being generated in the correct location and helps to make sure the part will be cleanly released from the mold. Sometimes the design team is not thinking of a clean mold release when designing the part so in the event the faces aren’t drafted, we can easily add this before creating the mold.

The first thing we will do is make sure the faces are split within our model so we can draft in opposite directions on the part. This can be done with a projected sketch or with a reference plane on the model.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Splitting Faces for Draft

xMold Splitting Faces for Draft

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Adding Draft to a Model

Adding Draft to a Model

Once split, we can activate the draft tool to add “draft” to our model. We’ll need to select a neutral plane to help define which direction the draft will go, the faces to actually draft, and finally, the degree of “draft” to apply. If the draft is going the wrong way, the direction can be flipped with a click of a button to ensure it does what we expect.

Creating a Mold Around a Part

Once we have the model and all the faces are drafted correctly, creating the mold itself is simple to do. Using the tools in xMold, we can work our way from left to right to start working on our model.


xMold Tools

The first thing to do is define the direction of pull. This will tell the software which direction we are going to be removing the mold from and can be done with the same face we used for the draft. The parting line for our mold will be created directly from the model geometry, but we can always add more selections as we see fit. With the parting line created, we can move down to the shut-off surfaces. Once again, this is being created from existing features (our parting line) and should pick up everything needed.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Shut Off Surfaces

Shut Off Surfaces

From here, the parting surface is also created from our parting line. Sometimes, the parting surface isn’t always the best fit for the part and we need to clean it up with surfacing tools.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Parting Surfaces Clean Up

Parting Surfaces Clean Up

All that’s left to do is to create our mold core and mold cavity. This is as simple as creating a sketch to represent the outside of the mold and then letting the tool do the rest.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Sketch for Mold Cavity

Sketch for Mold Cavity

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Final Mold Design

Final Mold Design

Updating Team Members

The last thing to do when finishing an assignment is to update your team with the progress you made. Luckily, we can do that straight from the xMold xApp and share directly to our SWYM Community with a picture or 3D preview of our work.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Updating Progress

Updating Progress

After informing the entire team, we can move the assigned task to completed and notify the assignee that the job is finished.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 29, 2021 06:09 PM


Watch a Scrap Metal Shredder Mangle a Variety of Objects

scrap metal shredder

There’s a strange satisfaction in watching stuff get broken down. From cars getting compacted to paper getting shredded – it’s just so gratifying to see the process by which something gets physically changed.

So when the folks over at Mr. machine got their chance to try a scrap metal shredder, they turned the camera on and started using it in every way possible:

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The two-shaft shredder made quick work of the common plastic items. Toy dolls, cars, and mats were shredded with a satisfying, bubble wrap-like sound while sturdier plastic marbles practically exploded with deafening pops. Since the shredder is designed to mash metal, plastic and wood items the team used stood no chance against this monster of a machine.

scrap metal shredder

Now, the metal items that are more interesting to shred.

Hollow metal objects like cylindrical pipes, trays, and even bullet casings popped and got crushed just as easily as the plastic subjects, but the solid metal ones were mangled a bit differently.

scrap metal shredder

A metal wrench had bent and bounced around the top of the shafts as if it was refusing to be completely crushed by the scrap metal shredder. After a few moments, the wrench was swallowed like a piece of chewy candy by the shredder!

scrap metal shredder

Crushing rebar had a similar outcome. Though the scrap metal shredder was able to chip off bits of the tip, pushing the rebar any further would just cause the shredder to jam and break. The only way to crush solid metals effectively is to use a stronger shredder!

scrap metal shredder

Popping a diamond into a scrap metal shredder, on the other hand, is ill-advised as it will most likely break your machine and cause untold collateral damage to your surroundings. It’s lucky the shape of the diamond wouldn’t allow it to fall in between the teeth of the shredder but if it did, I’m pretty sure this thing would cause more damage to the machine rather than the other way around!

The Mr. machine YouTube channel is full of videos to whet your shredding appetite, but please don’t try doing this at home. Watch trained professionals do it instead!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 29, 2021 11:58 AM

So Pro Is a Remote Control Ring for Your Bluetooth Devices

so pro ring

If you’ve ever found your hands taking up too much screen real estate while checking your phone, then So Pro might be just what you’re looking for.

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So Pro is a wearable smart ring that allows you to wirelessly interact with your Bluetooth-enabled device (be it Android or iOS). With it, you can scroll up, down, and do some basic actions using your favorite apps. Think of it as a really basic remote control.

The So Pro seems to work best on mobile social media apps like TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter – where the main methods of interaction are liking and moving between posts. Since the ring connects to your devices via Bluetooth, you don’t have to worry about installing an app to control your other apps.

so pro ring

While you can use it to take photos, change music, and swap presentation slides, the three-button nature of the So Pro can make things a bit limited when it comes to applications that require more interaction. As such, you’ll want to use the So Pro exclusively when you’re mindlessly scrolling through social media sites or giving a slide presentation. This, however, doesn’t make the So Pro unworthy of your big attention as it still has a lot to offer.

so pro ring

According to the So Pro Kickstarter page, the ring “is crafted with delicate electroplating technology” which protects the lithium-ion battery and gives it a glossy look.

In terms of longevity, the So Pro’s battery has a 7-day standby life and can be recharged up to 500 times before needing to be replaced. It’s can also be submerged in water up to 3 meters for 30 minutes. You can’t go swimming with it, but the So Pro can definitely survive accidental hand washing.

The So Pro looks to be a nifty accessory with very specific applications. Created by Zanco Innovation, this wireless control ring is up on Kickstarter with current funding of US$1,771. It needs a total of US$6,422 fund for its remote dreams to be realized and it still needs to fill a large part of its pot. With its promising feature, nonetheless, we know that it’ll overflow one of these days once the world has learned what it can do.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 29, 2021 11:00 AM

Magnifying Sunlight With a Fresnel Lens Creates a Burning Light Beam

fresnel lens

Remember when you were younger and you would spend sunny afternoons burning ants (or in my case, leaves) with a magnifying glass? Even though it may have caused colored streaks to your vision momentarily, I’m sure you still felt powerful being able to harness the power of the sun to melt objects.

The folks at YouTube channel Superkot recently revisited this childhood pastime, only instead of using a regular-sized magnifying glass, they employed a giant solar lens to do the burning for them.

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A Fresnel lens – the name of the solar lens they used – is a compact lens developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel. It’s made up of a number of a succession of concentric rings – each containing a portion of a simple lens. When assembled, the Fresnel lens intensely magnifies light at a single point.

Fresnel lenses were used to magnify the light emitting from searchlights and lighthouses, but have since been replaced by more cost-efficient electric beacons. Though the latter is getting more and more popular, there is a special novelty in Fresnel lenses that can’t be replaced.

fresnel lens

The experiments done by Superknot show just why they went out of style. These things are dangerous! One Fresnel lens incorrectly pointed towards the sun can create a 3632°F-burning hole in almost any material. Wood, coins, and even the iPhone used in the experiment were no match for the power of the said lens! If a Fresnel lens could explode one of Apple’s electronics, imagine what it could do to your skin on a sunny day.

fresnel lens

By far, the coolest and most informative test the team conducted with the Fresnel lens has to be the one with a car tire. After placing a GoPro inside the inflated tire, they popped the tire onto a car and pointed the Fresnel lens within the camera’s vision.

fresnel lens

You can start to see the rubber melting and flaking on the outside while on the inside, you see the emergence of a hole starting to form (as though something is lightly puncturing it). After a while, the rubber eventually melted away – letting the air inside the tire escape through the opening.

fresnel lens

So the moral of the story is: don’t play with Fresnel lenses! Apart from the intense heat produced by the magnified light, looking at your handiwork could permanently damage your eyes without proper protection. Stick to magnifying lenses and wear sunglasses instead!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 29, 2021 09:59 AM

September 28, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Hardware Recommendations

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS 2022 hardware / computer specs.

The following gives details on specific hardware components.  However the entire system should be designed and assembled for optimal performance.  Custom machines can be a cheaper option, however selecting components individually and connecting them together may not be compatible or efficient.  Cooling and thermal management is also an important aspect.  Purchasing a fully built system from a computer manufacturer ensures all components will work together correctly.

  • Processor: 3.3 GHz or higher clock speed (preferably more than 4 GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit (Windows 11 is currently not supported)
  • Memory: 32GB to 64GB
  • Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD), maintaining at least 20GB free space
  • Graphics Card:
    • General assemblies:
      • NVIDIA Quadro P1000/2200
      • AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100/4100
    • Large assemblies with basic parts:
      • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000/5000
      • AMD Radeon Pro W5500/WX5100/WX6100
    • Large assemblies with complex parts:
      • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000/8000
      • AMD Radeon Pro W5700/WX8200/WX9100
    • SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2022:
      • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000/8000
      • AMD Radeon Pro W5700/WX8200/WX9100
  • Internet Connection: High speed broadband connection for downloading service packs
  • File Storage: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

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What are the minimum hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

The minimum requirements can be found on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

What Processor (CPU) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

SOLIDWORKS supports both Intel and AMD processors.

The rebuild process in SOLIDWORKS is inherently linear (parent/child relationship of features) and therefore can only use a single core.  Rebuild performance can be increased by having a faster clock speed of the CPU.

Be aware that the Intel and AMD Boost speeds represent the max speed that can be hit for a period of time.  However it may not reach these speeds in all scenarios or for an extended period of time.  It must remain in specification limits for workload, temperature and power.

Some functionality can leverage multi-thread technology and share the workload over multiple processor cores.  Products such as SOLIDWORKS Simulation and PhotoView 360 can take advantage of multi-threading, as can other areas like the user interface activities.  Having more processor cores can improve performance in these scenarios.

Keep in mind that the fastest machine is no substitute for good design practices.  Minimizing in-context references, utilizing large assembly modes and other performance tools will reduce the load on the processor.  Javelin’s Large Assembly Service can dramatically improve your productivity by improving performance of assemblies through different techniques.

You can test and compare performance of your hardware using the SOLIDWORKS Performance Test and PassMark benchmark tool.

What Operating System is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

SOLIDWORKS 2022 is only supported on Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11 is NOT officially supported at this time.

*IMPORTANT: Windows 7 ended support with SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5
Note: Windows Home editions are not supported

eDrawings and eDrawings Professional 2021 are supported on all operating systems listed above as well as macOS 10.15 and higher, 12.0 to be announced.

Does SOLIDWORKS 2022 work in virtual environments?

Only specific virtual environments are supported.  Visit the SOLIDWORKS Virtual Environment Support page for more details.

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Does SOLIDWORKS support Windows Home Editions?

No, SOLIDWORKS does NOT support Windows Home Editions.  You may not encounter any issues using a Windows Home Edition version, however SOLIDWORKS does not guarantee proper functionality using this unsupported operating system.

How much Memory (RAM) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

The minimum requirement of RAM indicated on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page is at least 16GB.  However larger models and simulation studies may require more memory.  We recommend installing a minimum of 32GB of RAM.    It’s best to use fewer memory chips with larger capacity to leave room for possible expansion in the future.

Increasing the amount of installed RAM will not necessarily improve performance if enough dedicated memory is allocated. However if the required memory exceeds the availability, the use of virtual memory may reduce performance.

What type of Hard Drive is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

For best performance, a Solid-State Drive (SSD) can provide up to 10x faster performance for open/save tasks compared to a standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD).  SSDs have come down in price over the years and are worth the investment.

Also note that opening files from a local SSD drive compared to opening from a standard disk drive on a network server can be up to 100x faster.  Why do assemblies take longer to open over a network?

Be sure to maintain enough hard drive space after installing for Windows to run effectively.  Keep at least 20GB or 10% of your hard drive capacity as free space.

For even greater performance, you can consider using a NVMe/PCIe SSDs rather than standard SATA SSDs.  These are connected with a much faster interface, but are more expensive.

Also, you may wish to research into using RAID storage (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) to improve performance and security.

What type of Graphics Card is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro series are certified graphics cards for SOLIDWORKS.  A graphics card with hardware OpenGL acceleration will provide superior performance and stability, especially in 3D model viewing (refresh, rotate, zoom, pan).

The NVIDIA Quadro RTX is the latest GPU series and recommended for future growth.  The previous generation NVIDIA Quadro P series will still have powerful performance for those on a budget.  The Quadro T series are specific to mobile workstations.

The AMD Radeon Pro WX and W series are certified, with the W series being the latest.

An Enhanced Graphics Performance option was introduced with SOLIDWORKS 2019.  This takes greater advantage of newer graphics card technology for significant performance improvements.  SOLIDWORKS performance is now scalable as you invest in higher end GPUs.

For SOLIDWORKS Visualize users, renderings leverage the GPU cores directly so investing in a powerful graphics card is beneficial.  Visualize 2019 and prior was only supported with NVIDIA graphics cards.  Compatibility for AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards started with the Visualize 2020.

A full list of certified graphics cards and its associated certified driver for each SOLIDWORKS version can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Graphics Card Drivers page.

Graphics cards designed for “gaming” or multi-media applications, such as NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon cards (not Radeon Pro), do NOT offer maximum performance or stability for SOLIDWORKS. These cards are optimized for a low number of polygons displayed on the screen, but at a high frame rate. CAD applications have the opposite requirement, where polygon count is high (the detail in your design model) but the image does not change rapidly so high frame rates are not as critical.  Using a certified graphics card and driver combo will yield the most stable platform for running SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS does not take advantage of multiple graphics cards as only one GPU will be used.  SOLIDWORKS Visualize can use multiple graphics cards to boost rendering performance.  Only the total memory of the weakest card can be leveraged, therefore it would be recommended to use the same models.

The new NVIDIA RTX Ampere series have not been reviewed yet.

What versions of Microsoft Office are compatible with SOLIDWORKS 2022?

SOLIDWORKS has the capability of using Microsoft Excel to create BOMs, Design Tables, and more.  After a new Microsoft Office major version is released, SOLIDWORKS must perform tests and therefore will not be certified on the given service pack at the time.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 is compatible with Microsoft Office 2016 and 2019.  The 64-bit editions are recommended.  Check the Microsoft Products table on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

Note: Microsoft Office 2013 ended support with SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5. Microsoft Office 2021 is currently not supported.

Should I store my files locally on my computer or on a network drive?

For maximum performance and stability, files should be worked on locally. Files opened and saved directly over a network connection will always be slower than a local drive and increases the chance of file corruption.  Data management products such as SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional automatically manage the movement of files from network servers to local disk drives to ensure maximum performance and stability. This is one of the many key benefits of a data management system. Learn more about SOLIDWORKS PDM.

What is the difference between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is included with licenses of SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium.  This provides easy access to standard data management and revision control functionality.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional adds more functionality such as multi-site replication and automation.

Read our SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional Comparison article for further detail.

What are the hardware recommendations for SOLIDWORKS PDM 2022?

Javelin recommends using a dedicated server for running the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault. Besides allowing for maximum performance for the CAD users, using a dedicated server provides version/revision control, workflow process management and custom property management.  Check the server requirements on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

Javelin provides PDM Implementation and Upgrade Services to have you setup quickly and efficiently.

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at September 28, 2021 05:57 PM

September 27, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Working with Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is very flexible about letting you execute your designs and perform your work in a manner that suits you. With SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets you are not to locked into a particular workflow, or sequence, of picks and clicks. This is obvious when selecting items because you have the ability to preselect items in the graphics area, or the feature tree, then issue the command or function that you’re interested in.

In this tech tip video, we’ll show you the time-saving techniques of using SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets in your workflow:

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SOLIDWORKS Selection Set Example

We can create robust SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets based on the component size, Select All instances of a particular component, components that are suppressed, and components that are not visible. Let’s look at selecting items by size.

Select by Size SOLIDWORKS Selection Set

Select by Size

To simplify an assembly so that it performs better, a common thing to do is suppress all the fasteners in the assembly. The tools we want to look at are found in the Advanced Selection menu. Advanced Selection lives in the standard toolbar under the Select button. Here is where we can apply a variety of different parameters when selecting. I want to select components by size. In the window, there is a slider to set the threshold of how big the selected component is compared to the entire assembly. Adjusting the slider will highlight the items selected in blue that fall within these parameters. It even tells you how many components have been selected. Also, something that is worth mentioning if you are using SOLIDWORKS Toolbox fasteners. We have the option to select only the components that have just the Toolbox tag. A great feature to have at your fingertips.

Saving Selection Sets

One more technique I want to show you is for creating advanced selection sets. You have the ability in SOLIDWORKS to create selection sets that you can refer to again and again. For example, if I want to create a selection set of the panel and knobs you see in blue because I want to change their colour, I will select the items and right-click. Here, we will see that we have the option to “Save Selection.” What SOLIDWORKS will do is add an informational folder at the top of the Manager Tree called Selection Sets. Another intuitive feature to have at your fingertips.

Save Selection Set

Save Selection Set

Want to learn more about Selection Sets?

Take a SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling live online training course from Javelin. You will learn how to parametrically relate different components in the context of an assembly, master the art of creating and managing all types of mates, save time designing complex mechanisms, create multiple variations of your design, perform quick selections of components, and become confident working fast with large assemblies.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 27, 2021 03:02 PM

September 24, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Tips for Managing your SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Vault

SOLIDWORKS PDM is awesome for storing your files and making sure that everyone follows the rules to get products into the customer’s hand. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can locate files by searching for them using the information stored in the database. Even with this searching ability, some companies prefer to have folders to organize their files. So, what can you do to keep your SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vault organized?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional provides tools to help you organize your vault:

Using SOLIDWORKS PDM Templates

First off, you can use templates within SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. What are templates, you ask? Templates are commands that let you set up a folder structure or create a file from a right mouse click. Users can start a project by right-mouse clicking in the vault and selecting New Project.

New Project


Folder Sets

This will create a known folder set with a specified name (maybe a project number) at the location you want and whatever folders you need inside that top-level folder. So, the next time you start a project, a new set of folders will be created that match the first set. What’s even better? The user that creates the project may not have the ability to create new folders. They only have the ability to start a project. No more random “New Folder” folders in the vault!

Known Folder Sets

SOLIDWORKS PDM Known Folder Sets

Locating Files

By starting a project from a template, you can prompt users to fill out the information that is important to the project. For instance, you can provide a list of customers, production sites, descriptions, etc. This information can be pushed down to the files that are saved in these folders. By pushing folder information to the files, you can now search for that information. This makes finding files much easier.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Folder Information

SOLIDWORKS PDM Folder Information

Searching for PDM Files

Even if you have the cleanest vault in town, it can be hard to find a file when you’re new to a company. We’ve all had that problem where you are assigned to change a part but have no idea where the existing 3D model is. Someone handed you a PDF and you ended up recreating it. Not a good solution. What can you do? Use the search tool! By using the search functionality, you can search for keywords that you know. Have the part number? Type the part number in. Have the manufacturer, type that in. It goes on and on. Just add what information you have and SOLIDWORKS PDM will help you narrow it down. What if you know what assembly it is in? Great! First, search for the assembly then go to the Contains tab and right mouse click on the file and look under Browse to. Now you can find the file you were searching for.



Don’t forget, you can access search from Windows Explorer, or from the File – Open window as well.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Windows Explorer Search

SOLIDWORKS PDM Windows Explorer Search

By using these powerful and intuitive tools provided by SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, you can keep your vault organized with folders and not have duplicate parts created when someone couldn’t find the information needed.

Watch the on-demand webinar

Learn all the details on how to organize and find your data in a PDM environment with templates and searches in this on-demand webinar:

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 24, 2021 06:19 PM


Wood Turn Something Fun by Making This Colored Pencil Whirlabout

woodturned whirlabout

We’ve seen before creations of DIY vases, bowls, and even an eyeball. All of those things had humble beginnings as raw materials which were taken to a lathe and turned into wonderful creations. But while containers and living room pieces are great, they don’t do much in terms of entertainment.

So why not wood turn a toy this time?

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Woodworking enthusiast Ruslan Lysov took a bunch of colored pencils and turned them into a whirlabout. For those who aren’t familiar with it, a whirlabout is a Russian wooden toy that spins like a top. By pumping its mechanism, you can make it spin indefinitely. It won’t win any toy design shows, but there is simply some unrivaled fun in a perpetually spinning top.

woodturned whirlabout

To make this strange toy, Ruslan cast a bunch of colored pencils in some light blue pigmented resin. He poured it but stopped just before the resin had reached the tips of the pencils. After allowing it to harden, he peeled off the plastic wrap and popped the pencils on a lathe.

woodturned whirlabout

That was where the real work began. Ruslan carefully shaped his pencil stump down to size using his tools. After he had achieved his desired cylindrical shape, he cut it down the center using his woodworking tools before splitting it with a saw. And to make room for the spinning mechanism, Ruslan would need to hollow it.

woodturned whirlabout

With two smaller cylinders, Ruslan started hollowing and shaping them into their toy shapes. To allow it to spin on surfaces, he shaped the bottom half to have a pointed tip.

On the other hand, Ruslan shaped the top half differently: a rounded body with a flat upper section. He also drilled a hole on top to allow the mechanism to fit through.

woodturned whirlabout

After shaping everything, Ruslan did a couple of passes with some sandpaper before covering the entire thing in a wood finish.

woodturned whirlabout

Ruslan seemed to have glued the two halves of the whirlabout together and popped what looks like a metal drill bit into the toy.

Pump it a couple of times and watch as your friends get distracted for a few seconds. However, since Ruslan cut the pencils vertically, the toy fails to create an illusion of multicolored striped lines as it spins. With this, it doesn’t provide much in terms of spectacle. Yet, if this craft leaves you thirsty for more woodworking art pieces, you can find more of Ruslan Lysov’s projects on his YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 24, 2021 01:28 PM

September 23, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 5: 3D SheetMetal Creator

We are continuing with our 3DEXPERIENCE Works circular saw project by tackling the design of the base plate. The current design is fairly simple, consisting of a flat sheet metal plate. For the redesign, we are going to take advantage of some of the tools available inside of the 3D SheetMetal Creator Role (xSheetMetal App) to add some features and complexity to the part, while ensuring manufacturability.

Watch the video below for the complete details of how we redesigned this base plate!

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Creating a New Base Plate with 3D SheetMetal Creator

The new base plate will generally follow the same design as the original. So instead of starting our base plate from scratch, we can take advantage of our existing geometry and save ourselves a great deal of time. Using the Convert Entities command, we can turn existing model edges into sketch geometry.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Base Plate

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Base Plate

New Base Plate Design

New Base Plate Design

Once the sketch is complete, we can use the Wall command to give it some thickness. When the first sheet metal feature is added to your component, the app will prompt you to specify the sheet metal parameters. These are the parameters that will be applied by default to all subsequent sheet metal features.

3DEXPERIENCE Sheet Metal Bend Radius

3DEXPERIENCE Sheet Metal Bend Radius

Adding Bends to Your Design

We want to ensure that our circular saw will glide easily across a number of materials. To do this, we will bend the front lip of the base plate at an angle. Start by sketching a line on the top face of the base plate where we want our bend to go. Then, using the Bend From Flat command, select the sketched line, a fixed point and the angle for the bend.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Adding Bends to Your Design

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Adding Bends to Your Design

Create Additional Walls

For the other three sides of the base plate, we want to add material in the form of vertical walls coming up from the base plate. The Wall on Edge command allows us to create a wall using existing edges from other walls. Simply select the edges where you want the walls to go, and specify the desired height and angle of the walls.

Create Additional Walls

Create Additional Walls

Notice that the relief options that we had specified previously are automatically applied.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Relief Options

xSheetMetal Relief Options

Integrating the Component into the Sheet Metal Design

The current design has a separate angle bracket component. However, in an effort to reduce cost and streamline our design, the angle bracket can be converted into sheet metal flange that mimics the angle bracket.

Integrating Components

Integrating Components

Before we can create the angle bracket, we need to add a clearance cut to our base plate. Using existing model edges, we can add sketch relations to my sketch to ensure correct positioning. We can then use the Cutout command to remove the material from the base plate.

Following the same steps as we did with the design of the new base plate, we can convert the existing geometry into sketch geometry, making any edits to the sketch as needed. Even though this sketch is out of plane to the base plate, it can still be used with the Wall on Edge command to add a wall to our design.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Wall on Edge

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Wall on Edge

Ensuring Manufacturability

The new angle bracket flange looks great, but it will not do us any good if it cannot be manufactured. When working with sheet metal components, we are often looking at our part in a folded or flat state, making it easy to miss potential overlaps being created. The Check Overlapping command detects overlapping geometry in both the flat and folded states. With this information, we can take a measurement of our overlap and edit the dimension for the clearance cut to resolve this issue.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Ensuring Manufacturability

xSheetMetal Ensuring Manufacturability

Applying a Material

The last step in the redesign process is to apply a material to our base plate. Using the Apply Material command, we can browse the material library and apply a brushed aluminum material, ensuring that this part has the correct material properties as well as an appropriate appearance for creating realistic renders of the circular saw.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Applying a Material

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Applying a Material

The 3D SheetMetal Creator role with the xSheetMetal xApp make it easy to work with sheet metal designs. Whether you are designing components from scratch or reusing existing geometry, the suite of available tools will make it possible while providing seamless integration with the rest of the 3DEXPERIENCE design apps and fostering collaboration with the rest of your team.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

Visit our website to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides an online SOLIDWORKS product development environment.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 23, 2021 08:43 PM

September 22, 2021


Step Inside A Completely Reflective Room of Mirrors

mirror room

Anyone who has visited a house (or hall) of mirrors before will know just how disorienting the experience can be. To summarize, you have to make your way from one end of a mirror-filled room to the other without accidentally banging your head on the wall. It can be a tad confusing but if you look at the floor or ceiling, you’re sure to get your bearings and find your way out.

But what if both the top and bottom were also made of mirrors?

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That’s what James Orgill of The Action Lab did. However, instead of a room as big as a hall of mirrors, James’ magnum opus is roughly the size of a small storage closet. But don’t be fooled because despite its size, the degree of discombobulation it can make is out of this world! Creating it, nonetheless, is no joke.

mirror room

The biggest issue James had when making his mirror room was placing the mirrors on the floor. Most high-quality mirrors are made of fragile glass, so he had to make sure the surface underneath the floor was flat and hard to prevent the mirrors from breaking. Once he got that done, however, the rest of the mirror room was a cinch to assemble.

mirror room

Entering this mirror-filled room feels like jumping into a kaleidoscope. Since we can’t be there in person, it’s almost impossible to tell what is a reflection and what is real. According to James, the experience is like looking out of a building with reflective walls. So, if you fear heights, this room could probably trigger your acrophobia.

mirror room

He then did a bunch of tests – which is the scientific way of saying that he played around inside the mirror room. He bounced a ping pong ball on the floor, shone bright lights and laser pointers at the mirrors, and generally acted like a goof inside this enclosed space.

mirror room

While the room seems infinite, it is still that small, old space. As a matter of fact, if you look closely enough, you can count the exact number of reflections the mirror room can create. This is due to the fact that mirrors only reflect about 95% of the light directed at them. As each reflection bounces off another, the amount of light gets less and less – up to the point where you can’t see the succeeding reflections. According to James, only the perimeter of the mirrors is infinite and not the area reflected.

James’s mirror room may not be as big as the ones you see in amusement parks, but I’d love to see the concept gets implemented commercially. Imagine ordering one on Amazon and getting lost inside a large mirror room where the walls, floor, and ceiling are all reflective! That would be awesome!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 22, 2021 12:45 PM

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Electromagnetics Engineer with SIMULIA for testing your SOLIDWORKS designs faster!

The need for electromagnetic components is ever increasing. With the use of such devices in multiple industries (Transportation & Mobility, Aerospace & Defense, Life Sciences and Communications), the pressure to deliver products requires visionary designs and rapid but flexible development cycles.

To enable this, our dependence on simulations is now more than ever before and through simulations, we are confident in developing is a strong device that meet legal electromagnetic compliance and compatibility in a shorter time and with greater confidence. This helps avoid costly redesigns and recalls that can jeopardize the reputation of the company.

So now that we know we need simulations, what do we have to offer as a solution? As part of 3DEXPERIENCE Works, Dassault Systems now offers the Electromagnetics Engineer role that leverages industrially validated CST suite of products for SOLIDWORKS users. This empowers you to design products that meet certification requirements on first go! Let’s take a dive into why you need this role.

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Solvers – Tested, Verified, Validated!

CST Studio Suite offers the best-in-class solvers for Electromagnetic simulations that can suite a wide range of scenarios. This is possible due to general-purpose solvers such as Time-Domain and Frequency-Domain solvers.

Modelling and Analysis – Comprehensive and Powerful!

CST Studio suite offers an all-in-one parametric design interface that support a wide range of import/exports for CAD and EDA files as well as complex material models. This enables you to leverage a powerful library for the setup of your simulations. With advance post-processing and visualization tools, we can quickly get design insights and reach the final design in the shortest time possible.

Electromagnetics Engineer Integrated Interface

Integrated interface

High Performance Computing – get results fast!

By tapping into high performance computing on workstations or clusters, we can get simulation results faster to aid in shortening the product cycle time. CST Studio suite works with multi-threading and can leverage GPU and hardware acceleration to enable faster solve times.

Simulation Management and Cloud Collaboration – Connect, Simulate, Manage, Share!

The Electromagnetics Engineer role offered on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform bridges CST to powerful cloud connectivity tools. By doing so, we can not only perform simulations but also collaborate and share data with stakeholders, aiding in the product development process. Leveraging strong CAD associativity to SOLIDWORKS and CATIA, work with the latest-and-greatest for your design while keeping track of the build history. Sharing simulation results is seamless through powerful results visualization apps right from within the platform experience.

Lastly, let’s not forget the readily accessible cloud compute options saving the user the need to invest in expensive machines and IT infrastructure.

Bottom Line – You Need It!

With the Electromagnetics Engineer role, we can simulate conditions that otherwise are painful, time-consuming, and expensive with traditional methods. Leveraging validated solvers offered in the CST suite makes it an easy process pass device certifications, evaluate risks and compatibility.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with a Javelin specialist today to learn more!

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by Vishnu Chandrasekaran at September 22, 2021 12:00 PM


LastPad Is the Ultimate Reusable Menstruation Pad


Wait! I know this is about a reusable menstrual pad, but hear me out! Its design is incredibly ingenious that it can catch anyone’s attention!

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LastPad takes the concept of reusable diapers and upscales it for grown women. Whereas reusable diapers take in infant pee and poop, LastPad takes in… well, menstruation. There’s no immaculate way of saying it – the LastPad is a reusable menstrual pad made to reduce the number of menstrual pads women use during their periods.

What Makes LastPad Different?


Apart from being reusable, you mean? The LastPad has a triple layer design – with each layer having a specific function.

The top layer (the one which makes contact with your skin) is made from antibacterial polyester. It reduces the formation of odor and bacteria, making emergency changes more hygienic.

The middle layer is the true lifesaver here. It is made from absorbent polyester and 100% bamboo blend which absorbs 40% more liquid than cotton. It’s also soft, meaning you don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable during runny days.

If the middle layer is where all the liquid goes, the third layer made from Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) is the one that ensures it all stays there. There are even elastic, sticky silicone straps on the bottom so that they stay anchored to your underwear!

Once the LastPad has been used, all you need to do is store it inside the provided pouch bag and swap it out for another.

Can It Prevent Stains?


Good question. Not all disposable menstrual pads can completely stop menstruation from staining clothes. The LastPad, on the other hand, is designed to prevent this. Thanks to its thick layers that can effectively contain the blood, there is little chance for it to stain your undies.

As for its cleanup, all you have to do is close the Velcro straps on the wings and toss the menstrual pad in the washing machine. You can also hand wash them at 30°C (or 80°F). The coolest part? It can last up to 240 washes!

Is it Cost-effective?


You bet it is! According to the LastPad Kickstarter page, a woman uses about 11,000-16,000 menstrual pads in her lifetime (that doesn’t factor in tampons). This could cost quite a lot in total! With the LastPad, however, you’ll not only be saving money but the environment, as well!


The LastPad has a 5-year guarantee and can last a long time if properly cared for. It even comes in three sizes, so you have the freedom to choose what fits your current menstrual flow.

Even though the thought of cleaning a reusable menstrual pad is a bit disgusting, LastPad is still an environment-friendly and innovative way of dealing with the problems women face during their menstrual cycle.

It currently has US$309,767 funded on Kickstarter, which is way more than its initial US$12,000 goal. You can learn more about LastPad on its Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 22, 2021 11:56 AM