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October 20, 2020

SolidSmack

New Fusion 360 Features: Text on a Path, Text Frame, and More

The latest update from the Fusion 360 crew has us pulling our sock over our knee-caps and throwing our hats in the air. There are a LOT of great new features like fillet weighting, part-level revision milestones, PCB hole placement via references, and more but our favorite is the ability to create text on a path (an arc, spline, circle, etc.) AND have it update if the path is changed.

Text On Path

If you’ve ever needed to take your text in Fusion 360 beyond one line for logos, labels, or other graphic features it’s been an exercise in workarounds but the Text On Path features changes everything. Kevin Kennedy at Product Design Online (GREAT for learning Fusion 360) shares all the text-tastic capabilities in a new video:

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How To Create Text on a Path in Fusion 360

  1. Select Create Sketch from the SOLID tab and select a plane.
  2. From the Sketch tab, select the CREATE dropdown and select Text.
  3. From the TEXT dialogue, select the Type dropdown and choose Text On Path.
  4. OR, right-click on the edge of curved (2D) geometry and select Text On Path.
  5. Enter your text in the Text box ( single or multi-line) and select OK.
  6. Option 1: Select Placement to toggle placement inside or outside the path.
  7. Option 2: Select Fit to Path to space the text evenly along the path.

Other updates include the ability to contain the text within a text frame and with that bring new alignment, multi-line text, and angle options. You also have the option to explode text to convert it to sketch geometry. See more about creating text in the Fusion 360 manual.

Did You Know?

Keqing Song and friends over at Autodesk shares Fusion 360 roadmap and updates each month, so keep an eye on it. And, if you didn’t know, Keqing is quite the adept producer creating all sorts of retro-futuristic vibes. Find him on Soundcloud and snag his latest on Bandcamp.

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by Josh Mings at October 20, 2020 06:39 PM

Cool Tools: Stainless Steel Lighted Workbench

We had been on the lookout for a good workbench that checks off several requirements when we came across the Seville Classics Lighted Stainless Steel Workbench. This has 48″ x 24″ work area, pegboard, lighted work area, and an open area under the bench, so you can wheel in carts or bins and don’t have to mess with spiders and woodchips under a lower shelf.

Seville Classics Stainless Steel Workbench – $247.28

We started looking for wood but were surprised to see the price on this stainless steel bench and 5-star rating from nearly 1000 buyers. Some bought it for wood shops, others for I.T. work, but many loved the quality, detail, and time it took to put together (from 60-90 minutes).

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Seville Stainless Steel Workbench Features:

  • Crafted with Ultraguard stainless steel drawers (which are fingerprint-resistant) and a heavy-duty steel frame
  • The powder-coated finish defends your bench from corrosion; Heavy-duty steel frame with leveling feet
  • The Lighted Workcenter includes the built-in fluorescent light, the gliding ball-bearing drawers, and the easy-to-reach power strip
  • The unit features a vast pegboard (with 23 hooks included) for hanging larger items, as well as two lined drawers for storing smaller tools
  • A small cantilever shelf at the top of the pegboard is perfect for storing miscellaneous work supplies
  • Sliding ball bearing glides for the drawers; 2-Drawer liners
  • Finish: Powder coated; Workbench dimensions: 48L x 24W x 37.5H Inches
  • Overall workbench dimensions: 48 L x 24W x 65.5 H Inches; Weight: 113 lbs.

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by SolidSmack at October 20, 2020 05:54 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2021 now includes Accelerated Zoom!

I was tired of how much zooming I had to do with the mouse wheel in SOLIDWORKS… Several scrolls of the wheel just to zoom in or out as far as needed, and then repeating that process again and again…..long modeling sessions when working in industry sometimes led to a properly-annoyed mouse wheel fingertip, to the point where purchasing a 3DConnexion device greatly eased the chore of panning and zooming because it let me fly around the model! 😀

Another trick that helped was teaching my weak hand to mouse just as effectively as my dominant hand.

Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2021, Accelerated Zoom has come to the rescue to get us zoomed in or out much faster, simply by holding down the <Shift> key while mouse wheeling. Check out the example video below to see the difference in zoom speed:

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SOLIDWORKS Accelerated Zoom Option

SOLIDWORKS 2021 may already be set up to Accelerated Zoom by default, but if it isn’t then here are the steps to get started:

  1. Close all documents.  I like to use Window > Close All as it saves time, scrolling, and clicks!
  2. System Options > Display
  3. Scroll down to, and clear, the checkbox for Display scrollbars in graphics view for parts and assemblies.
  4. Pick OK

Give it a try in any open document.  Hold down Shift and zoom in or out, for accelerated zooming.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Display Scrollbars

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Display Scrollbars Option

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2021

Learn more time-saving productivity tricks and new enhancements in SOLIDWORKS in our Advanced Update course!

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by John Lee, CSWE at October 20, 2020 04:48 PM

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Live Your Jetfighter Dreams In This Extremely Limited Aston Martin V12

aston martin v12

With just 88 of them made worldwide, the Aston Martin V12 definitely fits the bill when it comes to rare cars. By combining elements from some of the car company’s most revered models and infusing them with aeronautical design, the Aston Martin V12 feels very much like the culmination of all their work built under today’s highest standards.

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Aston Martin V12 Speedster

Under the hood, you’ve got your 5.2-liter, 48-valve, Twin-Turbo engine that puts out a whopping 700 horsepower and 753Nm torque. The engine connects to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with limited-slip differential driving for the rear wheels.

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When combined, these allow the Aston Martin V12 to reach speeds of 186mph at an acceleration rate of 62mph in 3.5 seconds. It wasn’t meant for a race track, but outside of some nitrous, this car has some getup. As for what’s on the outside, the V12 is definitely a looker.

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You’ve got a jetfighter-like motif with lines and air vents strewn throughout to provide cooling to the monstrous engine. The cockpit-like seats are lifted almost directly from the 2013 Aston Martin CC100 Speedster, another limited-edition car with only 2 models produced in the whole world.

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The rear of the seats also have see-through windows reminiscent of jet cockpits which give you a clear view of the topside of the trunk. Lastly, twin paired exhausts can be found underneath the center of the car with a spoiler above it for speed (because of course that’s what a spoiler does).

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These cars were made in collaboration with Boeing and created by Q by Aston Martin – a personalization service that specializes in creating custom Aston Martin cars.

The cars are set to be delivered sometime in 2021, so if you’re interested in getting one of these rare beauties for yourself, details are on the official webpage. Otherwise, if you’re like us, we can just wait to spot one in the wild.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 20, 2020 01:07 PM

October 19, 2020

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

The Element of (No) Surprise in Product Design

The element of surprise works great in advertising or theme park rides. Storytelling and entertainment often rely on surprise to make you laugh or cry or to keep you on the edge of your seat. Surprises can be fun, unless they throw a wrench into your product design process. Then surprises typically involve wonky quality problems, blown budgets, crabby customers, and long days.

Tough Design Questions

Customers around the world use SOLIDWORKS Simulation to drastically reduce the element of surprise in their product development processes. Relying on finite element analysis (FEA), Simulation digitally predicts the behavior of your parts and assemblies when exposed to real-world physical forces.

Many engineers mistakenly believe that a Simulation study must be conducted by an expert with advanced degrees from a top university. The opposite is true: SOLIDWORKS Simulation was built to make FEA accessible to the average engineer—no PhD required.

Simulation will help you answer critical questions about your project, including

  •         Is my design overbuilt (am I wasting materials, is it too heavy)?
  •         What physical forces will affect its operation (vibration, fatigue, heat)?
  •         Where do I modify my design to make it stronger and lighter (topology optimization)?

First-Hand Testimonies

Check out these four interviews with SOLIDWORKS Simulation customers: Electric Power Systems, GE Healthcare, Omax Corporation, and Tenaris Group. Learn more about how they are increasing design confidence, reducing the number of design iterations and physical prototypes, and more.

If you are ready to talk with someone about how SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables the everyday engineer to solve problems faster and earlier in the design process with powerful FEA software capabilities, contact your local reseller.

 

 

 

 

 

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by SOLIDWORKS at October 19, 2020 12:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

Datum Targets now available in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021

In SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021, Datum Targets are now available. Previously only Datums were available,  but now in MBD 2021, Datum Targets can be added to a Datum.

The Datum Target command is available from the MBD Dimensions tab but is greyed out if no Datums are defined.

SOLIDWORKS Datum Target Command

SOLIDWORKS Datum Target Command

Once invoked there are various options for creating Datum Targets. There are options for controlling the Style and Settings of the Datum Target.

Datum Target Style and Settings

Datum Target Style and Settings

The settings consist of Target Symbol, Target Area/Size and Leader Style. A description of all the settings can be found in SOLIDWORKS by clicking on the “?” icon.

Note: If multiple Datums are present, the Datum Target will be associated with the selected Datum. If no Datum is selected, you will be prompted to select one.

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 19, 2020 12:00 PM

October 17, 2020

The Javelin Blog

Getting the Perfect SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Miter Flange

Getting the perfect fitment with sheet metal could make you look like a king or queen among designers and friends with the welder/fitters. They shall dance and sing to the all Supreme of sheet metal miters…. Although SOLIDWORKS Miter (mitre) Flange is a command that doesn’t seem hard, there are some hidden challenges which I will demonstrate below.

SOLIDWORKS Miter Example

I have a simple flat sheet metal part that I want a miter flange on. Selecting the command and then selecting the face I want to start on comes to our first challenge.

SOLIDWORKS Miter flange

Require a Miter flange running on the blue edge, however a sketch is created on the perpendicular face

I created my sketch on the orange face and adding in my desired profile. It is fully defined with all the dimensions and relations I need.

 

As another example, if I want my flange to be on this face (the blue edge), I must start on this face (the orange edge).

As another example, if I want my flange to be on the blue face, I must start on the orange face.

Hopping back up to my sheet metal tab because miter flange is a command we can go directly into without leaving the sketch, we then select it.

Rebuild Error due to horizontal line

Miter Flange Rebuild Error due to horizontal line

When I select my edges and try to complete the command I get an error saying “Unable to make a miter flange”.  Why is that?

Horizontal line removed and preview is showing.

Horizontal line removed and preview is showing.

It turns out that SOLIDWORKS does not like a miter flange with a horizontal line coming off the edge. Editing that sketch and making that line 30 degrees and adding the miter flange we can now see a preview. When I teach I typically say, “If you see a preview when using your command, it should work”.

I want to move onto the flat pattern after fixing my sketch to what I want and complete my miter.

Flat Pattern View

Flat Pattern View

SOLIDWORKS looks for the easy way out with these particular bends. When editing the flat pattern we notice that Simplify Bends is turned on. This works great for basic boxes and straight cuts but not so great with rounded edges.

Round edges

Round edges

You can see the before and after above. Your welder and fitter will thank you for the more precise corners. The “s” shape is realistic after bending producing betting fitments.

More SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Tips

For more tips and trick related to Sheet Metal please check our SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern configuration article and the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bounding Box article.

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by James Swackhammer at October 17, 2020 12:00 PM

October 16, 2020

The Javelin Blog

Should I choose SOLIDWORKS Desktop or 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

New this year are the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Offers, this is a cloud-connected version of SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional and Premium software. Recently we have been receiving questions related to SOLIDWORKS Desktop vs 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.

So in this article we’ll try to answer those questions and highlight some of the key differences between the desktop and cloud-connected versions of SOLIDWORKS software now available to purchase.

SOLIDWORKS Desktop vs 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Desktop vs 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Desktop vs 3DEXPERIENCE Comparison Matrix

Choosing the version that is right for your business really depends on how you are going to be using SOLIDWORKS and your requirements, here is a comparison list to help with the decision process, the bolded solution denotes the preferred choice:

Requirement SOLIDWORKS
Desktop
3DEXPERIENCE
SOLIDWORKS
3D CAD Tools Core SOLIDWORKS tools available Core SOLIDWORKS tools available
Desktop CAD Runs on the desktop Runs on the desktop
Browser-based CAD Does not include browser-based CAD Includes browser-based CAD
Customization Full API Support Partial customization available
Perpetual License Supports Perpetual Licenses Does not support Perpetual
(3 month or 1 year, term named-user license)
Term License Supports Term Licenses
(3 month or 1 year)
Supports Named-user Licenses
(3 month or 1 year)
Floating Network License Supports Floating Licenses (SNL) Does not support SNL
(Provides cloud named-user license)
Secure License Relies on computer security Provides Secure Login to Platform
Work in Multiple Locations Installs on multiple desktops
(License needs to be transferred)
Installs on multiple desktops
(Provides Named-user licensing)
Need Partner Add-ins Supports Partner Add-ins Does not support Partner Add-ins
(Alternative Platform Roles available)
Offline File Management Files are saved locally Cloud-based file management
(files can be exported for offline use)
On-Premise PDM Supports SOLIDWORKS PDM & Manage Uses cloud-based ENOVIAworks
(Does not support PDM/Manage)
Cloud PDM Does not provide cloud PDM
(Although PDM & Manage have Web access)
Uses cloud-based ENOVIAworks
(Easy to use and administrate)
Run on multiple devices Needs CAD workstation Cloud tools work in a browser
Part Catalogues Supports SOLIDWORKS Toolbox 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace Parts
Lifecycle Management Requires Partner Product Uses cloud-based ENOVIAworks
(Out of the box PDM/PLM)
Enterprise Collaboration Requires SOLIDWORKS PDM & Manage Through 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
(Out of the box access for enterprise)
Simulation & Validation SOLIDWORKS Simulation Available
(included with Premium version
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Available
(included with Premium version

Questions and Answers for 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS

Listed below are common questions that relate to 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS:

Q: What are 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Roles?

A: The 3DEXPERIENCE® SOLIDWORKS® roles are for designers and engineers who need comprehensive and robust set of product design capabilities along with cloud-based collaboration and data management.

The 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS roles feature the industry-leading SOLIDWORKS Desktop CAD for rapidly creating sophisticated 3D models of parts and assemblies and production-ready 2D drawings, along with application-specific tools for sheet metal, weldments, surfacing, molds, tools and dies, plastics, electrical and piping routing and photorealistic renderings of products.

With all data saved securely on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, users can manage, view and share their data anytime, anywhere and on any device. 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS roles make it easy for engineers and designers to collaborate in real time with their entire business ecosystem, including customers, partners, and suppliers, and deliver a product development experience never before possible.

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Q: What is the difference between a 3DEXPERIENCE application (App), a Role, and a commercial Offer?

A: A role is a set of applications (web-based apps) that are necessary for a you to fulfill a job function. An Offer is a commercial bundle that includes a collection of roles.

Q: What is a 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Named User License

A: 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is licensed from the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform with named user licensing. A license is assigned when an administrator grants a role to you. A role determines the 3DEXPERIENCE services and apps that you are entitled to use. a 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS license does not issue a serial number. The license is not tied to a particular machine. There is no need to activate, deactivate, or show licenses

Q: What are the benefits of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

A: 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS offers many benefits and advantages over SOLIDWORKS Desktop including:

  • Industry-leading SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD capabilities
  • Safe and secure cloud data management
  • Simplified collaboration with team members, customers and suppliers
  • Data accessible anywhere, anytime and from any device
  • Deployment is simplified to stay up-to-date with the latest enhancements
  • All critical updates are automatically installed when starting the application
  • Administrative and IT overhead is reduced with turnkey collaboration and data management capabilities on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform
  • You can seamlessly expand your product development through a broad portfolio of roles available on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform
Q: Is SOLIDWORKS Desktop being replaced by 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

A: No, the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS roles are not replacing SOLIDWORKS Desktop. Both the desktop and cloud solutions will be available for the foreseeable future, offering flexibility of choice based on your needs and situations.

Q: Does 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS run on the cloud?

A: Yes and No, the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS CAD licenses (Standard, Professional, and Premium) do not run on the cloud and are essentially the same as SOLIDWORKS Desktop. The software is installed on your local hard drive and connects with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform when SOLIDWORKS is running. You can learn about how the software interacts differently. The 3DEXPERIENCE version of the software is called ‘SOLIDWORKS Connected’ to denoted that it is a platform connected version. This allows you to install the software on any machine, and connect to 3DEXPERIENCE with a named user license (rather than a serial number installation)

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS licenses also include other 3DEXPERIENCE roles, most of which are browser based and work exclusively on the cloud, they are:

  • 3D Creator Role is a browser-based 3D parametric modeling role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform that lets teams create conceptual and detailed designs easily (available with Standard, Professional and Premium).
  • 3D Sculptor Role is a browser-based subdivision modeling role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform that lets teams create highly stylized, organically and ergonomically shaped products quickly and easily (available with Professional and Premium).
  • 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Simulation Designer is a desktop-based simulation role connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, providing linear static structural and time-based motion analysis capabilities for parts and assemblies (available with Premium only).
  • Collaborative Business Innovator is a browser-based role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for centralized team collaboration offering secure data storage and sharing, tailored dashboards, social communities and more (mandatory with 3DEXPERIENCE roles).
  • Collaborative Industry Innovator is a browser-based role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for product lifecycle management featuring issue, change and route management, 3D visualization and markup, Kanban-style task management and more (mandatory with 3DEXPERIENCE roles).
Q: Is an internet connection required to run 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

A: Yes, An internet connection is required. Similar to other cloud centric applications, 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS roles require an internet connection. However, they also maintain an invisible local cache on the your machine should the internet connection become unstable. You can continue working on your model and save locally until the internet connection is restored or you are ready to commit your changes.

Additionally, being a cloud centric application brings many advantages. You can install and use the SOLIDWORKS CAD on as many machines as you wish. Your data is always safe and secure on the cloud and you can instantly share your designs with your team members across your entire business ecosystem.

Q: Can you use 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Desktop to work on the same data?

A: Yes. When files have been saved on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform they can be opened in either application and can be worked upon. A named user license of Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS is required for each user of SOLIDWORKS Desktop to enable them to manage the data on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Additionally, you should be on the latest release of SOLIDWORKS Desktop when working with Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS.

Q: Can administrators assign a different 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS role to give users access to more capabilities?

A: Yes, assuming the platform administrator has available licenses, s/he can instantly assign new licenses to users in order to give them access to more capabilities. For example, if the user already has 3DEXPERENCE SOLIDWORKS Standard, the administrator can give access to 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium. On first consumption of the license, the license is locked for a 30-day period and therefore cannot be reassigned to a different user until the period has expired.

Q: Can templates be managed on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

A: No. Currently templates are stored on the disk locally and referenced from the local folder.

Q: Can design libraries be managed on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

A: No. Currently, design libraries are stored on the disk locally. Administrators may want to create a standard library on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and provide read access to the users.

Q: Can you install other SOLIDWORKS products (CAM, Plastics, Flow Simulation, Inspection, PDM, Manage) with the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS roles?

A: No, SOLIDWORKS Desktop portfolio applications such as Inspection, Composer, MBD, etc. cannot be installed with the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS installation. They are not supported. All saved data can be easily exported in the desired format (including SOLIDWORKS file format), if the customer needs it for standalone applications or for offline collaboration.

Q: If my business has SOLIDWORKS Desktop and PDM/Manage should I switch?

A: Probably not, your business will likely have a customized PDM system to meet your requirements. ENOVIAworks is an out of the box PDM solution better suited to businesses that are new to SOLIDWORKS, or presently do not run a PDM system.

Still have questions or need pricing?

Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your SOLIDWORKS Desktop vs 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS questions and provide you pricing information for both versions.

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by Rod Mackay at October 16, 2020 07:27 PM

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This 20-Foot Rail Was 3D Printed in One Go

Creality Belt-driven 3D printer

An incredible demonstration of the capabilities of belt 3D printers has been completed: a 20 foot (6-meter) long part has been produced. Karl Brown of NAK 3D Designs achieved this incredible feat on a pre-release version of the upcoming 3DPrintMill from Creality, likely as a demonstration of its capability.

Belt 3D Printers

Belt 3D printers are a new form of 3D printing that is quite different from conventional 3D printing. In belt 3D printing, the print surface continuously moves forward, effectively creating an axis of construction with infinite length. This allows the operator to produce very long objects, as was done in this demonstration, or a continuous series of individual objects in “factory mode”.

There have been only a few attempts at belt 3D printing thus far, with Netherlands-based Blackbelt 3D being the first with a viable product. However, that device carries a high price point, and I’m very curious to see whether the 3DPrintMill succeeds at a far lower price. I believe belt 3D printers will become very popular.

6m 3D Printed Rail

Brown 3D printed the 6m (20ft) rail using a pre-release version of the device, but it’s likely quite similar to the version that will be available to the public.

Brown was one of the first on the scene in belt 3D printing with his company, NAK 3D Designs, offering the White Knight open source machine. However, it did not take off commercially, and it seems that Creality has adapted the open source version of the White Knight to develop the upcoming 3DPrintMill. Brown worked with Shenzhen-based Naomi Wu to coordinate with Creality, and you can read our exclusive interview with her on this work here.

Brown explains that this incredible 3D print job took only 20 hours to complete, which seems pretty fast for an object of this size. However, it seems that he used a 0.8mm super-wide nozzle and printed 0.4mm layers. This would have trimmed the print time significantly as more material is deposited during extrusion. How much? The 0.8mm nozzle is 4X the area of a standard 0.4mm nozzle.

The other interesting aspect of this demonstration is how Brown extended the print beyond the device itself. The print must be supported after it departs from the belt because if unsupported the leverage created by gravity would eventually pull the fresh print off the bed. To overcome this effect, Brown installed a couple of long roller-style conveyor belts upon which the 3D print would ride. In theory, you could keep adding these to make the prints even longer.

Brown posted a time-lapse video of this historic 3D print:

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In watching this video, I admit I was most concerned about the camera cable becoming unplugged, but fortunately Brown supplied an extra-long cable for the job.

Brown told us there was only 800g of filament used for the print. For such long print jobs one would think you’d have to use larger-sized spools or be ready to swap them when the filament-out sensor triggers, but apparently you can 3D print huge items with even one spool of material.

Belt Implications On 3D Printing

For many, the belt 3D printers are an interesting curiosity, but I’ve read many comments previously of people expressing a complete lack of interest in the concept. Personally, I believe belt 3D printing will be a very important part of the future, as the ability to 3D print larger objects on inexpensive equipment will become quite attractive.

Aside from the doubters, there are plenty of folks lining up to acquire the 3DPrintMill when it is released, presumably later this year.

I’m wondering whether Brown’s 6m rail demonstration will change some minds on the concept, as he’s clearly shown it is quite possible to produce extremely large structural parts with this style of 3D printing.

I’m also wondering what the heck he intends to run on that rail.

Read more about 3D printing at Fabbaloo!

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by Fabbaloo at October 16, 2020 05:08 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

We, Robots: SOLIDWORKS Robotics and RioBotz

 

We, Robots is a series of 3 posts about the use of SOLIDWORKS in Robotics, and its role as a transformation tool, whether in the classroom, in the laboratory, or on the factory floor. Here is the beginning of this story that starts with RioBotz.

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen an incredible post about the Witch Doctor and the use of SOLIDWORKS in Robotics. Inspired by their story, I decided to talk to some friends (who also competed in Battlebots) about the usage of the software in their activities. In addition to being a big fan, I had the honor of working with some of the team members, and today we share the same campus at the university where I work. We are talking about RioBotz!

In 2002, students from the Instrumentation and Control Engineering bachelorship  program at PUC-Rio watched a competition of combat robots, and decided to establish their own team. After communicating with the undergraduate coordinator, they reached out to Marco Antonio Meggiolaro, Professor of Robotics at the university. Thus began RioBotz and in the following year, 2003, had competed for the first time at the national level.

After several months of study and research, the first victory came in 2004. In its second competition, RioBotz introduced trends by inaugurating the first knockout in a Brazilian championship, becoming the undefeated champion.

Professor Marco Meggiolaro (at center) advising the RioBotz team during a break at RoboGames 2017

2006 marked their first international competition at Robogames. RioBotz received a bronze medal with Touro (120 lb) and a gold medal with Mini Touro (3 lb), and went on to become the first non-English speaking team to win the championship. In the following year, a new robot, the Touro Light (27 kg) debuted, and became the undefeated champion with the already established Touro name.

Mini-Tourol, the robot that brought RioBotz the first gold medal in an international competition

In 2009, there was a new challenge. The organizers of Robogames challenged RioBotz to build a heavyweight robot, so was born the Touro Maximus (220 lb), which helped define the now best known team. Maximus’ first gold came in 2013.

2016 was the debut year on BattleBots with Minotaur (250 lb). Known worldwide, and one of the most beloved robots of the event, Minotaur had a series of overwhelming victories, even having its miniature model marketed officially. Holding the title of the most destructive robot of the 2016 season, this robot has a legion of passionate fans and has deprived the sleep of many of its competitors.

Minotaur R/C miniature, sold by Hexbug

RioBotz and SOLIDWORKS

Despite all the fun of competitions, creating robots is engineering in its purest form: calculations,graphics drawings, simulations and analysis are all activities the team must cover, which has been using SOLIDWORKS solutions since 2004.

There are those who criticize the destructive character of the battles, but this is not the objective. The focus of the robots is on their construction rather than their destruction. Behind the few minutes of battle is a whole year of development, research, mechanics, power electronics, administration and marketing, all while enabling the team to collaborate while in training at the university. If the robot can withstand the harsh competitive environment, it is certainly prepared to face the challenges of industrial applications.

The knowledge generated through competitions provided the development of robots for defusing bombs in the oil industry, performing in radioactive environments, and even for assistive equipment, such as electric wheelchairs and omni-directional walking sticks.

Even with an extensive collection of medals and trophies, RioBotz doesn’t rest. The team is always updating and evolving with each new competition. In addition to combat, the robot also competes with line followers,humanoid robots and even with autonomous and sumo robots controlled by artificial intelligence. No wonder its slogan is Thinking ahead!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkbAcwYix7I

Check out Minotaur’s incredible performance against Blacksmith in the 2016 Battlebots season. Did you notice the energetic pilot? We will talk about him in the next episode!

One of the team’s differentiators is its knowledge sharing. Since 2006, it has provided a free tutorial full of information about combat robots and how to design them. This gesture allowed many teams to become professional and raise the level of the competitions. You can access the tutorial here, or purchase a printed copy via Amazon .

The challenges facing the RioBotz engineering team are easily transposed using SOLIDWORKS solutions. From the mechanical design, through to the manufacturing drawings and the analysis of finite elements, everything is intensely planned and simulated in order to reach perfection. Both SOLIDWORKS and the local reseller, MechWorks, became sponsors.

FEA Analysis of a combat robot drum using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

According to Rafaela Doyle, Customer Success Manager who oversees the relationship with MechWorks, the SOLIDWORKS solutions, along with the sponsorships, provide the foundation for RioBotz to design increasingly improved versions of their combat robots. MechWorks is proud of their involvement in the development of PUC-Rio engineering students, who are able to leverage the practical applications acquired in the classroom. ”

Did you enjoy getting to know RioBotz? In the next episode of our series, we will learn how combat robots allowed the creation of a modern robotics research laboratory, accelerating the technological development of robotics in Brazil.

 

Author information

Bruno Caixa
Bruno Caixa
Bruno Caixa is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE) and a member of the SOLIDWORKS Champions Program. A passionate user and Educator of SOLIDWORKS, Bruno has over 10 years of experience working in many industries as a Draftsman and CAD Administrator. He works as an R&D Engineer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at PUC-Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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by Bruno Caixa at October 16, 2020 03:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Advanced Surfacing for Mold Design Tutorial

Interested in taking a SOLIDWORKS mold design training course? Watch the Advanced Surfacing tutorial video below to see Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, Jamie Hill, deliver a lesson from the course:

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In this SOLIDWORKS Advanced Surfacing Tutorial you will learn:

  • How to use surface features to create a custom parting surface
  • Manually adding Mold Folders to a model
  • Creating shut-off surfaces using surface modeling techniques
  • Manually creating side cores using surface and the Split command

About the SOLIDWORKS Mold Design training course:

If you found the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Surfacing Tutorial useful then you should consider taking our SOLIDWORKS Mold Design course. The  online training course teaches you how to quickly generate tooling for any given part and separate it into core and cavity components (or punch and die for Tool and Die applications).

This knowledge is very valuable for most mechanical designers, especially designers of molds, embossing dies, nests, and welding/checking fixtures.

You will also learn to use analysis tools for developing optimal parting lines, troubleshooting draft and undercut issues, plus importing and repairing third party geometry.

About Live Online SOLIDWORKS Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • SOLIDWORKS Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
Jamie Hill, CSWE

Jamie Hill, CSWE

Meet the SOLIDWORKS instructor:

Over the years, Jamie Hill, Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, Training and Process Consultant, has successfully instructed a variety of SOLIDWORKS training courses to hundreds of students, and published many SOLIDWORKS technical articles on Javelin’s blog.

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by Rod Mackay at October 16, 2020 01:20 PM

Rounding SOLIDWORKS Equation Values

Similar to other programs such as Microsoft Excel, SOLIDWORKS has functions available to round numbers. However, certain workflow might require you to always Round Down or Up regardless of the decimal value.

Before we get started, if you are interested in SOLIDWORKS rounding in general or how to Round Down, please click the following link: How To Round Numbers in SOLIDWORKS Equations. If you don’t feel like clicking that link, just know that SOLIDWORKS uses a “To Even Rounding Method” also known as “Round Half to Even”. So the 5 after the decimal place will be rounded either up or down, whichever will result in an even integer (3.5 and 4.5 both round to 4).

SOLIDWORKS Equations Scenario

We need to order stock material from your vendor and can only put in orders in full feet measurements. We calculate how much we need for our project with SOLIDWORKS Equations and it comes up to 3.2 feet. Thus, we will need 4 feet of material purchased.

Rounding SOLIDWORKS Equations

Have SOLIDWORKS Equations show us the amount we need by always Rounding Up. So the big questions is…how can we always Round Up? Unfortunately, there is no simple way to Round Up in SOLIDWORKS, as of yet at least. What we can do is use an additional equation as a workaround to always Round Up. First we will find the raw value with decimals. The second equation (using an will round up/down if the integer part of the number is odd/even respectively. See the next three images for examples.

Round Up in SOLIDWORKS

Round Up 9/4

Round Up in SOLIDWORKS

Round Up 9/2

Round Up in SOLIDWORKS

Round Up 8/2

Equations Used:
RAW Val =  any value or equation required to be rounded up
RoundUp  = IIF ( "RAW Val" - Int ( "RAW Val" ) > 0 , int ( "RAW Val" ) + 1 , "RAW Val" )

With the equation used above, a whole number will not round up (5.0 will remain 5.0, as intended). If you want to increase whole numbers by 1 as well, you can truncate all decimal values of the number by using int() and then simply adding 1. See examples below.

Round Up in SOLIDWORKS

Always Add 1

Not every company has the same workflow or practices and so, we must be able to adapt and find solutions accordingly. The workaround mentioned in this blog article is a way to always ensure your calculation is rounded up within SOLIDWORKS. See more SOLIDWORKS Equation articles for techniques that can help you work much more efficiently.

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by Prasadh Annalingam, CSWE at October 16, 2020 12:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021: Enhanced Contact for Faster, More Stable and Accurate Results

SOLIDWORKS® Simulation 2021 is the biggest release we have seen in many years!

We remain focused on making Simulation easier and faster for SOLIDWORKS users to apply to their designs. With the enhanced 2021 Simulation features, you can design better products faster than ever before.

Better Performance: Faster Contact Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 calculates contact interactions significantly faster than previous versions. Solution time is improved by using parallel multicore computing, better CPU usage, faster stiffness calculation, and robust data communication for contact pairs. Designers will notice considerable benefits in models with numerous contact interactions.

Benchmark data performed by our developers and by reseller Computer Aided Technology (CATI) show performance improvements ranging from 25% to 67%.

Fig 1. Simulation model with numerous contact elements

Easier Simulation: Contact Stabilization

Many CAD models have less than perfect geometries, such as non-touching surfaces or clearance between bodies. These design elements make it more difficult for the solver to get started, which in turn prolongs solving time. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Contact Stabilization enhancement resolves this issue.

Contact Stabilization works by adding a small numerical stiffness value to qualified areas before they come into contact. With contact stabilization, the solver can resolve instability issues encountered at the start of the solution before contact is initiated, and designers can more easily obtain Simulation results.

You may be wondering: How do I take advantage of this enhancement?

That is the best part of this story! The software automatically applies contact stabilization when your geometries have an initial clearance. This new feature is part of our Robust Default initiative, which uses Default Settings where the software fills out most settings, and the users only need to change custom fields.

Fig 2. Contact model with initial clearance

Improved Accuracy: Better convergence and more realistic contact representation between curved surfaces

When meshing components, it is difficult to capture the exact gap distance between curved surfaces, especially when a coarse mesh and/or draft elements are being used. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021, the software automatically calculates the geometry correction terms, which improve the representation of curved surfaces of cylindrical, spherical, and conical geometries. These terms are then used to improve the accuracy of the simulation results for curved surfaces. This capability has been implemented through collaboration with our sister brand SIMULIA which specializes in simulation.

Fig 3. Contact interaction between curves surfaces

New Feature: Improve Mesh Quality with a New Set of Mesh Diagnostic Tools

A high-quality mesh is key to a good simulation for result accuracy, convergence, and calculation speed. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 introduces a brand-new set of diagnostic tools that enable you to examine the quality of a mesh by identifying and isolating poor quality elements and then prompting you to fix them.

The Mesh Quality Diagnostics Tool can be used to display Aspect Ratio, Jacobian Ratio, etc. You can then use the Mesh Helper to get assistance refining the mesh at key areas and resolve mesh quality before proceeding to solve your analysis.

Fig 4. Poor quality elements identified by the new Mesh Diagnostics Tools

New Mesh Default: No Enforced Common Nodes

In 2020, we made No Enforced Common Nodesthe default to make it easier and faster to mesh large and complex assemblies. In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021, we continue to make improvements in this area by increasing the accuracy of results in Simulation scenarios where the gaps or small interferences exist due to the meshing process. A typical example is when using shell elements, the gap is due to the shell thickness.

Fig 5. No Enforced Common Nodes solid mesh

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 enhancements demonstrate real-world user benefits, making it easier and faster than ever for SOLIDWORKS users to get accurate simulation results. We continue to build as much automation into the software as possible, so it does more of the simulation work for you. In turn, you can minimize design time and maximize speed to market. To get more information or schedule a demo of SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021, please contact your local reseller.

 

Author information

Mai Doan
Mai Doan
Mai DOAN is a Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS Simulation. She has 20 years of experience in Simulation and Design. Prior to joining SOLIDWORKS in 2014 as a Territory Technical Manager, Mai worked as a Senior Application Engineer for ANSYS with expertise in Finite Element Analysis for more than 8 years. Before that, she developed her real world experience by designing mobile devices with an emphasis on Simulation for High Tech companies such as Siemens and Novatel Wireless. She holds Bachelor and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and speaks English, French & Vietnamese fluently.

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by Mai Doan at October 16, 2020 12:00 PM

October 15, 2020

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Tutorial

Interested in managing your SOLIDWORKS large assembly more effectively? Watch this video tutorial from Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert Alin Vargatu, as he gives you a taste of SOLIDWORKS large assembly training available from Javelin.

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SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Problem

One of the biggest issues that SOLIDWORKS users face is wasted time when working with large assemblies and their related drawings. Typically large assembly issues are attributed to slow hardware, network configuration, or software problems. Based on years of experience helping customers with large assembly issues we have found that adopting the latest SOLIDWORKS techniques and best practices will deliver dramatic speed improvements.

Our Workshop Solution

Attend our SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly and Drawing Workshop to identify all the culprits that affect your assembly performance; such as file size, the number of components, number of mates, type of mates, number of update holders, the type of in-context relations, imported parts, or tessellation settings. We will show you how to pinpoint the culprits and use Large assembly tools to increase performance and load your assemblies in the shortest time possible.

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by Rod Mackay at October 15, 2020 01:57 PM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 File Explorer Enhancements

One of the best features of SOLIDWORKS PDM has been the integration with Windows Explorer. New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, the ribbon control of Microsoft® Windows® File Explorer is available in SOLIDWORKS PDM File Explorer along with many others:

Windows Explorer SOLIDWORKS PDM Tab

Windows Explorer SOLIDWORKS PDM Tab

  • The file list and the search result lists also support all Windows File Explorer view types except for Content.
  • Click on the blue person icon to change the Language and view the About information of the installed SOLIDWORKS PDM product.
Setting language option

Setting language option

  • The support for Back and Forward from Windows Explorer Address bar are accessible.

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by Nadeem Akhtar at October 15, 2020 12:00 PM

October 14, 2020

The Javelin Blog

The difference between SOLIDWORKS Desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS / Connected

There are now two distinct types of SOLIDWORKS software available from Dassault Systemes. SOLIDWORKS Desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS / SOLIDWORKS Connected, which is a full version of SOLIDWORKS that installs on your computer from the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and gives you access to all the platform capabilities granted by your 3DEXPERIENCE role.

In most ways, SOLIDWORKS Connected behaves the same as SOLIDWORKS Desktop, but there are important differences that you need to understand, which are listed in the article:

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Installation and Licensing

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is licensed from the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform with named user licensing. A license is assigned when an administrator grants a role to you. A role determines the 3DEXPERIENCE services and apps that you are entitled to use.

Your license does not issue a serial number. The license is not tied to a particular machine. There is no need to activate, deactivate, or show licenses:

  • SOLIDWORKS Connected installs from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
  • Only English or your local language (if supported) is installed.
  • The Compass lists the apps and roles to which you have a license. Products are available according to the Platform Management dashboard on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.\

Core Functionality

SOLIDWORKS Connected primarily works the same way as SOLIDWORKS Desktop but with a few differences in the user experience and how it handles files and configurations:

User Interface

Quick Access Tools are available in the Menu Bar, or in the CommandManager.

  • Uses tagging scheme on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
  • These Task Pane tabs are replaced by 3DEXPERIENCE platform features:
    • SOLIDWORKS Resources
    • File Explorer
    • Custom Properties
    • Search
  • The Task Pane is always visible.
  • Use 3DSpace and 3DSearch to browse and search for documents instead of File Explorer.

Opening Files

Each file that you open is compliant with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Two tools are available for opening files:

  • Open uses 3DSearch to find models stored in any collaborative space on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform that you can access.
  • Open from opens models (SOLIDWORKS files and other supported file types) external to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Saving Files

Three save tools are available:

  • Save saves files to any collaborative space in 3DSpace that you can access.
  • Save with Options saves with additional PLM options.
  • Save Locally saves a local copy of a file that is already saved on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
  • Files that you can save locally include blocks, templates for drawings and BOMs, and dimension styles.

Parts & Assemblies

  • You can control all part configuration properties concurrently.
  • You can add library features. Linking to external library features is unsupported.
  • You can use equations. Linking to text files is unsupported.
  • You can use forming tools but you cannot maintain a link to forming tools if you change the parent forming tool. Forming tools use .SLDFTP files only. You do not have to specify forming tools folders.
  • Assembly features always propagate features to parts.
  • All files are stored in a collaborative space.
  • Forming a new subassembly saves the new subassembly directly in the FeatureManager design tree.
  • Make Independent creates the new instance directly in the FeatureManager design tree.

Configurations

Configurations appear as physical products and representations on the CAD Family / PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) tab. A physical product is a configuration with a part number that you can order on a bill of materials. A representation is a child configuration of a physical product that represents a state of the physical product:

  • Alternate position views appear as a representation on the CAD Family / PLM tab.
  • Supports one level of derived configurations for new parts.
  • To create a custom PropertyManager using Configuration Publisher, the assembly must have two or more configurations.

Export

Two export options are available:

  • Export SOLIDWORKS Files exports SOLIDWORKS files from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
  • Export As exports SOLIDWORKS data as non-SOLIDWORKS file formats from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Other Functionality Differences

Additional functionality differences you will experience with SOLIDWORKS Connected add-ins and templates:

  • 3D Interconnect
    • 3D Interconnect functionality is always turned on.
    • While importing neutral CAD files in SOLIDWORKS, the 3D Interconnect references for assemblies are dissolved and corresponding SOLIDWORKS assembly and part files are created for each component reference. The SOLIDWORKS part files contain the 3D Interconnect feature link to the neutral CAD part file.
  • Access to 3D models from component suppliers and individuals is now through 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace Part Supply which replaces 3D ContentCentral to access 3D models and configurations from component suppliers and individuals.
  • The Design Library contains items such as annotations, blocks, and forming tools. You can manage common, reusable files such as .SLDPRT, .SLDASM, and .SLDDRW files in a 3DEXPERIENCE collaborative space.
  • eDrawings uses 3DPlay.
    • 3DPlay is available as a widget in 3DDashboard.
    • It is also built into many 3DEXPERIENCE apps such as 3DSearch, 3DSpace, and 3DMarkup.
  • Use Remove Local Files to manage your cache.
  • Publish saves SOLIDWORKS templates, sheet formats, library feature parts, and forming tools. Publish supports: .PRTDOT, .SLDFTP, .SLDLFP, .ASMDOT, .DRWDOT, .SLDDRT.
  • SOLIDWORKS Routing:
    • To open the Routing Library Manager you first need to open SOLIDWORKS Connected.
    • You add components from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform using Insert Component instead of the Design Library.
    • Template files are kept locally, not on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
    • The following Routing functionality is not supported:
      • Highlight Search
      • P&ID
      • Reuse routes
      • Route Properties
      • Tag Scheme Manager
      • In Routing Library Manager, Route Properties, Piping and Tubing Database, and Tag Scheme Manager
  • The Summary Info and Custom tabs are replaced with the Configuration Properties and Properties Summary tabs in the Properties dialog box. You can apply custom information to configuration properties.

Alternate Functionality

The following tools and add-ins have alternative solutions in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform:

Functionality SOLIDWORKS Connected
Administrative Image Option Editor 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS apps are not installed by administrative images. The administrator grants user roles. Users download and install their granted software on demand. Users also download and apply updates on demand if the software requires updating.
Browse Recent Folders Use My Content in 3DSearch to list your content.
Find References Use the MySession app for tools such as Properties and Related Objects for finding parents, children, where used, and other related items.
Icon Color Selection All icons use the same color scheme.
Inserting Files You can insert files that are stored on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Login Use your 3DEXPERIENCE ID. You can log in with your existing SOLIDWORKS ID if it uses the same email address as the one your administrator used to invite you to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Otherwise, you need to create a new 3DEXPERIENCE ID.
Linear Static Analysis for Parts and Assemblies You can load the SOLIDWORKS Simulation add-in if you have the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Premium and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Simulation Designer roles.
Make Part from Block Unsupported.
Open Drawing tool Use the MySession app to find related drawings.
Pack and Go Use Export SOLIDWORKS Files.
PhotoView 360 Use SOLIDWORKS Visualize Connected.
Reload Use Reload from Server.
Save All You can only save the active model.
Search for files, models, commands, help, and MySolidWorks You can search for content using the search box at the top of the 3DEXPERIENCE Task Pane in SOLIDWORKS Connected and throughout the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. You can also use the Open tool.
Send To Use 3DEXPERIENCE platform collaboration capabilities.
Show in Folder Use 3DSearch.
SOLIDWORKS MBD Unsupported.

Tools on the MBD Dimension toolbar are supported.

Time-based Motion You can load the SOLIDWORKS Simulation add-in if you have 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Premium and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Simulation Designer roles.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Use the MySession app as the gateway to data and lifecycle management on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
SOLIDWORKS Resources Use SOLIDWORKS Rx.
SOLIDWORKS Visualize SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard, Professional, and Boost are unsupported. The Professional and Premium roles include SOLIDWORKS Visualize Connected. You can manage Visualize projects on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Treehouse Use the 3D Product Architect role for similar functionality.
Virtual components You cannot create new virtual components. When you open an assembly with virtual components from:

  • Your local computer (using Open from), components are no longer virtual when you save the assembly to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
  • The 3DEXPERIENCE platform, components remain virtual when you save the assembly to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This scenario applies if you first saved the assembly to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in the legacy SOLIDWORKS software and PLM services, then opened it in SOLIDWORKS Connected. You can save legacy virtual components as external components. This does not mean they are saved outside of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It means they are no longer virtual components but are handled as regular components managed on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

 

Unsupported Products

The following products are unsupported in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS / SOLIDWORKS Connected which is an important consideration to make when choosing between SOLIDWORKS Desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS:

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

Contact us for the latest pricing and implementation and adoption options from Javelin.

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by Dassault Systèmes at October 14, 2020 08:14 PM

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Activate Virtual Mode, 3DEXPERIENCE World Goes Online

I know you’ve been hankering for the return to the free exchange of bacteria and ideas with thousands of other SOLIDWORKS users but… it’ll have to wait — at least the bacteria part. You can share that with SOLIDWORKS friends in your own community and get together for a local 3DEXPERIENCE World experience to feel the fire-hose of knowledge hit your braincase. Yes, 3DEXPERIENCE World is going online.

If you were at the last 3DEXPERIENCE World in Nashville it may have been your last onsite event before the world went nuts and countries cared enough to put a stranglehold on their citizens and economy. Now, thanks to the realization that bacteria and viruses still exist, we have the joy of physically limiting ourselves behind a computer screen while not being physically limited to enjoy a conference. Best of both worlds? You bet!

The tagline for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 is ‘Freedom to Create’ which is apropos since SOLIDWORKS gives you the freedom to create while your government officials take it away. It really boosts that drive and innovative spirit that pushes us to new heights.

Well, if you want to be a part of that and release the Kranken of your SOLIDWORKS knowledge on the masses, the 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 Call For Papers is open.

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by Josh Mings at October 14, 2020 06:13 PM

A Unique All-Wood, Egg-Shaped Birdhouse

domik ptashki

The Domik Ptashki (Домик Пташки) is Russian for “bird’s house”. It also just happens to be the name of a birdhouse created by Russian design studio, Dydykin. After studying various natural nesting grounds, artificial birdhouses, and even consulting an ornithologist (“bird expert”), the studio settled on a hollow, egg-shaped, and very unique looking birdhouse.

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You might have noticed the Domik Ptashki isn’t brightly painted like some birdhouses you see in stores. The designers wanted the birdhouse to be as unintrusive among nature as possible. It doesn’t have any sharp edges, smells, or distracting even colors, but blends in and is tough enough to withstand strong weather changes and extreme temperatures (from -30℃ all the way up to +30℃).

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In fact, this birdhouse more closely resembles a tree hollow, which is a perfect natural place for native birds to settle in. The idea is to place the Domik Ptashki among the branches of a tree, where it entices traveling birds to build their home. Perfect if you live out of town or even in a neighborhood where there are fewer trees if you can manage to mount it.

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The circular design of the Domik Ptashki allows natural elements like rain, wind, and snow to slide right off, while the 40mm (1.6″) diameter inlet makes it easy to keep predators outside. Inside, a box-shaped space measuring 120mm (4.7″) square in width and 220mm (8.6″) in height allows the birds to stay comfy cozy without fear of wobbling about.

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By far the coolest feature of the Domik Ptashki is the construction. The inlet slides out while the top twists to unlock and allow access to the inner chamber. Once all feathered occupants have left the premises, you can easily disassemble and clean each of the three individual parts.

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Since the Domik Ptashki is made of wood, it’s only natural for cracks and other forms of wear and tear to occur. Though easily repaired, it also adds to the natural character of the birdhouse, much like a traditional cedar board, ratan, or bamboo nesting box.

The Domik Ptashki is a design project and not in production but it’s sure to add some inspiration for your own bird house project. See more about Dydykin and their projects at their website.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 14, 2020 05:04 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Collapsible CommandManager

The SOLIDWORKS CommandManager is undoubtedly a well-designed interface for finding what tools you need in SOLIDWORKS, and is now collapsible in SOLIDWORKS 2021.

After learning where SOLIDWORKS tools are, and also how to access them by shortcuts such as the “S” key, which also activates Command Search (so does the “w” key) we do not always need to see the CommandManager fully expanded.

How to collapse the CommandManager

How to collapse the CommandManager

One option is to hide it, but the ability to collapse or expand it, introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2021, takes fewer steps.  When collapsed, the CommandManager releases more of our viewing screen to other needs such as maximizing the size of the graphics area.

Noticeably more graphics area when CommandManager is collapsed!

Noticeably more graphics area when CommandManager is collapsed!

To use the CommandManager from its collapsed state, simply click on any of the tabs such as Features, Sketch, Evaluate, Assembly, etc.  It can also be returned permanently to its expanded state by pinning it:

Pinning the SOLIDWORKS 2021 CommandManager to keep it expanded

Pinning the CommandManager to keep it expanded

Training course for the SOLIDWORKS CommandManager

Although our SOLIDWORKS Essentials training aims to familiarize with the basics, like how to use the CommandManager, we also like to introduce time-saving techniques and productivity tricks such as how to work faster so you don’t need to mouse up to the CommandManager every time you need to launch a command.  Learn more about all of the tricks in our SOLIDWORKS Essentials course!

Are you a long-time user of SOLIDWORKS?  Learn about other new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS in our Advanced Update course!

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by John Lee, CSWE at October 14, 2020 12:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Comes of Age

The traditional workplace took a huge hit this year.

Displaced office workers found themselves working from home, struggling with VPN or Remote Desktop connections and wondering how they could work effectively as a team to design and produce products while not in the same physical location as their co-workers.

Collaborating remotely as a team has its own set of challenges—and what about all that design data? Secure access is paramount, yet data needs to be conveniently accessed by entire teams, which may include vendors and customers. The overall design universe is now complicated by a largely remote computing model.

The Challenge of Data Sharing

Most companies agree that keeping everyone on the same page, especially in product development, is a struggle. Sharing data across departments while keeping it in sync can be difficult and expensive.

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS® connects your 3D CAD solutions to the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, which serves as the sole location for all your design data and communications with practical, browser-based apps that make collaboration natural.

By leveraging the cloud-based tools, you can eliminate communication silos and facilitate work with people inside and outside your company. Virtual communication among team members becomes second nature. Best of all, you can work at the office, from home, or on the road with just an internet connection.

Built-in Data Management

Users can manage the product structure as data with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS so designers can work in parallel. Designers have instant access to updates made by other contributors. This enables real-time concurrent design, enhanced decision making, and faster design maturity.

Because assemblies are managed in the secure cloud-based database and not in files, an accurate design context is established quickly. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables access not only to product design, but also to multi-physics simulation, manufacturing process planning, and product life cycle management technologies.

You can make informed decisions faster by leveraging real-time data in the cloud. With all the data in the same place, everyone is up to date with access to a single source of truth. And, because you are accessing “live” data, there is no risk of being out of sync on model revisions or assembly configurations.

 

Get Feedback Easily from All Stakeholders

By leveraging the apps that work with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS you can conduct real-time digital mockups accessible to everyone on the team—even members without CAD knowledge, so non-CAD users can participate in the product development cycle.

You can invite marketing, sales, or executive personnel to early-stage reviews and get real-time design for manufacturing (DFM) advice from the shop floor or manufacturing vendors to avoid expensive downstream issues.

When everyone on a team has access to 3D, the team shares a common language; everyone can fully understand the project status without having to interpret 2D drawings. Because any team member can view, rotate, mark up, and measure your model, manager or executive signoffs are quicker. Also, all communication is captured on the platform, so traceability is built right into the process.

Plus, managers who are always on the go can review posted 3D models and even mark up a model and make comments—from any device, even a smartphone.

Flexible and Powerful Design and Collaboration Tools

The cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS takes a different approach, allowing communications from all stakeholders all in a single location in the cloud. Because everyone on the team communicates via the same platform, everything is automatically traceable.

The traditional definition of the workplace is changing, but that doesn’t need to slow progress. All of the powerful 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS tools make it easy to go from concept to design to manufacturing and beyond, no matter how dispersed your team.

Contact your local reseller to learn more about 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.

 

Author information

Mathieu Fourcade
Mathieu Fourcade
Matt is a Product Manager for SOLIDWORKS Inspection and new initiatives. CSWE. He previously worked as a Technical Support Engineer and Product Marketing Manager for SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Plastics and Electrical.

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by Mathieu Fourcade at October 14, 2020 12:00 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – October 2020

Hello to all,

Welcome to the new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News!  This monthly news blog is co-authored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide.

Creating and updating Material, Mass & Density custom properties using Task Scheduler 

By Ankit Gupta

The SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler is a very useful and powerful tool.  Task Scheduler lets you set up tasks to perform at a future time. One of the many useful tasks that can be run with the Task Scheduler is ‘Update Custom Properties’. This function allows you to create new or modify existing custom properties for individual files, batches of files, or entire folders.

But do you know you can create custom property which is calculated based on some expression (e.g. for mass text expression is “SW-Mass@<document name>”) for individual files, batches of files, or entire folders?

This can be achieve by deleting the FILE NAME and replace it with an asterisk (*)

e.g Use “SW-Material@*.SLDPRT”, “SW-Mass@*.SLDPRT”  instead of “SW-Material@Part_Name.SLDPRT” & “SW-Mass@Part_Name.SLDPRT”

Please refer to this video for visual demonstration:

Best Practice while working on Task scheduler to create a custom property which is calculated based on some expression are:

  1. Run the tasks on part, assembly, and drawing files separately and use their respective suffixes, @*.SLDASM or @*.SLDDRW.
  2. If folder contains multiple file formats, use the ‘Add File’ option, sort the folder so as to only select the .SLDPRT files, and use Ctrl + select or Shift + select to select all of the part files.

License Requirements:

You must have a SOLIDWORKS Professional, SOLIDWORKS Premium, or SOLIDWORKS Office license to perform all Task Scheduler tasks.

Using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to analyze centrifugal pumps

By Maher Lagha

In my opinion, one of the most interesting simulation we can do with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is the analysis of centrifugal pumps. The centrifugal pump uses a rotating impeller (1) to increase the pressure of the fluid to move the fluid through a piping system. The fluid enters via the pump inlet (4) parallel to the rotation axis (2) and is accelerated by the impeller, flowing radially outward into the volute chamber, from where it exits into the piping system downstream (5).

The region in the vicinity of the impeller is solved using a rotating frame of reference and the rest of the computational domain is solved in stationary frame of reference. This region where the rotating frame of reference is applied is called the Rotating Region (RR).

The image below shows a typical rotating region (in transparent yellow) around the impeller (in red color):

The Rotating Region needs to be drawn in SOLIDWORKS. It captures the rotation of the impeller and the fluid in close proximity to it. In a sketch, you can draw its outline and then use a revolve operation. Please follow these guidelines:

    • It should envelope (and not just touching) the impeller and a small amount of fluid.
    • It is axisymmetric and concentric with the impeller (same axes).

Ideally, the RR is half way between the impeller and the casing :

Meshing:

Make sure to use a Local Mesh applied to the RR to refine the mesh. Such a mesh will better capture the flow in the vicinity of the impeller and give accurate estimation of the torque value, used in the pump’s efficiency calculation. Make sure that the values are independent of the mesh by running a mesh convergence study. If between two different meshes, the change in value is below a certain threshold, then the value can be considered as independent of the mesh, otherwise, the mesh needs further refinement. Below are some examples of successive mesh refinement:

Simulation

First, for the boundary conditions, we recommend using Mass Flow rate at the inlet and apply environment pressure at the outlet. The pressure gradient between the inlet and the outlet will be computed by the solver. Then, define few goals to measure the pump efficiency, defined as:

𝜂 =(𝑃_𝑜𝑢𝑡𝑙𝑒𝑡−𝑃_𝑖𝑛𝑙𝑒𝑡)∙𝑄/(Ω∙T)

Where:

  • P_inlet is the static pressure surface goal at the pump’s inlet (Pa),
  • P_outlet is the bulk-average static pressure surface goal at the impeller’s outlet (Pa),
  • Q is the volume flow rate (m^3/s),
  • Ω is the impeller rotation angular velocity (rad/s), and
  • T is the impeller torque (N·m).

These quantities can be defined as surface goals. The efficiency has no dimension and it is between 0 and 1. For the solver, we recommend using the Sliding mesh (instead of the averaging). The pump performance curve or efficiency curve is generated for a fixed angular velocity by changing the mass flow at the inlet. We recommend using mass flow or volume flow rate at the inlet, and keep the environment pressure at the outlet. The solver will compute the pressure head. A typical performance curve for a pump is shown in the figure below. The three curves shown are the dimensionless efficiency, the head in feet, and mechanical power, in horsepower.

The point where the efficiency achieves its maximum value is referred to as the best-efficiency point, BEP.  The pump performance curve can be computed using a parametric study “What If Analysis”. We recommend the following:

  1. Specify a flow rate range in the vicinity of the BEP and compute the efficiency for each value.
  2. Increase gradually the values of Q within that range. Use the “Use Previous Results” for each value.
  3. Keep in mind that a single mesh and simulation settings might not be suitable for all the values of Q.

The simulation can be stopped when the efficiency goal has converged, as shown below.

Conclusion

The simulation of a centrifugal pump is a complex analysis which requires time and attentiveness, however, it does not have to be hard if you follow the recommendations stated in this blog.

In SOLIDWORKS Manage, how can I send a notification to a list of users during a process?

By Kevin Crawford

In SOLIDWORKS Manage you have the ability in a process to notify users as it moves through the workflow.  There may be a process where you need to generate a list of users to be notified during the process.  For example, you have an Engineering Change process and you need to create a distribution list of who should get notified.  If this list of users changes, you want the user working on the process to be able to pick the users to be notified.

Here is how you would set this up:

  1. Ensure the Resources are configured correctly in Manage. In the Administration tool, go to Structures > Resources and edit the resources object.

2. On the User Mapping tab, ensure the ‘System User Field’ for ‘Email’ is mapped to the ‘HR Field’ for ‘Email’. Then Save and Close.

3. In your process, create an Object type field for the list of users that will be added.

4. Enable the option “Allow Multiple Items”

5. Choose the appropriate resources object

6. Choose the fields to display but only select “Email” for the ‘Include Value’ and add a ‘semi-colon’ after the value to separate the email addresses.

7. Now in your process. Add a notification on the Workflow Properties page at the appropriate stage.  In the ‘Stage Notifications’ dialog on the ‘Email/SMS’ tab, under ‘Other Address’, insert the field that you created.

8. Now when you start the process, you can select the users and add the email addresses to the field

9. An email will get delivered when the process moves through the appropriate stage.

Note: After changing the setting in step #2 to map the Email address in the Resources object and you do not see the email address listed when you select the Distribution List, you will need to edit the users and re-save so that the email is pushed to the field.

You can now setup a Distribution List in your process that can be edited during the process and have notifications sent to the users selected.

How to master searching for different file types in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

By Tor Iveroth

One of the really cool improvements in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 is a complete overhaul of the underlying search engine. In an effort to make searching more accessible and “Google-like”, the search fields now support AND, OR and NOT type searching. You can also search for words in any order and still find files matching the criteria.

With the updates to the search logic in 2020, there have been some changes to how search previously behaved for the file name field in older SOLIDWORKS PDM versions.

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 and older versions, when you search for words with a space in the ‘name’ field the search will treat a space as an ‘OR’ separator.

So searching for: pdf docx

Would run a search for any file name matching: pdf OR docx

However, when you use a space character in other fields, such as ‘description’ the search will look for the exact string.

This makes the search behavior very inconsistent depending on which field you use to perform the search.

In order to make searches work consistently across any type of fields, with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 a space is no longer treated as an ‘OR’ search in the file name field.

When you use a space between words in the search string, the search will look for any files having those words in any order within the same file name. This is a great improvement compared to 2019 and older where a space would often require same exact order of the words.

Searching on a single word returns all files matching that word in the file name. For example:

  • Searching for ‘backup’ lists all files having ‘backup’ in the name, for example “bs108 backup sldprt”.
  • Searching for “115” lists all files having “115” in name, for example “bs115sldprt”.

Using a space character between the words will search for both words within the same name, in any order.

  • Searching on ‘backup 115’ or ‘115 backup’ lists only those files with both values in the name, for example “stu115 backupsldprt”.

If you want to carry out an ‘OR’ type search in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 to find files matching either word, you can separate the words with a capital ‘OR’:

  • backup OR 115

Alternatively, if you have a list of space-separated words or file names to search for, you can instead use the ‘OR:’ prefix.  Any words that are separated with space after the ‘OR:’ will be treated as ‘OR’ statements.

  • OR:backup 115

If you want a space character to be part of the same string and not be treated as an ‘OR’ separator, enclose the string with double quote characters. I.e. to search for any files matching ‘socket’ or ‘head screw’, use:

  • socket OR “head screw”
  • OR:socket “head screw”

The benefit of this consolidated handling also means that searches work the same across any type of field; filename, variable, quick search etc.

In summary, to search for different file types such as all ‘pdf’ and ‘docx’ files, you can use any of the following search terms in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020:

  • pdf OR docx
  • *.pdf OR *.docx
  • OR:pdf docx
  • OR:*.pdf *.docx

Additional information on the ‘OR’ syntax is also found in the user help chapter ‘Using AND, OR, and NOT Operators in Search’ and in Knowledge Base Solution S-077921.

Noteworthy Solutions from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base

 

icon - SW After updating to Microsoft® 365®, why might the SOLIDWORKS® application freeze on startup and fail to start?
This problem happens on a system running Microsoft® 365®, with Office updates from August 31 2020 (Version 2008 -Build 13127.20296) and consecutive Office updates, and with the SOLIDWORKS® CAM Add-in enabled.To get more information, see Solution Id: S-078314

icon - SW When exiting the SOLIDWORKS® software, why do I see the error: ‘The operating system is not presently configured to run this application.’?
This problem happens on a system running Microsoft® 365®, with Office updates from August 31 2020 (Version 2008 -Build 13127.20296) and consecutive Office updates, and with the SOLIDWORKS® CAM Add-in enabled.. To know more, please visit the solution Id: S-078315

Icon - EPDM Is there a general Hotfix for SOLIDWORKS® PDM 2019 SP5 (SPR#1161753)
A general hotfix is available for an important problem in the SOLIDWORKS® PDM 2019 SP5 software. In order to have more details about the hotfix, please visit the solution id: S-078385

Is there a SolidPractice available on the topic of “Solver Selection” for SOLIDWORKS® Simulation?
The document attached to solution id: S-078328 contains the solidpractice document for managing large files.

That’s it for this month. Thanks for reading this edition of SOLIDWORKS Support News. If you need additional help with these issues or any others, please contact your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller.

 

Comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can enter them below.

Author information

Bishwaraj Roy
Bishwaraj Roy
Mechanical Engineer with overall 8 years of experience in consultation and Technical Support of Computer Aided Design and PLM Products, 5+ Years experience in Supporting SOLIDWORKS suite of products. Certifications: 3DEXPERIENCE® Collaborative Industry Innovator, 3DEXPERIENCE® Industry Innovator, 3DEXPERIENCE® 3D Creator

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by Bishwaraj Roy at October 14, 2020 07:47 AM

October 13, 2020

SolidSmack

The 12 Best 2020 Amazon Prime Day Deals for Engineers and Designers

Delta 3D Printer

While it may not be up there with Christmas, Easter, and your wedding anniversary, Amazon Prime Day is slowly but surely making it’s way into a more significant event each passing year.

For two days and two days only beginning today (from 12 a.m. PT Tuesday, Oct 13th and concluding at 11:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Oct 14th.) Amazon celebrates its version of Black Friday where Prime members can catch up on some products they’ve been holding out on for a steep discount. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member yet, you’re still in luck—set up your free Amazon Prime trial membership here.

We’ve got our eyes on a few designer and engineer-friendly items ourselves—so have at it!

AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT 8-core/16-thread ($379 – 5% Off)

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT. Light Years Ahead. Featuring award winning performance and optimized technology for gamers, for creators, for everyone.

With 8-cores and 16-threads, this CPU is a beast with loads of performance, great for CAD software, visualization and simulation where more power is needed.

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Amazon Echo Dot ($18.99 – 62% Off)

With a new speaker and design, Echo Dot is a voice-controlled smart speaker with Alexa, perfect for any room. Just ask for music, news, information, and more. You can also call almost anyone and control compatible smart home devices with your voice.

Along with the best deal we’ve seen on an Echo Dot, there are other deals on Amazon devices like the Fire HD 10 Tablet and the Fire TV Stick 4K that has worked great for our travels.

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Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Headphones ($175 – 62% Off)

Totally wireless high-performance earphones in black. Up to 9 hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with charging case). Adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks for lightweight comfort and stability.

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DELL S Series 27″ Ultrathin Monitor ($339 – 25% Off)

Visuals appears every bit as vibrant as the world around you with CinemaColor. With a mere 5.5mm at its thinnest point in a sleek profile with InfinityEdge display. Dual HDMI ports allows changing input sources between two devices without rearranging the cords.

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Adjustable Weight Bench ($131.20 – 31% Off)

Built with heavy duty steel and triangular mechanical support design, Comfortable high-density foam padding and seat secures body firmly and reducing muscle fatigue during workout.

Having a workout bench in the office has been one of the best investments (and constant reminder!) to get some exercise throughout the day. Along with this, there are also deals on Kettlebell weights (15% off) and adjustable dumbbells (20% off).

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Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Black Apron ($34.36 – 39% Off)

Built to withstand the toughest workshops, kitchens, and manual labor. Hand-made from 16 oz waxed canvas. Cross-back (x-back) straps spread the weight of tools to prevent neck strainExtra long straps accommodate up to 50 in. waist.

Along with this great waxed canvas apron, you’ll want to check out this wax canvas overnight/carry-on bag that can also be used as a tool case.

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Arteza Magnetic Dry Erase – 60-pack ($14.44 – 28% Off)

Assorted rich, vibrant colors can be used to highlight or for color coding. Colors include 5 each of red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, pink, green, and black.

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Epson Network Color Scanner ($459.99 – $200 Off)

Ultra Fast: 65 ppm/130 ipm scan speeds; Color and duplex – scans both sides in just one pass. Reliable: 3-Year warranty with free next business day replacement;Versatile paper handling. Robust: 6000-Sheet daily duty cycle and 80-page Automatic Document Feeder.

Our Epson DS-400 scanner is a workhorse. This is the upgrade and a steal at $459.99.

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Craftsman V20 Cordelss Drill & LED Light Set ($69 – 40% Off)

Lightweight and ideal for drilling into wood, metal plastic and all screw driving tasks. Provides precise control for drilling into wood, metal, plastic, and all screwdriving tasks.

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Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Kit ($164.80 – 20% Off)

Affordable price with good printing quality DIY 3D Printer, not only reasonable cost for the beginners and good performance for the enthusiasts.

There are always some great 3D printer deals on Amazon, and Prime Day makes it even better. There are loads of 3D printer deals and you can pick up this Ender 3 Cover and heated build plate as well.

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Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool ($29.97 – 14% Off)

While still up to the challenge of the professional tradesman, the slimmer design and focused tool pack are ideal for EDC user. Successful features of the Suspension remain: all outboard tools, all locking tools, and spring-loaded jaws. New features to the Suspension-NXT include: wire stripper, medium flathead driver, awl, file, and ruler.

A good multi-tool is a must-have. Though a Leatherman is at the top of our list, these Gerber Multi-tools are great quality and a great price, plus they have a variety of multi-tools for every use.

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Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D Printer ($639.20 – 20% Off)

The first generation product of Snapmaker: Snapmaker Original has three interchangeable functional modules, 3D printing, CNC carving and engraving. High precision with its all metal build: the all metal frame allows high quality prints. Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer can be widely used in many areas: personal hobbies, parent-child study, STEAM Education and rapid prototyping.

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Dremel Rotary Tool Kit ($99 – 17% Off)

Premium rotary tool kit – Includes 4300 high performance rotary tool, 5 attachments, 40 high-quality Dremel accessories, and plastic storage case.

Dremel always has a few Prime Day deals and this is one of the best prices we’ve seen on the tool kit with accessories and case.

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FLSUN Pre-Assembled Delta 3D Printer ($279 – 24% Off)

FLSUN-QQ-S Pre-assembled 3d printer: √ WIFI remote controller √ The Lattice galss platform √ Three fan for effector √ Double fan cooling system for board √ SD card including instruction files and software √ 3.2 inch Touch Screen.

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Other Items We’ve Bought or Are Watching

Cotton Weighted Blanket – $28.43 (21% Off)
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 10 qt – $99 (33% Off)
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones – $199 (43% Off)
JBL Boombox – Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $279.95 (30% Off)


*Note: Inventory based on availability and some prices subject to change per Amazon’s Prime Day policies.

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by Josh Mings at October 13, 2020 03:54 PM

Model of the Week: Water Collector [Catch Yo’ Rain!]

How can you use rainwater? To grow veggies, raise a clutter of Ocelots, or fill your kiddie pool to name a few. While you may have turned the kiddie pool into a giant margarita to make it through the rest of 2020, there are plenty of ways to collect and use rainwater, granted you don’t live in a communist state that forbids it – pshhh!

There are many ways to catch rainwater and many products that make it easier but if you have a 3D printer there’s one you can make yourself that’s extremely flexible. Maker group Jtronics has created a rain capture device that collects a portion of the water from your rain gutters. Best of all, once your rain barrel/bucket is full it then allows water to continue to flow through the downspout.

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Jtronics provides nine different downspout sizes from 50mm to 100mm. They also provide a hose connector model and a union nut to complete the hose hookup. Jtronics uses an Ultimaker UMO2 (he just upgraded from a UMO) and recommends a 0.20mm layer with 20% infill and supports only from the plate. Though they state ABS or PLA filament is suitable, I’d recommend a food-safe filament like PLA (without additives) or PET – Makerbot PLA Filament or Taulman Nylon 680 are good examples.

Ready to collect that rainwater? You can download the model from Thingiverse or Cults3D. [Bonus! Jtronics has some other great models, including this low-profile, modular mounting system. Check it out.]

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by Josh Mings at October 13, 2020 03:50 PM

Watch a Complete Teardown of The Brand-New PlayStation 5

ps5 disassembly

As we draw near to its inevitable November 12 release this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment is doing everything in its power to hype the PlayStation 5. And IT’S WORKING. Their latest effort: having VP of Mechanical Design, Yasuhiro Ootori, bust out his tools and dismantle the console by hand:

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Playstation 5 Teardown

After a brief overview of the console’s measurements (104mm wide, 390mm high, and 260mm deep), various ports, and outer hardware, Ooroti begins the teardown.

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Compared to the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 5 looks a heck of a lot easier to take apart. You need only to pop open the two face plates to access the ventilation fan. Since the PS4’s fan was infamous for sounding like a jet engine, the PS5 has a fan that cools the system from both sides as well as dust catcher holes to make cleaning it out with a vacuum easier.

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Apart from the cooling fan, popping the face plates allows easy access to the PS5’s M.2 interface with PCIe 4.0 support. This makes storage expansion just as easy as it was with the PS4, which required a separate hard drive to be installed inside or through one of its USB ports.

These are the only two components of the PS5 you can meddle with without voiding the console’s warranty. To complete the full disassembly, Ootori has to remove the warranty stickers on the screws before taking his tools to the PlayStation 5.

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He starts by removing the double-sided cooling fan, which measures 120mm in diameter and is 45mm thick, followed by the console’s Ultra HD Blu-ray drive unit. The drive unit casing deserves special mention as it is covered in sheet metal to reduce noise and vibration when a disc is being read.

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Ootori then removes the cables, shielding, and eventually the heart of the PlayStation 5: the x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen 2” CPU. 8 cores and 16 threads power this new console, allowing it to run up to 3.5GHz. The GPU on the other hand, can go up to 2.23GHz and output up to 10.3 teraflops. For memory, the PS5 has a 16GB GDDR6 which has a max bandwidth of 448GB per second. All your game saves, videos, photos, and the like are stored on the console’s onboard 825GB SSD.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment seems to have put cooling and noise reduction at the forefront this time around. Apart from the dual-sided cooling fan and the sheet metal around the drive unit, they have also incorporated liquid metal as a thermal conductor to reduce the heat build-up over long periods of time. To finish the disassembly, Ootori removes the heat sink and the 350W power supply.

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Unlike other YouTube disassembly videos which have the hosts screaming nonsense into your ears, this was a very professional and oddly calming breakdown of a brand-new console. After seeing it physically dismantled, I kind of want to do the same with my PlayStation 5 when I inevitably get my hands on one. You?

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 13, 2020 02:24 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 Highlighting of Invisible Actors

A new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, and the latest Composer Player, is the ability to automatically highlight invisible actors contained within the selected assembly.

This can be very useful for keeping track of what is and what is not included in the assembly.  The option is turned on by default in File > Preferences:

SOLIDWORKS Composer Highlight Invisible Actors is enabled by default

Highlight Invisible Actors is enabled by default

When an assembly containing hidden actors is selected, those hidden actors will now be highlighted.  The assembly below contains 20 actors, but 11 of them are hidden, leaving only 9 visible:

Only 9 actors are visible

Only 9 actors are visible

When we select the top-level assembly, those hidden actors are highlighted as well:

With top-level assembly selected, the hidden actors are highlighted

With top-level assembly selected, the hidden actors are highlighted

Learn more Composer tips and tricks in our SOLIDWORKS Composer Essentials course!

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by John Lee, CSWE at October 13, 2020 12:43 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 Call For Papers is Now Open

As many of you know  3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 will be an international virtual event.  While some of you may be sad that we don’t get to meet face-to-face, we also have a tremendous opportunity to extend our SOLIDWORKS user connection globally – with no physical limits!  Imagine the vast audience you can reach should you choose to submit a paper for our exciting annual user conference that will be held February 8-11, 2021.

We invite you to think about one or more subjects you feel you could confidently share with your fellow SOLIDWORKS user.  What skill have you learned that you would like to pass on?  What workflow have you put together that could benefit others?  What innovative, out-of-the-box processes have taken your company to the next level?  This isn’t the time to be humble or shy – we want to hear from you!

We are looking for high-energy, clear and concise presenters for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 who aim to uplift, educate and inspire their audience.  Realizing that attention spans run shorter online, we are keeping our virtual sessions to 45 minutes with 30 minutes of pre-recorded content (except for the live panels) followed by 15 minutes of live Q&A.  All accepted presenters will need to submit their videos by January 8. We’ll provide plenty of help and info along the way. Accepted presenters will also need to be available at their preassigned timeslot for their live questions and answers during the event.

What’s in it for you?  

Of course, there is always bragging rights and a nice addition to your resume.  But since we do realize that much goes into preparing and recording a great class – we wanted to do something extra special for you!  Since there is no charge to attend 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, the usual compensation of a free pass didn’t sound like a fair trade this year.  Consequently, we are prepared to offer you a transferable pass to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022 (at which time we fully expect to be back to our live, in-person event).  In addition to this – we will grant you our VIP “The Works” pass for 3DEXPERIENCE 2021, a pass that allows you to get into special events and sessions not available to the general public.

 

We invite you to submit a proposal at the below link:

Submit a Proposal

The CFP site closes on October 30, which is right around the corner so get those proposals in as soon as possible.  We want to hear from you!

Let’s make this the best 3DEXPERIENCE World ever!

 

 

 

Author information

Lynn Allen
Lynn Allen
In her 20+ year career as a Technology Evangelist, first for Autodesk and now at Dassault Systèmes, Lynn Allen has spoken to more than a half million professionals at events in over 50 countries. Her online presentations and videos have easily reached over five million individuals. Her passion and strength is connecting with users, helping them embrace change and shining a light on new technology. For over 20 years she wrote a column for Cadalyst magazine, and was the voice behind their popular videos –“Tips with Lynn Allen”. The author of three technology books - Lynn has over 21,000 followers on Twitter (Lynn_Allen) with over a quarter million impressions every month.

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by Lynn Allen at October 13, 2020 12:00 PM

October 12, 2020

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Icon Changes for Workflow States and Transitions

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 has new icons for workflow States and Transitions. The colours and appearance of existing icons are improved as well.

The State and Transition icons are broken down into categories that make the selection process easier.

In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool, open a workflow, and in the Properties dialog box of a state/transition, click Change…, icon is selected from the list of categories.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflow Icons

SOLIDWORKS PDM Workflow Icons

The workflow state icons are beside the state name in the file list view making it easier to identify the state of the file.

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by Nadeem Akhtar at October 12, 2020 12:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

How Accurate Is a Digital Simulation When Compared to Physical Reality?

Software companies like to trumpet the idea that a computer simulation is a close approximation of how your product design will behave when exposed to actual physical forces, such as pressure, temperature, airflow, vibration, and more. Companies say simulations help optimize designs, reduce the number of physical prototypes needed, and increase speed to market.

Are these claims true?

Granted it is essential to test for product durability, strength, and safety, especially in highly regulated industries. Predicting product failure early in the development process can potentially save millions of dollars, prevent unending lawsuits, and catapult a product’s reliability and efficacy ratings to the top.

SOLIDWORKS® performs numerous comprehensive tests of its software products to ensure they meet and exceed customer expectations and is eager to share the details of how SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation measured up to real-world results.

 

Digital Testing Versus Physical Testing

To validate the accuracy of SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation results, SOLIDWORKS initiated a projectwith Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Taiwan, which operates advanced injection-molding systems and equipment and has contributed to the development of leading-edge, injection-molding technology as one of the world’s leading plastics engineering research centers.

CYCU Engineering Department Chair Dr. Shia Chung Shelley Chen supervised the project, which involved comparing SOLIDWORKS Plastics analysis predictions with empirical molding results by shooting three different test part geometries using five different materials; instrumenting the molds with pressure and temperature sensors; and measuring numerous key variable processing parameters, including melt temperature, mold temperature, fill rate, cavity pressure, coolant flow rate, coolant temperature, and coolant pressure.

The CYCU validation project team then compared its real-world experimental findings with SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation results.

See the Results for Yourself

The overall findings of the CYCU/SOLIDWORKS Plastics Validation Project are detailed in this white paper. The experiment demonstrated excellent correlation between analysis predictions and empirical, real-world molding results for the injection molding process.

Beginning with filling patterns and continuing with mold pressure profiles, cooling circuit pressure drops, coolant temperatures, and warpage analyses, the project validated the fundamental accuracy of the software as well as the increase in accuracy.

SOLIDWORKS believes it is essential to expect that software technology providers have an ongoing obligation to ensure the accuracy of simulation results by comparing analysis predictions to real-world results.

Click here to download the whitepaper to see the detailed results of comparing digital simulation to physical reality.

 

 

 

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SOLIDWORKS
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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by SOLIDWORKS at October 12, 2020 12:00 PM

October 10, 2020

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Quick Access Toolbar

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, you can use the Quick Access Toolbar to easily access commonly used commands like check in or check out.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Access Toolbar

SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Access Toolbar

To add or remove specific commands to the Quick Access Toolbar, open user or group Settings in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool, in the left pan of the Settings dialog box, select Quick Access Toolbar and specify the commands.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Access Toolbar Settings

SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Access Toolbar Settings

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by Nadeem Akhtar at October 10, 2020 12:00 PM

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Friday Smackdown: Pinkmalicious [Best Links of the Week!]

Echos bellowed with a razor battered cut and clang against the steel rock-conveyor troughs. All was not what was heard and even less what was seen. Beneath the rumble a stretching screech, drawn from deep within the cavity between each breath that carried with it the odor of these links.

Aw Anqi – Light and dark, angels and demons, but moreso the tension between the chacracters in an array of vibrant environments.

808303 – A web-based version of a Roland TR-808 and Roland TB-303 for you to setup a loop for the rest of the Smackdown.

12 Sunset – Ed Ruscha started photographing Sunset Strip in the 60s. Getty has digitized over 60,000 negatives to take you on an interactive ride along the strip.

Seekers 2.0 – ‘Vibrational wood sculptures’ by LA-based 3D artist Jean-Michel Verbeeck.

Domik Ptashki – And something made of real wood. An interesting oblong birdhouse made by DYDYKIN Studios, with making of to boot.

Mummy – A 2500 year old mummy sarcophagus was opened in Egypt. It’s 2020. What could go wrong. More about the dig and unearthing of all 59 coffins here.

CUPOTY – Close-up photography of the year winners. Animals, plants, and more.

Translated Vase – The sculpture of YeeSookyung, made up of discarded ceramic fragments, like 3-dimensional blobs of fused ceramic shards.

V12 Speedster – The 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 with peak output of 700hp from Aston Martin. Only 88 will be available in 2021.

Accidentally Wes Anderson – If you know the site (or similar Reddit), you’ll love the book. 200 shots with stories.

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Happy Anywhere – New lyric video from Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani featuring some monochromatic, low-poly pop-up world style 3D visuals.

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by Josh Mings at October 10, 2020 12:19 AM

October 09, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Cottage Dolls House Part 3 – Tutorial

In this final part of this 3-Part SOLIDWORKS tutorial series for a Wooden Cottage Dolls House we will export the solid bodies out as parts, some will be grouped together into one part to make it quicker to assemble. If you’re following this tutorial, you will need to have finished Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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With the finished Dolls House Part, I used save bodies, and insert into a new pert (for grouped solid bodies) to create a group of parts to re-assemble the house as an assembly. The grouping solid bodies and inserting into a new part was useful for the dolls house window solid bodies as they were made up of 6 bodies, if I exported these out separately, it would take much longer to assemble the Dolls House. But instead I could just drop in two window boxes as whole parts.

Once the Dolls House bodies had been exported as parts, I added a guide sketch to the two front doors. They were circle sketches which could be used to create a concentric mate, these allowed me to turn the doors on a temporary axis as they would be expected to move.

The decals I added are available to download from Cottage Dolls House Decals (4) if you would like to add them to the house.

When I have designed Dolls Houses in the past for work, this is how I would do them, so that I can easily interchange, amend or move parts freely. In this case I wanted the front doors of the house to open and close freely, to stop the door simply passing through the house, I added limited angle mates under advanced mates and input the minimum and maximum angles for the doors to open and close. Limited angle mates were added to the two main doors, and the small Dolls door. A limited distance mate was also added to the front roof panel so it could be lifted on and off the Dolls House tabs without moving through the model.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial series, if you managed to finish all 3 tutorials I would love to see your finished models, so feel free to share on social media and tag in SOLIDWORKS with your creation. A wooden Dolls House furniture set tutorial will also be coming out soon, which was been designed to fit a 1:12 scale house.

Author information

Jade Crompton
I am a 3D Designer and Solidworks Blog Contributor from the UK. I am a self taught Solidworks user, and have been using it to inform and create my designs since 2012. I specialise in the design of Ceramics, Home Accessories and Wooden Toy Design.

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by Jade Crompton at October 09, 2020 03:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

The benefits of 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Named User Licensing

The 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio includes 50+ roles across multiple domains to give SOLIDWORKS users access to all the tools they need to be successful. All the roles come with named user licensing which means the license is no longer tied to a machine but assigned to a user. A license is assigned when an administrator grants a role to you. A role determines the 3DEXPERIENCE services and apps that you are entitled to use.

3DEXPERIENCE Named User Licensing

3DEXPERIENCE Named User Licensing

Benefits of Named User Licensing

  1. Easily work on any device: Named User Licensing gives users the flexibility to install and use all the SOLIDWORKS applications they are entitled to on multiple devices (e.g. on a work computer or at home, on laptops, tablets and phones) with their 3DEXPERIENCE ID. Users can easily request an App from the administrator.
  2. No serial number to remember: Your named user license does not require a serial number. Users no longer need to activate or deactivate their licenses to move from machine to machine or track hard-to-remember serial numbers from traditional desktop installations. Just login to the platform through a browser with your password.
  3. Easier to administrate: Named user licensing simplifies license management and monitoring for both users and administrators. The licensing is managed and assigned directly on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. The admin assumes a platform administrator role and gets their own dashboard to manage users and understand license usage and consumption. The admin can perform administrative tasks (e.g. define user groups, access rules, map CAD parameters, set communities etc.).
  4. No need for a license server: With SolidNetWork Licensing or SNL you need to have a dedicated license server machine to issue licenses to users. But with the Named User License users log into the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform online to access their license. This makes licensing easier to manage as you will not need to maintain a server machine.
  5. Personalized license and availability of apps: The named user license provides the applications that a user needs for their role in the business. With a SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License set-up you are typically sharing licenses between users and depending on who logs if first the license may not be available for the user. Plus the applications they need may not be installed on their machine unlike the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform has the application already available online for the user to use.

Are you interested in switching to named user licensing?

Contact us to learn more about 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS and how named user licensing can benefit your business.

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by Rod Mackay at October 09, 2020 01:29 PM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Displaying Derived Part References

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, the way Derived Part References are displayed, has been improved. But before we look at the improvements, perhaps should first discuss what a Derived Part actually is.

What is a Derived Part?

In SOLIDWORKS, a Derived Part can be directly created by inserting an existing part into a part that is being edited. As long as the link is not broken, the Derived Part will reference the original part.

Insert Part as a Derived Part

Insert Part

Derived Part in SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM

In previous releases of SOLIDWORKS PDM, there were no options to control the display of Derived Part references in a computed BOM. In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, the display of Derived Part References can be toggled by editing the BOM in PDM Administration and checking ‘Include derived part references’:

Enabling Derived Part References in BOM

Enabling Derived Part References

With ‘Include derived part references‘ checked, the Derived Part References will display in the Computed BOM:

Computed BOM Showing Derived Part References

Computed BOM Showing Derived Part References

Derived Part in Contains and Where Used Tabs

Additionally, in the Contains and Where Used tab, all Derived Part References can be viewed, regardless of the selected configuration. In previous releases, Derived Part References were only displayed when the ‘Do not show configurations’ option was enabled for the selected configuration.

Do Not Show Configurations

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 09, 2020 12:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

The Latest Updates to 3D Sculptor

You can quickly create complex, organically shaped 3D models in the browser-based design tool, 3D Sculptor. Because 3D Sculptor is easy to learn and use, you can start with a 3D shape or a 2D surface and easily push, pull, scale, crease, and bend your Sub-D model to get the shape you desire—similar to modeling clay, but on a computer.

We recently added updates to 3D Sculptor. And just as a reminder: Since updates to our cloud-based portfolio of products happens automatically, you don’t have to worry about downloading or updating a new version manually—that’s taken care of for you.

Here are a few of the most important new capabilities you’ll see in 3D Sculptor.

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Option for Creased Edges on Primitive Shapes

Now 3D Sculptor gives you the option to create primitive shapes with creased edges: you can easily toggle between the two. This functionality applies to the box, cylinder, and cone primitives.

The ability to automatically create subdivision primitive shapes with creased edges speeds up modeling efforts since you no longer have to crease all the edges of your primitives manually. Also, because 3D Sculptor’s user interface is “sticky,” it remembers what type of edge (soft or sharp) you used in your most recent design, and it continues using that edge going forward.

Copy/Paste Subdivision Features

Any part may have several Sub-D features. Now you can quickly copy and paste features you want to reuse in another location in your design. Once pasted in the new location, you can manipulate and edit the feature since all data are copied from the original feature.

Bounding Boxes

One of the challenging aspects of designing in Sub-D is sizing objects that are merely pushed and pulled into an aesthetically pleasing form. Because you are not working with specific dimensions, the model’s scale is not always readily apparent. The bounding box tool displays a bounding box around the subdivision feature and its dimensions, which enables you to monitor your design’s size and scale.

You can also use the bounding box to resize or scale subdivision features uniformly or non-uniformly. Uniform scaling ensures that a change in one dimension along the X, Y, or Z planes scales uniformly with the remaining dimensions.

With non-uniform scaling, a change in one dimension on the X, Y, or Z planes will not affect the remaining dimensions. For example, you could stretch a Sub-D feature in the X direction only, without affecting the Y or Z planes.

Design Flexibility

3D Sculptor gives you the flexibility to work from any location with an internet connection and a browser. With 3D Sculptor you no longer need to lug around your CAD workstation or even a laptop since your computing horsepower comes from the cloud on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.  You can design from anywhere, at any time, on any device.

Click here to learn more about 3D Sculptor and how it seamlessly integrates with SOLIDWORKS®. Contact your local reseller for more information or to start a trial.

 

 

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Craig Therrien
Craig Therrien
Craig Therrien is a Product Manager at SolidWorks

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by Craig Therrien at October 09, 2020 12:00 PM

October 08, 2020

SolidSmack

How 3D Printing is Influencing Crocs Popularity

Crocs 3D Printing Charms

Crocs, Inc. is an American company based in Niwot, Colorado that offers comfortable leisure footwear and is known for innovation. In 2020 Crocs sales have surged partly due to people staying at home in response to COVID-19. The company saw a 14% increase in March 2020 when compared to 2019 sales numbers.

Crocs has done what some had thought impossible by making their shoes stylish and cool by creating collaborations with some of the most influential businesses, musicians, and artists in the world today, including but not limited to KFC, Balenciaga, Post Malone, and Takashi Murakami. Influencer demand sometimes creates a market imbalance, which not only causes shoes to sell out within hours but also creates a secondary market where the $50 shoe will sell as high as $600 depending on the model.

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3D Printing Opportunities

Crocs has been utilizing 3D printing for some time. Partnered with Italian 3D printing company 3ntr, they have been utilizing 3D printing during the prototype phase of the manufacturing process. This allows them to receive highly accurate feedback on the performance of the shoe and increase the rate of production while keeping costs low.

Jibbitz is another avenue where Crocs can leverage their 3D printing resources to aid manufacturing. Jibbitz charms are small accent pieces that are attached through the holes of the Crocs that add the unique ability for the wearer to customize post-purchase. They are made out of a hard rubber or plastic material similar to materials that are commonly used in 3D printing. This would allow the customer to create any one-off design they desire as you can find on Thingiverse.

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The footwear category is one of 3D printing’s most successful categories. Some commentators are forecasting $9 billion in 3D printing retail sales in the footwear market by the year 2030. We recently covered the popular Nike’s Performance Zoom Vaporfly product that illustrates this potential. That article can be viewed here.

Manufactures and designers utilizing 3D printing in the shoe ware industry may be eligible for R&D Tax Credits.

The Research & Development Tax Credit

 Whether it’s used for creating and testing prototypes or for final production, 3D printing is a great indicator that R&D credit-eligible activities are taking place. Companies implementing this technology at any point should consider taking advantage of R&D Tax Credits.

Enacted in 1981, the now permanent Federal Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit allows a credit that typically ranges from 4%-7% of eligible spending for new and improved products and processes. Qualified research must meet the following four criteria:

  • Must be technological in nature
  • Must be a component of the taxpayer’s business
  • Must represent R&D in the experimental sense and generally includes all such costs related to the development or improvement of a product or process
  • Must eliminate uncertainty through a process of experimentation that considers one or more alternatives

Eligible costs include US employee wages, cost of supplies consumed in the R&D process, cost of pre-production testing, US contract research expenses, and certain costs associated with developing a patent.

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the PATH Act, making the R&D Tax Credit permanent. Since 2016, the R&D credit can be used to offset Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) or companies with revenue below $50MM and, startup businesses can obtain up to $250,000 per year in cash rebates that can be applied directly to payroll taxes.

Conclusion

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In recent months, Crocs has seen a huge boost in popularity and, in turn, sales. The company has already integrated 3D printing technology into its design and development process with opportunities for more usage still. 3D printing has proven to be beneficial in the prototyping phase and can ultimately improve the production process. Additive manufacturing and other techniques or technologies that lead to process improvements are just some of the eligible activities that support the R&D Tax Credit.

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by Fabbaloo at October 08, 2020 06:42 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

How to Bring Complex Designs to Life in SOLIDWORKS CAM

Hi. I’m Mike Dady, Application Engineer for Alignex. A few months ago, I was having dinner at a friends’ house when I was given a wine glass that piqued my SOLIDWORKS interest. The glass had a set of spiral grooves machined on it’s exterior. My engineering brain immediately began wondering how I would go about recreating this exact design within SOLIDWORKS & SOLIDWORKS CAM. Let’s take a look at how it works.

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After some review, it turns out we can do it all using the SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard package that comes with every license of SOLIDWORKS on subscription support. The first step on our journey is establishing the path needed to cut the groove in our Part. The varying diameter of the glass is the complicating factor to this process. There are multiple solutions that can create the path needed, but the most versatile is using Solid-Surface Hybrid Modeling. This creates an Intersection Curve that will update as the glass geometry changes. To learn more on this process, check out ‘Mastering Parts and Features’ in the Training Section of the Alignex web site.

How to Bring Complex Designs to Life in SOLIDWORKS CAM

Now that the modeling has been completed, it’s time to machine the groove using SOLIDWORKS CAM. Our first step will be to create a Configuration that has the grooves Suppressed. This new configuration will be used for the machining stock by using a Part File in the Stock Manager. Pick the current Part Model, and then choose our stock configuration to complete the process.

To machine our groove we’ll use a Curve Machining Feature. Right away we see another reason the Intersection Curve is the best solution for our groove path. We’ll re-use it in SOLIDWORKS CAM to create our machining feature. Once the curve is selected, move on to set the depth of the feature. With the machining feature complete, we’ll create an equally spaced Pattern to machine the second groove, and then create the Operation.

How to Bring Complex Designs to Life in SOLIDWORKS CAM

Our next step is to change the Operation setup to properly machine the grooves. Currently the Operation is using a Flat End Mill and that will not work. Normally, we would customize the Technology Database ahead of time to add the tool for machining the grooves. Today, we’ll create a custom tool on the fly. Everything starts by adding a keyway tool into the Tool Crib from the Library, and then the Tool is selected for use in the Operation. It doesn’t matter what size keyway tool is added since it will be customized to match our groove diameter. We have to make sure our Tool Diameter and Overall Length are large enough for cutting the lower section of the glass. The Tool Protrusion also needs to be adjusted in the Holder definition. It’s a good practice to use the Tool preview in the graphics window to check for interferences.

Next up is adjusting the Contour Side Parameter Allowance. The current value will have the tool only trace the outside of the glass. We need to adjust the allowance to match the groove depth using a negative value to cut into the glass.

How to Bring Complex Designs to Life in SOLIDWORKS CAM

The last Operation change will be modifying the Lead-In and Leadout to match our model. The overlap will need to be removed or our groove will be too long. Make sure the Leadout length is large enough to prevent the tool from crashing while retracting due to the undercut. Now that all our modifications are complete, we can create the Toolpath.

To verify everything is setup correctly, we’ll Simulate the Toolpath to review everything. This will let us know if there are any interferences with the Tool or Holder, and let us review our final machined geometry.

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Alignex, Inc.
Alignex, Inc. is the premier provider of SOLIDWORKS software and partner products to the mechanical engineering industry in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Illinois. With more than 25 years of technical experience, Alignex offers consulting services, training and support for SOLIDWORKS as well as support for partner products. For more information, visit alignex.com.

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by Alignex, Inc. at October 08, 2020 03:00 PM

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Personalized Pillow Designed For a Perfect Night’s Sleep

franky's pillow

Different pillow types fit different people. I, for instance, like rock-hard pillows and can’t stand pillows that are too soft and airy. You might think the opposite, which is why pillow companies work tirelessly to create a wide variety of choices for those with distinct sleeping patterns and behaviors.

There have been countless attempts to create the “perfect pillow” which fits everyone, but Franky’s Pillow might just be one of the few that have come close.

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Despite its name, Franky’s Pillow isn’t just for founder Frank Stoel. It’s designed for optimal adjustment of the thickness and firmness by adding or removing different layers, allowing you to customize the pillow to whatever you’re feeling at the moment. It’s similar to how multiple foam densities are used in high-end seating and furniture design.

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For the foam in this pillow, soya and orange blossom oils are manufactured into natural foam for the pillow to provide optimal neck support. Unlike memory foam, this material keeps its shape for a long time while always conforming to your neck and head while you rest. This allows the pillow to adapt to any sleeping position and body type.

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The top layer uses a grid-like structure that allows air to pass through, making it more flexible. No matter how many layers you add to the Franky’s Pillow, it is advised you should always put this piece on top.

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The outer cover (the part which makes contact with your skin) is made from bamboo and TENCEL fabric. This breathable fabric keeps you sweat-free at night, is super soft, and most importantly, is machine-washable.

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The ability to add and remove layers to Franky’s Pillow makes it feel more customizable than any single pillow which claims it fits everyone. No matter how messed up your sleeping position and habits, this pillow will always conform to whatever way you lie down.

Franky’s Pillow is currently on Kickstarter, and has over $30,000 funded out of its $11,791 goal. If you’ve shopped other mid to high-end comfort pillows, like MyPillow, Purple and others, the price will be in your range, especially with Earlybird specials still available.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 08, 2020 01:14 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Improved Bonded Formulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has made changes to algorithms related to bonded interactions to improve the accuracy and stability of static, frequency and buckling studies.  There may be small gaps between the physical geometry that were not noticed.  In some cases the geometry may have no clearance, but an independent coarse mesh causes small gaps or interferences.

Here’s an example of two parts.  There is a complex spline cutting them in two, but all locations are physically coincident (no gaps or interference).  The black part is fixed on its flat sides.  The grey part has an angled force load attempting to pull it away.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study with Bonded Components

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study with Bonded Components

For exaggeration, the mesh was set to Draft quality and a coarse size.  While the geometry is properly coincident, using an independent mesh (incompatible) now have slight gaps and interferences between nodes.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Gaps

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Gaps

 

Simulation 2020 global bonded interactions does not account for gaps by default.  When we attempt to solve the study, there is instability and the parts let go.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Bond Not Held

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Bond Not Held

Simulation 2021 automatically includes a 0.01% gap range for bonding, which is similar to the non-touching faces option in previous releases.  This accounts for variations in the coarse mesh and keeps a proper bond.  However improvements in the Simulation 2021 bonded formulation give better results than previous releases.  Here I matched the clearance/gap size.  Note how Simulation 2021 provides more realistic results even with a poor quality mesh.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Global Bonded

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Displacement Results

In the end, the mesh itself was too coarse with draft quality.  If a refined high quality mesh was used, the bond would hold.  However this gives an visible representation of the improvements in Simulation 2021.

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at October 08, 2020 12:00 PM

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User-Generated SOLIDWORKS Certification Training is Changing the Game

“I am a student trying to democratize SOLIDWORKS education,” reads the “About” tab for SolidWorks Lucas, Lucas Crupi’s YouTube channel. Lucas is well known within in the SOLIDWORKS community. When he was 15-years-old, he became one of the youngest Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts (CSWE) in the world. Now, with his 17th birthday just around the corner, he wants to share his knowledge with others to help students of all ages get certified and become better SOLIDWORKS users. With his YouTube channel, which is officially supported by the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program, he is well on his way to achieving his goals.

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Lucas discovered SOLIDWORKS as a 14-year-old when he joined his high school’s first ever FIRST Robotics team. After researching the design solutions available to new teams, Lucas chose SOLIDWORKS. There were no SOLIDWORKS mentors in his school, however so he had to learn how to use the software on his own, and learn he did. In December 2019, only a few months after his 15th birthday, Lucas passed the CSWE exam. He was not necessarily trying to be one of the youngest CSWEs in the world, but it was certainly a perk. “I was just going for [the CSWE] so that I could know I was competent in the software,” he explained.

“One of the most common questions we get when people hear that users as young as 15 years old are passing the CSWE exam is ‘How hard must it be?’” said Mike Puckett, Senior Manager of the Worldwide Technical Certification Program for SOLIDWORKS. The CSWE is the most challenging exam offered by SOLIDWORKS so when Mike started hearing about students in high school passing it, he reached out to the younger CSWEs to try and understand if there was something off track with the exam. “But when I started talking to them and seeing their work, I quickly understood that these individuals didn’t have some secret to passing the CSWE exam,” Mike said. “They were just that good at using SOLIDWORKS.”

Lucas is incredibly good at using SOLIDWORKS, and he worked hard to get there. To help him prepare for his exams, Lucas used the resources and learning paths found on MySolidWorks. He found them to be very informative and helpful, but thought he could see room for improvement.

This led to the creation of Lucas’s YouTube channel. After learning so much and passing eight SOLIDWORKS certification exams, proving his knowledge and working with his FIRST team, he wanted to spread the wealth, so to speak. He currently has three series running on his channel, “Zero to CSWP” (Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional), his “Ultimate Weldment Design Series,” and “Cracking the CSWE,” which covers CSWE preparation, and he has more series based around SOLIDWORKS certification planned.

In his videos, Lucas is approachable, enunciates, and holds your hand (not too tightly) as he takes you on a fast-paced journey through the SOLIDWORKS UI, tools, and functionality. As Lucas teaches the basics, he also shares best practices, helping designers and engineers build good habits as they prepare for exams and work on projects. They are great videos for absolute beginners and for veteran SOLIDWORKS users who want to pass certification exams and build their resumes and skills.

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There is another reason Lucas’s videos are perfect for people who are trying to become certified: his channel has the distinction of being officially supported by the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program. At 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 in Nashville, Mike and Lucas met in person and discussed certification training. Mike recalled, “One of the topics that came up was some of the issues we both have with people uploading poorly created and even incorrect content on YouTube that users might use to prepare for SOLIDWORKS exams. That’s when I made the suggestion to Lucas that we work with each other to provide him with whatever he needed in order to make quality certification content from a user’s perspective.” That helped kick off the video project.

The data sets Lucas creates and uses to teach are made from exam materials provided by the SOLIDWORKS Certification team. “We don’t tell him what to say or what to produce, we just make sure he has access to the exams, and we answer any questions he may have about what a certain data set in the exam is trying to achieve. We do look at the data sets he creates to make sure they do not reveal too much information about the exam,” Mike added. But other than that, it’s all Lucas. “Ultimately,” he said, “we just want other users to achieve the success Lucas has.”

To help other succeed, Lucas has set goals for his channel. He wants to create more content and more educational series, eventually covering all of the exams it takes to become an expert. He also wants to dive into SOLIDWORKS as a computer program, dedicating an entire series to the many different buttons in SOLIDWORKS and discussing how to use them. Finally, he would like to work on actual designs, demonstrating how SOLIDWORKS is used in real-world applications.

Still, his main goal is to help anyone and everyone who wants to use SOLIDWORKS. YouTube videos are accessible to anyone with an internet connection, making once rare educational resources more obtainable. “There are thousands of students on FIRST Robotics teams, and the majority of the ones I’ve talked to don’t use CAD. But it’s not because they’re lazy or don’t have the willpower to learn,” Lucas said. “It’s because they don’t have a clear learning path, or they don’t have the resources to learn how to do it. Imagine if we had 100,000 students, or even 1% of that number, learning how to use SOLIDWORKS while they’re young. A thousand more extremely qualified engineers once they leave university, that would be game changing.”

Lucas wants to change the game by sharing his knowledge. He is more interested in reaching people with his content than he is in getting millions of subscribers. While his channel is niche and still small, it has already gotten a great response. SOLIDWORKS users from around the world have reached out to him, thanking him for his tutorials. People have emailed him to let him know they passed the first segment of the CSWP by studying with his videos.

As his channel expands, Lucas cannot wait to see other SOLIDWORKS users grow. One day, he hopes he will see more young people becoming CSWEs, people even younger than he was when he passed the exam: he wants to see 14- or 13-year-olds become experts. “I think it’s possible for someone that young to do it, if they have the drive,” he said. “They just need the resources, right?” He is definitely right. And the resources are certainly available.

Thank you to Lucas Crupi for taking the time to talk about his experiences learning SOLIDWORKS and starting his YouTube channel. Check out SolidWorks Lucas today. Thank you to Mike Puckett for his help and for information about the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program. Learn more about the program and start your own SOLIDWORKS certification journey today.

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Sara Zuckerman
Sara Zuckerman
Sara Zuckerman is a Content Marketing Specialist in Brand Offer Marketing for SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS.

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by Sara Zuckerman at October 08, 2020 12:00 PM

October 07, 2020

The Javelin Blog

Path to Aircraft Certification for Additive Manufacturing with Stratasys F900

Additive manufacturing (AM) is becoming widely recognized as one of the production methods for nearly all industries including aerospace, particularly in aircraft manufacturing.

In the early stages of AM in aerospace, the technology had been limited to producing tools and indirect manufacturing aid used to help other traditional manufacturing processes. In recent years however, more and more additively manufactured components are being installed directly on the aircrafts innovating the industry with vastly improved design freedom and simplifying logistic challenges such as inventory control.

The barrier in front of many aerospace suppliers wanting to produce parts with AM is the difficulty which lies with assuring the airworthiness of the parts produced with the technology. The big players in the aerospace community have developed their own proprietary design allowables and process specifications that are far too costly to develop for the rest of the field. This has prevented the industry from moving forward with leveraging AM in larger scale. Traditionally, AM parts for aerospace had to be qualified individually. The qualification includes everything from the raw material sourcing to post processing and everything in-between. Without necessary specifications from regulatory agencies, the decision-making process in design and development stages was slow and expensive, let alone the testing and validation.

airworthiness certification pathway

An example of airworthiness certification pathway

To open up the common ground to manufacturers for producing airworthy AM components quickly and reliably, Stratasys worked with the aerospace community including FAA, NIAR and other major aerospace OEMs to qualify Ultem™ 9085CG material and Stratasys 900mc™ (F900) using the NCAMP Process. This not only helps the aerospace OEMs but also the suppliers to jump in and produce certified components given that their equipment and process control have passed the equivalency test.

Stratasys AIS (Aircraft Interior Solution) package provides the necessary hardware, on-site training and the knowledge to help manufacturers to achieve the NCAMP process equivalency on their 900mc (F900) systems using Ultem 9085CG material. Proving NCAMP Process equivalency essentially takes all the guesswork out of the equation for the steps 1 – 5 in the aircraft certification pathway which saves tremendous amount of time and expenditure.

Ultem 9085CG is a special grade of Ultem 9085 filament that is produced in smaller batches, has more frequent testing and is fully traceable down to the raw resin lot. This is possible due to complete cleaning of all extrusion equipment to eliminate the cross contamination when the resin lot is changed during the production of the filament.

In addition to regulatory requirements, AIS-ready 900mc systems can also benefit other industries where low variance in part performance is important. NIAR’s testing revealed that the test coupons (approx. 6500 samples) produced with AIS-ready Stratasys 900mc systems running T16A tip and CG material had a significant increase in the mean strength value as well as a considerable reduction in variability, which leads to repeatable and superior performance compared to parts produced with non-AIS systems.

aircraft interior solution vs regular 900mc

Test coupon tensile strength test comparison between regular 900mc vs AIS-ready 900mc

Standards help industries adopt and leverage new technologies to bring innovations to the table. The Aircraft Interiors Solutions is one of the examples demonstrating that Stratasys is paving the way for the true digital manufacturing era for tightly regulated industries such as aerospace. Simplifying the complexity of aircraft certification path with additive manufacturing in the highly controlled field will help OEMs and suppliers to take advantage of what the future of manufacturing has to offer.

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by Joseph Yang at October 07, 2020 07:47 PM

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Building the Design Platform of the Future

As most of you are probably aware, we have introduced a new cloud-based, design-to-manufacturing portfolio called 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS. We know this makes some of you a little uneasy, as you see it as a replacement of your beloved SOLIDWORKS. I am here to tell you that is simply not true. By connecting SOLIDWORKS to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, our users will have the ability to embrace tools that were beyond their reach before. First however, let’s discuss the reasons behind the move to the cloud.

Is Moore’s Law dead?

The CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, famously declared the death of Moore’s Law at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Moore’s Law is the long-held notion that the processing power of computers increases exponentially every couple of years. However, it might have reached its limit. I’m not here to fuel the debate on this issue, but one thing is undoubtedly true: computer speed is not increasing at the rate it once did, while the need for more computational power to process AI-based algorithms or more complex simulation is increasing faster than ever.

The April 1965 Electronics Magazine in which Moore’s article appeared. Photo credit: Wikimedia

 

At the same time we can expect that bandwidth and connectivity will only increase and improve in the future. As millions of people across the world are now learning and working from home due to the coronavirus, internet networks have been put to the test. They have, for the most part, persevered as have the legions of workers suddenly now working remotely.

In order to keep pace with delivering the advanced engineering capabilities our users will need to compete in today’s challenging markets as well as those of the future, our R&D team realized we needed to make the transition to a cloud-based product development environment. We have done just this with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and the solutions tailored specifically to our SOLIDWORKS users with the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio.

Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of a platform-based approach to product development.

Get better insights from your data. Every product development company’s most important asset is their data. A platform approach to product development enables that data to be safely shared and collaborated on in real-time with key stakeholders, both inside and outside of your company. With intuitive access to real-time data, you can manage its complexity and make better-informed decisions faster that lead to greater profitability. 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS offers roles specialized in market and business intelligence that are key to operational excellence and optimal business performance.

Improved collaboration. Most of us know that better collaboration leads to higher levels of innovation, however, working together without the proper tools in place has always been a challenge. With 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS, collaboration tools are intuitive and everyone is working in the same system, facilitating the exchange of ideas, improving coordination, assuring traceability and accountability and fostering more innovation.

One single source of truth. A single, online, always available “source of truth” makes companies more agile, more flexible and resilient to disruptions like we are seeing today. By having one single source of truth, you can quickly get to the root cause of problems and more rapidly resolve them, increasing quality and ultimately, customer satisfaction.

Digital continuity. Product development using the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS solutions assures digital continuity, meaning companies can automate updates of both software and data so everyone is on the same release and on the same page as far as product status because everyone is always working on real-time data. Time-consuming updates are now a thing of the past.

Get connected. By connecting SOLIDWORKS to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, you can create seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve. This connected design-to-manufacturing ecosystem in the cloud enables teams to collaborate on real-time data anywhere and at any time on any Internet-enabled device.

Less IT cost and burden. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of working in a cloud-based product development environment, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, is that the cost of your IT infrastructure is significantly lowered. No longer do you need powerful, expensive workstations and servers. You also have the ability to scale up—or down—as needed and add new tools, such as advanced simulation, that you never dreamt possible.

Do more with your IP. By moving your SOLIDWORKS data to the cloud, you can still use the SOLIDWORKS you know and love but also reap the benefits of built-in data management that enables you to do more with your data.

Design your way. Only you know what’s best for your company so SOLIDWORKS provides design and development tools on the desktop; pure cloud-based tools, such as 3D Creator; or a hybrid approach that enables you to use SOLIDWORKS on the desktop and then connect it to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform so you can collaborate with any of your key stakeholders anywhere and on any device.

We welcome you all to try out some of the tools available in the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio for yourself with our free trial. Find out what all the buzz is about.

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Gian Paolo Bassi
Gian Paolo Bassi
Gian Paolo Bassi is CEO of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS.

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by Gian Paolo Bassi at October 07, 2020 12:00 PM

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Creating Macro Buttons in SOLIDWORKS

In this tech tip, learn how to create and add SOLIDWORKS Macro Buttons to your toolbars along with creating a new Macro from scratch. If you would like to learn how to record a Macro and assign shortcuts then read our tech tip: Recording Custom Macros and Assigning Shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS

WARNING: Always test a Macro to ensure it is working correctly before implementing.

Follow these steps and you’ll have your very own custom Macro Button ready to use. If you are going to copy & paste code for a Macro or going to type it up yourself, please start at Step 1. If you already have an existing Macro (.swp) file, you can jump straight to Step 4.

Step 1:

Create a new Macro file. Go to Tools > Macro > New

SOLIDWORKS Tools Open New Macro

Create New Macro File

Step 2:

Choose where to save the new Macro with an appropriate file name

SOLIDWORKS Save Macro

Save As: Find appropriate location and name

Step 3:

You will now see the default code for a new Macro open in the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Editor (VBA Editor). Add/replace the Macro code as required. Once completed make sure to click save and then close the window. You can always edit existing Macros by going to Tools > Macro > Edit.

SOLIDWORKS Macro API VBA Editor

Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Editor

Step 4:

We are now ready to create a new button for this Macro. Go to Tools > Customize or Quick Access Options > Customize. Please note, that a SOLIDWORKS Part, Assembly or Drawing must be open to be able to open the Customize option.

SOLIDWORKS Tools Customize

Open Customize Window

Step 5:

Go to the Commands Tab, select Macro in the list and find the New Macro Button as seen below.

New Macro Button

Find New Macro Button

Step 6:

Click and drag this icon to where you would like this Macro button placed in your SOLIDWORKS toolbar. For example, if you want this available in Command Manager or Quick Access Toolbar, drag them to the desired location as seen below. Please note for the rest of this example, 2 buttons will be added for demonstration purposes only. You only need to add it to 1 location, where you need it.

New Macro Button on Toolbar

Drag New Macro Button to Toolbar

Step 7:

The Customize Macro Button dialog will open. Find the desired Macro by selecting the three dots. Change the Tooltip name if desired and then select OK. The Tooltip name is what shows when you hover your mouse over the Macro button.
Advanced note: If the Macro has multiple methods/functions, please select which method you want the Macro to start first.

Customize Macro Button

Customize Macro Button

Step 8:

You now have the Macro Button added to your toolbar. The last step we must always do is test that it works correctly and DONE!

New Macro Button added to Toolbar

New Macro Button added to Toolbar

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Extra:

As you can see above, the Macro button has a generic icon image. If you want to apply a unique image for the Macro button, click “Choose Image” under “Appearance” in Step7. SOLIDWORKS provides bitmap images to use for custom buttons which can be found in install_dir\data\user macro icons.

(Eg. C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS 2020\SOLIDWORKS\data\user macro icons)

You can also create your own bitmap images that are 16×16 pixels, 256 colours, and with a white background.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Macros/API

You can learn more about how to create SOLIDWORKS toolbars in the SOLIDWORKS API Help as well as the training Javelin provides, SOLIDWORKS VB for Applications and SOLIDWORKS API training courses, which you can take live online. Check our training schedule to learn more.

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by Prasadh Annalingam, CSWE at October 07, 2020 12:00 PM

October 06, 2020

SolidSmack

RIP Vic Leventhal: SOLIDWORKS Former COO and True Legend

Vic Leventhal SolidWorks 3D CAD Legend Obituary

If you use SOLIDWORKS now or used it in the past, one person you have to thank is Vic Leventhal. Vic passed away, October 3rd, 2020 at the age of 74. Vic was the COO of SOLIDWORKS from its inception in 1995 up until 2003, well after the acquisition by Dassault Systemes in 1997.

That quick acquisition, and the huge growth of SOLIDWORKS, was in part due to Vic’s sales strategy, his experience as the former-CEO of a CAD reseller, and the value he had for partners. As Engineering puts it, “The reason was that he invested in developing a competent chain of resellers instead of internally taking on the tough work of establishing the solution commercially on the market.”

Though his ‘sales strategy’ isn’t what I remember most about Vic, it’s why I started using SOLIDWORKS in 1996, and what led me to join a reseller in 2000, starting SolidSmack in 2007, meeting more incredible designers and engineers than I could ever imagine, and forming lifelong friendships with many.

Here’s to you Vic, for the part you had in SOLIDWORKS, the example you set, the encouragement you gave, and what you added to the design industry as a whole. It will never be forgotten.

Here are some remembrances for Vic from the SOLIDWORKS community:

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by Josh Mings at October 06, 2020 09:29 PM

Watch: Complete Rebuild of a 1950 Chevy “Stovebolt 6” Engine

chevrolet pickup restoration

It’s always nice to see old machines get a new lease on life, and old cars are no exception.

After digging their 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck out of the junk yar, the guys at Hagerty decided to take it apart and restore it to its former glory. While they have taken the liberty to fix every aspect of the truck, we’ll just focus on our favorite part: the engine.

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Stovebolt 6 Rebuild

After taking out the engine and suspending it, Davin starts taking it apart piece by piece to see which parts can be reused and which need changing.

Once the parts he can take out by hand are removed, he puts the engine up on a stand and takes an oxy-acetylene torch to loosen the connecting bolts on the engine. This makes the rest of the engine easier to disassemble as Davin wraps his head around the ancient engine design. Since the Stovebolt is a straight-six engine design, it has an odd L-head design that folds to make everything fit in such a small space.

With the parts removed, they are then sent to the machine shop, where they will be cleaned and restored back to working condition.

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The timelapse video above shows the complete disassembly, restoration, and reassembly of the Stovebolt from start to finish. Lots of machining and cleaning was done to bring the engine back into working condition, along with the replacement of a cracked head and an oversized piston.

After all that work, each exterior engine part get a new coat of paint to celebrate its rebirth before being reunited and reassembled.

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Davin does a test run to see if everything works, and lo and behold, the Stovebolt runs smoothly at a steady 500 rpm. While the body still needs a bit of work, the heart of the Stovebolt is alive and well.

Hagerty has a plethora of exclusive car content on their webpage, as well as tons of timelapse videos such as this one on their YouTube channel.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 06, 2020 08:25 PM

NVIDIA Snaps Suspenders, Announces RTX A6000 and A40 Video Cards

This week, NVIDIA officially snapped their suspenders announcing the next in their series of GPUs sporting the latest graphics-crackin’ Ampere microarchitecture – the RTX A6000 Pro Viz GPU and the A40 Data Center GPU. They follow on the mainstream GPU availability of the unexpected, highly demanded, hard to come by RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 and, later this month, RTX 3070.

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NVIDIA Ampere GPU Specs

If you love the 1st-gen RTX GPUs, the next-gen is going to make you all sorts of giddy. The Ampere cards build on the Quadro RTX capabilities and introduce the 3rd-Generation of Tensor Cores tech to speed up AI operations, 2nd-Generation RT Cores to speed up ray tracing, and 3rd-generation NVLink to speed up multiple GPU scaling.

Though new performance data is coming out daily, here’s a mish-mash of specs that are, strangely enough, spread across various sites, collected here for your convenience.

CUDA Cores Ampere GPU Comparison
  A40 A6000 RTX 3070 RTX 3080 RTX 3090
GPU GA102 GA102 GA104 GA102 GA102
VRAM 48GB 48GB 8GB 10GB 24GB
Memory Clock 14.5 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 19 GB GDDR6 19.5 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 696 Gbps 768 Gbps 448 Gbps 760 Gbps 936 Gbps
Memory Interface Width 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit
CUDA Cores 10752 10752 5888 8704 10496
Tensor Cores (3rd-Gen) 336 336 384 576 576
RT Cores (2nd-Gen) 84 84 46 68 82
VRAM 48GB 48GB 8GB 10GB 24GB
Tensor Performance ? ? 82 TFLOPS 119 TFLOPS 143 TFLOPS
NVLinks Support Yes Yes No No Yes
List Price TBA TBA $499 $699 $1499

You’ll notice the A6000 and A40 sit roughly between the Geforce 30 Series RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 but with gains in VRAM akin to the Turing-era Quadro RTX 8000 but more than doubling its CUDA core count. In fact, it may be more helpful to compare it to the high-end Turing GPU, so let’s do that.

CUDA Cores RTX GPU Comparison
  A40 RTX A6000 RTX 8000
GPU GA102 GA102 TU102
Processor Sizr 8 nm 8 nm 12 nm
VRAM 48GB 48GB 48GB
Memory Clock 14.5 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 14 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 696 Gbps 768 Gbps 672 Gbps
Memory Interface Width 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit
CUDA Cores 10752 10752 4608
Tensor Cores 336 336 576
RT Cores 84 84 72
Tensor Performance ? ? 130.5 TFLOPS
NVLinks Support Yes Yes Yes
List Price TBA TBA $10000

NVIDIA Ampere GPU Design

Perhaps just as sexy as all these numbers is the new GPU design. With the sleek two-tone black/gold style, it is now an certifiable travesty to hide these GPUs inside a dust-ridden tower or rack. Just look at these beauties:

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NVIDIA Ampere GPU Performance

As mentioned, new Ampere performance data is showing up daily. Techgage has published quite a few articles on the RTX 30 series already with a look at RTX 3080 performance and RTX 3090 performance. Though RTX A6000 data is yet to hit, NVIDIA did reveal some performance insight. If you use KeyShot with SOLIDWORKS, Fusion 360, PTC Creo or other modeling software, early benchmarks with the RTX A6000 are showing up to a 275% performance increase over the RTX 6000. Here’s what others are saying about the new Ampere card.

The ability to double or triple the resolution and vastly accelerate our real-time visualization of massive, complex building models in cityscapes with the NVIDIA RTX A6000 is super impressive,”

Paul Renner, visualization manager at KPF

The new NVIDIA RTX A6000 lets us completely redefine what’s possible with real-time ray tracing and machine learning.”

Darren Hendler, director of the digital human group at Digital Domain

The new NVIDIA RTX A6000 has exceeded our expectations and shown performance gains of over 2x with ray-traced exterior scenes. It’s quite impressive.”

Guillaume Shan, Computer Graphics and Visualization Solutions at Groupe Renault

Be on the lookout for RTX A6000 availability mid-December and to start showing up in workstations from Lenovo, Dell, HP, and others early next year. If you’re interested in the technical aspects of the new Ampere architecture, hit the NVIDIA Ampere overview and settle in with some biscuits and cup o’ gravy to read over the riveting whitepaper at the bottom.

One more for good measure…

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by Josh Mings at October 06, 2020 03:24 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Customizing Columns

The First thing to note about Columns in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 is the Columns node in PDM Administration. It now contains the sub nodes File Details Columns, File List Columns, File Operations Columns, Quick Search Columns and Search Results Columns. The addition of these sub nodes will make organizing and customizing your various Column sets easier.

No Column Sub Nodes

 

When creating a Column set under one of these sub nodes, the Column set will contain predefined options.

Predefined Options for Column Sets in Sub node

There are also new Types that can be chosen for the Column Set.

New Column Types

The Columns interface has been cleaned up by the addition of tabs for Columns and Permissions.

New Tabs

The default sort and sort direction can be defined by the Sort Column pull-downs.

Sort Column

In PDM 2021 for a Column set, under the Permissions tab, the Column set can be assigned to a User or Group. The Column set can also be assigned as the Preferred Column Set.

Permissions and Preferred

Users can switch between Column sets by right-clicking within the Explorer Vault View.

Selecting Column Set

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 06, 2020 12:00 PM

October 05, 2020

SolidSmack

Foldable, High-End Sunglass Design for a Fraction of the Price

Magnum Glasses

While most of the world’s technology has changed over the course of the century, the same can’t really be said about eyewear. Glasses and sunglasses haven’t changed much in the way of their base design – that is, they’re still a lens set suspended by frames that hang on your ears and nose. One company wants to improve the typical pair of sunglasses without breaking your bank.

The Magnum by Roberto Pallini doesn’t reinvent sunglass design with levitating lenses hovering in front of your eyes (though I wish they had). Rather, their conventional, yet sleek set of sunglasses make themselves super-portable, by way of a three-point total folding system, with materials and features you would see in high-end shades.

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I think the music in the video above adds just a bit to the cool factor but let’s take a look at what else these typical-looking sunglasses feature.

A Functional Frame For A Functional Lifestyle

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Inspired by the Wayfarer glasses design which was popularized back in the 1950s and 1960s, the Magnum’s frame is made from lightweight, recycled ABS plastic and fits a wide range of face shapes.

The frames are perfectly balanced so they don’t feel too heavy on any side. Special nose cushions have also been installed so it can rest easily on the bridge of your nose, no matter how weirdly shaped it may be. To cap off the frame details, each set of frames comes with a smooth matte finish so no sharp edges will snag onto your clothes or skin.

But What About That Folding Feature?

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The biggest selling point of the Magnum is its hexa-fold system. While conventional sunglasses let you fold in the temples (the parts that set on your ears), the Magnum’s tri-folding hinges allow you to fold it a grand total of five times. When folded completely, the Magnum takes up drastically less space (it’s only 3 inches wide and 2 inches high) and is stored in your shirt or pants pockets.

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It also helps that the hinges are unobtrusive and well-hidden, allowing the Magnum to keep its sleek and functional look, whether folded or unfolded.

So Do The Lenses Actually Work?

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Yep, they do.

Lens choice is available for either warm tan or a cool blue. The tan lenses are best in sunny areas, where they soften the sunlight and add a warm gradient. The blue lenses are best in snowy areas, where they block out UV light reflected by fallen snow. These are just suggestions of course; you can wear whatever you want no matter your surroundings.

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Both lenses come with UV400nm protection, are anti-reflective, have a polarized option (for an extra $6) and best of all, are impact-proof. Should you happen to accidentally sit on your sunglasses, the lenses will absorb any force directed at them and stay in one piece.

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It took over a year to design the Magnum, and now the project is currently live on Indiegogo. As of now, it has raised a total of £104,421 (roughly $135,016 USD), which means even in a time of quarantine, people still strive to look fashionable.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 05, 2020 08:45 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Make your Design ‘Flex’ in SOLIDWORKS

Have you ever encountered a situation that you cannot create your desired model shape? If yes, you must learn to use this feature – flex. This feature is easy to use and can help you to create complicated geometry quickly. There are four flex types- Bending, Twisting, Tapering and Stretching. The following figure shows the difference of different flex type.

The following ring example shows an application of the feature ‘flex’.

Step 1: Sketch your designs on the Top plane and extrude to sketch to desired thickness

Step 2: Ensure your model is one solid body if you want to bend the whole model. If there are multiple solid bodies, you can use feature ‘Combine’ to combine solid bodies to one solid body.

Step 3: Use feature ‘flex’ to bend the flat model to cylindrical shape. First, select the model in Flex input and select Bending. Then, input 360 degree for bend angle. Finally, change the X, Y, Z rotation angle to 270, 90 and 90 degree respectively ( X, Y, Z rotation angle use for determine the bend direction and location).

Step 4: The preview is not clear and accurate. After clicking OK, please check the endpoints connection smooth or not. If not, edit triad of flex feature and make the connection smooth.

 

Then, you can add fillets to smooth the edge.

The model finished!

Let’s start to make your design ‘Flex’

Written by Sandy Kwok, Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd.

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by Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd. at October 05, 2020 03:00 PM

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New Benchmark Offers Performance Testing for Workstations Running SOLIDWORKS 2020

SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group has released new performance evaluation software for workstations running SOLIDWORKS 2020.

Major new features in the new SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020 benchmark include:

  • Testing under the new SOLIDWORKS 2020 enhanced graphics interface
  • Two new CPU tests for file conversion and simulation
  • New tests that exercise the 2D drafting mode within SOLIDWORKS

A still image from the new simulation tests within SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020.

 Comprehensive performance testing

The SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020 benchmark includes 10 models and 50 tests exercising a full range of graphics and CPU functionality. Model sizes range from 392 MB to 2.3 GB in memory.  The following models are included in the benchmark:

  • Audi R8 (car) — 715 MB in memory, exercising graphics and Visualize CPU ray tracing
  • Black owl (desktop computer) — 1.15 GB in memory, exercising graphics and Visualize CPU ray tracing
  • Digger (backhoe) — 464 MB in memory, exercising graphics and Visualize CPU ray tracing
  • Ferrari (car) — 533 MB in memory, exercising graphics and Visualize CPU ray tracing
  • Jet engine — 665 MB in memory, exercising graphics and Visualize CPU ray tracing
  • Menjac (motor assembly) — 514 MB in memory, exercising graphics
  • Motor — 392 MB in memory, exercising graphics
  • SpaceShipCrawler (NASA Crawler Transporter Model*) — 2.3 GB in memory, exercising graphics
  • Super car (gullwing door) — 822 MB in memory, exercising graphics
  • Tesla tower — 495 MB in memory, exercising graphics

Close cooperation with Dassault

Dassault Systèmes was a major contributor to development of the SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020 benchmark, assisting with the new drafting mode implementation and providing quality testing for early iterations of the software.

“The SPECapc benchmark has been a great asset as we develop future versions of SOLIDWORKS,” says Siddharth Palaniappan, the SOLIDWORKS director of graphics and advanced visualizing for Dassault Systèmes. “I’m certain it will be valuable to our users as they strive to maximize performance on their workstations running SOLIDWORKS 2020.”

The new benchmark comes on the heels of the SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 software, released by SPECapc in October 2019.

“The close cooperation with Dassault Systèmes, along with timely, rigorous testing by our membership, has enabled us to accelerate our development cycle to meet the performance evaluation needs of SOLIDWORKS users around the world,” says Trey Morton, SPECapc chair.

A still image from the new tests that exercise the 2D drafting mode within SOLIDWORKS 2020.

 Benchmark system requirements

  • Dassault Systèmes Solidworks 2020 Service Pack 4 or greater, fully licensed
  • Solidworks 2020 Visualize must be installed for CPU tests
  • A license capable of running simulation is required for CPU tests
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • Windows Display scaling set to 100%
  • Minimum 1920 x 1080 display resolution
  • Minimum 16GB of system memory
  • Graphics hardware that fully supports Solidworks RealView, ambient occlusion and OIT transparency. Note: Solidworks 2020 does not support OIT transparency for all graphics hardware, and will instead use an older style transparency. Non-compliant results cannot be compared to compliant results using OIT.

Available for for free downloading

The SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020 benchmark is available for immediate downloading on the SPEC website (www.spec.org/gwpg) under a two-tiered pricing structure: free for the user community and $2,500 for sellers of computer-related products and services. SPEC/GWPG members receive benchmark licenses as a membership benefit.

Model courtesy of Jay Patterson, an industrial designer and long-time SOLIDWORKS user.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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by SOLIDWORKS at October 05, 2020 12:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Interaction Improvements and Stabilization

Simulation studies require proper geometry setup to ensure that the solver can run.  The most common source of studies that fail to solve is from missing bonded or contact definitions.  There are techniques, as shown in our troubleshooting unstable models blog article, to help determine the problem area.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 adds significant functionality to assist in stabilizing the model from the beginning.  Small gaps and imperfections in models can be overcome with a few settings.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Default Interaction Options

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Default Interaction Options

The default options automatically assign allowable gaps within a range percentage.  The characteristic length is a length that represents the overall size of the model based on an equation and the sum of all nodes.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020

So let’s start with SOLIDWORKS 2020 and how these gaps can cause headaches.  Here we have a model that from a distance appears that the two blocks are touching.  On zoom, we can see there is a slight gap.

SOLIDWORKS Model for Simulation with Gap

In SOLIDWORKS 2020 and prior, the Global Component Contact only applies to initially coincident faces (at least for No Penetration contact).  Therefore we’d typically add a local Contact Set to these specific faces.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Contact Set

With this particular study, we’ve fixed the bottom face and applied roller/slider fixtures on all the sides.  This would cause the top curved block to drop down until it hits the rectangular block.  There is a large 100,000N force pushing down for good measure.  We have an initial instant “jump” at the start until it even comes in contact.  The instability may cause the solver to fail.

Here it does solve, but we receive a warning that there are excessive displacements.  Reviewing the displacement plot, we can see that the top block just kept going.  We’ve set the scale to a very small value for visual purposes.  The few nodes still touching have extremely high stresses.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Displacement Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Displacement Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Stress Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Stress Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021

Move to Simulation 2021 and we no longer need a Contact Set (now referred to as Local Interaction contact).  The Contact Interaction can specify a Gap range to consider contact based on a gap less than 10% of the characteristic length.  You can change this percentage or calculated distance value.  In this case, our 0.1mm gap will be taken into account.

Next up is the issue with instability of the “jump”.  The new Stabilize area gap size provides small stiffnesses to these close contact locations to assist the solvers.  By default at 1% of the characteristic size, our 0.1mm gap is less then the calculated 0.375mm threshold.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Global Interaction Gap Settings

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Global Interaction Gap Settings

Now we have a stable model with proper contacts to provide realistic results.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Displacement Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Displacement Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Stress Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Stress Plot

If you specify a Global Bonded Interaction, the gap range for bonding is similar to the ‘non-touching faces’ option in prior releases.  However Simulation 2021 automatically includes a 0.01% range for any imperfections of the model.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Global Bonded Interaction

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Global Bonded Interaction

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at October 05, 2020 12:00 PM

October 02, 2020

SolidSmack

Friday Smackdown: Split-Iron Chin Picker [Best Links of the Week!]

Dribbles of paint-infused light pushed through the cracks of its split-iron chin. We had stabuals upon stabuals of chin pickers and beast-arm blast batteries but nothing that would breach the bronze edifice of these links.

A. Shipwright – A self-described ‘amateur’, he’s anything but. Sketches and water color of monster and beast, creature and knight, and much more.

Creepy Things – Hey, it’s October. This is the first in a series from illustrator Sasha Korenev, that mixes toony with a cool cel-shaded, screen print style.

Ash Pond – Part 2 of the series from photographer, Tom Hegen, that shows the serene beauty of coal ash depositories from above.

Patch Tat – Instagram follow of the week. Min Zumi creates rather unique tattoos with the appearance of an embroidered patch or die-cut sticker.

Nature Journal – The incredible nature journal entries of artist Devon Wood. On Instagram here as well. Uses my favs from Blackwing and Micron.

Meatballs – an experiment from with Code, a site to feature animations through creative coding, created by Jongmin Kim, Senior UX Engineer at Google.

GPS III Launch – Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 with the latest GPS satellite tech, Friday, Oct 2 at 8:45 PM CT, live from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

PyTorch – Incredible new open-source AI from Microsoft that is capable of amazing restoration of old photos. See the project here.

Traf – A gloriously simple, beautiful, minimal icon set for iOS 14. The story about how it happened is here.

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All Wants She That – The hit from Ace of Base, with beats 2 and 4 swapped. Turns out it’s an all-new hit. Listen to more beat swaps on Steve Badach’s YouTube.

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by Josh Mings at October 02, 2020 10:52 PM

Early Prime Deal: Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch ($50 OFF)

We’re on the brink of Amazon Prime Day (Oct 13-14) where Prime members get extra doses of savings across all categories of products. They’ve already launched Early Prime Day Deals with discounts on Smart TVs, and more. We’re keeping an eye out for the best tools for Designers and Engineers throughout the week, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, you won’t want to miss this hardly-ever-see-it deal on the latest Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch model. For a limited time, this model is $50 off, and available for $949.99.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch ($50 OFF)

We’ve been waiting for any sort of discount on the latest iPad Pro and, even though more space would be nice, this 128GB version brings all the capabilities, including Wi-Fi, front and rear camera, LiDAR scanning, magic keyboard support, and the A12Z Bionic chips with neural engine.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch Features:

  • 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display w/ProMotion, True Tone, P3 wide color
  • A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner
  • 7MP TrueDepth front camera
  • Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
  • Four speaker audio and five studio-quality microphones
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • USB-C connector for charging and accessories
  • Support for Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil

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by SolidSmack at October 02, 2020 07:51 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Transforming Toddler Tower

Struggling during quarantine? Have a toddler? Me too! This blog details the design of a multi-functional structure that helps with everything from cooking at home to school time… and folds up when you’re finished!

I got the idea for this design while searching for some sort of stool that would allow my 2-year-old daughter to reach the counters in the kitchen safely and help me prepare meals. I noticed that one of the models I found folded up which is ideal for storage in between uses – especially with limited space. Other models transformed into desks which is fantastic for learning and craft activities that require sitting down, but none of the models I found did BOTH, so of COURSE I got to work in SOLIDWORKS. It couldn’t be that difficult, right?

One of the things I love about SOLIDWORKS is that it is so incredibly versatile in terms of workflow. These days I tend to like conceptualizing in a part and then jumping into an assembly when I’m ready to add hardware and test out movements, but I easily could have designed everything from an assembly instead.

My first shot design was as simple as it comes and took maybe 5- or 10-minutes max to draft up in SOLIDWORKS. I used a 3D sketch and weldments to get an idea of the basic structure needed for a toddler tower, which is the perfect amount to time to spend on something that you’re going to end up scrapping and re-conceptualizing. Nevertheless, it was a good starting point.

The only semi-tricky part of this was making sure that the trim order was correct at each intersection. To specify this, all we need to do is click on the intersections inside the Structural Member command and toggle the trim orders up/down.

Here’s what my “toddler tower take one” looked like when it was finished:

This is great except for two big things: (1) it doesn’t turn into any sort of desk and (2) it definitely doesn’t fold. Again, this only took me about 5 minutes, so it really wasn’t a loss. I love that I can work so quickly in this software and not lose tons of time during conceptualization.

Nevertheless, time to move on to bigger and better designs! As I mentioned previously, I started in a part and moved on to an assembly to add hardware. This made it super simple to add dimensional relations between the pieces that would end up folding together. Instead of a rigid structure, I began this design with folding in mind. I lengthened the body to provide more room for my daughter to move back and forth and also to provide enough room for the outside flaps to fold in. Here’s a quick peek at the early stages of the redesign:

To make it easier to see how things would fold, I applied orange and blue to the “halves” that would end up folding open to create a desk. I also used the Move/Copy Bodies command to better visualize the folding process before even getting to the assembly.

Here it is in early stages completely folded:

… and here it is in desk form:

Now that we have our basic structure down, let’s jump into an assembly using the Save Bodies command.

From this command, all we need to do is select to save ALL bodies and also Create Assembly.

This will create a Part for each body in our original Part file and it will also create an Assembly with all of the parts inserted and fixed in space. I also could have given all of my bodies a new part file name from the Save Bodies command, but I completely forgot about this at the time and instead renamed all of my parts from the FeatureManager Design Tree with descriptive names. (Note: This feature can be enabled from Settings > System Options > FeatureManager > check the box next to “Allow component files to be renamed from FeatureManager Tree.”)

After creating my assembly, and as a best practice, I chose a single part to fix in space and used Right-click > Float to release the rest of my parts so that they could be properly mated together before hardware was added. I also added some top-level appearances to parts before moving to the next step – adding hardware!

The hardware was pretty simple: I added 180 degree hinges to the back to keep the top and bottom together and some 90 degree hinges in all of the inner corners. I used two tricks here:

(1)    I only placed ONE hinge per piece and patterned it after adding mates.

(Right-click in tree > Make Sub-assembly Flexible to make sure that it can move before mating.)  

The trick with this is to check the box at the bottom of the linear pattern options that read “Synchronize movement of flexible subassembly components” so that all the hinges will move together. I also used the AWESOME “Up to reference” option to capture design intent in case I decided to change the size of the tower.

(2)    I inserted Angle Limit Mates into the hinge sub-assembly to create the 90 degree stop and the 180 degree stop hinge types. These are also super useful if we decide we want to use Mate Controller later.

To finish the hardware off, I added a pair of latches to keep everything together vertically and changed the appearances of the inner cutout to indicate the presence of magnets.

Now that everything is connected, we’re almost finished, but wait! There’s one more thing we want to check – weight. I don’t know about you, but I am not in good enough shape to lift a 200 lb toddler tower to set it up… so let’s make sure before we make it!

I went to Evaluate > Mass Properties and initially I found a weight of 44.53 lbs. Doable, but we can do better!

To get rid of some extra weight, I decided to make some fun cutouts and I also decided to add ANOTHER function to the back of the tower – a chalkboard! (Because WHY NOT?)

After these changes, everything comes out to a manageable 37.15 lbs – just slightly more than my toddler!

I know you’re probably dying to see the final result. Here it is in all of its glory:

Tower:

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Desk:

 

 

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Folded:

 

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Now that I have this essential tool, the rest of this quarantine is going to be a breeze. Time to put the 2-year-old to work making a lasagna like this kid. I WILL NEVER COOK AGAIN! (yeah, right!)

 

 

Thanks for following along! I hope you had as much fun as I did and maybe you even learned something new. Please stay tuned for more and comment below if you have any topics you want covered.

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Loretta Stiurca
Loretta Stiurca
Loretta is a mom, a wife, and an engineer. She is a CSWE and has been using SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Electrical for more than 6 years. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with the puppy, playing Dungeons and Dragons, thinking up crazy inventions, learning magic tricks, juggling, making her baby girl laugh, and going on adventures.

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by Loretta Stiurca at October 02, 2020 03:00 PM

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Top Ten SOLIDWORKS Design-to-Manufacturing Enhancements

Dassault Systèmes has launched SOLIDWORKS® 2021, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and manufacturing applications. SOLIDWORKS 2021 includes performance enhancements and expanded functionalities that improve workflows for design, documentation, data management, validation, and manufacturing. Users can also expand their capabilities by connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE® WORKS portfolio to tackle more challenges, from design to manufacturing, and enable cloud-based computing and collaboration.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the enhancements you’ll see in SOLIDWORKS 2021. And please remember, these are just a few of the hundreds of new enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021.

Drawing Detailing Mode Improvements

Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020, Detailing Mode for Drawings has been enhanced to support for creation of Detail, Break, and Crop views. In addition, hole callouts are now supported in Detailing Mode. Content and characteristics for existing notes can now be modified, and existing dimensions can be fully edited, including tolerance values and arrow type.

Assembly Modeling Enhancements

Access and work on your assemblies more efficiently with SOLIDWORKS 2021. Now you can dynamically load Lightweight Components and receive warnings about Circular References.

Combine these time-saving enhancements with new graphics improvements that take better advantage of your GPU, and you will be spending more time designing and less time waiting.

Also, there’s great new functionality that lets do more with defeatured models.   When you use the Silhouette method for defeaturing, you can create a configuration from the defeatured model. This allows you to quickly toggle between your fully detailed and defeatured designs at any time.

User Experience Improvements

SOLIDWORKS has long been known for its intuitive and customizable user interface. Once again, we listened to what you had to say about improvements you’d like to see, and SOLIDWORKS 2021 comes packed with enhancements that improve your design experience.

An improved color picker can reference external applications, such as a web browser, to allow you to select a color for appearances. Simply click the eye dropper on the desired color and you’re done.

When it comes to customization of you design environment, a command search capability within the Customize dialog makes it much easier to customize toolbars by helping locate the command you are looking for faster.

You can now use a system option to show translated features names in the FeatureManager design tree such as cut, boss and fillet.  A new collapsible Command Manager gives you more space to work, as well as semi-transparent dimensions that make it easy to select entities on dimension creation.

And, you can use Redo for more than 60 features and commands in parts. Previously, Redo was only available in sketches.

Improved Electrical Design

Enjoy greater flexibility for electrical design. You can use splines and arcs to define the routing path in 3D. If you use splines in the sketch to define the routing path, it is modeled by splines.

There are now more options to manage wires in the project. You can draw lines without wires; remove the wire when you disconnect it from a symbol; and merge the wires when you delete a connected symbol. Plus, you can now use multiple wires or cables to pass through and arrange through clips.

Also, Terminal Types Manager can now handle terminals and interconnections and bring information on end terminations from SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics into 3D for complete documentation.

 

 Improved Plastics Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021 enables you to define domain-based material definitions. You can also use the new Sketch-based baffle and bubblers. Fully define your plastic injection studies without the need to create a mesh, significantly reducing the amount of time to create, modify, and share the information.

It is easier to streamline the plastics simulation workflow with the redesigned Plastics Manager tree. Additionally, you can set up over-molding injection studies and leverage hundreds of newly added materials.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection

SOLIDWORKS Inspection enables you to leverage existing 3D CAD files to create industry-standard inspection reports.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-in enhancements include specifying a file location for project templates and report templates. This ensures that, in multiuser environments, users have the correct templates, which are critical for quality control. You can also rotate VDA balloons while keeping the balloon number vertical. Plus, you can adjust the font size for VDA balloons.

For SOLIDWORKS Standalone enhancements, you can now open SOLIDWORKS parts with 3D annotations to create inspection documents. You can also view SOLIDWORKS parts with 3D annotations; use 3D CAD data to create First Article Inspection (FAI) reports quickly; and read and extract 3D annotations to build reports using Smart Extract.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a separately purchased product that you can use with SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, or Premium, or as a completely standalone application.

Enhanced 3D Annotation Tools

We are increasing productivity through model-based definition (MBD) improvements.

SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021 extends the ability to organize product and manufacturing data (PMI) by adding the ability to add datum target symbols to your DimXpert dimension scheme. You can apply DimXpert location dimensions to datum target points and edit the dimensions to control the location of the datum targets. Also, sheet metal bend tables are now publishable as 3D PDFs, which have improved display quality.

SOLIDWORKS MBD is a separately purchased product that you can use with SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium.

More Options for SOLIDWORKS CAM

SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021 provides more automation with expanded stock options, enhanced drill operations, and control over where you are managing posts.

Changes are now controlled through the rebuild manager, ensuring all necessary information stays current with design changes. Cylindrical stock now has support for milling operations, and drill peck amounts are now specified based on the diameter of drill used.

 

Streamlined Data Management

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 lets you explore and document references with the (highly requested) Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build-in visual recognition that increase awareness of your processes across the entire team. Bill of Materials account for more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM operations are faster.

We think you will appreciate the more consistent Windows Explorer integration and better thumbnail support. PDM now has greater flexibility in controlling custom column sets. Support for BOM settings reduces the risk of mistakes and improves efficiency when working with BOMs. And icon selection is now available for workflow states.

 

 

Connected Design-to-Manufacturing Ecosystem in the Cloud

In this year of social distancing, it has become very apparent that a big key to product development and production—now and in the future—is improved collaboration.

Connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, you will have easy access to advanced design, data management, and manufacturing tools that will allow you to implement new strategies and workflows.  And of course, being connected means you can collaborate with more people more easily—colleagues, customers, partners, and more—through the cloud-based platform.

Back in July, we launched a new breed of SOLIDWORKS called 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS. It is SOLIDWORKS, cloud collaboration, and data management combined. 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is the SOLIDWORKS desktop software you know, plus the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud capabilities that help keep you more productive, connected, and mobile. And, the platform keeps all your data in synch automatically.

Enhancements for 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS 2021 permit broader consumption and more exact geometry for use in downstream design, simulation, and manufacturing applications. For example, the way you open your designs is similar in both 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE applications. And now you can control and manage 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS configurations on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for use by other applications.

As a CAD designer, you’ve always required the most powerful workstations on the market.  But with more of the us working remotely than ever before, you may need a more flexible environment. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables you to design on the cloud with any device without sacrificing the performance and power needed to stay productive—whether in the office or working from home.

What are you waiting for?

To learn much more or to ask questions and get demonstrations about SOLIDWORKS 2021, please contact your local reseller. Also check out What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021, including videos and descriptions, at www.solidworks.com/product/whats-new.

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Craig Therrien
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Craig Therrien is a Product Manager at SolidWorks

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by Craig Therrien at October 02, 2020 12:00 PM

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Weldment Cut List IDs

Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can now generate IDs for each Weldment Part Cut List item that is a unique identifier for each cut list item in a Part’s Cut List folder.

To enable this, click Tools > Options > Document Properties > Weldments. Under Cut list IDs, select Generate Cut list IDs.

Generating Cut List IDs

Generating Cut List IDs

Once you enable this option, you can create rules to generate a Cut List ID by concatenating cut list fields, including custom ones. You can define a different rule for structure cut lists (such as tubes, beams, etc), sheet metal cut lists and generic cut lists.

TIP: Configure these rules in your document template.

When you open the Cut List Properties window again, you will notice a new property called CutListID (highlighted below).

SOLIDWORKS Weldment Cut List Properties

Cut List Properties

The CutListID property can be mapped to a SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM, since it is a custom property like any other. And this is even more powerful now that cut list items can be mapped to any BOMs in PDM.

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by Samir Lohmann at October 02, 2020 12:00 PM

October 01, 2020

SolidSmack

Petoi Bittle: Build and Program Your Very Own Robot Dog

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If you’ve always dreamed of making your own robot or love the STEMI Hexapod bot but never had the technical know-how to do so, then boy do I have just the robotic dog for you.

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The Bittle may not be the giant, Gundam-sized mech of your dreams, but it’ll definitely get you started in the field of robotics. The second project of Petoi, the creators of the open-source robotic cat Nybble, this four-legged robot dog requires you to assemble the body, program its systems, and hopefully share what you have created with other Bittle owners.

Building the Body Frame

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Assembling the body requires you to interlock the different 3D printed parts. These symmetrical parts have as little screws as possible and have simple, color coded patterns to make assembling the physical body much easier. Once completed, your robot dog will measure 20cm x 11cm x 11cm and weight less than 280g

I’m sure some of you will ask how much damage this toy can take, and the answer is not much. Though the Bittle’s 3D printed parts have incorporated high strength injection mold plastic to help it with falls, collisions, and allow it to carry up to 450g weights under its belly, it is still a fragile little robot dog and must be treated with care (as you should treat all your robot pets).

The Actuator, The Battery, and The Camera

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Nine P1S servos actuate the Bittle and provide its movement capabilities. These small but quick servos have a controllable angle of 270°. Eight of the servos are attached to the Bittle’s legs for walking, while the final servo is located in its neck so it can pan its head in different directions. 

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To help the Bittle “see”, an intelligent camera running on an ESP32 dual-core processor with visual recognition algorithms is placed on the dog’s face. With it, the robot can recognize patterns, objects, and movement at a rate of 25-50fps. You can even see what it sees by streaming the video feed through WiFi.

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Before gettinng to the electronics, take note that the robot runs on a customized Lithium-ion battery located on Bittle’s belly. The power pack has a slide-in installation and anti-reverse plug for easy battery swapping. With the battery installed, the Bittle can walk non-stop for at least an hour before needing a recharge.

The Electronics

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The Bittle works on a NyBoard V1, which is a modified Arduino board with extra peripherals attached to it. With it, the Bittle can accomplish complex dog-like motions such as sitting, hopping, and kneeling just to name a few.

The board drives at least 12 PWM servos (which is more than enough to handle the Bittle’s 9 PIS servos) and has an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which has the ability to “store” the robot’s actions and optimize its balance whilst doing tricks.

When you combine the NyBoard V1 with the mounted Raspberry Pi, the Bittle can take in more sensory data, connect to the Internet, and even make certain decisions autonomously. Couple this with Bluetooth support for uploading codes and commands and a WiFi dongle, and you have yourself a robot which you can control wirelessly via your smartphone or computer.

The Software

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Bittle runs on the current version of the OpenCat code created by Petoi. It has over 3,000 lines of Arduino code and can be programmed using different coding environments.

To make coding easier for beginners, Petoi collaborated with STEM education company TinkerGen to provide free coding lessons in Codecraft (TinkerGen’s graphical coding environment) specifically for the Bittle.

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Petoi heavily encourages the showcase and sharing of owners’ Bittles, so much so that they created a forum on their site to discuss DIY models, different modules, repair tutorials, and updates to the project as it gets more and more advanced. There are even plans to hold contests to see whose Bittle can accomplish certain feats the best (such as who can make the highest jumps or who can race down a track the fastest).

It took over two years to develop the Bittle and soon, the world will now have their own robot dogs to assemble and program. As of now, there are only 7 days left in the Bittle’s Kickstarter campaign. In this time, it has managed to raise over $470,000, more than nine times its initial Kickstarter goal of $50,000. If you would like to own a dog but can’t handle the responsibility of feeding or looking after it, then maybe a miniature robot dog is just what you need.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 01, 2020 06:40 PM

Learn Fusion 360 with this Real-World Product Design Course

Fusion 360 Prouct Design Course

With all that free-time in the last 4-minutes of your 30-minute lunch break, you may be thinking NAPTIME. But why nap when you could LEARN? If you’ve yet to check out LinkedIn Learning, now may be a good time to finally take the plunge into the vast, virtual pool of knowledge.

Aram Goganian is the Founder, Lead Designer, and Engineer at Predator Cycling. The company is launching a sweet, new custom carbon fiber bicycle, the RF20, made in good ol’ Nashville, USA. If you were at Autodesk 2018 or 2019, you may remember the bicycle that features a 100% monocoque front triangle and AI-assisted architecture. Now, Aram is bringing his knowledge of the product development behind the bike to you in a new course on LinkedIn Learning, Fusion 360 Modeling Techniques and Workflow.

The course covers basic file organization, setup, and sketching, then move on to modeling, surfacing, and working with components. Additionally, he goes into STEP import and working with T-Splines. Altogether, it includes 2 hours and 17 minutes of techniques and workflows you can use for any product development project.

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Even though I’ve used Fusion 360 for a while, there’s a lot of insight I gained into the approach that Aram takes. Best of all, he does it in bite-size segments you can watch in those fleeting few moments of your lunch break. (Pro tip: if you change it to double speed, you can watch it all in the space of an hour. Boom.)

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by Josh Mings at October 01, 2020 04:46 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Creating a Custom Tool within SOLIDWORKS CAM

Learn how to create a custom tool within either SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWORKS. You’ll start with a SOLIDWORKS part with a single revolve feature.

Some notes about the sketch used to create this feature:

  • The sketch must be on the front plane
  • The sketch must have a vertical line of revolution
  • Everything within the sketch must be above and to the right of the origin

We continue written instructions below this video, but if you prefer to watch, we have this CAM Tech Tip recorded for your convenience.

Want to Watch? View This Tutorial

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Once you have your revolved feature, within the SolidWorks CAM or CAMWorks menu tab, click the button for user-defined tool / holder. This will launch the Create Tool dialogue box. From within this box, click the browse button and choose the location you want to save this tool.

We recommend saving these custom tool files outside the SOLIDWORKS and CAMWorks file structure completely to reduce any chance they are overwritten accidentally during upgrades.

Give the tool file a distinct name you will remember later.

We’ve now saved this tool file externally but note the SOLIDWORKS file itself has not been saved. If you’d like to keep this file for modification later, do so now.

Now we can launch our Technology Database. Once inside we can select the tab for mill tooling, then choose user-defined tools. Click any tool from the list and make a copy of it.

Now select the copy and change any relevant parameters. Some specifications, such as feed per tooth, are generally available from the tool manufacturer. Be sure to point the tool name and path location to the file we saved externally earlier and click save.

Your newly created tool is now available under the user-defined tools heading in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks.


 

Find more videos on our YouTube Channel including more Tips and Tricks.

Contact Us at GSC

We’re always available over the phone at 262-790-1080, or, if you don’t have time for a phone call, we take submitted inquiries onlineOur CAM Applications Engineer Austen writes on other CAM topics as well.

Want More on CAM?

If you’re Interested in SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks and other resources:

 


About the Author

Austen Popejoy has worked in design, prototype, and production manufacturing and has also been a collegiate lecturer. His work as our CAM Application Engineer supporting SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks lends well to advancing designing for manufacturing. Have a passion for cars? Ask him about our annual Fuel Fest car show!

 

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GSC fuels customer success with 3D engineering solutions for design, simulation, data management, electrical schematics, PCB, technical documentation, and 3D printing, as well as the most comprehensive consulting, technical support, and training in the industry. As a leading provider of SOLIDWORKS solutions, HP, and Markforged 3D printing technologies, GSC’s world-class team of dedicated professionals have helped numerous companies innovate and increase productivity by leveraging advanced technologies to drive 3D business success. Founded in 1989, GSC is headquartered in Germantown, WI. For more information about GSC, please visit www.gsc-3d.com.

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by GSC at October 01, 2020 03:00 PM

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Workshop of the Future: Single-Site Motorsport 3D Printing

Latvala Motorsport 3D Printing

I’m reading a fascinating story about how a small motorsport company is using 3D printing in a very different way.

The company is Finland-based JML-Sports, which is an automotive company specializing in rebuilding decades-old “cult cars”, like the Toyota Celica or the Mitsubishi Lancer. It’s the brainchild of Finnish rally car driver Jari-Matti Latvala,

Latvala knows something about cars, as he’s booked no fewer than 18 rally wins in over 209 races during the past two decades. He’s also an entrepreneur, and JML-Sports is one of his ventures.

As you might imagine, there are a number of unusual part requests generated during the restoration and improvement of these older vehicles, and the availability of these parts is quite scarce. The manufacturers may have run out of them by this time. Also, to push the envelope of performance, JML-Sports likely introduces some unusual and unique modifications for which there are no available parts.

Even if such parts were available, they’d have to be shipped in with several days delay, at the very least.

JML-Sports 3D Printing

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JML-Sports has developed a different workflow to overcome this that I feel is quite interesting. While custom 3D printed parts for automobiles is not a new thing by any stretch, JML-Sports seems to be making them in a different way.

They do it on demand, on site in the workshop right beside the vehicle.

In other words, when a need for a part is uncovered, measurements are taken immediately, and CAD software quickly designs the part. The part is then 3D printed on-site and a couple of hours later it is installed in the vehicle.

This is very different from existing workflows where these functions are all independent and often separated by large geographic distances. Here, we have all elements right in the same workshop.

Need a part? Design it. Make it. Use it.

Workshop of the Future

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There’s a couple of reasons for this to be even possible these days.

First, the materials used in 3D printing have been increasing in capabilities for many years, and have finally reached the point where they are sufficiently capable of being used in end-use applications, like motorsport.

Secondly, the types of materials have changed. Early 3D printer materials were all low-temperature types that were effectively unusable in automotive applications because they would not withstand the heat generated by nearby engine components.

But now that’s changed because there are a number of high-temperature materials now available, such as ULTEM or PEEK, which can be produced on specific 3D printers designed to handle these extreme-heat materials. One of these 3D printers is the miniFactory Ultra, which can not only produce high-heat resistant objects, but can also provide engineering reports for printed objects with their Aarni system.

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By equipping their workshop with the Ultra, JML-Sports was able to dramatically transform their workflow. Not only were delays shortened significantly, but the ability to use 3D printed parts allows for lighter-weight parts, something that’s always desirable in motorsport.

Finally, there’s another advantage: the ability to design, make and use, on the spot, an object that attempts to implement a new idea is breathtaking. A worker could simply say, “what if we try this?” and a couple of hours later they’d be using it.

That’s different.

That’s the workshop of the future.

Read more about 3D printing at Fabbaloo!

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by Fabbaloo at October 01, 2020 01:42 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Share Files

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 allows you to share files with people who do not have Manage installed on their systems, through an HTTP link to the Web Plenary client. To share a file, simply right-click it and select Share.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Share command

SOLIDWORKS Manage Share command

Share Options

This will show you a screen where you can select several options, such as:

  • Display name: the name seen by the person who receives the link.
  • Security options: protect your link with a password and/or determine an expiry date.
  • Send e-mail or Copy link: you can choose to send an e-mail from Manage itself or copy the link to the clipboard and paste it into an existing e-mail, an instant messenger chat or a document.
Share Dialog

Share Dialog

Enabling File Share

Note that this feature is not enabled by default. To enable it, the Administrator needs to follow these steps:

  • The Web Plenary client must be up and running
  • Under Administration > Structures > Web Options, the permissions to the users who can use the Web Plenary Client must be configured, as well as the HTTP location for the links (e.g. https://swmanage.acme.com)

The document record whose files will be shared must be configured in two places:

  • Under Access Rights > Additional Rights > Settings 4, the permissions to share via e-mail and/or via link must be set.

    File Sharing Access Rights

    File Sharing Access Rights

  • Under File Sharing, the option Enable File Sharing must be selected. Optionally, the other settings may be configured.

    Enable File Sharing

    Enable File Sharing

After the settings above are completed, the Share command will provide a link like the one shown below.

Link to Shared File

Link to Shared File

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by Samir Lohmann at October 01, 2020 12:00 PM

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Explore Simulation-Driven Design

Designing products for real-world applications, big and small, requires testing and validation. With 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS you can design, simulate, adjust, and validate all on one platform. Want to learn how? On Monday, October 5, tune in to Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Live and discover how 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS combines SOLIDWORKS and SIMULIA to empower your  collaborative, simulation-driven design workflows.

Industry Process Consultants Gian Calise and Michael Steeves will showcase design and simulation workflows working in tandem. Using the subdivision modeling capabilities of 3D Sculptor and the parametric modeling capabilities of 3D Creator, Gian will create an ergonomic, formfitting wireless earbud (and an ear to go with it).

 

Michael will then leverage the power of the Abaqus solver with Structural Performance Engineer to simulate real world behavior, validate performance, and guide the design to a perfect fit. He will run a simulation for a fit analysis and drop test to make sure the earbuds can truly be considered the next generation of wireless comfort.

Using collaboration tools, Gian and Michael will effectively communicate with one another, make design changes, and share simulation test results. Designers and analysts will understand how they can use these same tools to synergize their product development process.

In less than 30 minutes, viewers will understand how the various design, simulation, and collaboration tools of 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS come together to allow for smooth and steady workflows for all phases of the design process. Become an explorer and register for the webinar today.

 

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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by SOLIDWORKS at October 01, 2020 12:00 PM

September 30, 2020

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Cadasio Web-based Assembly Instruction Platform Now Available

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A few months back, we had a first-look at Cadasio, an online platform to create and share product documentation and assembly instructions. Now, they have announced the official release after two years of development, a closed beta, and an early access phase.

Files may be uploaded to the platform or you can use one of their free plugins. Currently, support is available for SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Solid Edge, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Onshape.

After import, you can create animated step-by-step assembly instructions that you can share online via link, QR code, or with an embed code on your own website.

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Cadasio is launching with three pricing options: A free Personal account, a $50 Professional account, and a custom priced Corporate account. If you create a lot of technical illustrations or any type of product documentation you’ll definitely want to check them out at cadasio.com.

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by SolidSmack at September 30, 2020 06:56 PM

Watch These 3D Printed Coral Light Designs Grow Into Being

coral lamp lighting collection

It’s one thing to make a stunning light fixture, but it’s another thing to make a statement with it using a whole different medium.

San Francisco-based industrial designer John Mauriello is well-known for his ability to create eye-catching and functional designs, but the effort that went into his Coral Lamp Lighting Collection is something else entirely:

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Above, you can see the promotional video for the lamp collection. Instead of taking still shots from different angles, Mauriello instead decided to utilize computational algorithms and 3D animation to show the “growth” of the lamps as they come into existence.

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The animations aren’t exactly a frame-by-frame recreation of the 3D printing process used to make the lamps. Instead, Mauriello wanted to create a video that seemed “otherworldly” and mimic how the coral looks underwater.

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Out of the hundreds of prototypes created, only three were finalized for production: the Timor, the Sargasso, and the Celebes. I won’t try to play the marine ecologist and say which corals these lamps take their inspiration from, but I will say all three lamps are 3D printed using processes which recycle waste material (it’s also worth mentioning that 50% of the sales from the Coral Lighting Collection will go to coral reef conservation funds).

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The Coral Lamp Lighting Collection is Mauriello’s way of showcasing the ocean’s beauty to people who view his work. As a long-time surfer, his experience of seeing real coral close up inspired him to design these lamps and create a 3D animated video which shows just how mesmerizing they are.

John Mauriello has a whole gallery of photos and gifs on his Behance page for those who just can’t get enough of his underwater-inspired light fixtures. If you want to get your hands on one of these lamps, you can sign up on Mauriello’s studio webpage so you can be notified when pre-orders are available.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at September 30, 2020 06:29 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

New Apps: 3DStory and 3DSketch

The cloud-based Collaborative Business Innovator apps on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform enable you to advance projects with your co-workers, suppliers, and even customers in a single secure environment from home, on the road, or from the office without the hassles of accessing VPN lines or Remote Desktop connections.

Even better, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform has just added more tools to your collaboration toolbelt: 3DStory and 3DSketch.

3DStory

3DStory is an engaging visual way to share information with your 3DSwym communities. It helps you jazz up text-based posts with a series of photos, images, videos, or 3D models that can make your content much more exciting, and it helps draw people into your communications. Watch the video below to see it in action.

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Just drag and drop the 3DStory app icon into your dashboard and begin creating your presentation.

If you are a designer or product manager you can share product overviews or present new product features to your community, including key stakeholders. You can add to the app’s library of free images as you go. Everyone in your community or team can dynamically view your 3D models and give you immediate feedback.

In addition, newcomers to your 3DSwym community can use 3DStory templates quickly tell an interesting story about their background and experience and their role on the team.

3DSketch

Ever get a great idea after work or at home while doing chores? Now you can log in to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, fire up 3DSketch, and quickly sketch out your idea instead of scrambling to capture it on paper. If your idea is vague you can start from an existing picture you can insert in the app and start sketching on it there. Watch the video below to see 3DSketch in action.

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Later you can easily convert your idea sketch to a 3D model so you can more effectively communicate it to your managers and customers. Or, you can share your 3D sketches in a 3DSwym community and solicit feedback to refine the idea. You can make modifications and iterate the idea on the fly without ever touching CAD. When you have enough support for the idea, you can build a more complete 3D model in SOLIDWORKS.

Collaboration Made Simple

Simplify your communication workflow and improve productivity by leveraging the Collaborative Business Innovator apps. Feel free to comment below or contact your local reseller for more information on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Author information

Salih Alani
Salih Alani
Graduate of the University of Technology , Iraq - Baghdad with BS in Mechanical Engineering , graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in mechanics and design - 6+ Years in SOLIDWORKS ®Technical Support team - Focused on core SOLIDWORKS , DraftSight , licensing (Online Licensing), Lead Technical Support of 3D CONTENTCENTRAL® , Technical Support Account Manager for Enterprise Subscription Services (ESS) customer account and lead organizer for VAR Performance Tuning Workshop in Dassault Systemes Waltham - Certifications: - 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform Explorer – Associate - CSWA, CSWP, CSWP-Drawing Tools, CSWP-Weldment, CSWP-Sheet Metal

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by Salih Alani at September 30, 2020 12:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Bill of Materials (BOM) Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 brings new, powerful Bill of Materials (BOM) features. Here’s a short summary of the new functionalities.

Dissolving an item

One of the most powerful enhancements is the possibility to dissolve an item in a BOM, so that that item is replaced by its children. This is especially useful when a sub-assembly exists in SOLIDWORKS only to organize the design in a better way, but does not represent an actual item that will ever be assembled. This is similar to classifying that sub-assembly as a phantom, however, when you dissolve a sub-assembly, it is removed completely from the BOM.

Dissolving an item in SOLIDWORKS Manage

Dissolving an item in SOLIDWORKS Manage

When you dissolve an item, you can choose what happens to child items that already exist in the BOM level where the current item is being dissolved. Typically, one would add the quantity coming from the dissolved sub-assembly to the existing item, but you can also simply ignore it. You can also choose whether manual quantities and custom values are copied or not, and if you want to overwrite custom BOM values in the item receiving the quantity from the child or not.

Note that CAD BOMs (that is, originated from SOLIDWORKS) cannot be dissolved, as they must represent the exact structure of the CAD model, analog to the PDM calculated BOM. In the example above, we created an MBOM by copying a CAD BOM.

Cut, Copy & Paste

You can now cut or copy and paste SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 BOM items from any record to any other record, as long as the new parent record is checked out. The new clipboard commands can be accessed from either the ribbon or the context (right-click) menu, highlighted below.

Pasting a copied record in SOLIDWORKS Manage

Pasting a copied record

Once you cut or copy a record, you can either paste it as a child of the selected record or on its top-level, as a sibling.

Multi-Level Copy From Enhancements

The Copy From command now allows you to select the children that should be copied with the parent item. Until version 2020, all children would be copied.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Copy From

Copy From

Add New & Add New From

These new commands allow you to add new items directly from a BOM view, without the need to navigate to different windows or even closing the current BOM. This saves time and mouse clicks. Again, you can access them from either the ribbon or from the context menu.

The New command will create a new empty record, while the New From will allow you to create a new record as a copy of another record.

Add New and New From in SOLIDWORKS Manage

Add New and New From

Replace with New and Replace with New From

These commands are similar to Add New and Add New From, but instead of inserting new items, they will replace the selected record.

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by Samir Lohmann at September 30, 2020 12:00 PM

September 29, 2020

SolidSmack

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Released: Performance, Assemblies, Graphics, And More

SOLIDWORKS 2021

2021. There’s a lot to look forward to with that number. So, let’s start the celebration early with SOLIDWORKS 2021 and pretend everything is open, people aren’t afraid not to wear a mask, and this year is dissolved deep, deep, deep into the annals of history.

The season has changed and so also has our beloved SOLIDWORKS. And while they’re moving toward complete cloud CAD capabilities, SOLIDWORKS has put a a HUGE focus on quality and performance for SOLIDWORKS 2021 with nearly 60% of resources dedicated to improvements from graphics and assemblies to parts and drawings. On top of that, 2021 is bringing a lot of new features bound to improve your current workflow and modeling methodologies while getting you all greased up for an easy transition to more tools, more features, and more capabilities across Dassault’s wide array of 3DEXPERIENCE options.

Let’s dive into our favorite new features.

Graphics Performance Improvements

In 2019, they started an initiative to improve the graphics performance and, with the gains in GPU technology, maximize the use of the GPU. You had the option to enable Enhanced graphics performance with SOLIDWORKS 2020, and now, with SOLIDWORKS 2021 it’s the default setting and at the top of our list for top new features. If you haven’t been concerned about what GPU you have for SOLIDWORKS before, you’ll want to get up to speed on it now to take advantage of these benefits.

  • Enhanced graphics performance greatly improved (option on by default)
  • Improved occlusion culling
  • Improved silhouette edges
  • Re-architected drawing performance
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Large Assembly Performance

SOLIDWORKS needs but mention assembly improvements and it’s at the top of the list. This year, in particular, they’ve added a smattering of assembly features that greatly improve workflow speed. Faster loading is always nice but the favorite here is the ability to create a Defeatured configuration.

  • Create Defeatured assembly as a Configuration (right-click, Use Defeatured!)
  • Faster opening of resolved and lightweight assembly files
  • Auto-loading of lightweight components on selection
  • Analyze/report circular references in assembly Performance Evaluation

For assemblies in general they’ve added the ability to:

  • Sync Configuration instances created by a Pattern
  • Auto-flip mate alignment for over-defined mates
  • Auto-center in slot for Slot Mates (or Free, Percent Along, Distance Along)
  • Export Assembly Interference spreadsheet
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Parts

With so many new features across so many areas of SOLIDWORKS 2021 it was hard to narrow it down to these last two but they are fundamental in how you work in SOLIDWORKS. Though the parts are specific to certain industries, I think they’re broad enough to open up a lot of design options and improve a wide array of workflows. If you use sheet metal for metal forming or other sheet-like bend operations, you’ll certain to love this release.

  • Non-planar tangent Edge Flange (no more faking it!)
  • Redo for 60+ features and commands
  • Complex Flange flattening for Sheet Metal
  • Equation evaluation in File and Cut List properties
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3DEXPERIENCE WORKS 2021

It’s at the bottom of our list but nevertheless quite significant. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the hub for all things Dassault Systems, and it’s no less important to the future of SOLIDWORKS. To provide some context, here’s the way SOLIDWORKS phrased it in their blog of What’s New.

Connect to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Create seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve. This connected design-to-manufacturing ecosystem in the cloud enables teams to collaborate on real-time data anywhere and at any time on any Internet-enabled device.

And here is how SOLIDWORKS CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi introduced it as “your entry to the Dassault Systemes Cloud-based platform.” (Ignoring that he used the phrase ‘New Normal’.)

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While it is not features that are integrated within SOLIDWORKS it is a conduit to extend what you do in SOLIDWORKS. The connection, via 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Services, goes a long way, however, toward introducing the capabilities across the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as a whole. And, if you’ve ever wanted collaboration in SOLIDWORKS, this is the way in which you can have it and quite a bit more.

Those are the highlights and our favorites. Let us know what you like the most in the comments, what you think about the performance, and if you’ve tried or added 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS apps to your workflow. We would love to hear about it!

For more about SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can check out the SOLIDWORKS 2021 playlist on YouTube which includes the 1 1/2 hour What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 Live session.

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by Josh Mings at September 29, 2020 05:03 PM

Claw Is The World’s Smallest Multi-Tool Design Yet

Claw Multi-Tool

We’ve covered our share of multi-tools in the past, from the classic Leatherman all the way to the heavy-duty COMBAR. But none of these tools are as small as the one I’m going to show you today.

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The Claw by London-based design company Malboro & Kane is a multi-tool that measures only 18mm. That’s less than the length of the top portion of your index finger and a little more than the width of a SIM card. Despite its size, this tiny multi-tool is made from high-grade stainless steel, titanium, or Damascus steel (depending on which material you choose).

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Though it has a variety of uses, the main purpose of the Claw seems to be that of a bottle and can opener or to pick that gunk out from under your fingernail. You can crack open a cold one on a hot, sunny day, pry open paint cans for some weekend housework, or have pristine nail beds on both hand and feet.

Apart from serving as an opener or cleaner, the Claw can also be used as a screwdriver, a box cutter, a mini crowbar to remove staples and the like, and even as a flint striker for when you need to light your grill. These are just the uses Marlboro and Kane have listed, and I’m sure with some imagination, you can come up with a variety of situations where this tiny multi-tool will come in handy.

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Seeing as the Claw is so small, you would want to put it on a lanyard or a keyring so you won’t lose it. You can also store it in the useless front pocket of your jeans or in your wallet, but it’ll be your fault if it accidentally falls out.

The Claw successfully raised a total of £79,173 (about $100,990) on Kickstarter during its campaign. You can order one for yourself on the Malboro & Kane webpage for $29.99, which isn’t bad considering its size and the number of uses it has.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at September 29, 2020 02:42 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse view in the Where Used tab

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 introduces the possibility to show a Treehouse view from any file’s Where Used tab.

With the Treehouse view, you can visually navigate through all assemblies and drawings that use a file. This can save you the time you would take to browse to different parent components from the List view, and many times having to browse back to the original file. You can also select one or multiple files and use the context menu (right-click) to check-out, check-in, browse to files, and start many other actions.

To enable this functionality, simply navigate to the Where Used tab, press the button on the top right corner of the tab, and select Treehouse view.

Enabling the Tree House View

Enabling the Treehouse View

NOTE: This functionality was already present in the Contains tab since version 2020 SP2, thus some people may have missed this because it was not part of a major release. It is always a good idea to check out what’s new in every Service Pack. You may find a hidden gem.

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse

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by Samir Lohmann at September 29, 2020 12:00 PM

September 28, 2020

SolidSmack

VersiCube Is A CNC Machined Toy Design To Pique Your Curiosity

VersiCube

Take one look at the VersiCube and a dozen questions start popping in your head:

“Is it a toy?”

“How does this work?”

“It this a miniature cheese grater?”

Truth is, not even the creators know the full extent of this little doodad’s capabilities. So what is it?

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The Versicube was made with three goals in mind: to create something which inspires people to pick it up and play with it, to raise awareness for the new KAD Models and Prototypes shop in Vermont, and to help support the local skill trades though their relationship with the Vermont Technical College.

So Why Make A Versicube?

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Apparently Brian Kippen, KAD Models owner and founder, has been making variations of an age-old Swiss cube toy for years. When the opportunity to make the new KAD Models shop known arose, he and his team prototyped many versions of the cube until they arrived at the VersiCube design you see today.

But What IS It?

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Well… it’s a 1.375″ x 1.375″ cube with holes in it. You can fidget with the VersiCube as is, but the holes provide a few more options for using it.

You can stick pens, pencils, or whatever else you fancy through the holes to make it a holder of sorts. You can play tic-tac-toe, provided you get the 28 aluminum pegs which can fit in the holes. You can even stack the cubes on top of each other and keep them in place with sticks, string, or whatever else you can fit through the holes.

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Apart from the standard VersiCube, a Mini VersiCube measuring 0.500″ x 0.500″ was also made. This one’s smaller size makes it ideal for carrying around as a keychain or even as a piece of jewelry.

Both versions of the VersiCube are made using machined aluminum, while the standard VersiCube has a media blast finish.

The VersiCube is currently live on Kickstarter and has $4,923 funded out of its $4,000 goal. If quarantine has left you with restless hands and a hankering for something to play with, you might want to give this curious cube a shot.

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by SolidSmack at September 28, 2020 06:26 PM

This Unique Device Uses Water Power to Charge Your Electronics

waterlily portable turbine

Whenever you explore the great outdoors, chances are you want to disconnect from this highly connected, digital world. But sometimes, temptation kicks in and you just have to pull out your phone to see if the world hasn’t gone to hell since you last checked your Twitter feed,oh, 5-minutes ago.

Making sure your electronic devices are charged is a good thing, but ensuring they will stay forever charged, even while outdoors, is better.

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Water-Powered Device Charger

The WaterLily was made especially for those who love the great outdoors but hate lugging various cables and bulky chargers. This portable turbine charges USB and 12v devices like phones, cameras, flashlights, and power banks, just to name a few.

As its name implies, the WaterLily draws its power from running water. Simply throw the turbine into a river, stream, or overboard if you’re on a boat, and watch as it charges your devices at the same rate as a home wall outlet.

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You’ll need a minimum water flow speed of 0.7 mph to get any power from the turbine and a flow speed of 7.2 mph to get the maximum charge speed. Provided water is constantly flowing through it, the WaterLily generates up to 360-watt hours of power in a day.

When compared to 14w solar panels, this portable turbine is smaller, generates eight times more electricity, and is capable of charging at night (if it’s not swept away by the current).

This is all well and good if you’re near a moving body of water, but what if there isn’t one around? Thankfully, the WaterLily has two accessories which make it useful even outside of water:

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It has a hand crank which turns it into a manual generator; letting you charge your devices like your forefathers did. All you need to do is unscrew the nose cone, attach the hand crank, and you’ll be charging your devices like 2006!

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If manual labor isn’t your thing, the WaterLily can be fitted with large fins, effectively turning it into the aptly-named WindLily. Like the WaterLily, the WindLily needs a specified wind speed for it to generate any power. A wind speed of 7mph gets you minimum power, but if you want the maximum 23w charge, you’ll have to be in an area (or put it in a spot) where the winds hit 22mph.

As you may have guessed, the WaterLily and its attachments help reduce the amount of non-recyclable batteries needed to power your electronic devices. One WaterLily used the whole year round is enough to displace over 91 million AA batteries, which is a huge change considering how many of those batteries are produced and used each year.

There are two versions available, one for USB connection and one for 12v connection, with both costing $169.99. You can see the specs and get more details about the WaterLily and its features on the WaterLily webpage.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at September 28, 2020 06:17 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Optimize Your Blade Design

What a year it’s been! Kids are running around with boxes on their heads and writing on walls. Great White sharks are confusing us for seals at an alarming rate, and we are now storing large quantities of fertilizer in Tupperware…..oh, and did I mention a virus?

Here at TPM, it seems our engineering challenges of 2020 have been just as mind boggling as the rest of the events in the world. Take for instance, Composite Airfoil Blades. They perform one task. They move fluid molecules from point A to point B, while capturing and directing the energy along the way. As engineers, we must do this as efficiently as possible.

To calculate all the inducible factors that go into this in a single study would be maddening! AF (Axial Force), Cd (Drag), Cl (Lift), and all the other rotational forces that occur. Recall, the space shape of an airfoil is a complex three-dimensional object.

To achieve this in today’s high-performance turbine/propeller designs, we have adopted use of Blade Element & Moment Theory. This “2D” approach allows me to optimize the span wise 3D shape by dividing the blade into smaller sections, or elements along the span of the airfoil. Chord Length (C), and twist (Angle of Attack or Alpha), are in turn calculated at each element or section. This is then transposed to be used in calculating the energy efficiency coefficient for that particular element. This can be accomplished in many programs, such as matlab, etc. See below Figures 1&2: Mathematical Modeling & Explanation of Terms.

 

Figure 1

 

Figure 2

 

In preparation for importing this data into SOLIDWORKS, some formatting is required. Remember, we now have a bunch of discrete two-dimensional points that are present in any NACA airfoil. I will typically run these elements through a coordinate transformation to generate the “Z” or 3D discrete points locations. This is then exported through .txt file and imported into SOLIDWORKS for further refinement and analysis. See Figures 3&4: Raw Data. See Figure 5: Displacement Distribution and Figure 6: Transpose Data.

 

Figure 3

 

Figure 4

 

Figure 5 

 

 

Figure 6

Now that the pre-processing has been accomplished, we can begin to utilize the SOLIDWORKS Simulation suite to further understand our conceptual design. For this airfoil, we were interested in capturing the pressure profile as seen on the leading edge and trailing surfaces. We went about setting up our goals and environment in SOLIDWORKS Flow. See Figure 7: Test Parameters.

Figure 7

As with any Simulation study, I would approach the results with the question “Why does this make sense?” Interrogate the surface quality, look for weak points in your meshing and be sure to understand what the colors are telling you. Many times, I will confirm results simply by looking at other types of plots. For instance, does temperature, velocity and pressure coincide with each other? In this example I have an Iso plot combined with pressure gradients. See Figure 8: SOLIDWORKS CFD.

Figure 8

As I mentioned earlier, this airfoil may work, but is it the best design? Further refinement is usually required. However, I now have a deep understanding of how the blade reacts to the air. I can now make small changes to my blade element parameters in Matlab and repeat the process. When I begin to diverge from my goals, I take a step back, and will most likely utilize the last iteration. Following this workflow can provide a quick, reliable means to designing not only a blade that works, but a shape that is extremely efficient, suitable for its environment and will last for years…unless fatigue gets you…but that’s another blog post!

In conclusion and slightly off topic, I want to give all my American manufacturing buddies a pat on the back. During an unprecedented time, manufacturing never wavered. We kept creating and building no matter what obstacle we ran into (with very little complaining). You all…. are a very impressive group of individuals indeed! Please let us know here at TPM how we can help you achieve your goals!

 

By: Rob Stoklosa, Technical Solutions Consultant, TPM Inc.

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by TPM at September 28, 2020 03:00 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Terminology Changes

There are some amazing enhancements coming with SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021.  Although SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Terminology may not be a significant enhancement, it will be noticed immediately.  Here is an explanation of the changes.

The naming conventions for contacts have been updated to better match conventional industry terminology.  The changes are specific to what has previously been named Local Contact Set, Component Contact and Contact Visualization Plot.

The new mindset is that we have Interaction between components.  This gives us a way to easily differentiate between the three options.

  • Bonded remains the same where two components remain connected
  • Contact applies to locations where we have collision, previously considered as No Penetration
  • Free is now used instead of Allow Penetration

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Component Contact

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Local Interaction

The component global bonded option, previously known as Compatible and Incompatible mesh, has changed to an advanced option Enforce common nodes between touch boundaries.  This in itself gives a more accurate description of the difference.  A Compatible mesh only occurs for a global bonded contact where components come together with coincidence.  The mesh is uniformly meshed together like a single part with shared nodes.  Similar to the 2020 version, Simulation 2021 has the option disabled by default (i.e. incompatible).

With this option:
Enabled = Compatible
Disabled = Incompatible

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Enforce Common Nodes

Local contacts have the ability to specify a gap (clearance) between components that will come in contact.  The name has been changed to Contact Offset.  If there is clearance between the two selections, this gives the ability to indicate if a clearance should remain.

Unlimited gap clearance = Always ignore clearance
If gap is less than = Ignore clearance only if gap is less then

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Contact Offset

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at September 28, 2020 12:00 PM

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When Design, Engineering and Art Come Together Magic Happens

My first meeting with a Dassault Systèmes representative was in my office in Irving, Texas. The previous year, I had taken on the leadership of the global Engineering Systems team for an industrial company, responsible for over 200 applications used by 2,500 engineers. SOLIDWORKS was an essential tool for one of the four engineering teams. I had several challenges facing me – no central management for training or maintenance, and scattered licenses, some of which had expired.

I was pleasantly surprised that the focus of this first meeting with our SOLIDWORKS global sales representative was on getting to know me and understanding my hottest issues rather than on sales. Focusing on their customers’ user communities turned out not to be an exception but in Dassault Systèmes’ DNA. A year later, when the hot issues were solved, and it was time for me to retire, I made sure that I kept the strong friendships alive. I focused on becoming a professional oil painter, one of my dreams for post-retirement bliss.

A thought occurred to me that Dassault Systèmes could benefit from balancing its engineering strength with creative art. I was now on an artistic journey, but there were strong parallels and lessons to learn from my time supporting engineers. The importance of discipline, the focus on life-long learning, and collaborating with experts to address challenges were reusable approaches. Unbeknownst to me, Dassault Systèmes’ leadership was well along in pushing their connection to artistic dimensions, with multiple examples of stunning, original designs already in hand. Thus, my unsolicited proposal to create a painting to celebrate this artistic creativity and innovation arrived at a perfect time.

The early discussions between Dassault Systèmes and myself swirled around potential projects with two themes – helping humanity and creative, stimulating designs. When I learned about the Magic Wheelchair project, I was thrilled with the possibilities. Innovative engineering, putting a smile on the face of children requiring wheelchairs for mobility, and a volunteer team behind each build. Photographers had captured over 1000 pictures of each stage of the most current project: concept, design, build, validate, and finally presenting to the child. As a painter, I had almost unlimited resources to pull a composition together.

Ah, but there’s the challenge. How could I depict all the stages of development and the penultimate reveal and presentation all on a 2D piece of linen? And, capture even a slice of the energy I found with each person I talked to about the project? I started work in my studio on my composition using a structured approach very similar to design engineering, with rapid iterations and a willingness to quickly toss ideas that didn’t work. I benefited by enjoying ten days of vacation in the company of artist Georgia Amar. Her dark basement proved perfect for trying out different options quickly using my computer and a projector on a used canvas she contributed to the project. I solved which perspective to use for this indoor scene by modeling three different possibilities, and I blew the front wall off the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab to show the dynamic magic wheelchair escaping.

With the composition, perspective, and recognizable people firmed up, I put away the drawing pencils, paper, used canvas and erasers, and brought out the oil paints. After preparing the canvas with a smooth coat of gesso, I started roughing in the scene, beginning with the darker areas and background, then focusing on the magic wheelchair.  From time to time, I was challenged by what level of detail would work best, asking for additional input when needed. In the end, I included some essential tools, engineers at work, and the Magic Wheelchair team. One of the challenges was getting the LED lights along the side of the magic wheelchair to pop using only oil paint.

I collaborated with my art coach Susan Diehl, a master of painting light, to address the challenge. I dimmed the blue on the car, brought sunlight into the picture, and repainted the string once again. After some experimenting, the image took shape. I added shadows, adjusted colors on shirts and pants, and carefully gave the most significant figures’ faces that they would recognize. My final steps were less rushed, watching the paint dry while finalizing the frame and building a crate for shipping.

I enjoyed this time with the painting, especially in the morning when the bright Arizona sunshine brought out the full range of colors.  Then the time came to ship the artwork, wishing it a safe journey to Nashville.

I had taken the design of the composition through preparation and execution, using the new skills and techniques I had learned since I retired. At the 3DEXPERIENCE World in Nashville, I saw firsthand the passion for an artistic dimension in designs, engineering, and technology. To make products that bring joy visually as well as functionally. The Magic Wheelchair, built by volunteers at the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, is a perfect example.

Read this blog, Build Memories with the Magic Wheelchair Reveal at 3DEXPERIENCE World to learn more about the reveal of the Magic Wheelchair at 3DEXPERIENCE World in Nashville earlier this year.

 

 

 

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Mark Algar
Mark Algar led business transformations globally during his career, most recently leading the Engineering Systems group at an industrial company and customer of Dassault Systemes. Upon retirement in 2017, he became a professional oil painter, following his life-long passion.

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by Mark Algar at September 28, 2020 12:00 PM

September 26, 2020

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These Modular Shelves Are Made From Recycled Steel And Chopsticks

smile chopstick shelves

It’s always nice when something you buy is well-designed, but it’s even better when they’re designed to reduce waste or reuse materials.

The SMĪLE modular shelves by ChopValue is the company’s latest of their homeware and decor designs, this time taking their signature style and material to the walls. Upon gathering used chopsticks from local partners, these pieces of wood are brought to local micro-factories where they are broken down and turned into the shelves you see before you.

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When combined, the wooden panels of a single SMĪLE shelf set amount to roughly 4,276 chopsticks.

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Once the panels are finished in one of three colors (natural, almond, or walnut), they are coated in a vegetable-based, environment-friendly oil to accentuate their colors and minimalist design. The panels are also carbon negative – meaning the manufacturing process actually balances out the CO2 released by other related activities like packaging and delivery.

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You arrange the SMĪLE panels any way you like by placing them on the provided steel frames. The frames are also recycled to keep in line with the goal of turning waste into a resource, plus they are unintrusive and showcase the different panel colors, sizes, and arrangements.

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Depending on your preference, you can buy a set of SMĪLE shelves at certain sizes or buy each part separately. If you want to truly want to customize and make your shelves your own, those individual pieces will definitely help add more variety.

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The SMĪLE modular shelf is currently live on Kickstarter and has successfully accomplished its $20,000 goal (with over $50,000 raised so far). To find out more about this simple, chopstick-infused shelf, check it out on Kickstarter.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at September 26, 2020 01:31 PM

Friday Smackdown: The Lush Bean Onslaught

The hoards assembled, shoveling trenches, raising lush bean trebuchets to pull attacks to the five walls. Only the titans lying in respite beneath the towers would be able to deter their onslaught but we would need to reach the lower portcullis first to trigger these links.

Oleksiy Rysyuk – Battle-worn ships and spacestation scenes, dark, dystopian with always a character bringing scale to the massive, beautiful scenes.

Black is a Color – New photography from Tim Tadder that goes further than the intention, imo, revealing that everyone has a unique color composition.

Chroma – An array of abstract colorful, 3D shapes, explosions, blends, and more for inspiration or use in a design project.

Koalitic – Instagram follow of the week. How did he get that shot? Jordi shows his unique style of photography and the tricks he uses to create the shot.

Coral Light Collection – There’s a lot of light design that lends itself to 3D printing. These lights are blossoming growth patterns of coral.

Natural Elements -The splendid found-nature wildlife collages of Hannah Bullen-Ryner capturing birds both real and imaginary.

Leafstract – While we’re on the nature topic, take a gander at the abstract leaf motifs from Texas-based artist Corey Mason.

In the Wild – And back to actual wildlife with the absolutely captivating photography of Simen Johan

Keith Hufnagel – If you were a skateboard in the 90s, you knew the name. He passed this week of brain cancer. This is my most memorable skate vid of him. RIP HUF.

Toonify – Online app that uses DeepAI to turn your photo into a Pixar-style character. Just upload a photo. More info on making of the app and how it works too.

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Country Things – I’ll always be a sucker for.

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by Josh Mings at September 26, 2020 01:06 AM

September 25, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Don’t Go Out on a Limb! Use SOLIDWORKS PDM Branch and Merge

Many enhancements are added each year to SOLIDWORKS PDM to increase user productivity. Sometimes, there are hidden gems that are overlooked. I am surprised that the Branch & Merge feature added a few years back has not been embraced by more users. My hope is to show you how this can enable you to try out new ideas without worrying about how you will incorporate them into an existing design.

While SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional and Premium provide many great tools to create and modify designs, some things may require a clever workflow to accomplish them. Take for instance exploring new concepts based on existing models. Typically, a user will copy the files with new names or locations, modify them, and then overwrite the original files if the new design is accepted. This can be a tedious and error prone process depending on the complexity of the models being changed. For this reason, new ideas may not be explored as the designer does not want to go too far out on a limb.

Using the ACME grill model, (Figure 1) we will see how utilizing the Branch & Merge function will enable you to freely investigate new ideas. I want to explore the idea of adding a thermometer to the top cover on the grill. I know that this will affect the top cover and grill bowl and lid assembly.

Figure 1

 

The Branch command is closely modeled after the SOLIDWORKS PDM Copy Tree command. In fact, the only major difference is the requirement to create a distinct name for the Branch. Having a unique name allows you to create multiple branches of the same design if desired (Figure 2).

 

Figure 2

 

I choose the grill bowl and lid assembly and use the Branch command to select that assembly as well as the top cover part model including their drawings (Figure 3). I add a prefix for the copied file as well, since my vault is set up to not allow duplicate SOLIDWORKS file names. The files are copied allowing me to add a hole to the copied top cover part and add the thermometer to the copied assembly without affecting the original files. SOLIDWORKS PDM records a connection between the original and copied files.

Figure 3

 

Once the new design changes have been approved, I can use the Merge command to update the original files with the changes as a new version in PDM (Figure 4). No need to rename the copies and overwrite the originals. The complete history of the files is maintained in PDM for traceability. If the design change is rejected, I can delete my concept models and the branch will no longer be available.

 

Figure 4

 

So next time you have a new idea, don’t worry about going out on a limb! Use the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Branch & Merge function to investigate it. I would encourage you to look at all the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS PDM to manage your engineering documents as well as improve your design capabilities.

 

Until next time,

Mike DeKoning, Technical Solutions Consultant, TPM, Inc.

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by TPM at September 25, 2020 08:20 PM

Cottage Dolls House Part 2 – Tutorial

In Part 2 of a 3-Part SOLIDWORKS tutorial series for a Wooden Cottage Dolls House we will finish with the finished Dolls House as a Part file, in preparation for Part 3. You will need to have finished Part 1 here.  if you are following the series. In Part 3 we will export the solid bodies out as parts, some will be grouped together into one part to make it quicker to assemble. The main aim of creating the Dolls house as a whole part for me is the ease of editing the Dolls House quickly as a part, ensuring all the parts slot together correctly. Others may prefer to model it straight into an assembly but I find this method easier.

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Part 2 of the house modeling became a little more detailed for Part 2, however the mirror bodies feature came in good use for the roof panels and the roof window box which was more detailed. As I mentioned for Part 1 the tutorial is quite lengthy, but you do need to be quite accurate when creating the panels to ensure that they slot together correctly., if you get something wrong here it may not mate correctly in the Assembly during Part 3 of the tutorial. The design of the house is to slot together, but there is also a small design feature that I added to make the house easier to play with, in Part 1 you’ll remember that we modeled one of the tabs on the Side Panels to be taller than the other, this is so that the front roof panel can sit on the back tabs while the Dolls House is in use.

By the end of Part 2, your Dolls House Part should look like this. Stay tuned for Part 3 where the decals seen in the renderings will be available to download – it is optional to add these, you could always create you’re own or just add appearances. Make sure you save your part ready for Part 3.

 

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I am a 3D Designer and Solidworks Blog Contributor from the UK. I am a self taught Solidworks user, and have been using it to inform and create my designs since 2012. I specialise in the design of Ceramics, Home Accessories and Wooden Toy Design.

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by Jade Crompton at September 25, 2020 03:00 PM

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Successfully Funding a Kickstarter a 2nd Time: Anthony Mattana and the Hooke Lav [Interview]

Two years ago, we interviewed Anthony Mattana, founder of Hooke Audio, about his comically arduous hardware startup story. And today, he’s back.

His first product, the Hooke Verse, are wireless headphones that record in binaural 3d audio. More than just stereo sound, this tech gives listeners a literally jaw-dropping feeling of physically being where sounds were recorded.

The craziest thing about his last product is it wasn’t even new technology. Mattana was just bringing cool, existing capabilities to everyday consumers. Now, with the Hooke Lav: a tiny, lightweight, wireless Bluetooth microphone; he’s doing it again.

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However, this time he tells me everything — from the product development to launching on Kickstarter — was infinitely easier.

Mattana likened his experience to the adage which states “making the first million is the hardest”. (Not that either of us knows what that’s like, but it’s a thing people say.)

Whether it’s the first million dollars an entrepreneur makes or the first million followers and influencer gains, it’s often said those were the hardest gains. The Hooke Verse was Anthony’s “first million” and after that, the earned momentum helped propel his team through the next product development cycle.

Our first Kickstarter…was me dragging myself through mud and trying to survive and having no idea. And if you can get through the first one, which is the big risk, the other ones seem to come a little easier.

-Anthony Mattana

The first time around, Mattana began one of the most important tasks – gathering a talented team – late in the game. This time, he already had key talent at his fingertips, and they were people he’d vetted and worked with previously. He just had to get the band back together.

With other parts of developing and launching a product, there were a lot of things he could speed through this time. For one thing, he already had a community to solicit feedback from well beforehand, which is huge.

Another important factor was negotiating with vendors and safeguarding his interests was far easier because he knew which “gotchas” to look out for. That was in large part because he was gotten by those gotchas the first time around.

How is the Hooke Lav Different From Other Personal Mics?

First, the Hooke Lav is only 10 grams, it’s about the size of a half-dollar, and there’s no need for a bulky, external battery. There are no wires you need to string through your shirt, either. So, on the form factor side, it stands out.

This device can also backup recordings internally on an SD card with 8 GB of storage. With this feature, users don’t have to worry about losses or interruptions that might happen if recordings were captured solely wirelessly.

Because of that internal recording capability, the mics don’t even need to be connected to an app to work. In “Island Mode” you can start recording without using a separate mobile device.

If you get a set of 2 of these microphones, there’s another neat trick you can play.

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One mic, “Lav A”, can be worn normally, while “Lav B”, the 2nd mic, can be mechanically connected to other devices, overriding their internal mics.

Also with 2 lavs, you can record from both at the same time using dual-channel “Duet Mode”. That way, on the same device, you can record two speakers in an interview but with each speaking into their own mic.

Product Development

Product development started about a year ago for the Hooke Lav, and it’s “pretty much done”. Delivery is slated for April 2021, which seems a bit lengthy, but that’s because there’s a longer lead time on parts with all the pandemic upheaval happening.

In Design, Order Matters

The first time Mattana developed a product, with the Hooke Verse, the design started more on the overall form factor side, and then they tried to fit all the electronic parts afterward. He tells me that was a mistake.

Don’t make engineers design into a box. Real dumb. Real, real dumb.

-Anthony Mattana, who is now clearly more engineer than CEO

With the Hooke Lav, they worked in reverse, and it turned out a lot better!

3D Printing For the Win

There were several rounds of 3d printing that helped speed up development. They printed dummy PCB’s and then ensured the enclosures would fit.

The only part they couldn’t 3d-print were the metal, flexible clips used to fix the product on clothing. Anthony told me this was surprisingly one of the parts that took the most time to perfect. Getting the right flexibility and grip needed a lot of physical prototyping and testing.

The metal clip is additionally involved in an even more brilliant engineering feat: it was designed in such a way as to serve as an extension of the antennae. Josh, the lead electronics engineer who worked on the Verse years ago, has once again proved his ninja-wizard engineering skills. Or wizard-ninja engineering. Whatever, Josh is amazing.

Another valuable bonus: digital microphones are used for the Hooke Lavs. Unlike with analog mics, these don’t need to be built to the surface of the housing. Instead, digital mics can be protected deep inside tubing without exposure to horrible, static sound-inducing clothing. That’s pretty important for mics you intend to wear!

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Launching on Kickstarter

This time, within 8 hours of launching, Hooke Audio raised $100k on Kickstarter, blowing past their $10,000 goal. So how did he approach this launch differently from the last one?

We started seeding the idea to people about 2 or 3 months in advance and really tried to get that gauge from people…

So it felt a little bit like a build-up to it…which was a great way to launch a terrifying, terrifying idea. I recommend it to every entrepreneur. If there are cheap, affordable ways to get your idea validated… I think people feel like they have to just throw it off the cliff. Like, ‘oh you just have to jump’. And if you want to prepare beforehand, a lot of people think it’s really expensive to do that. But I think there’s a happy medium and I think I…found it this time.

-Anthony Mattana

Another important point Mattana noted was: “We had backers, too, that we delivered to. There’s only a select few…that raise over $100,000 on Kickstarter and then there’s a very small percentage of all those that even ship a product.” So, the integrity they showed during the first time around garnered them street cred they benefited from now.

Current Status

As of writing this article, the Hooke Lav campaign is 3 days in, and just hit $200,000. Yet, with as much experience as Anthony has at this game, he’s not sure how this will end. With a presidential debate next week, he believes it could be equally likely for the campaign to either continue to grow or totally fizzle out.

However the Hooke Lav Kickstarter story ultimately goes, I believe the Hooke Audio team has plenty to be proud of. In under 32 hours with the Hooke Lav, they’ve raised an amount that took 30 days to fund with the Hooke Verse!

I’m chalking this round up to a big win, so congratulations team Hooke Audio! And Anthony, do let us know when you do this magic trick the 3rd time for your next product.

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by Erin McDermott at September 25, 2020 02:13 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Top 5 What’s New Enhancements

DS SOLIDWORKS have added many new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021. The latest release provides new ways to manage your projects, edit your Bills of Material, and interact with suppliers, increasing your design management efficiency and collaboration like never before.

You can learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 by attending our LIVE Virtual Tech Conference on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM ET. In the meantime check out what we think are the SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Top 5 enhancements:

01. Share File

You can share files from SOLIDWORKS Manage with anyone, even if they do not have SOLIDWORKS Manage installed. To share a file, right-click and select Share. You can then edit settings for each shared file from the File Sharing tab in both the desktop and the Plenary web client interface.

The Share command creates a special link to the files through the Plenary web client. You can copy, email, and password protect this link. You can also define a time limit after which the link becomes invalid.

Administrators enable sharing for users and groups and define limits on the number of files that can be shared simultaneously. They can also define the number of links that can be created for a particular object:

  • File data can be shared with users who do not have direct access to system
  • Ability to share files via web page link or email message; link is time-based and can be set to expire as desired
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Share File

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Share File

Benefits: Share file data with external users in efficient and controlled manner.

02. Bill of Materials Editing

SOLIDWORKS Manage offers more capabilities for managing and exporting Bills of Material.

  • You can check out and edit the Bill of Materials (BOM) values of a parent file without checking out its child files or items (available only for limited field types).
  • You can export a BOM in tree format with Export BOM items in Tree Style. The BOM export settings of the selected object are applicable for all files and items of the BOM.
  • You can compare all the levels of BOMs by specifying the Multi-line compare option in the Bill of Materials (BOM) compare tool.
  • You can create linked records directly from a BOM view even if the record is not checked out.
  • Modeless windows now allow you to open multiple records and work in both at the same time, facilitating the ability to copy and paste from one Bill of Materials to another.
  • From within a Bill of Materials, familiar editing tools like “cut” are now available. Cut items turn orange, indicating that they are currently undergoing a cut operation and once the Bill of Materials is saved, they disappear from the list as you would expect.
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 BOM

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 BOM

Benefits: Save significant amount of time when modifying bill of materials for use by other fields, like manufacturing.

03 Project Lists

Managing multiple projects is common for most project managers. New for Manage 2021 is the ability to create project lists. Lists can be created to meet individual needs or defined by an admin and shared globally. Project lists provide easy visibility to powerful resource management tools like scheduling, capacity planning, and load charts, helping you make informed decisions about project start dates.

  • New Project List feature added to group multiple projects in single view for greater control over managing projects
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Project List

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Project List

Benefits: Streamline project management when multiple projects are connected to common project manager or program.

04 Automated Project Updating

Assigning tasks to users and allowing them to update their completion status and deliverables, is a powerful way to keep up to date on the progression of a project. New for Manage 2021 is the Auto Update Project Service. This background service can be configured to check for task updates and automatically update the completion progress of project stages. Additionally, any attachments that have been added to the task, can be automatically transferred to the deliverable section of the project.

  • New data service automatically updates project stage progress, resources and deliverables from related task data at specified time interval
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Task Board

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Task Board

Benefits: Avoid need to update information on project-by-project basis.

05 Task Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 provides new ways to visualize project tasks. Out of the box task dashboards are accessible directly from the project and provide clear visibility to project task burn down as well as status and priority. The task board can now be grouped by priority as well as status, allowing you to quickly visualize the assignment of tasks. With a simple drag and drop, tasks can be moved to In Progress. And, with a double click, task information can be accessed directly from the task board.

  • Task Board is now accessible from Capacity Planning dashboard and My Work area.
    You can group tasks based on priority or status. You can also order them by subject,
    start date, due date, created date, or progress.
  • The following new context menu items are available for the Tasks in the My Work area:
    • Assign To
    • Mark as complete
    • Delete
  • In the Default Dashboard – Tasks, following enhancements are done:
    • Part number and Priority columns are available.
    • Urgent tasks are highlighted.
    • The order of tasks is same as in My tasks.
    • The user interface retains the order, filter, and item selection even after a refresh.
  • The owners can control the tasks that an assignee can do. In the Task Templates form, under Allow assigned users to select the following:
    • Add attachments
    • Remove attachments
    • Change details list
  • The following options are selected by default to make the newly created tasks as
    private:

    • Create new tasks as “private” in the My Options dialog box
    • Private option in the Stage Task dialog box
  • When you select Email task owner when task is completed in the System Administration tool, the owner of the tasks automatically gets notified on the task completion. The email is sent to the owners for the tasks that are created after you
    select the option.
  • Tasks can have a main attachment such as a project or process that can be edited or deleted.
SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Project Tasks

SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Project Tasks

Benefits: Managing projects and tasks is more efficient with clear visibility of project tasks to all members of the team

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by Rod Mackay at September 25, 2020 12:00 PM

September 24, 2020

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New Micro-Precision 3D Printer From BMF: microArch S240

BMF has released details about their new industrial-grade 3D printer targeting the micro parts market – the microArch S240.

Projection Micro-Stereolithography

The Boston-based company has been on our pages earlier this year when they revealed their technology. The resin-based 3D printing process they use is called “PμSL”, for “Projection Micro-Stereolithography”. PμSL is able to achieve an astonishing resolution of 2μ, or 0.002mm. This is accomplished due to some technological magic that allows them to project UV light in extreme resolution.

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Evidently they’ve created several different resins that can be used in the PμSL process, including:

  • GR — Hard
  • HEK — Strong & Tough
  • HTL — High Temp, Low Viscosity
  • UTL — Tough
  • BIO — Biocompatible

These offer a variety of engineering properties, allowing BMF clients to select the right material for the job. Presumably they are developing additional materials to add to their portfolio in the future.

microArch S240

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Now the company has released a new device, the microArch S240. This is designed for short-run industrial production.

What does “production” mean? Generally it’s the ability to run continuously to produce volumes of objects over a longer period. We tried defining “production 3D printers” in a previous story, and I think the microArch S240 hits a lot of the characteristics necessary for that classification.

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BMF says the new device includes these features to allow for production use:

  • Larger build volume of 100 x 100 x 75 mm (their previous largest machine, the P150, had a build volume of 48 x 27 x 50 mm)
  • Print speed increase of up to 10X, while maintaining high resolutions, apparently accomplished by a new resin spreading mechanism
  • Ability to handle higher-density materials, meaning it should be possible to 3D print stronger parts
  • Ability to 3D print in composite materials, for far stronger parts
  • Ability to 3D print ceramic materials
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The first two attributes, when combined, offer a tantalizing proposition: print faster in a larger volume. This could allow for either production of larger single parts or larger quantities of smaller parts in a single build.

microS240 Resolution

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This machine produces parts with incredible resolution. These images show some of the possibilities of the microS240 3D printer. Note in the images above, each 3D printed part is sitting on a US penny!

This machine should be of considerable interest to companies currently producing detailed small parts. Typically these are produced using molding techniques, and thus are somewhat constrained in terms of possible geometries. The ability to 3D print such small, detailed parts introduces some new possibilities.

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption>Ceramic part made on the microArch S240 3D printer [Source: BMF]</figcaption></figure>

It would be possible, then, to 3D print small volumes of unique or customized parts. This would obviously require the creation of suitable unique 3D models for printing, and that could be the next challenge for BMF.

It’s likely this particular market is set in their ways as has every other 3D print market. In other markets some 3D printer manufacturers have gone to great lengths to “educate” their markets on the possibilities enabled by 3D printing. This can be a very challenging step, as it requires users to change how they think about designing parts.

It will be interesting to see how BMF approaches this opportunity.

Read more about 3D printing at Fabbaloo!

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by Fabbaloo at September 24, 2020 03:08 PM

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HOW EASY IS IT TO TIP FURNITURE OVER – CAN YOU TEST IT VIRTUALLY?

With SOLIDWORKS Simulation you can test the safety of furniture

Lightweight furniture is easy to tip over. This can produce a safety risk at home, especially with toddlers. As a designer you have the possibility to find out what kind of weight distribution and design is safe. An accident can have devastating results for the victims, but it can also seriously damage the reputation of the manufacturer or the designer. When the reputation is lost, it may be hard to get it back. The good news is that you can test the furniture virtually, before anything has even been manufactured. SOLIDWORKS is not only for design –  it is also for virtual testing, e.g. simulation.

Motion Simulation will show you whether a furniture will tip over or not

To tackle the problem, you need a handy tool, SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation. But, before you even launch your computer or SOLIDWORKS, take a moment to think about the possible ways the tipping over can occur. Think about the table below (image 1). If someone leans on the table, what can happen? If the design is bad, it can tip over. If the load comes horizontally against the front-edge of the table, the back-edge of the table’s foot acts as a joint or a hinge over which the table rotates.

Image 1. Table.

Now that we have figured this out, we can launch SOLIDWORKS and turn the Motion add-in on. On the front portion of the table we shall define a Force, say 100 N. See the image below. To define the direction of the load we can use a reference plane.

Image 2. Force.

On the back-edge of the table’s foot we shall define a hinge. For this we can use a Coincident mate and select two edges. When the edge of the table’s foot is attached to the edge of the support, the table can rotate around that edge. Then we need to define gravity and add a contact definition between the bottom face of the table’s foot and the top face of the support so that the table can’t tip over on the opposite direction. After this we can run the simulation and animate the results. See image 3 below.

Image 3. The table is tipping over.

When we want to find out which combination of dimension values and material would make the table most stable, we could use a Design Study.

In this example the table’s material and design was such that 100 N was enough to tip it over. It took just a few seconds to run the simulation. In the same way we could discover that a load of 50 N is not enough to tip it over.

When we want to find out which combination of dimension values and materials would make the table most stable, we could use a Design Study. Design Study is a tool in SOLIDWORKS which helps you automatize the design of an optimal structure. You select the dimensions and materials which you want to vary. This way you can get a result which is both safe and feasible.

In the same way we examined a table which was leaned against we could examine a shelf which is pulled from the front-edge changing the load direction and hinge position accordingly. You could design the shelf in such a way that if would be hard for someone to tip it over. This would make it safer and you wouldn’t have to count solely on the owner of the shelf to anchor it to the floor or strap it to the wall.

Motion Simulation is included in SOLIDWORKS Premium

To create Motion Simulations, you need to have SOLIDWORKS Premium or a separate Simulation licence, e.g. Simulation Standard. To find out which license is the most suitable for you contact your local reseller.

Author information

Lari Hyttinen
Lari Hyttinen
Applications Engineer at CadWorks Oy
Lari Hyttinen works as an instructor and in tech support at CadWorks which is a SOLIDWORKS reseller in Finland. Lari is passionate about helping customers improve their skills in core SOLIDWORKS, Simulation and Composer. Lari holds a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering in Helsinki University of Technology. He was awarded as a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer in 2013.

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by Lari Hyttinen at September 24, 2020 03:00 PM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Assembly BOMs now support Cut List items

Starting in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, Cut List items can be shown as children of their part files in any Bill of Materials (BOMs), not only in the part Cut List or Weldment BOMs, as was the case until SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020. This makes it much easier to visualize and export a complete BOM structure with all sub-assemblies, parts, and cut list items.

To enable this, open the desired BOM in the Administration Tool and check the option Include cut list references.

Configuring a BOM with a Cut List

Configuring a BOM with a Cut List

Next, select either Weldment Cut List or Weldment BOM. Similar to the existing part BOMs, the former will show each unique cut list part as a single item, while the latter will group all parts of the same profile, regardless of their length.

Finally, map the properties to the BOM column names, using the Columns box shown above. Those property names must coincide for both physical files (e.g. parts) and cut list items.

Once you finish and save this configuration, the cut list items will be included as children of their parts in any BOMs where those parts are used. The image below shows the cut list items highlighted.

SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM with Cut List

SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM with Cut List

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by Samir Lohmann at September 24, 2020 12:00 PM

September 23, 2020

SolidSmack

Make a Wooden Racing Sim Controller For Your Mobile Phone

DIY racing game controller

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on BLACKHAND, who has since taken a break from his famous matchstick creations to focus on less flammable projects. His latest work isn’t as grand as the others but it’s definitely going to interest you if you enjoy playing racing games on your mobile phone.

Using pieces of wood, metal bearings, and some string, BLACKHAND creates a portable steering wheel controller which allows you to play your favorite car games without blocking the screen with your grubby fingers. Let’s break it down:

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1. Make The Frame

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To create the frame which holds the phone, glue multiple small pieces of wood together. He omits putting two corners on the top of the frame so the phone fits easily. Lastly, he drills a hole in the center so the frame fits in with the rest of the controller.

2. Craft A Sturdy Backboard

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So the controller will stand on its own, he glues two pieces of wood to a makeshift backboard. BLACKHAND drills two holes into the backboard and fits corresponding ball bearings into them: one small hole and bearing for the phone frame, and a bigger hole and bearing for the steering wheel. He puts a wooden peg into the center of the phone frame before fitting the whole thing into the small hole at the top of the backboard.

3. String For A Steering Mechanism

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The whole premise of this controller is to get the phone to tilt without actually touching it. To do this, BLACKHAND puts a staple on a large wooden peg and ties some string around it. The ends of the string are then tied to the bottom half of the phone frame so, when the large peg is turned, the phone tilts with it.

4. Make It Look Like A Driver’s Seat

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With the mechanism finished, it’s time to make the controller look more car-like. BLACKHAND adds a makeshift speedometer and a temperature gauge just above the large peg and crafts a wooden steering wheel which he glues to the front. He could definitely paint on some racing stripes on the backboard but for the sake of time, an unpainted controller will do.

5. Take The Controller Out For A Spin!

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Now for the moment of truth: playing an actual racing game.

Driving a virtual car using an actual wheel definitely looks like it feels more immersive than just tilting your phone by its corners. The controller makes sharp and long turns easily, plus you’re able to see the entire screen.

While you wouldn’t bring this controller with you everywhere (it looks like it might break if you stuff it in your bag), it’s perfect if you want to relax at home and play racing games on your phone. As always, BLACKHAND’s YouTube channel is chock-full of DIY projects you can easily do at home.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at September 23, 2020 09:39 PM

A Better Sock Design Cools Feet and Prevents the Stink

silver ankle socks

Would you wear socks lined with silver? What if I told you they prevent your feet from smelling like they’ve been soaking in food scraps? I know; I didn’t believe it either. How could lining a piece of clothing with metal eliminate foot odor?

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As it turns out, the Silver Ankle Socks is not the first piece of silver-lined apparel by BeClothed. These socks in particular are made with a mixed weave of pure antibacterial silver, cotton twill, and spandex to make a springy, breathable, and odor-absorbent sock base. We don’t look at clothing design too often but this intrigued us.

That combo of materials, however, doesn’t quite answer the question of how it absorbs (Repels? Expels?) your odor now, does it?

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Apparently, the silver weave breaks down up to 650 types of bacteria that come into contact with it. The bacteria’s cell wall is then reduced so it can’t create the oh-so-pungent smell commonly associated with sweaty feet. Only 21% of the Silver Ankle Socks’ body composition is silver, so you don’t need to fret that they may feel like tiny chainmail around your toes.

68% of the socks’ composition is made from cotton twill, while the remaining 11% is spandex. This more than offsets the silver weaved into the Silver Ankle socks and makes them comfortable to wear – just as any pair of socks should be.

Apart from the material composition, the Silver Ankle Socks has a few more extra features which double down on the comfort department:

Double Stitched

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For starters, they are double stitched at key joints to handle the wear and tear from daily use. This goes hand in hand with the reinforced heel grips and the cushioned soles which give you some thickness at the bottom of your feet.

Trapezium Toe Tips

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Trapezium toe tips let you wear any sock on any foot (though you can bet I would label mine accordingly because I like consistency).

Ankle Collars

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Lastly, the Silver Ankle Socks are fitted with subtle ankle collars which hug your ankles. If you’ve ever worn ankle socks, you’ll know how some pairs constantly have you pulling your socks up in the most inconvenient time. These slight elevations to the socks not only make them easy to put on, they prevent them from falling entirely. This is a godsend feature and I really hope they incorporate this technology into all ankle socks from now on.

The Silver Ankle Socks currently have a funding of $34,000 on Kickstarter – which is way past their initial $2,500 goal.

Different tier pledges allow you to buy a pair for $19, two pairs for $29, four for $45, eight for $79, sixteen for $149, or a whopping 30 pairs for $249. I doubt you’ll need that many pairs of socks, or maybe you do. Either way, prepare to not stink.

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by SolidSmack at September 23, 2020 02:32 PM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Top 5 What’s New Enhancements

DS SOLIDWORKS have added many new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021. The latest release lets you explore and document references with the highly-requested Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build in visual recognition and awareness of your processes across the team. Bill of Materials options provide more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM operations are faster.

You can learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 by attending our LIVE Virtual Tech Conference on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM ET. In the meantime check out what we think are the SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Top 5 enhancements:

01. File Explorer Enhancements

One of the best features of SOLIDWORKS PDM has long been the integration with Windows Explorer. In 2021, support for the latest Windows 10 elements are now included in the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Explorer:

  • The ribbon control of Microsoft® Windows® File Explorer is available in SOLIDWORKS PDM File Explorer.
  • You can use the Quick Access Toolbar to easily access commonly used commands.
  • Support for Back and Forward from Windows Explorer Address bar
  • Use keyboard shortcuts for commonly used commands:
    • Check In Ctrl + I
    • Check Out Ctrl + O
    • Undo Check Out Ctrl + U
    • Change State Ctrl + T
SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 File Explorer

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 File Explorer

Benefits: Save significant time when performing common SOLIDWORKS PDM operations. Learn to use quickly and easily when familiar with Windows® Explorer.

02. Contains and Where Used Treehouse View

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 extends Treehouse view in the Contains tab to the Where Used tab. This helps you to view all the parent relationships of the selected child in a hierarchical and graphical format.

  • Treehouse View can be used in place of list in Contains and Where Used tabs
  • Graphical representation of file structure
  • Three layouts available to provide right amount of content
  • Thumbnail preview also available
SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse

NOTE: Available in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional only. Quickly identify component of interest and perform SOLIDWORKS PDM commands directly from graphical representation of structure.

03. Performance Improvements

If you’re using SOLIDWORKS PDM, you know much of your speed comes from the efficiency of the database. SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 offers performance improvements that make many file operations and workflows significantly faster:

  • Improvements in system performance help you to quickly open, add, check in, and change the state of files with large reference structure. The Add Files operation is between 1.5 and 3 times faster. The Check-in and Change State operations are approximately 25% faster. (The level of improvement can vary depending on the number of files, network bandwidth and CPU cores).
  • The Check-in dialog box itself displays much more quickly (in seconds rather than minutes) for very large assemblies or parts with a high number of configurations.
  • You can more quickly destroy files or folders. The operation is many times faster when you are destroying a large number of files.
SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Performance

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Performance

Benefit: With the expanded configurability and increased performance of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, you can take your engineering teams to the next level.

04. Workflow State and Transition Icons

SOLIDWORKS PDM has new icons for workflow states and transitions. The colours and appearance of existing icons are improved. These help illustrate each step and add colour to your processes flow; also you are building-in visual recognition for contributors wherever they are accessing the vault:

  • Available icons for workflow states and transitions significantly expanded
  • Meaningful icons available to represent specific states or transitions.
SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Icons

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Icons

Benefits: Understand status of files quickly with colourful, meaningful icons.

05. SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials Options

SOLIDWORKS PDM uses the Bill of Materials component display settings that are specified in SOLIDWORKS. In SOLIDWORKS, in the Configuration Properties PropertyManager, the parameters that you specify in the Bill of Materials Options are also supported in computed BOMs of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021.

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM supports all “Show,” “Hide” and “Promote” options used with SOLIDWORKS bill of materials
  • In SOLIDWORKS, in the Configuration Properties PropertyManager, the parameters that you specify in the Bill of Materials Options are also supported in computed BOMs of SOLIDWORKS PDM.
SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 BOM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 BOM

Benefits: Avoid need to create “named BOM” in order to align SOLIDWORKS CAD BOM and Data Management BOM. Reduce risk of mistakes and improve efficiency working with BOMs.

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by Rod Mackay at September 23, 2020 12:00 PM

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Create Production-Ready Sheet Metal Designs with Powerful Browser-based Solution

Have you ever considered how many types of products contain sheet metal components? It is a vital component of electronics, computers, furniture, appliances, and more. Parts are designed in 3D but are typically produced or manufactured from a flat sheet. Therefore, the tie between 2D and 3D is critical to the design process.

The new 3D Sheet Metal Creator role offers a comprehensive toolset specific to sheet metal work. It offers the exact tools needed to complete your job without clutter in the user interface from unused features, so it’s extremely easy to learn.

Create press brake manufactured components, assemblies, and enclosures—large and small—with 3D Sheet Metal Creator on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Focused Look and Feel

The user experience is specifically designed and tailored for sheet metal designers to streamline the design process and eliminate the need to learn a comprehensive CAD system. Typical challenges you face every day are readily solved via easily accessed tools in the software’s work environment. User interface clutter is eliminated from unused features that do not pertain to your responsibilities as a sheet metal designer.

This targeted interface presents you with an intuitive and powerful style of modeling specific to sheet metal practices. The Action Bar (like the Command Bar in SOLIDWORKS), Context Menus, and Design Manager all have dependable built-in intelligence that suggests the best-fit commands for the operation you’re working on.

Single Modeling Environment

Never worry again about assembly structure constraints, so you can focus on what you do best: innovate.

The single modeling environment is streamlined to facilitate sheet metal enclosure design workflows. You can eliminate countless (and costly) hours of upfront assembly planning before beginning the design process. No more reordering, renaming, or restructuring assemblies that slow your process.

The single modeling environment in 3D Sheet Metal Creator facilitates flexibility and freedom every step of the way to enable you to quickly create and iterate innovative designs.

Design Assistant

You can streamline tedious and repetitive tasks by leveraging machine learning capabilities. Because artificial intelligence (AI) learns every time you use 3D Sheet Metal Creator, the next time you perform a similar task, Design Assistant makes a recommendation based on your previous actions.

The more you design in the 3D Sheet Metal Creator system, the “smarter” its recommendations, because it continually evolves and learns from the choices you make. For example, each selection you make while working on a design prompts the Design Assistant to suggest a range of other selections based on the size, shape, and orientation of the geometry.

If you agree with a suggestion, one click makes it happen. Each prediction and selection make the Design Assistant more intelligent and more relevant.

Cloud Benefits

The CAD industry is trending toward more lightweight, mobile, and collaborative solutions.

3D Sheet Metal Creator includes built-in data management and version control on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Collaboration via the cloud enables full visibility into the design process for your entire team, including nontechnical stakeholders.

All your data is stored in a centralized secured location, so no more worries about separate data management solutions. Also, cloud-based solutions don’t require installation or updates.

3D Sheet Metal Creator offers engineers a complete workflow to create production-ready sheet metal designs entirely from a web browser. It is designed specifically to streamline sheet metal processes. All the menus, dialogues, and commands are specific to your task at hand.

Interested? Request a 7-day free trial of 3D Sheet Metal Creator. If you have more questions about 3D Sheet Metal Creator, please contact your local reseller.

Author information

Chris Pagliarini
Chris Pagliarini
Chris Pagliarini is a Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS. Chris has been a dedicated SOLIDWORKS user for 8+ years with exposure in several areas from research, sheet metal design, Equipment packaging & enclosures, Model-based design, and aerospace & defense design. During his free time he enjoys exploring new technology, golfing, skiing, and fishing.

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by Chris Pagliarini at September 23, 2020 12:00 PM

SolidSmack

“My Cell” Grown Not Built Footwear Concept

Imagine being able to grow your own footwear. Yep, we are talking sprouting a pair of bio sneakers in a matter of hours! Footwear designer @23_heels over on Instagram has a concept that takes a page out of nature, specifically the rapid growth of mushroom mycelium. In like manner, the shoe aesthetic bears a striking resemblance to its source of inspiration. The 3D formal elements and application of texture, all mimic that of the mushroom. Check out the kicks!

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The Grow Kit

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His concept is basically a kit that contains a clamshell pre-form foot mold and combination inner last/packaging which holds the organic growth ingredients. We’re not exactly privy to @23_heels’ manufacturing intention or material selections, but he looks to be making use of thermo-forming processes. Also growing the shoe using bioprocesses, replaces the current trend of additive manufacturing to produce highly organic shapes.

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Steps To Growing A Shoe

Let’s have a look at his process boards for a high-level step-by-step of growing the MyCell Shoe. Compared to traditional shoemaking processes growing a MyCell, in theory, is pretty straight forward. The notion is that, well, its like growing a plant. Keep in mind under the right conditions mushrooms grow at a rapid rate and so would these shoes.

Ok, so the mushroom substrate media gets activated when mixed with flour and water. Obviously some serious lab time would be required to come up with the perfect growth media, but it’s safe to say its doable. Next up fill the clamshell mold, followed by the growing time. So how long might we have to wait? Well, in one of the quickest scenarios, the fruit body of certain mushrooms grow at a rate of .20″ linear inches per minute. Now I wear a size 13 shoe. A quick calculation using a bounding box around my foot would yield something in the order of 36 hours per shoe if my sizing and math is right. Not bad considering growth is happening even while I’d be catching a few ZZZZ’s!

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All in all, the MyCell Shoe Concept is a pretty neat exploration and has merit, nicely holding its own among the pack of sustainability shoe proposals recently published. I’d enjoy learning a little more of @23_Heels phase one WIP stuff. I’m particularly curious to learn a little about how 3D digital modeling fits into his workflow. Could be neat to see what he would do to take take the project to the next level. I’m intrigued enough that I may follow-up this post up with a SkillCoach Virtual Design Critique and offer up a few choice nuggets of product development inspiration. Stay tuned!

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by Vince Haley at September 23, 2020 01:38 AM

September 22, 2020

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021

We are excited to share with you some of the many exciting enhancements being delivered in SOLIDWORKS 2021 that will increase your productivity and help you not just get to market faster, but smarter. We can’t cover all the new features and enhancements in one blog, but here are a few highlights. Keep an eye out for weekly blogs over the next few months that will drill down deeper into what’s new in each product within the SOLIDWORKS ecosystem.

SOLIDWORKS CAD

Improved large assembly design. Better performance of Detailing Mode that further increases speed of drawing creation as well as the ability to add hole callouts, edit existing dimensions and annotations, and add Detail, Break and Crop views. Faster file operations, configuration switching, and automatic Lightweight mode resolving even the most complex assemblies.

Streamlined workflows for creating assemblies. Enhancements to assembly modeling include: interference-detection reports that can be exported with images to Excel spreadsheets; the ability to save defeatured models as configurations so users can toggle between full and simplified versions; auto resolve lightweight components; curve length for chain patterns; and an option to automatically resolve lightweight components upon expanding Feature Tree node.

Better part design flexibility. Redo now available for over 60 features and commands in parts; sheet metal for edge flanges on non-planar tangent edges; complex flanges can be flattened; and ability to add and evaluate equations in file properties and cut list properties.

Work faster on large, complex designs. Improved performance for occlusion culling, silhouette edges and drawings; open, save and close assemblies; detection and reporting of circular references; and adding files to SOLILDWORKS PDM vault.

Connect to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Create seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve. This connected design-to-manufacturing ecosystem in the cloud enables teams to collaborate on real-time data anywhere and at any time on any Internet-enabled device.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Solve more models with contact faster. Faster contact simulation significantly speeds up contact simulation calculations. Improvements include parallel computing, better CPU usage, faster stiffness calculations and more robust data communication for contact.

Better meshing. You can’t simulate until you create a mesh. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 offers a new mesh default: no enforced common modes that enables users to obtain a mesh much faster with the same accuracy as with common nodes between parts. Also new mesh diagnostics enable users to identify, isolate, and be prompted when poor quality elements need to be fixed, improving mesh quality.

Tap into built-in intelligence. Who doesn’t want a smarter way to simulate? With an automatic selection of the equation-solver, your simulations will be more accurate and faster.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics

Redesigned Plastics Manager tree. A redesign of various nodes of the Plastics Manager tree provides more streamlined ad logical workflow for material selection, domain specification, process parameters and other key plastics simulation tasks. Taking advantage of these new workflows will greatly simplify simulation preprocessing.

Improved cooling results accuracy. Improvements to baffle and bubbler cooling system components include a new feature that splits flow passage into two halves when a blade is inserted in channel. For bubblers, plat is replaced with smaller inner tube.

More accurate and up-to-date material data. We have forged partnerships with leading global plastic material suppliers to ensure our customers have the most precise plastics material data, which leads to improved results.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021

Faster 3D electrical routing. Performance with routing of wires in 3D has been vastly improved enabling users to 3xperiment more quickly with electrical route path choices inside complex equipment to refine the overall product design.

User rights customization. You can now customize user access to areas, such as libraries, projects, product data and drawing controls for members of your workgroup to ensure data security and output consistency.

Gain a more realistic of your product. Determining the mass properties of your wire, cable, and electrical harness design inside the 3D model of your overall machine, product, or vehicle.

But wait there’s more…

We just scratched the surface of what’s new in this release so be sure to check out this page for all the latest information on what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2021 or simply click on the banner below.

If you would like learn more or get your own deep dive into some of the new enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021, be sure to sign up for a reseller events that are starting in October. Click here to find out when aSOLIDWORKS What’s New event is happening near you.

Also, don’t miss tomorrow’s What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 live event starting at 10AM EST on September 23, 2020. You can catch it streaming live in SOLIDWORKS.com, YouTube, or Facebook.

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by SOLIDWORKS at September 22, 2020 12:00 PM

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Top 10 Features

Once again, DS SOLIDWORKS have added countless enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2021, expanding functionality that will simplify and accelerate your workflows. And by popular demand, DS have increased their focus on performance, reliability, and optimizing pre-existing workflows to work exactly as you’ve always intended them to.

You can learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2021 by attending our LIVE Virtual Tech Conference on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM ET. In the meantime you can check out what we think are the SOLIDWORKS 2021 Top 10 enhancements:

01. Drawing Detailing Mode Improvements

Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020, Detailing mode provides a way to open massive drawings in seconds, but is not limited to just viewing the drawing. Viewing performance is super-fast, thanks to the performance improvements added in SOLIDWORKS 2021. Detailing mode allows you to perform typical detailing tasks, such as editing and adding dimensions and annotations. The model does not get loaded, so sharing drawing files is easy, but rest assured, the drawing views are intact, and there is no loss of detail.

New capabilities include:

  • Improved performance of Detailing Mode to speed up drawing creation even more
  • Improvements in ability to add hole callouts, edit existing dimensions and annotations, and add Detail, Break and Crop views
SOLIDWORKS 2021 Drawing detailing mode

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Drawing detailing mode

Benefits: Work faster on large assembly drawings with more improvements to Detailing Mode.

02. Assembly Modeling Enhancements

As you spend time creating and working within your assembly designs in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you will find more streamlined tools to help you assemble, pattern and analyze your assemblies.

To improve working with Lightweight components, there is now also a more streamlined approach to accessing their assembly and feature information. Simply expanding a component from the Feature Manager Tree will now dynamically load those components on demand giving you access to the fully resolved sub-assembly or part. This prevents unnecessary loading of large assemblies, but allows you to quickly access and resolve the components you’re working on as needed.

SOLIDWORKS has always offered the flexibility to change the configuration of each component instance within a pattern. However, sometimes you may just want all of the components to reference the original instance. This can be time consuming to do one-at-time.

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 is a new option to synchronize the configurations of all component instances created by a pattern. This new options also helps from inadvertently changing the configuration of any of these components from the quick menu drop-down and by locking this option within the Component Properties dialog. This ensures that as you make any configuration changes to the seed components of the pattern, those changes will be properly propagated.

Finally, Interference Detection is a powerful tool to quickly find issues within your design. SOLIDWORKS 2021 now offers the option to save the interference out in a spreadsheet. You even have the choice to capture a screenshot of each interference so that they can be shared and reviewed with others inside of your organization. This offers a new collaborative way to review interference in a design and determine if they are intentional due to fit conditions, or to collaborate with others what changes should be made to solve the interference.

Summary of new enhancements are:

  • Option to automatically resolve lightweight components upon expanding Feature Tree node
  • Chain pattern along path to use curve length, not chord length
  • Interference-detection reports exported with images to Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet
SOLIDWORKS 2021 Interference Detection Report

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Interference Detection Report

Benefits: Design assemblies with streamlined workflows.

03. Improved Assembly Simplification

The Silhouette Defeature, introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019  allows you to create a simplified representation of an assembly, or to protect proprietary information. Silhouette Defeature provides an intuitive step-by-step workflow to define a simplified version using a variety of geometry simplification tools.

What’s new for Silhouette Defeature in SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the ability to save a simplified representation as a configuration within the same assembly from which it was created. This eliminates the need to manage a separate file that contains the simplified model. When using defeatured models within higher level assemblies, it’s now as simple as right-clicking on the component and choosing to use the Defeatured version.

Defeatured assemblies as configurations provide a way to both simplify complex assemblies visually and also add a performance boost in cases where all of the detail of the individual components isn’t necessary.

With the new enhancements:

  • Defeatured models can be saved as a Configuration
  • Ease of toggling between full and simplified versions
  • Operation mimics any other configuration
SOLIDWORKS 2021 Assembly Simplification

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Assembly Simplification

Benefits: Work better with simplified assemblies.

04. Performance Improvements

Every year DS SOLIDWORKS focuses on enhancements, quality and performance. This year SOLIDWORKS dedicated 58% of its resources on the number one thing that customers asked for…performance.

Performance enhancements include faster drawing creations with improved Detailing Mode with even more editing abilities. Selection, panning, and fast-zoom make your everyday work faster. Improved occlusion culling and silhouette edges use more of your GPU for faster frames. Faster file operations, configuration switching, and automatic Lightweight mode resolving all help with the most complex assemblies.

If you’re using SOLIDWORKS PDM, you know much of your speed comes from the efficiency of the database. 2021 offers performance improvements that make most of your daily file operations and workflows significantly faster.  Faster operations like Check in, Add files, Change State, Open, Save, Delete.

A summary of performance improvements are:

  • Improved performance for occlusion culling, silhouette edges and drawings; quick configuration switches
  • Significant performance improvements in Open, Save and Close of assemblies
  • Detection and reporting of circular references
  • Adding files to SOLIDWORKS PDM vault is significantly faster
SOLIDWORKS 2021 Performance Improvements

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Performance Improvements

Benefits: Work faster with large, complex designs.

05. More Flexibility for Part Design

SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces many enhancements to extend the already robust capabilities when working with parts. Part design enhancements include redo on more than 60 features, Edge Flanges on non-planar edges, Equations in File Properties, and the ability to use the colour picker anywhere:

  • Redo available for over 60 features and commands in parts
  • Sheet metal for edge flanges on non-planar tangent edges
  • Complex flanges can be flattened
  • Ability to add and evaluate equations in file properties and cut list properties
  • Part-level materials transferable when you insert or mirror part, derived component part, or mirrored component part
SOLIDWORKS 2021 Flexible Part Design

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Flexible Part Design with Edge Flange improvement

Benefits: Gain more options and flexibility for part design.

06. User Experience Improvements

SOLIDWORKS has long been known to have an intuitive and customizable user interface. However, by listening closely to the user base, SOLIDWORKS 2021 comes packed with enhancements that make it even easier to use and more customizable.

You now have an improved colour picker that can reference other applications such as a web browser.

A command search within the Customize dialog making it easy to customize toolbars, a collapsible Command Manager which gives you more space to work, as well as semi-transparent dimensions that make it easy to select entities on dimension creation.

With SOLIDWORKS 2021 you no longer have to find the perfect balance between user interface and access to the tools you need. Simply customize your workspace using these new enhancements so that you can focus on your design:

  • Colour picker tool to pick colour for appearances from external application
  • Customize dialog box for searching for commands on Shortcut bars and Command tabs
  • System option shows translated feature names in FeatureManager® design tree
SOLIDWORKS 2021 Appearance from Swatch

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Appearance from Swatch

Benefits: Save time and simplify design tasks.

07. More Robust Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 makes it easier than ever to succeed with your Simulation-driven design efforts. The analysis process is simplified and more flexible. And with the accuracy and speed improvements, there’s something for everyone, new and existing users alike:

  • Mesh diagnostics identify, isolate and prompt to fix poor quality elements
  • Faster and more robust meshing due to improvements in bonding accuracy
  • Improved convergence through contact stabilization

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2021 expands the types of CFD problems you can solve and continues to improve how project results are processed. Rotating Region is a powerful feature that is used to simulate fluid driving motion of rotating components. Now, in Flow Simulation 2021, Rotating Regions can be combined with the Free Surface feature. This is ideal for mixing tasks and can be leveraged further to gain more insight on product performance.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021

Benefits: Enjoy faster, easier-to-use, more robust simulation.

08. Improved Electrical Routing

In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021, DS have enhanced Routes Harness functionality to now support the use of both Splines and Lines to create Route Paths. Supporting Splines, along with lines and arcs, in creating a Routing Paths for electrical harnesses greatly improves the versatility of routing electrical harnesses in geometrically complex products.

It is a common practice to have multiple cables starting from a single connector and then have each of the cables go to different parts of the electrical system. Routing all these different cables as a single assembly does not provide flexibility designers want. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic 2021, DS have improved Cable Properties by including a new field ‘Separate 3D route assembly’. The same parameter can also be controlled in SOLIDWORKS Route Cable command to provide maximum flexibility on how and where to initiate this new parameter.

The following new and improved functionalities in Electrical allows designers to create more complex and more feature-rich functionality by bridging the needs of Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics disciplines:

  • Multiple wires/cables can pass through and be arranged through a clip
  • Wires joined using splice component or spliced without component
  • Support for end terminations in Connector Tables, Interconnects and Accessories Library
SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021

Benefits: Create electrical routes with more flexibility.

09. Streamlined Data Management

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 lets you explore and document references with the highly-requested Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build in visual recognition and awareness of your processes across the team. Bill of Materials account for more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM operations are faster.

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 introduces expanded configurability and increased performance to help you manage your team’s file-based processes and deliverables better than ever.

One of the best features of SOLIDWORKS PDM has long been the integration with Windows Explorer.  In 2021, support for the latest Windows 10 elements like the Ribbon interface, is even better.

While icons are visually appealing, ‘Details’ is where the power of PDM reveals itself. Columns define specific sets of visible properties for users as they work in ‘Details’ view. In PDM 2021, you can customize these even further, in more places, AND provide choices with Multiple Column Sets.

With the expanded configurability and increased performance of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, you can take your engineering teams to the next level:

  • More consistent Windows® Explorer integration, better thumbnail support
  • Great flexibility in controlling custom column sets
  • Reduced risk of mistakes and improved efficiency with support for BOM settings
  • Icon selection available for workflow states; transitions improved to help determine status of files quickly
SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse View

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse View

Benefits: Create seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve.

10. Connected Design-to-Manufacturing Ecosystem in the Cloud

SOLIDWORKS 2021 provides new functionality to aid in your design-to-manufacturing workflow, including:

  • Derived Formats Converter enables creation of derived outputs for broader consumption and exact geometry for use in downstream design, simulation and manufacturing applications
  • Support for multiple sheets and markups on drawings, improved drawings quality
  • Managing Open Modes offers similar options to SOLIDWORKS when opening data from the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform
  • Ability to control configurations to save in 3DEXPERIENCE platform
SOLIDWORKS 2021 Design-to-manufacturing

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Design-to-manufacturing

Benefits: Create seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve.

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by Rod Mackay at September 22, 2020 12:00 PM

September 21, 2020

SolidSmack

Dan’s 1st Law of Drawings

An engineering drawing is a specialized type of communication tool. It’s also a contract.  This particular communication protocol is designed to be complete, closed, and one way. This means follow up questions should not be required for the recipient’s comprehension and contractual agreement. It’s like a message in a bottle. With this, I present to you Dan’s 1st Law of Drawings:

Dan’s 1st Law of Drawings

The drawing shall communicate all information needed for fabrication as intended.

What is a Drawing?

A drawing is a two-dimensional medium used to convey the shape of a three-dimensional object.  But where does the missing dimension go?  A wormhole, a rift in the space-time continuum, the cracks in the sofa, the lint trap? It’s up to the imagination of the observer.  We must use language and visual trickery to create the illusion of the missing dimension.

Shapes have a mathematical ideal, a perfect version that exists only conceptually and not in reality.  This is despite my many many letters to governing bodies requesting they mandate real shapes that embody theoretical ideals. While the National Institute of Standards and Technology seems to be making small inroads, I’m not optimistic. Alas, for a drawing to be complete, it must not only describe the ideal but also the allowable variation from that ideal (cringe). 

The amount of acceptable variation is called tolerance and impacts the design, function, appearance, cost, manufacturing processes, and lead time.  Tolerance can be communicated in a variety of ways using a variety of standards. Tolerancing is a whole discussion topic(s) unto itself. But without tolerances, how nonideal an object can be is unspecified (not communicated) and open-ended.  Anything open to interpretation may result in undesired interpretations and is ambiguous and therefore a violation of the first law. Violations of Dan’s codes are punishable by noogies and forced switching to decaf.

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In addition to the shape definition, a drawing must contain all the other Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI). Examples of PMI include material, surface finish, coatings, weld information, process imparted artifacts, Bill of Materials, revision history and legal disclaimers.

What an Engineering Drawing Does

Engineering drawings describe a specific outcome.  They don’t designate a process to get to the said outcome. One could create a process to create the desired outcome. Ultimately, a specific vendor will need to create an internal process to create the drawing’s resultant objective.  Each fabrication process will be unique at some level.  Drawings are intentionally process-independent to be general and not limit the vendor pool potential.

Getting the kind of cupcake one fancies could entail describing the cupcake or giving a recipe. When taking the recipe route, if the recipe calls for a special ingredient or utensil the baker doesn’t have then they won’t be able to make it. No cupcake.  With a description, having some leeway provides for allowable variance in the ingredients and the process.  This, in turn, should result in lots of hot fresh treats that are mostly similar but with minute differences. Some might even be better than your favorite recipe. Let’s not limit our cupcake intake.

Processes Can Be Tested

A nice thing about a process is that it can be tested. Simply follow the steps and check the outcome.  Think of how code is routinely compiled to test it. For very complicated processes, one would break out process sections to check that they perform as expected in the context of the whole. Because drawings describe an outcome, not a process, testing must take on a different form.  Testing is not as clean and linear as “compiling” and refining. 

The testing process occurs ahead of time to validate the design parameters (shape and PMI) and relative importance (tolerances).  What parameters are important and their degree of importance may not reveal themselves straightforwardly as a bug, warning, or failure to compile. What’s important may not reveal itself at all until it’s in the field or far along its lifecycle. An imperfect process of hypothesizing leading to prototyping and testing, with a dash of experiential wisdom, is the best we have to isolate variables and ascertain potential failure causes.

It’s All Baked In

The final product is the result of the designer’s variable selection and weighting, the drafter’s translation, and the vendor’s process.  It all gets “baked in”.

There may seem a daunting number of important variables to both determine and then consequently spell out. Think about all the ways a person describes, for example, age, height, gender, place of origin, smell, sense of humor, eye color, temperature, identifying marks. Think about how this could apply to drawings. Sure, most parts don’t have a sense of humor or a favorite movie — that is probably why they fare so poorly on dating sites. Parts often serve more than just one functional purpose. In addition to a part’s primary function, it may serve secondary functions and aesthetic purposes.  Determining a part’s alloy will impact its strength and also its weight, magnetism, shielding, corrosion resistance, coating, and so on.  

Cumulatively, this adds up to a heaping pile of detailed information to layout. And while this may seem obvious, it is possible to omit or miss something.  Even experienced writers accidentally leave out a    in their writing. The consequences of omission on a drawing though may be dire.  While over-specification would seem like the safe option, if everything is marked as important this drives up cost and creates a “drafter who cried wolf” situation.

Assume Ignorance

The corollary to the first law is “assume ignorance”.  Don’t assume vendors will do something unspecified because of a belief it should be commonplace or best practice or “obvious”. Beliefs are in the grey zone. Different thinking, experience, and motives will put vendors in other grey zones. These are danger zones of misinterpretation.  Beliefs, intents, and wishes are about as useful in hindsight as the pile of scrap parts they caused.

Playtime – Mad Libs

Mad Libs is a game where words of a story are left intentionally blank to be filled in without context by a nascent participant.  With the initial gaps filled with contextless fillers, the newly completed story is then read aloud. The nonsensical and unexpected results shirk expectations and spark the imagination to chuckles and delight. Like taking your squid for a walk! Or donning your new robot on your head. Randomness and misinterpretation are great for frivolous fun. Randomness and misinterpretation are sworn mortal enemies of quality. Expected, consistent, and sensical, these are the pillars of quality. Successful manufacturing exists in the world of the mundane, not the fantastic.

The first law is self-protective. The first law protects the creator of the drawing and their organization. If information is missing and the supplied goods are not as intended, the vendor is not at fault.  Bad parts consume additional labor and monetary resources and expand timelines.  Don’t be a fool, follow Dan’s rule.

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by Dan Slaski at September 21, 2020 06:41 PM