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November 13, 2019

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I Made a Remote-Controlled Pizza with The Mayku FormBox Vacuum Former [Review]

3D printing is additive. CNC milling is subtractive. Vacuum forming is transformative. It transforms a sheet of formless flat plastic into extraordinary complex copies. It transforms preconceived limitations about functional part thinness — the interplay between “consumable goods” (foodstuff) and “durable goods”(not food) — and low-volume throughput speeds. It transforms endless eternities (hours) staring at CNC machines into making parts as fast as you can say, “where a heated plastic sheet and replicable shape meet.”

The Mayku Formbox

I got my hands on a cool tool, a molten-melty-makey machine, a device that takes plastic from a boring sheet to oh so neatThe Mayku FormBox!

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Unboxing and First Impressions

The design is simple, sturdy, bright, fun, and analog. The unit arrives assembled and ready to go. No tools provided or needed, just plug the power cord into the unit and attach your own vacuum cleaner to provide the suction. The only difficult thing about getting started with the FormBox is patiently waiting by the door after you order one for its arrival. The FormBox looks like a fine piece of retro stereo equipment made by DeWalt. Exhibit A:

<figure class="wp-block-image"><figcaption>Mayku Formbox: The desktop vacuum former that dreams are made of.</figcaption></figure>

And, I LIKE IT. All the interaction points are immediately distinguishable by their bright yellow color. Mayku didn’t go with the classic all-white or all-black aesthetic commonly found on desktop fabrication devices. The soul of the device is infused with that of exuberant industrial designers behind it. It earnestly beckons, “Play with me.”

Vacuum Forming Fundamentals

Vacuum forming isn’t new. Far from it. Heat a sheet of plastic until it starts to melt, then stretch it over (or into) a shape you want to replicate. Repeat as desired. The tooling cost is much lower than injection molding, partially because the tool standards are much less and partially because you have a one-sided tool of two pieces encapsulating the part.  

The tooling cost of injection molding can make it impractical. As tooling cost requirements for a part reach a certain high and production run size reach a certain low the amortization equation worsens until it eventually doesn’t work. This can lead to a project’s death or making significant compromises. One major compromise is often not using plastic parts and consequently not getting the plastic’s lightweight, durable, industrial design and corrosion-resistant benefits. Lowering tooling cost can make the equation work again and vacuum forming can do that.

<figure class="aligncenter"><figcaption>The Mayku Formbox and all its little bits.</figcaption></figure>

Vacuum Forming Terminology

Template: The object you use as the exterior shape to be formed. Other names include mold, tooling, and master pattern.

Direction of pull: The direction that the template separates from the molded part. Also called direction of removal. This direction is used to determine the draft angle and undercuts.

Tip 1: If you want to get crafty you better get drafty

Draft is the slope of the side walls. Draft allows the molded part and template to easily separate and can extend the usable life of the template. Draft can help in many ways. Draft is like an overly eager friend ready at a moment’s notice to pick you up from the airport or move furniture. As the formed plastic cools, it shrinks and grips tightly around a template with an inadequate draft and hinder separation. The plastic conforms to the shape at the macro-level but also to the texture at a micro-level. The more textured a surface, the more the parts will want to stick together and therefore the more draft that is needed. So, my dumb analogy is, trying to separate surfaces by a parallel sliding action is like trying to pull Velcro apart instead of using draft to peal it back. Draft can reduce friction and rubbing of slide walls. Draft is like the embrace of a pleasant hug that releases after the socially denoted, appropriate amount of time. Ahhhh.

<figure class="aligncenter"><figcaption> At least three degrees is a sweet spot rule of thumb.</figcaption></figure>

Tip 2: No Ifs, ands, or Undercuts

Here’s a quick hack to recognize undercut features — they will look like good troll hang-outs. Undercuts are ledges, indents, overhangs, holes, cavities, and recessed areas — the type you have a hard time looking directly into. For example, when a template has a hole with a center axis parallel to the direction of pull, it isn’t an undercut. When the feature isn’t aligned with the direction of pull, it becomes an undercut. While I feel I made a valiant effort to explain undercuts, I will allow this simple picture to do it much better.

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Undercuts cause material to wrap around a template in a way that the template gets locked in and can’t be removed. If a good draft is a friend’s welcome hug, then undercuts are an anaconda’s unrelenting death squeeze.

Tip 3: No Air, Beware

When it comes to plastic molding, heat and pressure are two sides of the same coin. Like cereal and milk or a car and gas. You can have one without the other, but you aren’t getting what you wanted. That is to say, they are both required inputs.  Compared to other molding modalities, vacuum forming requires much less heat and pressure. This is what allows us to do it in our living room without blowing all the circuits or involving the authorities. Heat and pressure are the proverbial good cop, bad cop. Heat is like, “we have ways to make you talk dirtbag!” And pressure is like, “My partner has a bit of a temper, I think you and I can work this out.” In cases where cavities create an internal seal and block the air paths, the pressure is removed, which eliminates suction and prevents the full transformation process.  Design pathways for air to flow into all cavities. Allow heat and pressure to access all surfaces and you’ll have that crony singing like a stool pigeon.

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Rule 4: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Some manufacturing processes cut excess material away and some have a limitless reservoir to pump material in. With vacuum forming, you don’t start with much, and that’s all you get. As the material stretches over the template it pulls and thins out the adjacent areas. The bigger and taller the part, the thinner it will be. You can form the same size sheet around a lime or a coconut. The lime-molded part will be almost as thick as the starting sheet while the coconut-molded part may be barely thick enough to survive the rigors of a Jimmy Buffet concert. Like blowing up a balloon, stretch the material too much and the party’s over. Experiment with starting thicknesses of different increments and cut a cross-section of a sample part to observe the resulting sheet thicknesses and variability. 

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Mayku Formbox Specs

  • Height: 315mm
  • Length (With Handles): 466mm
  • Width: 274mm
  • Forming bed: 200mm x 200mm
  • Draw Depth: 130mm
  • Weight: 13kgs
  • Price: $699 (Mayku | Amazon)

Mayku Formbox: The Rating

If you’re new to vacuum forming, the Mayku Formbox makes the learning process easy. You can be up and making nearly as fast as you’re asked, “Why is our vacuum cleaner hooked up to that toaster oven???” 🤷‍♂️ And, if you lack templates, you can actually cut your template out of a potato (seriously).

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The FormBox is a primer on vacuum forming. Mastering the intricacies of industrial vacuum forming would take a lifetime of learning about materials, fastening, joining techniques, secondary operations and so on. Though the FormBox isn’t upgradable or hackable, it is exceptionally simple by design. The mastery gained will be compounded by secondary avenues of knowledge exploration in 3D modeling and 3D printing, which you can use to design better templates. One may choose, for instance, to learn about molding chocolate or soaps, stepping stones or cosplay costume making, farm equipment or industrial waste systems. Maybe not an industrial waste system.

Pong Score – 4
Rams Score – 5

Is It Awesome?

Totes McGoats. Just check out the Mayku gallery of beautiful and fun stuff made directly or indirectly using the FormBox.  I’m outraged at myself for not having washed my body with soap shaped like a Nintendo controller. FOR SHAME.

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The Project

Step 1: Buy a small frozen pizza

Step 2: Buy another small frozen pizza because the first one you bought was eaten after you didn’t label it as being for a very important project (actually happened).

Step 3: Bake the pizza per the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Step 4: Freeze the cooked pizza. “No!” YES.

Step 5: Fire up your Mayku FormBox!

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Step 6: Use the cooked and refrozen pizza as your template. “For real?” YES.

<figure class="aligncenter"><figcaption>Looks better than the first pizza of the day at the deli counter!</figcaption></figure>

Step 7: With the cooked and re-frozen pizza as your template, separate the molded plastic from the now semi-frozen pizza.

<figure class="aligncenter"><figcaption>Delicious! You could almost eat it! (Not recommended.)</figcaption></figure>

Step 9: Trim the excess material off the molded plastic pizza.

Step 10: Paint the molded plastic pizza with a plastic primer.

Step 11: Hire a friend to realistically paint your part.

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Step 12: Adhere your pizza masterpiece to an RC car. “What?” YES.

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Step 13: Play tricks on unsuspecting people.

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Who Should Buy This?

There are endless applications for the Mayku Vacuum Former. Those who would benefit from its capabilities include architecture modelers, terrarium aficionados, soapers, chocolatiers, RC hobbyists, pet haberdashers, cosplayers, makerspaces, creepy mask makers, universities, cool people that want to make customized gifts, preppers or prototypers, and folks prone to great ideas. For professional engineering, the applications that come to mind are those where something needs to be clear and very thin. For example, clear environmental covers for electronics or lights, household items, packaging, displays, and more.

Deep Thoughts

There existed a void between kids’ toy and factory-grade industrial machines in the vacuum forming space. What Mayku has done with the FormBox is to execute a triple-lindy into that gap, making vacuum forming simple, affordable, and much more accessible. Making vacuum forming fun and hip is what draws that new audience in. Thankyu, Mayku.

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by Dan Slaski at November 13, 2019 04:54 PM

The Javelin Blog

Reorder Columns in Search Results with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

Whether you’ve just created your vault view and added files into your vault, or if you’re a long time user of PDM. New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, you now have the capability to reorder columns right in your search window and have that change automatically saved into the Administration tool!

When first doing a search for files in a folder for “NOT 56*”, i get the results view below:

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Search Columns

Search Columns

If I had wanted to switch the columns for File Type and Found In, I simply need to drag the columns over, resulting in the image below:

Search Columns Switched

Search Columns Switched

Now the next time I use the search field, my column switch changes was remembered via the Registry Keys and that’s the order that was pulled. See below for a different search:

Different Search - Search Columns

Different Search – Search Columns

SOLIDWORKS PDM Training

Javelin offers various SOLIDWORKS PDM training courses which cover all the new additions and features such as searching within the vault. PDM Administrator training covers topics such as this in great detail and ample examples and exercises are provided for PDM administrators to familiarize themselves with new additions to SOLIDWORKS PDM.

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by Samony Riyaz at November 13, 2019 01:00 PM

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This LEGO Pizza May Not Be Appetizing, But It’s Still Dang Cool

Though LEGOs have been used to create lots of things such as robots and life-size vehicle models, they never really move as smoothly as you would want them too. It might be due to their blocky nature, but without the aid of outside parts from different manufacturers, LEGOs move in a clicky, clacky manner unique to themselves.

So how do you make LEGOs move more smoothly while retaining their uniqueness? Stop motion animation, of course!

Using a heap of LEGOs, a camera, and an endless supply of patience, YouTube creator Bebop has created a short stop motion video of the cooking of a LEGO pizza:

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The video required a mind-boggling 3,300 photos—but the payoff is definitely worth it. Be it the pouring of the LEGO water, the smearing of the pizza sauce, or even the tossing of the dough, he manages to make the blocks’ movements look fluid and seamless with each frame.

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Another cool touch is how he integrates real ingredients into the video. As he “cuts” the real-life sausage and assorted veggies, they transform into their LEGO counterparts and fall realistically onto the chopping board.

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Once all the ingredients are chopped, he places them onto the LEGO pizza and puts it in a fictional oven where they melt and bubble into the finished product.

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Now all that’s left to do is carve up a slice to eat! As with the rest of the video, Bebop adds details such as falling pizza toppings and the folding of the slice which make the LEGO pizza seem all the more like the real deal.

All throughout the video, Bebop mixes the sounds you would expect from pizza ingredients being cooked AND the distinct LEGO clacks to make the cooking process all the more believable.

Bebop’s YouTube channel is dedicated to making stop motion videos, some of which use materials that aren’t LEGO.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 13, 2019 12:40 PM

SolidSmack Radio | The Solid Edge – Fall 2019 Edition (Powered by Spotify)

Get that stretch out of your system with this week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist. It’s fashioned up, ready to make you pull your shoulder blades back and knock out another week of meaningful work while you bob your head to the beat. Whether you’re in the shop milling aluminum, sketching the latest product prototypes or modeling up a 3D storm, consider these tracks as a tool for your process.

Have suggestions? As always, let us know what you listen to, what you want to hear and what tunes get you through the week. Shoot us an email or leave a comment down below!!

*Note: if the embedded playlist below doesn’t work for you, try this.

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by SolidSmack at November 13, 2019 12:36 PM

November 12, 2019

The Javelin Blog

How to Reuse a Part Exploded View in a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

SOLIDWORKS 2020 now allows you to reuse an exploded view that you have already created in a multi-body part file in an assembly level exploded view. I’ll use the lamp model below as an example:

Lamp Model

Lamp Model

To reuse an exploded view follow these steps:

  1. Create an exploded view within the part file (Insert > Exploded View)

  1. Insert a new exploded view (Insert > Exploded View or Exploded View on the assembly toolbar) in the assembly that contains the multibody part.
  2. In the Explode PropertyManager, for Explode Step Components, select the multibody part.
Explode Property Manager

Explode PropertyManager

  1. You will now be able to select ‘From Part’ within the Options to import the exploded view already created in the part and add any additional explode steps for other components as required.
Exploded View

Assembly with Part Exploded View

Note: You cannot view the individual steps within the part explode as it transfers across to the assembly as a single step and will not animate.

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by Harneel Heer at November 12, 2019 01:00 PM

November 11, 2019

The Javelin Blog

How to apply a SOLIDWORKS Hole Callout to Non-Hole Wizard Hole

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now add Hole Callouts to non-hole wizard holes that have a cosmetic thread. In the following example we have created a hole in a plate and applied a cosmetic thread to the hole.

Cosmetic Thread in the Part File

Cosmetic Thread in the Part File

In order to insert a hole callout for this hole in the drawing, we use the Smart Dimension tool to insert a dimension for the diameter of the cosmetic thread. In the side view of the hole, after activating Smart Dimension, click on the two silhouette edges of the cosmetic thread. Then click to insert the dimension.

Inserting the Diameter Dimension Using Smart Dimension Feature

Inserting the Diameter Dimension Using Smart Dimension Feature

As soon as the dimension is placed in the drawing, the hole callout appears for the non-hole wizard hole.

Hole Call Out Created for the Cosmetic Thread

Hole Callout applied

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at November 11, 2019 01:00 PM

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College Student Duo Create Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Audio in Real-Time

While applications such as Google Translate can help us understand the written word in foreign languages on the fly, there hasn’t really been such an application to help with sign language. Rather than relying on sound, sign language is comprised of a series of rapid hand gestures that have to be seen and analyzed together before making sense.

It’s certainly a daunting task to create something that can understand and translate such a unique method of communication, but in the case of University of Washington students Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor, they took it upon themselves to make sign language easier to understand both for the hearing impaired as well as the people they communicate with.

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Back in 2016, the two developed “SignAloud” – a pair of gloves that analyze hand gestures in American Sign Language and instantaneously translates them into spoken words and sentences. Using Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit data, an onboard computer matches the user’s hand gestures to its own sign language library. If a gesture matches a word or letter, the translated data gets turned into audio which is played through the SignAloud.

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The two created the device in the University of Washington CoMotion MakerSpace with the help of the space’s manager, Mike Clarke, and was built as an easier means of sign language translation. As most machines then used video data (resulting in delays in translation) or were just impractical to wear on a daily basis, SignAloud was meant to be the polar opposite. It’s light, can be worn like a pair of gloves, and most importantly, translates sign language data in real-time.

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On top of helping those who are hard-of-hearing and rely on sign language to carry out their day-to-day tasks, Azodi and Pryor built the SignAloud for anybody who wants to learn American Sign Language. While it can’t turn spoken words into automatically controlled hand signals, it can definitely help with connecting hand gestures to form coherent sentences. Apart from this, the gloves can also be used in other fields; stroke patients can be monitored during rehabilitation and the gloves themselves can be used in various virtual reality applications.

Whatever it’s used for, you can bet the SignAloud will definitely help in connecting people who communicate in different ways.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 11, 2019 12:28 PM

The SolidSmack Monday List 46.19 | Stories We’re Reading This Week

As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Riches From Rags

Before there was recycling, there was the rag trade.

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Ginkgo Bioworks CEO Wants Biology to Manufacture Physical Goods

Jason Kelly says that we’ll be able to program cells the same way we brew beer. The applications are endless and his company—with hundreds of millions in investment and a valuation of $4.2 billion—is far ahead of anyone else.

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Close to Home

Forget dull hotel rooms and fusty apartments: a group of architects-turned-entrepreneurs are cornering the market in well-designed rentals in South Korea – and beyond.

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13 Smart STEM Toys for the Techie Kids in Your Life

We found more than a dozen math-filled and science-rich toys for tiny nerds to disassemble, set on fire, and then rebuild.

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Software Is Reorganizing the World

The tech industry has created cloud communities that are taking physical shape.

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Motion Smoothing Is Ruining Cinema

Filmmakers hate it. Viewers do, too. So why is it the default setting on almost every new TV in America?

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by SolidSmack at November 11, 2019 12:21 PM

Astronauts Can Now Recycle Plastics Into 3D Printing Filament

astronaut in space

Why limit recycling to Earth when you can do it in outer space too?

Space manufacturing company Made in Space recently teamed up with thermoplastic resin and polypropylene company Braskem to create a plastic recycler for astronauts stationed at the International Space Station.

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Using Braskem’s specialized Green Plastic (a sugarcane-based plastic made using thermoplastic resin) in the majority of their goods and perishables packaging, astronauts can dump the reusable waste into the recycler and repurpose it into material for the onboard Made in Space 3D printer. This, in turn, helps reduce weight and allows astronauts to produce custom tools and parts with ease using materials already available on board. Once they’re done with said parts, they can dump it all back into the recycler where it can be mulched down again for future use.

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With both a 3D printer and now a 3D recycler now in space, could it only be a matter of time before we start sending space designers to craft our new home in the stars? Only time will tell!

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 11, 2019 10:29 AM

November 09, 2019

The Javelin Blog

How to apply All Uppercase to SOLIDWORKS Dimensions & Hole Callouts

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can set the dimension characters or hole callouts to show as all uppercase characters in the graphics area for drawings. This can be done for a single dimension by selecting that dimension, going to dimension property manager, and clicking on All Uppercase for that dimension.

Changing Dimension Text to Uppercase for a specific dimension

Changing Dimension Text to Uppercase for a specific dimension

You can also set this option for all new hole call outs and dimensions by changing the document properties. In order to do this, you can go to Tools > Options > Document Properties > Drafting Standards for any part, assembly, or drawing document. From here, under Uppercase, select All Uppercase for dimensions and hole callouts.

Changing the Document Properties to Apply All Upper Case for All New Dimensions

Changing the Document Properties to Apply All Uppercase for All New Dimensions

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at November 09, 2019 01:00 PM

November 08, 2019

SolidSmack

The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 45.19

RUSSIAN SHERP

Huddle around the computer a little bit, your digital detox is a farce! How can you stay away from great stuff that you can read and chew on … mentally that is! We got you covered, while you were away, busy with your digital detox diet. Don’t be shy, take a look at the week that was, right here on SolidSmack.

Cause we are ROCKIN!

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A “Personal Car Factory 3D Printer” Coming Next Year?

I was a bit shocked when I saw a press release from Israel-based Modix that touted a coming “Personal Car Factory 3D Printer”.

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Tutorial: Model Wave Forms using Creo Parametric Variable Section Sweep and TRAJPAR Function – (Advanced)

In this post, we’ll delve into the world of TRAJPAR. Now I’m not talk’n about some distant galaxy, but rather a somewhat hidden parameter nested inside PTC Creo Parametric modeling software.

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This Functioning LEGO Typewriter Might Go Into Production

For the serious LEGO junkies out there, the LEGO IDEAS community is a one-stop shop for all things plastic brick. From message boards to activity ideas, the platform—which is officially hosted by LEGO—encourages members to share their creations and compete for prizes with build competitions. It’s also where master builders can upload proposals for new LEGO sets that the community votes for to move into mass production.

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The Russian Sherp Looks Like a Micro Machine, But is Actually One Tough Truck

If your first instinct was to pick up this ATV and plop it on your homemade Hot Wheels track, you aren’t alone. This is a Sherp – a Russian ATV whose main features are its boxy design and ginormous tires.

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LEGO’s Latest Limited Edition Product is a 5:1 Upscaled Wood Minifigure

Despite being one of the most iconic plastic toys of all time, the first LEGO toys were, in fact, crafted from wood. The company, founded by master carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932, initially crafted the toys out of wood but switched over to plastic when wood supplies became scarce in the aftermath of WWII.

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This ‘Invisible’ Furniture Series Looks Like It Isn’t Even There

Seoul-based designer HyukJoon Choi has found a nice middle ground by creating a collection of furniture which both is and isn’t there. Dubbed the “invisible” furniture series, his pieces use a number of thin, reflective surfaces that are held together using small screws. When viewed from a front-facing angle, these pieces give off an illusion that what they’re holding is levitating off the ground.

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by SolidSmack at November 08, 2019 12:37 PM

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How to Backup the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Settings

The SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Settings backup should be completed as part of your regular Backup Process, but it’s also a good practice to be run ahead of any major procedures such as an migration or upgrade.  It’s straight forward to configure and can be scheduled to complete automatically.

Important! The archive server settings backup utility does not include the archives or databases, these need to be created and completed separately

How to set up the archive server settings backup

On the archive server; start the Archive Server Configuration Tool from Start > Programs > SOLIDWORKS PDM > Archive Server Configuration;

Archive Server Settings

Start Archive Server Configuration

In the Archive Server dialog select Tools > Backup Settings…

Archive Server Settings

Archive Server dialog

Here you can;

  • Select which vaults to back up.
    • Or include all vaults (preferred).
  • Define a Backup Location for the generated backup file (Backup.dat.) to be created.
    • The recommended location is within the default root to the vault archives, so it’s included within the vault archives backup.
  • Enable the Schedule option, to complete automatically.
  • Define a Password to be required when restoring the backup.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server Settings Backup

Backup Settings

We can manually launch a backup file to be created using the Launch Backup button, otherwise, it will be created as per the defined schedule.

Archive server settings include anything entered at the Archive Server Configuration Tool Level, like the physical location of the archives, defined login types (database or Windows login etc) and passwords.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS PDM

Attend a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Administration training course either in a classroom near you or live online.

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by Justin Williams at November 08, 2019 12:00 PM

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Tutorial: Model Wave Forms using Creo Parametric Variable Section Sweep and TRAJPAR Function – (Advanced)

In this post, we’ll delve into the world of TRAJPAR. Now I’m not talk’n about some distant galaxy, but rather a somewhat hidden parameter nested inside PTC Creo Parametric modeling software. TRAJPAR is short for Trajectory Parameter. This puppy is one of the advanced modeling goodies that allows you to turbocharge your Variable Section Sweep (VSS). The exciting thing is that with relatively little effort (aside from wading in the waters of mathematical formulas) you can model some amazingly complex shapes that are parametric and robust to-boot!

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Embellishing Products With Parametrically Driven Wave Forms

Product Designers the world over are on a constant quest to make products desirable. One means to accomplish this is through finessing form. More specially, embellishing the exterior skin of products with 3D textures and repeating patterns. Actually, I’m touching on what’s known in the industry as Color, Material, and Finish (CMF) design. A quick hop over to the design blog leManoosh and you will experience a spectacle of juicy, eye-popping CMF goodness. The array of surface embellishments displayed on consumer products these days is digital artistry at its best!

Then how does one get in on the fun? First, pick your inspiration. Today we are doing ripples or waves as we find in nature such as sand dunes or water. Ripples are one of my favorite surface embellishments. Creo Parametric is perfectly suite for modeling such forms owing to TRAJPAR.

TRAJPAR + Sinewave Behavior Explained

So what is TRAJPAR and how does it work? In short, it is a parameter that mathematically varies from 0-1 over the length of a trajectory. While Creo uses the term trajectory other CAD software apps use path as the term when creating a sweep feature. When you couple TRAJPAR by way of an equation to a Variable Section Sweep (VSS) you can create some neat geometric effects!

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To accomplish a wave we need an equation that includes time and a change in amplitude. A sine or cosine function is just the ticket. Have a look at the graphic below to visualize how a sinewave is plotted as a point travels around the perimeter of a unit circle. One 360 degrees revolution equals one “wave”. So, the number of complete revolutions around the unit circle over the distance of a trajectory will determine the number of ripples contained in the swept feature.

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The other thing to note from the graphic is that the cosine function starts on the peak or high point of the wave which is an optimal position for setting up tangential connections with subsequent sketched entities and downstream surface features.

Turbo Charging VSS with TRAJPAR

Now that we understand the behavior of a sinewave let’s give a go at mimicking it in Creo. To help us along, I’ve modeled the rippled dish pictured below. Often while doing my best to scrape every tasty morsel of dessert out of the peaks and valleys I’d ponder how I’d go about modeling such an object. Discovering TRAJPAR was my epiphany.

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Ok, time to peek inside the structure of a variable section sweep used to construct the dessert dish geometry. I’ve diagramed the equation and shown a few screenshots. Additionally, I’ve uploaded to Youtube an unedited video of the Creo modeling build. Rather than dress up the video I thought you might want to experience all the nuances of setting up and modifying the model.

Equation Anatomy

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Well, that’s how you turbocharge a variable section sweep in Creo Parametric! This demo is just the tip of the iceberg as to types of advance geometry can be created using equations in combination with TRAJAR. I’ll follow up in the near future and share some of the other advanced geometries I’ve created using this modeling workflow.

Until next time, keep learning! – SkillCoach

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by Vince Haley at November 08, 2019 01:30 AM

November 07, 2019

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A “Personal Car Factory 3D Printer” Coming Next Year?

Modix Mama Car Factory 3D Printer

I was a bit shocked when I saw a press release from Israel-based Modix that touted a coming “Personal Car Factory 3D Printer”.

Could someone 3D print their own car? It seems to me that level of additive manufacturing tech is still a bit into the future. Maybe quite a bit.

But it turns out that the announcement has more to do with “Factory” than it does to “Personal”.

The new Modix MAMA (“Modular Additive Manufacturing Assembler”) is a thermoplastic 3D printer with a selection of possible build volumes between 1 x 1 x 1 m to an enormous 2 x 5 x 1 m. To put that in perspective, the biggest Modix MAMA build volume is about 1000X the volume of a standard desktop 3D printer.

This is a very big machine, indeed.

3D Printing Cars?

However, it will not literally 3D print a full-size automobile. But it could be used in an automobile factory to print large components, like fenders or dashboards in one print operation. Thus it is more like a “3D printer for a car factory”. As for the “personal” aspect, read on.

Prints of this volume would normally take unbelievably long durations. Using a standard 0.4mm nozzle and filament extrusion system, 3D printing a 180mm car model on a desktop device could take as long as 13 hours. But scaling that up to the size of the Modix MAMA could result in a print time of something near two months, a completely impractical duration.

Modix MAMA Extrusion

Modix has resolved this issue by including the ability to attach ultra-high performance extrusion systems on the Modix MAMA. They say they can install, for example, the Dyze Pulsar system, which uses pellets as input instead of filament and can 3D print several kg of thermoplastic per hour, making the Modix MAMA quite practical.

Modix has been producing large-format 3D printers for some time, and because of that they’ve been directly working with multiple clients who have explained their functional needs to Modix. It turns out that one of the needs is for a large-format 3D printer that can produce huge parts in one piece, and that’s precisely what Modix has built here.

Modix MAMA Applications

Although intended for their existing clients and similar businesses, Modix believes there are several other industries that could make very good use from the Modix MAMA system. These would include marketing, where enormous props could be quickly printed, or the construction industry, where huge molds could be prepared for casting unusual shapes.

Modix MAMA Pricing

There’s one other very unusual aspect to the Modix MAMA: its price.

While we don’t yet know the exact pricing of the Modix MAMA as the company intends on announcing details in Q1 next year, they do hint that it could be spectacularly lower than existing large-format 3D printing options. Current large format options are typically priced far above US$100K, or even multiples of US$100K, but I get a sense that Modix will price the MAMA at something less than US$100K.

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Large 3D Printer Kit

How can they achieve such pricing? They seem to have taken a page from the desktop 3D printer manufacturers: they’re going to offer the Modix MAMA as a self-assembly kit!

You’re reading that right: it is a 3D printer kit that can produce objects measured in meters. I suspect this is why Modix termed the machine “personal”. I’m not sure what steps Modix will take to achieve this goal, as the assembly of such a large machine would be a bit different than the typical desktop kit. Certainly you’d need more than the usual one-page “quick start” guide.

Evidently, Modix will be exhibiting a 1 x 1 x 1 venison of the Modix MAMA at Formnext in a few weeks, equipped with the Dyze Pulsar extrusion system. We’re certainly going to drop by and take a much closer look at this huge machine.

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by Fabbaloo at November 07, 2019 10:07 PM

Model a Boeing 747 in SOLIDWORKS

You may have ridden on Boeing 747. You may have even designed parts of a 747. But have you ever created an entire 3D model of a Boeing 747-8 exterior (including landing gear) in SOLIDWORKS?!

Well, one of our favorite Product Designers and SOLIDWORKS trainers, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, has introduced a new Boeing 747-8 video course that combines 30 TRAINING MODULES and 43 STEP-BY-STEP VIDEOS that takes you through the process of modeling the amazing Boeing 747-8.

Jan-Willem has over 10-years of experience developing SOLIDWORKS tutorials with LOADS of free tutorials and even more amazing premium tutorials at LearnSOLIDWORKS.com.

Each module of the course goes into great detail on modeling everything from the fuselage and fairings to the windows and wings. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to do surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS, this is the course that will show you how.

For a limited time, you can get the 747-8 course PLUS 6 BONUSES, including:

LIMITED BONUS #1 – FREE SOLIDWORKS Surfacing CSWPA Exam Access

LIMITED BONUS #2 – FREE 2nd LearnSOLIDWORKS Tutorial

BONUS #3 – Access to the LearnSOLIDWORKS Facebook Community

BONUS #4 – SOLIDWORKS Hanger Model

BONUS #5 – SOLIDWORKS Landing Strip Model

BONUS #6 – Certificate of Course Completion

That’s hours of surface modeling training in 43 videos PLUS the six amazing bonuses. Jan-Willem is offering all of this at a special discounted price during the launch of this course. The list price for the course is € 747 ($826) BUT, for a limited time, you can get the course + the bonuses for € 397 ($438)

€ 747 ($826) € 397 ($438)

This deal ends Friday, November 8th, so don’t wait! Grab the Boeing 747-8 Video Course + Bonuses Today!

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by SolidSmack at November 07, 2019 09:51 PM

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How to Isolate Interference in SOLIDWORKS 2020

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can isolate components (including part and sub-assemblies for your assemblies) or bodies (for your multi-body parts) from the Interference Detection tool. You can tag interference, bodies, or components for isolation after you exit the Property Manager.

To do this, open an assembly or a multibody part and click Interference Detection from Evaluate tab in your command manager.

Activating the Interference Detection Tool

Activating the Interference Detection Tool

In the Property Manager, click Calculate to see any existing interference.

Calculating the Interference

Calculating the Interference

Under Results, right-click an interference and click Isolate when done. An isolated interference will have an eye symbol next to their icon.

Isolate when done

Isolate when done

Eye Icon

Eye Icon

When you select Component View for assemblies or Body View for multibody parts, you can click Isolate when done for the parent component, the child component, or the interference.

Component View in Interference Detection

Component View in Interference Detection

Based on this selection, when you click OK in the Interference Detection tool, you will be isolating a component or an interference.

Exit Isolate

Exit Isolate

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at November 07, 2019 01:00 PM

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Learn Raspberry Pi in a Weekend with This $34 Mastery Bundle

Raspberry Pi

We’ve said it time and time again, but the Raspberry Pi is just so dang cool and we believe all designers and engineers should have one in their toolkit—if not on their desktop. While there is a bit of a slight learning curve, it’s nothing that today’s designers and engineers can’t handle on a leisurely Saturday.

So why not start now?

The Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle includes 8 courses to get started creating your very own Amazon Echo or even a KUKA-like robotic arm for your desktop (how’s that for office bragging rights). Throw in any of your own 3D printed housing designs, and the opportunities are limitless!

For a limited time, The Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle is 96% off of the $865 retail price and can be purchased right here for a mere $34.

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The Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle — $865 $34

Courses included:

  • Automation with Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Introduction to Raspberry Pi
  • Hardware Projects Using Raspberry Pi
  • Bitcoin Mining Using Raspberry Pi
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  • Home Automation in 48 Hours Without Coding
  • Build Your Own ArmBot Step By Step Using Raspberry Pi Zero

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by SolidSmack at November 07, 2019 12:44 PM

The Russian Sherp Looks Like a Micro Machine, But is Actually One Tough Truck

You’ve seen tons of LEGO car builds in the past (some of which can even be driven), but I bet you don’t see something like this everyday:

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If your first instinct was to pick up this ATV and plop it on your homemade Hot Wheels track, you aren’t alone. This is a Sherp – a Russian ATV whose main features are its boxy design and ginormous tires.

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Built as an all-terrain vehicle, the Sherp uses a Kubota V1505-T diesel-powered engine which gives it an underwhelming 44.3 horsepower. But what this thing lacks for in speed it makes up for in traversing surfaces most off-road vehicles would have trouble crossing (you can even snap it to a second cart and attach your power tools onto the ATV’s hood). On top of this, the ATV also has a ridiculous carrying capacity of 2204 lbs.

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Those giant tires aren’t just for show, either. Though quite large, they’re actually low-pressure tires which fold and allow the Sherp to traverse different terrains such as muddy paths, iced-over lakes, and through small bodies of water. Couple this with the ability to control said wheels independently using two joysticks found in the driver’s seat and you’ve got an ATV which can be controlled down to a tee.

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Now if only the darn thing had a steering wheel.

You can find more on the Sherp’s various features over on the official Sherp webpage. If you just so happen to live on a rocky mountain, you can find a dealer for a Sherp here as well.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 07, 2019 12:43 PM

November 06, 2019

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How to Add Missing Fonts to SOLIDWORKS

Do you ever get this SOLIDWORKS Missing Font warning when trying to open a part that came from someone else? “Use a temporary replacement font.”

SOLIDWORKS Font Message

SOLIDWORKS Font Message

Basically this means you don’t have the font the other person used, which means SOLIDWORKS will pick a font of its choosing to fill in the blanks. The good news is that fonts can be added into your computer/SOLIDWORKS and it’s fairly easy to do.

Types of Fonts

Let’s first discuss types of fonts and the fonts that can and can’t be used for SOLIDWORKS. There are two main font types: True Type Font and Open Type Font. SOLIDWORKS will only accept True Type Font and you will know it’s a True Type Font by the file extension of ‘.TTF’.

This is SOLIDWORKS choosing the font it thinks is close.

This is SOLIDWORKS choosing the font it thinks is close.

Adding New Fonts

So where do you get these fonts? There are many websites that offer free and paid font types. Please use your discretion when blindly downloading files, though. If you require a specific one for your part and are having problems locating it, you could always ask your supplier to send it along as a zipped file. To view what fonts you have, you can go into the Fonts folder via Control Panel.

Windows Fonts

Windows Fonts

Now for the process of adding the font into your computer and SOLIDWORKS. Make sure your newly downloaded font is unzipped then double click on the .TTF file as shown in the example below.

Font file selected

Font file selected

This will open it up, allowing you to preview various sizes of the font. In the top left there will be a Print and Install button. All you have to do is click on the install button.

Install the missing Font

Install the missing Font

Verify the font installed by going into your Fonts folder again. I would then also verify that SOLIDWORKS picked it up by doing a test sketch.

This is the sketch with the correct font. Notice how its available now from the list.

This is the sketch with the correct font. Notice how its available now from the list.

Here is a Microsoft Link for more information.

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by James Swackhammer at November 06, 2019 01:00 PM

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This ‘Invisible’ Furniture Series Looks Like It Isn’t Even There

While a large house can definitely benefit from having a ton of furniture in it, too much furniture can make a small apartment or condo unit look cramped and unsightly.

Seoul-based designer HyukJoon Choi has found a nice middle ground by creating a collection of furniture which both is and isn’t there. Dubbed the “invisible” furniture series, his pieces use a number of thin, reflective surfaces which are held together using small screws. When viewed from a front-facing angle, these pieces give off an illusion that what they’re holding is levitating off the ground:

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The two pieces in the collection both have small shelves which are strong enough to hold a couple of books, files, and even a potted plant or two. Apart from showcasing the reflective properties and “invisible” nature of the pieces, having shelves which actually hold things proves they are actually useful and not taking up precious space in your small living quarters.

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HyukJoon created his invisible line of furniture to provide inconspicuous pieces which can be both alluring and space-saving at the same time. More people are living in condominiums and apartments rather than full-fledged houses so to make their quarters look more spacious, he created compact furniture which is easy on the eyes.

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Now if only you would stop bumping into the reflective shelves every time you pass them. You can find more of HyukJoon’s work on his Instagram page.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 06, 2019 12:53 PM

November 05, 2019

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How To Make An Air-Powered Pet Toy From Cardboard

cardboard pet toy

YouTuber BLACKHAND is a master at constructing DIY projects that allow us to experience tantalizing chain reactions. His burning matchstick pieces are wildly popular enjoying views in the millions! But just when we may have been tempted to dubb him Mr. Combustable and were itching to burn something else, he’s done gone and changed up the game on us! Yep, BLACKHAND recently released a DIY project that’s totally safe for all ages, both man and beast! This time around he’s exploring the world of pneumatics. Just check out this fun air-powered pet toy constructed from a totally safe, readily available, and super cheap material……cardboard.

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Air Powered (Pneumatic) Levitation System

There’s nothing quite as fun as a game of catch-me-if-you-can. Perhaps it’s even funnier when played with a pet and on the sly! BLACHAND’S project accomplishes this by way of providing a way to levitate a collection of ping pong balls at random via a good old super-duper extended puff of air! By blowing air through one of five tubes, a pet lover can cause a ping-pong ball to mysteriously float right before the eyes of a pet sending it into a curious tizzy! Just about the time the pet takes a swipe, you alternate the flow of air to another puffing-port aka tube. Simple breath and repeat to prolong the fun!

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Main Body Construction

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He starts by cutting two semi-circular pieces out of what looks to be perhaps B-flute corrugated cardboard. These two pieces form the top and bottom body of the toy. The top pieces get five octagon-shaped features marked off with equal spacing around the curve. These will later become depressions that serve to support the ping pong balls. Each octagon shape is lightly scribed around its perimeter and cut completely through into wedges that meet at the center. later these pie-shapes are pressed down slightly to create a funnel that brings the balls to the center of the holes without letting them fall into the cardboard body.

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Two lengths of cardboard are constructed to serve as the vertical walls of the toy body. Taking a length of cardboard that matches the arc-length of the inner semi-circle, he creates a series of evenly spaced relief cuts to make the piece more flexible. He then glues the piece onto the bottom part of the body to give the top portion more elevation. In a later step, the same is done for the outer semi-circle arc.

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Air Delivery System Construction

To make the pneumatic system that powers the toy a series of five tube mechanisms are constructed to match up to the ping-pong ball ports. The system is constructed using flexible clear tubing, bendy straws, plastic support brackets, and hot glue strategically applied. Once complete air can be directed to each location where the balls rest.

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BLACKHAND cuts off segments of bendy straws to be used as elbow fittings to change the direction of the airflow. Each straw elbow is glued to plastic tubes. To make sure the tubes are always facing upright, he makes five plastic brackets and glues them to the bottom of the body. Once finished, it’s just a matter of fitting the tubes in and carefully routing them in the proper direction. Once they are in place strips of tape are used to secure them.

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With the mechanism finished, BLACKHAND sets to construction the remainder of the body. The entire pneumatic system eventually gets concealed inside of the toy body.

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Now its time to secure the outer semi-circle in place. Before installing this piece an opening is cut that will allow the cardboard housing that covers the air delivery tubes to be fitted later. These tubes lead to where the user will puff sending the needed flow of air to each ball.

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To make blowing into the tubes easier, the air delivery housing is angled upward. The cardboard is constructed as the bend presenting each tube at a comfortable height and angle.

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All that’s left to do now is glue on the corners, cut the extra tubing, depress ball resting ports, drop the balls in place and let the fun begin!

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A powerful puff of super-duper human air sends each ball into magical levitation! Such a feat cannot but pique the curiosity of any adventurous pet, be it of the canine or feline sort!

To see more of BLACKHAND’s other creations, be sure to check out his YouTube channel.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 05, 2019 11:26 PM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Performance Improvements

The increased performance of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 makes your day-to-day use faster than ever before. You no longer have to wait for file contents and their details to load to browse to a sub-folder. You can toggle between Bill of Materials, Contains, or Where Used tabs without delay while the data loads in the background.

Here is a list of some of the features that improved performance in PDM 2020:
  • Logging into the vault is faster if you set large number of files or folders for automatic caching.
  • Viewing the System History of a vault that includes a large number of items.
  • Opening a file from a folder that includes a large number of files.
  • Creating a new file or sub-folder in a folder that contains large number of files.

Watch the video below to learn more about the performance enhancements in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020:

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by Nadeem Akhtar at November 05, 2019 01:00 PM

November 04, 2019

The Javelin Blog

Enhanced navigation controls for records in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020

The main user interface has been enhanced in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2020, adding controls that allow users to navigate and jump between records and different objects with ease.

Back and Forward Navigation

No need to try and remember the previous record that was selected with the new Back and Forward buttons which allow users to go back and forth between selected records, even from within different objects.

Back and Forward buttons

Back and Forward buttons

Go To Record

It’s now easier to jump between a record and a reference record using the new Go to record option available from the right-click menu

Go to record option

Go to record option

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by Justin Williams at November 04, 2019 01:00 PM

November 01, 2019

Splines Chapter of Surfacing Site

The Splines chapter of the new surfacing site has 6300 words, 2 videos (14 minutes of video total) and 51 images. And there are 30 some chapters in addition to…

by matt at November 01, 2019 06:03 PM

SolidSmack

This J-Shaped Toothbrush Head Design Cleans Teeth in Seconds

Even though it’s just as important as eating three square meals a day, not everyone practices proper dental care. On a busy day, most folks would just quickly brush their teeth (or forget to altogether) before hopping in a car and driving to work—much to the bummer of their coworkers.

Encompass was made to give those with less than stellar dental hygiene their quick and proper toothbrush fix before taking on the rest of the day. By putting the J-shaped toothbrush in both halves of your mouth, you can effectively clean all your chompers in just 20 seconds, according to the company.

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The secret lies in the inflating bladder and pneumatic pump housed within the toothbrush. Once the Encompass is wrapped around your teeth, the bladder inflates and deflates to conform to the shape of your mouth and gives those pearly whites the proper brushing they deserve. The circulating air is a stand-in for your arm, delivering a total of 100 brush strokes per second:

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Apart from helping those with dexterity problems, the Encompass toothbrush was primarily created to solve the biggest issue with oral care: human error. Despite the development of more advanced dental care products, bad dental hygiene can still be attributed to bad habits. Among others, poor brushing techniques and lack of time are just two of the problems this automated toothbrush solves; now it’s just up to you to remember to use the Encompass at least twice a day.

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The Encompass toothbrush is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo and has already exceeded its goal of $30,000 many times over (it now has a funding of $408,197). Learn more over at Indiegogo.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 01, 2019 01:49 PM

LEGO’s Latest Limited Edition Product is a 5:1 Upscaled Wood Minifigure

Despite being one of the most iconic plastic toys of all time, the first LEGO toys were, in fact, crafted from wood. The company, founded by master carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932, initially crafted the toys out of wood but switched over to plastic when wood supplies became scarce in the aftermath of WWII.

With the launch of the LEGO® Originals Wooden Minifigure 853967, the LEGO Group, in collaboration with designers from Room Copenhagen, is introducing a new range of products that pay homage to the company’s wood material history.

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The 5:1 upscaled version of the classic LEGO Minifigure is handcrafted from oak, with adjustable yellow plastic hands just like today’s LEGO Minifigures—a nod to both the past and the present. The model measures over 7” (20cm) tall, 4” (11cm) wide and 3,5” (9cm) deep. The last LEGO product to combine both wood and plastic was the 1130 Bedford firetruck 60 years ago in 1959.

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“I have always been committed to making the nicest and most robust objects, and just like other carpenters I believe the best type of advertising is when the product promotes itself. Our purpose is to produce a really good, solid and finely crafted piece of work, and ensure LEGO products always be known for their exceptional quality”.

– LEGO founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen

Since the first one was released in 1978, there have been over 8,000 different official LEGO Minifigures launched. In keeping with the tradition of owners customizing their Minifigures, LEGO encourages owners of the new wood Minifigure to customize and share their creations on social media using the #LEGOOriginals hashtag.

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“It has been a privilege for us to expand our collaboration with The LEGO Group and contribute to the world premiere of a new series of design classics,” explains Jacob Eberhard, CEO of Room Copenhagen. “Going back to the roots of the company and helping to bring back some of the original LEGO toys in new creative ways is an exciting journey to be part of.”

The figure will be available globally on November 8th, 2019 at LEGO.

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by Simon Martin at November 01, 2019 01:40 PM

The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 44.19

This All-in-One Kit Teaches You How to Build Your Own Mechanical Watch

Huddle around the computer a little bit, your digital detox is a farce! How can you stay away from great stuff that you can read and chew on … mentally that is! We got you covered, while you were away, busy with your digital detox diet. Don’t be shy, take a look at the week that was, right here on SolidSmack.

Cause we are ROCKIN!

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This All-in-One Kit Teaches You How to Build Your Own Mechanical Watch

Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Rotate takes things one step further by having users assemble their own mechanical watch from scratch. Completely devoid of batteries (because that’s what a modular watch is), the kit teaches you the ins and outs of watchmaking with simple guides, tools, and on-hand online support staff in case you lose your way.

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This Insane Smartphone Case Mimics Human Skin and Touch

If you thought mobile cases with bunny ears and googly eyes were weird, wait ‘til you get a load of what HCI (human-computer interaction) researcher and interaction designer Marc Teyssier has been working on.

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This Functioning LEGO Typewriter Might Go Into Production

For the serious LEGO junkies out there, the LEGO IDEAS community is a one-stop shop for all things plastic brick. From message boards to activity ideas, the platform—which is officially hosted by LEGO—encourages members to share their creations and compete for prizes with build competitions. It’s also where master builders can upload proposals for new LEGO sets that the community votes for to move into mass production.

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Behind the Design: How Urwahn 3D Printed a Bike for Urban Riding Conditions

Since the 19th century, the bicycle has undergone thousands of different design iterations for different riding styles and rider sizes. While you could say frame designs have varied based on road or offroad usage, the core design of the bicycle itself hasn’t gone through many revolutionary design changes.

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LEGO’s Latest Limited Edition Product is a 5:1 Upscaled Wood Minifigure

Despite being one of the most iconic plastic toys of all time, the first LEGO toys were, in fact, crafted from wood. The company, founded by master carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932, initially crafted the toys out of wood but switched over to plastic when wood supplies became scarce in the aftermath of WWII.

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Assembly Required: New Photo Series Makes Fine Art Out of Exploded Views

While exploded views can be traced all the way back to the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, it wasn’t until the manufacturing boom of the mid-twentieth century where the term “Exploded View Drawing” became an industry standard for engineering and manufacturing professionals.

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by SolidSmack at November 01, 2019 01:30 PM

The Javelin Blog

Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam for Subscription Customers

If you have an active subscription with SOLIDWORKS, you and your team can write free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams.

SOLIDWORKS Certification is a symbol of ones knowledge, skill, and competency with SOLIDWORKS.  So what are the benefits of obtaining a certification?

  • Looks good on the resume — Having a SOLIDWORKS certification on your resume is a booster because it represents your knowledge and competency using the software to somebody who hasn’t seen your work.
  • Looks good on the company’s resume — There is a boost of confidence in your company knowing that you employees are capable, especially if your business is service based, having a certified staff inspires more confidence from customers and makes your company more competitive.
  • Test your skills — Benchmark your abilities with SOLIDWORKS. The certification exams are a perfect measure of your skills and proof that you can use the software competently.

Discover the benefits of SOLIDWORKS Certification in the video below

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DS SolidWorks has created a multitude of exams that focus on different areas of its products and in varying difficulties. The catalogue includes:

CORE EXAMS
  • Core Mechanical Design CSWA – Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate
  • Core Mechanical Design CSWP – Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional
  • Core Mechanical Design CSWE – Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (*not available with free code)
ADVANCED TOPIC EXAMS
  • Surfacing (CSWPA-SU)
  • Mold Making (CSWPA-MM))
  • Sheet Metal (CSWPA-SM)
  • Weldments (CSWPA-WD)
  • Drawing Tools (CSWPA-DT)
SPECIALTY EXAMS
  • PDM Professional Administrator (CPPA)
  • Simulation Associate (CSWA-Simulation)
  • Simulation Professional (CSWP-Simulation)
  • Electrical  (CSWA-E)
  • Additive Manufacturing (CSWA-AM)
  • Sustainability (CSWA-Sustainability)
  • Model Based Design (CSWP-MBD)

For detailed descriptions and access to sample exams, browse the SOLIDWORKS Certification Catalog.

Active Subscription customers have access to free exams:

One free core Mechanical Design (CSWA or CSWP), one free advanced topic (CSWPA) and one free specialty topic exam voucher can be received for each seat of SOLIDWORKS on Subscription Service. The CSWE exam is not included in the list of FREE exams.

SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam Category Selection

If an asterisk (*) is shown beside an exam, this indicates you have already obtained the certification.   However you can still obtain vouchers for the exam to pass along to another user to write.

The redemption process can be completed twice in a calendar year, once in the January 1 through June 30 timeframe, and then again in the July 1 through December 31 timeframe. When the redemption is completed, the vouchers obtained are valid for 180 days from the date they were obtained.  The vouchers are not tied to a specific user so they can be shared with others.

NOTE: This code is only for commercial customers and cannot be used to redeem education certifications.  For more information on how to receive free exams for educational licenses, please email solidworks.edu-certs@3ds.com.

NOTE:  If you are using a network license set up, then you will be able to complete the redemption process equal to the number of seats of SOLIDWORKS you have on subscription. However, each redemption will need to be completed by a different user with a different SOLIDWORKS ID.  Network License users are encouraged to manage their connected SOLIDWORKS accounts via the SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal.

Get Your Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam Codes

During the process, you will need a VirtualTester Account and SOLIDWORKS ID.

  1. Browse to the 3DEXPERIENCE Certification Center
  2. Click the Login button on the top right corner

    SOLIDWORKS Certification Center Login

  3. Enter your VirtualTester account credentials.  If you don’t already have an account, click ‘Create Account’.  This is a different account than your SOLIDWORKS ID.

    VirtualTester Login

  4. Click on the Redemption tab ($) found along the left hand navigation pane

    3DEXPERIENCE Certification Center Subscription Offer

  5. Follow the prompts to receive your voucher codes.  It will require logging in with your SOLIDWORKS ID account.  Click here to find out how to create a SOLIDWORKS ID.  You may also need to register your serial number through the Customer Portal using your same SOLIDWORKS ID credentials.  Click here to find out how to register your account.

 

Please note that you do not need to take a screenshot or remember your voucher code.  Any time you log into the 3DEXPERIENCE Certification Center and open the Redemption tab ($), your active vouchers will be listed until they are used.

Getting Ready for the Exam

On the 3DEXPERIENCE Certification Center home page, follow the steps on how to take an exam.  It will require downloading a TesterPRO Client application which is used to write the exam.

Download TesterPRO Client

You will log in with your VirtualTester account to see the list of available exams.  Select the SOLIDWORKS brand for exams and enter your Voucher code.  Available exams with unlocked with your Voucher code will show a ‘Start Exam’ button.

How to Take a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam

Sample Exams

Sample exams are available for several topics in the SOLIDWORKS Certification Catalog in PDF form.  For example there is a link for ‘Sample CSWP Exam’ when you select CSWP – Mechanical Design.

You can also use the TesterPRO application to write some sample exams.  When you log into the TesterPRO Client, select the Free Exam options.

SOLIDWORKS TesterPRO Sample Exam

GOOD LUCK!

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at November 01, 2019 12:00 PM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Browsing Performance Improvements

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 the performance of browsing in the PDM vault view has increased. SOLIDWORKS PDM now loads the data in the background, which improves the browsing responsiveness.

From generic file browsing to looking up file references and accessing details the improved performance of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 makes your day-to-day experience more efficient. When you access files and folders data, it is now loaded asynchronously. This means you do not have to wait for the file contents to load before you can browse into a sub-folder. Details continue to load in the background and are cached until you click on to another file.

When you double click a folder, SOLIDWORKS PDM loads data in this order:

  1. You can browse sub-folders while the remaining data loads in the folder.
  2. Files with standard columns in the file list.
  3. Information in the custom columns. You can add more custom columns and maintain the same browsing speed.

When you select a file and switch between the Bill of Materials, Contains and Where Used tabs, SOLIDWORKS PDM loads the data for the tabs in the background.

When you switch to a different file or folder, the background loading stops and loading of the new file or folder starts.

Performance improves significantly for folders with a large number of files or for database servers with high latency.

Watch the demo video below to learn more about the performance enhancements:

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by Nadeem Akhtar at November 01, 2019 12:00 PM

SOLIDWORKS Standalone License Deactivation and Activation

SOLIDWORKS Standalone licenses (serial numbers beginning with 9000…) are locked to a specific computer and hardware ID.  At some point you may need to transfer the license off the current computer to allow for activation on another computer.  This can occur in a few scenarios.

  • Switching between a desktop and laptop
  • Purchasing a new computer
  • Making a hardware change (new hard drive)
  • Reformatting your existing computer

Before transferring, verify what serial number you are about to deactivate.  Go to Help > About SOLIDWORKS.  Click ‘Show Serial Number’.  This will be a 24-digit alphanumeric license number.  Use this serial number to install on the other computer.

SOLIDWORKS Serial Number

To remove the SOLIDWORKS activation from the current computer, a deactivation process will need to take place.  Depending on the version of SOLIDWORKS you are using, this may be located in different locations in the Help menu when SOLIDWORKS is open.

  • SOLIDWORKS 2020 and newer will be under Help > Licenses > Deactivate

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Deactivate Licenses

  • SOLIDWORKS 2016 thru 2019 will be under Help > Deactivate Licenses

SOLIDWORKS 2016 thru 2019 Deactivate Licenses

  • SOLIDWORKS 2015 and prior will be under Help > Transfer Licenses

SOLIDWORKS 2015 and prior Transfer License

Select which product(s) you’d like to transfer from the list and choose “Automatically over the Internet” if you have an internet connection.  Click Next.

SOLIDWORKS Deactivate License

The Automatic method will finish the deactivation after a few moments and provide a message that it has been successful.

SOLIDWORKS Deactivation Succeeded

For the ‘Manual via e-mail’ method, you will be prompted to save a Request file.  Copy this file to a computer with internet and attach it to an email addressed to activation@solidworks.com.  Within 10 minutes, you should receive an email back with a Response file from their automated system.  Copy this file back to the SOLIDWORKS computer.  Run through the same Manual Deactivation process but click “Open” to load the Response file.  This will complete the deactivation process.

 

With this complete, you can install and open SOLIDWORKS on the other computer to activate the license.  This will follow similar steps to the deactivation process.

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at November 01, 2019 11:31 AM

October 31, 2019

The Javelin Blog

Adding your Company details and logo to the SOLIDWORKS Manage UI

Once the SOLIDWORKS Manage Server and Client have been installed, you can add your Company Details. Your details can appear in various areas of the SOLIDWORKS Manage user interface, including SOLIDWORKS Manage Login and Reports.

To enter your Company Details, from the Options pull-down or the Tools tab, select administration options.

Administration Options

In System Administration, select the Advanced Area and then the General Section of this Area, then click on the Company Details tab.

Company Details

The System Display Name that appears on the Login Form (the Form when Manage is Launched).

Login Form

This can be changed in the first line of the Company Details tab.

NOTE: It is important to click on any Save button, before existing a dialogue box, so that changes are not lost.

Display Name

In the  Company Name and Logo are, the Company Name and Company Details can be entered, A Companies Logo can be added, by clicking on Select Company Logo. Check Show on the Login Form, to display the Company Logo, when logging in. Clicking Save is required to save any changes.

Company Name and Logo

Additional Company Names and Logos can be created by selecting New. After saving, the information entered in the Description field, will be used to name the new tab.  A tab can be deleted by pressing Delete. New From, will create new Tab that copies the information from the currently active Tab.

New Company Details

When logging in, the Login Form, will show the changes that were made.

Modified Login Form

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 31, 2019 12:00 PM

October 30, 2019

Introductory Launch of SolidWorks Surfacing Episode

The new site is called Dezignstuff Episodes, and the first published episode will be the SolidWorks Surfacing Episode. This is an introductory launch, which means it’s not quite finished yet,…

by matt at October 30, 2019 04:22 PM

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Over 350 SOLIDWORKS Training Sessions available at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Conference and Exhibition (formerly known as SOLIDWORKS World), is a global event for the creators, builders and innovators who want to expand their skill sets and learn about all the advancements having an impact on the future of design. The 2020 conference is set to take place February 9-12, 2020, at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

This conference will provide you with the opportunity to discover new techniques, get hands-on training with products, and give you valuable insight into new and emerging technologies. Not only will this event strengthen your personal engineering and design skills, but more importantly, it will benefit your company as you can share what you learned with the rest of your team.

But does the new name and branding mean there is less SOLIDWORKS training available than previous SOLIDWORKS World conferences?

New Name Same Training Aim

3DEXPERIENCE World!? Yes, Dassault Systèmes changed the name, yet there is much more to it. We’re happy to say the impact is substantial, and in a very positive way. Next year in Nashville, you will be able to choose from 50 percent more training sessions than previous years, and with a much wider offering of learning experiences on the latest innovations in 3D Design, Data Management, Simulation, and Manufacturing.

Does this mean the number of available SOLIDWORKS training sessions has increased?

Yes. In fact, Dassault Systèmes have indeed increased the number of sessions available in all of the SOLIDWORKS training disciplines, including: Academia, Data Management, Electrical and Electronics, Manufacturing, Mechanical Design, Simulation, and Visualization.

3DEXPERIENCE World Training Hands-on Session

3DEXPERIENCE World Training Hands-on Session

What’s with the additional 50 percent sessions?

SOLIDWORKS has joined forces with other Dassault Systèmes brands to offer attendees a significant number of NEW sessions relating to Data Management (ENOVIAWORKS), Manufacturing (DELMIAWORKS, formerly IQMS), and Simulation (SIMULIAWORKS). As announced at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, these cloud-based solutions will be part of the 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS portfolio, bringing you the power and breadth of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform with the simplicity and ease-of-use of SOLIDWORKS.

For example, in addition to learning about SOLIDWORKS Simulation, attendees will now also have the opportunity to explore additional Simulation products and training content from SIMULIAWORKS. Want to stick with the SOLIDWORKS-related content only? No problem.

With the expansion of the training content available at the event, there are additional classrooms to accommodate more training sessions.

What else is changing about the SOLIDWORKS training?

Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Sessions

Rather than the presenters categorizing their 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 training sessions as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced, they have been asked to think about the audience they intend to speak to. Based on the robust SOLIDWORKS Certification Program, which certifications would most enable attendees to get maximum value from their session?

Dassault Systèmes will continue to offer free certification testing on Sunday, February 9th, 2020, as part of a Full Conference Admission.

Session Sorting and Searching

To ensure all attendees have a great session discoverability experience, you will now have the ability to tag sessions with multiple, searchable filters. Attendees can choose to sort their training schedule by Discipline, Certification Level, Session Type, Session Length, and of course, by Brand/Product. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, you will also have the ability to search the agenda directly by keyword.

30-Minute Training Sessions

Dassault Systèmes will launch their first-ever 30-minute training sessions at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020. If you’ve ever attended one of Dassault Systèmes 22-minute webinars, you know that a LOT can be learned in just under a half hour. DS had several goals in mind when choosing to go this route. With so much new content to explore on the training agenda, DS wanted to make sure attendees had a short and sweet option to learn about content potentially outside of their comfort zone.

3DEXPERIENCE World Training

3DEXPERIENCE World Training

Are these 30-minute sessions going to decrease the number of hours you can spend in a classroom?

No. In fact, the addition of these sessions also increased the number of training hours available to attendees overall.

Should I Attend 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 if I need to learn SOLIDWORKS?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to develop, hone and expand your skills across the topics you find most valuable; but at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, you’ll not only have more SOLIDWORKS training sessions to choose from, you’ll also have the option to explore additional topics to expand your skill-set as you see fit. With more than 350 technical and hands-on sessions to choose from, we’re confident there’ll be something for everyone.

Register NOW

Visit 3DEXPERIENCEWorld.com to review the conference overview including an agenda and technical training sessions. Learn how to use 3D design as a powerful tool for your innovative creations.

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by Rod Mackay at October 30, 2019 02:52 PM

SolidSmack

This Insane Smartphone Case Mimics Human Skin and Touch

If you thought mobile cases with bunny ears and googly eyes were weird, wait ‘til you get a load of what HCI (human-computer interaction) researcher and interaction designer Marc Teyssier has been working on.

By laying a number of electronics underneath a mixture of various silicones, he and his team created Skin-On: a phone case material that mimics human skin; complete with touch capabilities:

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Let’s address the elephant in the room first: this is NOT real human skin used to make a case. Rather, it is a mixture of DragonSkin silicone poured into a mold to create the outer epidermis topped Datastretch conductive threads to form the electrodes on the skin’s surface.

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Underneath the epidermis, the hypodermis is created by pouring Ecoflex Gel silicone in a similar mold. This gives the Skin-On case a fatty quality which lets you pinch and prod it (grandmothers will definitely love this feature).

Once the skin layers have set in, the electrodes are soldered onto a hardware sensing platform which allows it to read different hand gestures such as pinching, stroking, and various other forms of touch. To make the Skin-On look more realistic and gruesome, the team folded some excess silicone on itself, glued it on, and added some paint to really give it a skin-like appearance.

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Teyssier created Skin-On with his colleagues to introduce new methods of interacting with various electronic devices. Seeing the human skin as the most natural method for interaction, they decided to encase a mobile phone in a layer of their homegrown “human skin”.

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It doesn’t stop at mobile phones, either. The team has also implemented Skin-On on a laptop touchpad, a smartwatch wristband, and even a toy robot. The goal here is to see just how many electronic devices Skin-On can be applied to and made easier to use.

You can find more about Skin-On over on Marc Teyssier’s webpage, where he has a whole slew of photos and videos on the project, as well as a link to the Open Source and Open Hardware multitouch controller he uses to program the skin!

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 30, 2019 02:07 PM

The Best Apps of the Week: Airmail, Halide Camera, IFTTT, and More…

It’s time for another round of apps that cover the spectrum of your beloved smart device(s)!

The Weekly App Smack is the best of new or updated design and productivity apps (and maybe a couple of fun ones, too) for the busy design or engineering professional. This week we have a list sure to make you more efficient.

Do you have an app suggestion that has made your life easier or changed up your workflow? Let us know in the comments below or send it to tips@solidsmack.com.

Hit it!

Airmail (iOS — Free)

Airmail is a powerful mail client for Mac, now available for iPhone and iPad.

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Halide Camera  (iOS – $5.99)

Halide is a groundbreaking app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, and a beautiful UI designed from scratch for the latest iPhones, Halide is your go-to camera when you want to really take a photo rather than a quick snapshot.

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SoloLearn: Learn to Code (iOS — Free)

SoloLearn has the largest collection of FREE code learning content, from beginner to pro! Choose from thousands of programming topics to learn coding concepts, brush up your programming knowledge, or stay aligned with the latest coding trends.

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Glitché (iOS — $0.99)

The most influential and inspiring mobile editor for iPhone.

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Magnifying Glass (Android — Free)

Magnifying Glass is a free app that allows you to use your phone as a full-screen magnifier with the flashlight. With this magnifying glass app, you can use your phone camera to magnifying text, images or anything else. 

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IFTTT (Android — Free)

Connect your favorite apps, services, and devices to create new, seamless experiences. 

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by SolidSmack at October 30, 2019 02:02 PM

The Javelin Blog

Thicken a Surface with Specified Direction in SOLIDWORKS 2020

In SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can thicken a surface by specifying a direction other than normal to a face with Thicken and Thicken Cut features. The direction for Thicken or Thicken cut can be a linear sketch entity, two vertices or sketch points, cylindrical or conical faces, reference planes or axes, and so on.

In the example below, we are going to thicken the red surface by 50 mm.

Part Model

Part Model

To activate the SOLIDWORKS Thicken command, go to Insert > Boss/Base > Thicken. In the property manager in the Surface to Thicken Box, we are selecting the red surface.

Activating the Thicken Command

Activating the Thicken Command

The Surface is Selected

The Surface is Selected

For the direction of thicken, if you don’t make any selections, it would be normal to the surface. However, for this example, let’s test a few different directions. The first direction is the linear sketch entity:

Choosing a Linear Sketch For the Direction

Choosing a Linear Sketch For the Direction

We can also use two sketch points for the direction:

Using Two Sketch Points for the Direction

Using Two Sketch Points for the Direction

We can use a reference plane and the direction will be normal to that plane:

Using a Plane for the Direction

Using a Plane for the Direction

If we use a cylindrical or conical face, the axis of revolution will be the direction of thickening for the SOLIDWORKS Thicken command.

Using a Conical Face for the Direction

Using a Conical Face for the Direction

Learn more about the SOLIDWORKS Thicken command

Take our SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling training course either live online or in a Canadian classroom near you.

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at October 30, 2019 12:00 PM

October 29, 2019

SolidSmack

This Functioning LEGO Typewriter Might Go Into Production

LEGO Typewriter

For the serious LEGO junkies out there, the LEGO IDEAS community is a one-stop shop for all things plastic brick. From message boards to activity ideas, the platform—which is officially hosted by LEGO—encourages members to share their creations and compete for prizes with build competitions. It’s also where master builders can upload proposals for new LEGO sets that the community votes for to move into mass production.

Among others, the LEGO Typewriter from Master Builder Steve Guinness recently hit over 10,000 supporters—meaning, the LEGO corporate team will move the design into the Review phase for 2020 and if they decide to move forward with it, create the SKU, packaging, and marketing around it.

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Says Steve on his ingenious creation:

I have designed and built this replica typewriter, that has a working hand-cranked mechanism. I originally developed the idea whilst I was on the Legomasters TV show in the UK. Since then I have continued to refine the design, making a hand-cranked mechanism instead of a power functions motor that I had originally fitted. I have also had the keys printed up with letters. I believe this would make a fun and unique lego ideas project. I think it showcases the versatility of the Lego brick and would look amazing on any Lego fans desk, at home or even in the office at work!

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Even more impressive, Steve has even gone so far as to design packaging for the device modeled after traditional typewriter cases. Read more on the project over at LEGO IDEAS.

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by Simon Martin at October 29, 2019 04:30 PM

Behind the Design: How Urwahn 3D Printed a Bike for Urban Riding Conditions

Since the 19th century, the bicycle has undergone thousands of different design iterations for different riding styles and rider sizes. While you could say frame designs have varied based on road or offroad usage, the core design of the bicycle itself hasn’t gone through many revolutionary design changes.

This is where German manufacturer Urwahn Bikes comes in. In their effort to make a more urbanized bike, they came up with their newest (and hardest to pronounce) creation: the Stadtfuchs.

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The curves on the frame allow the Stadtfuchs to be more ergonomic and balanced, making the ride through city streets a lot smoother (it also helps that the bike has an elastic rear-suspension), while the frame’s tubing has an absurdly thin wall thickness of 0.9mm or lower and is made from high tensile CrMo-steel, making it easier to interlock with the other parts of the bicycle.

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The individual parts of the frame are made through Selective Laser Melting; the additive manufacturing process that fuses parts in a bed of atomized, layered steel with a high-power laser.

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Once the frame parts are fabricated, they are connected using a silver solder at <700°C by hand before being smoothed out. If you’re in doubt of the hand-soldered nature of the bike, take note the soldering process allows only for a small deviation of 0.2mm – which is relatively unheard of for a hand manufacturing process.

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With the assembly nearly complete, the final step is powdercoating. Electrically charged powder is sprayed onto the steel frame before being heated in an oven. Once the color dries, a second layer is applied to make the Stadtfuchs resistant to weather and flaking.

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The final compontents are then assembled by hand before going out into the concrete jungle.

Throughout the entire assembly process, various levels of quality assurance make sure the bikes are up to snuff. Since the assembly stage is done relatively close to the other steps, adjustments can be made whenever a product doesn’t meet company standards.

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The end result is a bicycle designed to tear through city streets and sidewalk corners with ease. Learn more about the bike and check out the entire production process over at Urwahn Bikes.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 29, 2019 04:04 PM

SolidSmack Radio | Distant Disassemblies (Powered by Spotify)

Get that stretch out of your system with this week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist. It’s fashioned up, ready to make you pull your shoulder blades back and knock out another week of meaningful work while you bob your head to the beat. Whether you’re in the shop milling aluminum, sketching the latest product prototypes or modeling up a 3D storm, consider these tracks as a tool for your process.

This week on SolidSmack Radio we’re getting things rolling with “The Whole of the Moon” from Kirin J Callinan before rolling into a tasty set with tracks from Toro y Moi, LCD Soundsystem, Yeasayer, and others before wrapping up with “Sadboy” from Pulp. Ready? Let’s Rock!

Have suggestions? As always, let us know what you listen to, what you want to hear and what tunes get you through the week. Shoot us an email or leave a comment down below!!

*Note: if the embedded playlist below doesn’t work for you, try this.

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by SolidSmack at October 29, 2019 03:50 PM

This All-in-One Kit Teaches You How to Build Your Own Mechanical Watch

Despite giant leaps in smartwatch technologies, the mechanical watch still manages to be a staple accessory that people continue to use every day.

Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Rotate takes things one step further by having users assemble their own mechanical watch from scratch. Completely devoid of batteries (because that’s what a modular watch is), the kit teaches you the ins and outs of watchmaking with simple guides, tools, and on-hand online support staff in case you lose your way:

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Since all parts are included with step-by-step instructions, assembling the watch is essentially a LEGO assembly or IKEA table on steroids—including spare parts in case you break a few along the way.

In total, there are three styles of the watch to choose from, all of which measure in at 43mm in diameter and with 22m strap widths.

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Folks must really love their mechanical watches because this Kickstarter campaign currently has a funding of $49,014 – more than twice its initial goal of $15,000. It still has roughly two more weeks to go, so be sure to check out the Kickstarter page for this modular watch kit before time runs out.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 29, 2019 01:31 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Manage Users Area (System Administration)

The Users Area of SOLIDWORKS Manage System Administration is where Users and Groups are added imported and edited. System Administration is available by selecting Administration Options.

Launching System Administration for Administration Options

Selecting the Users Area, located at the lower left  of SOLIDWORKS Manage System Administration will give access to the various User and Group Sections.

Users Area

Selecting the Users Section in the upper Window, will display a panel to right, where an Administrator can manage Users.

Users Area

On the left of this panel, are buttons that provide the following functions:

  • First – create a New User
  • Second- Edit a existing User
  • Third – Delete a User
  • Fourth – Refresh the display of Users
  • Fifth – Export the List of Users to Excel

Command Buttons

Additionally the Administrator can search for users who are Already in the Manage Environment or to display only Deleted Users.

Search Users & Deleted Users

Deleting a User will not permanently that delete the User, instead the user will be hidden in the system. When deleting a User, a warning will explain this.

Delete User Warning

Deleted Users will be have a _Deleted_  prefix in front of the User Name.

Deleted User List

Creating or Editing a User will launch the User Properties. The first tab of User Properties, allows the entry of the User’s Details. Fields with a red asterisk, are mandatory.

User Details

The Account Type tab, contains options to Enable/Disable a User, password options such as Resetting a Password or defining the User as an Administrator or Partial Administrator.

Account Type

Selecting Groups in Account Type tab, allows the user to be added to Existing Groups.

User Groups

The Calendar tab, is where the Administrator defines who can See or Edit a Users Calendar.The Contains panel shows which Users are part of a Selected Group and also, which Group(s) a selected User belongs to.

Calendar

Like the Calendar tab, the Tasks tab allows the Administrator to define who can See or Edit a Users Tasks.

Tasks

An Administrator can define, who can Approve the Users Timesheets, from the Timesheets tab.

Timesheets

As well as creating users in SOLIDWORKS MANAGE, Users can be imported from a Text File or Active Directory. I will cover importing Users from SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, in a another article.

Import Users

If a user needs to replaced, this can also be done in the Users Section. As noted, this can be useful when more then one user name, is imported for the same user.

Replace User

The Groups sections is similar to the Users Section and has similar tools for Adding, Editing and Deleting Groups. Some tools such as defining Calendars, Timesheets and Tasks are not available from Groups. It is important to note that,  unlike Users, Groups are deleted permanently.

SOLIDWORKS Manage already contains some Groups, but Additional Groups can be added.

Groups Section

Users can be added to a group, when Adding or Editing a Group, but Saving the Group is first required. Clicking on the blue circle with plus sign, will provide a list of users that can be added to the Group. The blue circle with negative sign will delete the selected user, from the Group. If it is required that all users belong to this Group,selecting Group Contains all Users, will accomplish this. Groups can be added to the current Group by clicking on the Groups button and selecting from existing groups.

Group Properties

The Visibility of the different Modules in SOLIDWORKS Manage, can be controlled from the Access Section of the Users Area. This can be set for Groups or Users. Individual Users can be Excluded, which can been useful, when one or more members of Group, should not have Access to a Module.

Access

The Installation Sections is useful for determining which version of SOLIDWORKS Manage Client, is installed on each Users Machine.

Installations

This article is a brief overview, of the User Area, of SOLIDWORKS Manage System Administration. It is not intended to replace training or the implementation of SOLIDWORKS Manage, by a trained professional. The complexity of SOLIDWORKS Manage, is such, that it’s implementation, will prove difficult for those who lack a thorough understanding of this product.

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 29, 2019 12:00 PM

October 28, 2019

SolidSmack

Assembly Required: New Photo Series Makes Fine Art Out of Exploded Views

Camera Exploded View

While exploded views can be traced all the way back to the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, it wasn’t until the manufacturing boom of the mid-twentieth century where the term “Exploded View Drawing” became an industry standard for engineering and manufacturing professionals.

Today, fascination with exploded views has crossed over into the mainstream as these informative drawings—intended to convey the relationship or order of assembly of various parts—have made their way to instruction manuals, marketing materials, and other distribution channels outside of the factory.

More recently, Photographer Richard Parry created a mesmerizing collection devoted to the exploded view—using the actual hardware parts strategically laid across sheets of clear plastic to achieve the right perspective:

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The Verge recently talked with Parry to talk more about his process and how the idea came about:

First, I’ve got to strip them all down to their parts and clean all the years of dirt and dust out. (There’s heaps.) I lay everything out in order of what level they’ll be on. To achieve the floating in midair look, I separate everything with clear sheets of plastic on a rig I made out of PVC piping. 

Read the interview in full here, or check out more of Parry’s series over on his Instagram feed.

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by Simon Martin at October 28, 2019 02:14 PM

Watch a Bencini Comet Super 8 Camera Get Disassembled in Less Than 60 Seconds

Super 8 camera

We love seeing how everyday objects are manufactured, but it can be equally as interesting to see those same objects disassembled; bringing to light just how parts and subassemblies are required to make an object function.

Netherlands-based prototype designer Daniel de Bruin also has a profound sense of appreciation for the manufactured object. Professionally, he spends most of his time creating outlines and frameworks for new products.

While he loves working on pet projects such as his homemade neurotransmitter which links to his biometric data and a human scanning machine which puts riders in the shoes of airport luggage, Daniel also spends a lot of time disassembling objects—this vintage Bencini Comet Super 8 Camera:

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A total of 126 individual parts make up the camera, 23 of which are tiny screws keeping the machine together. As Daniel separates each segment, he disassembles it down to its most basic parts before laying them flat on a white background in a knolling pattern:

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Daniel says he has always been fascinated with the internal components of complicated mechanical products—particularly small object with multiple subassemblies.

You can find more of Daniel de Bruin’s work on his webpage. To see more of his disassembly videos, you can check out his Instagram page.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 28, 2019 01:52 PM

The SolidSmack Monday List 44.19 | Stories We’re Reading This Week

Gas Station

As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Calling Danger at the Grandview Speedway

The life and times of a stock-car-racing announcer.

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The Future of Power Still Means Fossil Fuels, for Now

Climate change and rising energy demands spurred investment in renewables, but coal and gas aren’t slowing down.

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A Brief Adventurous History of Flannel

The journey of a fabric enjoyed by everyone from Welsh shepherds to grunge Seattleites

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Why Quantum Computers Will Be Super Awesome, Someday

Satya Nadella, the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., calls quantum computing one of three emerging technologies that will radically reshape the world, along with artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

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’Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

Retail warehouse operations are turning to ‘cobots’ to help seasonal workers cope with the expected flood of online orders

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Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Here’s why Tesla’s “Smart Summon” feature is taking them on anyway.

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by SolidSmack at October 28, 2019 01:38 PM

The Javelin Blog

How to use the new Quick Search option in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

With the greatly anticipated Quick Search feature added in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, users have a quick and convenient way to search favorite variables directly from within Windows Explorer.  We can even use AND, OR, and NOT Operators to define searches with more accuracy, returning efficient results with ease.

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How To Use SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Search

As mentioned previously, Quick Search is easily accessible as it’s integrated within the explorer window;

SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Search

SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Search

Via the dropdown, we can customize the search as required by the following options;

  • Specifying variables to search
    • To include a variable we need to select it, and all checked values will be searched

  • We can specify where to search in from the Current Folder, Current Folder & Subfolders or All Folders;

  • Search the Latest Version or All Versions of files

So, for example, if we wanted to look for all files that contain “Side Table” OR “Panel”  within the file name or description variables of the latest version of the files in the entire vault;

Success!

SOLIDWORKS Quick Search Results

SOLIDWORKS Quick Search Results

Where can I learn more about creating custom searches?

If you’re interested in learning more about getting the most out of the SOLIDWORKS PDM search tool…Search Card Creation and customization, and much more are covered within our Administering SOLIDWORKS PDM Course.  Helping users customize the vault to the company’s specific needs, and creating a better user experience.

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by Justin Williams at October 28, 2019 12:00 PM

October 25, 2019

The Javelin Blog

Editing a Selection Set in SOLIDWORKS 2020

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can edit an existing selection set to add or remove items. You can also add items to multiple selection sets at once. The items that need to be added to a specific selection manager can simply be dragged from the Feature Manager design tree or from a selection set to the desired selection set.

Let’s create a new selection set. All the items that need to be added are selected from the tree.

Selecting the items in the tree to create a new selection set

Selecting the items in the tree to create a new selection set

Right click on the selections, and click Save Selection. To add an item to a new selection set, click on New Selection Set.

Right click on the components and save them to a new selection set

Right click on the components and save them to a new selection set

If you want to add an item to an existing selection set, click Selection-Set # (##) where # is the order of creation and ## is the number of items in the set. If there is a check mark next to a selection set, it means that the item selected is a member of that selection set.

The created selection set

The created selection set

To update the entities within a selection set, in the Feature Manager Design Tree or in the graphics area, CTRL select the items which need to be edited.

Adding items to the selection set

Adding items to the selection set

Right click on the items and choose the selection set from the right click menu under Save Selection. Once you are finished with the changes the selected items will be added to your desired set.

The selection set is updated

The selection set is updated

If you would like to remove an item from a set, right click on the item from selection set and select Remove From Selection Set.

Removing items from sets

Removing items from selection sets

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at October 25, 2019 12:00 PM

SolidSmack

The Original Star Wars Yoda Puppet Just Got an Animatronic Upgrade

Star Wars Yoda

The high-speed space battles, lightsaber fights, and unique stories that make up the Star Wars galaxy far, far, away has transcended space and time to give us one of the most unique fictional worlds ever made.

That said, the Jim Henson-like puppeteering techniques used to bring the original trilogy space opera to life are pretty dated by today’s standards. Audience expectations for special effects have grown considerably over the years, and some characters have been replaced by digital counterparts to satisfy audiences and high-definition screen resolutions.

But there is at least still one person who believes in the art of puppeteering:

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Special effects and make-up artist Nick Maley—one of the original creators of the Yoda puppet first seen in The Empire Strikes Back—has taken the original molds and used them to make an all-new Yoda with a number of upgrades for modern filmmaking:

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Though Yoda’s outside appearance is largely unchanged aside from some better detailing, it’s the inside which really counts. The controls within the puppet are fabricated, mechanized, and are designed in such a way so it can be controlled by a single person rather than three (as was done during the production of The Empire Strikes Back).

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Also unlike the original, this updated Yoda won’t be seen in future Star Wars films. While a digitally younger Yoda can easily be placed in the movies, this older Yoda puppet will be attending conventions and charities.

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Nick plans on releasing a more in-depth video of the puppet’s creation on his YouTube channel eventually, so be sure to tune-in to see how Yoda was brought back to life!

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 25, 2019 12:00 PM

The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 43.19

Lathe Turning

Huddle around the computer a little bit, your digital detox is a farce! How can you stay away from great stuff that you can read and chew on … mentally that is! We got you covered, while you were away, busy with your digital detox diet. Don’t be shy, take a look at the week that was, right here on SolidSmack.

Cause we are ROCKIN!

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The New Stratasys J850 Color 3D Printer is ‘Designed for Designers’

Built to meet the needs of the full design process in a wide range of industries including consumer goods, consumer electronics, automotive, and even educational settings, the new Stratasys J850 3D printer from Stratasys puts a focus on both speed and quality—including full-color PANTONE® color validation and multi-material capabilities via a PolyJet system.

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PTC to Acquire Onshape for $470M

It’s been long suspected that Onshape would eventually land in the hands of a larger enterprise product development (or non-product development) company — that day is here. PTC has just announced the acquisition of Onshape, web-based 3D product design platform, “for approximately $470 million, net of cash acquired.”

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This Simple Wood Chair Bends to the Contours of Your Body

Instead of coming up with yet another ordinary chair, designer Peter Otto Vosding collaborated with cabinet maker Dirk Vosding to make a chair with as little materials as possible. The resulting piece of furniture is simply called the “Mµ” (pronounced “mm”).

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Watch Old Bowling Balls Get Turned On a Lathe to Create Resin Rings

“(A friend) sent me a few pieces of a bowling ball in the mail,” explains Adair. “He had used them in a video where he turned them on his lathe and made bowling bowls. I cut the remnants of the bowling balls into slabs with my diamond saw and then turned the slabs into rings. These are some really cool rings that have some amazing patterns similar to a resin ring.”

<figure class="wp-block-image">Formlabs Releases 3D Printed Molds and Vacuum Forming Guide for Package Design</figure>

Formlabs Releases 3D Printed Molds and Vacuum Forming Guide for Package Design

Vacuum forming is oftentimes a critical factor for many package designers during their prototyping stage when exploring manufacturing methods. And just like the physical product it houses, package designers employ prototyping processes for a variety of packaging types to ensure that their design helps unify the full customer experience—or at least, properly fit the finished product so that it stays safe in transport. 

<figure class="wp-block-image">These Mechanical Engineering Concept GIFs Get Better Every Loop</figure>

These Mechanical Engineering Concept GIFs Get Better Every Loop

While many graphic designers prefer Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, avid motorcycle fan and graphic designer Gareth Fowler uses Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects to create some kickass concept 3D animations inspired by engines.

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by SolidSmack at October 25, 2019 11:30 AM

October 24, 2019

SolidSmack

Google Confirms Breakthrough in ‘Quantum Supremacy’

In a world-first breakthrough, Google claims its quantum computer carried out a specific calculation that is beyond the practical capabilities of regular, ‘classical’ machines. In comparison, the same calculation that the team used as a testing metric would take the most advanced ‘classical’ supercomputer 10,000 years to complete, the company estimates.

The findings were revealed in a paper ‘Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor’ published on Nature.

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Quantum computers are different from classical machines in that they exist in multiple states at once (qubits)—compared to the classical bit made up of 1s or 0s. As a result, physicists can perform advanced calculations that would otherwise take centuries to compute.

To our knowledge, this experiment marks the first computation that can be performed only on a quantum processor. Quantum processors have thus reached the regime of quantum supremacy. We expect that their computational power will continue to grow at a double-exponential rate: the classical cost of simulating a quantum circuit increases exponentially with computational volume, and hardware improvements will probably follow a quantum-processor equivalent of Moore’s law, doubling this computational volume every few years.

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Applications for quantum computing are wide and varied, but thought leaders in the space consider artificial intelligence, molecular modeling, cryptography, financial modeling, weather forecasting, and particle physics to be among the key use cases.

Learn more over at Google, or read the research paper in-full over at Nature.

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by Simon Martin at October 24, 2019 01:05 PM

This Simple Wood Chair Bends to the Contours of Your Body

industrial design

Another day, another radical chair design.

Instead of coming up with yet another ordinary chair, designer Peter Otto Vosding collaborated with cabinet maker Dirk Vosding to make a chair with as little materials as possible. The resulting piece of furniture is simply called the “Mµ” (pronounced “mm”).

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The chair is made from ash wood and uses the material’s natural elastic properties in such a way that sitting on it bends the seat to your tush and back. The lateral parts of the frame are also built into the chair’s sledge base, providing the Mµ with just a little more natural give than any plastic chair.

While it may feel like the chair is struggling to hold your weight at first, in reality it’s contorting itself to fit your body’s frame (you could use this as an excuse in case you are having trouble finding suitable furniture to fit you).

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Apart from the seat, the thinness of the backrest also bends from its normal vertical position up to a more comfortable 12-degree angle. And seeing as no one really sits at a proper 90-degree angle, this helps you get the back support you need when working—or relaxing—for long hours.

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Before the Mµ got its titular name, the project went under the working title “Was Bleibt”, which is German for “what remains”. Ultimately, using the absolute least amount of wood material possible, the result is one of the most minimalist functional wood chairs out there.

Vosding has an entire portfolio dedicated to furniture, lighting, and other consumer products, all of which can be found on his webpage.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 24, 2019 12:16 PM

The Javelin Blog

Overlay Configurations in Alternate Position View with SOLIDWORKS 2020

With SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can now overlay two configurations of a part in a single view in your part drawings using Alternate Position View. This is very useful for comparing two configurations that are made from one another.

For example, you may purchase a part from a supplier (as-purchased configuration) and then machine some holes in the part (as-machined configuration). You can create a drawing view of the as-machined configuration, and then add an alternate position view to show the as-purchased configuration.

In the following example, the part model has two configurations. To create alternate views for this part:

  1. Select the As-purchased configuration and create a view.
As-purchased Configuration

As-purchased Configuration

  1. Select the view and click Alternate Position View (Drawing toolbar).
Creating an Alternate Position View

Creating an Alternate View

  1. In the Property Manager, for Existing configuration, select the configuration for the as-machined part.
  2. Click OK.
Using the As-machined Configuration as the Alternate Position View

Using the As-machined Configuration

Phantom lines show the holes of the as-machined configuration

Holes Are Shown as Phantom Lines

Hole outlines are shown with phantom lines

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at October 24, 2019 12:00 PM

October 23, 2019

SolidSmack

PTC to Acquire Onshape for $470M

It’s been long suspected that Onshape would eventually land in the hands of a larger enterprise product development (or non-product development) company — that day is here. PTC has just announced the acquisition of Onshape, web-based 3D product design platform, “for approximately $470 million, net of cash acquired.”

The deal is moving fast, expecting to be completed in November 2019. PTC went all-in on IoT, since acquiring ThingWorx in 2013 and Axeda in 2014, and AR, acquiring Vuforia in 2015 and Waypoint Labs later in 2018. Now it seems they’re in a move back to 3D, acquiring generative development software company Frustum a year ago and sealing off 2019 with the Onshape acquisition, for a total near the $600M spent on all their acquisitions since Thingworx.

Onshape has over 5,000 subscribers worldwide and has secured over $150 million in various funding rounds since its founding as Belmont Technologies in 2012 and the subsequent beta launch of Onshape in 2015.

Onshape has passed along, in their own email (see below), that there is no change to their pricing plan and that regular updates will continue as usual. For PTC, the current strategy in the acquisition is that this, “will give customers the ability to choose between leading SaaS (Onshape) and on-premises (Creo and Windchill) deployment options per their preference.”

Though PTC has had PTC PLM Cloud as a SaaS offering since 2015, it’s built around PTC Windchill delivered on Microsoft Azure (as Windchill on Azure) for faster deployment of PLM capabilities. This, however, doesn’t include 3D Modeling capabilities. Hence the need, nay, desire, to have something ready-made and ready to compete against Siemens, Dassault, and Autodesk, who already have 3D modeling Cloud/SaaS apps.

Stay tuned for more…

Here’s the letter from PTC CEO, Jim Heppelmann:

October 23, 2019

Dear PTC Customers and Partners,

I am excited to share with you that PTC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Onshape, the first Software as a Service (SaaS) product development platform that unites robust computer aided design (CAD) with powerful data management and collaboration tools. The company was founded by CAD legends, including Jon Hirschtick, John McEleney, and Dave Corcoran, all inventors of and former executives at SolidWorks. Jon will assume a senior role leading the Onshape business at PTC and will report directly to me when the acquisition closes, which we expect to happen in November.

As you know, most software industries have embraced the SaaS model because it lowers cost of ownership and accelerates the introduction of new capabilities into the market. SaaS eliminates the need for costly server hardware and ensures that users are always current with the latest software with no need for administrators to implement patches or perform regular upgrades. Onhape is an amazing product – I trust you will be as impressed by its many breakthroughs as I have been.

PTC is acquiring Onshape because we have a deep commitment to providing innovative technology that drives business value and enhances your competitive position. With this strategic acquisition, PTC is doubling down on CAD and PLM. We will give customers the ability to choose between leading SaaS (Onshape) and on-premises (Creo and Windchill) deployment options per their preference.

We will be sharing more details about what our acquisition of Onshape means for you in the days and weeks to come, but I want you to take away two important messages:

  1. Creo and Windchill represent PTC’s core business. Both products are performing well, with growing market share. PTC will continue to invest in these critical products indefinitely, and you will continue to see a steady stream of new performance and functionality enhancements for many years to come.
  2. If, and when, you’re ready to adopt a SaaS platform, PTC will be there with a feature-rich, market-proven Onshape solution for your product development needs.

For more information, please refer to our press release and FAQ document [PDF].

Sincerely,

Jim Heppelmann
President & CEO PTC

And the letter from Onshape CEO, John Hirschtick:

I am pleased to share with you that Onshape has entered a definitive agreement to be acquired by PTC. This is an exciting next step for Onshape that will help us broaden the scope of what we deliver to you, and broaden our reach in the market to bring Onshape to more users even faster.

I want to first emphasize that our top priority as we become part of PTC is to preserve and enhance what you and I love about Onshape. Our beloved Onshape team remains the same. Our product strategy and roadmap remains the same, with a continued sharp focus on our customer needs. You will still experience the same level of responsive customer support that you have come to expect from us.

As many of you know, PTC is a $1B+/year global company with a long history in the product development market, and more recently, the Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

What you may not know is that PTC shares our bold vision of a cloud/SaaS future for our industry. It’s rare to find this kind of bold vision in a company the size of PTC, and even rarer to see such a large company take such bold action to commit to that vision. This is why I’m excited to be partnering with PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann and the rest of the 6,000 PTC employees to expand the scope and speed of what we are doing with Onshape.

Here are some additional things I want you to know:

  • There is no change to Onshape’s pricing plans.
  • There is no change to your points-of-contact at Onshape.
  • You will continue to enjoy the same level of responsive customer support and partnership that you are receiving now.
  • You can expect the same frequency of updates to Onshape.
  • We have not actually been acquired yet — today’s announcement is that we have entered into an agreement to be acquired. We expect the actual acquisition to close soon.

Thank you all for all the support you have given us so far on the Onshape journey we have been on together, and I look forward to continuing together with you on this next exciting phase of our journey.

Best,

Jon Hirschtick
CEO and Cofounder, Onshape

P.S. I would imagine that many of you have more questions. For starters, please view this FAQ document or view the press release.

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by Josh Mings at October 23, 2019 10:17 PM

PTC to Acquire Onshape

You really have to hand it to Jon Hirschtick and his team. They really know how to make money in the CAD space. This release from PTC announces that they…

by matt at October 23, 2019 08:53 PM

SolidSmack

The New Stratasys J850 Color 3D Printer is ‘Designed for Designers’

full color 3D printing

Built to meet the needs of the full design process in a wide range of industries including consumer goods, consumer electronics, automotive, and even educational settings, the new Stratasys J850 3D printer from Stratasys puts a focus on both speed and quality—including full-color PANTONE® color validation and multi-material capabilities via a PolyJet system.

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Claiming to be ‘Designed for Designers’, the printer brings considerable details to the table for design and engineering teams looking for high-quality prototypes, fast. The inclusion of PANTONE® color validation and multi-material capabilities aims to bring a new level of realism to every stage of the creation process—including glass and acrylic simulations with the new VeroUltraClear material, among others:

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“The new J850 has been built to meet the needs of the full design process in industries such as consumer goods, consumer electronics, automotive, as well as education settings,” said Shamir Shoham, Vice President, PolyJet Business Unit at Stratasys. “Typically, that process includes two separate streams: evaluating geometric shape with a physical single-color model, and considering color and texture on the screen. The J850 merges these two mediums into one full-color, multi-material model to make better design decisions, earlier.”

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Find out more and download the spec sheet over at Stratasys.

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by Simon Martin at October 23, 2019 03:13 PM

Watch Old Bowling Balls Get Turned On a Lathe to Create Resin Rings

Lathe Turning

Have you ever loved something so much you would want to keep something on your person at all times to remind you of it? A memento from a loved one, perhaps. How about a tattoo of your favorite symbol?

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Or maybe… a ring made from a bowling ball?

An avid bowler and ring maker, Patrick Adair decided to mix his two loves and craft a ring made exclusively from bowling ball parts.

“(A friend) sent me a few pieces of a bowling ball in the mail,” explains Adair. “He had used them in a video where he turned them on his lathe and made bowling bowls. I cut the remnants of the bowling balls into slabs with my diamond saw and then turned the slabs into rings. These are some really cool rings that have some amazing patterns similar to a resin ring.”

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After taking some bowling ball halves to his diamond saw and cutting them into usable parts, Patrick starts drawing a couple of rings in different materials to determine which would be best turned into jewelry.

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With two samples in hand, he moves over to his lathe and smooths out the ring shapes. While the rings are rotating on the lathe, Patrick takes a hacksaw and cuts down the material to a more suitable size for a human finger to wear.

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To give the rings a more bowling ball-like quality, he uses a brand new radius turning tool to round out their outer diameters. To round out the outer diameter, he takes the machined rings to a whetstone to smoothen them out by hand.

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For the interior parts of the rings, he takes them back to his lathe and uses several different grit sandpapers to shape the insides. Once the rings are smooth, he applies a good coat of ring polish to give them a reflective sheen.

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Patrick then does the same thing with the outer parts of the rings, making sure to sand them with the same girt sandpapers and polishing them soon after.

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For the finishing touch, he takes a small drill and adds three indents on each ring to resemble the finger holes of a bowling ball. He fills these holes with a mixture of CA glue and some pigment to give it some pizzazz.

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The end result is a pair of rings which look like bowling balls, are shaped like bowling balls, and most importantly, are made from actual bowling balls. The three “holes” on each of the rings definitely makes them stand out and sell the whole bowling ball motif.

To see more of Patrick’s ring designs, be sure to check out his YouTube channel, Patrick Adair Designs.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 23, 2019 02:51 PM

The Best Apps of the Week: Combo Utility, Arrive, Paper, and More…

iPhone

It’s time for another round of apps that cover the spectrum of your beloved smart device(s)!

The Weekly App Smack is the best of new or updated design and productivity apps (and maybe a couple of fun ones, too) for the busy design or engineering professional. This week we have a list sure to make you more efficient.

Do you have an app suggestion that has made your life easier or changed up your workflow? Let us know in the comments below or send it to tips@solidsmack.com.

Hit it!

Paper by WeTransfer (iOS — Free)

Paper’s perfectly-tuned tools make it easy to sketch, collage, paint, draw — wherever your thoughts take you. Wave goodbye to distracting menus and let natural gestures guide you, keeping you in your creative flow.

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Camera+ 2  (iOS – $3.99)

Photographers that need absolute control over their shots can use Camera+ 2’s advanced manual controls to select the precise settings they need. Shutter speed, ISO and White Balance can be selected using on-screen wheels and controls.

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Scanbot – Scanner App (iOS — Free)

Scanbot is the best mobile scanner app for documents and QR codes. Create free, high-quality PDF or JPG scans with just one tap. Send files via email or as a fax. Upload them to iCloud Drive, Box, Dropbox, Evernote and other cloud services.

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Arrive – Package Tracker (Android — Free)

Automatically track all of your online orders in one place with Arrive.

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QR Code scanner & Generator (Android — Free)

Scan and create QR Codes and bar codes.

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Combo Utility (Android — Free)

Free up space on your android device by remove cache and junk files and boost phone

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by SolidSmack at October 23, 2019 02:40 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator Interface

The Administrator Options of SOLIDWORKS Manage, can only be accessed if the user has sufficient permissions. The Administration Options can be accessed from Options pull-down

Options Pull-down

Or the Tools tab.

Tools Tab

Selecting Administration Options, will launch SOLIDWORKS Manage System Administration, in a separate Window.

SOLIDWORKS Manage System Administration

At bottom of this window are located all of the Areas that can be configured, by a SOLIDWORKS Manage Administrator.

Administration Areas

The Sections associated with these Areas, are displayed above.

Area Sections

When an Areas Section is selected, the administrator has access to tools for defining these Sections.

Defining Area Sections

If an Administrator wants to access SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration, this can be done by clicking on the link at left of SOLIDWORKS Manage System Administration.

PDM Administration Link

At the top-right corner is a link to SOLIDWORKS Manage System Administration Help. This is different then the Help that is available from the User interface.

System Administration Help

In future articles, we will look at the different areas of SOLIDWORKS Manage Administration.

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 23, 2019 12:00 PM

October 22, 2019

SolidSmack

Formlabs Releases 3D Printed Molds and Vacuum Forming Guide for Package Design

Package Design

Vacuum forming is oftentimes a critical factor for many package designers during their prototyping stage when exploring manufacturing methods. And just like the physical product it houses, package designers employ prototyping processes for a variety of packaging types to ensure that their design helps unify the full customer experience—or at least, properly fit the finished product so that it stays safe in transport.

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As one of the most ubiquitous manufacturing methods for creating the packaging of various goods, vacuuming forming brings its own challenges to the table in terms of best practices including mold durability, draft angles, and part depth.

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The Prototyping Packaging With Vacuum Forming and 3D Printed Molds Guide released recently by Formlabs captures some of these best practices which, whether you’re a package designer or not, are good reminders for part design where vacuum forming is concerned.

From part preparation and draft angles to mold types and draw ratios, this (short) free guide is worth a read—if only to brush up on the basics.

Read it in-full over at Formlabs.

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by Simon Martin at October 22, 2019 07:11 PM

SolidSmack Radio | Clean Rivet Revival (Powered by Spotify)

Spotify Playlist

Get that stretch out of your system with this week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist. It’s fashioned up, ready to make you pull your shoulder blades back and knock out another week of meaningful work while you bob your head to the beat. Whether you’re in the shop milling aluminum, sketching the latest product prototypes or modeling up a 3D storm, consider these tracks as a tool for your process.

This week on SolidSmack Radio we’re getting things rolling with “Colomb” from Nicolas Jaar before rolling into a tasty set with tracks from Underworld, Chromatics, Talking Heads, Hot Chip, and others before wrapping up with the classic “Flim” from Aphex Twin. Ready? Let’s Rock!

Have suggestions? As always, let us know what you listen to, what you want to hear and what tunes get you through the week. Shoot us an email or leave a comment down below!!

*Note: if the embedded playlist below doesn’t work for you, try this.

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by SolidSmack at October 22, 2019 06:49 PM

These Mechanical Engineering Concept GIFs Get Better Every Loop

Mechanical Engineering

While many graphic designers prefer Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, avid motorcycle fan and graphic designer Gareth Fowler uses Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects to create some kickass concept 3D animations inspired by engines.

Though his initial foray into Cinema 4D mostly consisted of static 3D images, his love of GIFs led him to experiment with his own animations and ‘virtual’ mechanical engineering experiments:

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Find more of Gareth’s animations on both his Instagram page and Tumblr blog. For the rest of his portfolio, be sure to check out his webpage, where he showcases his work as a graphic artist with some awesome drawings, logos, and much more.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 22, 2019 06:45 PM

The SolidSmack Monday List 43.19 | Stories We’re Reading This Week

Video Games

As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

As Bad as WeWork Is, It Could Get Even Worse

Ignore for a moment the huge and undeserved payoff for Adam Neumann. The cash-blazing company is on the hook for $47 billion in lease payments in coming years.

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Apple’s Smart Glasses Could Make 2020 the Year of AR

Augmented reality is primed for growth with new consumer gadgets.

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Can You Really Be Addicted to Video Games?

The latest research suggests it’s not far-fetched at all — especially when you consider all the societal and cultural factors that make today’s games so attractive.

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How to Sell the Problem Before Selling the Solution

They say that every great business addresses a real customer need. If expressing your customer need has ever felt slippery, this is for you.

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What Does the Rise of Machines Mean for Fast-Food Workers?

Experts say fast-food burgers will be made by robots in about five years

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The Phone Call Isn’t Dead, It’s Evolving

Here’s a crazy idea: What if people started using their smartphones to actually speak to each other again?

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by SolidSmack at October 22, 2019 06:23 PM

Xometry Busts Out a New Finishing Service. Get Your Manufactured Parts DONE.

Xometry Finishing Service for Manufacturing

As if Xometry’s Instant Quote Engine and integrated instant quoting add-in for SOLIDWORKS weren’t enough, the rascals buckin’ the manufacturing trends at Xometry have introduced a finishing service to completely centralize your design-to-manufacturing needs.

How does this help you? Ok, so you have a design, and parts in that design, that needs to be manufactured. From Xometry, you can source and secure manufacturing, and now, source and secure finishing. Typically, these processes don’t all happen in one place, but Xometry is making that happen. Plus, if you have a manufacturing vendor you just adore and source a finishing vendor worthy of high fives, you can connect them on the Xometry platform to put the power of part finishing on auto-pilot.

What finishing services can you have quoted?

  • Type II Anodizing
  • Type III Anodizing
  • Chem Film
  • Heat Treatment
  • Conversion & Pretreatments
  • Mechanical Finishing
  • Adhesives & Coatings
  • Metal Plating
  • Painting & Marking
  • Military Spec Coatings
  • Masking
  • Surface Preparation
  • Testing

And this is on top of the access to manufacturing they already provide for CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, injection molding, and loads of additive manufacturing capabilities.

Yes, all these manufacturing/RFQ bits are completely possible in companies today (and perhaps already done where you work), but they’re bits that have been spread out in all sorts of inefficient directions. Xometry is simply introducing a consolidated, efficient approach to getting your parts DONE. It’s something manufacturing has needed for a long time. I think I’m even more surprised it hasn’t happened until now.

One thing Xometry does need with this addition (and suspect it’s coming) is a link between parts I’ve already uploaded for manufacturing RFQ and the finishing RFQ. Currently, I need to upload the model to have each quoted. Connect those or, even better, put my initial upload in a manufacturing workflow that visually shows what stage my part is at, who’s working it, and how long until it’s done. Boom.

Check out Xometry’s Finishing Service here.

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by Josh Mings at October 22, 2019 03:57 PM

Send A Toy Car Into Space, Get Some Awesome Footage

Lada shorty weather balloon

If you’ve ever accidentally let go of a helium-filled balloon as a kid and watched it slowly float into the sky, chances are you’ve also wondered where it goes. Does it float past the point of no return and into space, thereby giving an extra-terrestrial child the joy of finding a free balloon?

Now that we’re older, we all know the air inside a balloon escapes long before it can exit the Earth’s atmosphere; dropping the empty rubber husk back to the ground just like your childhood hopes and dreams. Using the same principle, the guys at Garage 54 have taken a large weather balloon, strapped a scale model of a Lada Shorty to it along with some recording equipment, and documented its journey into the atmosphere:

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The voice overdubbing is a little annoying, and it’s not the first we’ve seen of things being sent into the atmosphere via weather balloon, but that footage is dang impressive.

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As you can see, the recording equipment is by far the most interesting part of the project. It includes shielded cameras and sensors which measure the balloon’s altitude, humidity, atmospheric pressure, and stream velocity. To make sure the team doesn’t lose track of the balloon, both a satellite tracker and GSM tracker are installed (they also help in retrieving the wreck once it falls back to Earth).

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After calling local airports three days prior to make sure the skies are clear, the team sends their pet project into the air. Two cameras are trained on the car at all times: one directly above it and another to the side.

Using the sensors they installed, the team is able to predict the balloon’s landing somewhere 100 miles of the launch area. Since they made sure not to fill the balloon to full to prevent it from bursting early, both the sensors and the toy car will slowly descend as the balloon loses air.

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It takes roughly an hour of travel time by car for the team to reach the spot where their sensors and car have landed, but the resulting footage is definitely worth it. The Shorty toy car reached an altitude of 82,000 feet (25,000 meters) above sea level (!!) and was able to capture near-space footage above the sky and clouds as well as its decent back to terra firma. To top the whole thing off, the car and the sensors are completely unscathed from the journey.

If you’re wondering why a Lada Shorty, watch their first video on a Lada two-door conversion here. Garage 54’s YouTube channel and Instagram has tons more videos where they pull off unconventional car shenanigans, so be sure to check them out!

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 22, 2019 03:20 PM

New USGBC LEED Fellow

My wife, Kim, is an architect, as some of you know. She has been working in sustainability for the last several years, helping to assure from the design phase through…

by matt at October 22, 2019 02:33 PM

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Create and Edit Component Patterns in SOLIDWORKS 2020 Large Design Review Mode

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can create assembly component patterns in the Large Design Review Mode. The patterns that can be created include linear and circular component pattern.

Also, other component patterns including pattern driven pattern and sketch driven pattern can be edited in the large design review mode.

In order to create component patterns in SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review mode, you need to open the top level assembly in Large Design Review mode. Then right click on the top level part and click on “Edit Assembly” to get to the editing assembly mode.

The Assembly is Opened in Large Design Review Mode and Edit Assembly Mode Is Turned On

The Assembly is Opened in Large Design Review Mode and Edit Assembly Mode Is Turned On

Please note that instead of editing the assembly from here, you can directly select this option while opening the assembly in Large Design Review Mode.

Edit Assembly Mode from the Open Menu

Edit Assembly Mode from the Open Menu

Click “Insert” > “Component Pattern” and then click on “Linear Component Pattern” from the assembly toolbar.

Creating a New Linear Pattern

Creating a New Linear Pattern

Created Linear Pattern

Created Linear Pattern

NOTE: This new capability is only available for top level assemblies.

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at October 22, 2019 12:00 PM

October 21, 2019

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Adding the SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Once SOLIDWORKS Manage has been installed, SOLIDWORKS Manage can be connected to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. The first step in in doing this, is by adding the SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in, in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Administration.

To do this, launch SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Administration and log into the vault that will be connected to SOLIDWORKS Manage. This can be done by double clicking the PDM vault or right-clicking on the vault and selecting Connect.

Connecting to PDM Vault

You will asked to enter the password for a user, who has permissions to administer that Vault.

Logging into PDM Vault

Next right-click Add-ins Node and select New Add-in. If you do not have a local view for that vault, on the computer you are working, you will have to do this first.

New Add-in

The SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in is located by default, in C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Manage. The actual location, is dependent on the choices that were made during the installation of SOLIDWORKS Manage.

Selecting Add-in

After the Add-in has been added, the Add-in’s Properties will be displayed. Once this information has been reviewed, click on OK to close it.

SOLIDWORKS Manage PDM Add-in Properties

You may receive a message regarding the need to restart the client machines, if this add-in is a newer version then one that is already installed. Click on OK to complete the installation of the add-in.

Add-in Warning

The SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in, will now appear in SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-ins Node.

SOLIDWORKS Manage Add-in in PDM Add-ins Node

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 21, 2019 12:00 PM

October 18, 2019

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Friday Smackdown: Fitz McBunkle

Setting off toward the sun, stilting his was down the silted, ash lined maze of a murky mountainside trial, Fitz McBunkle… charged. Though his forearms were lined with blades and his single eye ablaze, it was a slight hesitation in his smirk, a mis-step and a burp, that caused one stilt to split and skewer all these links.

Rudy Siswanto – Cartoonish? Yes, but no. Bright, bold colors with details and action that just make you want to keep exploring every image.

Wildlife Photo of the Year – Fox vs Marmot. Pretty much sums it up. See this and all the photos from the pros and youth.

White Tower – Behind the design of the iconic water tower of Uralmash and a primer on Constructivisim.

Those Eyes – Instagram follow of the week. Lucas Zanotto creates oddly satisfying 3D renders of rolling, rocking, rotating eyes.

Perfect Circle – As if it’s a challenge to draw a perfect circle on a piece of paper, much less a computer screen… with a mouse. Good luck.

Brizo Invari – These things don’t belong together! OR DO THEY. Machine Age pragmatism juxtaposed with organic overgrown naturalism.

Tycho Puzzle – A mechanical puzzlebox of stainless steel and brass from Craighill that has a string of successful product launches, including this one.

Hitch & Timber – These EDC wallets and leather goods look fabulous. Especially like the Trucker’s Hitch and Country Fold Wallet.

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by Josh Mings at October 18, 2019 07:44 PM

Autodesk Changes Fusion 360 Free License Terms

Autodesk Fusion 360 Free Startup License

Autodesk seems to be tightening up their rules regarding use of the popular Fusion 360 CAD system.

The company moved the product to a subscription-based cloud system a couple of years ago and then simplified their licensing levels. This is a very common practice in the software industry as it provides significant advantages: a near-100% likelihood that all participants are on the same software release, and a guaranteed smooth flow of income.

Among the subscription levels provided by Autodesk for Fusion 360 was what they called the “Startup/Hobbyist” license. This license allowed individuals to use the product at no charge as long as the usage was for personal use or for a startup company with annual revenue less than US$100K.

This license proved extremely popular and since its introduction I’ve seen it more or less take over the “Free” community. Certainly some of these free license holders eventually moved up to the paid versions as their work became more serious.

New Autodesk Fusion 360 Free Licenses

However, it seems that Autodesk is tightening up the free licenses.

I’ve been forwarded an email from Autodesk to a Startup/Hobbyist license holder, and the email asks the license holder to choose one of three options upon annual renewal. The choices are:

  1. Fusion 360 for personal use (Free) — Limited functionality for non-commercial, personal use only.
  2. Fusion 360 for startup use (Free) — Includes all existing Fusion 360 capabilities for the design and manufacture of new or innovative products. Approval is required.
  3. Fusion 360 commercial (Paid) — Includes access to all current and future capabilities.

Note: There’s also Fusion 360 for students and educators (Free).

For those using the powerful Fusion 360 for personal use, this licensing change is likely without any notable effect, as the functionality excluded includes team features and power CAD import/export. However, for those in startup companies, the bottom line is that you must now go through an approval process.

Fusion 360 Startup License Qualifications

Let’s take a look at the new qualifications for the Autodesk Fusion For Startup Use license:

  • Fewer than ten staff (does not specify whether they are full or part time)
  • Less than US$100K annual revenue
  • Willingness to share stories with the Autodesk community
  • “Venture-backed, angel-backed, or bootstrap startups”
  • Using Fusion 360 to design new products

There are also some restrictions around unusual corporate arrangements, such as subsidiary companies, contractor use and more.

To obtain the software using this new license, you must fill out a form answering all these questions and more, and then apply to Autodesk. It’s possible they may reject applications if they don’t see them fitting into their definition of a startup.

Autodesk Fusion 360 Licensing Strategy

Thus it appears that Autodesk wants the startups using Fusion 360 to truly build new products and allow Autodesk to showcase them in some manner.

This sounds like a reasonable growth strategy for the product, as they really do have to translate some portion of free licenses into paid licenses.

On the other hand, it’s likely there are some small businesses using Fusion 360 that don’t exactly fit into the definition of “startup” as provided by Autodesk. For these companies it may be a requirement to switch to a paid license, which currently runs for US$495 per year, or US$60 per month. Really, this amount is not particularly arduous, especially when compared to the software license — and hardware cost — of using alternative products.

While this licensing change may annoy some previously free license holders, it’s a reasonable business move by Autodesk that is totally understandable.

Read more about 3D printing at Fabbaloo!

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by Fabbaloo at October 18, 2019 03:25 PM

A Children’s Toy Inspired This Inexpensive, 3D Printed Centrifuge

3d-fuge

Whoever said goofing around wouldn’t lead to new discoveries must have not done it long enough. Taking inspiration from the small, spinning whirligig toy, students at the Lambert High School in Georgia have come up with an inexpensive portable centrifuge capable of separating liquids of different densities.

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Dubbed the 3D-Fuge, the project is actually a modification on the work of M. Saad Bhamla, one of the students’ advisors. His original idea consisted of a paper centrifuge filled with tiny plastic tubes. You would glue the samples to be separated to these tubes and whirl them around until the individual liquids were separated.

The initial concept proved promising, but the “paperfuge” could only handle samples weighing up to 1 microliter. Using his initial idea as a springboard, he and his students were able to develop a design which could be 3D printed and hold samples weighing a hundred times heavier than those in the paperfuge.

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The 3D-Fuge is mainly composed of a button-like disk. By threading some cord or string through the holes in the centrifuge, you can swing the entire thing with two hands until the button whirls around and separates the liquids with varying densities.

Two designs were made for the centrifuge: one specific for field biology was taken to a rainforest in Peru to identify some unknown plants using DNA sequencing and the other was used by high school students to create bacterial sensors for identifying diseases.

Seeing as this is a 3D printed centrifuge, it does have its limits. Unlike the more expensive centrifuges you see in a state-of-the-art lab, the 3D-Fuge can only separate a few samples at once. It also can’t quite reach the rotation speeds of a machine-turned centrifuge, nor can it produce the same speed and force you would otherwise generate from the lighter paperfuge (the 3D-Fuge weight about 20 grams).

Still, you can’t deny that for less than $1, you get about the same results as you would with a thousand dollar centrifuge. This is exactly what Saad had in mind when conceptualizing the project. Taking the overall price with the results, the 3D-Fuge is perfect for budding scientists or those who are on a budget.

You can read the entire research paper on the 3D-Fuge here. While you’re at it, you can find more on Bhamla and his team on their official webpage. They even posted the STL files so anyone can make their own 3D-Fuge for free!

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 18, 2019 03:08 PM

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Save as Copy with a Subset of Configurations in SOLIDWORKS 2020

SOLIDWORKS 2020 provides you with the capability of saving a copy of a part or an assembly with a subset of its configurations. This will save time by not having to delete the configurations manually afterwards.

When selecting configurations to save, the active configuration is selected by default. Also, if you select a derived configuration, its parent configuration is selected as well. It is interesting that linked display states will remain in the copied model.

To save as a copy with a subset of configuration, open a model, right-click on a configuration in the Configuration Manager, and choose Save Configurations.

Save Configurations from the Configuration Manager

Save Configurations from the Configuration Manager

In the Save Configurations as a new Assembly/Part dialog box, select the desired configurations by checking the box next to their names. You can also select all the configurations by clicking on the Save Icon at the top of the column.

Selecting the Configurations

Selecting the Configurations

Once everything is selected, click on Save Selected. This will allow you to browse to the location where you want to save your copied assembly file.

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at October 18, 2019 12:00 PM

October 17, 2019

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Connecting SOLIDWORKS Manage to a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Vault

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional can be easily connected to SOLIDWORKS Manage. The close relationship between SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS Manage, is evident in the fact that SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, is included with SOLIDWORKS Manage. In this article we will look at how to connect SOLIDWORKS Manage to a SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault.

First, there are prerequisites that need to be in place, before we create that connection.

  • SOLIDWORKS Manage Server is installed (same SQL Instance as PDM).
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Server is installed (same SQL Instance as Manage).
  • SOLIDWORKS Manage is installed on the computer that will be used to create the connection.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional is installed on the computer that will be used to create the connection.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Local Vault View has been created.
  • The Manage add-in for be PDM has been added.
Manage Add-in for PDM Vault

Manage Add-in for PDM Vault

Once all the prerequisites  have been confirmed, launch SOLIDWORKS Manage and access Administration Options.

Administration Options

In System Administration, select the Structures Area and then the Documents & Records Section. Next select New PDM Object.

New PDM Object

This will launch the SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Wizard, which will guide you through the process of creating this Object.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Wizard

Pressing next will take you to the Connection Window. Here you provide a Name, a Numbering Scheme and a Revision Scheme (enter A for alpha 0 for numeric) for the Object,. In order to create the Connection, the SOLIDWORKS PDM SQL Server and Database must be identified.  Additional options include how User names will be configured and the amount of detail that is provided during Synchronization. As with Objects the PDM object can be Enabled or disabled

Connection

Synchronization between the PDM and Manage Databases

The next screen is where the Synchronization between the PDM and Manage Databases is initiated. Pressing Synchronize will start the process. Synchronizing of the databases ensures consistency of data between the two databases.

The option Rebuild Database Indexes, can be used to address Index fragmentation. If rebuilds are already scheduled in SQL Management Studio, this may not be required.  But, a Rebuild of the PDM database indexes, should be considered before creating the PDM Object, if the Indexes have never been rebuilt, or a rebuild has not been performed for a long time. New Databases, as is the case when installing PDM Professional for the first time, should not require a rebuild.

Synchronization Details

SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Fields

After closing the Synchronization Details panel, you will be presented with the SOLIDWORKS PDM Configuration Fields Window.  This Window provides a list of Properties that match PDM Card Variables and provides the following options:

  • Update PDM Variable, allows the Manage to update the Variable value in the PDM vault.
  • Visible on Lists, determines whether the Property Field will visible in a predefined list of values.
  • Unique, will specify whether a Field is Unique
  • Required, will specify whether a field needs to have a value
  • Type describes the Field. When connecting Manage to PDM Variables, the Type is read from PDM. The System Type are Fields contained within PDM. These Fields are ones that were defined at the beginning of creating the PDM Object. Being a System Field does not preclude pulling the variable from PDM . As can be seen, System and PDM Fields are given different icons for clarity. PDM Fields have the cylinder icon which is used for PDM vaults.
  • Groups will display differing information, depending on whether the Field is a System Filed or not.
  • Visibility displays the permissions for each Field.

Fields

Fields are used in all Manage Objects and contain information related to Records, as well as Manage reporting. Fields act similarly to Properties in SOLIDWORKS or Variables in PDM. Double clicking a Field allows you change the Field parameters such as Field Type (i.e. Display Name, Updates PDM Variables), Properties (i.e. Is Required), Options (i.e. Numbering Scheme) and Access Permissions

Field Properties

Along the top of the Fields panel, are options to create a new a Tab (contains groups of field and folders), create a new Folder within a selected Tab and create an new Field. Clicking on Field Groups, opens a Window where Field Groups can be administered. Field Groups allow the grouping of Fields, to simplify tasks such changing the visibility.

Fields Top Menu

Back in the Fields menu, there are several additional Field Options.

Field Options

 

This includes how Records are ordered and presented to the user. The Option Default Search

Order by Record

 

The Option Default Search Columns sets the default columns used in a Simple Search. Specifying columns will improve the performance of Simple Searches, by limiting the search to the specified fields.

Default Search Columns

SOLIDWORKS Options

Main Options controls many aspects on how SOLIDWORKS interacts with Manage. There are controls for Releasing documents, generating related files (i.e. PDF’s), naming SOLIDWORKS files, linking of Component and Drawing properties and the Numbering schemes that will be used by SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies and Drawings. In General Table Options, a General Revision Table can be enabled and configured.

Main Options

 

SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties

The mapping of Fields to SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties is done by selecting Custom Props (SOLIDWORKS). The Fields can either be displayed Alphabetically or as they appear in the Property Card

Configuring SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties

Limiting lists are Lists that are driven by another Field or List. Conditions can be used can be used to control the visibility and requirements of Field, for different scenarios. Limiting lists will be covered in another article.

The Conditions option, for Fields, can be used to control requirements for field visibility as as a variety of other scenarios. Fields will covered more extensively, in a future article.

Bill of Materials

After the Fields menu, you can Enable/Disable BOMs. If required new BOMs can be created and existing BOMs can be edited. The Show BOM Configuration on Front Page option, is used to identify which BOM sill be displayed for a Field Group.

Bill of Materials

In Part Number, Description and Revision Mapping, the way these Fields are mapped is defined. Clicking on the pull-down for Part Number, Description and Revision will list the available Properties. There is also the ability to choose an Alternate option for Part Number and Description, if primary choice is not available.

Part Number, Description and Revision Mapping

Configuration Options

Configuration Options is where you define how Configurations are handled in Manage. Configurations of a file can be part of a single Record, or a Record can be created for each Configuration. If a Record is created for each configuration, the creation of Record can be controlled by a condition. In the below example Configurations containing Flat or DisplayConfig,  in their name, will not generate a Record.

The PDM Project Window is where PDM files are Promoted to the SOLIDWORKS Manage environment. Under File Promotion Settings, you can specify at what State of a selected Workflow, that a file will be Promoted. The Workflows for the PDM vault are available from the Workflow pull-down. Once a Workflow has been selected, each State can be identified, to create Record, for all files in that State. To further define which files will be promoted, there is the option to filter SOLIDWORKS files by extension(s).

File Promotion Settings

 

Selecting Same as Parent, applies to files in sub-folders. If unchecked, Promotion settings for files in a sub-folder, can be individuality changed. If Any State is checked, this will Promote every file of all Workflow States. Here too is the Option to Promote only certain file types.

Promoting Files in Any State

SOLIDWORKS Manage Process

When SOLIDWORKS Manage Record is created by the Promotion of a PDM file, the file can also be sent directly to a SOLIDWORKS Manage Process. This is done by choosing the Process under, the Default Process tab.. As with the File Promotions Settings tab, the sending of files to a Process, is done for each workflow. Also, as with the File Promotions Settings tab, there is an option use the same Process for files in a sub-folders

Default Process

By pressing the top-left Icon of the PDM Projects menu, the Properties of a sub-folder can be modified. This includes the Field Group Name, the Numbering scheme, Access Rights and the Life Cycle. By default a sub-folder will inherit the parent folders Properties.

Sub-folder Properties

Users and Groups

After the Promotion of Files has been defined, PDM Users and Groups can be Imported into Manage. Import Users will only Import PDM Users, Import SOLIDWORKS PDM Groups will Import PDM Groups. Auto Map will automatically Map PDM Users and Groups. As noted, all SOLIDWORKS PDM users need to be imported because of inherited permissions.

PDM – SOLIDWORKS Manage Users and Groups

The next menus is where Access permissions for Users and Groups, to interact with the PDM Object is defined. Along with setting Access and Visibility, Additional Rights can be given to the a User or Group. Partial Administrators can also be identified for this Object. Partial Administrators will be covered in another article.

Access Rights

Related Files

Related Files are files which are not controlled by SOLIDWORKS Manage, but are related to files in Manage. Referenced Files are internal links to other Records in SOLIDWORKS Manage.

In Related Files/References is where we specify how are these files are handled in Manage. For Related Files, we can specify the File Naming Convention, Enable a Full Text Search and under the Other tab, define what File Types can be added, to the Object Root Folder and whether Part Number or Part Number + Description will be Used as the Filename.

Related Files/ReferencesAdding or Editing a Related File Folder, allows us to define what File Types are not allowed into this folder and the Access Rights to this Folder. We can also define Report generation for this Folder.

Folder Properties

Clicking on References is where we define the Module and Module Object where the References will be found.

References Come From

Tab Properties

After defining Related Files/References we can next define Tab Properties. This will determine which Tabs Users and Groups will have access to.

Tab Properties

The remainder of the PDM Object options will be covered in other articles. These include Reports, Special Notifications and E-mails, Lifecycle, and Linked Record Objects.

Additional PDM Object Options

Now that all options have to be configured, we can complete creating the PDM Object.

Complete Creation of PDM Object

Complete Creation of PDM Object

Process Complete

Once completed another Synchronization is required and once that is done, the PDM Object will now show in Documents & records. At any time we can edit this object, to make any required changes.

PDM Object in Documents & Records

This was an overview of creating a PDM Object. There is more that can both be configured in the PDM Object and related to other areas of SOLIDWORKS Manage. To ensure that SOLIDWORKS Manage is configured correctly, a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS Manage is highly recommended. Contact us to perform your implementation, correctly and efficiently.

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at October 17, 2019 12:00 PM

October 16, 2019

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Denver Startup Week 2019 Highlights

Between September 16th-20th this year, Denver was overflowing with out-of-towners for Denver Startup Week. (Which was much to the dismay of native Denverite Uber passengers.) Here, you can read about the many physical product development related goings-on at this free conference. There were a lot.

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The Venue

I try not to be needlessly negative but this should be said: wow, the venues were a serious pain to get to. Be advised if you attend next year! Initially, I didn’t look up the locations of all the events I earmarked before flying to Colorado. I assumed most of them would be in the same location with some stray venues here and there. That was absolutely incorrect.

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I began to refer to Denver Startup Week (DSW) as the Denver Scavenger Hunt. It was all over the place with limited parking in most spots. Moreover, many of the events I wanted to attend had overlapping schedules. The advice from DSW to help ease this mess was to be greener and use the public buses or an Uber. Although, I think that would have just made the time constraints and expenses even worse. In the end, it was nice to see so many interesting bits of Denver. Wish I could have done that on my own time, though!

Physical Product Showcase

I was pleasantly surprised at how many cool products there were on display at the showcase. If you can only make one event from Denver Startup Week and want to get a taste for new tech developments in Colorado, go to this.

Robauto

This company is building a robot on a basic AI platform that even younger kiddos can get some programming and building experience with. The students they’ve worked with range from 3rd to 6th grade! I was told the googley eyes are often a must-have. Well, of course.

<figure class="wp-block-image">One of Robauto's cute, little googley-eyed AI robots.<figcaption>One of Robauto’s cute, little googley-eyed AI robots.</figcaption></figure>

Originally, founder Jalali Hartman wanted to build a low-cost but advanced AI robot to wander around. And so, he did! Kids build their own bots and end up contributing to the code that runs them all. After giving these to schools and libraries, he learned larger corporations had use for them, too. However, it’s more of a platform for other tech for the automotive, healthcare and aerospace companies Robauto serves.

Skip to minute marker 5:18 in the video above to see these bots in action.

Outdoor Element

There’s a new kind of Swiss Army Knife in town. This one can make fire!

<figure class="wp-block-image">This hunting survival knife has a flint wheel built into it and an inside storage space for tinder.<figcaption>This hunting survival knife has a flint wheel built into it and an inside storage space for tinder.</figcaption></figure>

Founder of Outdoor Element, Mike Mojica got his inspiration for many of the products he engineered from others. On one hand, he learned first-responders would find specific functionality in a neat multi-tool really useful in emergencies. In another case, he learned one of the versions made it too difficult for his young daughter to make fire with. So, he made it much easier. He insists this was a good decision.

Below is the first product in the line. It’s a survival bracelet made of jute which contains a spark-thrower at the clasp. The one-use fibers of the bracelet can be torn apart to be tinder for a fire in an emergency situation.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Here's the first product in the Outdoor Element's line: a survival bracelet made of flammable jute.<figcaption>Here’s the first product in the Outdoor Element’s line: a survival bracelet made of flammable jute.</figcaption></figure>

The bracelet made aiming the sparks difficult for Mojica’s 6-year-old, so he designed a new gadget. He thought it’s easier to control sparks that are made with wheels. Also, carabiners are really friggin handy. So, he decided to create a carabiner with a spark wheel and threw in some other functionality. That proved popular, so after some input from first responders, he created the 2nd version which just recently went live on Kickstarter. They’ve already surpassed their goal but you can still get in on the special pricing.

The Version 2 carabiner, called the “Fire Escape,” also includes a window breaker and a safety cutter to go through things like seat belts.

<figure class="wp-block-image">The Version 2 carabiner: the Fire Escape by Outdoor Element on Kickstarter now!<figcaption>The Version 2 carabiner: the Fire Escape by Outdoor Element on Kickstarter now!</figcaption></figure>

You can watch our interview with Mike Mojica in the video at the top starting at marker 20:57.

Cipher Skin

This company is making an absolutely wild wearable. Cipher Skin‘s booth had a demo with one poor engineer who was made to move his leg around all day long. He wore a stretchable sleeve around his knee and part of his leg. As he moved, the app could graphically recreate the motion of his leg based on sensors in the sleeve. No green screen required.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Cipher Skin in action: as the real leg moves, the blue dummy graphic on the tablet moves identically.<figcaption>Cipher Skin in action: as the real leg moves, the blue dummy graphic on the tablet moves identically.</figcaption></figure>

Co-founders Shaka Bahadu and Craig Weller taught me about the magic going on inside the sleeve. There’s a mesh of flexible ink printed on the inside diameter with customizable sensors affixed to nodes along the circuit.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Inside a Cipher Skin wearable device that can track your movements with legit, objective metrics!<figcaption>Inside a Cipher Skin wearable device that can track your movements with legit, objective metrics!</figcaption></figure>

As the leg moves, some of the lines of black conductive ink might stretch and that would change the dimensions of the “wire”. This, in turn, would change the electrical resistance. These electrical changes can be tracked and correlated precisely with movement. Alternatively, if this device is stuck on a pipe with different sensors, you could track things like leaks. For human applications, these are great additions for tracking progress in physical rehabilitation. They’re probably great for a slew of other aims, too!

You can watch video footage of the movement (and Bahadu and Weller) starting at marker 8:20.

Pupptech

As a dog and automobile lover, I delighted in seeing Pupptech‘s product which helps keep both safe. It’s for when you’d like to keep your pet in the car but worry about the climate becoming unsafe while you’re away. This device measures the weather of your car’s interior and connects to an app on your phone. Another key part of this system is a sticker you can affix to your car to tell do-gooders that it’s OK for them to put down their crowbars; Sparky is safe.

<figure class="wp-block-image">PuppTech sells a cellular device that monitors the environment inside your car to keep your puppy safe. Dog not included.<figcaption>PuppTech sells a cellular device that monitors the environment inside your car to keep your puppy safe. Dog not included.</figcaption></figure>

Founder, William Loopesko, showed us the many physical prototype iterations they developed before ever thinking about crowdfunding. These included a bunch of 3D printing and boards he hand-soldered.

<figure class="wp-block-image">The chronological display of PuppTech prototypes from first (left) through to the first version they crowdfunded on (where William Loopesko is pointing).<figcaption>The chronological display of PuppTech prototypes from first (left) through to the first version they crowdfunded on (where William Loopesko is pointing).</figcaption></figure>

You can watch the video starting at 12:47 to hear Loopesko talk about Pupptech’s development. Or, hop on their website to pre-order!

Karvtrak

Karvtrak is creating a brace to help older (and more battered) skiers last longer on the slopes and have more power. They’re kind of making a mechanical-only, more budget-friendly version of the ski exoskeleton by Roam Robotics we featured here. Karvtrak’s brace provides physical support to the skier in similar locations, however, it lacks that super turbo-boosting electric power or AI to learn how you ski. Although, if Roam’s device is out of your price range, Karvtrak is aiming for a retail price several thousands of dollars less.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Mark Stewart (left) and Jan Andersen (right) talk about this wild idea all the founders dreamed up together.<figcaption>Mark Stewart (left) and Jan Andersen (right) talk about this wild idea all the founders dreamed up together.</figcaption></figure>

If you want to play with these, get in touch with them on their website. There should be units available to demo starting this season and mass-produced units available next (2020-2021) ski season. To see Mark Stewart and Jan Andersen show how they work, watch the video at the top of this article from marker 6:18.

Beatrice Forms

You may think you’re bougie, but until you’ve had a mannequin custom-built to your body shape for the ultimate in tailored clothing, you’re missing out. Beatrice Forms can remotely create a form off of your dimensions using tech your tailor never had. I say dimensions because there is no tape-measuring involved. They use video, photogrammetry, 3D modeling, and CNC tools. There’s a whole lot of data points going on.

<figure class="wp-block-image">To the right is an example of the full-sized custom shape Beatrice Forms creates.<figcaption>To the right is an example of the full-sized custom shape Beatrice Forms creates.</figcaption></figure>

The husband-and-wife, engineer team, Alison Hughes and Nathan Barefield, were at the booth to explain their fascinating tech.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Alison Hughes and Nathan Barefield of Beatrice Forms kindly answering my endless questions about the modeling and form-making tech they developed.<figcaption>Alison Hughes and Nathan Barefield of Beatrice Forms kindly answering my endless questions about the modeling and form-making tech they developed.</figcaption></figure>

It works like this: a shipment is sent to the customer which includes clothing proven to work well for this application. The customer has a buddy take a video of them from a cell phone, making several passes around the body. The video is processed and between a dose of photogrammetry, a splash of 3D model smoothing, and other editing, a fine, polished 3D model is created.

Afterward, that model tells their custom-built CNC router how to sculpt a block of foam to create your torso in real life. Barefield told us the foam block spins around like a rotisserie chicken while the router goes in to cut the shape.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Nathan Barefield demonstrates the rotisserie chicken-style action of Beatrice Form's custom CNC router.<figcaption>Nathan Barefield demonstrates the rotisserie chicken-style action of Beatrice Form’s custom CNC router.</figcaption></figure>

If you’re interested in getting a form made for some high-quality tailoring, you can now! (Although you may need to wait for this form to tell you they’re in stock.) They’re already creating and shipping these to customers.

For more information directly from this pair, watch the video starting at 15:18.

GolfKicks

If you ever wanted to turn your Birkenstocks into a pair of golf shoes, you’re in luck! GolfKicks makes screw-in golf cleats. With these, you can add gripping power to most any shoe.

<figure class="wp-block-image">GolfKicks makes screw-in golf cleats so you can turn your favorite shoes into golf shoes.<figcaption>GolfKicks makes screw-in golf cleats so you can turn your favorite shoes into golf shoes.</figcaption></figure>

If nothing else, checking out the products at this showcase and learning about their development is a great learning lesson for new HW developers. Even these deceptively simple-looking designs have gone through (and are still going through) multiple iterations. Version 2 on display had a glass-filled nylon core overshot with TPE. Founder, Ty Stuart told us V3 would be out soon made with “top secret sauce”.

You can see these in the video from marker 26:12.

Archethought

Archethought considers itself a data company but relies on information gathered from its big, urban environment IoT sensors. These devices can be put up at music venues, on street corners, in retail shops or clubs to monitor all sorts of things.

<figure class="wp-block-image">3 of Archethought's data capturing and/or relaying devices.<figcaption>3 of Archethought’s data capturing and/or relaying devices.</figcaption></figure>

There’s a directional wind monitor that gives directional sound data as well as wind info. Another one can pick up radio signals which can do things like count the number of digital signals/devices in a crowd, roughly equating to occupancy. These can be used in concert to triangulate sound locations. Then if you combine that location with some AI, sounds such as a car crash can be recognized and classified, and the authorities can be told to come to an accident scene automatically.

There are many other applications possible like monitoring noise levels, or sending data to digital wrist bands on event-goers. Plus more that haven’t been developed or thought of yet! That’s why Archethought will share whatever data is permissible to be open to the public to developers. The hope is this “Innovation Platform” will be used to come up with new ways to mash the numbers for new applications.

For this interview, check out marker 26:51 in the video above.

Talks and Panels

Maybe it’s because I spend too much time visiting clients in Silicon Valley, but I was surprised at some of the very basic definitions heard in these panels. There were excellent tips for seasoned pros, too! However, often, I would see panelists and moderators taking the time to explain things like manufacturing or development acronyms. It seemed there were a lot more DIY-ers than I’m used to seeing in a tech audience compared with ex-Google or ex-Apple employees. So, if you’re jumping into physical product development for the first time, I’d highly recommend attending next year.

From Cocktail Napkin to Mass Production

The subheading of this talk was “How to Navigate the Design Process, Prototyping, and Prepare for Manufacturing.” Patrick Monahan was the speaker. He’s an Industrial Designer and cofounder at Design Elevation.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Patrick Monahan of Design Elevation teaches all the new-to-product-development makers what to expect during his talk.<figcaption>Patrick Monahan of Design Elevation teaches all the new-to-product-development makers what to expect during his talk.</figcaption></figure>

His talk was an excellent primer on what those new to product development should expect from the process. Monahan also included a few of what I’d assume are his pet peeves or at least frustrations (because they’re also mine). Here’s an example slide where he advises coming up with measurable (i.e. numerical) targets. Otherwise, you’re working in murky, subjective grey area!

<figure class="wp-block-image">Monahan's slide where he advises startups to come up with NUMBERS to define specs is fantastic. I see failure to do this often and it leads to confusion and frustration!<figcaption>Monahan’s slide where he advises startups to come up with NUMBERS to define specs is fantastic. I see failure to do this often and it leads to confusion and frustration!</figcaption></figure>

You can see a clip of this talk at 0:30 in the video.

Funding Your Physical Product

The 3 seasoned entrepreneurs on this panel had some great financial tips for other startups. You can listen to them starting at 30:13 in the video at the top of this article.

<figure class="wp-block-image">The "Funding Your Physical Product" panel at Denver Startup Week. From left to right: China Califf of Colorado Lending Source, Brandi Paik of CG Habitats, Hunter Wood of Elevated Seltzer, and Brett Payton of YOCISCO.<figcaption>The “Funding Your Physical Product” panel at Denver Startup Week. From left to right: China Califf of Colorado Lending Source, Brandi Paik of CG Habitats, Hunter Wood of Elevated Seltzer, and Brett Payton of YOCISCO.</figcaption></figure>

Brandi Paik, the co-founder and VP of CG Habitats, formerly CandyGrind, highly recommened checking out small business organizations like your local SBA. She originally balked at the idea they’d have anything useful to tell her, but in the end, found them extremely helpful. She also found using more than one foreign vendor to produce the same thing pushes all your prices way down. If you always stay with just one vendor, they essentially have a monopoly over your business.

Hunter Wood, founder and CEO of Elevated Seltzer, seconded Paik’s suggestion of using multiple vendors. However, Wood uses this tactic domestically.

Brett Payton, Strategy and Innovation Manager of YOCISCO, wanted all the entrepreneurs to “check yourself before you wreck yourself”. By that, he meant often and honest evaluations of your finances and progress. If you think taking a hard look every quarter is often enough, Payton disagrees. He recommends every 60 days, instead. Also, he urged the audience to be ready to pivot and make big changes to your strategy at any time.

Prototyping Vs. Production: When to Make the Leap

Jenney Loper from Zebulon Solutions moderated this other panel for beginner HW entrepreneurs. She thoughtfully made sure the audience didn’t get lost in acronyms.

<figure class="wp-block-image">This talk, called, "Prototyping Vs. Production: When to Make the Leap" happened inside the Denver Central Library.<figcaption>This talk, called, “Prototyping Vs. Production: When to Make the Leap” happened inside the Denver Central Library.</figcaption></figure>

The other HW development pros represented different potential links in a chain. To watch some clips from this panel, you can start the video at 1:51.

Plastic Prototyping

Jeffrey Jakubowski from iFuzion does a lot in the prototyping stage with plastics. There were questions to the panel about lead times and the level of devastation if changes needed to be made. Jakubowski said most 3D printed parts he creates can be ready in under a week, and changes at this stage are not too costly or difficult. Clearly, if you’re going to make mistakes (you will) or changes at any point (I hope you will), this is the stage where you want most of that to happen.

Production Plastics

Matt Saunders from PTA Plastics spoke on plastics when they get to production. At this point, changes can be very expensive. First shots can take 5-10 weeks on average to get, plus tooling might cost anywhere between $15,000 and $300,000. If you need to make a second mold (or heaven forbid more than that), you might financially sink yourself! He wanted the crowd to be especially aware of the fact that what geometries you can make with 3D printing isn’t always possible to get out of a mold. Saunders sees this mistake often.

Electronics Prototyping

Stuart McKeel from Slingshot Assembly shared insight on electronics prototyping. At his company, they might only be making a handful of boards and a large number of specific components wouldn’t likely be purchased yet. So, at this stage, a change can be more easily made without too much wasted cash or time.

Production Electronics

Covering the production end of electronics was Stan Haag of Premier Manufacturing. At this part, things like long-lead-time parts and stencils, are already ordered, programs have already started and any changes will be very painful. What you may consider a minor tweak at this point often requires starting over from the beginning.

Contract Manufacturing

Chuck Hodges from Zebulon Solutions works on the side of domestic and off-shore electronic contract manufacturing. He had a valuable caution for the crowd. Hardware entrepreneurs often neglect to account for how much design churn can drive the pricetag up once you get to the stage of working with foreign manufacturers. Lead times are greater at this stage and you’re involving a lot more engineering time every time a change is made. If your design isn’t very mature, going straight to Asian manufacturers can be a costly decision (not to mention a frustrating one).

How “DIY” Can F*&^ Up Your Product

This panel was a fun one to attend. However, it was admittedly at times painful to hear about some of these fails. The speakers shared anecdotes from their experience working with DIY-ers turned HW entrepreneurs. You can watch clips of these 3 starting at 31:48 in the video embedded above.

<figure class="wp-block-image">For the "How 'DIY' Can F*&^ Up Your Product" panel, we had (from left to right):  Jenney Loper of Zebulon Solutions, Schuyler Livingston of Link Product Development, and Dave Eyvazzadeh of VOZ Patents.<figcaption>For the “How ‘DIY’ Can F*&^ Up Your Product” panel, we had (from left to right): Jenney Loper of Zebulon Solutions, Schuyler Livingston of Link Product Development, and Dave Eyvazzadeh of VOZ Patents.</figcaption></figure>

Some of the same lessons kept surfacing from their tales. For one thing, if you’re working on a hardware concept, be sure to involve experts early and often. The mistakes you might otherwise make can be devastating! Also, be sure to get feedback from people who don’t love you. “No one will tell you your baby is ugly.” If your friends and family think your idea is great that means nothing. Solicit feedback from strangers in your target market, and then make changes!

Getting Attached to a Lousy Design

Schuyler Livingston of Link Product Development told us what happens when DIY-ers make that above mistake of only asking beloved family and friends what they think of their HW baby. They’ll take that design they’re in love with to Livingston and ask him to recreate their idea without changing a thing. This can lead to clinging to a design that is undesirable when compared to alternatives. Or perhaps, the greater application doesn’t have market feasibility to begin with. Then, Livingston and his team have to perform the difficult task of delivering the tough love these entrepreneurs didn’t get from their friends — or even other design firms!

Getting Hosed by Your Contract Manufacturers

Jenney Loper of Zebulon Solutions told us a sad story about a client of hers signing a contract with a manufacturer without having the document vetted by a pro. This client ended up losing all their tools because they signed away the ownership of them. Then, they almost made a similar mistake a second time! Luckily, at that point, Loper was there to step in an make some expert suggestions.

Unwittingly Giving Up Your Right to Seek a Patent

Dave Eyvazzadeh of VOZ Patents shared a story about a prospective client who wanted to get protection for his gizmo by beginning the patent application process. The maker pulled out a YouTube video of his device to explain the concept. That’s when Eyvazzadeh saw the date stamp and realized it was too late; this guy’s IP was actually part of the public domain now. Eyvazzadeh, a patent agent, explained that your first public disclosure starts a clock. Then, if you don’t file an application within 12 months, you forfeit your “patentable rights”. Ouch!

Pitch Competition

Because of aforementioned schedule conflicts, I didn’t get to watch the entire competition TiE Denver was hosting. However, I did happen to see the presentation by the company that won.

TiE Denver

TiE Denver was the organization sponsoring this particular battle, which featured a physical product. Denver is just one of the many chapter hosts of TiE (“The Indus Entrepreneurs”). You can also find these organizations supporting entrepreneurship around the globe, from Atlanta to Frankfurt to Bangalore.

The Winner: Vaporox

Vaporox is building a machine proven to speed the healing of diabetic foot ulcers. Regular treatments in their vapor bath medical device not only helps these types of wounds heal faster — they also increase the chances of these ulcers healing fully. Oftentimes, they don’t. These painful and debilitating effects of diabetes surely deserve some new tech developed to treat them. That said, woah, were the graphic images of these sores difficult to watch. Here’s an image of the machine instead:

<figure class="wp-block-image">Vaporox's machine was vaping-away at the Physical Product Showcase at Denver Startup Week.<figcaption>Vaporox’s machine was vaping-away at the Physical Product Showcase at Denver Startup Week.</figcaption></figure>

Denver Startup Week 2020 Slated for September 14-18

If you’re interested in attending next year, you can pencil September 14th-18th, 2020 into your calendar now. This is one conference I definitely intend to return to in the future!

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by Erin McDermott at October 16, 2019 03:17 PM

The Javelin Blog

Body Compare Analysis in SOLIDWORKS 2020

SOLIDWORKS Body Compare is new for SOLIDWORKS 2020 and is used to compare two groups of bodies that are located in the same part or assembly to find their differences. This feature allows you to even compare your CAD models against a mesh file or a scan file.

Differences are colour coded so you can see where the two bodies don’t match. To compare two bodies, in the Feature Manager design tree, expand the Solid Bodies folder to see all the bodies. For example for the following part, there are two bodies under the solid bodies folder. Gear 1 has sharp edges and Gear 2 has these sharp edges filleted.

Gear 1 Solid Body

Gear 1 Solid Body

Gear 2 Solid Body

Gear 2 Solid Body

The Difference Between Gear 1 and Gear 2 Solid Bodies

The Difference Between Gear 1 and Gear 2 Solid Bodies

How to compare bodies

To compare the two bodies click View > Display > Body Compare. In the PropertyManager, our source body is Gear 1 and our compare body is Gear 2. In the graphics area, the red and yellow colors indicate where Gear 1 and Gear 2 do not match.

Body Compare Property Manager

Body Compare Property Manager

The Results of Body Compare

The Results of Body Compare

After you create a SOLIDWORKS Body Compare analysis, the analysis remains on display in the graphics area. To close the analysis, right-click in the graphics area and click Body Compare .

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at October 16, 2019 12:00 PM

October 15, 2019

The Javelin Blog

Auto-space Components in an Exploded View with SOLIDWORKS 2020

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, for Exploded Views you can turn on the option “Auto-space Components on Drag” even for existing explode steps. You can also select center, rear, or front of the bounding box for the order of auto-spaced components.

To create a new exploded view and explore these options, create a new exploded view from Insert > Exploded view. In the property manager for Explode Step Components, we are selecting 3 components for the following example.

The components for the explode step are selected

The components for the explode step are selected

Then the components are dragged along the Y axis while having the option “Auto-space components on drag” checked. There are three bounding box options for the order of the components: center, rear, or front of the bounding box can be selected.

Bounding Box Options for Auto-space Components on Drag

Bounding Box Options for Auto-space Components on Drag

If you have the “Use Center of Bounding Box to Order Components for Auto-Space” option on, the created step looks as the following image.

Use Center of Bounding Box to Order Components

Use Center of Bounding Box to Order Components

You can see how your exploded step would be different if you used the “Use Rear of Bounding Box to Order Components for Auto-Space” or “Use Front of Bounding Box to Order Components for Auto-Space” options on in the following images.

Use Rear of Bounding Box to Order Components for Auto-Space

Use Rear of Bounding Box to Order Components for Auto-Space

 

Use Front of Bounding Box to Order Components

Use Front of Bounding Box to Order Components

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by Mersedeh Zandvakili at October 15, 2019 12:00 PM

October 14, 2019

SolidSmack

Coca-Cola Introduces New Bottle Design Made From Ocean Plastic Waste

While extremely versatile for a wide range of applications, there’s no denying that poorly-disposed PET plastics are affecting our ocean systems. To help counteract their contribution, Coca-Cola committed to manufacturing all of their bottles with at least 50% recycled plastics by the year 2030.

So far, it looks like they’re on track.

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This month the company introduced a short run of its first bottle design created using recycled plastic waste from the ocean. In total, 300 bottles were produced from marine waste plastic collected by volunteers across 84 beach cleanups in Spain and Portugal.

In partnership with Dutch startup ioniq, the company uses a depolymerization process to break down the PET material into monomers—a process that makes the wasted material usable again in new applications.

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While there are certainly logistical challenges that go along with scaling this process worldwide, Coca-Cola is on track to be the first fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company that uses waste materials in their new packaging.

While it may not be the best solution—some might argue reusable packaging is more eco-friendly—there’s no denying this is a step in the right direction.

Learn more about the recycling process over at ioniqa.

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by Simon Martin at October 14, 2019 04:07 PM

This Epic Racing Drone Was Made Using Fusion 360 and Generative Design

Generative Design

It wasn’t too long ago when the concept of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the capabilities of generative design seemed like some far off sci-fi future. Yet, both technologies are alive and kicking in 2019—and they came together recently to test the implementation of generative design and additive manufacturing capabilities in the field of UAVs.

The Helyx Drone, from Italian design and manufacturing company Sigma Ingegneria, focuses on the development of a First Person View (FPV) drone for racing and freestyle applications.

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Created using Autodesk Fusion 360 (and seen here rendered in Keyshot), the design process took into account three key factors that are fundamental to the development of an FPV chassis: reduced air resistance, reduced weight, and capability of withstanding impacts.

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While the primary purpose of the drone is to test the implementation of generative design and additive manufacturing in the field of UAVs, the Helyx isn’t a slouch when it comes to speed. It can go from 0-100 km/h in just 1.2 seconds and reach speeds of up to 208km/h, making it ideal as a racing and freestyle drone. These insane speeds can be achieved thanks to the drone’s unique geometry, which is meant to distribute the g-forces and weight of the drone evenly.

<figure class="wp-block-image">helyx drone</figure>

Much of Helyx’s uniqueness stems from its web-like cage design—which heavily utilizes the capabilities of generative design and additive manufacturing. Apart from evenly distributing 87.5 grams of weight, the cage also reduces air resistance and allows the drone to withstand strong impacts – something a drone needs when moving at such high speeds.

Three prototypes were made before settling on the final Helyx design. You can see it get more symmetrical as the design process goes on, with more emphasis being put on making the drone look more streamlined and sleek. The final design looks much more relaxed, with completely symmetrical sides made for individual features.

More details can be found on the Helyx drone on its official webpage, where you can view a full 360° orbit view of the drone and check out its many features.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 14, 2019 03:40 PM

The SolidSmack Monday List 42.19 | Stories We’re Reading This Week

James-Dyson

As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

With Xi in Its Corner, the Nike of China Wants to Go Global

Anta is hoping the 2022 Olympic Games and NBA star Klay Thompson will help it best its bigger rivals.

<figure class="aligncenter">With Xi in Its Corner, the Nike of China Wants to Go Global</figure>

Backstage at the Modern

Behind the scenes of the Museum of Modern Art’s reinvention.

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Letter of Recommendation: Stock Trading

I didn’t necessarily want to be rich, or even affluent, so much as I wanted to behave and act like someone who could be or would be someday.

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What Happens When a Vacuum Company Tries to Make an Electric Car

James Dyson has decided to pull the plug on what might have been a historic legacy.

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How to Delegate Work So It Actually Gets Done

If you’ve ever found it difficult to get the results you want from other people, try this simple management technique.

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How to price your freelance services (without getting screwed)

So when I first started as a freelance bookkeeper, I didn’t even know fixed contracts existed…

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by SolidSmack at October 14, 2019 03:12 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mixed Draft and High Quality Mesh

Draft Quality elements provide faster solve times as each tetrahedral element only contain 4 nodes, one at each vertex.  Switching over to High Quality mesh elements is required for accurate stress results, which adds midpoint nodes putting the node count for a tetrahedral element up to 10 nodes.  The increase in Degrees of Freedom causes longer solution times.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Draft Quality (1st Order) Element

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Draft Quality (1st Order) Element

SOLIDWORKS Simulation High Quality (2nd order) Element

SOLIDWORKS Simulation High Quality (2nd order) Element

Mixed Draft and High Quality Mesh

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 introduces a big time-saver for running Linear Static studies with all solid bodies.  Previously a study could only run with all Draft Quality or all High Quality elements.  We would run a study with Draft Quality elements to save time initially to check if the study was set up properly, prior to running the study again with High Quality elements for final results.  SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 can now run a study with a mixture of High Quality and Draft Quality elements.  Only the important components need to be meshed with High Quality elements for accurate stress results.  The components with small bending effects can be left as Draft elements.

Bodies defined as Draft Quality elements show a tetrahedral element icon with straight edges.  Bodies defined as High Quality elements show a tetrahedral element icon with curved edges. In the screenshot below, the orange arrows show Draft and the blue arrows show High.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mixed Mesh

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mixed Mesh

You can switch between element types by right-clicking on a body or multiple bodies in the study tree and ‘Apply Draft Quality Mesh’ or ‘Apply High Quality Mesh’ (depending on its current state).  You can also right-click on the top level ‘Parts’ folder and apply an element type to all bodies.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Apply Draft Quality Mesh

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Apply Draft Quality Mesh

When you go to mesh the model, there will be an additional ‘Mesh Quality’ tab.  This will show a split screen of High Quality and Draft Quality assignments.  You have the option to move items up or down, but it will remember as it was set in the study tree.

NOTE: The Definition tab will no longer show the ‘Draft Quality’ checkbox as this new tab hosts all of the information.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mesh Quality Tab

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mesh Quality Tab

Element Colours

Once meshed, the different elements will show as separate colours.  Orange outlines will be Draft elements and Blue will be High elements.  If all bodies are meshed as Draft, they will still all be shown as Orange which is a nice enhancement as a visual queue that you have meshed the model with Draft only.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mesh Colours

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Mesh Colours

NOTE: Only studies with all Solid elements can take advantage of this functionality.  If some bodies are defined as Shell or Beam elements, you won’t have the ability of mixed mesh.  The option to define the overall mesh as Draft or High quality will still be available in the mesh PropertyManager. Results from Linear Static studies with hybrid meshes are valid as input for dependent study types such as Fatigue, Pressure Vessel, Design, and Submodeling studies.

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at October 14, 2019 12:00 PM

SolidSmack

Autodesk Adds Extensions to Fusion 360

Fusion 360 extensions

Being one of the be-all and end-all applications for designing, Autodesk is expanding its Fusion 360 repertoire by adding extensions. Much like paying a premium subscription for a video streaming service, this feature will provide Fusion 360 subscribers access to more specialized tools which not everyone may need on a daily basis.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Fusion 360 extensions</figure>

Using Cloud Credits you can purchase from the software itself, you can enable these extensions for however long you may need them. Say you’re working on manufacturing a product. By subscribing to the Manufacturing Extension (which just so happens to be Fusion 360’s first extension), you get access to features which let you orient objects for printing, set their printing parameters, create toolpaths, and export your files in 3MF form or straight to specific powder bed metal AM machines.

<figure class="wp-block-image">Fusion 360 extensions</figure>

This is on top of the base Autodesk Fusion 360 features which let you do basic manufacturing, toolpathing, and post processing. According to Senior Marketing Manager Sam Sattel, there is no way Autodesk will isolate the base features of Fusion 360 behind a paywall. The company is still working on improving and adding new features to the base Fusion 360 on top of their new extensions.

While you can activate the Manufacturing Extension for a short-term project, you currently can only do so for a minimum of one month. This will change soon according to Sattel, as Autodesk plans on letting users finely tune their subscriptions according to the months, days, and even hours that they need the extra tools.

With more extensions and improvements on the way, Fusion 360 looks like it will continue being the go-to software for any designer. You can read more on Fusion 360’s upcoming extensions on their official blog post.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at October 14, 2019 02:28 AM

October 13, 2019

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Network License Selection

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is available with various levels of licensing, providing access to specific study types:

When using a SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License that includes a mixture of two or more of these license types, enabling the Simulation add-in would utilize whatever license was free at the time and based on the order selected in your SolidNetWork License Manager Client.  To choose which license to use, you needed to modify the order in the License Manager Client list in the License Order tab.  Then you could enable the Simulation add-in.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 adds the ability to select the license type when you enable the Simulation add-in.  This makes it easier to switch between license types.  Go to the Add-ins tab in the CommandManager and use the dropdown menu under Simulation.  Here you can select the license to use.  Below is an example showing how the SOLIDWORKS Premium license will be used when the add-in is enabled.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Network License Selection

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 Network License Selection

You have the option to move to a higher level Simulation license while the add-in is still enabled.  This would then only utilize the upper level license and release the lower level (if applicable).  Once a higher level license is used, you cannot downgrade a license while the add-in is enabled.  You must disable the add-in, choose the license type and then re-enable the add-in.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium Network License

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium Network License

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at October 13, 2019 12:00 PM

October 12, 2019

CAD Graphics BlogWorks | 3D CAD

New Free Fusion 360 Subscription Types

Autodesk recently announced their Fusion 360 Hobbyist/Startup subscription has been replaced with Fusion 360 for personal use and Fusion 360 for startups . While both new subscriptions remain free, the details for eligibility and qualification have been clarified and should be encouraging to any who might be looking to tap into a this well-established yet burgeoning product.

Of course, eligibility for Fusion 360 for personal use includes any individuals doing home-based non-commercial manufacturing and fabrication, but eligibility might be especially interesting to those who engage in a “Hobby Business”. The qualification details state if you are generating less than $1,000 USD in annual revenue, then you are exempt from the non-commercial requirement. In other words, if you are making less than $1,000 USD a year in your hobby business, then you are eligible to use Fusion 360 for personal use. And if your public-facing web content generates more than $1,000 USD in annual revenue, then Autodesk would love to explore partnership opportunities with you.

Eligibility for Fusion 360 for startups is a bit more predictable, but again with greater clarity of definition. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees, and generating (including parent entities) less than $100,000 UDS in total annual revenue are the basics for eligibility. However it also requires your business to have venture-backed, angel-backed, or bootstrap startup status.

In the six years since its release in November 2012, these interesting adjustments to the Fusion 360 business model foster genuine opportunities for many more to use the product. Both the Fusion 360 for personal use and Fusion 360 for startups are available for a 1-year term, and approval is required for renewal. Also, with the Fusion 360 commercial subscription at $495 / year still being a very reasonable option, the other major CAD platforms should be taking notice.

by Unknown (noreply@blogger.com) at October 12, 2019 10:13 PM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Scale Paper Size in Print Task

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 is an option to scale the paper size in Print Task.

When configuring the Print task, you can select “Scale to fit” or “Scale”. When you select “Scale”, you can select “Allow the user to change the scale” to let the users change the scale at the run time.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Default Scale Options

SOLIDWORKS PDM Default Scale Options

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by Nadeem Akhtar at October 12, 2019 12:00 PM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Quick Search Variable Lists

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 File Explorer’s quick search can now be customized for searching for variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM. To do this, a custom quick search variable list must first be configured in the PDM Administration tool:

  1. Launch the Administration tool and log into your vault. Expand the Lists node
  2. Right click on Quick Search Variable Lists and select New List
SOLIDWORKS PDM Variable List

SOLIDWORKS PDM Variable List

The new list can then be customized as needed – permissions can be assigned, and the variables to be used in the quick search can also be added here.

To use this new search list, it is very simple. Simply log into the local vault view and find the Quick Search bar near the top right hand corner as shown:

New search list

New search list

This improvement to searching is strong as it changes the way searching is conducted in the vault. Using the quick search does not require a data card and hence it is easier to set up and maintain. Training users on effectively working with PDM can make the user more productive as less time is spent searching – leading to more productivity.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Training

Javelin offers various SOLIDWORKS PDM training courses which cover all the new additions and features such as searching within the vault. PDM Administrator training covers topics such as this in great detail and ample examples and exercises are provided for PDM administrators to familiarize themselves with new additions to SOLIDWORKS PDM.

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by Ish at October 12, 2019 12:00 PM

October 11, 2019

Surfacing Site Details

I’m getting a little excited about the release of the new surfacing site. It will be opened up for use in the month of October. While I’m ironing out some…

by matt at October 11, 2019 08:04 PM

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Web2 Version Comment

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Web2, we have the ability to view version comments in the data card of a file.

When a file is selected in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2, under Data Card, in the detail section of the data card, version comment of the file is included.

Version Comment

Version Comment

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by Nadeem Akhtar at October 11, 2019 12:22 PM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Add-in Performance Improvements

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 the performance of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in has improved significantly. Enhancements include the following:

  1. The SOLIDWORKS PDM task pane tree refreshes faster and the commands in the SOLIDWORKS PDM toolbar are correctly enabled in the task pane instantaneously when you select a file.
  2. The data in the task pane tree loads in the background when you select a file in the task pane tree. The calls to the database are eliminated.
  3. In the Feature Manager design tree or in the graphics area, when you right-click a file and select SOLIDWORKS PDM, the menus are correctly enabled.
  4. When you select a file in the graphics area or in the Feature Manager design tree, the file listed in the task pane tree is selected and all the available commands are enabled.
  5. The improved communication between client and the PDM Server delivers a faster experience over all in the CAD add-in similar to the File Explorer.

Watch the video below to learn more about these performance enhancements:

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by Nadeem Akhtar at October 11, 2019 12:00 PM

Installing SQL Server Express and the Management Studio

The SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integral component for administrating SOLIDWORKS PDM, as it allows us to maintain and capture backups of the database.  When installing a new instance of SQL Express for PDM Standard via the installation manager, the management studio is not included and requires a separate download and install.  In this article, we’re going to look at how to install a new instance of SQL and include the SSMS, ahead of installing PDM Standard.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Install options

SOLIDWORKS PDM Install options

How to download and install SQL Server Express with the Management Studio

Choose the download

Choose the download

  • Select New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation
New SQL Server stand-alone installation

New SQL Server stand-alone installation

  • Read and accept the license terms, then select Next.
  • The installer checks for issues, if any are reported; these will need to be resolved before continuing.  If no problems are returned we can hit Next;
Installer checks for issues

Installer checks for issues

  • For Feature Selection, choose;
    • Database Engine Services
    • Client Tools Connectivity
    • Client Tools Backward Compatibility
    • Client Tools SDK
    • Management Tools – Basic
    • Management Tools – Complete
  • Then hit Next
Feature Selection

Feature Selection

  • For Instance Configuration;
    • If a new install we can choose Default Instance
    • If there’s an existing SQL install, we can choose Named instance
Instance Configuration

Instance Configuration

  • For Server Configuration, set the following;
    • SQL Server Database Engine:
      • Account Name: NT Service\MSSQL$[INSTANCENAME]
      • Startup Type: Automatic
    • SQL Server Browser:
      • Account Name: NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE
      • Startup Type: Automatic
  • Hit Next;
Server Configuration

Server Configuration

  • For Database Engine Configuration, select the following;
    • Authentication Mode
      • Choose Mixed Mode
      • Enter a STRONG password for the sa (system administration) account
    • Specify SQL Server Administrators
      • Add the local administrator account
  • Hit Next
Database Engine Configuration

Database Engine Configuration

  • Installs will begin…..when complete, click Close;
When complete, click Close

When complete, click Close

and a new instance of SQL will be installed, complete with the management studio;

SQL Server Installed

SQL Server Installed

Now, when installing PDM standard we can choose the already created instance of SQL Express;

Installing SOLIDWORKS PDM standard

Installing SOLIDWORKS PDM standard

 

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by Justin Williams at October 11, 2019 12:00 PM

October 10, 2019

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Update frequently asked questions

Get your SOLIDWORKS 2020 Update frequently asked questions answered below:


SOLIDWORKS 2020 Update General Information

Review our SOLIDWORKS 2020 update general topic questions:

How can I learn about the new features in SOLIDWORKS 2020?

What Windows Operating Systems will be supported by SOLIDWORKS 2020?

The following operating systems are supported by SOLIDWORKS 2020:

  • Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
  • Windows 10, 64-bit
*SOLIDWORKS 2020 is not supported on Windows 8.1
*Windows Home Editions are not supported
*Only Microsoft Windows networking is supported
*Novell networks and non-Windows network storage devices are not supported
*IMPORTANT: Windows 7 support will end with SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5

Please see the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements for additional information.

Are Virtual Environments Supported?

Only select Virtual Environments are supported.  Please see the SOLIDWORKS Virtual Environments support page.

NOTE – Virtual environments require a certified GPU for proper performance of SOLIDWORKS, eDrawings and Draftsight.

Certified GPU drivers for virtual environments can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Hardware Certification page.

(Choose “Virtual Desktop” from the Computer Vendor dropdown)

Will SOLIDWORKS 2020 files open in previous major releases (i.e. in SOLIDWORKS 2019)?

The Previous Release Interoperability functionality allows 2020 parts and assemblies to be opened in SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5, with limited functionality.

Can I run any third party add-in or custom program with SOLIDWORKS 2020?

  • SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner companies have 30 days from the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020 to support the latest version. Check with the Gold Partner that their add-in product is compatible before upgrading. Click here for Gold Partner product details.  Select “Refine your Search with Criteria” and click the checkbox “Show Certified GOLD Partner Products Only”
  • Support Partner (Non-Gold) companies support the latest release on their own schedule. Check with the Solution Partner that their add-in product is compatible with SOLIDWORKS 2020 before upgrading. Click here for Solution Partner product details
  • Custom programs/add-ins should be checked to ensure they are compatible with the latest release.


SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation

Review our SOLIDWORKS 2020 update installation frequently asked questions:

What is the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Manager?

Each release of SOLIDWORKS has its own Installation Manager.  This is a standalone application that can download/update/upgrade/install/modify/repair all SOLIDWORKS products.  It can be used to create and manage administrative images and standalone installs all within the same user interface.  The Installation Manager can be downloaded from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for each version/service pack.

How does the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Manager work?

The SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Manager uses Windows Installer and installs all products silently passing the required parameters to the installations.  You can specify a folder location for the installation.  This location will be used as the root folder for the installation of all products.

The list of installed programs within the Windows Control Program will show a single line for SOLIDWORKS 2020.  This can be used to modify or uninstall any of the SOLIDWORKS Products within a single interface.

What should I do before I upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2020?

Review our SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Checklist and PDM Upgrade Checklist articles prior to an upgrade.

What’s the recommended installation procedure, to upgrade or to perform a new installation?

Both installation methods are supported. Updating your existing SOLIDWORKS installation can be done if users no longer require the prior version still on their system.  A new installation will leave existing installations and install separately.

Can I have more than one version of SOLIDWORKS installed on my system at the same time?

Yes, it is possible to have multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS on the same system.  During install, choose the option for a new installation and specify separate paths for the install directory and the Toolbox directory.

Review the section “Installing SOLIDWORKS with Unique Install Directories” in our SOLIDWORKS Installation & Setup FAQs found on our Technical Support page.

Can I directly upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2020 from SOLIDWORKS 2018 or prior?

You do have an option to perform a direct upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2020 from a major version prior to SOLIDWORKS 2019.

If you are skipping several major versions (i.e. SOLIDWORKS 2016 to 2020), it’s typically best to uninstall your current version and install the latest version as a new installation.

To ensure a clean installation of SOLIDWORKS 2020, review our SOLIDWORKS Complete Uninstall Guide to remove all previous installations.

How do I upgrade a SOLIDWORKS Toolbox database in a shared environment?

When a SOLIDWORKS Toolbox directory is located on a shared server location, upgrading the local client SOLIDWORKS installation may not update the database.  Review our Toolbox Upgrade article for steps to upgrade the Toolbox.

Where can I find more information on SOLIDWORKS Installations?

Review our Installation Guides on our Support page:

For more detailed information on installations, review the SOLIDWORKS Administration Guides.


SOLIDWORKS 2020 Standalone Licensing – Node Locked

Review our SOLIDWORKS 2020 update frequently asked questions for standalone licensing:

Do I need a new serial number to install SOLIDWORKS 2020?

If your license includes Subscription Service, your existing serial number will automatically be upgraded for SOLIDWORKS 2020.  During the installation and activation, the serial number will be authenticated for its validity with the SOLIDWORKS 2020 release.

What is Product Activation?

Product activation is a secure, hassle-free process that authenticates licensed users during the installation process. For more information regarding product activation please refer to the SOLIDWORKS Activation FAQ.

If I do not have internet access on my SOLIDWORKS workstation, how will I activate my product?

Activation requires an internet connection or email access. After successful activation, you do not need to be online to use the products.

If you do not have internet access on the computer where SOLIDWORKS is installed, you can choose the Manual activation method to Save an activation request file.  This file can be transferred to another computer with internet access (i.e. via a USB key).  Email the file to activation@solidworks.com.  You will receive an email response within a few minutes with an activation response file.  Copy this file back to the SOLIDWORKS workstation and continue through the Manual activation method but select to Open the authorized activation file.


SOLIDWORKS 2020 SolidNetWork Licensing (SNL) – Floating

Review our SOLIDWORKS 2020 update frequently asked questions for SNL:

How is network (floating) licensing handled in SOLIDWORKS 2020?

SOLIDWORKS 2020 continues to use the same SolidNetWork License Manager to provide network licenses for all SOLIDWORKS products.  SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and PDM Professional licenses use the same SolidNetWork License Manager in 2020.

  1. A server on your network hosts the SolidNetWork License Manager Server application for activation of all network licenses
  2. Clients connected to the same network obtain licenses from the server on opening SOLIDWORKS.  When SOLIDWORKS is closed, the license is returned to the server.
  3. License borrowing is available to lock licenses to a machine when disconnected from the network

What Operating Systems are supported for the SolidNetWork License Manager?

Review the section “SOLIDWORKS Network License Server” on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

Can SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Composer, Electrical, PCB, Plastics, CAM, Visualize and PDM products run from one license manager tool?

Yes, users can manage all SOLIDWORKS product licenses using one utility.  During installation, you can enter multiple serial numbers separated by commas.  You will need to install the License Manager on a server, accessible by all clients.  Please review the “SOLIDWORKS Installation Guide Network License” on our Support page.

Why are the clients not able to obtain a SOLIDWORKS license from the server?

Firewalls may be preventing the communication between the client and server machines.  Review our SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager Troubleshooting article for possible solutions.

Do clients have access to view licenses currently in use?

Yes, SOLIDWORKS client installations will include a SolidNetWork License Manager Client application.  This can be accessed through Windows Start > SOLIDWORKS 2020 Tools > SolidNetWork License Manager Client 2020.  Check the License Usage tab and select the required product from the dropdown.

Can the 2020 SolidNetWork License Manager support prior versions of SOLIDWORKS?

Yes, the License Manager is backwards compatible so the SOLIDWORKS 2020 License Manager will support all earlier versions of the software (since activation was introduced in 2008).

However the License Manager will always need to be on the same major version or newer.  For example, SOLIDWORKS 2020 will not work with the 2019 SolidNetWork License Manager.

Why do I see extra SOLIDWORKS Standard licenses on the “License Usage” tab in the SolidNetwork License Manager?

A SOLIDWORKS Standard license is always required to be checked out when opening SOLIDWORKS.  When an add-in that requires a higher license is enabled, the Professional or Premium license is checked out, but it keeps a Standard license checked out at the same time.

For example if you have purchased one (1) SOLIDWORKS Standard license and two (2) SOLIDWORKS Premium licenses, the License Manager will show a total of three (3) Standard licenses since two are required for the Premium version.

What is the “License Order” tab in the SolidNetwork License Manager?

The License Order tab allows you to change the order of product taken from the server if multiple levels of products are available on the network.  For example, Simulation products have various levels (SOLIDWORKS Premium, Simulation Standard, Simulation Professional, Simulation Premium).  This can also apply to other licenses such as SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard and Visualize Professional.

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, the Simulation add-in was enhanced for the ability to choose which license to use when enabling the add-in, rather than needing to use the License Order tab.

What is the “License Borrowing” tab in the Network License Manager?

If a computer will be disconnected from the network due to travel or working from home, you can borrow a license for a specified period.  This locks a SOLIDWORKS license on the computer and allow you to launch the program without being connected to your work network.

Borrowing a Professional or Premium license automatically borrows the pre-requisite SOLIDWORKS Standard license.

How do I upgrade to the 2020 SolidNetWork License Manager?

You can upgrade an existing SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager to a new version using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager, rather than uninstalling the previous version.

IMPORTANT: Once the upgrade is complete, reactivate the License Manager to obtain the 2020 licenses.

Can I use a remote desktop application to install and activate the License Manager on a server?

Avoid using a remote desktop application as this can cause a change to the Computer Identifier of the server during activation. This may cause a mismatch of the hardware ID and an Activation Count Exceeded error may occur and the activation will fail.

Where can I find more information about SolidNetWork License installations?

Review our “SOLIDWORKS Installation Network License” document on our Support page


SOLIDWORKS 2020 Activation

Review our SOLIDWORKS 2020 update activation procedures for standalone and network licenses.

Standalone License:

To activate a standalone license:

  1. Start SOLIDWORKS and add-on required (i.e. Simulation).
  2. If you have not yet activated your license, the Product Activation dialog box appears.
  3. Choose the Automatic (recommended) or Manual option.
    Automatic – Submit the request automatically over the internet (requires internet connection)
    Manual – Click Save to create a file, and then send the file to activation@solidworks.com from another computer that has internet access. When you receive the response file, typically within minutes of the initial submission, copy to the client machine and run the activation procedure again and click Open to load the response file.
  4. The Activation/Reactivate Succeeded dialog box displays the products that have been activated.

To transfer a standalone license:

  1. Open SOLIDWORKS on the activated computer
  2. Go to Help > Licenses > Deactivate…
  3. Choose the license to transfer (or select all)
  4. Choose the Automatic or Manual option
  5. Once the transfer is successful, install and activate on the new computer

Network Licensing:

To activate a network license:

  1. Install the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager from the Installation Manager, Server Products
  2. Open the SolidNetWork License Manager Server 2020 from Windows Start > SOLIDWORKS Tools 2020.
  3. Choose Yes when prompted “Would you like to activate now?”
  4. Choose the Automatic (recommended) or Manual option.
    Automatic – Submit the request automatically over the internet (requires internet connection)
    Manual – Click Save to create a file, and then send the file to activation@solidworks.com from another computer that has internet access. When you receive the response file, typically within minutes of the initial submission, copy to the client machine and run the activation procedure again and click Open to load the response file.
  5. The Activation/Reactivate Succeeded dialog box displays the products that have been activated.

To transfer a network license from a server:

  1. Open the SolidNetWork License Manager on the server
  2. On the ‘Server Administration’ tab, click Modify
  3. Select ‘Move your product license(s) to a new/upgraded computer
  4. Choose the Automatic or Manual method and follow the steps
  5. Install and activate the License Manager on a new server
  6. Point all client machines to the new server by opening the SolidNetWork License Manager Client on each machine and add the new server name in the Server List tab

For more information, please review our “SOLIDWORKS Installation Guide Network License” on our Support page


SOLIDWORKS 2020 Online Licensing

Review our SOLIDWORKS 2020 update activation procedures for online licenses.

What is Online Licensing?

Online licensing was introduced with SOLIDWORKS 2018 where you can simply log in on opening SOLIDWORKS to use your license.  Activation is not required so you can log in to SOLIDWORKS from different machines to have access.  Only one machine can have an active session at one time.  Closing SOLIDWORKS will end the session and allow another machine to be logged in.

Specific licenses are assigned to different users, so the proper license is obtained when logging in.  This is specified when setting up online licensing.  This will only apply to standalone licenses (not network/floating licenses).

Review our SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing articles for more information.

Can I use Online Licensing with SOLIDWORKS 2017 or earlier?

No, online licensing is only available for SOLIDWORKS 2018 and onward.  You will still need to use activation-based licensing for prior versions.

How do I enable Online Licensing?

By default, standalone licenses will be set to the original activation-based structure.  The license can be changed to Online by accessing the Admin Portal from a registered My.SolidWorks.com account.

Do I need an internet connection to use Online Licensing?

Yes, you require access to the internet while using the online license.  There are “heartbeats” to the SOLIDWORKS server to verify that you are still have an internet connection.  A warning will be given after 15 minutes of lost connection.  After 30 minutes you will be prompted to save all work and asks to shutdown SOLIDWORKS.

What if I need to go offline and still use SOLIDWORKS?

The license can be obtained when connected online and then set to offline mode.  This will lock the license to the machine for up to 30 days, so you can use SOLIDWORKS without an internet connection.

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at October 10, 2019 03:02 PM

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Hardware Recommendations

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS 2020 hardware.  Browse through this FAQ for more detailed information.

  • Processor: 3 GHz or higher clock speed (preferably over 4GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Memory: 32GB (16GB minimum)
  • Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD), maintaining at least 20GB free space
  • Graphics Card:
    • Standard assemblies: NVIDIA Quadro P1000 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100
    • Large assemblies with simple parts: NVIDIA Quadro P2000 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
    • Large assemblies with complex parts: NVIDIA Quadro P4000/5000 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200/9100
    • SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020: NVIDIA Quadro P4000/5000 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200/9100
  • Internet Connection: High speed broadband connection for downloading service packs
  • File Storage: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

What are the minimum hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2020?

The minimum requirements can be found on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

What Processor (CPU) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2020?

SOLIDWORKS supports both Intel and AMD processors.

The rebuild process in SOLIDWORKS is inherently linear (parent/child relationship of features) and therefore can only use a single core.  Rebuild performance can be increased by having a faster clock speed of the CPU.

Some functionality can leverage multi-thread technology and share the workload over multiple processor cores.  Products such as SOLIDWORKS Simulation and PhotoView 360 can take advantage of multi-threading, as can other areas like the user interface activities.  Having more processor cores can improve performance in these scenarios.

Keep in mind that the fastest machine is no substitute for good design practices.  Minimizing in-context references, utilizing large assembly modes and other performance tools will reduce the load on the processor.  Javelin’s Large Assembly Service can dramatically improve your productivity by improving performance of assemblies through different techniques.

You can test and compare performance of your hardware using the SOLIDWORKS Performance Test and PassMark benchmark tool.

What Operating System is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2020?

SOLIDWORKS 2020 is officially supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
  • Windows 10, 64-bit
Note: Windows Home editions are not supported
Note: Windows 8.1 support ended with SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5
*IMPORTANT: Windows 7 will end support with SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5

eDrawings and eDrawings Professional 2020 are supported on all operating systems listed above as well as macOS 10.13 or higher.

Does SOLIDWORKS 2020 work in virtual environments?

Only specific virtual environments are supported.  Visit the SOLIDWORKS Virtual Environment Support page for more details.

Does SOLIDWORKS support Windows Home Editions?

No, SOLIDWORKS does NOT support Windows Home Editions.  You may not encounter any issues using a Windows Home Edition version, however SOLIDWORKS does not guarantee proper functionality using this unsupported operating system.

How much Memory (RAM) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2020?

The minimum requirement of RAM indicated on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page is at least 16GB.  However larger models and simulation studies may require more memory.  To avoid running out of memory for growing models, consider installing 32GB.  It’s best to split this between fewer memory chips to leave room for possible expansion in the future, for example install two 16 GB memory chips.

What type of Hard Drive is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2020?

For best performance, a Solid-State Drive (SSD) can provide up to 10x faster performance for open/save tasks compared to a standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD).  SSDs have come down in price over the years and are worth the investment.

Also note that opening files from a local SSD drive compared to opening from a standard disk drive on a network server can be up to 100x faster.  Why do assemblies take longer to open over a network?

Be sure to maintain enough hard drive space after installing for Windows to run effectively.  Keep at least 20GB or 10% of your hard drive capacity as free space.

For even greater performance, you can consider using a PCIe connected hard drive instead of SATA.  These are physically connected to the motherboard, instead of using cables, but does come at a cost.  Also, you may wish to research into using RAID storage (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) to improve performance and security.

What type of Graphics Card is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2020?

The NVIDIA Quadro, AMD FirePro or AMD Radeon Pro series are certified graphics cards for SOLIDWORKS.  A graphics card with hardware OpenGL acceleration will provide superior performance and stability, especially in 3D model viewing (refresh, rotate, zoom, pan).

The NVIDIA Quadro P, GP, GV and RTX series are the latest to be releases.

The AMD Radeon Pro WX series is the latest release.

While a high-end graphics card sounds like it will give much better performance, the amount of money involved won’t see a dramatic boost.  Investing in a faster CPU and SSD drive will provide much greater gain in performance.

For SOLIDWORKS Visualize users, renderings leverage the GPU directly so investing in a powerful graphics card is beneficial.  All past versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize supported NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards.  However ONLY SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 supports AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards.

A full list of certified graphics cards and its associated certified driver for each SOLIDWORKS version can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Graphics Card Drivers page.  Certified drivers will only be provided for the latest three major releases of SOLIDWORKS.

Graphics cards designed for “gaming” or multi-media applications, such as NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon cards (not Radeon Pro), do NOT offer maximum performance or stability for SOLIDWORKS. These cards are optimized for a low number of polygons displayed on the screen, but at a high frame rate. CAD applications have the opposite requirement, where polygon count is high (the detail in your design model) but the image does not change rapidly so high frame rates are not as critical.  Using a certified graphics card and driver combo will yield the most stable platform for running SOLIDWORKS.

The use of two physical graphics cards is not recommended for SOLIDWORKS.  SOLIDWORKS does not take advantage of the second card.

What versions of Microsoft Office are compatible with SOLIDWORKS 2020?

SOLIDWORKS has the capability of using Microsoft Excel to create BOMs, Design Tables, and more.  After a new Microsoft Office major version is released, SOLIDWORKS must perform tests and therefore will not be certified on the given service pack at the time.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 is compatible with Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 and 2019.  Check the Microsoft Products table on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

Should I store my files locally on my computer or on a network drive?

For maximum performance and stability, files should be worked on locally. Files opened and saved directly over a network connection will always be slower than a local drive and increases the chance of file corruption.  Data management products such as SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional automatically manage the movement of files from network servers to local disk drives to ensure maximum performance and stability. This is one of the many key benefits of a data management system. Learn more about SOLIDWORKS PDM.

What is the difference between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is included with licenses of SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium.  This provides easy access to standard data management and revision control functionality.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional adds more functionality such as multi-site replication and automation.

Read our SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional Comparison article for further detail.

What are the hardware recommendations for SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020?

Javelin recommends using a dedicated server for running the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault. Besides allowing for maximum performance for the CAD users, using a dedicated server provides version/revision control, workflow process management and custom property management.  Check the server requirements on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

Javelin provides PDM Implementation and Upgrade Services to have you setup quickly and efficiently.

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at October 10, 2019 01:50 PM

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Child Reference State Conditions

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 we have the ability to define child reference state conditions, to prevent parent files from being transitioned before all the requirements are met.  In the example we’re going to use in this article, we’ve got the parent assembly; Light.SLDASM and we want to ensure that the assembly doesn’t get transitioned through Submit for Approval ahead of all it’s child reference parts and sub-assemblies being approved…this way the assembly and drawing can be rebuilt and updated ahead of being approved.

How to define Child Reference State Conditions

In this example, let’s use the Default vault setup.  The corresponding CAD workflow is Default Workflow, and we want all child files to be in the Approved state ahead of the parent being able to transition through Submit for Approval.

  • Administration Tool > Workflows > Default Workflow
Default Workflow

Default Workflow

We would like to prevent the parent assembly from transitioning through Submit for Approval so we’ll modify the properties of the transition and add a condition

  • Default Wokflow > Submit for Approval
    • Conditions
Submit for Approval

Submit for Approval

  • Conditions > <Click here to add a condition>
    • Variable = Child Reference Current State
    • Comparison = Text Equal To
    • Value = Default Workflow.Approved
Default Workflow.Approved

Default Workflow.Approved

Under Configuration / Path we could use wildcards and specify a file name or pattern etc, for example “%.sldprt” to limit this condition to just part files, but for this example we’ll leave it blank to apply to all child reference files.

  • Hit OK, then Save and close the workflow

Success!  The result is; we cannot transition the Light assembly until all it’s corresponding child references are in the Approved state.

cannot transition the Light assembly until all it's corresponding child references are in the Approved state

Cannot transition the Light assembly until all it’s corresponding child references are in the Approved state

This just blew my mind!  Where can I learn more about customizing the workflow to increase efficiency?

Thanks for asking, here at Javelin we offer an Administering SOLIDWORKS PDM Course where Workflow creation and features like creating an automatic revision numbering system and much more are covered in detail, helping you to customize the vault to your company’s specific needs, and getting the vault to do the work so you don’t have to.

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by Justin Williams at October 10, 2019 12:00 PM