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December 02, 2020

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

Make Your Team a Lean Mean Production Machine

Today’s engineering and manufacturing companies want to maintain consistent and high-level business operations despite unforeseen disruptions. Key challenges are typically related to safety, skill gaps in the workforce, lack of automation, and disconnected company communication.

Technology itself is not the entire answer.

While technology is an enabling tool for development and production teams, which are the lifeblood of sustainable operations, finding other creative and flexible ways to collaborate and solve problems is critical to success.

Regular conference calls do not adequately provide the formal structure required for productive discussion and problem-solving. Plus, they don’t help reinforce behaviors related to Lean principles and improvement. And, most employees are dealing with overwhelming amounts of data and complexity, which can kill productivity.

How can teams perform at their very best when members are physically and psychologically disconnected?

Built-in Lean Thinking

Delmia’s Lean Team Player on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform empowers your team to find new ways to innovate by bringing people together in a structure that guides discovery, analysis, and problem-solving.

Teams need to engage, regardless of location, in interactive ways where technology guides and captures the discussion instead of merely enabling it.

It is important to make information accessible to key stakeholders (who may not be engineers or designers) so everyone can visualize what is happening to solve problems and find new ways to innovate. Lean Team Player makes Lean principles a natural outcome of team engagement so improvement becomes second nature instead of a forced or stilted part of the process.

Impromptu Meetings

Let’s face it: Many meetings happen spontaneously in the lunchroom, hallway, or other nontraditional spaces, regardless of the shift. Team members address current issues, such as What is going on right now? What problems surfaced during the previous shift? What about production status? in these “pop-up” meetings.

These are often (and literally) stand-up meetings. Team members are quick and to the point, tackling issues that need to be solved immediately. Lean Team Player enables the same spontaneity to quickly build a meeting agenda, highlight issues and challenges, and capture actions and assignments so nothing falls through the cracks.

Lean Team Player provides the simplest of meeting tools: a digital whiteboard, marker, and sticky notes. The objective is to provide an environment to facilitate natural interactions and allow everyone to engage productively. Work-availability metrics, real-time, shop-floor views, and more enable accurate decision-making.

When everyone can see what’s going on in the moment, the team has more interpersonal interactions from a more accurate and shared understanding.

Long-range project plans and milestones are not lost: Lean Team Player makes adhering to or beating milestones easier. Everything you share in a Lean Team Player meeting, whether it is a video, 3D model, Excel file, or other content, can be marked up and added to task lists.

Keep Things Moving Forward

Effective problem solving is a learned behavior. Lean Team Player provides the structure and guidance to provide that learning opportunity to every team interaction. In fact, there isn’t any aspect of business that won’t benefit from teams engaging more effectively with Lean principles.

Quickly diagnose problems every time you encounter challenges. Using Lean Team Player, your team can interactively brainstorm possible symptoms and issues to narrow down potential root causes. Then, Lean Team Player enables team members to seamlessly jump into rich 3D content to visualize the situation and more rapidly come to a conclusion and resolve the issue quickly.

According to surveys, 85 percent of team members feel more engaged in meetings, and 92 percent of team members find that Lean Team Player has a positive impact on their daily tasks. And Lean Team Player can be leveraged in virtually any industry.

To learn more about Lean Team Player, contact your local reseller.

 

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Michael Buchli
Michael Buchli has 20 years of design and manufacturing experience throughout the Midwest ranging from Aerospace to recycling systems. A number of those years were spent learning and understanding workflows and processes to improve efficiency and productivity. From running CNC equipment to welding and painting Michael has been hands-on in all aspects of bringing products to market. Michael is also certified in many areas of mfg and a CSWP. He has also written the CAMWorks Handbook.

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by Michael Buchli at December 02, 2020 01:00 PM

December 01, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

What’s New in 3D Sheet Metal Creator

3D Sheet Metal Creator was introduced back in July of 2020 with the release of 2021x FD01. This role offers a comprehensive toolset specific to sheet metal design for press brake manufactured components, assemblies, and enclosures.

The best part is that 3D Sheet Metal Creator offers engineers and designers a complete workflow to create production-ready sheet metal designs entirely from a web browser!

Since the introduction of this role, there have been two other Functional Deliveries (FD02 and FD03). Let’s take a look at some of the awesome new tools and features that these two updates delivered.

One of the most important and requested features since the launch of this role was the ability to save the flatten state of the sheet metal model as a DXF file.  Well, it didn’t take long before this option became available. Users can opt to save the flattened view of the model as a DXF since FD02. This enables downstream manufacturing with direct export from 3D Sheet Metal Creator.

You can also reuse existing model data and reduce modeling time by converting models to sheet metal geometry using the new Recognize feature.  This allows for either geometry made in other 3D Experience Design roles or even sheet metal models created in other 3D Desktop applications and convert them into a sheet metal body inside 3D Sheet Metal Creator.

Another great new enhancement in 3D Sheet Metal Creator FD02 was the ability to create User Stamps.  This new feature eliminates the need for complex modeling techniques to create models that contained stamped geometry and allows users to utilize their favorite suppliers’ tool geometry to form your sheet metal model.  Have a library of stamps and formed tools?  Bring it into 3DEXPERIENCE and keep using it, as long as it is a solid body it can be used regardless of the application it was designed in.

For anyone that works with surface models and needs to reuse those models or convert them into sheet metal geometry, FD02 also introduced the new Convert Surface command.  This increases the design productivity by using existing surfaces and simply converting them into sheet metal geometry, more like formed sheet metal geometry than press brake manufacturing but will be very beneficial to have additional design options.

In addition, the Check Overlapping feature was introduced in FD02. This great new feature allows users do a quick sanity check to eliminate design errors and reduce costly manufacturing delays due to overlapping geometry when parts are formed. Just like we like to use the interference detection feature when making assemblies to make sure that all parts fit properly, this new feature allows users to make sure that parts can be flattened and formed without any unexpected or unidentified overlaps.

Sketch tools are the most important tools of any design application. This is why in FD03 new sketch commands such as parallelogram, midpoint centerline slot, three point arc slot, and center arc slot were added to all of the 3D EXPERIENCE Design applications including 3D Sheet Metal Creator. The list continues to grow to sketch smarter and save your valuable time.

3D Sheet Metal Creator, as well as 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor, each have Design Assistant capabilities to improve and save time in user interface everyday tools and features. In FD03, this design assistant adds automatic edge recognition when creating a sheet metal chamfer or corner. Subtle but very important new functionality that will save tons of clicks and extend your mouse battery life!

With its growing solution portfolio and secure cloud technology, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables you to manage all facets of your product development process while reducing infrastructure costs, IT overhead, software maintenance and complexity. All 3DEXPERIENCE solutions work together seamlessly, simplifying data management, sharing and collaboration across your entire business ecosystem.

Interested in trying out this fantastic sheet metal, 100% web-based design tool?  Request a 7 Day Free Trial of 3D Sheet Metal Creator.

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Juan Chapa
Juan Chapa
Juan Chapa has been using SolidWorks since 2006 and his background includes design and simulation in heavy machinery and food processing equipment. Juan worked as an Elite Application Engineer with a SolidWorks Valued Added Reseller for 12 years assisting customers with training, technical support, and implementation services. He joined the DASSAULT SYSTEMES SolidWorks team as an Industry Process Consultant in March of 2020. Juan resides in the Rio Grande Valley in the great state of Texas and specializes in 3DEXPERIENCE Works, Data Management, Simulation, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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by Juan Chapa at December 01, 2020 04:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

Powersports Athlete Inspires Amputees to Stay in the Game

Mike Schultz has been involved in powersports as far back as he can remember. He got serious about motocross in high school, which quickly evolved into racing snowmobiles. Schultz fought hard to work his way up the ranks of the racing circuit, and he ended up regularly traveling nationally and internationally to race snowmobiles. “I was living my dream as one of the best snocross racers in the world,” says Schultz.

A Different Kind of Injury

In 2008, Schultz had just signed with a new racing team. On the second round of the International Series of Champions (ISOC) Snocross Championship, he got a horrible start and decided to push hard to make up lost time. While racing down rough terrain Schultz hit a dip on the track and was catapulted from his snowmobile.

He landed with all his weight on his left leg, which was fully extended on impact. The extreme force caused his leg to crumple. “My foot ended up on top of my chest in the wrong direction,” recounts Schultz. “I [literally] kicked myself in the chin with my toe.”

Schultz had broken many bones in his racing career, but this injury was a far cry from a simple bone fracture. To survive the crash, his left leg had to be amputated about three inches above the knee.

Always Move Forward

Schultz’s dad said that one of the first things his son said after waking up from the surgery was, “Get on with life.” In the spring of 2009, Schultz got up on his first prosthetic leg. A few months later, he realized he needed something better: a prosthetic that would enable him to get back into powersports. Schultz was convinced he could design one himself.

As a powersports athlete, Schultz knew how his body needed to function to be successful on the racetrack. He also understood suspension and the various mechanical components of his racing machines. Now his task was applying that understanding to building a new leg.

With a natural interest in how things work, his training from a ninth-grade drafting class, and lots of paper (and even more erasers), Schultz designed a new leg that would enable him to continue doing the things he loved. After six weeks of drawing and redrawing a solution, Schultz knew his invention would soon get him back into powersports.

Seven months after his injury, Schultz competed in the Summer XGames supercross event and won a silver medal—on the leg he designed in his garage.

Who Else Needs Help?

That’s when Schultz began to fully grasp that his prosthetic device could help more people than just himself.

Schultz knew there were a lot of amputees who wanted to snowboard or do other activities, and he also had a special passion for helping veterans. Schultz started thinking about how he could make the equipment more versatile. In early 2010 he started a company called BioDapt with the goal of creating the highest performance lower-limb prosthetic equipment for action and powersport activities on the market.

Facing Design Challenges

Schultz explains what he wants from his 2D drawings to his company’s design team, and a CAD designer builds the design in 3D. “SOLIDWORKS makes the process so much easier and quicker and allows us to do so many more things,” Schultz enthuses. “We can build the assemblies virtually and then digitally test them with SOLIDWORKS Simulation to see where the weak points are.”

One of the design challenges with VF (Versa Foot) 2 is creating a compact design that is also strong. In some situations the VF2 must handle stresses of 500+ pounds with dynamic loads. Another design challenge is the unique track roller system of the Moto Knee. “Basically, we have two inches of travel in this shock and I have to translate that into 130 degrees of movement at the knee joint,” says Schultz.

SOLIDWORKS enables BioDapt to work together while in the office or on the road, which is a common scenario for Schultz. “Having the ability to communicate with these files back and forth while traveling is really key to keeping the design process moving forward all the time.”

Opening Doors for Others

Schultz’s wife Sara has witnessed many new customers putting on a BioDapt prosthetic for the first time: “You see them light up because now they have the opportunity to do what they love to do.” People tell Schultz, “you have changed my life.”

At the 2018 Paralympic games in snowboarding, nine athletes got on the podium with a total of eleven medals—all were wearing BioDapt equipment.

“That was a really proud moment for me and the rest of my company,” says Schultz. “Winning [a medal myself] is pretty awesome, but when you can have a positive effect on a lot of other people—that is priceless.”

Schultz continues to build versatility into his prosthetics because he wants them to enable wearers to engage in as many sports and activities as possible. Today, the Moto Knee can be used for snowboarding, skiing, cycling, off-road motorcycling, ATV, weight training, horseback riding, and water sports. And the list continues to grow as BioDapt forges onward in research and development to help as many people as possible.

Click here if you want to learn more about BioDapt. To learn more about SOLIDWORKS, contact your local reseller.

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at December 01, 2020 01:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Graphical Manipulator in Structure System

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the ability to drag and rotate a structure system structural member using graphical manipulators.  This can make it easier to make quick offsets or rotations without using the selected Pierce Point.  Here’s how:

  1. Expand the Structure System folder in the feature tree, and edit any of the members.  Alternately, you can edit the members’ containing folder in order to affect all members within that folder with the same offset/rotate.
  2. Select the Profile tab.  This makes the graphical manipulator appear.
  3. Drag the manipulator arrows to translate, or its ring to rotate.
SOLIDWORKS structure system graphical manipulator

How to enable the structure system graphical manipulator

Dragging the manipulator will result in an update under the Pierce Point and Profile Alignment sections of the property manager.  Alternately, we can enter exact values in the manager if needed.

Property manager gets updated

Weldment property manager gets updated

Learn more Weldments tricks and tips, including Structure Systems, in our SOLIDWORKS Weldments online training course!

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by John Lee, CSWE at December 01, 2020 01:00 PM

November 30, 2020

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

Webinar Alert: Learn More About Cloud-Based Design Tools

Now more than ever, people are seeing first-hand the benefits of cloud-based design. With amazing benefits like being able to work from anywhere with an internet connection or actually getting to choose what kind of device you work with, it’s no wonder cloud-based design is turning more heads than ever. But, even with those amazing benefits and many more, some are less willing to make a change. After all, sticking with what is familiar may seem link the safest move.

If 2020 has taught us anything, however, it is that today’s landscape in business is in a constant state of flux. The businesses that were quick to adopt new technology and transform the way they did business were handsomely rewarded. Those that “played it safe” holding on to antiquated processes, were in many cases, left behind.

What is different about cloud-based design?

The simple answer is nothing. That’s right, if you already know how to use SOLIDWORKS, then you know how to use 3D Creator. As part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio of these cloud-based design tools were designed to parallel the existing tools that have been designers’ favorites for nearly two decades. Not only does this allow for easy adoption, it extends the amazing built-in data management and collaboration capabilities to any user.

Want to explore the latest cloud-based design tools have to offer and boost your team’s productivity? Register for the Cloud-Based Design webinar on Tuesday December, 1st at 11 AM EST. In this webinar, you will be joined by two technical experts who will take you along a design journey using many of the entirely cloud-based roles and apps to create a circular saw.

Starting with 3DSculptor, we will dive into our latest sub-D tool and use it to craft an ergonomic and organic-shaped handle for the circular saw. Connecting the handle to the body of the main assembly will be accomplished with the help of 3D Creator. You will feel right at home as many of the features mirror the SOLIDWORKS that you know and love. With 3D Sheetmetal Creator, look on as the base plate of the circular saw is crafted with manufacturing in mind. Nothing wraps up a story with a shiny ribbon quite like 3D Render Professional. This is where the magic of cloud-based computing really shines. No pun intended. Explore how creating stunning product renders and marketing images takes the burden off of your computer, slicing hours off render times.

3D Sheetmetal Creator is part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio.

 

There is a new and exciting design frontier, offering more freedom to designers than ever imaginable. With the amazing benefits offered with cloud-based design, it is clear now more than ever that this isn’t just a fad. Leveraging cloud computing allows you to take on design challenges from any device and from anywhere with an internet connection. Data management and collaboration are woven into the design tools so engineers can spend more time on what they love: Designing. See for yourself and register for webinar on Cloud-Based Design.

3D Render Professional

 

Click here to register for this webinar and learn how you can start using cloud-based design tools today. Try these new 3DEXPERIENCE Works cloud-based solutions out for yourself with our seven-day trial.

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at November 30, 2020 01:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

Export Interference Detection Results in SOLIDWORKS 2021

In SOLIDWORKS 2021 we now have the ability to export Interference Detection Results as a spreadsheet.  This can be useful in scenarios, where you need to compare similar designs, or maybe the analysis further examination outside of SOLIDWORKS.

How to Export Interference Detection Results

  • From within SOLIDWORKS run Interference Detection
    • Select Calculate 
      • Then Save Results
Export Interference Detection - Save Results

Save Results

  • Navigate to the export location, give the file a name then hit Save
Export Interference Detection - Save Location

Save Location

And the results are created as a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet;

Export Interference Detection - Without Images

Export Interference Detection – Without Images

How to include preview images

We can also include images.  When selecting the export path, check Thumbnails, then hit Save;

Export Interference Detection - Thumbnails Checked

Include thumbnails

Export Interference Detection - Generating Thumbnails

And preview images of the interferences will be included;

SOLIDWORKS Exported Interference Detection With Images

SOLIDWORKS Exported Interference Detection With Images

Note: if there are numerous results, this may take some time to complete

Why is my Save Results button greyed out?

Save Results requires Microsoft Excel to be installed if not the option will be inactive.

Export Interference Detection - Greyed Out

Greyed Out Save Results

Where can I learn more about interference detection?

Why not try one of our SOLIDWORKS Online Training courses.  Running interference detection is covered in our SOLIDWORKS essentials course, and again in more detail within one of my personal favourites; the Assembly modelling course, along with lots of others tips and tricks on all the tools at your disposal while creating complex assemblies.

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by Justin Williams at November 30, 2020 01:00 PM

November 29, 2020

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS PDM SMTP Notifications using Email Relay

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional has the functionality to configure SOLIDWORKS PDM to send notifications through the default database message system or an SMTP mail server. Whereas SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard supports only the default database message system. But how do we setup the SMTP Server using an Email Proxy Application? That will be addressed in this article.

Why would I need to use an Email Relay?

There are multiple third party applications available to use as an email proxy, this article will highlight only ONE of the many open source application that will act as the proxy to forward emails from one server to another.

It is the responsibility of users to setup and troubleshoot setup of the Mail Proxy Server.

Setting up the Email Relay

  1. Download and Extract the Email Relay Application
  2. Run the “EmailRelay-Setup.exe” file
  3. Configure the Installation per the Screenshots below
  • Installation Directories:

emailrelay Installation Directories

emailrelay Installation Directories

  • Installation Type:

emailrelay Setup

emailrelay Setup

  • SMTP Server

emailrelay SMTP Server Setup

emailrelay SMTP Server Setup

  • SMTP Client

emailrelay SMTP Client Setup

emailrelay SMTP Client Setup

  • Logging

emailrelay Logging

emailrelay Logging

  • Connections

emailrelay Connections Setup

emailrelay Connections Setup

  • Server Startup

emailrelay Server Startup

emailrelay Server Startup

  • Complete the Setup
  • In the installation directory you will find couple of BAT files. You want to use “emailrelay-start-with-logfile.bat” to start the application.

Configuring SOLIDWORKS PDM to use the Specified SMTP Server

The settings for configuring the SMTP Mail Server within the Administration tool can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Help documentation: Configuring the Message System

If the e-mail messages fail to be forwarded using the E-MailRelay system, check the spool directory for files with a .bad suffix. The reason for failure will be recorded within the envelope file.

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 29, 2020 01:00 PM

November 28, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer: Rocking Horse

Rocking Horse: A toy Rocking Horse that can be scaled up or down to be used in renderings or as a 3D printed figurine, an ornament, etc. You can download the part here. 

Complexity: Moderate

Features: Layout Sketch, Offset Surface, Delete/Keep Body, Delete Face, Extrude, Fillet, Draft, Split Line, Thicken, Cut Thicken, Cut with Surface, Combine, Move/Copy Bodies

Want to learn more? You can view the full list of previous Part Reviewer Tutorials here.

DraftSight Download: In conjunction with DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes’ 2D CAD product, the 2D drawing(.dwg) file of the Rocking Horse Tutorial is now available for download here

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at November 28, 2020 04:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2021 File Properties

Does the uncapitalized “e” on eDrawings bother you, too? Well that is one change that didn’t make it in SOLIDWORKS 2021. However, there are a bunch of new improvements and one I would like to discuss is the inclusion of File Properties. 

Starting in 2021, eDrawings can now read File Properties and Configuration Specific Properties on parts and assemblies. This is particularly useful for a quick look at material type, weight and whatever other File Property your company uses. The parts or assemblies last saved will display all the details. 

With the application and file open, there will be a new icon in the bottom right that looks similar to the SOLIDWORKS icon. When clicking on that it will reveal the Custom File Properties and it can be toggled between the Configuration Specific File Properties. To turn it off, simply click the button again. 

Far bottom right is the File Properties.

Far bottom right is the File Properties.

eDrawings File Properties Limitations

There are a few limitations to this, as we are not able to change configurations in eDrawings yet. This also doesn’t work with weldment individual parts. The last place this doesn’t work is the mobile eDrawings, as this might be temporary and a pending update could be coming for the Android & IOS application.  

SOLIDWORKS part/assembly Custom File Properties

SOLIDWORKS part/assembly Custom File Properties

Configuration Specific Properties

Configuration Specific Properties

For a really cool eDrawings assembly walkthrough please check out this article

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by James Swackhammer at November 28, 2020 01:00 PM

November 27, 2020

SolidWorks Legion

SOILIDWORKS 2021 “Superpowers”

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by fcsuper at November 27, 2020 10:51 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Candle Lantern Tutorial

Welcome to this tutorial for a Candle Lantern,  you will need to download the files for Candle Lantern Tutorial here to follow the tutorial. You will begin with a plain lantern model, sketching onto the glass pane, the linear pattern is used to create a guide sketch of a honeycomb design. Individual elements are then selected and converted back into workable entities. Some hexagons are left as construction sketches, gaps are needed to fit bees into the gaps further on.

The sketch is then used for a thin feature, the preview allows you to see how the honeycomb design will look,. When creating the design you have to ensure that the thin feature overlaps, otherwise the design wont hold together.

 

The converted hexagons are all selected, and keeping the feature un-merged from the lantern the individual thin feature parts are combined to each other using combine and add to create this honeycomb design. The DXF file is used as a guide for creating the bee, it involves basic extrusions, filleting the faces and combining the bodies into one. The bee is the copied and moved into the honeycomb spaces. The thin feature is used again to create bee trails which are used later on to join the bees to the window design.

Once the design is done, the honeycomb is filleted, the bees are combines to the design and it is shelled from the back face to create a metal press formed appearance, which is how the lantern would be made. The design can then simply be mirrored over, on the front to back. The process is repeated on the sides, and then mirrored over. once the design is finished the bodies are merged to the lantern body separate to the glass panes.

At the end of the design I created a basic corner room for the lantern to sit in for the rendering, this would show off how the lanterns shadows cast the design. The finished part is exported into SOLIDWOKRS Visualize. Here I could edit appearances further, add a light to the candle, and play around with its color, warmth, and brightness.

Visualize allowed me to create realistic renderings of the lantern light up and casting shadows on the wall. With more time spent tweaking the model it could look even better! The design possibilities are endless!

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

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by Jade Crompton at November 27, 2020 04:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Dark Mode Enhancement

I’m a big fan of Windows Dark Mode or any app that offers it for that matter.  The darker my screen is the better.  Although SOLIDWORKS does not have an official complete ‘Dark Mode’ option, we can make a few changes to make it more aesthetically pleasing to us dark screen folks.

How to change the SOLIDWORKS background to Dark Mode

  • SOLIDWORKS > Tools > Options

SOLIDWORKS > Tools > Options

Access SOLIDWORKS Options

  • System Options > Colors
    • Background > Dark

SOLIDWORKS Dark Background Option

SOLIDWORKS Dark Background Option

and the result…

SOLIDWORKS Dark Mode

SOLIDWORKS Dark Mode

This likely isn’t new to many users as this setting has been around since the 2016 release.  What is new with the 2021 release, is that the Welcome Dialog Box will follow this setting and match the background colour, set previously;

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Display vs 2021

SOLIDWORKS 2020 display vs SOLIDWORKS 2021

Resulting in a more unified appearance across the board.

Sure, aesthetics are cool but where can I learn some real tips and tricks?

If you’re interested in anything SOLIDWORKS then we have a variety of   SOLIDWORKS training courses to choose from. But if you’re an experienced user and looking to incorporate all the new features included with the 2021 release, our Advanced Update course is a great place to start.

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by Justin Williams at November 27, 2020 01:00 PM

November 26, 2020

SolidSmack

SimplyColor3D Add Multi-Color Models and 3MF Support

SimplyColor3D has now now moved to version 2.0, and it includes a lot more features. 

With the increased availability of multi-color 3D printers, there is a demand for multi-color 3D models. However, there’s a huge problem: there are hardly any such models available in popular 3D model repositories. 

In fact, I took a cruise through Thingiverse and found only ~2300 entries tagged with “multicolor”. While that may sound like a lot of 3D models, it is only 0.05% of Thingiverse’s vast collection, or about 1 in every 2000 3D models. In other words, there really aren’t very many color 3D models to choose from when 3D printing. 

The alternative is to make color 3D models yourself, but that turns out to be quite challenging as you have to be skilled in one of several color-capable 3D modeling tools to do so. And that can take place ONLY when you have possession of the original CAD file, which is virtually never the case when downloading from Thingiverse or other repositories: you usually see only the mesh file, either .STL, .OBJ or sometimes .3MF. 

It is possible to take a plain 3D mesh file into a CAD tool and then painstakingly segment it into sections that can be subsequently colored in a 3D print slicing system, but that effort is incredibly tedious in all but the most simple 3D models. It’s something you really don’t want to do. 

Very few systems offer 3D model coloring tools, including Canvas which works only for the Palette 2, as opposed to SimplyColor3D, whose output is compatible with virtually any MultiColor 3D printing system, including the Prusa MMU2S, Palette 2, and IDEX (independent dual extruder) machines.

As a result I believe multicolor 3D printing has been held back due to a lack of content. 

However, there is a way to very easily transform a standard mono-color 3D model into a multi-color design using SimplyColor3D from Vancouver-based BigBrain3D. 

We covered this product last year when it was first announced, and now they’re back with Version 2.0 and some new features. 

As a quick catchup, SimplyColor3D allows you to import a mesh 3D model — even one obtained from a public repository like Thingiverse, Prusa Printers or others — and very easily segment it into differently colored sections. 

How easily? It’s as simple as painting, because that’s literally what you’re doing with the imported 3D model. SimplyColor3D provides a brush environment where you can select colors from palettes and carefully apply them to any surface. 

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Once the model is painted SimplyColor3D can perform a 3D segmentation by instantaneously generating isolated shells for each colored section. Identically colored sections are grouped together. 

The resulting file can then be imported into any 3D slicing system that handles multicolor prints, which is most of them these days. In the slicer you simply assign colors to each section and the appropriate GCODE is automatically generated. 

The process is extremely easy, and can be done by almost anyone. However, version 2.0 has introduced some new features. 

SimplyColor3D Version 2.0

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One of the most important changes to version 2.0 is the introduction of .3MF file format. This universal file format is vastly superior to .STL as it can include other information besides geometry, such as — you guessed it — color! 

Version 2.0 has made a number of ease-of-use tweaks to their painting interface. Now you can fill by region, or replace colors globally or in isolation. A new color palette feature allows more easy selection of custom colors for painting. Adobe CC users will also welcome the new “photoshop-style” interface.

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There’s also the new ability to “stamp” an image onto the surface of a 3D model. While this would likely work best with simple images, as opposed to textured images, it should make it possible to easily do things like print color labels on the side of a 3D model without modifying the model itself. 

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There are a number of new features focused on renders, including an image gallery. You can apply custom backgrounds to painted objects and take snapshots, easily moving around to get the optimal camera angle. 

There’s plenty more new features, as well as all of the original features. I encourage to you take a look at SimplyColor3D’s documentation. 

The software is sold as a subscription, and is normally US$60/year. However, BigBrain3D is offering the product via a Kickstarter launch and you can get significant discounts for one, two or three year subscriptions. There’s also a lifetime subscription option that is literally half price during the version 2.0 launch. 

That’s not all. It seems that BigBrain3D has plans for the future, and there’s a future development schedule that includes a number of even more powerful features, such as direct import from Thingiverse; new file format exports; 3D model manipulation; mirror painting; and advanced drawing tools. 

If you have a multicolor-capable 3D printer this is software you should consider buying. 

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by Fabbaloo at November 26, 2020 03:59 PM

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Adds VDA Balloons

VDA refers to a German Quality System, generally used for the automotive industry. This is a highly recognized and respected quality management system, which requires a 90 percent compliance record for formal audits. So, we’re glad SOLIDWORKS 2021 has added these specific balloons in the core products.

This is document specific. If you require this all the time you should update the drawing templates.

Before we use the VDA balloon we first must set some document specific settings. Click Options > Document Properties > Annotations > Balloons > under Leader Display select VDA.

Balloon PropertyManager Text Setting

Most of the time you want balloons at Item Number but this must be switch to Text.

VDA balloons have a few different steps to access them and require modified work flow to use.  Similar to manual balloons we go to the Annotation tab > and select Balloon command. While here, we must adjust a setting under Balloon Text, clicking the drop down menu and select Text and enter the character of choice. Place the balloon on the desired dimension.

This is at the very bottom

Once placed, we must select the balloon again and in the settings select More Properties. Under the Leader area select the balloon on the right side that looks like the VDA. This will change the appearance to the VDA balloon type.

This is the new VDA leader button for SOLIDWORKS 2021.

This is the new button for SOLIDWORKS 2021

The balloon might not be in the correct location or angle, to change the click and hold the end point of the balloon and drag.

To change the angle click and hold on the character and rotate your cursor around.

Did you know there is SOLIDWORKS Certification for Drawing tools?

To help prepare for the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools (CSWPA-DT) exam, Javelin can provide SOLIDWORKS training and certification services.

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by James Swackhammer at November 26, 2020 01:00 PM

November 25, 2020

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Tama Is A Hand Hug For Those Cold, Lonely Nights

Tama Hand Warming Mug

With 2020 the way it is, celebrating Christmas might be a bit lonely for some. Maybe you’ve been cooped up “two weeks” already. Maybe you’ve thrown off the restraints of government tyranny. Either way, everyone needs a good hug. You can’t do much about social distancing and the rampant virtue signaling, but you can do the next best thing and get yourself a hug. A hand hug that is. By which I mean, a mug… with a sleeve… to stick your cold little nubs in:

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As you can see, Tama isn’t a hugging machine, per say (I’m pretty sure you can find one of those on eBay), but it’s the next best thing: a hand warming mug which spreads the warmth of your hot drink throughout your hands – and not in a painful, Home Alone-y kind of way.

Created by Italian design company Ozio, the mug itself is made from heat-conducting ceramic – ya know, like a regular mug. Once the heat has passed from your drink to the mug, a boiled wool lining spreads the heat gently/aggressively throughout the covering, thereby letting you hold your drink warmly in your hands without getting burned. Sounds like a peaceful Christmas morning breakfast all alone doesn’t it?

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To mimic the feeling of someone warm holding your cold, clammy hands, just tuck your digits inside the red elastic band. The band features the same wool lining as the rest of the cover, which lets you get a good grip on your coffee/hot chocolate/tea without spilling it.

The Tama is sized to fit most mugs but if it doesn’t fit your oversize coffee-pot of a mug, don’t worry, you can still hold it like normal with your icy palms.

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As it stands out of the box however, the Tama mug definitely keeps in line with Ozio’s design philosophy, which is to make products that make idle time more enjoyable. If you would like the warm feeling you get drinking from your morning coffee to be a little more… physical, you can find more details on this wintery mug (and buy one for yourself) over on the Ozio webpage.

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by SolidSmack at November 25, 2020 05:34 PM

MIT Researchers Develop A.I. To Detect a COVID-19 Cough

Yes, COVID-19 has made the year 2020 a living nightmare and yes, it’s still here… we think – Is it? No? Yes? Well, at least the flu is no more. You already know how some people are asymptomatic (meaning HEALTHY), which is used as an additional method to keep you in fear, but I digress. Now, your healthy cough can (allegedly) reveal if you’re haulin’ virus bits around unbeknownst or not.

Magic A.I. 8-Ball Says… You Diseased

MIT researchers Jordi Laguarta, Ferran Hueto, and Brian Subirana have developed an artificial intelligence model that is designed to distinguish COVID-19 asymptomatic individuals from audio recordings. By letting the A.I. analyze thousands of different coughs and speech patterns, the team was able to calibrate it to recognize 98.5% of asymptomatics who showed no signs of the virus but tested positive for it. Could they have been false positives? Who really knows.

It builds on the work multiple research groups were conducting even before the pandemic hit; only instead of testing for COVID-19, people were looking to diagnose patients with asthma, pneumonia, and even Alzheimer’s (weakened vocal cords can be a symptom of the aging disease).

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According to the official MIT news site, the team combined a total three neural networks:

The first neural network is a trained general machine-learning algorithm called ResNet50, which is programmed to distinguish speech patterns. Sounds like “mmm” or “err” can tell how strong or weak a person’s vocal cords are, and these could show the first signs a person is struggling to speak due to being infected. Or is it just phlegm stuck in your throat or that you had too many Saki bombs? Inconsequential.

The second neural network focuses on how people convey their speech. Emotions play a big role in how we talk, and this network tries to classify how you’re feeling when you’re talking. Frequent pangs of frustration and even no emotion while speaking could be telltale signs that a person is suffering from COVID-19, and this second network was made to sniff these out. Are there other possible feelings here? Psshh – please.

Lastly, the third neural network is trained on a wide database of coughs. Big coughs, small coughs, strained coughs, and suppressed coughs – all these and more are classified under this network where it then identifies if you have any discernible changes in your respiratory system. Ahhh, the life and times of a cough.

These three neural systems, combined with an algorithm that detects muscular degradation, make up the final A.I. built specifically for detecting asymptomatic people who may be carrying COVID-19. It can’t diagnose those who already have symptoms of the disease, but it can distinguish an asymptomatic cough from a normal healthy cough, so we should accept that it’s completely accurate.

The next step for the MIT team now is to incorporate their A.I. into an easy-to-use app which can be shared on a large enough scale. The plan is to provide free screenings for people who may be suspected of carrying COVID-19 but don’t necessarily show any physical symptoms. All you have to do is download the app onto your phone, cough into the speaker, and confirm whether or not you may be asymptomatic.

Who’s ready to turn their health over to A.I. and an app? Raise of hands? Anyone? Anyone? “Cough into ze app or it is curfew for all of you!!”

You can find Laguarta, Hueto, and Subirana’s paper on their cough and speech analyzing A.I. on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) webpage.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 25, 2020 03:39 PM

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Active Window Highlighting

If you’re anything like me you can have multiple SOLIDWORKS files open at any one time.  If a command is open on one model it prevents selecting a different window until the command was closed or completed.

As a user, this used to slow me down when switching between explorer and SOLIDWORKS, resulting in time lost locating the model preventing the switch.

No Active Window Highlighting

No Active Window Highlighting

With the new enhancements to the User Interface in SOLIDWORKS 2021 incorporating active Window Highlighting, we can quickly identify which window is active directly from the Task Bar to locate the open command;

Active Window Highlighting

Active Window Highlighting

Allowing me to quickly jump back and forth between SOLIDWORKS and Windows Explorer.

Depending on the command, it doesn’t always force the active Window to be selected.  In these scenarios; all windows will be highlighted and available for selection.

Interested in learning more?

All the new tips and tricks worth knowing about are covered in detail within our SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course, helping improve your efficiency and experience while using SOLIDWORKS.

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by Justin Williams at November 25, 2020 01:00 PM

November 24, 2020

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A Portable 4K Touchscreen For High-Res CAD on the Go

lumonitor

With 4K screens the norm nowadays, you would think there are many an option for portable 4K displays. Well, there are. There are just a couple of problems. First of all, there are a lot of options. Second, the combo of 4K, touchscreen, and features means a price point that skimps on one or the other.

The Lumonitor brings the best balance we’ve found among portable 4K displays with the widest range of applications from coding and CAD to streaming and gaming, at a price-point that, while higher than some, is reasonable for what you get.

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Best Portable 4K Display for Price/Features

The Lumonitor was built as a portable 4K touchscreen display that balances price and features to connect to almost any device you own. Smartphones, game consoles, desktops, laptops, tablets, and even other Lumonitors can all be connected to the screen to extend 4K viewing whether at home, in the office, or out and about. While we’ve not had much use for 4K on the go, using it between the office and the house to extend laptop real estate and office 4K monitor makes for a smoother, uninterrupted workflow.

Among our favorite features that set this apart from other portable 4K displays is the high 183 degree viewing angle, anti-glare/anti blue-light/flicker-free filtering, and a 100% sRGB color range.

Connectivity Options

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You can connect a multitude of devices using the monitor’s built-in 2 USB-C ports, HDMI port, and micro USB port, (with a 3.5mm jack for audio). While the number of ports isn’t exactly staggering, the wide variety of connectivity options lets you plug and play any device instantly.

Response Time

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The connections are extremely responsive. Despite the larger resolution, the Lumonitor has a <10ms response time to cut down on lag. While we don’t need the frame rate in CAD apps that we like for gaming, the capability is just as important. The display aso comes with options to adjust screen contrast, color, brightness, and viewing mode.

Light AND Slim?!

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As for the monitor’s measurements, it’s one of the thinnest and lightest with a 15.6-inch 4K UHD display, a total weight of 1.6 lbs (580 g), and a thickness of only 6mm (.236″). This makes it slimmer and lighter than just about any tablet (or laptop) out there, with the only difference is the larger thickness to accomodate the multiple connection options.

Built-In Battery

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The Lumonitor has built-in Hi-Fi stereo speakers and LED backlighting as all good monitors do, but one advantage it has is the built-in battery, a 4000 mAh (2x) with a 4-hour life in regular use.

Most portable monitors require a power source and an electronic device to function. The advantage the onboard battery brings is two-fold, providing power to the display and a secondary charge option for other mobile devices. While using it to both power and charge a device decreases the battery life faster, it comes in more handy than you would expect.

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With a price point of $449 ($349 for Full HD version), the Lumonitor is one of the higher-priced 4K UHD options out there but with features that help with long hours behind screens, its portability, and built-in battery, it certainly tries to balance the cost with features.

The 4K display is new on the market and currently available for pre-order and Black Friday specials already being offered on the Lumonitor website. Check it out to learn more about the features and capabilities.

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by SolidSmack at November 24, 2020 05:48 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Geometry Corrections for Curved Surfaces in Contact

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has improved the calculations for curved surfaces that come into contact by integrating geometry correction factors. These help improve the accuracy of linear static studies involving cylindrical, spherical and conical contacting surfaces.

Take the two cylindrical rings below. After creating a separate configuration with a quarter model of the assembly, the two rings were meshed independently, with the inner ring using a draft quality, high density mesh, and the outer ring using a high quality, low density mesh.

Meshed ring assembly

Prior to meshing, a no-penetration contact set was applied at the contacting surfaces, and a pressure load was applied on the outer surface of the outer ring. The results from SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020 and 2021 are shown below.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 displacement plot

As shown in the SOLIDWORKS 2020 displacement plot, there are inconsistencies at the contacting faces between the two rings. Thanks to the improved contact detection algorithm in SOLIDWORKS 2021 there is a smooth transition across the contact set.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 displacement plot

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by Julian Wolf, CSWP at November 24, 2020 05:23 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

2021 Equations in Properties

SOLIDWORKS 2021 now includes the ability to use equations in properties. By having equations to use to calculate physical aspects of your designs will greatly enhance communications to downstream stakeholders. It will also enhance the accuracy of the annotations and tables you apply to drawings.

First off we need to know where we can use equations and how to access them. Equations can be used in the following instances:

  • Custom Properties
  • Configuration Specific Properties
  • Weldment Cut List Properties
  • Sheet Metal Cut List Properties

Property Equations are available in the Type column in Properties Summary Information Dialog as shown here.

Equation operators, functions and constants are listed here and can be found in Help under SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals > Equations.

Let’s take a look at a few examples how equations can be used. In this first example we’ll set-up 2 equations to keep track of how much material I’ll need to order for this welded frame and what the material cost will be.

Using File Properties>Configuration Specific Properties add a new property or select from the pulldown list. In this case I added Material Cost as the new property. Next change the Type to Equation.

For the Value/Text Expression we are going to use Global Variables to calculate the cost. From the pulldown menu I’ll select the cost per pound variable.

Next, we’ll multiply the cost variable with the mass of the frame.

Notice the “ * ” used to multiply the cost per pound with the mass of the frame which returns $429.88 for the material cost for this frame.

The next example will calculate the length of material needed for the 4 plates used at each corner of the frame. Here we’ll use a Cut-List Property for the plates to capture the total length needed.

From the Cut List Summary tab a new Property called Total Length was created as an equation. The cut list property “QUANTITY’ was added to the Value/Text Expression column.

That quantity variable will be multiplied by the bounding box length cut list property to give us the total length of material for the 4 plates.

I’ll add a half inch to the length to account for the three cuts between the plates making the overall length 21.02”. So a piece of material 21” long will work.

The next example is a brake air duct for our race car. This duct transitions from a circular opening to an elliptical opening and is used to direct air to the brake rotors for cooling. The round end is fixed at 4” because of the hose we use for air ducting, much like a dryer vent hose but fireproof. The elliptical end is open and directs the air to the brake rotor. The operating confines for the duct allow a bit of freedom to experiment. The objective is to have the largest opening possible. Defining the equation for the area of an ellipse was easy and now gives me instant feedback on the opening size as I make changes to the elliptical opening size.

The equation for the area of an ellipse is:

The initial size of the ellipse is:

The equation for the area of the ellipse in the Configuration Specific Properties is: 3.14*”D1@Sketch3@@Default@Part3.SLDPRT”*”D2@Sketch3@@Default@Part3.SLDPRT

To populate the dimension names is easy. In the Value/Text Expression row click on a dimension and it will automatically populate the dimensions name in the row. Here’s a short video on how that works.

I’ll add a callout to show the area of the ellipse while I make changes giving me instant feedback when changes to the dimensions are made.

Having equations to use in properties opens up a lot of possibilities. No longer will we have to resort to using static notes or callouts and having to remember to update them when changes are made. With equations everything will be kept up to date.

Author information

Mike Sabocheck
Mike Sabocheck is a Technical Sales Director with Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS. Mike has been with DS SOLIDWORKS for 21 years. Prior to SOLIDWORKS he worked for Xerox for 17 years and then for Intergraph. His specialties are applying SOLIDWORKS to different design and manufacturing processes.

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by Mike Sabocheck at November 24, 2020 04:00 PM

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Create Meaningful Connections with Lean Team Player

When it comes to collaboration, teams today face many challenges. Even before the pandemic-related hurdles of 2020, remote and in-person coworkers often have difficulties coming together for meetings and sharing ideas. Information visualization, meeting organization and structure, and operational processes that stifle innovation all make it hard for teammates to truly connect and collaborate. With workplaces more remote than ever, teams need better solutions to stay connected.

Enter Lean Team Player. Lean Team Player, part of 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio, gives users access to the organization and visualization tools that can help teammates come together. Designed to emulate and improve on whiteboarding organizational techniques, Lean Team Player is full of intuitive, eye-catching, and easy-to-use tools that are designed to improve meetings, workflows, team accountability, and more.

You can get a firsthand look at Lean Team Player on Monday, November 30, when you tune in for “Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Live.” 3DEXPERIENCE Roles Portfolio Manager Michael Buchli joins the 3DEXPERIENCE experts to explain the history of Lean manufacturing principles, followed by a high-level look into the many ways Lean Team Player can improve your company’s communication and collaboration.

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Lean Team Player’s user-friendly interface is based on real-world whiteboard and sticky note methodologies, commonly used on shop floors. It takes familiar in-person ideation and organization methods and makes them digital. With simple touchscreen-inspired usability, all of your team members can engage with content simultaneously on the cloud. This makes it easy to collaborate and communicate about anything: issues, ideas, designs, process mapping, presentations, and beyond.

Want to learn more and become a Lean Team Player yourself? Register for the webinar and see how empowering, engaging digital tools can help you and your team work better and easier, together or apart.

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at November 24, 2020 01:00 PM

November 23, 2020

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SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Log

Using the SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Mode can generate a log file that can be analyzed by your support team, to help expedite the troubleshooting process.  Database debug mode needs to be activated at the user level and the log will store the last 100 SQL Database queries.

How to enable Database Debug Mode

  • Within manage, go to Options > My Options

Database Debug Log - My Options

My Options

  • General Tab
    • Log Options
      • Enable;
        • Database debug mode
        • Log File debug mode

Database Debug Log Viewer - Enable

Database Debug Log Viewer

This option can be disabled manually by the user, or will be deactivated automatically after 24 hours

With this enabled, a log file will be created with more detailed error messages on the selected user’s machine in C:\ProgramData\SwmLogFiles which can then be submitted to technical support for troubleshooting issues within SOLIDWORKS Manage.

Database Debug Log - Log File

Log File

How to access the Database Debug log Viewer

With the 2021 release and later versions, administrators can access the log using the Database Debug Log Viewer;

  • Start the SOLIDWORKS Manage Administration Tool

Administration Tool

Administration Tool

  • Select Audit Trail
    • Database debug mode tab
      • From the dropdown select the User(s)
        • Press Search

System Administration - Database Debug Mode

Database Debug Mode

This will display all database transactions for the selected User(s).

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by Justin Williams at November 23, 2020 05:37 PM

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Coming to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021: TITANS of CNC Partners with SOLIDWORKS

“Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been,” said the late Theodore von Karman, a mathematician, aerospace engineer and a physicist.

Many of the things we see around us—from a simple chair to skyscrapers or even the most complex surgical robot—all require modern ways to manufacture. CNC is the most common manufacturing method used today for custom-fabricated metal parts, and if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that a lot of those metal parts are designed with SOLIDWORKS.

TITANS of CNC: Academy is a large CNC and manufacturing educational program, with thousands of projects and how-to videos. Titan Gilroy, CEO of TITANS of CNC, founder and star of the TITANS of CNC television show on MAVTV, and creator of the TITANS of CNC: Academy and Aerospace Academy is partnering with SOLIDWORKS to share his opinion as to why the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio is essential for teaching design to manufacturing at the academy. Titan and his team will bring awareness and excitement around SOLIDWORKS products while exposing the best practices for design.

TITAN shared his story of hope and perseverance with a National TV Audience. In the show’s third season, he went into San Quentin Prison, built an Elite CNC Academy, and flipped rehabilitation on its head. It was because of this experience that TITAN developed the FREE TITANS of CNC: Academy curriculum. Educational Institutions, Company Training, Workforce Development, Private User Groups, and many others have advanced their programs because of the Academy’s curriculum.

The Academy is also endorsed by over 1,000 industry-leading companies, including: NASA, Northrop, Boeing, and Disney to name a few. The TITANS of CNC: Academy now includes the TITANS of CNC: Aerospace Academy. Students of the Aerospace Academy will learn Aerospace Manufacturing, Automation, GD&T, Business Processes, and more. It’s One Giant Leap for manufacturing that’s truly out of this world. Today, TITAN is not only an expert in CNC Machining but he has become the world’s leading advocate for the future of Manufacturing Education.

SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio will serve as the CAD foundation for all of Aerospace Academy Parts Series’ and tutorials involving model creation. SOLIDWORKS today is used by over 5 million users and with our latest release, SOLIDWORKS 2021, we deliver the performance many users (including TITANS of CNC) demand so they can get their work done faster.

“As we continue to revolutionize CNC Education, we are proud to partner with SOLIDWORKS to offer advanced and easy to use curriculum to the industry,” said Titan Gilroy. “SOLIDWORKS is the world’s premier design software and they offer the tools manufacturers need to compete across all industries and meet the tough challenges and industry requirements. We are excited demonstrate the power and efficiency of the platforms which will help us educate and inspire the entire industry.”

In the last half century, two digital revolutions have happened. Communication – going from analog phones to internet, and second – Computation bringing us PC and smartphones. The third digital revolution is Fabrication. The digitalization of Fabrication offers the promise of personal fabrication, enabling individuals and communities to produce and share products on demand whenever and wherever anything is needed. SOLIDWORKS users are at the heart of this revolution. Whether at Fab Labs, Makerspaces or Schools, they are transforming their ideas into new products. With this partnership, TITANS of CNC and SOLIDWORKS will explore ways to empower the Makers across the globe to accelerate and realize this third revolution of Fabrication!

TITANS of CNC is Coming to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021!

As many of you already know, next year’s event will be fully virtual but that doesn’t mean it won’t be packed with all the things you’ve known and loved about this event. Click here to learn more about how you can attend this year for free.

Register today for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 to hear from Titan and many other inspired SOLIDWORKS users who will share how modern manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio create a powerhouse of tools that enable the creation of tomorrow’s great new products today.

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Suchit Jain
Suchit is the Vice President, Strategy, Community & Business Development for Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS.

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by Suchit Jain at November 23, 2020 01:00 PM

November 20, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Toy Diner Kitchen – Part 2 – Tutorial

As mentioned in Part 1 of this SOLIDWORKS tutorial for a Wooden Toy Diner Kitchen, I see many people these days designing and creating their own Wooden Toy Kitchens for their children, and if I were creating one, I would want to plan/design ahead in SOLIDWORKS first. It would allow me to work out dimensions, material thickness, and how to construct it best, so I thought it could be useful. In Part 1 of the tutorial we created the main structure of the kitchen. In part 2 we added the kitchens countertop details adding hobs, a griddle, coffee pot stand, sink and tap. During the tutorial I also added hinge parts to the doors, custom decals to add detail, and there are accessory parts available to create a fun assembly.

For this tutorial you will need to download the countertop DXF files, door hinge parts and Decals from here. You will need to have followed part 1 to continue on with the tutorial. The counter top DXF file found in the download is used to map out where everything goes, from the griddle, hobs, coffee pot stand and the sink. The DXF can be traced or entities converted to extrude features or cut away parts.

Hinge parts with added screws are inserted into the part to attach the oven and fridge doors. Using move bodies and adding constraints, mates are used to fit them onto the kitchen. The hinges temporary axis is then used to pivot the doors open and closed within the part using move and rotate bodies. Suppressing the move to close the door.

Once the kitchen model is finished, appearances are added by selecting the solid bodies, and applying the paint appearance, I changed the RGB values of the color to match specific pantones. You can create custom swatches to use throughout the document.

If you are designing a kitchen where there are decals, you could print out the artwork as vinyl stickers or get creative and paint on some details.

There is also a link here for the kitchen accessories if you would like to add them to the finished kitchen in an assembly. I mated all the accessories into place using mostly coincident mates, however the sausages rounded edge needed to be mated tangent to the griddle. The fries were added to the pan using a concentric mate off the circular edge of the pan, to a circular guide sketch around the fries to ensure they sat in the pan without overlapping.

I hope you found this tutorial useful for your own DIY Toy Kitchen project!

 

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

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by Jade Crompton at November 20, 2020 04:00 PM

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New Assembly Productivity Tools in SOLIDWORKS 2021

New productivity tools for assemblies in SOLIDWORKS® 2021 give you better control over your assembly designs. You will find more streamlined tools to help you assemble, pattern, and analyze your assemblies.

This blog will highlight just a few of the assembly enhancements in this new release. For a complete list, see “What’s New in 2021.”

Find Your Mates

When using Mates in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can use a new streamlined Property Manager. Instead of expanding sections for each group type, now there are tabs (Standard, Advanced, Analysis, Mechanical) for each group, which make it easier to find the correct mate.

Also, when creating mates to Slots in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can now choose the default type of position. This saves time by eliminating the need to regularly change the location type when adding new slot mates to your designs, which also saves you from accidentally choosing the wrong constraint.

Synchronize All Components

SOLIDWORKS has always offered the flexibility to change the configuration of each component instance within a pattern. However, sometimes you may want all the components to reference the original instance. Configuring each component can be time-consuming.

SOLIDWORKS 2021 contains a new option to synchronize the configurations of all component instances created by a pattern. This new option also helps you avoid inadvertently changing the configuration of any components from the quick menu drop-down and by locking this option within the Component Properties dialog. This ensures that as you make any configuration changes to a pattern’s seed components, those changes will be propagated appropriately.

Interference Review

Interference Detection is a powerful tool to help you quickly find issues within your design. SOLIDWORKS 2021 now offers the option to save interferences in a spreadsheet.

You can even capture a screenshot of each interference so they can be shared and reviewed by others on your team. This offers a new collaborative way to review interferences in a design and determine if they are intentional (due to fit conditions), or if you need to collaborate with others to solve the interferences.

Productivity Matters

SOLIDWORKS 2021 offers these and other new tools to help you design more efficiently by streamlining and adding value to your common workflows. See the entire Assembly Productivity Tools video at https://www.solidworks.com/media/solidworks-2021-assembly-productivity-tools.

If you have additional questions or want to see a demo, contact your local reseller.

 

 

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at November 20, 2020 01:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

Controlling the Display of Hidden Edges in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

Now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, the visibility of hidden edges can be controlled, when we select or highlight elements. We can define the colour and intensity used to display hidden edges whereas this wasn’t possible in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020.

To control the visibility of hidden edges follow the steps below:

  • In the Default Document Properties/Default document properties (for newly imported files) > Selection page
  • On the Selection Page, the Show hidden edges checkbox and the Color Intensity slider are added in the Selection and Highlight sections.

Hidden edges display in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

Hidden edges display in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

In the Document Properties > Advanced Properties page, four corresponding properties are available in the Selection category.

Advanced Edge selection properties

Advanced Edge selection properties

These new properties replace the Show hidden edges option and the Intensity slider that were available in the Application Preferences > Selection page in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Composer.

Learn more about Composer

To learn more about SOLIDWORKS Composer attend our SOLIDWORKS Composer Essentials training course either in a classroom near you or live online.

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by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP at November 20, 2020 01:00 PM

November 19, 2020

SolidSmack

iFactory3D Launches Low-Cost Belt 3D Printer

iFactory Belt-fed 3D Printer

German startup iFactory3D has now launched their inexpensive belt 3D printer on Kickstarter. Inspired by the 3D print community, Artur Steffen and Martin Huber developed an open source belt 3D printer design way back in 2018. They posted this design on Thingiverse, and apparently received demand from visitors to provide a kit to build the device.

Here they discuss how the project started:

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While open source designs are freely available, that doesn’t mean anyone is capable of sourcing the parts and putting them all together. In reality, there are relatively few people that can do so compared to the masses who cannot. To address their needs, Huber and Steffen decided to create a company to do so. They’ve done so and they’ve just now launched the iFactory3D One belt 3D printer on Kickstarter.

Belt 3D Printers

For those unfamiliar with the belt concept, it is quite different from standard fixed-plate 3D printers that print vertically. Instead, a belt 3D printer prints at a 45 degree angle on a slowly moving conveyor belt.

This configuration provides three main benefits:

  • Potentially continuous production, as completed prints simply roll off the end, and production continues until you run out of filament
  • Potentially infinitely long 3D prints, as there is no limiting dimension on the constantly-turning belt; you can print very long objects if supported when they come out of the device
  • Simplified support structures because the 45 degree angle allows a different perspective on the model’s geometry, if oriented correctly

iFactory3D One 3D Printer

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The iFactory3D One 3D printer has quite reasonable specifications:

  • 1.75mm filament used
  • 0.4mm nozzle, swappable
  • Titan Bowden extruder
  • Build volume of 290 mm wide by 180 mm tall by “anything”
  • 260C hot end
  • Heated polymer conveyor belt, allowing printing of PLA, PETG, PC, TPU, ASA, Nylon, ABS
  • Integrated blade to ensure prints successfully come off the belt
  • Silent TMC stepper drivers
  • Integrated camera system for remote viewing
  • WiFi, SD Card USB interface
  • Out-of-filament detection
  • Marlin firmware that includes the usual safety features
  • Customized Ultimaker CURA software for belt operations
  • One year warranty

There are a couple of interesting features that you might not expect on a low-cost device such as this.

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First, there’s an integrated Raspberry Pi system with 3.5” color touchscreen. The Pi also runs a modified version of Octoprint that allows for full remote access, with all the benefits of Octoprint and its plug-ins. This one feature transforms the device into a “smart” 3D printer. Here’s a video showing the slicing and printing procedure:

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The other feature is a bit unique and very interesting.

A belt 3D printer could be used for serial manufacturing purposes, and indeed that is one of the use cases promoted by iFactory3D on their Kickstarter page. In such a scenario you would risk wasting a lot of material if something went awry when unattended.

To counteract this problem, iFactory3D is to introduce a new feature they call “PrinterGUARD”. This is a vision-based AI system that can apparently use live views from the onboard camera system to immediately detect if a 3D print job has failed.

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The system can detect dislodged parts or even “spaghetti”. Once this happens it can provide a notification to the operator or perhaps even stop the print job. Here you can see a view where PrinterGUARD has detected a detached object and spaghetti in the same frame:

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What’s perhaps the most interesting is the cost of the device. Currently on Kickstarter they are selling this machine for only €699 (US$827), although the price will rise slightly as units are consumed.

That price is comparable with many 3D printers on the market today; a bit more than the ultra-low-cost machines, but less than more expensive devices styled as “production” by their manufacturers. I’m hoping to be able to test an iFactory3D One soon, and I’ll be sure to tell you all about my experience.

For the iFactory3D founders, this project might be an incredibly good idea, as this sequence of events is very similar to Prusa Research’s origin story. Perhaps they too will grow to a large size.

Read more about 3D printing at Fabbaloo!

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by Fabbaloo at November 19, 2020 09:37 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Default Mesh Settings

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 increases your control over the default mesh settings for new Simulation studies.

Accessed in the menu through Simulation > Options, the default settings provide numerous options to configure studies before they are created.

Shown below are the default mesh settings for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020:

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Default Mesh Settings

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Default Mesh Settings

And the default mesh settings for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021:

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Default Mesh Settings

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Default Mesh Settings

Blended Curvature-based Mesher

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021, we can set new studies to use the Blended curvature-based mesher, under Mesher Type. We also have the new option to Mesh all solid bodies with solid mesh, which will treat sheet metal shell elements and weldment beam elements as solid elements. With this option selected, it is still possible to mesh using a mix of solid, shell and beam elements by right-clicking the Parts folder in a study and selecting Treat all sheet metals as shells or Treat all weldments as beams.

The default plot options have been supplemented with the ability to set a default mesh quality plot type. Under Default Options > Plot > Mesh Plot, select from the additional Aspect Ratio or Jacobian Ratio options in the dropdown menu, for both Mesh Contour plots and Mesh Diagnostic plots:

Default SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Plot

Default SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Plot

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by Julian Wolf, CSWP at November 19, 2020 04:30 PM

November 18, 2020

SolidSmack

LEGO’s Latest Largest Set Is A 9,036-Piece Roman Colosseum

If you thought the Death Star was the biggest LEGO set in existence, then you’re still living in the 2010s, my friend. As of November 2020, the award for the biggest, baddest set in the Denmark-based toy company’s arsenal goes to the new 9,036-piece Roman Colosseum.

Just ask LEGO designer Rok Kobe, who talks about the set’s many details in a recent video on the LEGO YouTube channel:

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According to Kobe, he never intended for the Roman Colosseum to be the largest LEGO set currently in existence; this was actually just a byproduct of him adding more detail to the build.

Since the actual Roman Colosseum is a marvel of architecture, he wanted to capture the various styles which were represented at the time of its completion. For example, Doric columns line the bottom of the colosseum, Ionic is in the middle, and finally, Corinthian columns crown the top row of the mammoth structure. Kobe designed the LEGO set in three distinct layers. He did this so that each could reflect the character and architectural style that was en vogue at each phase of construction. The resulting details though simplified, bear a striking resemblance to the real thing.

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Despite his desire to accurately portray the Colosseum, there are practically no new LEGO pieces made for this set. He efficiently and artfully selected from existing LEGO pieces. For instance, the columns are made using upturned Minifigure candle pieces. A closer look at the second level columns reveals that Minifigure roller skates were used to mimic the Ionic style volutes. Pretty ingenious!

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With a set this large, the hardest part is getting it to stand up. To do this, Kobe made the base very sturdy but kept the segments of the Colosseum connected at only a few points. This prevents the set from wobbling when picked up but more importantly, it allows you to detach and make adjustments to the different sections.

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The entire video is definitely worth a watch, as it delves into Rok Kobe’s design process when building this gigantic LEGO set.

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If you want to take a look at the specs for the LEGO Roman Colosseum, you can find them over on the official LEGO webpage. The set will be made available this coming November 27, 2020 for $549.99, which is pretty expensive but still cheaper than a trip to Rome.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 18, 2020 05:56 PM

Volvo Donates New Cars To Be Dropped 30 Meters For Rescue & Extrication Practice

volvo crane drop

You’ve heard of YouTubers who drop phones and other pieces of tech to test their durability, but have you ever heard of a company actually donating their products for the sole purpose of destroying them?

This is exactly what Volvo has been doing recently. In order for Swedish rescue teams to get into the practice of saving lives, the car company has donated ten of their newest models so they can be picked up and dropped from a height of 30 meters.

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You may be wondering, “Why not just use some old, banged-up cars?” The answer lies in modernity. Cars in scrapyards are often decades old and inferior in many ways. In order to keep extrication specialists up to date, newer model vehicles loaded with up to date materials, technology, and structure, were sorely needed. Aware of the need and eager to partner, Volvo donated a few new cars to be lifted up and dropped by crane.

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Though Volvo has its own crash-test laboratory as do other vehicle manufacturers, they wanted to push things further and see just how much damage their vehicles could withstand. And what better way to discover the limits than a collaboration with the Swedish rescue extrication team.

The ten different cars were dropped multiple times to simulate different car crash scenarios an extrication team might have to possibly deal with in the future (big knock on wood there).

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After each selected crash configuration, rescue teams start taking in information. For example, the time it takes to reach a victim’s seat, or the amount of force needed to pry open certain portions with hydraulic tools. Its also paramount to determine the best methods in which to approach or reach each part of the vehicle and in a timely manner. These are just a few key pieces of data which will be collated into a very detailed research report. This data will be made available to other rescue workers so they can fine tune their own methods for the future.

If it means lives will be saved, I guess dropping a brand new car 30 meters from the sky is pretty justified. That doesn’t mean it won’t hurt my heart seeing it crash, though.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 18, 2020 05:03 PM

Cool Tools: Xiem Studio Fluting Tool Set

Sculpting, be it in clay or soft polyurethane foam requires a few key tools to efficiently bring your creative work to life. And among them, a fluting tool is just the ticket for precisely shaving convex slivers of material away to perfection.

Xiem Fluting Tool Set

The Xiem Fluting Tool Set caught our eye during a recent search on modeling techniques for sculpting concave “fluted” patterns in the digital world. In our quest to understand fluting we looked at how they are accomplished in the physical world. For that, we turned to the art of pottery making, and voila!

The Xiem Fluting Tool is described as a set that provides a quick and easy way to create concave surface textures in both functional and non-functional ceramic pieces. The interchangeable blades are the means to sculpt different flute curvature, depth, and width. While the blades are designed for shaving clay they look to be sturdy enough to be used on polyurethane foam board a commonly used material for industrial design model making. If you want to see the tool in action click here.

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Set & Product Features:

  • Non-slip ergonomic handle
  • Titanium-bonded, rust-resistant coating on blades
  • Three blades (small, medium, large)
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by SolidSmack at November 18, 2020 04:12 PM

The Javelin Blog

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 4

This is the last article to wrap up our easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet design series. There will be more in the future with more advanced workflows. In this article we are going to clean up our body properties with materials, descriptions and dimensions.

Currently our bodies folder is a mess and I’m uncertain what most of this is by the name. First step is to group like bodies together. This is done by selecting the Weldment tab and then clicking on the Weldment command. We still have 19 bodies they are now just grouped.

Cut List Creation

Cut List Creation

My first set of bodies are the side gables. Instead of the default name I will use the slow double-click method and rename them Gable R and Gable L. Currently my cut list is off too. Says they are brass and there are no dimensions. With a group selection of both parts, right-click > Material and Edit Material.

Create Bounding Box

Create Bounding Box

Right-Clicking on the folder for the Gables I then choose Create Bounding Box. This will now add a length, width, thickness and volume with those combined into a description.

Cut List Properties

Cut List Properties

I will go through all the parts that need a material change and adjust them and same with the bounding box. I don’t do a bounding box for items like handles and the feet because those would be stock items.

Although my feet are maple in material I want them to be bronze colour for the appearance. Selecting all of them and changing the appearance to matte bronze is what I’m after.

Material Properties

Material Properties

Example of the cut list. Similar to a Bill Of Materials (BOM)

To complete this cabinet with drawers is a similar process to the first article. Create a box then separate the pieces with the Split tool. A shelf is just a body like the countertop in the third article.

This concludes the four part series for easy cabinet making. Subscribe for more articles in the future.

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by James Swackhammer at November 18, 2020 01:41 PM

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New Seamless SOLIDWORKS Workflow with Proven Advanced Simulation (Abaqus) and Faster Collaboration

When I was a teenager in the late 80s, I was interested in photography (these days referred to as old-school photography). I bought my first camera, a second-hand Minolta SRT, all manual, without electronics and automation. It was a high-quality product. Taking a good photo was an art, as it took time and skill to master manually focusing the subject, the lighting, and the shutter speed. There was also a direct cost for each photo, as I had to buy film and pay to have the photos developed (and for several copies, if I wanted to share them).

Today most people have a smartphone. They take photos just by touching a screen with the tip of a finger and see the amazing results instantaneously, and with just another touch, share them with friends and family.

In the 80s, photography using a manual camera was an art.

For some mechanical engineers, performing real simulation techniques for simulating structure behavior, such as finite element analysis (FEA), is also an art. It takes time and skill to obtain meaningful results, which are traditionally written up in a long report and shared via email or a shared drive.

Simulation for All

However, times have changed, and as part of its simulation democratization journey, SOLIDWORKS® now offers easy-to-access, easy-to-use, and easy-to-share advanced simulation solutions so anyone can solve every problem with the market-leader SIMULIA technology (for structural simulation, this is the proven Abaqus technology).

Scalable structural simulation solutions (with Abaqus technology) made for all user profiles

 

In addition, the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS simulation portfolio offers not only Structure, but also Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Plastic Injection, and Simulation Review.

Simulation sub-domains in the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio

 

Now that you understand the power of the simulation you can access, you may wonder just how easy it is.

The idea is simple. From your favorite CAD SOLIDWORKS, in one click you can access the SIMULIA technology, solve (locally or on the cloud), and get results, and with another click, share the results with colleagues.

How does it work?

Let’s take, for example, the industrial spreader assembly drop test.

New workflow with SOLIDWORKS accesses 3DEXPERIENCE® advanced simulation and collaborative apps

 

  1.  In SOLIDWORKS, open your CAD model from a traditional file (if you are not yet on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform) and save it in 3DEXPERIENCE using the task pane.

  1.  From the task pane, choose a simulation app (organized by role), depending on what simulation you want to achieve (linear or nonlinear structural, thermal, flow, and much more). In this drop test example, we need to access the Abaqus/Explicit solver, so we chose the Mechanical Scenario app under the Structural Mechanics Engineer role.

  1.  Your model opens automatically in the desired simulation app.

4. Set up your simulation: Create a drop test scenario, mesh the geometry, and apply material, boundary conditions, and loads.

5. If you have only a CAD model, an interactive assistant guides you through the steps of setting up your simulation. All the functionalities you need for a given simulation are available, depending on which role you selected.

  •  If you have SOLIDWORKS CAD with simulation studies, simulation set-up automatically transfers, which will save you set-up time in 3DEXPERIENCE.
  • Run the simulation locally or in the cloud.
  • Review the results and access all the post-processing tools you need to analyze the results in depth.

6. In SOLIDWORKS, make a design change (e.g., change a fillet dimension to reduce the possibility of failure) and save the model. You can create a new revision, or overwrite the existing model.

7. Update the simulation in one click, re-run the simulation, and compare the results between the two designs. Easily share the simulation with your boss using a 3D dashboard so he/she can review the same results in a lightweight app.

Everything You Need at Your Fingertips

These days everybody is a photographer, and everybody shares high-quality pictures every day. All designers and engineers deserve easy access to advanced simulation and collaboration to boost innovation, accelerate product development, improve product quality, and reduce product validation costs.

If you are not using simulation, chances are your competitor is, and guess what: you might realize it too late. Think about it. You can access all the simulation technology you need today from your favorite CAD: SOLIDWORKS.

What are you waiting for?

Contact your local reseller for more information.

Author information

Nicolas Tillet
Nicolas Tillet
Product Portfolio Manager at DS SOLIDWORKS Corp.
Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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by Nicolas Tillet at November 18, 2020 01:00 PM

November 17, 2020

The Javelin Blog

Stop running your Business on Spreadsheets with DELMIAworks ERP

On Wednesday December 2nd join Javelin’s DELMIAworks ERP and MES experts; Rob Hauser and John Mignardi, for a webinar focusing on leveraging real-time data using DELMIAworks and putting an end to running your business on spreadsheets.

Spreadsheets became popular in the 80’s with the advent of personal computers and they were a great way to assemble and present data needed to plan next steps or to make a decision. Solid and valid information is critical in making the right decision. Unfortunately, developing spreadsheets:

  • Take time to create
  • Can involve inputs from multiple people and sources
  • Need to be controlled if they are shared
  • Become out-of-date the moment they are published or distributed.

Leverage real-time data using DELMIAworks

Fast forward 40 years, many businesses are still using spreadsheets despite vast improvements in hardware and software. Although there are many options, we will show you how DELMIAworks will:

  • present the key data needed to make decisions within your business
  • without any effort to create reports
  • and showing real-time data.

Meet Javelin’s DELMIAworks ERP & MES Experts:

Rob Hauser – System Architect, CSPP

Rob Hauser

Rob has over 35 years of Engineering and IT leadership experience. Rob creates system architectures that combine SolidWorks, PDM vaulting and various Engineering Resource Planning systems, to produce a very cohesive and useful enterprise level systems. He was the first person in the World to complete the DELMIAworks ERP technical certification

John Mignardi – ERP Specialist

John MignardiOver two decades of experience helping hundreds of businesses find design to manufacturing solutions using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, CPQ and Design Automation, Data Management Systems and ERP.

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by Rod Mackay at November 17, 2020 08:19 PM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 System Recommendations

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 system specifications and requirements.

While the following recommendations are intended as a general overview for most SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vaults, determining proper server and client hardware is one of the first steps that Javelin will provide during a SOLIDWORKS PDM Implementation service.

We strongly recommend that you contact our specialists if you are considering the purchase of any hardware or software for PDM. The optimal hardware and configuration for your vault may vary depending on many aspects, including the number of users, number of files in the vault and other factors.

NOTE:  These recommendations DO NOT APPLY to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard

Database Server:

  • Processor: 4 Cores with 3Ghz or higher clock speed
  • Operating System: Windows Server 2019
  • Database Software: Microsoft SQL Server Standard 2019 (see further information regarding licensing below)
  • Memory: 32GB (see further information regarding memory below)
  • Storage configuration: Windows OS and SQL Server software in RAID 1 SSD ; SQL Database file (.mdf) RAID 1 SSD; SQL Log file (.ldf) RAID 1 SSD

Archive Server:

  • Processor: 3Ghz or higher clock speed
  • Operating System: Windows Server 2019
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Storage configuration: Dedicated high speed storage drive(s) for archives

What is the recommended system architecture for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 servers?

For medium and large PDM Vaults, It is recommended that a separate, dedicated server be used for the PDM Database Server.  For performance reasons no other databases should be hosted on the same server that is hosting the PDM database.  It is recommended that the SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Server Service (also called the Database Helper service) be installed on the same system that is hosting the SQL Server software.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that the Microsoft SQL Server software not be installed on a system that acts as an Active Directory Domain Controller, this can lead to several known issues, including security risks.

A separate server should be used for the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server service.  That same server can also be used for the PDM Web2 Server software.

What are the minimum hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021?

The minimum requirements can be found on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

What Processor (CPU) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS PDM  Professional 2021?

SOLIDWORKS PDM supports both Intel and AMD processors.

For the Database Server, Microsoft SQL can take advantage of multi core processing.  For optimal performance of PDM functions, it is recommended that the average CPU utilization be kept below 50%.  If average utilization is above 50%, then more cores may be needed.  Please note, If using Microsoft SQL Server Standard Core Licensing, adding additional cores may require also purchasing additional core licenses.  This can be discussed with your Microsoft retailer.

For the Archive Server and Web2 Server components the CPU requirements are much lower.

What Operating System is recommended for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 server components?

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 is officially supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019 (recommended)

NOTE:  Windows Server 2012 & Windows Server 2012R2 are NOT compatible with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021.

What Operating System is recommended for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 clients?

For client systems, SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 can only be installed on Windows 10.  SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 SP5 was the last release compatible with Windows 7.

Does SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 work in virtual environments?

Yes, however SOLIDWORKS only tests and supports PDM in specific virtual environments. A list of the currently supported virtual environments can be found on the SOLIDWORKS website

Can SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 be hosted in the Cloud?

Although SOLIDWORKS does not test PDM in any cloud provider (please see the note regarding non-supported environments bellow), cloud based servers running Windows Server Operating Systems, such as AWS EC2 or Microsoft Azure, can be used for SOLIDWORKS PDM servers.

Javelin offers various PDM cloud based solutions for customers who are interested in moving their data management to this environment.

If you are investigating your own cloud environment, please take note of the following:

  • Amazon Web Service’s Relational Database Services (RDS) is not an appropriate option for hosting PDM databases as it does not allow using a db_owner This leads to several issues when using PDM.
  • The runtime restricted license of Microsoft SQL Standard 2014 that was bundled with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional licenses purchased before Fall 2019, cannot be used for cloud based environments. For a cloud based SQL installation, you will need to ensure that you have an SQL Server license with Software Assurance, or use a EC2 or Azure instance that includes the appropriate licensing.
  • The latency between the clients to the cloud server must be under 100 milliseconds to prevent issues, best performance will be achieved if latency is below 50 milliseconds. Keep this in mind when selecting your Availability Zone.

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What version and release of Microsoft SQL Server is recommended for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021?

The following releases of Microsoft SQL Server can be used to host PDM Professional 2021 file vault databases:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP3 (SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 SP5 will be the last release compatible with SQL 2014)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019

For optimal performance, Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is recommended for hosting SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 databases.

The database can be hosted on SQL Server Standard or SQL Server Enterprise, however due to performance limitations SQL Express should not be used to host a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vault database in a production environment.

NOTE:  Ensure that you have the proper licensing for the version of SQL that you use for PDM Professional (your Microsoft Software Provider can help you determine if you have all the licenses needed for SQL).  Any licenses of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional sold before the fall of 2019 automatically included runtime restricted licenses of Microsoft SQL Standard 2014.  These licenses can not be upgraded to newer versions and are not eligible for Software Assurance from Microsoft.

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 requires Microsoft ODBC drive 17.3 or later for SQL Server to be installed on the Database Server and the Clients.

How much Memory (RAM) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021?

16GB is recommended for Archive Servers.  For the Database server, a minimum of 32GB is recommended, however this should be increased if necessary.  For optimal performance, there should be at least enough RAM fully cache the database files into the memory, plus an additional 4GB for the Operating System and other services.

What storage options are recommended for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021?

For PDM Archive storage, a hard drive with fast I/O speeds should be used, ideally a Solid State Drive.  Remote disks, such as a UNC share, NAS or SAN are NOT recommended for storing PDM Archives as there are known performance issues with such environments.  Additionally, SAN and NAS devices are not officially supported by SOLIDWORKS.

For the Microsoft SQL Server, it is recommended that the Windows Server OS (with the SQL software installation), database files (.mdf) and log files (.ldf) should each be separated to individual RAID 1 arrays using high speed Solid State Drives.

What are the network considerations for SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Client and Server components must be able to communicate on the following ports:

Client and Database Server:

  • TCP 1433
  • UDP 1434

Client and Archive Server:

  • TCP 3030
  • UDP 3030

Client and SolidNetWork License Server:

  • TCP 25734
  • UDP 25735

If a firewall is in place between the Client systems and the Servers, exceptions must be added for these ports.

NOTE:  These are the default ports used when the server components are installed however these can be changed through adjustments to the settings so always verify which ports your server components are using when creating any firewall exceptions.

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 no longer utilizes Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0, allowing it to be disabled if necessary.  However, all previous releases of SOLIDWORKS PDM (2019 and older) require TLS 1.0 to be enabled.

For remote, replicated sites, or cloud based server deployments, network latency between the clients and the Database Server must be less than 100 milliseconds (ms).  Latency above 100ms will lead to severe performance degradation, and above 200ms will result in timeout errors for most PDM functions.  Optimal client performance in a WAN environment will be achieved if the latency between the clients and the SQL Database Server is less than 50 milliseconds.

Which releases of SOLIDWORKS are compatible with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021?

The PDM Professional 2021 Add In for SOLIDWORKS is tested and fully supported for use with SOLIDWORKS 2021, 2020 and 2019.  While combinations of PDM Professional 2021 and older versions of SOLIDWORKS such as 2018 or 2017 may work, please note that they are not officially tested by SOLIDWORKS Development and so they are not fully supported combinations.

A newer release of SOLIDWORKS is never supported with a previous release of PDM (for instance, SOLIDWORKS 2021 is not compatible with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2020).

Starting with their 2019 releases, SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone both include PDM Integration built into their menus.  Starting in 2020, SOLIDWORKS Visualize also includes this integration.

Integrations are available for SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS PCB through the installation of additional Integration packages.

Which releases of Microsoft Office are compatible with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021?

Microsoft Office 2016 and 2019 are both compatible with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021.  It is recommended to use a 64-bit version of Microsoft Office.

NOTE:  SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2020 SP5 was the last release to support Microsoft Office 2013.

What if I am using an environment that is not supported by SOLIDWORKS?

If you choose to set up SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional in an unsupported or untested environment, keep in mind that while it may initially work, issues can potentially develop at any point in the future and it may be necessary to migrate to a supported environment.

If you are implementing SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional with the assistance of the Javelin PDM Services team,  we will assess your situation and advise you on the possible issues that may arise.

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by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE at November 17, 2020 05:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 SOLIDWORKS Top Ten List: Now Open for Submissions

SOLIDWOKRS Product Definition

It’s that time of year again! The drive for ideas in the annual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 SOLIDWORKS Top Ten List is happening right now!

Every year SOLIDWORKS users have the ability to participate in sharing their best enhancement ideas for SOLIDWORKS. At the end of the idea submission phase, the SOLIDWORKS user base can then vote for their favorite ideas. The timing of the Top Ten list coincides with the 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 conference. This year the conference will be a virtual event taking place February 8-12, 2021.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve only been using SOLIDWORKS products for a year or twenty years. Your ideas will be read by other SOLIDWORKS users and the Product Definition team at SOLIDWORKS!  When it comes time.  Also, there’s a great track record for implementation of Top Ten ideas!

Platform for SOLIDWORKS Top Ten

As with last year, the platform upon which the Top Ten List resides is 3DSwym. So, if you are new or you didn’t submit an idea last year, please see the main SOLIDWORKS Forum article and video. There’s information on how to access the Top Ten. Once you have access to the Top Ten forum, check out the video at the top called “Starting Here: Informational Video!”

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Important Dates

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Idea Submission Open: November 10th, 2020 through January 4th, 2021
Voting Open: January 4th through February 1st, 2021
3DEXPERIENCE WORLD: February 8-12, 2021
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You have no ideas? Your input is still important!

This isn’t just for people who want to submit an idea. This for all current SOLIDWORKS users to see what’s on everyone else’s mind. Maybe you don’t have an idea yourself, but you find that someone else’s idea might disrupt your own workflows. Your thoughts about proposed changes to the software are very important!  Likewise, perhaps you see a great idea that needs a bit more polishing to better suit your own needs. Your input about that is also very important!

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There’s already some great ideas to check out:

  • Make Face Curves Editable
  • BOM to Filter Visible Components
  • Left Hand Cosmetic Threads
  • In a “Multiple Page Drawing” scenario, Add a Property Tab to Change Drw Format

Have fun reading everyone else’s ideas and hopefully submitting your own as well! If you have any more questions in regards to how you can participate, watch this informative video on exactly what to do. Click on the banner below to register for free for the event.

Author information

Matt Lorono
Product Definition Manager at SolidWorks Dassault Systemes
Applying two decades of engineering field experience to improve and create new SOLIDWORKS products

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by Matt Lorono at November 17, 2020 01:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Macro to toggle “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit”

The “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit” option, as it sounds, automatically rotates the view orientation to be normal to a sketch plane when it is created or edited. In this article I’ll show you how assign this option to a toggle switch.

The option is found in Tools > Options > System Options > Sketch > Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit. This option is disabled (unchecked) by default in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and earlier but is enabled (checked) by default in SOLIDWORKS 2021.

SOLIDWORKS Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit

Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit

Every user is different; some prefer this option enabled all the time while others do not. If you are like me, you might prefer to toggle this option on and off to your liking with a simple click of a button. Although a Command Button doesn’t exist for this system option, a quick Macro can be created to toggle the option ON and OFF at will. Simply copy & paste the code below into a new Macro and you’ll be on your way.

Option Explicit
' ******************************************************************************
' Created by Javelin Technologies. Please use this Macro at your own discretion.
' Javelin Technologies is not responsible for any undesired results. Always test before use!
' This code will toggle the option "Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit"
' ******************************************************************************
Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
Dim boolstatus As Boolean

Sub main()
Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

'Check the current Option Setting
boolstatus = swApp.GetUserPreferenceToggle(swUserPreferenceToggle_e.swAutoNormalToSketchMode)

'Switch the setting
If boolstatus Then
    swApp.SetUserPreferenceToggle swUserPreferenceToggle_e.swAutoNormalToSketchMode, False
Else
    swApp.SetUserPreferenceToggle swUserPreferenceToggle_e.swAutoNormalToSketchMode, True
End If

End Sub

If you are new to Macros, please see the following blog article on how to create Macro Buttons in SOLIDWORKS.

NOTE: The API examples are provided as is and should be used as reference only. You may use it in your environment, change it, or distribute it, but Javelin is not responsible for any types of damages whatsoever (including without limitation, damages from the loss of use, data, profits, or business) arising out of the uses of this information, applications or services.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Macros/API

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

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by Prasadh Annalingam, CSWE at November 17, 2020 01:00 PM

November 16, 2020

SolidSmack

KeyShot 3MF Support Offers Full-Color 3D Prints

We are cooking with gas now people! Hot off the press. The 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) file type is about to go prime-time owing to KeyShot and Stratasys. This dynamic duo is bringing an honest to goodness CMF experience to early-stage physical prototyping.

For those not familiar, the 3MF format could be likened to a next-gen STL. Bundled inside this potent format is all the information necessary to represent the topology of a 3D model, plus color, material, and finish (CMF) definition. What’s this mean? well with the right software and hardware you can hold within your hand a physical prototype that looks and feels like the real deal. Now that’s good stuff! You can find out more about this groundbreaking format via the 3MF Consortium.

Keyshot 10 is bringing the software to the table with its Smart Export functionality, while Stratasys is providing the hardware via their J55 and J8 Series printers.

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The results are the stuff every industrial designer dreams of! A few of the designers working at Priority Designs, located in Columbus Ohio are getting the chance to live the dream! They’ve put out an excellent case study. Enjoy!

<figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><figcaption>source: Stratasys & Priority Designs</figcaption></figure>

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by Vince Haley at November 16, 2020 11:56 PM

SolidWorks Legion

Gravity, or the defeat thereof

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by fcsuper at November 16, 2020 04:59 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Electrical Terminations: Rise of the Machines

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Terminations Manager

Let’s continue where we left off in our Back to the Future blog and talk about…time travel! Another well known series that sees several time jumps is the Terminator franchise!  In order to understand the sequels, you need to go back to the start and understand…how did we get here?

The robots have taken over! A silicon valley company responsible for developing self aware AI causes the downfall of civilization as the machines turned on their makers, and the last leaders of humanity are running out of hope against the robot army, resorting to last ditch strategic jumps through time on missions to snuff out the source of the problem to restore the future…whoa.

Well, in case you’ve looked around, AI, robots, and cobots ARE taking over, but in the more helpful manufacturing and industrial automation sense.  And chances are you’re going to do some terminating of your very own on one of these revolutionary machines in the very near future.

Become a Terminator

In 2020, SOLIDWORKS Electrical now has a dedicated feature to help you become a Terminator. But before you take up your weapon of choice in hopes of saving future…project…timelines…let’s ask the question again,  “How did we get here?”

Let’s go back to a darker time… the year is 2019. It’s a world where users scrap and fight for ways to define how a wire meets a component’s terminals. Wiring techs scavenge through drawings for any shred of helpful information. The  engineer responsible for documenting termination information is left few options: USER DATA, gobbling up the part’s Mnemonic text (which may better be used to indicate pin signaling info), or direct text entry.

Jumping forward in time, the battle is won, a hope arises: a dedicated feature that let’s us define our possible termination options from a library, then define the termination style used wherever necessary with a simple drop down either at time of part creation or component entry into the project.

How to Use Terminations

So with the past behind us, let’s look forward to your next machine design…

Terminations are defined in the library.  To edit or add new termination types to the manager, we enter the library and visit the Terminations Manager section.

 

We have several stock options and here can easily add new options with a description and name, they are now available in terminations drop down; no symbol is necessary here unless you want it.

Once in your library, the terminations become available in 2 main areas.  We can assign a default termination style on a manufacturer part’s terminals; now each time this part is chosen in a project, that termination is defined.

However, this designation, weather specified or left blank, can be modified on a component-by-component basis once in your project.  In other words, we can set a part up to behave as it normally would, but are free to edit it on a case-by-case basis in your projects.

It’s as simple as editing the terminals on a component and choosing the termination possibilities from the termination selector.

Now that terminations are defined on the component on a per terminal basis, what can we do with them? Results can show up and be used in several areas starting with the wire or cable to from list, connection label attributes, and directly on schematics with the symbol terminal termination attribute readout.

For the wire to from list, we simply include the termination information for the wire’s origin and destination and the readout will appear in the report preview, and be kept current with report updates.

The next 2 uses are applied in a similar way: first adding termination info to a schematic symbol, we can edit a symbol, and simply select the attribute related to the pin, and lay it at the preferred position.

 

Similarly, we can set the pin-by-pin termination attribute in a connection label, so our tables read out each pin’s termination information.

Clarifications: This doesn’t address the terminations from a Bill of Materials (BOM) perspective, only from a reporting and attribute perspective. If you need each termination as a separate part addition, then treat them as a traditional symbol / part combo.  If you need terminations relative to a component on the BOM, add them to a component’s part list.

So take up your newest weapon and see how this nifty new dedicated time-saver can help you take down your next project’s terminator detailing with ease!

 


Contact Us

Did you like this tutorial? There’s more where this comes from. Find other blogs covering SOLIDWORKS Electrical by Evan or more on our YouTube Tech Tip videos.

Have a question? We’re always available to talk over the phone, for you to leave a message, or for you to submit a request – just contact us.

 

About the Author

GSC’s Evan Stanek has over 10 years of experience as an Electrical Applications Engineer. Prior to GSC, he worked as an engineer in the broadcasting field designing panel layouts and schematics/installations for transmitter control systems, as well as network and control layouts for radio studios. Evan is a certified SOLIDWORKS Electrical Trainer and Electrical Applications Engineer (CSWE).

 

 

Author information

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

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by GSC at November 16, 2020 04:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

Control Visibility of Invisible Actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 we can control the visibility of the actors that are invisible in the viewport when selected.

As hidden or invisible actors have their visibility turned off and sometimes when we show them in the viewport, it’s difficult to locate if the geometry-actor is shown when the assembly is large and we have way too many parts.

With Composer 2021 we can now specify to highlight actors in the viewport when they are selected in the Assembly tree even before the geometry actor is shown.

Invisible Actor Setting:

  1. Go to File > Applications Preferences, the Application Preferences Dialog box opens up
  2. Click on the Selection Tab
  3. Toggle ON/OFF – “Highlight in the viewport invisible actors belonging to the selection”

Visibility of hidden actors

See below the images of the model with this visibility option is Toggled OFF and ON. In both cases, the geometry actor Finger Grip is toggled off (hidden) and is not visible in the viewport. But when we select the finger grip from the assembly tree, the location of the hidden actor can be seen with the visibility actor option ON.

 

Visibility of Hidden actor OFF - when selected

Visibility of Hidden actor OFF – when selected

 

Visibility of Hidden actor ON- when selected

Visibility of Hidden actor ON- when selected

In the previous version of the composer, this option (control) didn’t even exist, and the visibility of the hidden actor couldn’t be shown even when it was selected.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Composer

To learn more about SOLIDWORKS Composer attend our SOLIDWORKS Composer Essentials training course either in a classroom near you or live online.

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by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP at November 16, 2020 01:53 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

Coming to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021: American Chopper Star Designer Jason Pohl Joins SOLIDWORKS as an “Industrial Design Champion”

A few years ago a prominent industrial designer told me that SOLIDWORKS is to Industrial Design what a chainsaw is to ice sculpting, “everyone knows that a chainsaw can cut a tree, but very few know that is an effective tool for ice sculpting.” This has been true for many years and SOLIDWORKS has been used by industrial designers to design and create some of the most successful products across the globe.

Jason Pohl, the recognized industrial designer who made a name for himself on the long-running TV series American Chopper, has a new role as “Industrial Design Champion” for SOLIDWORKS. In this new capacity, Pohl’s design process will be recorded for others to see; he’ll create custom parts from the initial concept sketch to 3D sculpting, programming, and machining of the final product—a process that will showcase Pohl’s creativity and the software’s capabilities.

Photo credit: Erin Witkowski; Instagram: @erinwitkowskiphoto

 

Jason also designed and created a custom motorcycle for SOLIDWORKS, which now sits in Dassault Systemes’ North American headquarters cafeteria, in Waltham, MA. The motorcycle was completely designed in SOLIDWORKS. Pohl knew he would need a design application that could blend the artistry of chopper design with actual manufacturing techniques and engineering data. “Basically, we had any kind of software available to us, but needed to choose the right package not only to capture our ideas but also support advanced manufacturing processes in our new factory.

SOLIDWORKS recently added cloud-based 3D Sculptor to its expanding 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio. It helps industrial designers quickly create complex, organically shaped 3D models. 3D Sculptor offers a variety of specialized functions that let you quickly create highly stylized 3D geometry by letting you push and pull, or sculpt, your geometry to the shape you desire.

Jason aims to inspire the next generation of designers by demonstrating the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Portfolio. With educational seminars and user group meetings, Pohl will share his extensive design and manufacturing knowledge through both video and live, in-person demonstrations. Throughout, viewers will become better acquainted with 3D printers, CNC machine manufacturers, hardware companies, and tooling partners.

“I’m excited to share my experiences with other designers and inventors,” says Pohl. “With a healthy imagination and the proper tools, I really do believe people can create just about anything.”

 

About Jason Pohl

Standing at the crossroads of design and technology, American designer Jason Pohl earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Illinois Institute of Art. As an Artist/Animator at Incredible Technologies he worked on various video games. As Lead Designer since 2004 at Orange County Choppers, he’s provided state-of-the-art designs for Fortune 500 companies and individuals from all over the world. Pohl, a father of three and longtime resident of New York’s Hudson River Valley says his favorite project is always “the next one.”  www.JasonPohl.com

Author information

Suchit Jain
Suchit Jain
Suchit is the Vice President, Strategy, Community & Business Development for Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS.

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by Suchit Jain at November 16, 2020 01:00 PM

November 15, 2020

The Javelin Blog

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 3

In part 3 of the easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet making series we are going to add all the extra standard parts for the cabinetry like feet, hardware and a counter top. I will show you how to add parts within a part and position them properly. You can catch up with part 1 and 2 here.

I have a foot I created with a two sided taper:

Specify Asymmetric with different dimensions to get this effect.

Specify Asymmetric with different dimensions to get this effect.

The easiest way I found to do the taper on multiple sides is to use a Distance to Distance Chamfer type:

Specify Asymmetric with different dimensions to get this effect.

To bring this into the cabinet part click on Insert and about half way down select Part. If your part isn’t open then browse for it.

Before completing the command we need to select a couple of options. Under Transfer we want Solid Bodies and then we want Locate Part.

The Locate Part with act like mates in an assembly. Once you hit the check to complete the command we then need to position the foot. This is done by hitting the Constrain button as this will open up standard mates. The trick to this is do not click the check mark until all mates are done, instead click the Add button to add a mate and move onto another.

Add a mate

Add a mate

If you accidentally clicked the check just navigate to the Body-Move/Copy and edit the feature.

To add the rest of the feet it’s a simple two mirror process which is a good reason why we did the center rectangle and mid-plane extrusion because the standard planes are utilized here. One last thing about the mirror is that this is a body to mirror not a feature.

Mirror Body

Mirror Body

I’m going to create a counter top within the part. Starting a sketch on the top I convert the outside edges and then offset three leaving the back out. I Connect the lines with an Extend Entities. Now when you go to extrude you will notice the counter is in the middle of the cabinet to offset this to the top use the From and use Surface top face.  One thing to note is remove the Merge Result check because we want this as another body.

Boss-extrude

Boss-extrude counter top

Last item on our list is to fillet the countertop. This is a three-sided fillet leaving the back side again knowing that the backside is up against the wall. To the top and bottom edges I add a fillet and the front corners I add a different dimension fillet.

Fillet the counter top

Fillet the counter top

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by James Swackhammer at November 15, 2020 01:00 PM

November 14, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer: Cubic Trefoil Knot

Cubic Trefoil Knot: This model demonstrates a different technique for creating a weldment without using a 3D sketch or a collection of 2D sketches. This multi-body part is called a Cubic Trefoil Knot. It is a 3D-golygon (knotted golygon).  Instead of using standard weldment structural members, the building blocks are created then patterned.

Download the Cubic Trefoil Knot here

Complexity: Basic

Features: Move/Copy Body, Constraint

Complexity: Basic

Want to learn more? You can view the full list of previous Part Reviewer Tutorials here.

DraftSight Download: In conjunction with DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes’ 2D CAD product, the 2D drawing(.dwg) file of the Cubic Trefoil Knot Tutorial is now available for download here.

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at November 14, 2020 04:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

How to Remove or Edit SOLIDWORKS Macro Buttons

In this tech tip learn how to remove or edit an existing SOLIDWORKS Macro Button. To learn how to Create Macro Buttons, please read my related article.

To remove a Macro Button, the first thing we’re going to do is open the Customize Window (Tools > Customize).

SOLIDWORKS Tools > Customize

SOLIDWORKS Tools > Customize > Open Customize Window

Next, simply click and drag the existing Macro from the toolbar to anywhere in the Customize Window. You will see the Macro button icon with an “X” indicating that it will be removed.

SOLIDWORKS Remove Existing Macros

Remove Existing Macros

To edit the Macro Button, simply right click where it is on the toolbar and it will open the Customize Macro Button.

Edit Existing Macros

Edit Existing Macros

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Macros/API

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

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by Prasadh Annalingam, CSWE at November 14, 2020 01:00 PM

November 13, 2020

SolidSmack

SkillCoach | Making Design In The Music City Fractal Design | Spring 2021 Industrial Design Internship Opportunity

Pack your bags young people cause there’s a design gig to be had in Nashville, Music City USA! That is if you’ve got the chops to get da props. Fractal design, a physical product development firm just went live on the job board over on leManoosh with an Industrial design internship opportunity for spring 2021. Fractal is casting their net the world over to find creative talent with just the right fit. Fractal is laser-focused on the kind of talent they are looking for.

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The Chops – (aka your budding skills)

I’ve culled their about YOU paragraph and highlighted a few must-have traits that stood out to me.

You are compulsive about learning new things, even if you’re not sure when you will use the knowledge. You pride yourself on being a good question-asker which allows you to refine vague instructions until you have a clear direction. You are comfortable with using power tools, but you’re careful enough to not make all of us uncomfortable with you using them. You keep up with Industrial Design trends and practice your craft in spare time. To you, making things and solving problems is the most fun you could have at work, and that’s why you are reading this now.

Fractal, Partners
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The Props – (Your Skill + Perks)

So your thinking you might want to apply? Keep in mind to even get your foot in the proverbial digital door, you’ve gotta be a Junior at minimum, Senior, or recent grad pursuing a BA or MA in Industrial Design. Now if any of these are your state of being, read on!

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  • Make clients happy by understanding them, solving their problems, and keeping them engaged.
  • Assist with running and maintaining 3D printers
  • Sketch design concepts
  • Scrap together many quick mock-ups from all kinds of materials, especially 3D-printed ones.
  • Design and assemble high-quality prototypes.
  • Build CAD models using Onshape.
  • Work closely with the Fractal team.
  • Provide excellent documentation for your designs from initial research to calculations to finished specifications for manufacturing.

What I gather from this list is that you will have the privilege to engage in REAL Design work. That’s good stuff!

BTW, I highlighted the CAD software requirement for Onshape as I’m thinking it’s the start of a trend in the ID space. I had the opportunity to connect with Evan Reese one of the Fractal partners via a virtual Onshape user meeting. His surface modeling skills and exploration are next-level! If cultivating CAID and MCAD skills is one of your aspirations, this intern opportunity should be just the ticket.

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Every job has its perks and Fractal has pulled together an assortment of intern perks worthy of noting. Check them out!

  • Pay: $15/hour
  • Maker Reimbursement – up to $50/month
  • Access to 3D printers for personal use
  • Stocked fridge and snacks
  • Company events: hang out as part of the Fractal Team
  • Join Nashville’s best product dev consultancy

Alright, I’ve sounded the call. If this post has piqued your curiosity, hop on over to leManoosh, or better yet, visit the Fractal site. Treat yourself to a self-paced virtual tour and team meet-n-greet. If you play it right (pun intended) come spring 2021 you’ll be making design in Nashville, Tennesse Music City, USA!

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by Vince Haley at November 13, 2020 07:26 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Dolls House Furniture Part 2 – Tutorial

In part 2 of this 2-part SOLIDWORKS tutorial we created a furniture set for a dolls house kitchen, this includes a kitchen unit with functional doors, a dining table and chairs. The tutorial uses a range of 3D tools, and sketch tools to design them. The furniture is 1:12 scale or the 1-inch scale as it’s also known for dolls houses, so if you’re modelling dolls house furniture based on your own furniture, remember to scale it down based on this. The cottage dolls house created in another SOLIDWORKS tutorial is perfect for this scale furniture. Visit the SOLIDWORKS blog to see this.

You will need to have completed part 1 of the tutorial if you want to have the lounge furniture set. As mentioned in part 1 of the tutorial, there is also some furniture for the Dolls house rooms upstairs which are available to download here 

This tutorial involves creating the individual furniture parts, each piece of furniture that is created is built up of separate bodies, this is to mimic how the furniture would be created in real life circumstances. In the toy industry most pieces of furniture are made with 6mm thick wooden sheets and are reinforced by other wood thicknesses and are constructed using glue and slotted features. Wooden hinges were added in this tutorial for the kitchen unit’s oven and cupboard doors. A metal or wooden rod was added to the door through the doors side and it sits into the counter top and base so that the door could pivot on it. Using move/copy bodies the oven and cupboard door are opened using the temporary axis of the hinge rods. The move/copy bodies can then be suppressed in the part, when the furniture is placed into an assembly, it can then be un-suppressed to open and close the doors, this is useful to create different views for renderings.

At the end of the tutorial, I add all the furniture pieces to an assembly, including the extra accessories, they can all be seen in the below rendering.

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

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by Jade Crompton at November 13, 2020 04:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 2

In part 2 of the easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet making series I am going to separate the front face of the body for drawers and create bottom door pieces. You can catch up with part 1 here »

Reference planes with 6" spacing from the top face.

Reference planes with 6″ spacing from the top face.

Continuing with the SOLIDWORKS Split tool because it can be used in a different way other than selecting faces. I’m going to add some reference planes based from the top face as my first reference and spacing them (plural) 6 inches apart going down.  I want two of them for two drawer fronts.

Split command using the planes as the cutting tool.

Split command using the planes as the cutting tool.

I’m going to preselect the planes just created and start the Split command. We must specify the body(s) we want to Split with is the front piece. We want all pieces from this Split. Now we are left with 2 drawer fronts and a larger bottom door. Once the command is complete I typically hide the planes.

Using the Offset of the face for a quick fully defined sketch.

Using the Offset of the face for a quick fully defined sketch.

I wanted a bottom door with a circular mesh inlay. For this we need to do a standard cut extrude through the door only. When I start my sketch on the face the part become highlighted, this is a good thing as now I move right to the Offset command. With the offset I going choose my dimension and reverse direction to inside. Immediately we have a fully defined sketch we can cut. When I do the Cut-Extrude instead of adding a dimension I choose Up To Next. This will recognize the thickness of the door.

You must select the faces in the picture for the Split to work

You must select the faces in the picture for the Split to work

I want this door separated into four pieces. To do this, you guessed it, Split command. The faces to select are not as intuitive as before.

This will make the tops longer and the sides shorter.

This will make the tops longer and the sides shorter.

Cut bodies as per usual and select the four door pieces in the graphics area.

Easily make a sketch with 45° lines for Mitered Corners and Split.

Easily make a sketch with 45° lines for Mitered Corners and Split.

In the next article

We will add feet, counter top, door hardware, and I’ll show you how to position them.

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by James Swackhammer at November 13, 2020 01:00 PM

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021

SOLIDWORKS Visualize continues to release enhancements that elevate its useability, performance, and output quality—and Visualize 2021 is no exception. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the top enhancements. Be sure to check out the complete list of Visualize enhancements: What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021.

SOLIDWORKS CAD Configuration Support

Visualize 2021 provides tighter integration with SOLIDWORKS CAD by offering full support of part and assembly configurations. If you are eager to test this out, make sure to enable the Add Display Data Mark option to make configurations available after the import process. Managing what configurations are loaded into the Visualize project through this option is a nice way to keep performance optimal during import.

The Add Display Data Mark option allows you to move between configurations after the model has been imported into Visualize, which opens up tons of possibilities and streamlining workflows. Previously, this was managed with multiple projects, or you had to import the part/assembly multiple times into the same project.

One thing to keep in mind: You now have two sets of configurations when the model is imported. The Visualize configurations still manage the appearances, scenes, and so forth, while the Model configurations give access to the different geometry brought in from the import.

How do they work together? Let’s look at an example.

Figure 1 shows the CAD model’s Default configuration with a regal red appearance applied at the REGAL RED Base Configuration. Figure 2 shows that once the model is switched to the Bracket and Housing configuration, the regal red no longer appears since it is tied only to the Default assembly configuration.

Figure 1 – REGAL RED Configuration

Figure 2 – Bracket and Housing Configuration

Part and Appearance Selection

Visualize 2021 now offers a faster, more direct method to move from part to appearance selection modes. While active in PART selection mode—which for most of us using Visualize 2021 will be our go-to selection mode—a single click will select the part, and a double click will grab the part’s appearance (See Figure 3). This subtle but powerful enhancement is sure to speed up your workflows when setting up static image and animation rendering projects.

Figure 3 – Select and Grab Part Appearance

Capped Cutting Planes

Capped cutting planes (or section views) are a great way to show internal designs and complexity in your part and assembly renderings. With Visualize 2021, section cut planes have a few enhancements that make them even more powerful than before by introducing capped sections and color options. These are found within the options after the capped section has been created (See Figure 4).

Figure 4 – Capped Cutting Planes

Pro Tip: If you run into surfaces that appear to be bleeding through each other, try applying a small amount of scale to the parts that share coincident faces. This is a quick fix to let Visualize know which surface is on top/bottom of each other and appropriately render.

Toon Filter Effect

Rendering is synonymous with photorealism but is not always needed for product communication, especially early in the design process. Visualize 2021 offers a new Toon camera filter available in Visualize professional. With an existing camera selected or a new camera created, the Enable Toon Option is available on the Filters tab. There are a few preset options to play around with, but the Toon Filter offers full customization of the line colors and shading styles. This MIGHT be one of the COOLEST enhancements for 2021.

Figure 5 – Toon Filter Option

PRO TIPS: Use the Toon Shaded “shaded” style and Toon Detail options for some great conceptual renderings! Another tip is to create duplicates of cameras and enable this option. When queueing all cameras, a standard render along with a toon render will be added to the Visualize queue.

Displacement Maps

Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize allowed you to apply displacement maps, which give 3D textures to CAD models. These surfaces are often skipped in the modeling process because they can add unnecessary complexity such as tread plated steel, knurling operations, and 3D printed textures, to name a few.

Displacement maps are based on greyscale images to tell the software how much to push/pull the surface and where; it’s similar to how a topology map (Figure 6) illustrates elevation contours on a 2D map. New in Visualize 2021 is the ability to control the density of how these displacement maps (Figure 7) are calculated, essentially giving the user the ability to change the density of the topology lines in our map analogy.

Figure 6 – Topology Map

Figure 7 – Displacement Map

Want to learn more about What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021? Make sure to check out the complete video playlist on the SOLIDWORKS YouTube channel, and don’t forget to comment on the Visualize What’s New Video. We’d love to hear about YOUR favorite enhancement in this year’s release.

If you’d like a demo of SOLIDWORKS Visualize, please contact your local reseller.

 

 

 

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Mike Sande
Mike Sande
Territory Technical Manager at SOLIDWORKS
Michael is a graduate of Montana State University where he focused in finite element analysis and simulation MEMS manufacturing in his quest for his BSME. When not enjoying engineering documentaries, you will find Michael exercising his creative side through his love of photography, art, family, animals and of course SOLIDWORKS CAD.

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by Mike Sande at November 13, 2020 01:00 PM

November 12, 2020

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Course Preview

Attend a live SOLIDWORKS training demonstration to learn how the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course develops a deeper understanding of the essential tools and techniques SOLIDWORKS users need to master for every day use.

In this training preview session we will complete a selection of 4 exercises from the essentials manual to illustrate the range of topics covered. We’ll look at how you can model faster and smarter using different approaches, shortcuts and tips. This will be demonstrated with techniques for part modeling, part editing, drawings, and assembly creation.

About the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course

The SOLIDWORKS Essentials is a comprehensive 6 Day (5 hours/day) live online training course. New CAD users, seasoned users of other CAD systems and veteran SOLIDWORKS users can all benefit from Essentials training.

Real life case studies are used to illustrate processes, teaching everything you need to know for building parametric parts and assemblies, and making engineering drawings. Watch the preview video below to see what’s included in the essentials course:

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About Live Online Training

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

Advantages
  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
  • Interact live with the instructor just like classroom-based training

Training Presenter

photo of Robert Gemmell

Robert Gemmell: Training and Process Consultant at Javelin

I inspire those who use CAD to work smarter and more confidently, taking advantage of tips, tricks and tools to remove barriers.

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by Rod Mackay at November 12, 2020 08:32 PM

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Microsoft’s Xbox Series X Takes The Fridge Meme and Turns It Into A Slick Advertisement

xbox series x fridge

Well, they’ve done it. They’ve hacked into our brains. Barely a day after my neurons were all a-buzz with interstitial activity over the thoughts of the next-generation console as “mini-fridge”, Microsoft busted out a premier release of a CGI trailer for their new Xbox Series X Fridge and it’s slick!

Now I’m pretty sure they are not gonna be releasing a juiced-up super fridge to the masses, but with a video, description reading “Power Your Memes”, who knows to what end they might channel our thoughts!

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Now to be clear, Microsoft is using meme culture in a tongue-in-cheek way to advertise their upcoming Xbox Series X console. For us the meme is already there, so why not capitalize on it and make a fun viral ad?

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The commercial plot is quite simple, “food for thought”. And the frig is packed with an array of foods depicting the broad genre of creativity and entertainment prowess possible using Microsoft gear. The scene is hilarious!

Through clever CGI your average sized Xbox X console has been transformed into a gigantic black refrigerator all aglow and sporting the Xbox brand logo. The music sets the mood as we are being drawn into the inner-world journey.

Once inside the food is the does the talking and we each make a mental connection with our favorite games and otherworld world experiences.

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For example, you’ve got your Doom Eternal steak and Valhalla goblets from some Assassin’s Creed. And right on cue with reading our minds, you’ve got a dish of Psychonauts 2 Jell-O brain. Gears 5 tomatoes and a host of other foodstuff fill out the rest of the fridge. And a product placement head nods his given via the Monster Energy drinks. The fridge is filled with treats all pertaining to different titles coming to Microsoft’s new game console.

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The Xbox Series X console looks tiny when compared to the fridge, but Microsoft isn’t fooling us – owing to the technology packed inside the unit in its own right is somewhat gargantuan. Finding just the right home for it could be a tad tricky as an under television presence may occupy too much real estate. The console is set to release on November 10th.

Finally, here’s to hoping Microsoft actually makes the fridge and gives the likes of Whirlpool and LG a run for their money! As it stands, the appliance industry could definitely use a shake-up. BTW, the person who thought up this ad, well, they could definitely use a raise.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 12, 2020 04:17 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Mesh Quality Diagnostics Tool

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has added an important tool to help diagnose and efficiently improve mesh quality — the Mesh Quality Diagnostics Tool. Take the hoist ring part below: of particular interest is the area where the ring meets the block.

Hoist ring mesh

In SOLIDWORKS 2020 and previous releases, we could create a mesh quality diagnostic plot to show aspect ratio or Jacobian ratio by right-clicking Mesh in the Simulation Study Tree and selecting Create Mesh Quality Plot. The Mesh Quality Plot below displays the aspect ratio for the hoist ring elements.

Mesh Quality Plot - Aspect Ratio

Mesh Quality Plot – Aspect Ratio

The Mesh Quality Diagnostics Tool brings numerous improvements, including the ability to automatically isolate poor quality elements. To access the diagnostics tool, right-click Mesh (or an existing Mesh Quality Plot) in the Simulation Study Tree, and select Mesh Quality Diagnostics.

Mesh Quality Diagnostics - PropertyManager

Mesh Quality Diagnostics – PropertyManager

Selecting the option to “Switch to Probe and Diagnose when poor quality elements are detected” brings up the Probe dialog if poor quality elements are present, as shown below. We can select the listed elements to highlight them in the graphics window, and select the Mesh Helper to access helpful tips to refine the mesh before running the study.

Mesh Quality Diagnostics - Isolate

Mesh Quality Diagnostics – Isolate

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by Julian Wolf at November 12, 2020 04:12 PM

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The DiFOLD Origami Bottle Is a Reusable Liquid Container Which Folds In On Itself

difold origami bottle

I jump at any chance to save the environment with my actions but sometimes, these alternatives can be a tad inconvenient.

Take reusable bottles, for instance. While you definitely cut down on plastic waste, hanging on to them can be a bear! Think about the moment after your last swig of your favorite beverage. What to do? Yep, stuff it in your bag. Now you’ve got a little less useful space and a tad of extra weight to tote around to boot! An when you get home, you guessed it, you got to give the bottle a good old-fashion scrubbing, but you can handle that, right? But what if there was a bottle that could make reuse more manageable and do it in style! The DiFOLD Origami Bottle is just that product.

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DiFOLD was created specifically to address these little nuisances which come with owning reusable bottles. The bottle is made from an eco-friendly polymer blend, affectionately dubbed “BBHPTLOHP”. That’s short for Biobased, High Performance, Thermoplastic, Light-weight, Orderless, Hygenic, Polymer (phew!). The novelty of this product is how the design team has made uses of the BBHPTLOHP to create a collapsible structure. The thermoplastic polymer recipe of the DiFOLD allows it to be folded down and extended repeatedly with material fatigue or failure. The collapsed mode is perfect for saving that coveted space inside your bag or pack.

As for cleanability, the DiFOLD looks to make the grade. The origami-style folds and creases are all external, living the inside of the product super smooth for easier cleaning.

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When unfurled, the DiFOLD architecture is cylindrical which is common to most regular water bottles. The body of the 25oz (750ml) version is 8.3” (21cm) tall when fully extended. Stainless steel (the heaviest components of the bottle) is used for the closure, both cap, and threaded collar. No worries about leaks here!

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The real magic starts once you finish your drink.

By pressing the bottle at certain key points, you can fold the DiFOLD into a pocket-sized sachet that fits nicely in your bag or your pocket. The folded bottle measures 2.2” (5.5cm), so it shouldn’t take up much space at all. Whenever you need to refill your bottle with a drink, simply expand the DiFOLD by pulling on it from both ends.

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The foldable nature of the bottle can be helpful in the office and in school, but where it really shines is during outdoor trips. Since carrying space is at a premium, you want to use it as wisely as possible. Having a collapsible bottle like this one will definitely ease your problems of space management and weight distribution.

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Thanks to the apt selection of the BBHPTLOHP (Biobased, High Performance, Thermoplastic, Light-weight, Orderless, Hygenic, Polymer) material which makes up the DiFOLD, the bottle is pretty sturdy as well. It can survive a ton of abuse and unless you press on the specific folding creases, the DiFOLD won’t collapse on itself. As an added bonus, the bottle is also dishwasher and bottlebrush safe.

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It took two years to develop DiFOLD from the initial sketch, through CAD and into tooling. The design process was highly iterative especially owing to the material needing to do the heavy lifting. Each revision of the origami pattern sequence moved the design team closer to arriving at a suitable structure. In the end, an array of trapezoid shapes bisected and creased yielded the perfect collapsible structure and visual appeal you see on the final bottle.

The DiFOLD Origami Bottle was successfully funded back in July 2020 on Indiegogo, and in an additional campaign on Kickstarter. Hop over to either site to find more information and details on how you might get your hands on one!

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 12, 2020 02:29 PM

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Explore the Collaborative Power of 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight

2D drafting is incredibly important in many industries: it is the preferred way to document and communicate design ideas for many designers, engineers, manufacturers, and more. One of the most popular and trusted drafting software programs is DraftSight, SOLIDWORKS’ powerful and easy-to-use 2D CAD solution.

Backed by a passionate community of users, DraftSight is also beloved within the SOLIDWORKS community, as it optimizes the use of 2D and 3D design tools to boost productivity and simplify workflows. 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight further extends these capabilities. By connecting familiar and robust 2D drafting tools with the power of 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS, 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight brings users together for secure structured and unstructured collaboration and sharing.

On Monday, November 16, tune into “Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Live” for a demonstration of 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight. Alex Timofeev joins the 3DEXPERIENCE experts to walk viewers through 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight’s different features, showing how you can manage drawings in one single environment, create custom workflows, and more.

3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight looks and acts very similar to DraftSight, but comes with a new task pane that interacts directly with 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS. Alex will demonstrate how to save files locally and on the cloud, create new revisions, share with team members, and build workflows to help keep track of complex projects. Viewers will learn how 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight helps them easily create and review drawings, share data, monitor projects, define and complete tasks, and much more.

Sound interesting? Register for the webinar and get ready to learn how 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight can help you manage data and better connect with teammates and stakeholders. To learn more about the other solutions in the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio, check out this link.

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at November 12, 2020 01:00 PM

November 11, 2020

The Javelin Blog

A Simple Workflow to 3D Print Your SOLIDWORKS Concept Models

Product design workflow is easier than ever before, thanks to Stratasys 3D printers and SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software. Read on to find out how you can 3D print your SOLIDWORKS models:

SOLIDWORKS Click to 3D Print

SOLIDWORKS Click to 3D Print

The Workflow Problem

Amazing technology isn’t useful if you can’t take full advantage of its benefits. Achieving realistic 3D printed models from SOLIDWORKS shouldn’t require you to recolour files, rely on too many different software solutions, or manually add details after the part is printed. These extra steps take too much time and rack up costs.

The Solution: The Designer’s Toolkit

Stratasys PolyJet Technology™ is designed to meet all your form, fit, and visual modeling needs, from simple file preparation to design software integration and advanced colour and volumetric capabilities. The design realism software ensures a simple workflow powered by software solutions:

  • SOLIDWORKS with 3MF File Format offers a powerful, more efficient alternative to STL files, letting you go to print directly from  SOLIDWORKS. 3MF files deliver a complete package of model information in a single archive, including data on textures, materials, colours, and mesh.
  • GrabCAD Print™ software makes 3D printing easy, accessible, and efficient with optimized workflow and communication from your design software to your 3D printer. GrabCAD Print supports a wide range of file types, including native CAD, STEP, Parasolid, OBJ, 3MF, VRML and STL.
    • Voxel Print™ software allows advanced users, like academic researchers, to define data volumetrically for each 3D pixel, or voxel, throughout the entire model. This allows for an advanced level of control at a microscopic scale, enabling higher resolutions, fine-tuned colour placement, and shore value transitions within one part.
    • Bump Mapping compatibility lets designers simulate surface finishes by generating physical textures. GrabCAD Print reads bump map information from OBJ and 3MF files, and translates it into a real 3D printed texture. This enables a new level of 3D printed realism, for parts that both look and feel like the real product.

3D Print SOLIDWORKS Models Workflow

Going from design to print is three simple steps using SOLIDWORKS, GrabCAD Print, and a Stratasys PolyJet 3D Printer:

1. Design in SOLIDWORKS

Many designers are still relying on STLs, which don’t contain any colour or texture data. This requires communicating information about Colour,  Material and Texture (CMF) in other ways, including manual processes, extensive explanations, or additional software steps. But with SOLIDWORKS you can include that information in the 3MF file. Workflows that rely on OBJ and VRML files leave material, texture and finish out of the story, making them inefficient and time-consuming:

SOLIDWORKS 3MF Export

SOLIDWORKS 3MF Export

2. Export 3MF into GrabCAD Print

With GrabCAD print, it’s simple to import from industry standard CAD tools like SOLIDWORKS into the 3MF file format. This creates a compact file containing all the model information, including data on textures, colour, materials, and mesh. 3MF files can be imported directly into GrabCAD Print, which means you can be print-ready in just a few clicks:

3MF Model in GrabCAD Print

3MF Model in GrabCAD Print

3. 3D Print with a Stratasys PolyJet Machine

To achieve industry standard colour matching, GrabCAD Print offers PANTONE™ Validated colours and industry standard colour profiles. PolyJet 3D printers offer ICC colour profiles by X-Rite, which help ensure that your parts come out exactly the way you intended – and helps you keep those colours consistent for future work.

For fully accurate CMF models, go beyond colour to texture realism. PolyJet Technology and SOLIDWORKS software combine to enable bump mapping – bring physical textures to life in one easy-to-use 3D printing workflow.

3D Printed Model from SOLIDWORKS 3MF

3D Printed Model from SOLIDWORKS 3MF

It’s easy to do more with GrabCAD Print.

  • A variety of file formats supported.
    • 3MF
    • OBJ/VRML
    • STEP
    • STL
    • Other native CAD formats
  • File functionality.
    • Support assemblies
    • File fixing
    • Control of support structure
    • Tray and file preparation
  • Customized colour and finish assignments.
    • Colour picker
    • Digital materials
    • PANTONE Validated™ colours
    • Glossy or matte finish
    • Set core type
    • X-Rite i1Profiler colour profiles
  • Detailed part manipulation.
    • Part scaling
    • Add notes to parts
    • Auto-arrange tray
  • Intuitive print management.
    • Multiple print modes
    • Remote job queue management
    • Navigate between multiple printers
3D print your SOLIDWORKS models Eyeglasses design Jewelry example Gearshift example Stratasys J55 Product Design Process Car model example

Design realism – simplified.

With SOLIDWORKS, GrabCAD Print, and a Stratasys 3D Printer, designers have access to a simple, efficient workflow that brings designs to life. Whether they incorporate bump mapping, colour gradients, complex surface textures, or colourful graphics, design concepts can become reality in just a few clicks.

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by Stratasys Ltd. at November 11, 2020 09:22 PM

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SOLIDWORKS’ 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021’s Top Ten List

Yup, it's that time of year again! The drive for ideas in the annual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 SOLIDWORKS Top Ten List is happening right now! The post SOLIDWORKS’ 3DEXPERIENCE World...

by fcsuper at November 11, 2020 09:05 PM

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Cool Tools: Split-Level Drafting Table

If you’re like us and used a massive drafting table in college back in the day (do they even still?) you may have one or you may be on the lookout for one. So classic. And if you can find one with a protractor arm, even better. But once we saw the size and had limited space to fit it, we decided to seek out a more compact, mor functional option. That’s when we came across the Safco split-level drafting table.

Safco Split-Level Drafting Table

The Safco split-level drafting table caught our eye because it has two things lacking in traditional drafting tables. A shelf to store your drawing tools and a flat area for reference material, books, or your coffee. It tilts to 50 degrees and is adjustable between 29.5″ and 37.5″ in height. The tilting work area is 31 ½” x 19 ¾” and the flat work area is 15 ¾” x 19 ¾”. Though it doesn’t have the size (and the handy, little pencil tray) of the large architectural/design drafting tables, this is much more manageable and has a really great modern style.

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Safco Split-Level Drafting Table Features:

  • DIMENSIONS: Top shelf: 47 ¼”W x 10″D, Worksurface: 15 ¾”W x 19 ¾”D (side) and 31 ½”W x 19 ¾”D (tilt table top)
  • MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS: This table base functions great in a variety of ways. Including as a drafting table, office desk, or drawing table
  • STEEL BASE: This Adjustable Drafting Table Base is made of heavy-duty steel that is extremely durable
  • ADJUSTABLE TABLE BASE HEIGHT: Find the perfect height for you by adjusting it between 29.5″ and 37.5″
  • ADJUSTABLE TABLETOP ANGLE: A spring-assisted mechanism allows tabletops (not included) to angle up to 50 degrees
  • COMPATIBLE TOPS: This table base is compatible with both 48″ and 60″ PlanMaster tabletops.

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by SolidSmack at November 11, 2020 05:44 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 New Column Configuration Controls

Included with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, are controls within the columns node, giving more control to customize the view so the content you care about is where it’s needed.

New Column Configuration Controls

 

Columns Tab

Move to Top/Bottom

Allows users to quickly sort the variables, moving them to the required location.

Configuring Column Sets - Move to Top-Bottom

 

Sort Column

Allows users to select the variable to be used for the default sorting and assort it in ascending or descending order

Configuring Column Sets - Sort Column

Configuring Column Sets – Sort Column

Reset Button

Clears any customizations and returns everything to default

Configuring Column Sets - Reset

Configuring Column Sets – Reset

Look for variable in given list of configurations

Available within the File List Type.  Allows users to define a list of configuration names to look for the variable.

Configuring Column Sets - Variable in list

Configuring Column Sets – Variable in list

Permissions Tab

View\Preferred

These can be assigned at the group or the user level.  View allows the user/group to access the column set, Preferred assigns the default if the user/group has multiple columns sets available.

Configuring Column Sets - Permissions Tab

Configuring Column Sets – Permissions Tab

 

This can also be set via the User or Group Properties;

Configuring Column Sets - Via Groups

Configuring Column Sets – Via Groups

Tell me more…

Custom column creation, along with many more customization tools are covered in detail within our Administering SOLIDWORKS PDM course.  Helping people to configure the vault exactly to their needs, creating a more efficient working space for users.

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by Justin Williams at November 11, 2020 01:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

What’s New in Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS

Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS® connects the SOLIDWORKS application to the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, enabling you to securely view, edit, share, and save SOLIDWORKS data to the platform.

This environment enables your design team and extended teams (vendors, suppliers, and customers) to connect. Communication becomes second nature. Design reviews are a snap. And data management is built in, so everyone leverages a single common dataset.

Here are a few of my favorite enhancements to Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS.

Replace by Revision

As part of the design process, CAD components often must be replaced with newer versions or even components from other branches. The enhanced Replace by Revision dialog now presents a visual representation of the potential replacements, which lessens the chance for error and increases ease of use.

Saving Operations

The vast majority of the Save operations do not require any changes at the Save dialog level; however, the Save operation has been enhanced significantly by adding a Quick Save that is available through the legacy Save command.

The Quick Save command triggers a Save (with default options) and does not display any additional dialog. If you need access to further settings, the Advanced Save command is still available through Save with Options.

Multiple improvements to the Save with Options dialog (previously available through a regular Save command) includes but is not limited to:

  •         a summary of files affected by the operation
  •         a summary of Errors & Warnings with navigation controls
  •         additional and improved commands
  •         enhanced grid view display

This improved user interface prevents you from accidentally missing specific key information while saving and helps you fix any issue you may encounter in the process.

Materials Library Expanded

3DEXPERIENCE materials can now be used for SOLIDWORKS models. Available materials are controlled on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and warnings are displayed if materials not included in this library are used. This helps designers make sure they use up-to-date items and reduces the risk of using the wrong material. (An optional warning is displayed when a material stored outside of 3DEXPERIENCE is used.)

Collaborative Designer enables you to securely manage and share SOLIDWORKS data and access it from any location with an internet connection. All stakeholders are instantaneously up-to-date and can see the latest status at any time and at their own convenience.

By connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, designers can continue their work in SOLIDWORKS. At the same time, the design data becomes part of a unified product definition, which enables the seamless use of the data throughout the connected enterprise. As designs change, the shared common data updates automatically, so everyone stays in sync.

If you have any questions regarding the Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, please contact your local reseller.

Author information

Jerome Marget
Jerome Marget
Jerome joined SOLIDWORKS in 2008. He held different technical roles including large accounts management before he joined the Product Management Team in 2016. He is now focused on data management products and specifically on SOLIDWORKS PDM. Jerome likes new challenges and is always eager to fix any issue. Consequently, in his spare time, you may find Jerome writing code using SOLIDWORKS’ products API to bring even more to the user community.

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by Jerome Marget at November 11, 2020 01:00 PM

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – November 2020

Hello to all,

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

Sheet metal bend/gauge table bend deduction warning message is correct

By Mario Iocco

We get quite a bit of users reporting sheet metal table problems. Around 80% of the reported issues are know how problems. This particular problem relates to bend deduction tables. When the user inserts a bend deduction table, the system displays the following warning: “The specified bend deduction value for the given radius and thickness is invalid….

In the below video, I decided to explain this issue in detail.

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Creating and updating custom properties using Treehouse

By Ankit Gupta

In Treehouse, you can set up your assembly hierarchy in a graphical user interface before you build your models in the SOLIDWORKS software. You can add to an existing file structure in Treehouse.
But do you know, you can add/edit custom properties to a Treehouse node. This functionality is identical to the functionality available in the SOLIDWORKS software.
Custom properties can be add/edit to the part without having to open in SOLIDWORKS. Simply double click the part or by selecting the ‘Show Document Properties’ icon and this will open the properties tab.

Please refer to this video for visual demonstration:

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In Treehouse, user can choose a custom property to be displayed as the name of part, this can be used well if the description property is more informative than the file name, making it easier to identify parts.

 

SOLIDWORKS® Flow Simulation 2019 SP1.0 – Free Surface Updates

By Suresh Nikalaje

Free Surface, capability introduced in SOLIDWORKS® Flow Simulation 2018, allows modeling two immiscible, incompressible fluids (for further details please refer solution S-074515). However, with 2019 SP1.0 release & onwards, mixing Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids became possible.

To demonstrate this 2019 SP1.0 capability enhancement an ‘Intravenous’ therapy (IV therapy) is modeled. Further assumptions has done to model sample Intravenous injections (IV)’, involve inserting a needle into a vein allowing saline water to be delivered directly into the bloodstream. In this example, a Gauge Size 20 needle (Color -PINK) is modeled with 0.6 mm inner diameter suitable for small Vein (approximately 1.50 mm ID & 1.55 mm OD). For ‘Saline Water’ a new fluid is added to the Engineering Database, and ‘Blood’ is defined, as it is available in the Engineering Database. Since saline water, is a mixture of sodium chloride (NaCl) & water and has viscosity 1.011 cP (wt 0.5% ), for new fluid definition all properties assumed identical to water. Effectively, blood is a non-Newtonian liquid, while saline water is Newtonian. Flow simulation does not simulate the fluid mixing; we can visualize / animate the interface plotting the mass / volume fraction of one fluid in a cut-plot.

Fig: Mass Fraction of Blood 

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Animation: Mass fraction of SalineWater  

Project at Glance:

Total Cells: 3858696

CPU Time: 209 Hrs

In SOLIDWORKS® Flow Simulation, with 2019 SP0 and earlier versions an alternate possibility that does not require the use of Free Surface, is to define the Newtonian liquid as a non-Newtonian liquid and perform the simulation as the mixing of two non-Newtonian liquids. Please refer the full article available in knowledgebase Solution S-018693: Mixing Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids.

The Free Surface simulation is a complex analysis that requires time and attentiveness. Here are general guideline while conducting the free surface analysis:

  1. Start with simplified model, best way to solve problem as two-dimensional (2d simulation) problem, this will save computational time and easy to troubleshoot the issue.
  2. Check the mesh quality. Make sure the mesh is fine enough to capture the interface between the two immiscible fluids. (If you are using pipes to inject the fluid, make sure that the mesh in the pipe or channel is fine enough). To visualize the interface, plot the volume fraction of one fluid in a cut-plot.
  3. Check the velocity magnitude. When using high velocity, use of the ‘Free Surface’ feature is not recommended. Start by using a low value of the velocity at the inlet.
  4. Define goals to measure the mass of each fluid and make sure that the mass conservation (mass in=mass out) is satisfied for each fluid. Refine the mesh until it is satisfied within a tolerance. Usually, starting with a simulation with only one fluid can give you a better idea on the mesh requirement.
  5. Check the time step. Use an auto time step or a small manual time step.

Noteworthy Solutions from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base

 

icon - SW Is there a SolidPractice available on the topic of “Working with Weldments”?
The document attached to solution id: S-078458 contains the solidpractice document for the topic “Working with Weldments”.

icon - SW Why does a ‘Swept Cut’ or ‘Extrude’ feature from an earlier SOLIDWORKS® version return the following error in the latest version? ‘The sweep could not be completed because it intersected itself when passing…’
The full error message is ‘The sweep could not be completed because it intersected itself when passing through the first segment of the path.’ To know more, please visit the solution Id: S-078569

Icon - EPDM IIs there a SolidPractice available on the topic of “Understanding the Data Model for SOLIDWORKS® Manage”?
The document attached to solution id: S-078473 contains the solidpractice document for the topic “Understanding the Data Model for SOLIDWORKS® Manage”.

Is there a SolidPractice available on the topic of “Linear Dynamics – Concepts and Applications”?
The document attached to solution id: S-078397 contains the solidpractice document for the topic “Linear Dynamics – Concepts and Applications”.

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

 

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

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

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by Bishwaraj Roy at November 11, 2020 10:27 AM

November 10, 2020

SolidSmack

The Sony PlayStation 5 Design Easter Egg is So Small You Need To Squint To See It

dualsesnse easter egg

With the Sony PlayStation 5 release coming up tomorrow, people continue to argue about graphics cards, processing power, and the overall mini-fridge size(?) console design. However, if you turn your eyes to the controller you’ll find an itty-bitty Easter egg your eyes might not catch at first glance.

Playstation 5 Controller Design (Easter Egg!)

Early reports about the console all say the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller works great. It has similar buttons and features of past PlayStation controllers, it’sergonomic, and all the buttons are responsive. But did you know, if you look closer (like under a magnifying glass closer), you will see tiny squares, triangles, circles, and crosses strewn across the controller?

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The iconic △ O X ▢ symbols represent the action buttons for the controller since the very first PlayStation console. You’ve likely used them to enter some favorite cheat codes over the years and now you can find them added to the surface of the new DualSense controller.

Tiny Texture, More Grip

The controller decor isn’t just for show, though. The symbols actually add texture to the controller, giving players some added grip while holding it in their hands. Prior PlayStation controllers didn’t have the texture and a lot of players (myself included) suffered from slippery controller syndrome as a result of extended play and super sweaty palms. Hopefully, the addition of this texture makes slippery PlayStation controllers a thing of the past.

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But the controller isn’t the only place you’ll find these shaped etchings. Sites like UploadVR have found them on the interior of the console’s faceplate as well. And though you won’t be holding the inside of a faceplate as much as the outside of a controller, it’s a nice touch that makes swapping plates, parts, and cleaning the console a little easier.

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Props to Sony for adding this little nod for PlayStation fans all around the world. You can bet they’ll be looking reaaaal close at their controllers when the PlayStation 5 launches and appreciate a controller that stays longer in the hands.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 10, 2020 02:32 PM

The Javelin Blog

How to let SOLIDWORKS Simulation find the best design for you

SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers many advantages to automate, and even find on its own, the best design for you! Whether it’s with Design Studies, Design Optimization, or Topology Studies, SOLIDWORKS Simulation will help you choose the best design, faster than ever!

Join the SOLIDWORKS experts on November 13th for this hour long webinar to learn more.

About SOLIDWORKS Simulation

With powerful and intuitive SOLIDWORKS® Simulation solutions, product engineers can virtually test new ideas, quickly and efficiently evaluate performance, improve quality, and get the knowledge for product innovation.

Manufacturing companies across all industries have made 3D virtual simulation a valuable engineering tool to synthesize and define their physical products.

Sophisticated simulation is no longer just for specialists. It’s the inspiration that fuels innovation. Product engineers can make their technical decisions driven by simulation insights, uncovering significant product and business benefits.

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 simplifies pre-processing contact and meshing activities by introducing faster contact calculation, contact stabilization, automatic geometry correction, efficient and more robust meshing, and improved mesh diagnostics. Get to solving your simulation studies faster and smarter with SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021.

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by Rod Mackay at November 10, 2020 01:58 PM

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Viewer App available with SOLIDWORKS 2021

DS SOLIDWORKS has launched a new viewer app to visualize the electrical project drawings, called SOLIDWORKS Electrical Viewer. It gets installed automatically with the SOLIDWORKS Electrical installation.

Electrical viewer App

To start the Electrical Viewer:

Click on Windows Start Menu > SOLIDWORKS 2021 Program setup > SOLIDWORKS Electrical Viewer

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Viewer

The SOLIDWORKS Electrical Viewer is shown below, here you can select a project and view the associated documents/drawings:

Electrical Viewer user interface

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Attend a SOLIDWORKS Electrical training course live online. For more information about electrical software and training solutions call 1-877-219-6757.

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by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP at November 10, 2020 01:00 PM

November 09, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Answers to commonly asked surface and advanced modelling problems (part 3)

In this blog you will find tools to remove unwanted surfaces or a few direct editing tools. And to save your file into separated part files and assembly.

(faces that resulted after split feature)

To remove this part, there are multiple ways, for example, use offset surface to copy the surface first:

Noticing that the surface is the exact same size of the selected face, we have to extend it in order to “overlap” the bit of solid:

(You should include the side edges as well to avoid resulting zero-thickness faces)

Finally, you could use surface cut to remove the excess solid part, pay attention to the cut direction and solid to be cut:

Or you could try a different approach, for example use delete face to remove the surfaces:

Create a loft surface from the two edges, so that you could trim and knit the surfaces to form solid again:

Speaking of delete face, there are two additional options “delete and patch” and “delete and fill”; both features are designed to remove selected faces and close up the void using the surrounding edges.

 

Using delete and patch, it allows you to remove selected face and fill it up by extending the surrounding faces:

And delete and fill allows you to remove selected face and fill it up based on the surrounding edges instead (tangency to face is optional)

Delete and fill can basically fill any faces with continues edges:

As your part file is all tidied up, it is time to save the solid bodies to individual part files. Mainly there are two ways to do so:

  1. Using insert into new part, you can save out one or more solid bodies into a new part file, to do this, simply right click the solid body/bodies you would like to save as a new part file:

  1. If you want to save all solid bodies into separated part files, you could use “save bodies” instead by right-clicking the solid bodies folder, you could even create a new assembly at the same time:

(Hints: you could edit the solid body name first to be assigned as the new part filename automatically)

Using both methods, it allows you to create a part file with link to the source part. If you wish to break the link to prevent update or change, right click the import feature to lock/break the external reference:

The following symbols display after the name of the part or feature:

–>    External reference

-> *  Locked external reference

-> x  Broken external reference

-> ?  Out-of-context external reference

{->}  Feature contains a sketch with external references

This is the last part of the blog of “Answers to commonly asked surface and advanced modelling problems”. I believe we have gone through some of the major issues that you might face during model creation. If you have further questions or modelling difficulties, leave a question in the comment and we as SolidWorks community will gladly provide help. See you soon.

Written by Jason Tse, Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd.

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Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd.
Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd.

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by Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd. at November 09, 2020 04:00 PM

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Model Mania Returns to 3DEXPERIENCE World

Model Mania® returns to the all-digital 3DEXPERIENCE® World 2021 and next year, this annual competition will be divided into three different challenges.

The SOLIDWORKS Challenge

Back for its 22nd year, Model Mania will be the place to display your talents to the greater SOLIDWORKS community. This annual design challenge pits user against user and reseller against reseller in a battle of SOLIDWORKS skills to see who can accurately model and analyze a part the fastest.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge

Model Mania will also be the place to show off your modeling skills in the cloud. In this challenge, resellers and users will use 3DEXPERIENCE roles, such as 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor, and share their models to the 3DEXPERIENCE World community.

The Student 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge

Students are invited to participate in a Model Mania challenge using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. All participating students will get access to the platform for FREE for 6 months. Refine your design skills using 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor and share your designs on the Student community.

Interested in participating?

When you register for 3DEXPERIENCE World, you will be asked about participating in Model Mania. If you have already registered, edit your profile to make sure you’ve answered appropriately.

Check out this tech blog for a walk down memory lane for 21 years of Model Mania.

You can also check out the models created from last year’s 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge.

Register today for free for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 here or click on the banner below.

 

 

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

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by SOLIDWORKS at November 09, 2020 01:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

What’s required within SOLIDWORKS PDM after a SOLIDWORKS Manage upgrade?

After an upgrade to SOLIDWORKS Manage, there are a few steps required to ensure the new version of the add-in is loaded, and the records between Manage and PDM remain up to date.

Step 1: Update the Manage add-in within SOLIDWORKS PDM

  1. Open the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool
    • Login to the vault and expand the Add-ins Node
    • Select the previous add-in > RMB > Remove
Remove previous add-in

Remove previous add-in

  1. Select the Add-ins Node > RMB > New Add-in
Apply New Add-in

Apply New Add-in

  1. Navigate to the client install folder
    • Select both;
      • SWM.swpdm.dll
      • EPDM.Interop.epdm.dll
        • Hit Open
Open Add-in .dll files

Open Add-in .dll files

NOTE: The default location for the client install is:

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Manage Client
  1. Hit OK on the addin properties dialog
    • Note the new version number
Accept new add-in version

Accept new add-in version

  • Note the warning and hit OK
SOLIDWORKS PDM warning

SOLIDWORKS PDM warning

  1. Kill and restart any active PDM Clients and the new version of the add-in is loaded within SOLIDWORKS PDM;
New version loaded

New version loaded

Step 2: Launch a manual sync between Manage and PDM

For a step by step guide to launching a synchronization please see my previous article: How to perform a synchronization between SOLIDWORKS PDM and SOLIDWORKS Manage

NOTE: Document folders aren’t required to be include in the sync and this will transfer any changes in Manage into the PDM Database

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by Justin Williams at November 09, 2020 01:00 PM

November 07, 2020

The Javelin Blog

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 1

In this four part cabinet woodworking series I’m going to go through the steps for designing a large wooden cabinet using SOLIDWORKS, the cabinet shown below is typically for a front entrance way.

I have seen SOLIDWORKS used for just about everything. Don’t believe me? Well here’s a list of out of the box items (pun intended): zippers, toy building blocks, 3D printable flowers, cell phone towers, and the list goes on. One thing people tend to forget is the woodworking industry. I’m going to break down some easy steps on how to make cabinets.

Cabinet Design

Cabinet Design

Start with a mid-plane extrusion

Starting off with a simple sketch on the front plane, using the center rectangle tool and drag out. Don’t forget to fully define with dimensions. I use the extrude with a mid-plane. If you used the center rectangle and mid-plane extrude the origin will be in the middle. I tend to do this more for assemblies but it also beats having the origin in an arbitrary corner.

Basic boss-extrude with dims showing.

Basic boss-extrude with dimensions showing

Define material thickness

Next step establishes our material thickness. I try to use standard material thickness because this makes it easier to purchase and make. Since I can purchase 5/8″ from my local hardware store I use this dimension more often, also it give a high level of strength. The shell command is now used removing the top. Tops of cabinets are usually a nicer material like a granite counter top, butcher block or real hardwood.

5/8" good one side ply wood will be used.

5/8″ good one side ply wood will be used.

Split the cabinet pieces

The next steps are where we see the cabinet pieces come break-out. A great under used command, Split, is used to separate pieces form the box. Split is located in the Direct Editing tab or use the search. We need three Split commands in total. First split we select the inside face of the eventual front piece. You will now have two bodies being the front piece and the rest of the box.

Inside face of the highlighted Magenta part was selected.

Inside face of the highlighted Magenta part was selected.

For the second Split we grab the side inside faces at the same time for the side pieces. As for the final Split command it is best to separate the bottom piece as we want it to be a full length piece. In total we will have 5 bodies, front, 2 sides, back and bottom.

Completed split model

In the next article

We will separate the front piece for drawer fronts, a bottom door and talk about miters. For another woodworking example please check out my workout bench design article.

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by James Swackhammer at November 07, 2020 01:00 PM

November 06, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Dolls House Furniture Part 1 – Tutorial

In part 1 of this 2-part SOLIDWORKS tutorial we created a furniture set for a dolls house lounge, this includes a fireplace, coffee table, sofa and plant. The tutorial uses a range of 3d tools, and sketch tools to design them. The furniture is 1:12 scale or the 1-inch scale as it’s also known for dolls houses, so if you’re modelling dolls house furniture based on your own furniture, remember to scale it down based on this. The cottage dolls house created in another SOLIDWORKS tutorial is perfect for this scale furniture. Visit the SOLIDWORKS blog to see this.

 

The tutorial involves creating the individual furniture parts, each piece of furniture that is created is built up of separate bodies, this is to mimic how the furniture would be created in real life circumstances. In the toy industry most pieces of furniture are made with 6mm thick wooden sheets and are reinforced by other wood thicknesses and are constructed using glue and slotted features. Painted parts are usually reinforced MDF, whereas unpainted wood is plywood or rubber wood for a nicer finish.

To create the furniture, a range of tools were used to speed up the modeling including dynamic mirror features, linear patterns and mirror bodies. Linear pattern is used to create the slatted pattern seen on the coffee table and sofa, and mirror bodies is used on the coffee table legs and sofa arms to quickly copy over the design.

As seen in the below rendering done in SOLIDWORKS visualize, there is also some furniture for the Dolls house rooms upstairs which are available to download Dolls House Furniture Extras. If you would like to download and see how they were created, there are also some extra accessories in there too, but they aren’t necessary for the tutorial.

As the furniture pieces are modeled in the tutorial, decals and/or appearances are added before saving and closing the part, but this is not part of the tutorial. You may choose to add your own decals or appearances, or you can download the decals used Dolls House Furniture Decals if you wish.

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Author information

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

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by Jade Crompton at November 06, 2020 04:00 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Bill of Materials Options

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, the Bill of Materials (BOM) Options set within SOLIDWORKS will be inherited by the Computed BOM in PDM:

SOLIDWORKS BOM Options

SOLIDWORKS BOM Options

Learn what each of the three BOM options provide below:

BOM Option: Show

Will show the subassembly and all the child components within

Show the subassembly and all the child components within

Show the subassembly and all the child components within

BOM Option: Hide

Will show the subassembly but hide the child components within

Show the subassembly but hide the child components within

Show the subassembly but hide the child components within

BOM Option: Promote

Dissolves the subassembly but shows the child components

Dissolve the subassembly but shows the child components

Dissolve the subassembly but shows the child components

Also, with derived configurations…

We have the option to Link to Parent Configuration option for Part number displayed when used in a bill of materials.  This will set the derived configuration to inherit the setting from the parent configuration.

Link to Parent Configuration option

Link to Parent Configuration

Tell me more…

SOLIDWORKS Custom BOM creation, along with many more customization tools are covered in detail within our Administering SOLIDWORKS PDM training course or, if you’re interested in learning more tips and tricks to utilize PDM from within SOLIDWORKS, check out our Using SOLIDWORKS PDM course.

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by Justin Williams at November 06, 2020 01:00 PM

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What’s New in 2021: SOLIDWORKS Desktop Data Management

The many enhancements of the 2021 release of SOLIDWORKS desktop data management products make it even easier to manage your data while freeing up more time to design great products. This includes SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Manage.

Here are some of my favorite upgrades to the 2021 release.

SOLIDWORKS PDM New Features

You can now add quick access commands such as Check out, Check in, and Get Latest Version directly to the Quick Access Toolbar. This also frees up space to show the standard Explorer commands in the Windows Explorer menu bar. For example, you can access the View Layout toolbar to control the layout of the vault view.

Viewing relationships among files has gone graphical!

Now you can view hierarchical Contains and Where Used relationships in treehouse mode, which displays the relationships in a flowchart—complete with thumbnails and other file information—making it easier to visualize the relationship structure.

Another enhancement in the display of file relationships is in the Bill of Materials, which now recognizes all the Bill of Materials Options settings for SOLIDWORKS configurations. (Previously, the Promote option was not recognized.)

SOLIDWORKS Manage New Features

Editing and rearranging Bills of Materials is significantly easier than before. New features such as Cut, Copy, and Paste enable line item changes at the current level (and at any lower level). Sub-assemblies can be dissolved, which replaces them with their child items. This flexibility enables manufacturing engineers to easily create structures tailored to the way products are built.

For copying Bill of Material items from one product to another or for ease in working with multiple records simultaneously, SOLIDWORKS Manage now has modeless windows so that you can access multiple property cards simultaneously.

Sharing live file data with external stakeholders is now much easier with the new Share File feature. An internal user with the proper rights can simply right-click on a file and share a web link via an automated email or copy a link and paste it into an email. You can password-protect the link and also set an expiration date. The external user clicks a link to a web page from which the file can be downloaded. It’s also easy to share CAD assemblies, with all the necessary references wrapped up in a zip file, utilizing the Export Template option.

Project managers will love the new Project List and Automatic Update features. The Project List provides an overview of all the projects a user is managing. It shows each project on a timeline, and the Schedule and Load charts can be displayed to show where participants may be overbooked. Multiple lists can be created and shared, so everyone has access to important projects.

To keep projects current as users update their completed tasks, the Automatic Update feature automatically updates each stage completion, saving project managers from the task. Project deliverables can also be automatically updated with records attached to project tasks.

SOLIDWORKS PDM and SOLIDWORKS Manage help you collect and organize your data, all within a defined process. Feel free to comment below or check out all the new enhancements in What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021. If you’d like a demo, contact your local reseller.

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Kurt Lundstedt
Kurt Lundstedt
Kurt is a Product Portfolio Manager for PDM Solutions at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS.

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by Kurt Lundstedt at November 06, 2020 01:00 PM

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SkillCoach | Sheet Metal Design & Fabrication – Making a Metal Darth Vader Helmet

Reproductions of the classic Darth Vader helmet can be found all over the web. I’ve seen them in construction paper and EVA foam. But when it comes to Darth Vader constructed in metal, the Gold Point Props (GPP) build is as epic as the voice behind the mask! Finding this video afforded a welcomed moment to reminisce of my autobody days gone by. But even more, a chance to showcase a creative talent behind the build and a few tools and techniques of the trade. I’ll not be covering the build step-by-step per se. Rather, my aim will be to highlight certain aspects of the process of transforming flat sheets of metal into a highly sculpted 3D form and the tools used to do so.

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Robert is the owner of GPP and best I can tell he’s an autobody guy by day and a custom prop maker by night. His build collection is truly impressive. While he delves a little in the Marvel and DC Comic universe, he’s spent the largest chunk of his time hammering out Lucas Film characters. Not just Darthy, but I’m talking, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, and Kylo Ren. Each build, outdoing the other at showcasing the depth and breadth of Roberts skill at shaping metal. Hop over to his GPP Facebook or GPP Instagram pages to view his entire sculpted helmet collection and more work-in-process.

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Layout And Build Strategy

The helmet is constructed of three major components, skull cap, facemask, and chin/neck cover. Robert omitted a rear neck cover most likely to make it easier to don and doff the helmet. More than likely, the thickness of the metal is 18-20 gauge, which equates to 0.0478 inches and 0.0359 inches respectively as these are common thickness used in autobody repair and restoration. To make the forming of small pieces easier Robert could be using upward of 22-gauge (0.0299-inch). – source

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Shaping metal is not for the faint of heart. It requires a fine balance between force and finesse. It requires plenty of strategic plows! Also, you’ve also gotta be able to look at a flat pattern and see the resulting 3D shape before you lay hammer to metal.

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GPP looks to kick it old-school for the most part. I’m talking no 3D CAD, CNC lasers or 3D printers. Nope, we’re witnessing analog at its best! Robert uses a Shapie marker, paper, and a healthy dose of hand-to-eye coordination, to layout his 2D patterns. Adjustments are made on the fly.

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As for the build sequence, Robert started with the cheekpiece working from the center outward to help maintain symmetry. He shaped and fitting each piece. Intermittent tack welds were used to hold pieces in place. Have a look at the assembly montage below. The build sequence is actually from the bottom right to the upper left.

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Tools Of The Trade

Now for a look at some of the tools-of-the-trade and custom forming jigs used throughout the build process. Aviation style tin snips were used to make quick work of trimming out pattern pieces and truing up the contours around the perimeter edges.

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Autobody hammers are very versatile tools. The pick end enables pinpoint accuracy when lifting or peening detail in the metal. At the other end, the hammer when used in combination with a dolly flattens high spots while retaining panel contour.

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Custom builds like the Darth Vader helmet often require and extra does of ingenuity to get the job done. Robert made a series of custom die and shaping anvils. For example in order to fashion the spherical depression in the nose, a length of metal rod was used in combination with a spherical dolly.

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An assortment of handheld power and electrical tools were employed. The most obvious being a Mig-Welder. Other tools such as die grinders and cut-off tools were used to fit piece-parts, sculpt vent details and grind away welds.

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Robert also has a few go-to pieces of heavy or stationary equipment he makes use of. The big sheet metal brake nicely handles all necessary linear and angle bends. A few automotive-specific tools like the English wheel and metal shrinking presses are used to create compound curve shapes and smooth out dimples leftover from the hammer ponding process.

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As you can see, a metal build of the classic Darth Vader helmet is quite an undertaking, but given the outcome, well worth it!

If you fancy taking on a sheet metal sculpting project of your own, I trust you’ve discovered a nugget or two to help you on your way. As for tools of the trade, Eastwood is an excellent resource for specialty autobody tools and Harbor Freight can get you in business on the cheap.

Until next time, keep learning! – SkillCoach

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by Vince Haley at November 06, 2020 02:51 AM

November 05, 2020

SolidSmack

Watch A Hundred-Year-Old Rusty Knife Get Brought Back To Life

antique rusty knife restoration

It’s always fun to watch someone repair something that looks beyond the point of fixing. It takes vision, creativity, and some serious craftsmanship. An this is what’s on display at The Small Workshop (TSW) YouTube channel. Man, what they can do is just crazy!

The channel features homemade tools and workshop projects specializing in wood and metal, with some of the biggest draws being their restoration videos. They focus on taking really old, severely rusted tools and bringing them back to life.

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This antique rusty knife restoration video is no exception. After finding a rusty knife near his grandfather’s hundred-year-old house, TSW decided to take it home and dive into another restoration project with the aim to transform the hunk of rust into a wood carving knife.

1. Rust Removal

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You could say this knife is more rust than metal. With each blow of the hammer slag-like chunks of rust fly off. His aim in this step of the process is to unearth the good metal. When the hammering and scraping were done it was obvious the former glory of the knife was gone and but the new was set to emerge.

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It’s at the belt sander where his vision for the size and shape of the carving knife becomes apparent. TSW with the skill of a seasoned craftsman, ground, filed and sanded away metal in just the right places to fashion his new mini carving blade.

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After investing a bunch of hours his polishing step is what makes everything sparkle. The contrast of the pitted area in combination with the smoothly sanded ones makes for a nice visual texture.

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2. Normalize The Blade

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The formation of rust over time causes the metal to be brittle, so experience says a heat-treating step will be necessary. TSW uses a blowtorch and does two separate normalizing cycles to make the metal more uniform. After heating the knife once, he leaves it to cool before returning two hours later to do another pass.

3. Quench The Blade In Olive Oil

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With the normalization finished, he chips off some more rust on the blade before finely shaping it and quenching the blade in olive oil. This hardens the metal and minimizes the chance of it cracking and breaking.

4. Carve Out A Custom Handle

At this stage of the restoration, TSW turns his attention to making a custom handle. To complement the age and weathered characteristics of the blade, TSW chose a giant weathered log. As it turns out, this chunk of wood that was originally a part of his grandfather’s house. Neat!

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The collection of old-school and modern tools and steps his uses is fascinating to watch! In his first step, TSW makes uses of a traditional tool, a wood splitting froe, to shave off the chunk of wood he will use for the handle.

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After cutting the log into a workable piece, he takes it to his lathe to turn the handle. He roughs out the handle’s general shape and makes sure to drill a proper size hole to fit the blade shank into.

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To give the handle a bit of décor, he twists two strands of brass wire together and wraps it around the handle to create a rope motif. The brass roping is seated and secured in place in the small offset crevice turned on the lathe. Each end is inserted in a small pilot hole and hammered in place. Cyanoacrylate glue, woodchips and a final turning step secures the braid in place and makes it flush with the handle for a nice blended look!

5. Combine The Handle and Blade

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The final step is to join the blade to the handle. TSW used a healthy dose of epoxy, to securely hold the blade in place. The remaining rust is minimal and mostly cosmetic.

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With the edge now set and honed sharp the blade is ready for uses to carve wood, open letters, and the like. You wouldn’t want to do any heavy duty cutting with this blade, but the point of this restoration project was to bring out a useable blade from a heap of rust and corrosion.

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If you like watching rusty tool restoration videos and finding new tricks to incorporate into your woodworking (like mixing shavings into the wire of the handle, pretty cool!), The Small Workshop YouTube channel has all of that and more.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 05, 2020 02:07 PM

The Javelin Blog

Searching for Commands while you Customize SOLIDWORKS 2021

Do you enjoy customizing your shortcuts and toolbars? Then you will love the update to the SOLIDWORKS 2021 Customize Window (found in Tools > Customize).

You can now search for commands by typing it in a search bar under the Shortcut Bars and Commands tabs. Simply type in the name of the command you are searching for and you won’t have to spend time trying to figure out which category it belongs to.

See below of a comparison when searching for the “Delete” command in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and SOLIDWORKS 2021.

Searching for Delete Command in SOLIDWORKS 2020

Searching for Delete Command in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and Older

Searching for Delete Command in SOLIDWORKS 2021

Searching for Delete Command in SOLIDWORKS 2021 and Newer

Search for commands in Toolbars

When you search for a command in SOLIDWORKS 2021, sometimes you may not see what you are looking for under “Buttons”. This can happen if your search was simplified or if there are several possibilities for your search. For example, if you were looking for the “Delete Body” command and you only typed “Delete” in the search bar, you will see the “Delete” command under “Buttons” (like seen above). However, if you quickly browse the narrowed down categories in the left pane you will find the “Delete Body” command in the “Features” category (seen below).

Customize SOLIDWORKS 2021

Find “Delete Body” under “Features” Category

The more accurate your search term, the less you’ll have to search. Give it a try and start customizing your SOLIDWORKS much more efficiently!

Workaround for Users with SOLIDWORKS 2020 or older!

Users who are using SOLIDWORKS 2020 or older may not be able to search commands in the Customize Window easily but there is a small workaround they can optimize on. With the Customize Window open, search for the desired command in SOLIDWORKS main command search (see below left). You can then click and drag it where you like, command manager, shortcut ‘S’ key, etc. Remember to make sure the SOLIDWORKS search is set to Commands (see bottom right).

SOLIDWORKS Search Commands Workaround

SOLIDWORKS 2020 and older Search Commands Workaround

Remember: You can only click and drag as seen above when the Customize Window is open.

Do you want to be more efficient in SOLIDWORKS?

Make sure to check out Essential SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts and How to personalize SOLIDWORKS with a Custom Tab.

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by Prasadh Annalingam, CSWE at November 05, 2020 01:00 PM

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Join Us for a Virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

As most of you are probably now aware, our annual event will look a little different next year. Due to the pandemic, we will be going virtual for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021. Yes, we are disappointed that we won’t be able to spend face-to-face time with our users and partners. We always return from this event energized by the passion of our many users, however, caution is key so we believe this to be the safest way to hold the event.

That said, I wanted to assure you all of a few things. Number one, we will be back! Better and bigger than ever in 2022 so rest assured, 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022 will once again return as an in-person event. Secondly, while we would rather be there in person—as I’m sure many of you would too—the upside of a virtual event is that we can include so many more people than in years past. This will provide an opportunity to extend our SOLIDWORKS user connection globally – with no physical limits!  Users from across the globe can join us through the live stream, many perhaps for the first time.

So we have discussed what will be different, but I also want to assure you that the DNA of the event will remain very much the same and attendee favorites, such as Model Mania, 3DEXPERIENCE Playground, the EDU Zone, 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, as well as our amazing tech sessions, will return.

We also welcome our DELMIAworks customers to their second 3DEXPERIENCE World event with training sessions, networking opportunities, and information specifically tailored to their manufacturing operations and goals.

We will also have an exciting lineup of speakers and while we have not finalized this list, we can tease a few.

Jason Pohl, the recognized industrial designer who made a name for himself on the long-running TV series American Chopper, aims to inspire the next generation of designers. Pohl will share his extensive design and manufacturing expertise in creating custom parts from the initial concept sketch to 3D sculpting, programming, and machining of the final product. Our Waltham campus is lucky enough to see his work, this motorcycle designed in SOLIDWORKS, daily in our cafeteria. Read more about Orange County Choppers’ use of SOLIDWORKS here.

 

Titan Gilroy, is CEO of TITANS of CNC, an advanced training facility based in Rocklin, CA, and a revolutionary suite of online CNC Academies. TITAN’s clients have included top aerospace companies, as well as other specialized industries. He also produced, directed, and starred in the only reality series dedicated to American Manufacturing, TITANS of CNC. Today, TITAN is not only an expert in CNC Machining but he has become the world’s leading advocate for the future of Manufacturing Education.

The Freedom to Create

This year’s event’s theme is The Freedom to Create, and at SOLIDWORKS this remains our ultimate goal: to help our users—whether they are professional engineers and designers, hobbyists or makers, students or entrepreneurs—by providing the tools that enable them to take their ideas and quickly bring them to life. With our expanded portfolio, 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS, we are delivering solutions that fit everyone’s needs, whether that be on-premise, connected to cloud services or fully in the cloud as browser-based solutions that run on any device. We know that only you know what’s best for your business so the choice is always yours.

Become a Speaker

Despite being a virtual event, 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 will still deliver a robust technical agenda that will enable you to improve your skill sets. Interested in being a speaker? We encourage you to consider sharing skills you have learned that you want to pass on, or workflows that might benefit others, or innovative process that have made your own company more competitive. Just think of the vast, global audience you might garner! Read this blog from our Technology Evangelist, Lynn Allen, for more details.

The CFP site closes on November 9th, which is right around the corner so get those proposals in as soon as possible.  If your presentation is accepted, you will receive the following as a token of gratitude:

  • VIP access to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021
  • 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 sweatshirt
  • Free transferable pass to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022

Whether you decide to become a speaker or just to attend, we look forward to virtually seeing you in February 8-11. Please don’t forget to register for the event at no cost here.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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by Gian Paolo Bassi at November 05, 2020 01:00 PM

November 04, 2020

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The PocketDrum 2 Lets You Learn Drums Using A Pair of Smart-Sticks And Your Mobile Devices

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In my drummer days I could lay down a beat! I couldn’t wait until the next time I could sit in front of a drum set. In between times, I’d take to air drumming in my bedroom imagining banging out a perfect beat. Like most things, good drum skills take consistent practice. Sadly, for a drummer that’s hard to do because it takes a lot of money to buy a full drum set and the right place to keep them. Also, banging out a tune in your bedroom at 11 pm likely would test the patience of your neighbors and in short order, the complaints would surely roll in! But thanks to the gang at AeroBand you’ve got an option that can take your air-drumming experience to a new level and keep your neighbors sane at the same time, their PocketDrum 2.

The group over at AeroBand cut their product development teeth on their original PocketDrum product. And surprise, surprise the second iteration of AeroBand’s PocketDrum portable drum kit is set to release. The PocketDrum 2 is meant to make learning the instrument a breeze, not to mention space-saving. Instead of buying separate pieces to build out a full drum set and setting the whole thing up in your basement or garage, you’ll bang out a tune on virtual drums. The magic is in the two specialized drumsticks, feet sensors, and the companion app. The only thing else you need is your hands, and a beat in your heart!

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This second version of the PocketDrum works exactly like the first but with more accurate drumsticks which can be easily calibrated to the app. Couple this with an integrated background music function for Apple and Android devices and you’ve got a portable digital drum kit which is as accurate as the real deal.

So How Does It Work?

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I’m glad you asked. Simply start the app on your smart device (a smartphone, tablet, or smart TV will do), connect your PocketDrum sticks to said device by giving the power buttons a press and tapping them to the onscreen beat, calibrate the drums and foot pedal sensors, and you’re ready to go.

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Thanks to integration with music apps like Apple Music and GarageBand, you can play along to your favorite songs and even record some new ones yourself. You can then share these online with other PocketDrum 2 users and get pointers on how to improve your skills, or you can keep them for yourself and listen to your progress as you use the app more frequently.

What’s Inside The PocketDrum 2 Drumsticks?

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Aeroband went through a lot of work to make sure banging out tunes with the PocketDrum 2 drumsticks felt just as good as playing on a real drum set. A 9-axis navigation chip keeps track of where the drumsticks are in relation to your playing position and a BLE low-latency Bluetooth chip makes sure you’re hitting those imaginary drums as accurately as possible.

The haptic feedback for this new unit is superior to the first generation. Once you’ve hit a piece of your drum kit, a built-in miniature haptic motor produces a vibration that mimics the feel of when you actually hit something (this automatically puts the PocketDrum 2 way above any air drum set I’ve ever played on). The electronic components inside the drumsticks are powered by a 400mah lithium battery and can be played for up to 40 hours before requiring a recharge.

Apart from the electronics, the design of the physical drumsticks has been refined. The form of the sticks has been simplified and made to feel a bit more authentic. The shaft and butt region of each stick measure 18mm diameter which most closely corresponds to the dimensions of an extreme-rock category drumstick.

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The tactile quality of a stick is key and the PockeDrum2 looks to have just the right color finish and material (CMF) expression to insure grip while banging out on your virtual air kit. You won’t want to use these babies on an actual drum kit for fear of breaking them, but the feel and authenticity of using a real pair of drumsticks are definitely there when playing the PocketDrum 2.

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The PocketDrum 2 is currently live on Indiegogo and already has achieved its goal of raising $5,000 USD (as of now, it stands at $155,990). If you’ve ever wanted to learn the drums without waking up the neighbors, or if you can’t afford a real drum kit yourself, then you should definitely check this product out.

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 04, 2020 08:24 PM

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 On-demand Webinars

We recently ran a Virtual Tech Conference where our certified SOLIDWORKS experts unveiled the new features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021. You can watch the What’s New recordings in the videos below, they are broken down into four different parts, Core CAD enhancements, Simulation, Data Management and Communication tools:

Part 1: Core CAD Enhancements

Discover the latest core CAD enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021 with Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert Scott Ellery:

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Featured in this SOLIDWORKS What’s New Session:

Scott Ellery highlights the latest features in SOLIDWORKS for User Experience, Parts, Assemblies and Drawings:

  • User Experience: SOLIDWORKS has long been known to have an intuitive and customizable user interface. However, by listening closely to the user base, SOLIDWORKS 2021 comes packed with enhancements that make it even easier to use and more customizable. You now have an improved colour picker that can reference other applications such as a web browser. A command search within the Customize dialog making it easy to customize toolbars, a collapsible Command Manager which gives you more space to work, as well as semi-transparent dimensions that make it easy to select entities on dimension creation.
  • Part Design: SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces many enhancements to extend the already robust capabilities when working with parts. Part design enhancements include redo on more than 60 features, Edge Flanges on non-planar edges, Equations in File Properties, and the ability to use the colour picker anywhere.
  • Assemblies: As you spend time creating and working within your assembly designs in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you will find more streamlined tools to help you assemble, pattern and analyze your assemblies. New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 is an option to synchronize the configurations of all component instances created by a pattern. Finally, Interference Detection is a powerful tool to quickly find issues within your design. SOLIDWORKS 2021 now offers the option to save the interference out in a spreadsheet. You even have the choice to capture a screenshot of each interference so that they can be shared and reviewed with others inside of your organization.
  • Drawings: Drawing viewing performance is now super-fast, thanks to the performance improvements added in SOLIDWORKS 2021. Detailing mode allows you to perform typical detailing tasks, such as editing and adding dimensions and annotations. The model does not get loaded, so sharing drawing files is easy, but rest assured, the drawing views are intact, and there is no loss of detail.

Part 2: SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Flow, & Electrical

Discover the latest enhancements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Flow Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021 with Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert Vicky Guignard:

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Add-ins featured in this SOLIDWORKS What’s New Session:

  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 makes it easier than ever to succeed with your Simulation-driven design efforts. The analysis process is simplified and more flexible. And with the accuracy and speed improvements, there’s something for everyone, new and existing users alike. Including mesh diagnostics that will identify, isolate and prompt to fix poor quality elements. Faster and more robust meshing due to improvements in bonding accuracy; and improved convergence through contact stabilization.
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2021 expands the types of CFD problems you can solve and continues to improve how project results are processed. Rotating Region is a powerful feature that is used to simulate fluid driving motion of rotating components. Now, in Flow Simulation 2021, Rotating Regions can be combined with the Free Surface feature. This is ideal for mixing tasks and can be leveraged further to gain more insight on product performance.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021 has enhanced Routes Harness functionality to now support the use of both Splines and Lines to create Route Paths. Supporting Splines, along with lines and arcs, in creating a Routing Paths for electrical harnesses greatly improves the versatility of routing electrical harnesses in geometrically complex products. It is a common practice to have multiple cables starting from a single connector and then have each of the cables go to different parts of the electrical system. Routing all these different cables as a single assembly does not provide flexibility designers want.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic 2021 has improved Cable Properties by including a new field ‘Separate 3D route assembly’. The same parameter can also be controlled in SOLIDWORKS Route Cable command to provide maximum flexibility on how and where to initiate this new parameter.

Part 3: SOLIDWORKS Data Management

See the latest enhancements for SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) and eDrawings 2021 with Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert Scott Ellery:

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Data Management tools featured in this SOLIDWORKS What’s New Session:

Scott Ellery highlights the latest features in SOLIDWORKS PDM, Manage and eDrawings 2021:

  • eDrawings 2021 excels at allowing you to share your 3D concepts while protecting your intellectual property. eDrawings 2021 gives you more options to make communicating your ideas easier than ever.
    • You can now view Custom and Configuration specific properties right inside the eDrawings viewer. Commands like measure have been significantly improved as well. Finding the center-to-center distance of two circular or cylindrical objects has always been available but now, with eDrawings 2021, you can choose to view the minimum and maximum distances.
    • You can also measure the normal distance between planar and cylindrical faces. Sharing your 3D designs without the requirement to install the free eDrawings viewer is easy, just save as Web HTML.
    • Also new in 2021 is the ability to move and rotate bodies making it easy to interrogate large projects without having to dig through an assembly tree.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 provides seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve:
    • Explore and document references with the highly-requested Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build in visual recognition and awareness of your processes across the team. Bill of Materials account for more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM operations are faster.
    • SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 introduces expanded configurability and increased performance to help you manage your team’s file-based processes and deliverables better than ever.
    • One of the best features of SOLIDWORKS PDM has long been the integration with Windows Explorer.  In 2021, support for the latest Windows 10 elements like the Ribbon interface, is even better.
    • While icons are visually appealing, ‘Details’ is where the power of PDM reveals itself. Columns define specific sets of visible properties for users as they work in ‘Details’ view. In PDM 2021, you can customize columns even further, in more places, AND provide choices with Multiple Column Sets.
  • DS have added many new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021. The latest release provides new ways to manage your projects, edit your Bills of Material, and interact with suppliers, increasing your design management efficiency and collaboration like never before:
    • You can share files from SOLIDWORKS Manage with anyone, even if they do not have SOLIDWORKS Manage installed. To share a file, right-click and select Share. You can then edit settings for each shared file from the File Sharing tab in both the desktop and the Plenary web client interface.
    • SOLIDWORKS Manage offers more capabilities for managing and exporting Bills of Material.
    • Managing multiple projects is common for most project managers. New for Manage 2021 is the ability to create project lists. Lists can be created to meet individual needs or defined by an admin and shared globally. Project lists provide easy visibility to powerful resource management tools like scheduling, capacity planning, and load charts, helping you make informed decisions about project start dates.
    • SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 provides new ways to visualize project tasks. Out of the box task dashboards are accessible directly from the project and provide clear visibility to project task burn down as well as status and priority.

Part 4: SOLIDWORKS Communication Tools

See the latest enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021 Communication Tools with Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert Vicky Guignard:

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SOLIDWORKS Communication Tools featured in this What’s New Session:

Vicky demonstrates what’s new with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, Composer, MBD, and CAM:

  • Since the introduction of SOLIDWORKS Visualize, creating eye catching, photorealistic images from CAD data has never been easier, and in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021, the integration between SOLIDWORKS CAD design and Visualize is even better.
  • Whether you’re documenting assembly procedures, product installation guides, user facing safety and maintenance manuals, or part replacement catalogs, technical publications play a critical role in any product launch. And with SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, creating this content has never been easier.
  • SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021 extends the ability to organize product and manufacturing data (PMI) by adding the ability to add datum target symbols to your DimXpert dimension scheme, and including bend tables in 3D PDFs.
  • SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021 gives the manufacturing floor more automation with expanded stock options, enhanced drill operations, and control over where you’re managing posts. SOLIDWORKS CAM enables seamless design to manufacturing, powering your everyday milling and turning.

Need SOLIDWORKS What’s New Training?

Choose from a variety of training courses available live online from Javelin

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by Rod Mackay at November 04, 2020 06:38 PM

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How to Automatically back up EVERYTHING in SOLIDWORKS Electrical using Task Scheduler

If you’ve ever taken a class in SOLIDWORKS Electrical or gone through an implementation, chances are you’ve been told to Archive Environment REGULARLY. This is your backup – your “Eek! The server crashed and we need to get everything back up and running on another machine STAT!” safety, and based on how things are going this year, if I were you, I would not take any chances. Considering all of the metadata and data that SOLIDWORKS Electrical stores, the fact that we are able to package everything up neatly into a single file with Archive Environment is pretty impressive, but the problem (up until now) has always been remembering to do it. Yes – the program will remind us to do it at any interval we choose, but only IF we open the application, so what can we do?

Let’s automate it… with Task Scheduler!

Before we get ahead of ourselves, I should note that this is a feature exclusive to SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021. Since PR1 is out, I get the fun of showing you guys how it works BEFORE SP0 is released! SUCH FUN!

OK so first things first, let’s take a look at the magical application that the SOLIDWORKS Electrical fairies (developers) have gifted us with that will make this work: ewenvironmentarchiver.exe. For a typical installation, this application is located at “C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Electrical\bin\EwEnvironmentArchiver”. The first thing we want to do is open this application and change the Output folder to somewhere safe.

If User rights management is activated in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, we will also want to login as a user with credentials that allow them to Archive Environment.

We can also choose what we want to archive under Archive mode, and I chose to un-check the box next to Open log file. Once we specify these settings, we can move on to the next step: setting up Task Scheduler!

Task Scheduler can be found from the Start Menu under Programs > Windows Administrative Tools, or by simply searching for it from the search bar. Once we have it open, we can create a new folder by Right-clicking Task Scheduler Library, selecting New Folder… , and entering a name. I created a folder called SOLIDWORKS just for the sake of organization.

The next step is to select our folder and click Create Basic Task… (on the right under Actions). Give this a name and click Next > .

Now we get to pick how often we run the task. This will depend on how often your company uses SOLIDWORKS Electrical and how much storage space you have. I chose Daily and selected Next.

This allows us to choose a time when we want to perform the task. For this step, I would recommend choosing a time when you won’t be actively using the program and when there isn’t an overwhelming amount of activity on the server already. I set the start time to 11:00 PM and clicked Next.

It’s action time! Under “What action do you want the task to perform?” we want to select Start a program and click Next.

From here, we need to click Browse next to Program/script and then navigate over to our application (typically “C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Electrical\bin\EwEnvironmentArchiver”) and select Open.

Next to Add arguments (optional): we want to type “runwithlastoption” and then select Next.

Now all we have to do is click Finish … and we’re done!

Here’s a video of it in action:

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Of course, all of our backup files can be found at the location specified at the beginning of this process (the Output folder), so if you’re ever in a bind, you can always restore your work from there.

Thanks for following along! I hope this helps a ton of you out. I know this is a game-changer for me. Happy designing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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by Loretta Stiurca at November 04, 2020 04:00 PM

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How to create Multiple Drawings Simultaneously in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021

Now in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021, we can simultaneously create multiple drawings from a book, a folder, or a drawing.

We can select both the quantity and the type of drawings we would like to create. Earlier this process was time-consuming as we had to create one drawing at a time or we would create one and then copy-paste to get multiple drawings as required.

To create multiple drawings follow the steps below:

  1. Open the project
  2. On the Document manager > Right-click on either Book/folder
  3. Click on New > Multiple > Cover Page / Scheme / Wiring line-diagram / Mixed scheme
  4. Next the “multiple insertion” dialog box pops-up. Now specify the number of drawings you would like to add
  5. Boom!!! multiple drawings are added to the document manager
Create multiple drawings in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021

Create multiple drawings in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2021

Multiple insertion dialog box

Multiple insertion dialog box

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Attend a SOLIDWORKS Electrical training course live online. For more information about electrical software and training solutions call 1-877-219-6757.

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by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP at November 04, 2020 02:37 PM

From Ideation to Approval: Streamlining the Product Design Process

On Monday, November 16 2020 at 11:00 AM CT, 3D Printing Company Stratasys is bringing together a panel of product designers to discuss how they are using today’s leading technologies to streamline the product design process and get better products to market faster.

See how models that once took weeks to produce can now be created overnight into full Colour, Material and Finish (CMF) prototypes that add immeasurable value to the stakeholder visualization process and speed approval times.

Watch the product development process of a Bluetooth Smart Speaker and learn how Priority Designs goes from concept ideation and sketch (with a Wacom Cintiq) to visualization and render (KeyShot) to putting full CMF detailed design models in stakeholders’ hands (Stratasys® J55™ 3D printer), faster than ever before.

Product designers and development teams, you don’t want to miss this event. Can’t attend? Register and we’ll send you a link to the recording.

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by Rod Mackay at November 04, 2020 01:27 PM

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Design Enhancements “Live” and in Action

SOLIDWORKS 2021 became available for download in October. This release includes performance enhancements and expanded functionalities that improve workflows for design, documentation, data management, validation, and manufacturing.

Below is a video preview of many of the top design enhancements in 2021. Simply click the link to see your favorite enhancements in action.

Detailing Mode for Drawings

Detailing Mode is the fastest way to open and detail drawings. It is especially effective when working with drawings of large assemblies or when dealing with large multi-sheet drawings. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, many enhancements have been in the areas of detailing and view creation.

Assembly Performance

SOLIDWORKS 2021 delivers improvements to assemblies in both performance and function. Check out the new capabilities and improved functionality.

Assembly Productivity Tools

As you spend time working on assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you will find more streamlined tools to help you assemble, pattern, and analyze your assemblies.

Improved User Experience

With every release of SOLIDWORKS, we strive to improve your design experience. Check out these new capabilities, which originate directly from your enhancement requests.

Drawing Performance

See a side by side comparison of SOLIDWORKS 2020 compared to SOLIDWORKS 2021—it is a validation of the work we are doing regarding increased performance.

Parts

SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces many enhancements to extend the already robust capabilities when working with parts including sheet metal, 3MF support, and new capabilities for weldments.

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS

As a CAD designer, you’ve always required the most powerful workstations on the market. But with more of us working remotely than ever before, you may need a more flexible environment. Your investment in SOLIDWORKS lays the foundation to work from the cloud by leveraging 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.

 

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is the SOLIDWORKS desktop software you know, plus the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud capabilities that help keep you productive and connected regardless of location. And the platform keeps all your data in synch automatically.

Wait! There’s More

Please check out these other great videos as well, covering other significant enhancements made in SOLIDWORKS 2021!

Model-Based Definition

SOLIDWORKS Electrical

SOLIDWORKS Manage

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Plastics

SOLIDWORKS Simulation

eDrawings

Routing

SOLIDWORKS Visualize

SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS CAM

To learn more or ask questions or get a demo of SOLIDWORKS 2021, contact your local reseller. Also, check out What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2021, including videos and descriptions, at https://www.solidworks.com/product/whats-new.

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

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by Craig Therrien at November 04, 2020 01:00 PM

November 03, 2020

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Create Your Own Transparent Screen By Tearing Apart Your LCD TV

Have you ever wondered, “Man, wouldn’t it be cool if I could see through my computer screen?” No? Then you clearly (heh) aren’t thinking like Evan and Katelyn, the husband and wife maker duo. As YouTube creators, they’re cranking out content to show the world that making stuff isn’t as impossible and frustrating as we think it is.

In one of their most recent episodes, they had their work cut out for themselves. They decided to tear apart an LCD TV with an aim to convert the LCD into a transparent display. Success for them (and potential us) would mean loads of fun! Let’s have a look at what they discover.

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First, the basic premise behind an LCD TV is you’ve got liquid crystals (LCD) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) working together to produce light and color. They are configured into an array of rows and columns that make up the display. Various films are used to reduce glare and provide a colorful rich viewing experience. Now what Evan and Katelyn want to do is make use of the LCD and any electronic components that power it, to make an interactive viewing experience. Their hunch is that if they can strip away the antiglare/polarizing film from the back of the LCD panel it will be possible to see completely through the display, while at the same time be able to view graphics and video content.

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1. Separating The LCD From Everything Else

The project starts as you would expect: with the couple trying to solve the mystery of the hidden fasteners. Releasing plastic clips and separating adhesive bonds without breaking the displays or electrical connections would be key. After I’m sure what seemed like ages of poking and prodding with conventional and unconventional tools, Evan finally meets with success!

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Thanks to a few guitar picks and pieces of plastic, the duo manage to remove the foam keeping the LCD connected to the rest of the TV. They slowly separate the LCD by removing all the tape and disconnecting the electronics.

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As a sanity check Evan and Katelyn decide to reconnect the electronics and power up the LCD display to see if it is still good to go. Voila! LCD color in all its glory came to life.

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2. Removing The Screen Filter

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With the LCD safely separated, their next hurdle is to remove a film sheet adhered to the back of the LCD. The film acts as a filter that evenly disperses the light that normally would emanate from the LEDs. By getting rid of the LED component and removing the film backing, a clear view through the panel would become possible.

To do this, they set some wet paper towels onto the on top of the film sheet to soften the adhesive or neutralize the static cling. After about an hour Katelyn did the honors and began carefully remove the film. Not having waited long enough the filter did not fully release and began to rip. The patches without film, however, were nice and bright as hoped for! Spurred on by partial success, Evan and Katelyn decide to just rip the rest of the filter off.

3. Designing And Creating A New Television Base

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Since the two troublemakers effectively destroyed the original display housing, their next step was to construct a new home for unfiltered LCD. They decide to construct the new frame and base from wood keeping the build fairly simple. After a sweet build montage showcasing their woodworking setup and expertise, Evan and Katelyn completed the custom frame with an integrated base, the LCD’s new home!

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All there was left to do was fit the TV electronics to the base. Execersizing his skill as a craftsmen Evan managed to shave away some wood in just the right amount and shape. Then a few screws aptly placed to snuggly secured the electronics inside the wooden base below the LCD.

4. Let’s Try It Out!

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All this work would be for naught if the LCD didn’t actually work and thankfully, it does! With some extra lighting in the background, Katelyn can clearly see Evan on the other side of the screen. She uses this newfound power to Photoshop some wacky hairstyles and tattoos onto her partner, which is one of the few perks of having a transparent screen.

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The biggest drawback of having a transparent LCD is you almost always need some form of lighting on one side to see what is on the screen. Conventional lighting and even natural sunlight allow you to see the screen clearly, as proven by Evan and Katelyn in their studio and yard respectively.

Evan and Katelyn’s YouTube channel shows how you don’t have to be the best or even the most knowledgeable person in the world to create stuff, just a healthy dose of gumption and curiosity. They have tons of practical and not-so-practical projects which are a hoot to watch, so be sure to check them out!

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 03, 2020 05:36 PM

Shower Power Is A Hydropowered Speaker Which Runs on Your Showerhead

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Ah, the shower – the last bastion of human privacy. In it, relief is attained, life-changing decisions are made, and some of the best acoustics can be found.

Anyone can be whoever they want to be in the shower, even a Grammy-award winning singer. So why not up the ante and add some tunes during your private time?

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Shower Power by Ampere is the first speaker built especially for shower time. Installing one to the side of your showerhead takes the water flowing through the system and uses it to rotate an internal impeller inside the Shower Power speaker. This impeller is connected to a mini-generator which provides power to the device’s Lithium-ion battery. This powers Shower Power, letting you listen to your favorite tunes, videos, and podcasts as you take a shower.

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Turning on your shower automatically starts Shower Power’s charging capabilities as well as the speaker itself. Depending on the water flow, your shower can generate anywhere from 150-200mA of power to charge the battery.

You can listen through the Shower Power for up to 170 hours straight whilst water is running through it, though I’m pretty sure your skin will be all wrinkly once you get out after such a long shower. More practically however, it takes 14-16 hours to fully charge and you can listen to it for up to 14 hours without any water running.

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If you’re wondering if the Shower Power affects the strength of your water flow or your water usage, it doesn’t. There is no need to remove the device once it’s installed; just think of it as an extension to your showerhead.

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You can control Shower Power using your Bluetooth-enabled wireless devices or by using the control panel found at the bottom (there’s even a waterproof remote for certain backers who pick the option). If the Shower Power’s 40 mm 5W speaker isn’t enough for your entire bathroom, it can be paired with Ampere’s Droplet mini Bluetooth waterproof speaker so you can up the surround sound.

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Shower Power is made using 100% recycled ocean plastic and each device is estimated to consist of around 15 recycled plastic bottles. Seeing as the Shower Power connects to a water source, the plastic compound it is made out of is made to be waterproof, durable, and 99.9% antimicrobial.

If you like singing in the shower just like everyone else, be sure to check out Shower Power on Kickstarter, where it currently has a funding of $89,577 USD (way more than its initial $15,000 goal).

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by Carlos Zotomayor at November 03, 2020 02:31 PM

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Sharing (Default) Document Properties

New in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 is the ability to share Default Document Properties across different computer systems!  This allows us to create a company standard for the default document properties.  With this powerful enhancement, we find two new buttons in Default Document Properties:

SOLIDWORKS Composer Document Properties

SOLIDWORKS Composer Document Properties

Loading and Saving Document Properties

Once you have selected the desired settings, go to File > Properties > Default Document Properties > Save… to create a Profile file (the file extension is .docPropSet).  Once that’s done, you can load those settings into another computer’s Composer installation and assign them to the Default Document Properties, by using the Load button found right next to the Save button mentioned previously.  And just like that, a company standard has been applied.

Learn SOLIDWORKS Composer

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

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by John Lee, CSWE at November 03, 2020 01:00 PM

November 02, 2020

The Javelin Blog

Extending your Simulation capabilities with 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS

As SOLIDWORKS CAD and Simulation users, you have come to appreciate the ease of use, intuitiveness, and power. Have you ever wanted more? Maybe more advanced solvers for static and dynamic events? Or the ability to perform analysis from anywhere on the cloud? Wait no more!

On November 10, Dr. Omar Zohni, PhD, will be sharing how you can extend your current capabilities with SIMULIAworks powered by the Abaqus Solver.

Extending your Simulation capabilities with 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS

Built on industry-leading Abaqus technology, SIMULIAworks gives novices and experts alike the power to perform complex linear and non-linear analyses to validate product designs and make better-informed product decisions faster. Being part of the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio means any engineer can easily access advanced simulation without the need for expensive hardware. An added benefit is faster product delivery, thanks to real-time collaboration and data sharing capabilities.

Join us on November 10th at 2PM EST to learn more. In this 45 minute event, for both people new to Simulation and for more experienced, you will see and learn how these tools make for a better design experience along with some tips and tricks to help you be effective and productive.

Dr. Omar Zohni, PhD

Dr. Omar Zohni, PhD

Meet the presenter

Experienced mechanical engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Industries. Strong technical presales professional with a background in MEMS, CFD, Plastics Injection Molding, FEA and supporting large customers who want to enhance their simulation expertise.

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by Rod Mackay at November 02, 2020 08:44 PM

Additive Manufacturing 2.0 Desktop Metal Event

Metal 3D printing has already had profound impacts on prototyping and manufacturing tooling, but with the ability to mass produce highly complex end-use parts, Additive Manufacturing 2.0 is poised to transform the manufacturing landscape.

Join Desktop Metal™ on November 18, 2020 for a free conference about the ways next-generation additive technologies like binder jetting unlock benefits like generative design, tooling free manufacturing and mass customization. You’ll also hear from Desktop Metal™ customers who are implementing AM 2.0 solutions to unlock throughput, repeatability, and competitive part costs.

Agenda

  • 10:00 AM EST / Morning session:
  • 1:00 PM EST / Afternoon session:

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by Rod Mackay at November 02, 2020 08:37 PM

Overcoming Manufacturing Challenges with 3D Printing

3D printing doesn’t stop at prototyping, join Javelin Technologies in this webinar to learn how the best companies are leveraging Additive to overcome manufacturing challenges.

Through specific industry applications, discover how these companies are saving time & money to get to market faster and more efficiently by incorporating additive at key points in their design & manufacturing processes including shop floor tools.

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by Rod Mackay at November 02, 2020 08:26 PM

A Quick Way to Log In and Off (Out) of SOLIDWORKS PDM

While helping a Javelin customer, I was explaining how to log off (out) of SOLIDWORKS PDM. This is a simple process, that I have explained several times and I had always meant to write an article about it. I looked to see if any of my colleagues had already written about this and I was a bit surprised that this had not already been covered, so I decided to write this article.

I’m sure that most reading this article are familiar with how to log in to the SOLIDWORKS PDM Local Vault View, by means of the PDM icon in Windows Quick Access or from Windows Explorer. It may be that you have even added short-cuts to Windows Quick Access, in order to navigate to a particular folder in your vault.

From the Windows Task Bar

But logging in/out of a vault can also be done from the Windows Task Bar. By clicking on the upward pointing arrow of the Windows taskbar, close to where the date and time are displayed. You can view apps that are currently running on your system. Some may be familiar with this area when specifying a computer as a SOLIDWORKS PDM Task Host.

Accessing Running Apps

Windows Task Bar Apps

Clicking on the PDM icon will display several options including Log In and Log Off.

Log In/Off

Being able to Log In/Off from here, is useful when you need to log in as a different user or into a different vault. I use this often for troubleshooting user permissions, by logging in as the PDM Admin.

As a side note, it is also possible to log out of a vault from inside the Local Vault View.

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by Joe Medeiros, CSWE at November 02, 2020 03:40 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

SLUGME 5 – The SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever

SOLIDWORKS is a critical tool for millions of talented designers and engineers worldwide. Like other professionals, SOLIDWORKS users are always looking for personal development and career advancement by becoming more skilled with the software they use every day. I have found that one of the best ways to expand your knowledge about SOLIDWORKS is to surround yourself with other talented people who use it. When you collaborate with users to find solutions to similar problems, you may notice that they are taking a completely different approach.

One of the amazing things about SOLIDWORKS is that each user tends to use the software in their own unique way, and there is not any singular path to model a particular part. There could in fact be many different approaches, all driven by the intent of the user. When one user observes another, it can sometimes seem like SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks are learned simply by osmosis. As you watch someone else use a tool that you use daily, you will quickly notice if they take a different approach/route than expected. In that scenario, there is always something to be learned.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone and meeting other SOLIDWORKS users can certainly seem a bit daunting for some. It’s easy to end up in your own SOLIDWORKS bubble without the opportunity to collaborate with other users, especially if you are consistently designing similar parts and assemblies. And, your bubble may seem even smaller this year if you are not going into the office. This is where the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN) can help.

SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN) has a long-standing tradition of giving SOLIDWORKS users a place to share tips and tricks and network with each other in a friendly, welcoming environment. Whether you attend an in-person SWUGN meeting or a virtual one, you can expect to learn valuable tips and tricks about SOLIDWORKS and network with other users.

It’s easy to find and join a user group in your area or register to attend an upcoming meeting on Meetup.com. On November 17th, user groups from around the globe are joining together virtually for the SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever, otherwise known as SLUGME. This is actually the 5th year in a row for this epic meeting, and there has never been a more perfect time for it. Some of the most well know presenters in the SWUGN community are lined up to deliver top-notch presentations, including:

  •         Kam Smith – Host
  •         Eric Beatty – Using SOLIDWORKS Connected at Omax Waterjets
  •         Ed Eaton – Trees of Blood, Addressing SOLIDWORKS Design Tree Errors

These superstars will finish the meeting with a Stump-The-Chump session, during which you can ask your toughest SOLIDWORKS questions.

Click here for more details about the SLUGME agenda and to register for this epic event.

Visit www.SWUGN.org to find the closest user group near you and attend the next meeting. If you can’t find a local group, consider starting your own group.

Or click here to join a user group near you or here to register to attend an upcoming meeting on Meetup.com.

 

Author information

Dan Wagner
Dan Wagner
I am the manager of the SOLIDWORK User Group Network (SWUGN). I spent over 12 years in the reseller channel providing technical support to SOLIDWORK Users, teaching SOLIDWORKS classes, and delivering marketing & sales presentations to new and experienced SOLIDWORKS users. I am a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and I am thrilled to continuing serving the SOLIDWORKS community for many years to come.

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by Dan Wagner at November 02, 2020 01:00 PM

October 30, 2020

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog

Sugar Skull Nesting Doll Tutorial

For this tutorial I decided to create Sugar Skull themed nesting dolls, my family had nesting dolls as ornaments when I grew up, but I just seen them as toys! Who didn’t enjoy taking these apart as a child to find the tiniest doll inside all those layers? For this tutorial I only created 5 nesting dolls, you could increase this number by scaling down the dolls in smaller increments or by starting with a larger doll. The decal used in this tutorial is available to download here.

 

To create the dolls, the top and bottom parts were revolved in separate features. Starting with the largest doll, I used the scale tool to shrink the doll down, I then used ‘save as’ to save the part as Doll 2, I repeated this process until I had 5 dolls. I had to shrink Doll 1 before I shelled the parts otherwise each doll would get thinner and thinner, so this was done after the parts were scaled down. Doll 5 was combined into a solid doll as this is usually the case with the smallest nesting doll.

 

The sugar skull decal is applied using projection mapping so that it is visible on both sides of the doll. The decal I created is a PNG file, the reason I am using a PNG file is because I want the background of my decal to be transparent. That way I can put it over any appearance. When it opens you’ll get a decal preview, under mask image you will need to change this to use decal image alpha channel, this makes the black background transparent.

Once all the parts have their appearances and decals applied, I brought them all into an assembly and mated them inside of each other. As I mention in the video tutorial, if you want to create open nesting dolls you can use save bodies and save the top and bottom of each doll as individual parts. I then re-added the decals to each. You can see an animation I created using this method at the end of the tutorial. The animation and renderings seen in the tutorial are all created in SOLIDWORKS VISUALIZE.

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Author information

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

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by Jade Crompton at October 30, 2020 03:00 PM

The SOLIDWORKS Blog

Is Managing Files Really Enough?

For design teams of any size, it is important to keep track of your design data as the design progresses. A Product Data Management (PDM) application is a good start. It manages CAD data from one centralized location, keeps track of revisions, maintains links between files and controls access through authorizations.

For SOLIDWORKS Desktop, like all file-based CAD systems, it is important to keep in mind that the file does not include all of the product data to manage. These SOLIDWORKS files include the geometry definition, parameters, product structure, component relationships and other design-related data. However, the full set of data to complete the product definition may include electrical, software and manufacturing-related items defined and stored independently of SOLIDWORKS.

Having separate, disconnected sources of product data can lead to a number of challenges.  How do you ensure that information is accurate and up-to-date across multiple systems?  How do you effectively find and manage data across multiple locations? How do you know if a design change affects items from a different application?

Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than between engineering and manufacturing. The CAD product structure is the basis for the Bill of Materials (BOM). Manufacturing typically manages and updates the BOM in a spreadsheet application (such as MS Excel).  Since the engineering and manufacturing data are no longer connected, the BOM does not automatically update with a design change and vice versa. Keeping these in synch is either a manual process or a function of product lifecycle management (PLM) application. Either way, this is a key source of data mismatch, errors, cost overruns and project delays.

Giving everyone a voice in design

In addition to disparate applications creating and maintaining data, there are many non-CAD stakeholders who need to be able to review designs and provide feedback but have no access or knowledge to use SOLIDWORKS. These include engineers defining the product architecture, design managers providing input and field engineers reporting product issues or design changes. How do you ensure that this extended product team receives, manages and incorporates their insights into the design?

With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform! By connecting SOLIDWORKS Desktop to the platform, designers continue to work in SOLIDWORKS with files while the design data becomes part of the full product definition. The platform manages the CAD files, supports engineering processes and makes the design data accessible independent of SOLIDWORKS to any authorized team member with a web-browser to visualize, explore, mark-up, or edit.

That data is also natively available for 3DEXPERIENCE applications used for advanced design, engineering, simulation, manufacturing and other disciplines. One clear benefit is that the product structure and bill of materials are different views of the same product definition. This means there is no manual process or automated synchronization function required.

In conclusion, managing SOLIDWORKS files is necessary but not sufficient to ensure everyone in product development is working with the right data at the right time. Product data management is a good first step but cannot address the greater need to manage and define the entire product definition in a single location available to all. For that, you need the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Read more about how you can easily manage your product data in the cloud on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform here.

 

Author information

Howie Markson
Howie Markson
Howie Markson is Global Offer Marketing Director for Dassault Systemes. He has also been a Product Manager, Product Marketing Manager and a Mechanical Engineer for companies large and small.

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by Howie Markson at October 30, 2020 12:00 PM