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October 16, 2021


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

secret whiteboard

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

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

secret whiteboard

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

secret whiteboard

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

secret whiteboard

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

secret whiteboard

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

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

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

Can a Helium-Filled Air Mattress Levitate?

levitating air mattress

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

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

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

levitating air mattress

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

levitating air mattress

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

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

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

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

lego titanic

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

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

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

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

Cross Sections

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

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

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

Moving Parts

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

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

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

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

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

TreePod Canopy Provides Hybrid Canopy-Hammock Experience

TreePod Canopy

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

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

TreePod Canopy

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

TreePod Canopy

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

TreePod Canopy

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

TreePod Canopy

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

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

October 15, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Tips For a Successful Upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2022

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

SOLIDWORKS System Requirements

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

SOLIDWORKS Graphics Card and Driver

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

SOLIDWORKS Installation Type

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

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

Copy Settings Wizard

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

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

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Copy Settings

Frequently Asked SOLIDWORKS Update Questions

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

October 14, 2021

The Javelin Blog

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

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

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

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

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Selecting a Template

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

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Template

3DStory Template

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

Personalizing Workflow

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

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

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Splitting a Cell

3DStory Splitting a Cell

Creating Pages

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

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

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Adjusting Images

3DStory Adjusting Images

Publishing to the Community

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

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Storyboard Example

3DStory Storyboard Example

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

3DEXPERIENCE 3DStory Publishing to Community

Publishing to Community


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

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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

October 13, 2021

The Javelin Blog

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

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

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

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Opening a Project

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

3DEXPERIENCE Project Components

3DEXPERIENCE Project Components

Modifying Properties

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

3DEXPERIENCE Modifying Properties

3DEXPERIENCE Modifying Properties

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

3DEXPERIENCE Setting Enterprise Number

Setting Enterprise Number

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

Releasing the Files

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


File Listing

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

3DEXPERIENCE Releasing Files

Releasing Files

Exporting the BOM

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

3DEXPERIENCE Exporting the BOM

Exporting the BOM

Creating a New BOM

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


Creating a New BOM

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

3DEXPERIENCE Adding Documentation to BOM

Adding Documentation to BOM

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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

October 12, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Using Additive Manufacturing for Custom Metal Form Tooling

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

3D Printed Metal Forming Example

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

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Download a Technical White Paper

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

Custom Metal Forming

Custom Metal Form Tooling

The custom metal form tooling paper includes:

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

October 11, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Get to Know DriveWorks

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

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

Featured in this DriveWorks webinar

In this webinar, Dave will cover:

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

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

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

About The Presenter

Dave Ramsey, Application Engineer

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


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

October 09, 2021


Turning Push Pins on a Lathe Is a Very Bad Idea

turning push pins

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

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

turning push pins

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

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

turning push pins

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

turning push pins

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

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

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

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

tesla autopilot roadtrip

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

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

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


tesla autopilot roadtrip

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

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

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

Charging Stations

tesla autopilot roadtrip

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

tesla autopilot roadtrip

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

Charging Time

tesla autopilot roadtrip

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

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


tesla autopilot roadtrip

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

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

tesla autopilot roadtrip

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

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

October 08, 2021


Make Your Own Popsicle Stick Butterfly Knife

wooden butterfly knife

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

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

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

Fashioning the Handles

wooden butterfly knife

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

Making the Holes

wooden butterfly knife

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

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

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

Putting the Stoppers

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

wooden butterfly knife

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

wooden butterfly knife

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

Shaping the Blade

wooden butterfly knife

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

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

Apply the Finishing Touches

wooden butterfly knife

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing in the Heavy Equipment Industry

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

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

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

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

An Additive Manufacturing Solution for Large Parts

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

3D Printed Heavy Equipment Parts

3D Printed Heavy Equipment Parts

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

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

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

Get our Application Report

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

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


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

wallet restoration

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

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

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

Thickening the Wallet Exterior

wallet restoration

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

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

Making the Pockets

wallet restoration

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

Putting the Three Inner Segments Together

wallet restoration

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

Making the Bill Compartments

wallet restoration

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

Completing the Wallet

wallet restoration

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

wallet restoration

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

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

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

October 07, 2021

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

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

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

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xStudio Features

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

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

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Features

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Features

Community Space

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

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Community Space

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Community Space

Creating Ambiance

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

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Creating Ambiance

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Creating Ambiance

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

Assigning Materials

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

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Assigning Materials

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Assigning Materials

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

Live Preview Rendering

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

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Live Preview

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Live Preview

Camera Options

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

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Camera Options

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Camera Options

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

Render Export

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

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Render Export

3DEXPERIENCE xStudio Render Export

Now Publish!

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

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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

October 06, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 8: Product Communicator

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

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

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Starting the Project

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

Product Communicator Technical Illustrations

Technical Illustrations

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

3DEXPERIENCE xHighlight Creating a New Project

Creating a New Project

Setting the Scenes

Our Instructions sheet will include 3 Steps:

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

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

3DEXPERIENCE xHighlight Orienting the Model

Orienting the Model

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

Product Communicator Adjusting Position

Adjusting Position

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

3DEXPERIENCE xHighlight Component Removal Illustration

Component Removal Illustration

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

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

Export as Technical Illustration

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

Technical Illustration

xHighlight Technical Illustration

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

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

Technical Illustrations Final Example

xHighlight Technical Illustrations PDF

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

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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

October 05, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 7: Product Document Creator

Our 3DEXPERIENCE circular saw project is over halfway done! At this point, the design for the rotating guard handle is complete, but we want to make a few modifications and create a drawing that can be shared with fabricators and other external members. Using the Product Document Creator Role / xDocument xApp for this, we will continue the work on a Macbook Pro because xApps don’t care what kind of computer we choose!

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Changing Properties

We are opening the handle in the Design tab of the dashboard. In this case, we were already in xDocument, but if not, we can easily change between any of the xApps that we have access to by pressing the “x” key.

As you can see below, we can change the document standard between metric and English quickly. We can also change default document properties like font, default balloon characteristics, etc.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Changing from Metric to English

Changing from Metric to English

Creating Standard Views with Product Document Creator

Next, we will create the standard views, orthogonal views, isometric, and if needed an auxiliary view too. Creating this in xDocument is quick and allows us to capture the correct orientation of the model to pass along the necessary information. What’s even more convenient, this command allows us to repeat the command to capture all the necessary views at once.

Product Document Creator Standard Views

Creating Standard Views

Capturing Dimensions

Now that the views have been made, it’s time to capture dimensions. Adding dimensions is a couple of clicks away. We can align those dimensions and add pertinent text alongside those dimensions.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Capturing Dimensions

Capturing Dimensions

Selecting Tolerance Schemes

As you can see below, any developed part needs to carry along tolerance information. Here we can select from a few standard tolerance schemes. We’ll put a quick plus/minus tolerance on the inner diameter to reflect its clearance fit with the mating screw.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Tolerance Schemes

Tolerance Schemes

Applying Surface Finish Marks

We can also apply surface finish marks to illustrate the precision to which specific faces need to be constructed. Like many mature CAD environments, we can specify whether machining is required or prohibited, just as we would expect to fully illustrate how surfaces are to be finished.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Applying Surface Finish Marks

Applying Surface Finish Marks

Configuring Notes

Notes are always needed to capture those repeated items like common radius callouts and/or schemes that a company may use to pass standard information to the person downstream. The note here is easily configured and goes along for the ride to the attached annotation view.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Configuring Notes

Configuring Notes

Creating a 2D PDF File from Product Document Creator

Finally, we will create a 2D PDF of the file that can be shared on a personal 3DDrive and for that external collaborator, we can directly provide an external link so that person can immediately see the PDF and begin their work.

3DEXPERIENCE xDocument Creating a 2D PDF File

Creating a 2D PDF File

The Product Document Creator Role / xDocument xApp allows for 2D PDF generation to document any 3D design in a very simple to use interface and quick access toolbars so you can streamline the process to go from design to print as efficiently as possible. Ultimately, it is a seamless process to capture the dimensions and also provide the annotated document to any internal/external team member.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 05, 2021 12:00 PM

October 04, 2021

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Enhanced Design Capabilities and Collaboration with 3DEXPERIENCE Works

Explore how to leverage cloud computing solutions to elevate your designs with 3DEXPERIENCE Sub-D modeling, share information through cloud-based data management, and get your product to market faster than ever before.

Parametric problems

The SOLIDWORKS CAD environment uses parametric-based modeling, which allows for design intelligence and design intent to be built into models. While this is undeniably valuable, problems arise when it comes to tasks such as surfacing. As anyone that has attempted surface modeling on desktop SOLIDWORKS will attest to, it is a process that is time-consuming, requires a high level of expertise, and one which is not conducive to major design changes and quick conceptualizing. Parametric surfacing requires a fairly clear idea of the end shape in advance, due to the “skeletal substructure” of splines, planes, curves, points, etc. that is used to create the desired surface. Even a small change to the surface requires hours of rework to the skeleton.


So, what can be done about this limitation? Insert the 3D Sculptor role with 3DEXPERIENCE Works! This role gives you access to the xShape app, a web-hosted Sub-division Modeling software that allows for organic and ergonomic shapes to be created through effortless push, pull, bend and crease capabilities. Through Sub-D Modeling, designs and design changes that would traditionally take hours can be created in a matter of minutes while giving you a continuous curved surface that is impossible to achieve using parametric surfacing.

Sud-D modelling in xShape

Sub-D Modelling with xShape

Cloud Collaboration

Of course, a natural question might be which modelling type is the most optimal? The honest (and annoying) answer is it depends. Each modelling technique best serves a different purpose. But why pick one over the other, when the 3DEXPERIENCE platform lets you leverage both to push your design capabilities? Additionally, with cloud-based data management offered on the platform, your company’s design data can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, anywhere in the world (provided they have the right permissions). Not only is this very applicable in today’s remote work environment, but it also enhances collaboration between team members, quickening design cycles and getting your product to market as soon as possible.

An engineer working in SOLIDWORKS can work concurrently with an industrial designer using xShape to produce a finished model. Because all the data is stored in the cloud, the designer can pull a SOLIDWORKS assemby into xShape and use it as a reference to create the required surface through sub-D modelling. On the engineer’s side, a surface created in xShape can be seamlessly brought into SOLIDWORKS, and parametric modelling tools can be leveraged to create holes and other features. Check out the video below for a real-life example of this workflow.

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If surfacing is an important part of your workflow, combining the power of sub-D and parametric modelling through 3DEXPERIENCE Works is a no-brainer. So what are you waiting for? Contact the Javelin team to learn more!

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by Craig D'Costa at October 04, 2021 01:15 PM

October 01, 2021


Turn Flat Pieces Of Plywood Into a Bowling Ball

wooden bowling ball

How do you turn a flat object into something round? Well, you don’t need magic to do it. All you have is the right strategy to make it possible. That’s what YouTuber The Q did in one of his videos.

Witness how this artist produced a playable bowling ball with nothing but planks of plywood and creativity:

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Using some templates he printed out, The Q set his saw blade at different angles to make 60 customized triangle plywood pieces. These pieces would form the round exoskeleton of the bowling ball.

wooden bowling ball

The Q glued 5 of these triangles together and used duct tape to keep them in place. He did this 12 more times – making a total of 12 semi-circular plywood pieces.

wooden bowling ball

Prior to gluing all the semi-circle pieces of wood together, The Q sprayed some foam inside. After the foam had set in, he cut out some parts to give space for the 3,144 g (roughly 6.9 pounds) cylindrical weight. The Q sealed off the rest of the interior with foam before gluing in the last few semi-circles to complete the bowling ball.

wooden bowling ball

Despite its weight being the same as an actual bowling ball, the flat plywood exterior didn’t exactly make it feel like one at first. Given the structure of the glued triangular pieces of wood, there were edges that would prevent it to roll on the floor smoothly. The Q, thankfully, knew what to do.

A couple of passes with an angle grinder coupled with a good sanding fixed this in a jiffy. You can even catch a glimpse at The Q’s makeshift lathe – made from a wooden stand and a hand drill! The Q then completed his ball by drilling in the finger holes and giving the ball a good finish.

wooden bowling ball

I was a bit worried that the bowling ball would crack and break open the first time it landed on the bowling lane, but it managed to roll like a piece of polished marble. The Q even hit a couple of strikes with his new toy!

To see more of The Q’s DIY madness, check out his YouTube channel. There’s bound to be something there that strikes your fancy!

by Carlos Zotomayor at October 01, 2021 04:21 PM

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Working with a BOM in SOLIDWORKS Manage

I love SOLIDWORKS PDM and how it makes life easier for an engineer to do their job and keep their files in one secure location. With that said, I’ll admit that there are times when you just need more from PDM with regards to the Bill of Materials (BOM). I mean, who wants to model oil, glues, etc. just to have them be on a BOM? Having those materials accounted for ensures that when the assembly person goes to grab the grease, it’s there, but having to put blank models inside an assembly? This is where SOLIDWORKS Manage shines.

Adding Items

You can add items inside Manage that do not have any 3D model associated with them. Once you have done that, you can then edit a BOM inside Manage to add the item even with a quantity.



Duplicating a BOM

What if you need to create a BOM for a system that is physically the same, but has some extras that are different? Maybe a version that gets shipped to a different country needs to have a different manual, packing materials or vendor-specific items. These things are easy to accomplish in SOLIDWORKS Manage. Simply create a second BOM from the original and make the needed changes by replacing or changing properties.

BOM Copy From

BOM Copy From

Comparing BOMs

Now that you’ve done all these things, how do you know what is different? SOLIDWORKS Manage has an intuitive comparison tool. It will take two BOMs and color code them based on what has changed. You can compare different revisions, two Manage BOMs or even compare the Manage BOM to the Assembly inside PDM. Now you do not have to pour through exported BOMs just to see what is different.


Compare BOM

A bonus is that when you make changes to the assembly, Manage will catch those, but not erase the extras you’ve added. So, if your company needs to modify BOMs, and you find yourself adding extra blank files, or adding lines to a BOM on a drawing, look into SOLIDWORKS Manage to solve your problems.

Interested in SOLIDWORKS Manage?

SOLIDWORKS® Manage provides a unique set of advanced data management tools. This is accomplished by leveraging the file management capabilities and ease of use of SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and adding powerful projectprocess, and item management capabilities. Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Manage »

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at October 01, 2021 12:00 PM

September 30, 2021


Thumby: The Thumb-Sized, Programmable Video Game Console


If you are already mesmerized by the simplicity and body dimensions of the Playdate, wait until you see Thumby.

Thumby is an aptly named, thumb-sized console that can serve as a keychain. Created by TinyCircuits, it measures 29.5 mm x 18 mm x 8.5 mm and has a teeny tiny 72 x 40 pixel monochrome OLED on which you can play games.


The games of Thumby aren’t exactly groundbreaking. You have Tiny Blocks, a puzzle game; Space Debris, a space shooter game; Annelid, a classic Snake-like game; Delver, a dungeon crawler with light RPG elements and a battle system; and Saur Run, a side scroller where you control a running and jumping dinosaur.

You can interact with any of the 5 pre-installed games using the console’s 6 buttons. The controls are composed of 4 directional buttons and 2 gameplay buttons. (The physical interface is reminiscent of a classic Nintendo Game Boy!)


What’s cool about Thumby is that you can take these existing games and modify them yourself! Using the MicroPython programming language and the tutorials provided, you can rewrite or even create your own games. It’s a great way to get into coding video games, as the Raspberry Pi RP2040 Processor is quite easy to use (especially with those handy tutorials). Provided you don’t go over the very limited 2 MB internal memory storage, you can modify and create as many games as you want.

You can connect the Thumby to your computer via a micro USB cable for charging and programming. On the other hand, the 40 mAh rechargeable LiPo battery can run on a full charge for 2 hours of non-stop gaming. With this, it can definitely be an on-the-go type of console that you pull out when your phone is running out of juice.


Further, it sports multiplayer support! Using the provided Thumby Link cable, you and a friend can enjoy together any of the games you have installed.


Now I don’t need to tell you that this thing is more of a novelty item than anything else. There is a possibility of it causing carpal tunnel and dwindling eyesight, but it can save you from the dullest moments when your iPhone is out of juice.

With a going retail price of $19 ($9 if you’re an early bird), there is a lot to love about the Thumby. It’s small, easily programmable, and is an excellent way to kill time.

Folks must really love squinting to play their video games since Thumby is already fully funded on Kickstarter. As of now, it has current funding of US$51,582 – a far cry from its initial US$15,000 goal. You can find more about this extremely compact console over on the Thumby Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 30, 2021 02:53 PM

Kitchen and Meal Preparation Inside Submarines

food in a submarine

Life on a submarine can feel quite cramped, to say the least. When submariners are stuck underwater in a metal tube for months, you wonder just how they survive in those extreme conditions.

The answer to most of those survivalist questions has to do with the submarine itself. Thanks to the built-in reactor, the warship can produce its own electricity, oxygen, and even convert surrounding saltwater into freshwater. In fact, the reactor can work remotely for years – meaning the only thing preventing anyone from living the rest of his/her life inside a submarine is food.

Yes, food. The one thing apart from water humans can’t live without. You can’t grow plants without sunlight and you can’t bring livestock into an already cramped warship. So how do you feed a crew of starving submariners? And how do you cook in such an area with a tight space?

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American engineer Destin Wilson Sandlin of SmarterEveryDay hopped aboard the USS Toledo submarine for 24 hours and grilled the warship’s kitchen staff on how they get their crew fed. Turns out, they hoard their food at the ports they arrive in.

Depending on the areas and countries they will be passing, submarine chefs will take an advance look at the catalog and plan their shopping list accordingly. They cross-reference this list with what they think the crew will enjoy eating (it takes a couple of ports for them to figure this out) and whip up something scrumptious!

food in a submarine

Frozen foods like chicken, pork, and fish are stored inside a freezer. Further, there’s no pre-made bread on the submarine because it spoils quite fast and no one certainly wants to eat a moldy piece. Instead, the crew makes their own bread on-site using flour, yeast, sugar, salt, eggs, and milk (which are stored in the freezer).

food in a submarine

All these ingredients are used in the kitchen – which looks exactly like the back of a McDonald’s restaurant but with way better working conditions. You’ve got fryers, ovens, microwaves, grill tops, stoves – everything you would ever need to make a great meal. According to the crew Destin interviewed, it usually just takes one person in the kitchen to prepare the meals for the crew. The number of kitchen staff goes higher, however, when something big comes along… like a pizza night!

What’s interesting is that food further helps the crew mark the passage of time. There’s no sunlight inside a submarine and apart from the clocks, you can’t really tell how much time has gone by. Having food delivered to you every 8 hours on a fixed menu per week helps you know just how much time has passed.

food in a submarine

Something as simple as food may not be a big deal for us land-dwellers but for a crew who has to live days underwater, having 3 meals a day can mean more than just a nourishment break. It’s a chance to kick back, connect with your crewmates, and enjoy dishes made from the interesting raw ingredients around the world.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 30, 2021 01:53 PM

September 29, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 6: 3D Mold Creator

One of the benefits of working in a connected design ecosystem like 3DEXPERIENCE Works is having the ability to create, modify or update designs no matter where you are, as long as you have an internet connection. For this phase of our circular saw project, we are doing everything from the comfort of a hotel room, hundreds of miles away from the rest of our team members. Because the 3D Mold Creator Role / xMold xApp is accessible from a web browser, we can communicate seamlessly with the team and won’t miss a beat.

Watch the video below for a walk-through of using 3D Mold Creator (xMold) for this phase of our project:

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Task Update

As we experience the rise in remote work, it is increasingly important to make sure the right people know that you are actively working on a task. By first going to Collaborative Tasks, we see that there is a task waiting. When you move the task to “In Work” or “Completed”, the person who assigned that task will get notified so that they can stay up to date on the progress. Additionally, when a task is completed, the file can be attached directly to the task, allowing the assignee to see the work that has been done.

3DEXPERIENCE task update

3DEXPERIENCE task update

Inserting Geometry in xMold

Inserting Geometry in xMold is no different than the “Insert Part” command inside of SOLIDWORKS. The main difference is rather than opening the file locally, we are going to open the file right from our Collaborative Space where the rest of our design content is located. Once inside of xMold, we can use the “Insert Geometry” command to search all of the data we have access to on the platform.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Insert Geometry

Insert Geometry

This may seem daunting at first, but the powerful search command combined with our 6WTags will help us find the exact piece of content we need to make a mold of. It is as simple as typing in a keyword and then selecting the relevant data tags to find what we are looking for. It is often easier to find files on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform than your own hard drive!


xMold 6WTags

Adding Draft to the Model

When we go to create a mold around our part, typically we want to have the draft pre-applied to the faces before we start. This helps ensure all our mold features are being generated in the correct location and helps to make sure the part will be cleanly released from the mold. Sometimes the design team is not thinking of a clean mold release when designing the part so in the event the faces aren’t drafted, we can easily add this before creating the mold.

The first thing we will do is make sure the faces are split within our model so we can draft in opposite directions on the part. This can be done with a projected sketch or with a reference plane on the model.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Splitting Faces for Draft

xMold Splitting Faces for Draft

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Adding Draft to a Model

Adding Draft to a Model

Once split, we can activate the draft tool to add “draft” to our model. We’ll need to select a neutral plane to help define which direction the draft will go, the faces to actually draft, and finally, the degree of “draft” to apply. If the draft is going the wrong way, the direction can be flipped with a click of a button to ensure it does what we expect.

Creating a Mold Around a Part

Once we have the model and all the faces are drafted correctly, creating the mold itself is simple to do. Using the tools in xMold, we can work our way from left to right to start working on our model.


xMold Tools

The first thing to do is define the direction of pull. This will tell the software which direction we are going to be removing the mold from and can be done with the same face we used for the draft. The parting line for our mold will be created directly from the model geometry, but we can always add more selections as we see fit. With the parting line created, we can move down to the shut-off surfaces. Once again, this is being created from existing features (our parting line) and should pick up everything needed.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Shut Off Surfaces

Shut Off Surfaces

From here, the parting surface is also created from our parting line. Sometimes, the parting surface isn’t always the best fit for the part and we need to clean it up with surfacing tools.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Parting Surfaces Clean Up

Parting Surfaces Clean Up

All that’s left to do is to create our mold core and mold cavity. This is as simple as creating a sketch to represent the outside of the mold and then letting the tool do the rest.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Sketch for Mold Cavity

Sketch for Mold Cavity

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Final Mold Design

Final Mold Design

Updating Team Members

The last thing to do when finishing an assignment is to update your team with the progress you made. Luckily, we can do that straight from the xMold xApp and share directly to our SWYM Community with a picture or 3D preview of our work.

3DEXPERIENCE xMold Updating Progress

Updating Progress

After informing the entire team, we can move the assigned task to completed and notify the assignee that the job is finished.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 29, 2021 06:09 PM


Watch a Scrap Metal Shredder Mangle a Variety of Objects

scrap metal shredder

There’s a strange satisfaction in watching stuff get broken down. From cars getting compacted to paper getting shredded – it’s just so gratifying to see the process by which something gets physically changed.

So when the folks over at Mr. machine got their chance to try a scrap metal shredder, they turned the camera on and started using it in every way possible:

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The two-shaft shredder made quick work of the common plastic items. Toy dolls, cars, and mats were shredded with a satisfying, bubble wrap-like sound while sturdier plastic marbles practically exploded with deafening pops. Since the shredder is designed to mash metal, plastic and wood items the team used stood no chance against this monster of a machine.

scrap metal shredder

Now, the metal items that are more interesting to shred.

Hollow metal objects like cylindrical pipes, trays, and even bullet casings popped and got crushed just as easily as the plastic subjects, but the solid metal ones were mangled a bit differently.

scrap metal shredder

A metal wrench had bent and bounced around the top of the shafts as if it was refusing to be completely crushed by the scrap metal shredder. After a few moments, the wrench was swallowed like a piece of chewy candy by the shredder!

scrap metal shredder

Crushing rebar had a similar outcome. Though the scrap metal shredder was able to chip off bits of the tip, pushing the rebar any further would just cause the shredder to jam and break. The only way to crush solid metals effectively is to use a stronger shredder!

scrap metal shredder

Popping a diamond into a scrap metal shredder, on the other hand, is ill-advised as it will most likely break your machine and cause untold collateral damage to your surroundings. It’s lucky the shape of the diamond wouldn’t allow it to fall in between the teeth of the shredder but if it did, I’m pretty sure this thing would cause more damage to the machine rather than the other way around!

The Mr. machine YouTube channel is full of videos to whet your shredding appetite, but please don’t try doing this at home. Watch trained professionals do it instead!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 29, 2021 11:58 AM

So Pro Is a Remote Control Ring for Your Bluetooth Devices

so pro ring

If you’ve ever found your hands taking up too much screen real estate while checking your phone, then So Pro might be just what you’re looking for.

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So Pro is a wearable smart ring that allows you to wirelessly interact with your Bluetooth-enabled device (be it Android or iOS). With it, you can scroll up, down, and do some basic actions using your favorite apps. Think of it as a really basic remote control.

The So Pro seems to work best on mobile social media apps like TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter – where the main methods of interaction are liking and moving between posts. Since the ring connects to your devices via Bluetooth, you don’t have to worry about installing an app to control your other apps.

so pro ring

While you can use it to take photos, change music, and swap presentation slides, the three-button nature of the So Pro can make things a bit limited when it comes to applications that require more interaction. As such, you’ll want to use the So Pro exclusively when you’re mindlessly scrolling through social media sites or giving a slide presentation. This, however, doesn’t make the So Pro unworthy of your big attention as it still has a lot to offer.

so pro ring

According to the So Pro Kickstarter page, the ring “is crafted with delicate electroplating technology” which protects the lithium-ion battery and gives it a glossy look.

In terms of longevity, the So Pro’s battery has a 7-day standby life and can be recharged up to 500 times before needing to be replaced. It’s can also be submerged in water up to 3 meters for 30 minutes. You can’t go swimming with it, but the So Pro can definitely survive accidental hand washing.

The So Pro looks to be a nifty accessory with very specific applications. Created by Zanco Innovation, this wireless control ring is up on Kickstarter with current funding of US$1,771. It needs a total of US$6,422 fund for its remote dreams to be realized and it still needs to fill a large part of its pot. With its promising feature, nonetheless, we know that it’ll overflow one of these days once the world has learned what it can do.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 29, 2021 11:00 AM

Magnifying Sunlight With a Fresnel Lens Creates a Burning Light Beam

fresnel lens

Remember when you were younger and you would spend sunny afternoons burning ants (or in my case, leaves) with a magnifying glass? Even though it may have caused colored streaks to your vision momentarily, I’m sure you still felt powerful being able to harness the power of the sun to melt objects.

The folks at YouTube channel Superkot recently revisited this childhood pastime, only instead of using a regular-sized magnifying glass, they employed a giant solar lens to do the burning for them.

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A Fresnel lens – the name of the solar lens they used – is a compact lens developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel. It’s made up of a number of a succession of concentric rings – each containing a portion of a simple lens. When assembled, the Fresnel lens intensely magnifies light at a single point.

Fresnel lenses were used to magnify the light emitting from searchlights and lighthouses, but have since been replaced by more cost-efficient electric beacons. Though the latter is getting more and more popular, there is a special novelty in Fresnel lenses that can’t be replaced.

fresnel lens

The experiments done by Superknot show just why they went out of style. These things are dangerous! One Fresnel lens incorrectly pointed towards the sun can create a 3632°F-burning hole in almost any material. Wood, coins, and even the iPhone used in the experiment were no match for the power of the said lens! If a Fresnel lens could explode one of Apple’s electronics, imagine what it could do to your skin on a sunny day.

fresnel lens

By far, the coolest and most informative test the team conducted with the Fresnel lens has to be the one with a car tire. After placing a GoPro inside the inflated tire, they popped the tire onto a car and pointed the Fresnel lens within the camera’s vision.

fresnel lens

You can start to see the rubber melting and flaking on the outside while on the inside, you see the emergence of a hole starting to form (as though something is lightly puncturing it). After a while, the rubber eventually melted away – letting the air inside the tire escape through the opening.

fresnel lens

So the moral of the story is: don’t play with Fresnel lenses! Apart from the intense heat produced by the magnified light, looking at your handiwork could permanently damage your eyes without proper protection. Stick to magnifying lenses and wear sunglasses instead!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 29, 2021 09:59 AM

September 28, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Hardware Recommendations

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS 2022 hardware / computer specs.

The following gives details on specific hardware components.  However the entire system should be designed and assembled for optimal performance.  Custom machines can be a cheaper option, however selecting components individually and connecting them together may not be compatible or efficient.  Cooling and thermal management is also an important aspect.  Purchasing a fully built system from a computer manufacturer ensures all components will work together correctly.

  • Processor: 3.3 GHz or higher clock speed (preferably more than 4 GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit (Windows 11 is currently not supported)
  • Memory: 32GB to 64GB
  • Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD), maintaining at least 20GB free space
  • Graphics Card:
    • General assemblies:
      • NVIDIA Quadro P1000/2200
      • AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100/4100
    • Large assemblies with basic parts:
      • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000/5000
      • AMD Radeon Pro W5500/WX5100/WX6100
    • Large assemblies with complex parts:
      • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000/8000
      • AMD Radeon Pro W5700/WX8200/WX9100
    • SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2022:
      • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000/8000
      • AMD Radeon Pro W5700/WX8200/WX9100
  • Internet Connection: High speed broadband connection for downloading service packs
  • File Storage: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

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What are the minimum hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

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

What Processor (CPU) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

SOLIDWORKS supports both Intel and AMD processors.

The rebuild process in SOLIDWORKS is inherently linear (parent/child relationship of features) and therefore can only use a single core.  Rebuild performance can be increased by having a faster clock speed of the CPU.

Be aware that the Intel and AMD Boost speeds represent the max speed that can be hit for a period of time.  However it may not reach these speeds in all scenarios or for an extended period of time.  It must remain in specification limits for workload, temperature and power.

Some functionality can leverage multi-thread technology and share the workload over multiple processor cores.  Products such as SOLIDWORKS Simulation and PhotoView 360 can take advantage of multi-threading, as can other areas like the user interface activities.  Having more processor cores can improve performance in these scenarios.

Keep in mind that the fastest machine is no substitute for good design practices.  Minimizing in-context references, utilizing large assembly modes and other performance tools will reduce the load on the processor.  Javelin’s Large Assembly Service can dramatically improve your productivity by improving performance of assemblies through different techniques.

You can test and compare performance of your hardware using the SOLIDWORKS Performance Test and PassMark benchmark tool.

What Operating System is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

SOLIDWORKS 2022 is only supported on Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11 is NOT officially supported at this time.

*IMPORTANT: Windows 7 ended support with SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5
Note: Windows Home editions are not supported

eDrawings and eDrawings Professional 2021 are supported on all operating systems listed above as well as macOS 10.15 and higher, 12.0 to be announced.

Does SOLIDWORKS 2022 work in virtual environments?

Only specific virtual environments are supported.  Visit the SOLIDWORKS Virtual Environment Support page for more details.

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Does SOLIDWORKS support Windows Home Editions?

No, SOLIDWORKS does NOT support Windows Home Editions.  You may not encounter any issues using a Windows Home Edition version, however SOLIDWORKS does not guarantee proper functionality using this unsupported operating system.

How much Memory (RAM) is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

The minimum requirement of RAM indicated on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page is at least 16GB.  However larger models and simulation studies may require more memory.  We recommend installing a minimum of 32GB of RAM.    It’s best to use fewer memory chips with larger capacity to leave room for possible expansion in the future.

Increasing the amount of installed RAM will not necessarily improve performance if enough dedicated memory is allocated. However if the required memory exceeds the availability, the use of virtual memory may reduce performance.

What type of Hard Drive is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

For best performance, a Solid-State Drive (SSD) can provide up to 10x faster performance for open/save tasks compared to a standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD).  SSDs have come down in price over the years and are worth the investment.

Also note that opening files from a local SSD drive compared to opening from a standard disk drive on a network server can be up to 100x faster.  Why do assemblies take longer to open over a network?

Be sure to maintain enough hard drive space after installing for Windows to run effectively.  Keep at least 20GB or 10% of your hard drive capacity as free space.

For even greater performance, you can consider using a NVMe/PCIe SSDs rather than standard SATA SSDs.  These are connected with a much faster interface, but are more expensive.

Also, you may wish to research into using RAID storage (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) to improve performance and security.

What type of Graphics Card is recommended for SOLIDWORKS 2022?

NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro series are certified graphics cards for SOLIDWORKS.  A graphics card with hardware OpenGL acceleration will provide superior performance and stability, especially in 3D model viewing (refresh, rotate, zoom, pan).

The NVIDIA Quadro RTX is the latest GPU series and recommended for future growth.  The previous generation NVIDIA Quadro P series will still have powerful performance for those on a budget.  The Quadro T series are specific to mobile workstations.

The AMD Radeon Pro WX and W series are certified, with the W series being the latest.

An Enhanced Graphics Performance option was introduced with SOLIDWORKS 2019.  This takes greater advantage of newer graphics card technology for significant performance improvements.  SOLIDWORKS performance is now scalable as you invest in higher end GPUs.

For SOLIDWORKS Visualize users, renderings leverage the GPU cores directly so investing in a powerful graphics card is beneficial.  Visualize 2019 and prior was only supported with NVIDIA graphics cards.  Compatibility for AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards started with the Visualize 2020.

A full list of certified graphics cards and its associated certified driver for each SOLIDWORKS version can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Graphics Card Drivers page.

Graphics cards designed for “gaming” or multi-media applications, such as NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon cards (not Radeon Pro), do NOT offer maximum performance or stability for SOLIDWORKS. These cards are optimized for a low number of polygons displayed on the screen, but at a high frame rate. CAD applications have the opposite requirement, where polygon count is high (the detail in your design model) but the image does not change rapidly so high frame rates are not as critical.  Using a certified graphics card and driver combo will yield the most stable platform for running SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS does not take advantage of multiple graphics cards as only one GPU will be used.  SOLIDWORKS Visualize can use multiple graphics cards to boost rendering performance.  Only the total memory of the weakest card can be leveraged, therefore it would be recommended to use the same models.

The new NVIDIA RTX Ampere series have not been reviewed yet.

What versions of Microsoft Office are compatible with SOLIDWORKS 2022?

SOLIDWORKS has the capability of using Microsoft Excel to create BOMs, Design Tables, and more.  After a new Microsoft Office major version is released, SOLIDWORKS must perform tests and therefore will not be certified on the given service pack at the time.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 is compatible with Microsoft Office 2016 and 2019.  The 64-bit editions are recommended.  Check the Microsoft Products table on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

Note: Microsoft Office 2013 ended support with SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5. Microsoft Office 2021 is currently not supported.

Should I store my files locally on my computer or on a network drive?

For maximum performance and stability, files should be worked on locally. Files opened and saved directly over a network connection will always be slower than a local drive and increases the chance of file corruption.  Data management products such as SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional automatically manage the movement of files from network servers to local disk drives to ensure maximum performance and stability. This is one of the many key benefits of a data management system. Learn more about SOLIDWORKS PDM.

What is the difference between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is included with licenses of SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium.  This provides easy access to standard data management and revision control functionality.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional adds more functionality such as multi-site replication and automation.

Read our SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional Comparison article for further detail.

What are the hardware recommendations for SOLIDWORKS PDM 2022?

Javelin recommends using a dedicated server for running the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault. Besides allowing for maximum performance for the CAD users, using a dedicated server provides version/revision control, workflow process management and custom property management.  Check the server requirements on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements page.

Javelin provides PDM Implementation and Upgrade Services to have you setup quickly and efficiently.

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by Scott Durksen, CSWE at September 28, 2021 05:57 PM

September 27, 2021

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Working with Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is very flexible about letting you execute your designs and perform your work in a manner that suits you. With SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets you are not to locked into a particular workflow, or sequence, of picks and clicks. This is obvious when selecting items because you have the ability to preselect items in the graphics area, or the feature tree, then issue the command or function that you’re interested in.

In this tech tip video, we’ll show you the time-saving techniques of using SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets in your workflow:

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SOLIDWORKS Selection Set Example

We can create robust SOLIDWORKS Selection Sets based on the component size, Select All instances of a particular component, components that are suppressed, and components that are not visible. Let’s look at selecting items by size.

Select by Size SOLIDWORKS Selection Set

Select by Size

To simplify an assembly so that it performs better, a common thing to do is suppress all the fasteners in the assembly. The tools we want to look at are found in the Advanced Selection menu. Advanced Selection lives in the standard toolbar under the Select button. Here is where we can apply a variety of different parameters when selecting. I want to select components by size. In the window, there is a slider to set the threshold of how big the selected component is compared to the entire assembly. Adjusting the slider will highlight the items selected in blue that fall within these parameters. It even tells you how many components have been selected. Also, something that is worth mentioning if you are using SOLIDWORKS Toolbox fasteners. We have the option to select only the components that have just the Toolbox tag. A great feature to have at your fingertips.

Saving Selection Sets

One more technique I want to show you is for creating advanced selection sets. You have the ability in SOLIDWORKS to create selection sets that you can refer to again and again. For example, if I want to create a selection set of the panel and knobs you see in blue because I want to change their colour, I will select the items and right-click. Here, we will see that we have the option to “Save Selection.” What SOLIDWORKS will do is add an informational folder at the top of the Manager Tree called Selection Sets. Another intuitive feature to have at your fingertips.

Save Selection Set

Save Selection Set

Want to learn more about Selection Sets?

Take a SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling live online training course from Javelin. You will learn how to parametrically relate different components in the context of an assembly, master the art of creating and managing all types of mates, save time designing complex mechanisms, create multiple variations of your design, perform quick selections of components, and become confident working fast with large assemblies.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 27, 2021 03:02 PM

September 24, 2021

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Tips for Managing your SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Vault

SOLIDWORKS PDM is awesome for storing your files and making sure that everyone follows the rules to get products into the customer’s hand. In SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can locate files by searching for them using the information stored in the database. Even with this searching ability, some companies prefer to have folders to organize their files. So, what can you do to keep your SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vault organized?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional provides tools to help you organize your vault:

Using SOLIDWORKS PDM Templates

First off, you can use templates within SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. What are templates, you ask? Templates are commands that let you set up a folder structure or create a file from a right mouse click. Users can start a project by right-mouse clicking in the vault and selecting New Project.

New Project


Folder Sets

This will create a known folder set with a specified name (maybe a project number) at the location you want and whatever folders you need inside that top-level folder. So, the next time you start a project, a new set of folders will be created that match the first set. What’s even better? The user that creates the project may not have the ability to create new folders. They only have the ability to start a project. No more random “New Folder” folders in the vault!

Known Folder Sets

SOLIDWORKS PDM Known Folder Sets

Locating Files

By starting a project from a template, you can prompt users to fill out the information that is important to the project. For instance, you can provide a list of customers, production sites, descriptions, etc. This information can be pushed down to the files that are saved in these folders. By pushing folder information to the files, you can now search for that information. This makes finding files much easier.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Folder Information

SOLIDWORKS PDM Folder Information

Searching for PDM Files

Even if you have the cleanest vault in town, it can be hard to find a file when you’re new to a company. We’ve all had that problem where you are assigned to change a part but have no idea where the existing 3D model is. Someone handed you a PDF and you ended up recreating it. Not a good solution. What can you do? Use the search tool! By using the search functionality, you can search for keywords that you know. Have the part number? Type the part number in. Have the manufacturer, type that in. It goes on and on. Just add what information you have and SOLIDWORKS PDM will help you narrow it down. What if you know what assembly it is in? Great! First, search for the assembly then go to the Contains tab and right mouse click on the file and look under Browse to. Now you can find the file you were searching for.



Don’t forget, you can access search from Windows Explorer, or from the File – Open window as well.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Windows Explorer Search

SOLIDWORKS PDM Windows Explorer Search

By using these powerful and intuitive tools provided by SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, you can keep your vault organized with folders and not have duplicate parts created when someone couldn’t find the information needed.

Watch the on-demand webinar

Learn all the details on how to organize and find your data in a PDM environment with templates and searches in this on-demand webinar:

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 24, 2021 06:19 PM


Wood Turn Something Fun by Making This Colored Pencil Whirlabout

woodturned whirlabout

We’ve seen before creations of DIY vases, bowls, and even an eyeball. All of those things had humble beginnings as raw materials which were taken to a lathe and turned into wonderful creations. But while containers and living room pieces are great, they don’t do much in terms of entertainment.

So why not wood turn a toy this time?

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Woodworking enthusiast Ruslan Lysov took a bunch of colored pencils and turned them into a whirlabout. For those who aren’t familiar with it, a whirlabout is a Russian wooden toy that spins like a top. By pumping its mechanism, you can make it spin indefinitely. It won’t win any toy design shows, but there is simply some unrivaled fun in a perpetually spinning top.

woodturned whirlabout

To make this strange toy, Ruslan cast a bunch of colored pencils in some light blue pigmented resin. He poured it but stopped just before the resin had reached the tips of the pencils. After allowing it to harden, he peeled off the plastic wrap and popped the pencils on a lathe.

woodturned whirlabout

That was where the real work began. Ruslan carefully shaped his pencil stump down to size using his tools. After he had achieved his desired cylindrical shape, he cut it down the center using his woodworking tools before splitting it with a saw. And to make room for the spinning mechanism, Ruslan would need to hollow it.

woodturned whirlabout

With two smaller cylinders, Ruslan started hollowing and shaping them into their toy shapes. To allow it to spin on surfaces, he shaped the bottom half to have a pointed tip.

On the other hand, Ruslan shaped the top half differently: a rounded body with a flat upper section. He also drilled a hole on top to allow the mechanism to fit through.

woodturned whirlabout

After shaping everything, Ruslan did a couple of passes with some sandpaper before covering the entire thing in a wood finish.

woodturned whirlabout

Ruslan seemed to have glued the two halves of the whirlabout together and popped what looks like a metal drill bit into the toy.

Pump it a couple of times and watch as your friends get distracted for a few seconds. However, since Ruslan cut the pencils vertically, the toy fails to create an illusion of multicolored striped lines as it spins. With this, it doesn’t provide much in terms of spectacle. Yet, if this craft leaves you thirsty for more woodworking art pieces, you can find more of Ruslan Lysov’s projects on his YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 24, 2021 01:28 PM

September 23, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 5: 3D SheetMetal Creator

We are continuing with our 3DEXPERIENCE Works circular saw project by tackling the design of the base plate. The current design is fairly simple, consisting of a flat sheet metal plate. For the redesign, we are going to take advantage of some of the tools available inside of the 3D SheetMetal Creator Role (xSheetMetal App) to add some features and complexity to the part, while ensuring manufacturability.

Watch the video below for the complete details of how we redesigned this base plate!

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Creating a New Base Plate with 3D SheetMetal Creator

The new base plate will generally follow the same design as the original. So instead of starting our base plate from scratch, we can take advantage of our existing geometry and save ourselves a great deal of time. Using the Convert Entities command, we can turn existing model edges into sketch geometry.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Base Plate

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Base Plate

New Base Plate Design

New Base Plate Design

Once the sketch is complete, we can use the Wall command to give it some thickness. When the first sheet metal feature is added to your component, the app will prompt you to specify the sheet metal parameters. These are the parameters that will be applied by default to all subsequent sheet metal features.

3DEXPERIENCE Sheet Metal Bend Radius

3DEXPERIENCE Sheet Metal Bend Radius

Adding Bends to Your Design

We want to ensure that our circular saw will glide easily across a number of materials. To do this, we will bend the front lip of the base plate at an angle. Start by sketching a line on the top face of the base plate where we want our bend to go. Then, using the Bend From Flat command, select the sketched line, a fixed point and the angle for the bend.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Adding Bends to Your Design

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Adding Bends to Your Design

Create Additional Walls

For the other three sides of the base plate, we want to add material in the form of vertical walls coming up from the base plate. The Wall on Edge command allows us to create a wall using existing edges from other walls. Simply select the edges where you want the walls to go, and specify the desired height and angle of the walls.

Create Additional Walls

Create Additional Walls

Notice that the relief options that we had specified previously are automatically applied.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Relief Options

xSheetMetal Relief Options

Integrating the Component into the Sheet Metal Design

The current design has a separate angle bracket component. However, in an effort to reduce cost and streamline our design, the angle bracket can be converted into sheet metal flange that mimics the angle bracket.

Integrating Components

Integrating Components

Before we can create the angle bracket, we need to add a clearance cut to our base plate. Using existing model edges, we can add sketch relations to my sketch to ensure correct positioning. We can then use the Cutout command to remove the material from the base plate.

Following the same steps as we did with the design of the new base plate, we can convert the existing geometry into sketch geometry, making any edits to the sketch as needed. Even though this sketch is out of plane to the base plate, it can still be used with the Wall on Edge command to add a wall to our design.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Wall on Edge

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Wall on Edge

Ensuring Manufacturability

The new angle bracket flange looks great, but it will not do us any good if it cannot be manufactured. When working with sheet metal components, we are often looking at our part in a folded or flat state, making it easy to miss potential overlaps being created. The Check Overlapping command detects overlapping geometry in both the flat and folded states. With this information, we can take a measurement of our overlap and edit the dimension for the clearance cut to resolve this issue.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Ensuring Manufacturability

xSheetMetal Ensuring Manufacturability

Applying a Material

The last step in the redesign process is to apply a material to our base plate. Using the Apply Material command, we can browse the material library and apply a brushed aluminum material, ensuring that this part has the correct material properties as well as an appropriate appearance for creating realistic renders of the circular saw.

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Applying a Material

3DEXPERIENCE xSheetMetal Applying a Material

The 3D SheetMetal Creator role with the xSheetMetal xApp make it easy to work with sheet metal designs. Whether you are designing components from scratch or reusing existing geometry, the suite of available tools will make it possible while providing seamless integration with the rest of the 3DEXPERIENCE design apps and fostering collaboration with the rest of your team.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 23, 2021 08:43 PM

September 22, 2021


Step Inside A Completely Reflective Room of Mirrors

mirror room

Anyone who has visited a house (or hall) of mirrors before will know just how disorienting the experience can be. To summarize, you have to make your way from one end of a mirror-filled room to the other without accidentally banging your head on the wall. It can be a tad confusing but if you look at the floor or ceiling, you’re sure to get your bearings and find your way out.

But what if both the top and bottom were also made of mirrors?

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That’s what James Orgill of The Action Lab did. However, instead of a room as big as a hall of mirrors, James’ magnum opus is roughly the size of a small storage closet. But don’t be fooled because despite its size, the degree of discombobulation it can make is out of this world! Creating it, nonetheless, is no joke.

mirror room

The biggest issue James had when making his mirror room was placing the mirrors on the floor. Most high-quality mirrors are made of fragile glass, so he had to make sure the surface underneath the floor was flat and hard to prevent the mirrors from breaking. Once he got that done, however, the rest of the mirror room was a cinch to assemble.

mirror room

Entering this mirror-filled room feels like jumping into a kaleidoscope. Since we can’t be there in person, it’s almost impossible to tell what is a reflection and what is real. According to James, the experience is like looking out of a building with reflective walls. So, if you fear heights, this room could probably trigger your acrophobia.

mirror room

He then did a bunch of tests – which is the scientific way of saying that he played around inside the mirror room. He bounced a ping pong ball on the floor, shone bright lights and laser pointers at the mirrors, and generally acted like a goof inside this enclosed space.

mirror room

While the room seems infinite, it is still that small, old space. As a matter of fact, if you look closely enough, you can count the exact number of reflections the mirror room can create. This is due to the fact that mirrors only reflect about 95% of the light directed at them. As each reflection bounces off another, the amount of light gets less and less – up to the point where you can’t see the succeeding reflections. According to James, only the perimeter of the mirrors is infinite and not the area reflected.

James’s mirror room may not be as big as the ones you see in amusement parks, but I’d love to see the concept gets implemented commercially. Imagine ordering one on Amazon and getting lost inside a large mirror room where the walls, floor, and ceiling are all reflective! That would be awesome!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 22, 2021 12:45 PM

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Electromagnetics Engineer with SIMULIA for testing your SOLIDWORKS designs faster!

The need for electromagnetic components is ever increasing. With the use of such devices in multiple industries (Transportation & Mobility, Aerospace & Defense, Life Sciences and Communications), the pressure to deliver products requires visionary designs and rapid but flexible development cycles.

To enable this, our dependence on simulations is now more than ever before and through simulations, we are confident in developing is a strong device that meet legal electromagnetic compliance and compatibility in a shorter time and with greater confidence. This helps avoid costly redesigns and recalls that can jeopardize the reputation of the company.

So now that we know we need simulations, what do we have to offer as a solution? As part of 3DEXPERIENCE Works, Dassault Systems now offers the Electromagnetics Engineer role that leverages industrially validated CST suite of products for SOLIDWORKS users. This empowers you to design products that meet certification requirements on first go! Let’s take a dive into why you need this role.

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Solvers – Tested, Verified, Validated!

CST Studio Suite offers the best-in-class solvers for Electromagnetic simulations that can suite a wide range of scenarios. This is possible due to general-purpose solvers such as Time-Domain and Frequency-Domain solvers.

Modelling and Analysis – Comprehensive and Powerful!

CST Studio suite offers an all-in-one parametric design interface that support a wide range of import/exports for CAD and EDA files as well as complex material models. This enables you to leverage a powerful library for the setup of your simulations. With advance post-processing and visualization tools, we can quickly get design insights and reach the final design in the shortest time possible.

Electromagnetics Engineer Integrated Interface

Integrated interface

High Performance Computing – get results fast!

By tapping into high performance computing on workstations or clusters, we can get simulation results faster to aid in shortening the product cycle time. CST Studio suite works with multi-threading and can leverage GPU and hardware acceleration to enable faster solve times.

Simulation Management and Cloud Collaboration – Connect, Simulate, Manage, Share!

The Electromagnetics Engineer role offered on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform bridges CST to powerful cloud connectivity tools. By doing so, we can not only perform simulations but also collaborate and share data with stakeholders, aiding in the product development process. Leveraging strong CAD associativity to SOLIDWORKS and CATIA, work with the latest-and-greatest for your design while keeping track of the build history. Sharing simulation results is seamless through powerful results visualization apps right from within the platform experience.

Lastly, let’s not forget the readily accessible cloud compute options saving the user the need to invest in expensive machines and IT infrastructure.

Bottom Line – You Need It!

With the Electromagnetics Engineer role, we can simulate conditions that otherwise are painful, time-consuming, and expensive with traditional methods. Leveraging validated solvers offered in the CST suite makes it an easy process pass device certifications, evaluate risks and compatibility.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with a Javelin specialist today to learn more!

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by Vishnu Chandrasekaran at September 22, 2021 12:00 PM


LastPad Is the Ultimate Reusable Menstruation Pad


Wait! I know this is about a reusable menstrual pad, but hear me out! Its design is incredibly ingenious that it can catch anyone’s attention!

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LastPad takes the concept of reusable diapers and upscales it for grown women. Whereas reusable diapers take in infant pee and poop, LastPad takes in… well, menstruation. There’s no immaculate way of saying it – the LastPad is a reusable menstrual pad made to reduce the number of menstrual pads women use during their periods.

What Makes LastPad Different?


Apart from being reusable, you mean? The LastPad has a triple layer design – with each layer having a specific function.

The top layer (the one which makes contact with your skin) is made from antibacterial polyester. It reduces the formation of odor and bacteria, making emergency changes more hygienic.

The middle layer is the true lifesaver here. It is made from absorbent polyester and 100% bamboo blend which absorbs 40% more liquid than cotton. It’s also soft, meaning you don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable during runny days.

If the middle layer is where all the liquid goes, the third layer made from Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) is the one that ensures it all stays there. There are even elastic, sticky silicone straps on the bottom so that they stay anchored to your underwear!

Once the LastPad has been used, all you need to do is store it inside the provided pouch bag and swap it out for another.

Can It Prevent Stains?


Good question. Not all disposable menstrual pads can completely stop menstruation from staining clothes. The LastPad, on the other hand, is designed to prevent this. Thanks to its thick layers that can effectively contain the blood, there is little chance for it to stain your undies.

As for its cleanup, all you have to do is close the Velcro straps on the wings and toss the menstrual pad in the washing machine. You can also hand wash them at 30°C (or 80°F). The coolest part? It can last up to 240 washes!

Is it Cost-effective?


You bet it is! According to the LastPad Kickstarter page, a woman uses about 11,000-16,000 menstrual pads in her lifetime (that doesn’t factor in tampons). This could cost quite a lot in total! With the LastPad, however, you’ll not only be saving money but the environment, as well!


The LastPad has a 5-year guarantee and can last a long time if properly cared for. It even comes in three sizes, so you have the freedom to choose what fits your current menstrual flow.

Even though the thought of cleaning a reusable menstrual pad is a bit disgusting, LastPad is still an environment-friendly and innovative way of dealing with the problems women face during their menstrual cycle.

It currently has US$309,767 funded on Kickstarter, which is way more than its initial US$12,000 goal. You can learn more about LastPad on its Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 22, 2021 11:56 AM

September 21, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Best of What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 – 2022

Catch up with the new and old SOLIDWORKS updates with the Best of What’s New 2018 – 2022.

Recent releases of SOLIDWORKS have introduced significant enhancements that improve the way you work. Evolutions in assembly performance, graphics responsiveness, and drawing detailing give you time back in your day. New design capabilities allow more flexibility and faster workflows:

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 – 2022 Highlights

Listed below are the essential new features and functionality from SOLIDWORKS for 2018 to the latest release:

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Top 10

  1. Assembly Performance and Workflow: Work faster with large assemblies through expanded workflows and improved performance.
    • Save time when opening, closing, and saving assemblies with improved performance for these functions.
    • Open subassemblies faster using Large Design Review mode. From your assembly in Large Design Review mode, open subassemblies in Large Design Review mode or resolved mode.
  2. Expanded Use of Detailing Mode: Save time when opening and detailing a SOLIDWORKS drawing.
    • Access Detailing mode for all drawings, regardless of the SOLIDWORKS version you saved them in or whether you saved them in Detailing mode.
    • Open a drawing in Detailing mode directly from an assembly in Large Design Review mode.
  3. More Efficient Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing: Work faster and more intuitively when tolerancing your designs.
    • Work directly in the graphics area guided by the user interface in building feature control frames cell by cell.
    • Create tolerance frames per ISO 1101:2017 and the associated standards of ISO 2692, ISO 5458, ISO 5459, and ISO 8015.
  4. Hybrid Modeling: Save time when working with mesh geometry by using hybrid modeling.
    • Create a hybrid solid or surface body that includes mesh BREP geometry and classic BREP geometry.
    • Combine the advantages of mesh data with the accuracy and parametric features available in solid modeling.
  5. Part Modeling Enhancements: Create part geometry faster and more easily.
    • Easily create external threaded stud features using the Stud Wizard.
    • Create draft on both sides of parting lines at the same time.
    • Mirror geometry about two planes at once instead of mirroring twice.
    • Create cosmetic threads more easily with an improved user interface and a more realistic appearance.
  6. Cut List Support in BOM Tables: Take advantage of enhanced BOM functionality with cut list improvements.
    • Save time and create detailed cut lists in bill of materials (BOM) tables exactly the way you want them to appear by dissolving components in indented BOMs automatically or manually.
    • Create balloons for sub-weldment cut list items in BOMs in which balloon properties correspond to the linked BOM.
    • Create detailed cut lists for all BOM types, not just indented BOMs.
  7. Configuration Tables: Save time when creating configurations with simplified integrated workflows.
    • Create table-driven parts with SOLIDWORKS-native tables without the need for Microsoft® Excel.
    • Save time and effort with the automatic creation of configuration tables when parts or assemblies have multiple configurations.
    • Gain design flexibility with the additional functionality provided by Configuration Table, which is not available in the Modify Configurations dialog box.
  8. Structure System and Weldment Improvements: Create weldments faster and more easily with structure system improvements.
    • Easily add end caps to Structure System tube members with circular, square, or rectangular profiles.
    • Create multiple secondary members using Between Points Member for the selected pair and secondary members with the Up to Members method.
    • Save time by defining a reusable connection element and inserting it on a structure system part.
  9. Performance Improvements for Import and Display: Speed up design with performance improvements in the areas of import and model display.
    • Open DXF™ or DWG files into a part sketch faster.
    • Open STEP files in SOLIDWORKS more quickly.
    • Enjoy faster display of 3D textures and silhouette edges.
  10. Improved Collaboration and Data Sharing: Increase your competitive advantage by tapping into the power and breadth of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works.
    • Accelerate innovation and decision-making by connecting SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, where you can easily manage and share all your data and collaborate with others.
    • Using 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, access your favorite 3DEXPERIENCE commands from multiple places within SOLIDWORKS, including the File Menu, Command Manager, and Context menu, with support for all 3DEXPERIENCE operations

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Top 10

  1. Drawing Detailing Mode Improvements: 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.
    • Improved performance of Detailing Mode to speed up drawing creation even more.
    • Improvements in ability to add hole callouts, edit existing dimensions and annotations, and add Detail, Break and Crop views.
  2. Assembly Modeling Enhancements: Design assemblies with streamlined workflows.
    • Option to automatically resolve lightweight components upon expanding Feature Tree node.
    • Chain pattern along path to use curve length, not chord length.
    • Interference-detection reports exported with images to Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet.
  3. Improved Assembly Simplification: Work better with simplified assemblies.
    • Defeatured models can be saved as a Configuration.
    • Ease of toggling between full and simplified versions.
    • Operation mimics any other configuration.
  4. Performance Improvements: Work faster with large, complex designs.
    • Improved performance for occlusion culling, silhouette edges and drawings; quick configuration switches.
    • Significant performance improvements in Open, Save and Close of assemblies.
    • Detection and reporting of circular references.
    • Adding files to SOLIDWORKS PDM vault is significantly faster.
  5. Work faster with large, complex designs: Gain more options and flexibility for part design.
    • Redo available for over 60 features and commands in parts.
    • Sheet metal for edge flanges on non-planar tangent edges.
    • Complex flanges can be flattened.
    • Ability to add and evaluate equations in file properties and cut list properties.
    • Part-level materials transferable when you insert or mirror part, derived component part, or mirrored component part.
  6. User Experience Delighters: Save time and simplify design tasks.
    • Colour picker tool to pick colour for appearances from external application.
    • Customize dialog box for searching for commands on Shortcut bars and Command tabs.
    • System option shows translated feature names in FeatureManager® design tree.
  7. More Robust Simulation: Enjoy faster, easier-to-use, more robust simulation.
    • Mesh diagnostics identify, isolate and prompt to fix poor quality elements.
    • Faster and more robust meshing due to improvements in bonding accuracy.
    • Improved convergence through contact stabilization.
  8. Improved Electrical Routing: Create electrical routes with more flexibility.
    • Multiple wires/cables can pass through and be arranged through a clip.
    • Wires joined using splice component or spliced without component.
    • Support for end terminations in Connector Tables, Interconnects and Accessories Library.
  9. Streamlined Data Management: Create seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve.
    • More consistent Windows® Explorer integration, better thumbnail support.
    • Great flexibility in controlling custom column sets.
    • Reduced risk of mistakes and improved efficiency with support for BOM settings.
    • Icon selection available for workflow states; transitions improved to help determine status of files quickly.
  10. Connected Design-to-Manufacturing Ecosystem in the Cloud: Create seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve.
    • Derived Formats Converter enables creation of derived outputs for broader consumption and exact geometry for use in downstream design, simulation and manufacturing applications.
    • Support for multiple sheets and markups on drawings, improved drawings quality.
    • Managing Open Modes offers similar options to SOLIDWORKS when opening data from the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.
    • Ability to control configurations to save in 3DEXPERIENCE Works.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Top 10

  1. Large Assembly Drawings for Working Faster: Work faster on drawings with many sheets, configurations, and resource-intensive views.
    • Detailing Mode: Open drawings in a matter of seconds while maintaining the ability to add and edit annotations.
    • Graphics Acceleration for Drawings: Improve frame rates when panning and zooming within drawings with hardware-accelerated rendering.
  2. Faster Assembly Design: Speed up assembly design and reduce visual clutter.
    • Envelope Publisher: Include components from a top-level assembly as envelopes in a subassembly.
    • Large Design Review: Create mates to the reference geometry of components, create and edit linear and circular component patterns, edit pattern-driven and sketch-driven component patterns.
  3. Flexible Components: Create assembly designs faster while maintaining an accurate bill of materials.
    • Make Part Flexible: Display the same part in different conditions in the same assembly. For example, show a spring compressed and at full length in the same assembly.
  4. Faster Sketching: Create robust sketches faster.
    • Silhouette Entities: Create multiple sketch entities by projecting the outline of component bodies onto a parallel sketch plane.
    • Torsion Continuity Relation: Achieve G3 curvature between sketched curves, thereby allowing a seamless transition.
  5. Faster Calculations and Improved Accuracy for Simulation: Run faster calculations and better simulation of real-world behavior.
    • Speed and Accuracy: Speed up analysis and improve accuracy by combining linear and quadratic elements in the same simulation study.
    • Pin and Bolt Connectors: Deform faces attached to Pin and Bolt connectors.
    • Beam Models: Import temperatures to perform a stress analysis after running a thermal analysis on a model with beams.
  6. Improved Design Experience: Save time and simplify design tasks.
    • 3D Printing: Access an extensive list of commercially available 3D printer volumes and create slices for 3D printing directly from SOLIDWORKS® geometry.
  7. Expanded Interoperability with 3D Interconnect: Collaborate with more data sources easily.
    • Drag and Drop into SOLIDWORKS: Drag a non-native SOLIDWORKS fi le into an active part or assembly.
    • New File Types: Work with BREP data from DXF™/DWG files and IFC files.
  8. More Flexibility for Surfacing: Simplify and speed up your design with more robust, fliexible surface options.
    • Offset Surface: Identify faces on a surface that cannot be offset, and create an offset surface without them.
    • Thicken: Specify more types of surface direction vectors (other than normal) to a face.
  9. Improvements to SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Enhance flexibility with support of new file formats and customizable materials.
    • XR Exporter: Easily convert your Visualize files to AR/VR experiences.
    • PDM Integration: Manage your files more easily with SOLIDWORKS PDM integration.
  10. Connected Design-to-Manufacturing Ecosystem in the Cloud: Enable seamless product development workflows and easily extend them with new tools as your business needs evolve.
    • Direct Connection: Easily connect SOLIDWORKS 2020 with key tools through the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.
    • Data Sharing and Collaboration: Share models back and forth between SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE tools. Collaborate in real time from anywhere and on any device.
    • Extended Workflows: Easily extend your design ecosystem with new capabilities such as sub-divisional modeling, conceptual design, and product lifecycle and project management in the cloud.

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Top 10

  1. Mesh modeling opens up new design possibilities: Increased capabilities for mesh geometry streamlining reverse engineering and topology optimization.
    • Easily create complex textures by converting 2D appearances into real 3D geometry.
    • Use mesh files like they are solids using the new Segment Mesh.
    • Automatically create 2D sketches at intersections of geometry and a plane with the Slicing command.
  2. New ways to interact with SOLIDWORKS: Be more productive with the latest interfaces devices and SOLIDWORKS.
    • Support for Microsoft® Surface dial from the Surface Studio.
    • Sketch gesture recognition enhancements including splines and slots.
    • Improved Touch mode gestures including copy, select and drag, and 3D rotate lock.
    • Customize task pane tabs.
  3. Extend your SOLIDWORKS experience in AR/VR: Faster performance and new ways to interact with your CAD data in AR/VR.
    • Simplify the path from SOLIDWORKS® to Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) with a new export option called Extended Reality (XR).
    • Full support of latest graphics card types results in a dramatic frame rate increase.
  4. Create and work with large assemblies faster: Massive performance gains and workflow optimization with large assemblies.
    • Create new assemblies in Large Design Review mode.
    • Enhanced Defeature tool gives more control and usability for IP protection.
    • Save assembly as multi-body part has more options and more control.
    • Automatically lock rotation for Toolbox fasteners.
  5. Clearer and faster collaboration: More options for import and export to make collaboration easier.
    • New export options for AEC and 3D Interconnect now supports IFC import.
    • 3D Mark up on parts and assemblies (also Pen/Touch enabled).
    • Animation can now export .mp4, .flv, .mkv, .png and .jpg.
  6. Improved capabilities for eDrawings: Powerful new capabilities for sharing SOLIDWORKS data and viewing other formats.
    • Measure, mark-up and explode features are all now available in eDrawings Viewer.
    • New file viewing support—JT, Parasolid, NX, ACIS.
    • eDrawings® Professional can now save as 3D HTML for browser-based sharing plus AR/VR.
  7. Powerful new tools for part modeling: Additional capabilities make SOLIDWORKS part modeling more powerful than ever before.
    • Partial Fillet and Chamfer.
    • Interference detection for multi-body parts.
    • Streamlined insertion of a part with a specific configuration.
    • Materials and sheet metal parameters linked for sheet metal.
  8. More flexibility and control for drawings: New view creation capabilities and more control for perfect drawings.
    • Removed Section Views to show slices of the model at selected locations.
    • Drawing Open progress indicator.
    • Cell border thickness editing.
    • Customized Hole Table tags, numbers and order.
  9. 3D annotations for all: Accelerate downstream processes with 3D dimensions and tolerances.
    • DimXpert is now known as MBD Dimension.
    • MBD Dimension is available for assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Standard and above.
    • Carry over annotations from source to derived and mirrored parts.
    • MBD support for sheet metal bend notes, tables, and lines.
  10. More efficient creation of weldments:
    • Easy positioning of weldment profile sketch.
    • Corner treatment enhancements.
    • Multi-edit structural profiles.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Top 10

  1. Innovative user experience improvements: Making SOLIDWORKS® easier and more intuitive to use.
    • Freehand sketching with pen or touch on compatible devices.
    • Touch and stylus support for many design tasks.
    • Enhanced mouse gestures and user interface customization.
  2. Simulation topology study for optimization of part geometry: Fast, easy design optimization.
    • Automatically optimizes the shape of a design.
    • Considers weight, function, and manufacturing criteria.
  3. SOLIDWORKS CAM for CNC machining: Seamlessly integrate design and manufacturing.
    • Rules-based machining results in easy-to-learn, yet fast and powerful CAM.
    • Powered by CAMWorks™: production-proven, integrated CAM for SOLIDWORKS.
  4. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Support for MBD: Create inspection documentation directly from 3D models with Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI).
    • Includes support for SOLIDWORKS MBD and non-native 3D CAD formats.
    • Automatically interprets SOLIDWORKS MBD models for inspection documentation.
    • SOLIDWORKS Inspection now integrated with SOLIDWORKS PDM.
  5. Sheet metal features that improve manufacturability: Innovative new features improve sheet metal manufacturing processes.
    • Has a tab and slot feature for self-fixturing of parts for welding.
    • Normal cut feature ensures clearance included for manufacturing.
    • Corners that include three bends can be easily created and flattened.
  6. SOLIDWORKS Manage for project and process management: Data management, project management and process management all in one system.
    • SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional plus powerful project, process, and item management
    • Dashboards and reports to manage project stages, timelines, and milestones
    • Create, edit, and compare Bills of Materials (BOMs).
  7. Cloud connected SOLIDWORKS services: The power of desktop with the convenience of the cloud.
    • SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing allows easier use of your license on multiple machines.
    • SOLIDWORKS Login automatically moves customized content and settings to any machine on which SOLIDWORKS is installed.
    • SOLIDWORKS Admin Portal allows easier management of SOLIDWORKS products and services.
  8. Work directly with mesh data: Work directly with mesh data with no need to convert to surfaces.
    • Perform operations directly on mesh such as Cut, Cut with Surface, Interference Check, Combine, Intersect, Split, Move/Copy, and others.
    • Convert solid or surface geometry to mesh.
    • Quickly fit surface bodies to regions of mesh models for reverse engineering.
  9. Work faster and more efficiently with assemblies: Work faster without having to prepare the assembly or use special techniques.
    • “Alt” key hides face while mating.
    • Ghost mode to turn all parts transparent.
    • Allow mating of parts with misaligned holes.
  10. Collaborate more efficiently for model-based enterprise: Speed design detailing and communication
    • Import and export STEP 242 including PMI.
    • Import 3D models along with PMI from all major CAD formats.
    • Display all SOLIDWORKS MBD created 3D Views in eDrawings®.

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by Rod Mackay at September 21, 2021 08:06 PM

September 20, 2021


What Fruits Can You Explode With Rubber Bands?

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You’ve most likely seen videos on the Internet of people stretching numerous rubber bands over a watermelon to the point where the fruit explodes. We already know that isn’t a myth, but will the same experiment work on other fruits?

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Calli and Nate from The King of Random decided to empty a supermarket of their rubber bands and use them to wrap a bunch of fruit. Aside from the tried and true watermelon, they also got their hands on a pumpkin, a pineapple, and a jackfruit. Which one will break the quickest? Only time will tell!

Wrapping the Watermelon

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First off: the classic watermelon. Due to its round shape and the thickness of its skin, it’s no wonder why pioneers of the fun experiment picked it as their fruit of choice to wrap hundreds of rubber bands around.

In their test, Calli and Nate had been able to wrap over 200 rubber bands around the thing before it started changing shape. What’s interesting here however is that the initial cracks started in the areas that were bulging out – not at the area where the rubber bands were wrapped around!

Pressuring the Pineapple

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Next up was the tough but relatively slim pineapple.

Since the pineapple they picked had a much smaller diameter than the watermelon, the duo decided to double wrap each rubber band around the fruit to increase the tension.

It only took 16 double wrapped rubber bands for the pineapple to start squeezing the juice out of its sides. Unlike the watermelon, this fruit didn’t explode due to its softer peel. However, the pineapple had been slowly squeezed by the rubber bands until, with a bit of help from Calli, it broke in half.

Popping the Pumpkin

rubber banded fruit

The third was the pumpkin. This one is interesting because while the outer skin of the pumpkin is pretty tough, the inside is quite hollow.

It had managed to handle a hundred or so rubber bands until they ripped the pumpkin clean in half – sending fiber and seeds everywhere. If you don’t mind the mess, this is probably one of the more interesting methods of cutting a pumpkin horizontally!

rubber banded fruit

Calli and Nate did have a jackfruit lined up but, unfortunately, it rotted before they could wrap their rubber bands around it.

If you want to see more random experiments with things that will make you curious, check out Nate, Calli, and the whole crew over on The King of Random YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 20, 2021 03:46 PM

Can You Break a Killer Key?

killer key

For those of us who aren’t that well-versed in the language of lock picking, a “killer key” could prevent anyone from accessing a lock ever again.

The way it accomplishes this locking process is pretty cool. Along with the biting of the killer key is a single groove that captures all the lock’s pins. There are no ramps along the biting so that when someone tries to remove the key, it secures itself to the pins of the lock – ensuring you can’t pull it out. To make things even harder, an excessive amount of force can cause the bow of the key to snap off, effectively jamming the rest of the key inside.

Killer keys are a great tool for landlords who want to keep previous tenants out while they change the locks on their doors, or for law enforcement officials who want to easily deny entry of an area for criminals.

But are they as foolproof as their manufacturers say they are?

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Recently, the LockPicking Lawyer used his lock picking expertise on a killer key which was anonymously sent to him. However, as it turned out, killer keys aren’t really a “killer” in the hands of knowledgeable folks.

killer key

Once you know how they work, all you need is a special tool to lift the pins and pull them out. In the case of the LockPicking Lawyer, he modified one of his notched decoders by adding a little tiny bump on the side of the blade. While the decoder had been lifting the pins, the barb grabbed onto the killer key and successfully removed it from the lock.

As for all of his videos, the LockPicking Lawyer worked his magic at least twice to show everyone his methods aren’t just a product of luck. He also mentioned in this video that killer keys will not slow down someone with the proper tools. According to him, you can even just drill out the cylinder on your door lock should you find one of these inside it. Again, all you need is the right instrument OR a well-versed locksmith.

To see more so-called “impenetrable locks” get their defenses put to the test, check out the LockPicking Lawyer’s YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 20, 2021 03:07 PM

September 18, 2021


The Stainless Steel Memobottle Gives the Square Bottle a Fresh Look


While no one can deny the convenience of the common water bottle, most designs aren’t exactly bag-friendly. Think about it: most water bottles are round – which goes against the geometry of almost everything inside your bag.

How about having a water bottle that’s square?

That’s the idea behind the memobottle. Initially released in 2014, this flat, BPA/BPS-free plastic container was designed to fit easily inside your bag and reduce the need for one-time, disposable bottles.

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Now the memobottle is back with a brand new look for all its sizes. It now has a food-grade, 304 stainless steel design and is powder-coated with satin to make it scratch-resistant. In relation to this, the stainless steel memobottle will be available in matte black and matte white. You also have four sizes to choose from.

These are the new additions to the original set of features of memobottle. These include the easy-to-clean lid, an internalized thread and machined mouthpiece, but most important of all, the debossed logo showing the type of the memobottle you have.


The A7 memobottle is the smallest of the bunch and has a carry capacity of 250 ml (8 oz). Next up is the A6, which can fit into your handbag and carry up to 500 ml (16 oz). The last and biggest bottle in the A-Series is the A5 – which looks about the size of a man purse and can hold up to 1050 ml (33 oz) of liquid. Finally, there’s the Slim memobottle – named so because of its tall and skinny stature. This one can hold up to 600 ml (20 oz) – putting it in between the A6 and the A5 in terms of capacity.


You may be wondering how on Earth someone is supposed to clean a memobottle, what with its small opening. Turns out all you need are some cleaning tablets! Pop one of these in your memobottle once a month with some water, shake it up, and the inside of your memobottle will be ready to hold more liquids.


I’d like to think others will use the memobottle to up their water intake and not just use it to hide their liquor, but that’s just wishful thinking. No matter what people plan to use it for, there’s no denying the stainless steel memobottle will be just as big a hit as its predecessor. It already surpassed its US$20,000 goal on Kickstarter and is currently hovering at a mark of US$490,453!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 18, 2021 04:26 PM

Arclight Bike Pedals Illuminate Your Bike Rides for Easy Visibility

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There are two ways to increase bike visibility at night. You can either make the bike extremely big, or you can make it extremely gaudy so that everyone in your vicinity will notice you. This bike pedal leans towards the latter.

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The Arclight Bike Pedals are modular LEDs that snap onto your bike peripherals. These motion-based lights can be placed on your bike’s pedals, front, back, and even your helmet to provide ample visibility.

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Still, Redshift Sports made these bike LEDs to be particularly placed on the pedals. After replacing your old bike’s pedals with the Arclights, you can easily snap the LEDs on. Thanks to the magnetic locks, they secure themselves into place with a satisfying click – ensuring they won’t fall off during your bike rides.

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The wraparound design of the LEDs (coupled with the motion of your pedals while on a ride) assures everyone can see where you are, be it day or night. If the moving lights aren’t still a dead giveaway of your location, the Arclight Bike Pedals can be set to one of three settings to emit a surrounding blend of red and white light on the ground – making you easier to spot in dimly lit environments.

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Moreover, the SmartSet sensors built into the Arclight Bike Pedals switch the lights on and off. This starts when you move the bike’s pedals where the sensor keeps the lights on. On the other hand, when the system senses no activity from the pedals, it automatically turns off.

The same SmartSet sensor tech allows the colors to change, as well. Backlights, such as those on the rear of your pedals, helmet, and under your bike seat will always be red. Inversely, those on the front of your pedals and handlebars will always be white.

Each LED can be connected to a USB port for charging or you can use the nifty charging dock that comes with the Arclight Bike Pedals to charge 4 LEDs at once.

arclight bike pedals

While the Arclight Bike Pedals are made of aluminum, the LED casings are made of durable ABS plastic. Both of these pieces are weatherproof and they can withstand a lot of punishment while still making sure you’re visible even in the harshest of conditions.

You can’t put a price on safety, which makes it no surprise that the Arclight Bike Pedals are already fully funded on Kickstarter. Currently, it has a funding of US$183,317 – almost ten times its initial US$20,000 goal.  Nonetheless, the Arclight Bike Pedals Kickstarter page is still definitely worth a look, as you’ll find a ton of interesting behind-the-scenes footage of the manufacturing processes and stress tests of this illuminating bike attachment.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 18, 2021 03:28 PM

September 17, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Review

SOLIDWORKS 2022 has been revealed and at the annual live streaming event hosted by Dassault Systèmes, we got the first public look at the significant enhancements that have been introduced in this upgrade. Among them are evolutions in assembly performance, graphics responsiveness, drawing detailing and new design capabilities that allow more flexibility and faster workflows.

As always, there is a lot to unpack and understand and we’re here to help! If you missed the live presentation from DS SOLIDWORKS, we have our review video below along with a list of the key feature enhancements, so that you can get up to date quickly!

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2022 Key Feature List

  • SOLIDWORKS User Experience — SOLIDWORKS 2022 continues to refine your experience with delighters such as the new Command Search in Shortcut Bar. Enhancements to section view, reference geometry display, Selection Sets, and redesigned notifications will bring you a cleaner and more efficient interface.
  • SOLIDWORKS Parts — Combine the advantages of mesh data with the accuracy of parametric features with enhancements to hybrid part modeling. Create the geometry you want faster with the external threaded stud feature, bi-directional draft, and mirroring about two planes. Enhancements to Structure Systems allow you to generate weldments more rapidly.
  • SOLIDWORKS Assemblies — Assembly performance has never been better, and SOLIDWORKS 2022 introduces simplified approaches to working with lightweight modes. Pattern-driven patterns are enhanced to give you more flexibility. A new Configuration Table enables you to do more with your design without leaving SOLIDWORKS.
  • SOLIDWORKS Drawings  — A redesigned Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing interface lets you work faster and more intuitively. You can open any drawing in Detailing mode directly from your Large Design Review assembly. Weldment cut lists are now available directly in your Bill of Material.
  • SOLIDWORKS Import — Open DXF or DWG files into a part sketch and import even the largest STEP files more quickly. Enhanced filtering when importing IFC files allows you to bring in only what you need.
  • SOLIDWORKS Visualize — Improvements to Animation such as multiple camera tracks, grouping and re-ordering, and camera path give you highly requested capabilities to bring your products to life. With new Instancing, you have more freedom to create and control patterns. Enhance realism with the new Shadow Catcher feature.
  • SOLIDWORKS Inspection – Inspection 2022 gives you native support for SOLIDWORKS Assemblies and Drawings, which drastically improves workflows. API support in the Inspection add-in expands your ability to automate documentation processes.
  • SOLIDWORKS Graphics — SOLIDWORKS 2022 takes another step in refining its graphics architecture to make your experience smoother. Redesigned Cosmetic Threads allow you to clearly visualize your design.
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation — Use the new Linkage Rod connector to represent a wider variety of physical components. Save time preparing your model with enhanced meshing and contact definition. Solve studies faster with parallel processing enhancements and automatic solver selection.
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation — Save time loading exactly the results display you want with the new Scene Plot. Locate critical results in your design with the new Merged Plots, which allow you to clearly see differences between studies at a glance.
  • SOLIDWORKS Plastics — Get optimal results faster with the Injection Location Adviser. Expanded runner shapes allow you to create more real-world studies. With enhancements to Symmetry, you can represent multi-cavity molds that solve quicker than ever.
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM — Save time previewing your SOLIDWORKS files by accessing all eDrawings features from within Windows Explorer. Enhancements to Web2 allow you to view even more 3D formats and data cards directly from a web browser. Improved content readability helps you quickly understand the scope of operations.
  • SOLIDWORKS Manage — Share Bill of Material data with external users in an efficient and controlled web link to easily get feedback. Integration with Microsoft Office lets you work more effectively with the most common non-CAD documents. New integration with the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane means you can do more directly in CAD.
  • SOLIDWORKS Administration — New administrative image options give you more control over deploying and managing SOLIDWORKS installations. If you’re supporting remote users, the new image types will greatly reduce installation times.
  • SOLIDWORKS Routing — SOLIDWORKS 2022 significantly accelerates the routing of 3D wires, cables, and harnesses in your product so you can evaluate more ideas during the design cycle. Refinements to Bend Radius control help you avoid errors. Create more robust routes when combined with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical – Improved performance with large and multi-user Electrical projects will save you time creating, changing, and copying your work. Smart PDF documentation improves the quality of your reports. Enjoy more complete representation and documentation of backshells.
  • 3DEXPERIENCE Works Cloud-Based Sculpting – Complement your SOLIDWORKS with 3D Sculptor – a cloud-based subdivision (Sub-D) modeling solution that’s part of 3DEXPERIENCE Works. Create organic shapes and complex surfaces intuitively and quickly. Explore designs using natural push-pull interaction and powerful underlying technology that keeps surface quality high.
  • 3DEXPERIENCE Works Cloud Data Management – How do you connect your design, engineering, and business teams together? With 3DEXPERIENCE Works, connecting everyone else to SOLIDWORKS is just a few clicks away. Improve your collaboration, productivity, and innovation with 3DEXPERIENCE Works – it all starts with cloud-based, hassle-free data management.
  • 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation Without Limits – Powered by SIMULIA, the 3DEXPERIENCE Works simulation tools offer you comprehensive ability to simulate complex physics at scales never before attainable. With structural, fluid flow, plastic injection, and electromagnetic simulations, you are empowered more than ever to design better products and exceed your goals.

Upcoming Tech Talks Event

Become a SOLIDWORKS Expert by watching a LIVE Broadcast in October to learn What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2022, plus learn about 3D Scanning, and Additive Manufacturing.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 17, 2021 10:38 PM

How to Reduce Production Cost with Additive Manufacturing

As a manufacturer, you are always looking for ways to reduce your production costs. The latest solution you may be considering is 3D printing / additive manufacturing. In this white paper learn how 3D printing reduces manufacturing cost with the latest materials and techniques.

More manufacturing companies are rapidly adopting 3D printing. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) includes 3D printing among the “essential eight” technologies poised to have the largest impact across multiple industries. In a 2020 article, PwC noted that the worldwide pandemic only hastened the adoption of these technologies, with manufacturing being an area of concentration for 3D printing.

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Advanced, high strength polymers

Further augmenting 3D printing’s role in manufacturing is the continued emergence of new, non-metal materials. Advanced, high strength polymers are already available and employed in mission critical applications. With continued development, 3D printing adoption and applications will continue to grow, challenging years of incremental improvements in conventional manufacturing.

Another way to look at this is by taking the limited view of 3D printing’s capability for manufacturing, your company is being left behind, to the benefit of your competition. That fact was echoed in a 2016 Forbes article quoting an astute CEO of a leading Midwest industrial equipment manufacturer. The CEO recognized her company needed to disrupt itself before the market did, by relying on advanced technologies like 3D printing.

Manufacturers of discrete products employing 3D printing technology with high-performance materials are moving faster than competition and realizing time and cost efficiencies that non-3DP adopters aren’t. These are documented facts, exhibited in this white paper.

Why you should consider 3D printing to reduce costs

To help you assess your current assumptions about the impact 3D printing can have on manufacturing, consider the following questions:

  1. How much would your production efficiency increase and costs decrease with more effective and quickly replaceable tools and manufacturing aids?
  2. Would the adoption of high-performance materials provide new opportunities to decrease cost by replacing metal parts and/or tools with lighter yet strong 3D printed alternatives?
  3. How much would functional rapid prototyping with high-strength materials decrease your product development cycle and how much would that decrease your costs and accelerate time to revenue?

If you’ve tried 3D printing with desktop printers, have you assessed their true cost in terms of reliability, repeatability and build quality, in comparison to 3D printers designed for manufacturing?

The reality is that Stratasys FDM® 3D printing technology provides easy, effective solutions for the typical challenges manufacturers face every day:

  • Reducing cost
  • Improving production efficiency
  • Minimizing lead times and delays

This white paper will highlight examples of these solutions and show you how small to large manufacturers benefit from 3D printing technology.

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by Stratasys Ltd. at September 17, 2021 03:50 PM

Customizing SOLIDWORKS Productivity Tools

Customizing your SOLIDWORKS productivity tools is the first step in becoming as efficient as possible. This video covers the steps to customize SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts, Shortcut Bars, and Mouse Gestures so you can spend less time looking for tools and more time designing. Let’s take a look at how customization can give you access with just one click.

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The first productivity tool to customize is the Shortcut Bar, which appears wherever your cursor is located in the graphic area. There are four different shortcut toolbar menus based on the major functions of SOLIDWORKS. They are Parts, Sketches, Drawings and Assemblies.

Customize SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Bars

Customize SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Bars

To add commands to the toolbar, select the icon and drag and drop onto the toolbar. Keep in mind that you are not limited to the amount of commands that you want to add. Once customized, to activate the toolbar window press the “S” key on your keyboard and the toolbar will appear to the right of the cursor. This easy shortcut dramatically reduces mouse travel saving you a lot time.

SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts

The second productivity tool is Keyboard shortcuts. Keys are already mapped by default in SOLIDWORKS, but you can map any key to activate a command on the keyboard.

SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Customization

SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Customization

Keys can be customized to your preferences, by searching out the command you want to map and entering the key or key in the shorts column.

SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures

The third productivity tool you can customize is SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures. By clicking and holding down the right mouse button and slightly moving it, a circular pallet will appear with up to twelve commands that you can activate. The commands are specific to four major functions; Parts, Sketches, Drawings and Assemblies.

Customize SOLIDWORKS Gesture Wheels

Customize SOLIDWORKS Gesture Wheels

To customize the Mouse Gesture wheel, click the Mouse Gestures tab in Customize and enter the command you wish to find in the search box. The command will be filtered out to match what you are typing. Here’s a great tip to expand the efficiency of your workflow: Typing short in the search box will bring up the shortcut bar. By adding the shortcut bar to one of your functions, you can expand the Mouse Gesture to even more than twelve functions. This further limits your mouse travel and increases your efficiency.

Not every interface is the same, and SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to customize your tools so you can spend less time searching for tools and more time designing cool stuff way faster!

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 17, 2021 01:17 PM


Create Your Own Ball Bearing Track With Some Galvanized Steel Wire

steel marble track

If you have some extra galvanized steel lying around your home and a ton of free time, then why not make your very own ball bearing track?

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Designer and machine maker Daniel de Bruin shows some easy tricks you can do to make use of the excess materials lying about your workshop. With the help of some solder, a wire cutter, and an electric drill, you too can create your own custom tracks.

Prepping the Galvanized Steel

steel marble track

First things first: you want to stretch out the steel into straight, workable pieces. Since galvanized steel is usually wound up when you buy it, you’ll want to stretch it out with some pliers while unwinding it using an electric drill.

Do this a bunch of times and cut the steel into workable threads. These will form the backbone of all your tracks.

Making Crosspieces

steel marble track

Measure out the diameter of the ball bearing you’ll be using and find a bolt whose width measures about 4/5ths of that measurement. You’ll want to attach this bolt to your drill and slowly wrap some galvanized steel threads around said bolt. Once you have a spiral thread, mark it in the middle and cut out a bunch of semi-circle shapes. When soldered to your tracks, these will serve as crosspieces which will hold the whole build together.

Building the Straight Tracks

steel marble track

By far the easiest tracks to assemble are the straight ones.

Daniel de Bruin created an easy to make template which fits his ball bearing in the middle perfectly. Using the lines as a guide, he placed the straight tracks and applied soldering flux to the crosspieces before soldering them on.

After letting the solder dry for a few minutes, the track should easily pop off the template!

Curving the Tracks

steel marble track

Creating curved tracks is a little harder than making straight ones, but all you really need is a bunch of round objects.

Different circumferences result in different curves, so make sure to find the round objects that suit your needs! Once you’ve found some that make the curves you want, wrap your straight steel materials around the objects to bend them to your will.

steel marble track

The hard part about making curved tracks is that you have to find another round object which makes a similar curve to the first, only with a slightly smaller circumference. You’ll want both pieces of the track to have just the right amount of space between them before soldering the crosspieces on. Should the ball bearing constantly fall off when hitting the curve, just twist the track slightly inwards to keep the ball on track!

The Spiral Lift Loader

steel marble track

You can actually make a pretty amazing track with just the straight and curved tracks, but Daniel indulged us with a spiral lift loader that makes it easier to get the balls at the end of the track and put them back to the start point.

This is made using yet another template – only instead of making a flat track, this one is a spiral. Solder a center rod and a modified track and you just made a makeshift elevator for your ball bearings! Just don’t forget to add those exit tracks so your balls have somewhere to go.

As Daniel said, this part would require more trial and error than anything else. Finding the correct angle to place the tracks so that the balls load and exit properly can be a chore, but the result can be very satisfying. The same goes with the adjustments you need to deal with just to find the correct spacing between the spiral loader and the vertical flat track.

steel marble track

It will take a bit of time to create the spiral lift loader but once you’ve soldered everything together, you can sit back and hand crack your ball bearings back to the top with no problem.

Take note that the track shown above is Daniel’s own creation. You don’t have to follow it to a tee; so make something even more outlandish and amazing!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 17, 2021 06:38 AM

September 16, 2021

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3D Printing Use Case: Ford Mustang Quarter Glass Alignment Fixture

Ford Motor Company, founded by Henry Ford in 1903, is a leading American automobile manufacturer headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. The Ford Mustang line has been produced since 1964, making it the longest-produced Ford car.


The fixture used to accurately position and install the quarter glass in the Ford Mustang had several problems that needed optimization.

  • Costly – manufacturing the tool required time-consuming CNC machining and welding
  • Inefficient – the current configuration restricted sight lines, adding difficulty to the installation process; external pneumatic air lines added to the fixture’s bulkiness
  • Heavy – the complete metal fixture with air lines and locating fixtures was heavy, not ergonomic and difficult to use
Ford Mustang traditional alignment fixture

Alignment fixture before using additive manufacturing


Making a new 3D printed fixture using FDM additive manufacturing enabled several design improvements:

  • A trigger-style on/off switch for improved ergonomics
  • Reusing current fixture locator details, mounting brackets, and pneumatic controls
  • Integrated pneumatic tubing retainers and optimized pneumatic valve and switch mounts
  • Ergonomic handles
  • Added material where strength is needed, and lower density where not needed
Ford Mustang 3D printed alignment fixture

Ford Mustang 3D printed alignment fixture


After producing the first design iteration, Ford was able to see additional improvements to be made. The line of sight to the window hanger details were blocked by the main frame’s upper bar. In addition, deflection was found in the lateral direction when the main vacuum cup was activated. To address these, the upper rail was moved up and detail brackets were redesigned to provide better sight lines for production. An internal rib was also added to reinforce the frame and increase lateral stiffness without changing the external geometry. Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber was used for this fixture which reduced its weight, without compromising strength or rigidity.

The 3D printed alignment fixture was reduced to 10.65 lbs. fully assembled, easing the burden on its operators. Additive manufacturing enabled Ford to implement design improvements, test them out, and make additional changes, lower cost and faster than using CNC machining.

Production 3D printers for manufacturing challenges

Stratasys production 3D printers are manufacturing machines for tooling, jigs and fixtures, end-use parts, and short production runs. Learn more about our Stratasys production 3D printers.

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by Stratasys Ltd. at September 16, 2021 01:12 PM

September 15, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 4: 3D Creator & Sculptor

In this part of our 3DEXPERIENCE Works Circular Saw Project, we are designing the hand grip for the front of the saw.  The hand grip needs to be ergonomic, and therefore will require the main grip body to be a smooth, organic shape. We will also need more rigid parametric features for the base, stem and mounting holes. So to accomplish all this we are going to utilize design tools from the SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor Role (xShape) and SOLIDWORKS 3D Creator Role (xDesign) to create our component.

Watch the video below to learn about using 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor:

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Starting in xShape

We will begin by opening the assembly in xShape, the modeling xApp included with the 3D Sculptor Role. Our goal in xShape is to form the ergonomic hand grip feature. One approach when working with subdivision modeling is to start with a rough sketch to use as a guide. We have already sketched out our idea for the main body’s profile shape and size, so now we will insert that scanned image into the modeling environment.

Adding a Sketch to the Modeling Environment

Adding a Sketch to the Modeling Environment

Inserting and Manipulating a Primitive Shape

The first step in subdivision modeling is to insert a “primitive shape”. This is the starting shape of the body, which is then manipulated through freeform pushing, pulling and dragging of entities on the body. Here, we are starting with the primitive shape of a cylinder.

Inserting a Primitive Shape

Inserting a Primitive Shape

We will need to reorient and resize this cylinder to make it more like the elliptical profile we had in mind from my original hand-drawn sketch. We will apply a 90-degree rotation so that the cylinder is horizontal, and in the image below you can see the new elliptical shape and size of the body after applying a non-uniform scale.

Applying a Non-Uniform Scale

Applying a Non-Uniform Scale

Then, we will drag the body into place and rotate it so that it matches up with the guide image.

Using Guide Image in xShape

Using Guide Image in xShape

Once the body is in place, I am going to select the outer edges and use the quick scale on the triad to shrink the selected entities. Then, I’ll drag the selected edges down and back. This quickly produces a unique freeform shape which would be far more time-consuming using parametric surface modeling tools.

Quick Scale

Quick Scale

Switching to xDesign

Switching from xShape to xDesign

Switching from xShape to xDesign

To create the stem and base for the hand grip, we will switch over to xDesign, where we can add sketch-based, parametric features. This is the modeling app included with the 3D Creator Role. Switching to xDesign from xShape is easy – just press “x” on the keyboard. The same file will remain active for editing, but an entirely different set of design tools will be available.

Creating In-Context Features

For the base of the hand grip, we want the profile shape to match up perfectly with an existing face on the outer red housing of the saw. We can create an in-context feature that uses the existing face as the profile input for an extrusion, rather than creating a new, separate 2D sketch. Using this face as the profile for the Extrude tool means that if the geometry of the original red face is ever modified, the new extrusion will be updated as well.

xDesign In-Context Features

xDesign In-Context Features

The next feature will be an elliptical profile extruded “up to” the hand grip body.

xDesign Elliptical Profile Extruded

xDesign Elliptical Profile Extruded

Utilizing Super Features

Super Features are a unique capability in xDesign which allow the user to edit an existing feature and change what type of feature it is (i.e., Extrude, Revolve or Sweep). This way, the user does not have to delete the original feature and add in a different one, which often leads to broken downstream references. For the hand grip, we decided on a curved, sweeping stem, rather than a straight extrude. After sketching a Sweep Path, we simply edited the original Extrude feature and changed it to a Sweep.

xDesign Sweep Path

xDesign Sweep Path

Finishing Touches

In order to mount this hand grip to the outer housing, we will add a few cuts and holes to the base. And lastly, add some fillets to smooth out any sharp edges.

Adding Holes in xDesign

Adding Holes in xDesign

Upon saving this file, the latest version of the assembly and the hand grip will instantly be available for the rest of our team.

Hand Grip Completed

Hand Grip Completed

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 15, 2021 05:30 PM

September 14, 2021


Your Morning Coffee Will Taste Better in This Coffee Resin Mug

coffee mug out of coffee beans

For others, coffee is an essential part of their lives. Some folks can’t even start their day without that hit of caffeine in their system! If you are one of those coffee addicts who treat coffee like gold dust, you’ll probably love this mug made entirely out of coffee beans.

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Preston Miller WoodWorking explained exactly why there aren’t many ‘coffee cups’ that are literally made of, well, coffee bean material. For starters, coffee beans by themselves can’t be easily shaped. They’re brittle and have a ton of gaps in and between them, so any attempt to turn them into a craft usually ends up in a ton of wasted coffee.

So what’s the solution? Preston used resin.

coffee mug out of coffee beans

By curing the coffee beans inside the resin, they became a lot stronger and easier to work with (though not by much). To ensure there were absolutely no gaps or air pockets between the beans, the pressure tank was set to a higher PSI of 80 rather than the usual 60.

coffee mug out of coffee beans

The solidified resin/ coffee bean mold was then taken to a lathe for shaping. Our woodworker mentioned that apart from the initial shaping and drilling, absolutely no blade touched the coffee beans. To give the mug its finer details, high-grit sandpaper was run across the outside and inside of the mug. This method is less hard on the already brittle material and made it easier to shape the object without causing breakage.

coffee mug out of coffee beans

A wooden base was set on one side of the mug while the other side had the excess resin chopped off and hollowed out to form the inside. After a good bit of sanding and cleaning, the mug was polished and shined so that it could hold your favorite cup of coffee.

How about the cover? For what is a coffee mug without a coffee mug lid?!

coffee mug out of coffee beans

To make the lid, an excessively large piece of wood was cut down to fit the lip of the mug. A thick inner ring coupled with a slightly wider ring above it makes for the perfect lid. To keep it secure, a rubber strap was cut and added.

Drill in those air and drinking holes, polish it up, and it’s done! While the polish and sanding process might have removed some of that good coffee smell from the mug, it still retains its coffee bean aesthetic.

Lastly, to turn it into a cup that is safe to drink from, Preston Miller WoodWorking added that he came back and coated the whole mug in food-grade epoxy.

Coffee lovers will certainly love this craft and you should probably create one for yourself, or perhaps for a friend of yours or a loved one. And with the market still in search of a good coffee mug product that is literally made of coffee, this is probably the sign for you to try it. So gather those precious beans, mix some food-grade resin, and start crafting a mug the world will love!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 14, 2021 03:34 PM

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Meet the Stratasys Neo – Proven Stereolithography 3D Printing Technology

The Neo 3D printer is designed for building 3D models using the stereolithography (SL) technique, a form of 3D printing technology used for creating prototypes, rapid tooling and master patterns in a layer-by-layer fashion.

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What is stereolithography?

Stereolithography, an additive manufacturing process, uses a vat of liquid UV-curable photopolymer resin and a UV laser to build parts one layer at a time.

Using the photopolymerization process, light causes chains of molecules to link together, forming polymers that make up the body of a three-dimensional solid.

Many industries are investing in stereolithography (SL) 3D printing technology for industrial-scale manufacturing. This is due to the time and cost savings achieved with 3D printing compared to traditional methods of manufacturing.

Highly accurate part side-wall quality and detail

Build complex parts with smooth finishes due to exceptional layer to layer scan repeatability.

Stratasys Neo Stereolithography Build

Stratasys Neo Stereolithography Build

Reduction in lead times, improving time to market

Curing speeds of SL technology means parts are built faster and as SL produces more accurate parts, it reduces the need for post-processing saving on time and costs.

Complete design freedom, quick iterations

Parts produced can be customized with complex, intricate designs that can be quickly reiterated and reprinted if changes are required.

Variety and range of SL materials

SL offers users the ability to produce parts for a range of different applications requiring different properties, all from one technology. In partnership with Covestro Additive Manufacturing (formerly DSM) and its Somos® resins, the Neo SLA 3D printers can run the most technically advanced stereolithography materials:

SL Material Details Colour
Somos® WaterShed XC 11122 Versatile, good all-round polymer, very easy to use Clear
Somos® WaterClear Ultra 10122 Versatile, easy to use, exceptional clarity Clear
Somos® WaterShed Black Versatile, good all-round polymer, very easy to use Black
Somos® PerFORM Very high heat and stiffness, ceramic White
Somos® PerFORM Reflect Very high heat and stiffness, ceramic, developed for PIV Orange
Somos® Taurus High heat and toughness, thermoplastic like performance Charcoal
Somos® EvoLVe 128 Very tough and durable with great surface finish White

Reduced reliance on global supply chains

3D printing offers users the ability to localize manufacturing rather than rely on overseas supply chains to get products to market. This reduces carbon footprint, reduces logistic and storage costs, and creates more jobs, locally.

Stratasys Neo 3D printer

Build prototypes, rapid tooling and master patterns with the state of the art Neo® stereolithography / SLA 3D printer range.

The reliable and proven Neo builds high-quality parts with superior surface quality, accuracy and detail. Designed with an open-resin system, offering customers the ability to utilize any commercially available 355 nm hybrid resin chemistry.

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by Stratasys Ltd. at September 14, 2021 02:36 PM

September 13, 2021

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Introduction to Stereolithography 3D Printing / Prototyping

Designers, engineers and part providers are increasingly choosing stereolithography (SL) printing technology for prototyping applications because of its ability to print complex designs with a high degree of accuracy, fine resolution and smooth part sidewalls.

Parts produced using SL technology require little or no post-processing, resulting in cost savings and faster time to market, compared with traditional manufacturing methods.

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Included in this white paper:

In this white paper, we’ll look at the most common prototyping applications produced using SL technology and highlight why the Stratasys Neo® is fast becoming the stereolithography 3D printer of choice for prototyping.

  1. What is stereolithography?
  2. Why stereolithography for prototyping?
  3. Concept and communication models
  4. Functional form-and-fit prototypes
  5. Why customers choose Stratasys Neo for prototyping
  6. Benefits of the Stratasys Neo stereolithography 3D printer
  7. Stratasys Neo: Open-resin system stereolithography
  8. Stratasys Neo: best-in-class stereolithography for prototyping applications
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by Rod Mackay at September 13, 2021 07:17 PM

September 11, 2021

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SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 3: 3D Creator & 3D Printing

As we move further into our 3DEXPERIENCE Works design process for our Circular Saw project, we are now going to work with the mechanical design using the 3D Creator RoleSOLIDWORKS xDesign App.

Since the xApps don’t care which operating system is being used because they are cloud-powered, today’s walk-through will be done using a Macbook Pro. Traditional CAD environments require Windows as the operating system as most continue to use it. However, using this platform we are expanding our options and can use a number of operating systems to design, share and collaborate amongst our team.

Watch the video below for the full walk-through of how we use the 3D Creator Role and the xDesign App for this phase of our project:

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Switching Apps in 3DEXPERIENCE Works

When opening the dashboard in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, we see that it very conveniently shows the circular saw project on the home screen under recent documents. As you can see, we have landed in the xDocument app (which will be used later in this series) but that’s no problem. We can switch apps on the fly!

3DEXPERIENCE Switching Apps

3DEXPERIENCE Switching Apps

As you can see below, we can switch apps by pressing the ‘x’ key. In this case, we have purchased various other roles so that we can create structures, sheet metal components, organic shapes and the like.



Creating a New Component

The first thing we need to do here is to create a new component. On the action bar, create a new part in the context of the product design. There is no different interface if we are creating parts or assemblies here. This is a single modeling environment.

Creating a New Component in xDesign

Creating a New Component in xDesign

Creating a new part is a breeze. Other geometry can be easily referenced in the product. So, stealing geometry from diameters, in this case, is easy. We can create a couple of concentric circles that are coincident with the center of the mating screw.

Completing the Sketch

To continue the sketch, we can add dimensions or relations to helpfully define the 2D sketch. Blue indicates under defined. Black is fully defined. Color and visual feedback is great, and tells the user where he or she is in the process. You can single left-click geometry to describe further its dimension and/or relations to other geometry. Here, we are moving forward with adding some things to help define the lines of this handle. There are very powerful shortcuts at the user’s fingertips, such as the ‘s’ key, which allows for quick access to some of the most common tools.

Completing the Sketch

Completing the Sketch

In this case, we just want to see the new part isolated so we are viewing only the geometry needed for that portion.

Isolating a Part

Isolating a Part

Creating 3D Content

Creating 3D content is quick. On the action bar at the bottom of xDesign, you can create an extrude – this is a super feature! You can add, cut or do additional Boolean features directly in this very powerful all-in-one command.

Creating 3D Content

Creating 3D Content

For the pocket of the screw, we have created an additional circle that we will cut back into the circular boss below.

Circular Boss

xDesign Circular Boss

An additional extrude below sees our part come into context. It’s really starting to take quick shape.

Extruding in xDesign

Extruding in xDesign

We can also literally just drag on the sketch to extrude the contour- as seen below, we are extruding this to a specific value of 10 units by hovering the drag bar over the ruler.

Extruding the Contour

Extruding the Contour

Adding Fillets and Exporting

As we get closer to the final shape here, one of the last things we will do is fillets/chamfers. When we select edges for the fillet, xDesign is very smart. We can multi-select various edges that the software will understand serve similar design purposes. This saves the designer a lot of time. We don’t have to select dozens of edges because in a couple of clicks, we get a nice series of rounds in the design.

Adding Fillets

Adding Fillets

In this case, to let our team members know that the design is progressing, we will color it yellow – this lets everyone clearly see the new part and possibly comment on it in our 3DSWYM community.

Design Colours

Design Colours

I can also save this in many other formats on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, such as STL. And with that, I’m ready to send this to my 3D printer!


Saving the design

SOLIDWORKS xDesign is a very capable parametric xApp, and because it lives in the cloud we can use any computer that is connected to the internet to design. We utilized mature CAD functionality all in a browser-based design tool that we can pick up and use on any device anywhere in the world. By using the apps within our 3D Creator Role, you will be able to add crucial parts to your team’s design project from wherever you are.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 11, 2021 01:12 PM

September 10, 2021


RocketFire Instantly Lights Your Barbecues and Fire Pits With Its Tri-Cone Tip


For those of you pyromaniacs who want instant fire, this will be right up your alley: RocketFire. It is purportedly the fastest fire starter out there. By connecting this baby to any fuel canister, you can light a fire in seconds.

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The secret behind this incredibly dangerous and fascinating piece of technology lies in its tip. Most fire starters only have a single hole where the flame emerges. The RocketFire, on the other hand, boasts three. This is all possible through its stainless steel tri-flame cone tip!


With this unique tip, it spreads flame at a 60° angle with an output of 25,000 BTUs.  Considering most conventional fire pits hover around 40,000-100,000 BTUs, having a fire starter with this high BTU can be truly impressive. Further, even with the tip itself removed, the fire starter can still retain that high level of heat.


Since the RocketFire is made specifically for starting barbecues and fire pits, it has a 17-inch wand that can give you a safe distance from the flame. The wand is just as durable as the tri-cone tip and is made of stainless steel, carbon fiber, and brass.


As I mentioned earlier, you can connect the RocketFire to any moderately-sized fuel canister – be it propane, MAAP gas, or some unknown type of biofuel. If it’s in a can, chances are it can connect to the RocketFire.


Considering the RocketFire has already been fully funded on Kickstarter, the world must be full of pyromaniacs and barbecue enthusiasts. As of writing, it currently has a funding of US$174,186. Unexpectedly, the amount being collected just keeps on rising almost every minute. You can find out more about this instant igniting invention over on its Kickstarter page.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 10, 2021 09:42 AM

Make Curved Wood Legs With the Same Amount of Wood

curved wood legs woodworking

Straight wooden legs are cool, but curved wooden legs are even cooler. Unfortunately, it usually takes more wood to make the latter. This is why not all woodworkers spend too much attention on them. James Hamilton of Stumpy Nubs is not one of those folks.

In one of his projects, James showed an easy woodworking trick you can do to make a curved leg with the same amount of wood you would use to make a straight one. And the best part? All you need is a band saw, some wood glue, and a couple of clamps.

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After milling your piece of wood, you want to trace a short straight line down one edge before drawing in your curve. Make sure your line stays within the confines of the wood, otherwise it will be difficult to curve it later. Once that’s done, cut your wood on a band saw with a narrow blade. This allows you to precisely cut the wood and make adjustments on the fly.

curved wood legs woodworking

Once you’ve cut your wood into two, trace that curve onto a piece of paper. You will use this template to trace the same curve later. Now, tape the two pieces of wood together. Turn to the uncut or untaped side of the wood and use the template to imitate the same curve.

curved wood legs woodworking

Take the newly traced piece of wood back to the band saw and cut it by following the line you’ve drawn. This will split the wood into two pieces again. Remove the tape and keep them grouped into two. While still separated into two halves, reverse the position of pieces in each half.

Glue the two halves first before connecting them together. Once ready, join the two halves like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and you have yourself a curved leg! To assure that the glue will work, use a couple of clamps to hold the whole thing down.

curved wood legs woodworking

Since working with the assembly of wood pieces can be a tad confusing for beginners, James recommends numbering each piece to make everything faster and easier.

James has also said that you don’t really need that stencil to make the second cut. If you want your curved leg to be a bit more free-form, make an entirely different cut than the first. The crazier and more different the curve is, the weirder the finished leg will be!

curved wood legs woodworking

James Hamilton has a ton of these woodworking tips and tricks, all of which can be found on his YouTube channel, Stumpy Nubs. Be sure to check it out if you want to add some extra flair to your wood projects!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 10, 2021 08:30 AM

September 09, 2021

The Javelin Blog

How to Render in SOLIDWORKS

There are a number of different ways to render an image in SOLIDWORKS. The option you choose will depend on which SOLIDWORKS version you have and which graphics card you are using. To get started, we’ll start with the options available in SOLIDWORKS Standard and move our way up to see what is available for SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. We’ll be using the Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer, as an example. Let’s dive in!

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RealView Graphics

If you’re working with SOLIDWORKS Standard, the go-to rendering option you have is RealView Graphics. First, make sure that RealView Graphics is activated, and you are using an approved graphics card on your machine. Next, with your library content panel open, simply drag and drop the desired material, or appearance, from the panel on any part in your assembly, and voila! Your part has a new look!

SOLIDWORKS RealView Graphics

SOLIDWORKS RealView Graphics

You can also insert a background into your image to give your model a more dynamic look and feel. To turn it up a notch and get a more realistic appearance, you can turn on the Ambient Occlusion feature. This feature creates shadows that cast from your parts. A nice way to get a shaded image from SOLIDWORKS Standard.

PhotoView 360 for Photo-realistic Renders

PhotoView 360 is a visualization and render tool included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium and is available as an Add-in. It is based on the SOLIDWORKS Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT). It’s a simple-to-use interface and provides an interactive environment for viewing designs as well as for creating photo-realistic renderings that can be used to showcase your designs.

SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360

SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360

PhotoView 360 allows you to create a rendering within the SOLIDWORKS window. When you mouse-click Render Tools and Display Manager, you will see options to create a scene, add and adjust lighting, and also the option to add a camera if you like. Once you’re finished, you can click on Final Render to invoke a PhotoView 360 rendering. With PhotoView 360, you don’t need a photography degree to create stunning images.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize for End-use Marketing Material

SOLIDWORKS Visualize provides industry-leading rendering capabilities with visual design-oriented features and workflows in place. This allows for fast and easy creations of visual content that communicates a designer’s vision and showcases your part in the most stunning way.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Render

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Render

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. When you launch SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you see an enhanced environment where you have access to many adjustments and customization options. Visualize Professional also allows for more advanced file output, such as 360-degree rotations of parts and assemblies and even Virtual Reality content! The possibilities are endless to make your designs stand out from the competition.

The rendering tools in SOLIDWORKS offer many ways to generate photo-quality imagery and interactive animations. The rendering tools in SOLIDWORKS make it easier to communicate and showcase your designs and prototypes to others.

Want to learn more about Visualize?

Take a live online SOLIDWORKS Visualize Training Course to learn more about rendering in SOLIDWORKS.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 09, 2021 04:14 PM

September 08, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Get Ready for SOLIDWORKS 2022 with an Update Guide

Are you ready for your SOLIDWORKS 2022 update? Get your company, department and individual users ready by downloading our comprehensive guide.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 is coming soon, in October we are running SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New Online Training Sessions to help you get up to speed with the new release. But what about licensing, budgeting, and installation? This guide will help you to get answers to those questions and determine the next steps for updating your business.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Update Guide


This SOLIDWORKS 2022 Guide will help to:

  • Survey your existing SOLIDWORKS installations
  • Make a SOLIDWORKS budget for 2022
  • Complete an essential checklist to help you update to SOLIDWORKS 2022
  • Identify training classes specific to your industry

Once you read through this guide, you will be able to analyze user trends, evaluate your licensing options, prepare for the SOLIDWORKS 2022 update requirements and access launch resources and training.

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by Rod Mackay at September 08, 2021 02:58 PM


This Polymer Clay Minecraft World Is Small in Size But Big in Detail

mini nminecraft cave

Minecraft has been the source of inspiration for many creations, from in-game libraries all the way to real-life blocks. Speaking of real-life blocks, these tiny Minecraft worlds made by YouTuber WUZU clay are probably some of the smallest recreations of the video game I’ve ever seen.

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I mean, just look at this tiny cave which represents the 1.17 lush cave patch of the game. Not only it is a recreation of a tiny slice of the world made out of polymer clay, but it is also filled up with so much detail and characters that it looks like it could come to life at any moment.

Creating the Blocky World

mini nminecraft cave

To bring the blocky world of Minecraft to life, WUZU clay painstakingly sliced different colors of polymer clay with a razor blade and fitted them onto a tiny corner of plastic. The clay seemed moldable at the start but after a while, it began to harden and stick. Pieces of rock, dirt, and grass were all placed randomly by WUZU clay – some even jut out in mid-air just like in the game!

After the polymer clay had settled in, the plastic was removed and the polymer was painted with some adhesive to keep everything together.

Adding In the Flora

To bring this piece of Minecraft nature to life, WUZU clay crafted some teeny tiny (and I really mean TEENY TINY) leaves and vines out of the same polymer clay.

mini nminecraft cave

WUZU clay made some of the vines by molding the clay beforehand with some tools. After placing them on the cave diorama, each green leaf was carefully attached by hand onto each vine to give them some extra detail.

mini nminecraft cave

The other vines were crafted by twisting some polymer clay and placing multi-colored leaves on them. To cap it all off, WUZU clay placed a slightly large pink flower on top of the cave.

Bringing the Creatures of Minecraft To Life

mini nminecraft cave

On the other end of the spectrum, cave wildlife wouldn’t be complete without some of Minecraft’s iconic creepers.

These silent harbingers of death were made by sticking together pieces of clay blocks and drawing in their smug faces. WUZU clay made not one, but three of these annoying buggers and placed them near the Minecraft’s silent protagonist, Steve.

mini nminecraft cave

Speaking of Steve, he and some of the axolotls (the brand-new water creatures) were made by combining polymer clay of different sizes. Once the general shapes had been achieved, WUZU clay drew in some extra detail with a couple of markers. Seeing the creator draw in such intricate detail on such a small figure is both amazing and anxiety-inducing.

Making a Tiny Pool

While Steve and the creepers can live just fine on land, the axolotls will need a watery place to stay.

mini nminecraft cave

With that in mind, WUZU clay made a tiny pool out of resin for these watery creatures to swim around in. Using a piece of plastic as a mold, WUZU clay filled out a small corner of the cave with some light blue resin and used a UV light to help it harden quicker. As an additional detail, a small water bucket was placed in the cave where an axolotl can be seen enjoying itself.

mini nminecraft cave

Put it all together and you have a Minecraft diorama that can be measured in inches. Thanks to its compact size, this cave can serve as the perfect tabletop companion on your computer desk as you play Minecraft on your PC. And the best part? No creepers can destroy it!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 08, 2021 11:14 AM

This Wheelie Trainer Will Help You Pop Some Sick Tricks

wheelie trainer

Those of you who used to rely on training wheels know how invaluable they are. But now that you know how to ride a bike, how about learning some new bike tricks such as the wheelie stunt? Well, that seems tough. You’re probably wishing for a trainer specifically built for the job and thankfully, there is!

YouTuber The Q built a wheeling trainer with a mechanism following the similar concept of your old training wheels. Only, instead of riding on two wheels, it teaches you how to pop a rear wheelie. You can also build one. All you need is some wood, a disposable cycling trainer, and a strong adjustable strap.

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The Wooden Training Area

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The wood is for, you guessed it, making a makeshift rear ramp. You’ll have to cut and shape a couple of planks into two triangular shapes and drill them towards the edge of a flat wooden board. The board will serve as your training space while the triangular ramps will hold a couple of extra training pieces.

The Cycling Mechanism

wheelie trainer

If you or your relatives happen to have an old cycling trainer lying about (let’s be honest, you only use it to hang clothes anyway), take the gear mechanism apart and attach it on top of one of the triangular ramps.

The Wheel Roller

wheelie trainer

The gear mechanism is connected to quite possibly the most important part of this build: the wheel roller. This fancy-sounding part is actually just a piece of PVC pipe fitted onto a metal rod with some wood and nuts.

wheelie trainer

Attaching a bicycle gear on the same side as the gear mechanism will allow you to run a chain on both pieces. The wheel roller’s purpose is just that: to provide your bike with a platform to spin on whilst you’re practicing your wheelies.

Attaching the Bike

wheelie trainer

In order to secure your bike to the trainer, you’ll have to create a makeshift rod that can fit on the end of your bike. Slap this baby on top of your triangular ramp and you’ll be good to go!

Add In a Front Strap

wheelie trainer

You can definitely use this ramp with just the rear support, but The Q added in a strap on the front wheel to prevent the bike from toppling backward. Considering the majority of users of this wheelie trainer will be novices, I think it’s a great addition to the build.

wheelie trainer

With this, you can practice your wheelies safely and in the privacy of your own home. Once you’ve got the trick down, you can actually flip your bike around and practice doing front wheelies on the trainer! Your friends will never see you take a fall ever again!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 08, 2021 10:27 AM

September 07, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS Online Training Free Preview

Our experienced team of engineers spend hours in SOLIDWORKS and are constantly adding to their skillset with the latest “What’s New” additions. Whether you are looking for a new tool, keyboard shortcut, or concept, come experience a shortened sketching lesson and see what it is like to attend a training class with one of our instructors.

Join us on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 10:00 AM ET for our webinar, as TriMech Application Engineer, Nicole Spandley, will deliver an introduction to our SOLIDWORKS Online Training system. Nicole will demonstrate the style, pace and content of our training courses by doing a shortened lesson in sketching. She will also discuss the learning paths TriMech recommends for our SOLIDWORKS users, as well as our offerings for 3D printing and 3D scanner users.

In this webinar you will obtain:

  • Insight into TriMech training options
  • Hands on experience with our digital training interface
  • What you need to create a fully defined sketch
  • How to pay attention to cursor feedback
  • Gestures to start commands with less mouse travel

About The Presenter

Nicole Spandley, Application Engineer

Welcome Email_Nicole SpandleyNicole has 4+ years of SOLIDWORKS experience, is a CSWP and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Process Improvement. Before joining TriMech, she spent time conducting standardized and custom physical and analytical testing for ceramic tile, natural stone and other installation products. She specializes in SOLIDWORKS training, providing technical support and teaching other engineers how to use the software.


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by Rod Mackay at September 07, 2021 12:00 PM

September 06, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 2: Project Planner

The success of any project starts with a good plan and a team that understands what that plan is. In this second part of our 3DEXPERIENCE xApps series, we will cover how the Project Planner role included with SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works can assist us in ensuring the success of our projects through better data visibility, improved collaboration and purpose-built project management applications.

With the right tools, your team can collaborate securely with a task-specific file repository, activity stream, real-time summary charts, real-time notifications, a schedule to help meet project constraints and resources and much more! Watch the video below for the full walk-through of how we set up our Project Planning xApp for our Circular Saw design:

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Project Planning xApp

The Project Planning xApp is part of the Project Planner role on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This app promotes team-based planning through simple planning, execution and monitoring of projects. The app allows you to integrate your project management efforts with your resources, tasks and deliverables, while providing end-to-end visibility into the project.

3DEXPERIENCE Project Planning xApp

3DEXPERIENCE Project Planning xApp

Creating a New Project

Before we can start a new project, we will need to add the Project Planning xApp to our 3DEXPERIENCE dashboard. The Project Planning xApp can be found in your Compass. Simply drag and drop this app onto a new tab in your dashboard.

Creating a project is simple, click Create New Project, and give the project a name. You can also include a project icon and a description. If this is not your first project and you would like to reuse elements from an existing project structure, simply select the existing project under Create from Project.

Create New Project

Create New Project

Adding Stakeholders

Once the project has been created, navigate to the Members tab. Here we can click on the + icon to add project collaborators and viewers so that all stakeholders can stay connected and informed on the project. You can control their levels of access rights by assigning them as a Leader, Author or Viewer.

3DEXPERIENCE Project Planner adding Stakeholders

3DEXPERIENCE Project Planner adding Stakeholders

Adding Tasks

We can create specific tasks to be assigned to team members under the Tasks tab in the Project Planning app. Click on the + icon, give the task a name and click on Add and Open. This will open the task properties pane, where we can add further details such as a description, priority, duration and even a repository where users can add all of the project files as they relate to their task.

Adding Tasks

Adding Tasks

To assign a task to an individual user, click on the People tab and find the user by typing their name under Assignees.

Adding Users

Adding Users


When a task is created, it will get added to your schedule. The project schedule will be defined based on the duration that you specify for the tasks, and the start and end date specified in the task properties.

Project Planner Scheduling

Project Planner Scheduling

Often, project schedules must remain fluid, so instead of defining set start and stop dates for individual tasks, we can link our tasks together to create dependencies. This allows us to link the start date from one task based on when a different task is marked as complete. To do this, click and drag the + icon at the start of a task and drag it to the + icon at the end of another task.

Project Planner Dependencies

Project Planner Dependencies

If any schedule changes occur, the start and end dates will adjust automatically for any of the downstream linked tasks.

Project Summary Tab

To get a quick overview of a project at a glance, we can use the Summary tab. This provides you with insightful graphical representations of your project status, helping you get a better understanding of your resources and due dates.

Project Status

Project Status

Remember, all of this is accessible from any device with an internet connection, so you can update your project at any time and ensure all your stakeholders stay on the same page. These tools allow you to leverage the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to enhance how you plan, execute and monitor projects.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 06, 2021 06:36 PM


Create Your Own Invisible Flame With Ethanol

hand sanitizer invisible flame

Have you ever accidentally set your hand sanitizer on fire? No? Well, good for you. You’re probably using it right! But in any case you are wondering, yes, that cleaning liquid is actually fuel for the fire.

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Science YouTuber Steve Mould shows that igniting hand sanitizer creates an almost invisible flame. Dim the lights and set your camera to proper settings and you can capture the outlines of a light blue flame flickering just above the sanitizer.

The culprit behind this unique flame is ethanol, a substance commonly found in cleaning agents such as ethyl alcohol. It can even be found in small quantities in a couple of alcoholic beverages and foods.

hand sanitizer invisible flame

Normal red and orange flames usually have a lot of substances mixed with them. The chief substance which contributes to their color, Mould explains, is soot. Considering most readily flammable objects consist of different materials, igniting them causes the flames to burn impurely. Ethanol flame, on the other hand, is nearly invisible due to the fact that ethanol is burned into carbon dioxide which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

hand sanitizer invisible flame

While it does give off a light blue flame, the heat emanating from burning ethanol isn’t hotter than any other visible fire. In fact, igniting your hand sanitizer results in a flame that is actually cooler than normal. It’s still hot and can burn you if you touch it though, so be careful when meddling with invisible flames!

This opens up a ton of possibilities for cool experiments. Say the world goes back to normal again; you can take a bottle of ethyl alcohol and use it to create a line of invisible flame to impress your friends at barbecues. You can even have fun solo and just indulge in lighting fireworks with the clear flame once the New Year comes around.

No matter what you decide to do with this newfound knowledge, just remember that this is the fire you’re playing with. It is smokeless and invisible, so completely extinguishing it can be hard. So please don’t go all caveman and burn everything in sight!

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 06, 2021 10:49 AM

Here’s How Important Concrete Reinforcement Is

concrete reinforcement

Have you ever passed by a construction site and seen all the rebars making up the skeleton of a structure? Apart from serving as a great way to forward the plot of a movie or show with injuries, rebars are essential in reinforcing the concrete they are cast into.

It’s not such a big ask, really. Considering concrete structures are subject to a ton of punishment (weather, natural disasters, and human interference are just a few things it has to deal with), it only makes sense to give it some backup.

Concrete by itself is very good at handling compression – meaning it can take a lot of beating which is aimed at pushing the material together. What it isn’t good at, however, is handling tension – the pressure aimed at pulling materials apart.

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Grady Hillhouse, a civil engineer and owner of the Practical Engineering YouTube channel, showed in his demonstration just how little tensile resistance concrete has. Using a single batch of concrete as a control point, he cast two similar cylinders and subjected them to two different stress tests.

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The first test deals with compression. Appling a 1,000-pound weight using a press machine caused the sides of the concrete to crumble. While you wouldn’t want a batch of this concrete to fortify your buildings, the center mass of the cylinder stayed intact – proving that concrete can indeed stand up to a lot of compressive pressure.

concrete reinforcement

Compare that to the tension test. Pulling on the concrete cylinder with a meager 80 pounds caused the other cylinder to instantly snap under the pressure. For reference, that’s not even 1/10th of the compressive strength.

Hillhouse goes on to explain that most (if not all) structures aren’t just made solely out of concrete. They always have some form of reinforcement in them to help deal with the different kinds of stresses put on them.

This is why rebars are implemented. These relatively cheap steel bars aid the concrete by improving its tensile strength and ensuring the damage done to the concrete isn’t immediate.

concrete reinforcement

You may have noticed how the concrete cylinder almost immediately snapped when put under too much tensile stress. That’s something the rebars are trying to avoid. By reinforcing the concrete, tensile damage will gradually appear throughout the structure that is usually in the form of cracks. This gives construction workers and engineers enough time to fix the affected area (or to tell everyone in the building to get out).

Hillhouse goes even further, explaining that rebars that have been pre-stressed provide even greater reinforcement. Usually, this means adding tension to the rebars as the concrete is being cast, but tension can also be applied after the concrete casting.

concrete reinforcement

In a post-tension method, plastic sleeves are cast inside the concrete. Once the concrete has solidified, steel bars are placed inside the sleeves, whereby they are stressed by tightening the nuts around them. While a valid method, the nuts in post-tension have to be strong enough so that the tension put on the steel bars has the desired effect.

These are just the basics of concrete reinforcement. There are a lot more factors that play into strong concrete structures. Different concrete mixtures, the thickness of rebars, and nut quality and type are just a few of the things many engineers spend their whole lives researching – all just to keep you safe and sound.

If you want to know more about engineering but don’t have the time for another degree, Practical Engineering is where you want to be. Grady Hillhouse not only makes engineering topics fun to learn about, but he explains them in such a simplified manner that anyone can understand them.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 06, 2021 10:34 AM

September 04, 2021


Louie Schwartzberg’s Methods for Filming Growing Fungi Are Time-Bending

fungi time-lapse capture

Louie Schwartzberg is a director, cinematographer, and visual artist who has spent the better part of his career pioneering the time-lapse game. He’s spent three decades continuously filming time-lapse footage non-stop in his home studio using his cameras in a controlled environment.

His nature series, Moving Art, has already run for three seasons on Netflix and focuses on six aspects of nature:  underwater, waterfalls, flowers, forests, deserts, and oceans. His nature film, Fantastic Fungi, delves into the lives of various types of fungi.

So how did Schwartzberg film the growth of such slow-growing fungi?

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The short answer? One frame at a time. In an interview with WIRED, Schwartzberg explained that by connecting cameras and lighting to an intervalometer, he was able to take shots of the fungi at 15-minute intervals. This means for every hour, the cameras would take 4 shots. Stretch those 4 shots over 24 hours and you have a total of 96 shots/ frames in a day. Those 96 shots then translate to 4 seconds of footage in the film.

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According to Schwartzberg, predicting where and how the fungi will grow is a skill he has developed over the years. The positioning of the grow lights, humidity, and type of fungi all play a role in determining the growth of the fungi. Get everything right and the fungi will grow magnificently.

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Since audiences and cameras are focused on the growing fungi, Schwartzberg can use false backgrounds that imitate a natural environment. See those faraway trees that are slightly out of view? Yup! Totally fake!

Thanks to the intervalometer, cinematographers can also move the camera along a dolly. This can make some jaw-dropping camera pans of the fungi as they continue to grow.

As for the fungi’s mycelium, Schwartzberg used photographs taken from a microscopic camera and got a bunch of animators to recreate this part of the fungi digitally.

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Watching fungi grow might sound like the most boring thing to do on the planet, but the way Schwartzberg films it is just so mesmerizing. Also, his philosophy of seeing the camera as a time machine is truly alluring.

Realizing people live their bustling lives like a slow-growing fungus will make you want to stop for a moment and think about where you’re actually going. It kind of makes me want to take a break for a while and watch Fantastic Fungi on Netflix to help me reflect on life and time.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 04, 2021 03:57 PM

September 03, 2021

The Javelin Blog

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Project Part 1: Kickoff with 3DSwym Community

3DEXPERIENCE Works provides a place where everyone on your team can collaborate for successful design results. To help demonstrate this, we are going to walk you through a project where we will make various changes to a design and package it up to show stakeholders. Today, we are kicking it off by setting up our 3DSwym (Say What You Mean) Communities.

Think of a 3DSwym community as a message or project board. It is a place where the entire team, from concept to final production, can communicate on a project. Easily align sales, marketing, engineering, production, shipping, all to a common goal. Since 3DSwym communities are project boards within the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, they are geared toward a design environment. This makes them better suited as project boards than other tools available. Let’s get started!

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Adding the 3DSwym App to the Dashboard

We start by creating a new tab on the dashboard, which we will label “Communities”. After creating the tab, we access the compass and drag and drop 3DSwym from the list of apps onto our blank tab. We will access all our project communities in this app, along with creating our new community.

3DSwym App on Dashboard

3DSwym App on Dashboard

Creating a Community

Now that we have the app in our dashboard, the next step is to create our saw design community. The list of communities is on the left-hand side of the app, along with a link to Show All.

Creating a 3DSwym Community

Creating a 3DSwym Community

Selecting Show All will open a screen with all the communities available to my user. There is a + in the upper right-hand corner that will allow me to create a new community. All that is needed to create a community is a title and a description.

3DSwym Community Title and Description

3DSwym Community Title and Description

When creating a community there are three levels of access available: Public, Private and Secret:

  • Public means that anyone in your company can see this community. They have to be part of your company and invited to your platform. It is not available to anyone on the entire platform. So this is public within your company, not public for the entire domain.
  • Private means that anyone in your company can see the community when they select Show All but they will need to ask for permission to view the community.
  • Secret means that a user has to be added as a member to even see that the community is there, but once added can see all the content in the community. For our saw project, we will create a secret community and invite all project members. We will also create an Idea Funnel so the team can share ideas for the project and eventually turn those ideas into a plan.
3DSym Idea Funnel

3DSym Idea Funnel

Creating a Group

Before we get started adding members to the community, we will create a group with the design team. This way, when adding them to the 3D Space, the Community and any place else needed, only one entity will need to be selected.

After selecting User Groups from the compass, you can simply add a new group and add the users to the group. This group will now be available to select when adding members to the community.

3DSwym Group Name and Description

3DSwym Group Name and Description

Adding Members to the Community

Since the community created is secret, we will need to add any members that need access to the content. This is done through the members link on the right-hand side. This will list all the members of the community and their access level. Members can be added to the community with the + icon. The access levels are Contributor, Author and Owner:

  • Contributors can create questions and ideas.
  • Authors can create any content.
  • Owners can create any content, as well as control membership and idea status.
3DSwym Adding Members

3DSwym Adding Members

For our saw project, we are adding the design team as well as a few sales and marketing members.

3DSWYM Team Members

3DSwym Team Members

Adding Content to the 3DSwym Community

Now that the community has been created and the team members have been added, we are ready to start adding content to the board. Adding content is simple. When adding content, you just select the type of content you wish to add. The most common are posts and media. A post can be viewed like a discussion and media is used to store videos, images and even 3D Models. Anyone on the team can spin and interact with these models using 3D Play, embedded directly in the post. You can also create wiki pages, ask questions of the team and create tasks right from within the community.

3DSwym Adding Content

3DSwym Adding Content

In the upper-right corner of the community, you can filter content. This allows you to sort on a specific type of post. If you want to only see ideas, simply click on the idea icon. This is an easy way to narrow in on what you want to see.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 03, 2021 08:11 PM

September 02, 2021


Make Your Own Matchstick Rocket Assembly and Launch Kit

matchstick rocket kit

It isn’t the Fourth of July anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little explosive mayhem! Everyone loves fireworks (except for, you know, the ones who’ve been injured by them), and making them smaller for the sake of portability is the best way to enjoy them any day.

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Inspired by a video he saw about a year ago, Grant Thompson of The King of Random made his own method for creating a matchbox rocket kit. All you need are some cut-up matchstick heads, a barbecue skewer, aluminum foil, aluminum tape, and a pre-made template Grant was kind enough to post online.

The Do-It-All Template

matchstick rocket kit

You can’t have a light show without rockets, so take a bunch of those matchstick heads and store them in a container for later use.

Meanwhile, you’ll want to print out Grant’s template and cut it out on a piece of cardboard. With this, you’ll be able to cut your barbecue skewer down to size, create squares out of aluminum tape for the rocket fins, and trace the template on the aluminum foil to make multiple rocket bodies.

matchstick rocket kit

You’ll also need to make a couple of fins and bodies and store them away for later. Everything you need can then be stored perfectly inside your large matchbox. This also serves as a launch pad and assembly station.

Making the Mini-Rockets

matchstick rocket kit

Now that you have everything you need in your matchbox, it’s time to make some rockets!

Using the template as a guide, take a matchstick head and place it on top of the barbecue skewer. Tightly roll it in a rocket body using the skewer while leaving enough space above the matchstick head so you can crimp the foil down with a pair of pliers.

matchstick rocket kit

To make the rockets look like actual rockets (and more importantly, give them some balance), slide the aluminum tape fins through the body and stick them right at the bottom of the rocket. Congratulations! You just made your first matchstick rocket! Now go make ten more then we’ll really have a party!

T-minus 10 to Launch

matchstick rocket kit

Puncturing a hole at the top of your matchbox assembly kit allows you to position the rocket and adjust the angle at which you plan to launch it. Just light a fire under the tip of the rocket and wait until the foil gets hot enough to ignite the matchstick head.

matchstick rocket kit

These rockets may be easy to make, but they’re no slouch in terms of blasting off. They can fly pretty far and according to Grant, some can reach distances of up to 40 feet away.

If you want to find more projects you can easily recreate in the confines of your home, definitely check out Grant and the rest of the team at The King of Random.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 02, 2021 03:59 PM

Creating a Film-Accurate Woody Doll Is Harder Than It Looks

film accurate woody

Folks who have watched Toy Story 2 before will remember that one scene where toy cowboy protagonist Woody gets his arm ripped off. It’s a cathartic moment watching his arm being repaired in the movie. Besides his arms getting fixed, watching the character receive the full restoration he deserves gives us absolute satisfaction.

Sadly, the official, real-life versions of Woody are a far cry from what we see on the screen. Apart from not coming to life when owners aren’t around, the Woodys you find in toy stores just don’t conform to movie standards. To be specific: aesthetically.

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Eager to make his own movie-accurate Woody doll, Duane of Duane Made It took a bunch of garage sale Woody dolls and repurposed their parts for his special project. He split the creation process into 5 parts but for the sake of giving an overview, here’s how he made some of the Pixar cowboy’s iconic features:

The Torso

film accurate woody

Official Woody torsos are either too thin or too small, so Duane made a custom piece using the top and bottom joints of a garage sale Woody and an old pillbox. He used plumber’s epoxy to glue the pieces together and added some hinges to make it easier to reach the voice box inside.

The Voice Box

film accurate woody

Thanks to the Internet, finding clean footage of Woody’s voice lines from the movie isn’t that hard. Duane had trouble finding one particular line, though. However, instead of scouring the darkest corners of the Net, he recorded his own Woody impression and compressed it to fit the programmable voice box.

Connect that voice box to a battery pack and Woody’s iconic pull string and you have yourself a talking cowboy!

The Arms and Legs

film accurate woody

Everyone knows Woody as that lanky cowboy with too much joint movement. To mimic this, Duane used cut glue sticks to fill out Woody’s arms and legs.

Woody’s shirt is repurposed from an older Woody model, but Duane thinned down the sleeves to give them that movie-like look.

film accurate woody

The pants, on the other hand, are made from real denim jeans and sewn specifically for this Woody model alone.

The Head

film accurate woody

Molding Woody’s head seems to be the toughest part, considering how hard it is to bring life to a literal plastic face.

Duane employed a mix of sanding, plumber’s epoxy, and epoxy putty so he could sculpt over an old Woody head. He added layers to the cheeks, eyebrows, and mouth to make them pop, as well as a bunch of details to Woody’s hair using sculpting tools.

film accurate woody

Being satisfied with the sculptured face, Duane sanded it down and applied acrylic paint in five layers. After applying two spray paint layers as a primer, he was finally able to paint Woody’s head.

The Cowboy Hat

film accurate woody

Woody can’t ride like the wind on his trusty steed Bullseye without a hat, so Duane bought an old Woody hat online and cut it down to the perfect size. He then hand-stitched some fishing line through the sides to make the ridges of the hat look more authentic.

Other Accessories

film accurate woody

Other parts of Woody, such as the boots, belt buckle, and gun holster were made using plaster of Paris molds. Duane then used polymer clay to sculpt the buckle and holster, while the big boots were sculpted using plumber’s epoxy.

film accurate woody

As for Woody’s iconic vest and bandanna, Duane hand-painted both pieces before donning them on his custom-made cowboy.

film accurate woody

Unlike the store bought counterparts, Duane’s Woody version definitely has a hand-crafted feel to it. All five parts of Duane’s project are worth watching, especially if you’re a sucker for custom toy designs.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 02, 2021 03:27 PM

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SOLIDWORKS Online Design with 3DEXPERIENCE Works xApps Series

As the workplace transitions to a remote setting naturally, or out of necessity, being connected with your team is more important than ever. 3DEXPERIENCE Works provides SOLIDWORKS online design xApps that allows your team to collaborate on a project during its entire lifecycle.

In this multi-part video series, we will be walking you through the design completion and stake-holder presentation of a circular saw prototype using only a web browser and SOLIDWORKS online xApps available with 3DEXPERIENCE Works. This will give you a great idea of how 3DEXPERIENCE Works can empower you and your team to create using a real-time ecosystem that connects people, ideas and data. Take a look at the video below for a quick overview of 3DEXPERIENCE Works:

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Sample Circular Saw Project

Our sample project is almost complete but there are some last-minute changes that need to be made. The team is all working remotely and it’s not clear if the desktop computers they are using have the needed software installed. To solve these problems of time and resources we’re going to use the cloud power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to virtually bring all the different team members together and give them instant access to the tools they need.



On-demand Webinar: Get to know the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. View Now »

Why use 3DEXPERIENCE Works for this project?

Cloud-based tools are not like traditional software you install on individual computers or a shared internal network. Instead, they live on protected external servers that are accessed via a web browser and an internet connection. This means that your 3DEXPERIENCE tools can be accessed whether you’re on your work PC, home Mac or mobile device.

It doesn’t matter which operating system you are using, or where you are, like it does with traditional software that use serial numbers tied to a specific machine. To access your entire platform of cloud-based tools, simply log in via your favorite web browser using your individual user credentials, and everything is at your fingertips wherever you are.

SOLIDWORKS Online Design with xApps

With this series, we’ve broken up the project by the different 3DEXPERIENCE Works applications (SOLIDWORKS xApps) that best fit the stage of the project. Depending on how you want to configure your users within the platform, different users can have access to single or multiple 3DEXPERIENCE xApps, but most importantly everyone will be able to collaborate on the project with SOLIDWORKS Online Apps in a centralized location.

  1. Kickoff with SWYM – SWYM (Say What You Mean) communities are a core feature of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. They are places where the entire team, from concept to final production, can communicate on a project.
  2. Project Planner – Establishing a centralized plan can significantly increase the success of a project, through better data visibility, improved collaboration and purpose-built project management applications.
  3. 3D Creator with 3DP Prototyping – As we move further into our design, we’re going to work with the mechanical design using the xDesign xApp on a Macbook Pro (because we can).
  4. 3D Sculptor and 3D Creator – Utilizing tools from the SOLIDWORKS 3D Sculptor and 3D Creator Roles we will create the handgrip component. The handgrip needs to be ergonomic, and therefore will require the main grip body to be a smooth, organic shape.
  5. Sheet Metal Creator – For the redesign, we are going to take advantage of some of the tools available inside of the xSheetMetal xApp to add some features and complexity to the part, while ensuring manufacturability.
  6. 3D Mold Creator – We walk through how the powerful mold tools in the platform can be utilized for functionality on our complex design geometry. All from the comfort of our hotel room (because we can).
  7. Product Document Creator – We want to make a few modifications and create a drawing that can be shared with fabricators and other external members, so we will use the xDocument xApp.
  8. Product Communicator – Communicating with the customer is key and we need to make sure that the instructions that accompany products are clear and concise. We will use the xHighlight xApp to generate technical illustrations that will be included in our User Manual..
  9. 3D Render – Using xStudio, we can create photorealistic renders so we can create great-looking marketing material as well as make more informed decisions on the aesthetics and form of our designs.
  10. Product Release Engineer –Now that our project design is complete, we’ll see how we can use Product Release Engineer to finalize the information about the components, release the parts, and generate multiple Bills of Material.
  11. Wrap up using a 3DStory – Our project is coming to a close, but we want to end it with a flourish to demonstrate the success we have experienced. We are using the 3DStory xApp to share those wins with key stakeholders.

Interested in 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

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

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 02, 2021 12:00 PM


TOSY Flying Duo Is An LED Frisbee and Boomerang All-In-One

tosy flying duo

If you love playing games in the dark, then this will be right up your alley. High-tech toy start-up company TOSY has combined two throwing tools to create the TOSY Flying Duo: the ultimate outdoor LED light sport experience.

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This all-in-one package is made up of two toys which fit perfectly together; making them easier to carry and charge.

The Flying Disc

tosy flying duo

On one hand, you have the LED Flying Disc – a 175-gram Frisbee with built-in LEDs with 6 timer modes and brightness levels. The brightness levels are pretty self-explanatory, but those timer modes are a god-send for Ultimate Frisbee players.

tosy flying duo

For those who want a bit more competition, the timer modes determine how long the LED lights stay illuminated after being thrown. You can set them to light up for 0 seconds to 10 minutes for some chill rallies, but you can also set them to ‘Ultimate 7’ or ‘Ultimate 10’ for some added pressure.

When set to either of the two Ultimate modes, picking or catching the Flying Disc causes the LEDs to blink for each second that passes. Think of this as like a ticking time bomb. You have to pass the disc over to your teammate within the given time limit (7 seconds for Ultimate 7 and 10 seconds for Ultimate 10). When your time is up, the Flying Disc will glow a bright red – signalling a turnover to the other team. It sounds complicated when I describe it but just like with any sport, it’s much easier to understand when you play it yourself.

The Boomerang

tosy flying duo

The other toy which makes up the TOSY Flying Duo is a boomerang – the lonely version of the Frisbee.

Just like the Flying Disc, the TOSY Boomerang has built-in LEDs which make it look even cooler in a night time setting. Unlike the Flying Disc though, this boomerang comes with its own launcher, further simplifying the process of tossing a toy that automatically comes back to you.

tosy flying duo

There isn’t quite as much to do with the boomerang, seeing as it’s mostly a one-man game, but it’s always mesmerizing when you launch it off into the distance only to see it come hurdling right back at you. Plus, you can even toss the boomerang at any flat surface and it will stick to it whilst spinning – just like a top.

tosy flying duo

The Flying Disc and the TOSY Boomerang are both waterproof and extremely durable. They can even be snapped together, making them extremely portable. Should you want to play with one of them, all you need is to snap them apart, charge the toys on the provided USB-C charger, and get tossing!

The Flying Disc has a 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery and takes about 30 minutes to fully charge. Depending on the brightness level and timer mode you set it to, you can play on a full charge for hours before needing to recharge it again.

The Boomerang on the other hand, has a 3.7V 50mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery and also takes 30 minutes to completely charge. As it combines with the launcher, the Boomerang can only be played for about 45 minutes non-stop. It does have a charged lifespan of about 270 launches, which is more than enough for you to get your Boomerang fix before you get tired and move on to something else.

tosy flying duo

If you like running around in complete darkness, you can find more about these bright LED throwing toys on Kickstarter. The TOSY Flying Duo has already reached its funding goal of US$25,000, and currently has a funding of US$130,263.

by Carlos Zotomayor at September 02, 2021 01:13 AM

September 01, 2021

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Get To Know SOLIDWORKS 2022 Webinars

Not sure what this latest SOLIDWORKS 2022 release can do for you and your business? Are you new to a specific SOLIDWORKS product or considering trying a new product suite? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then look no further with a webinar!

Starting in October TriMech are kicking off their popular Get to Know SOLIDWORKS webinar series. These will be product specific and hosted by experienced Application Engineers, who eat, breathe and sleep all things SOLIDWORKS; so you know you’ll be getting the best information from a true professional.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Webinars


The SOLIDWORKS 2022 webinars will cover topics such as:

  • Exploring the ins and outs of SOLIDWORKS 2022 core software and add-in packages
  • Getting a closer look at the user interface
  • Learning the basic features and key advantages
  • Taking a look into the SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional versions (where applicable)

Most Importantly: You’ll have the opportunity to ask Application Engineers your questions about SOLIDWORKS 2022 enhancements and become your company’s upgrade guru!

Register for a SOLIDWORKS 2022 Webinar

Click on the links below to get all the details for the individual webinars and register!

SOLIDWORKS 2022 Topic Date (start at 10AM ET)
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD October 12, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS PDM October 14, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Simulation October 19, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation October 21, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS CAM & CAMWorks October 26, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Inspection October 28, 2021
Get to Know 3DEXPERIENCE November 4, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Electrical November 9, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Manage November 11, 2021
Get to Know DELMIA | Works November 16, 2021
Get to Know 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation (SIMULIA) November 18, 2021
Get to Know 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS December 2, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Visualize December 7, 2021
Get to Know DriveWorks (SOLIDWORKS Automation Add-in) December 9, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS Composer December 14, 2021
Get to Know SOLIDWORKS MBD December 16, 2021

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at September 01, 2021 02:29 PM

August 31, 2021

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How to Copy and Paste in SOLIDWORKS

First off, SOLIDWORKS is made specifically for Windows. When the first release of SOLIDWORKS came out in 1995, it was designed to be fully compliant with Windows. This is beneficial to anyone who is proficient in Windows File Explorer as it means you already have an understanding and a skillset that is relevant in SOLIDWORKS. One of the fundamental aspects of a common Windows function is drag and drop and copy and paste in SOLIDWORKS.

Check out the video below to get to know the ins and outs when it comes to the copy and paste, drag and drop functions that you can use to your advantage when working in the SOLIDWORKS environment:

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Copy and Paste SOLIDWORKS Items

What can we copy and paste in SOLIDWORKS? Just about everything! In SOLIDWORKS you can copy and paste:

  • Sketch
  • Feature
  • Parts within an Assembly
  • Assemblies within an Assembly
  • Drawing Views and Drawings

It’s very robust. We can copy these items within the same, document to document, and we can even do our initial selection from the feature tree or from the graphics area. The takeaway is if you think you can get some sort of Windows actions with copy and paste or drag and drop, try it! Chances are you will get something that you may work the same way as Windows.

Copy and Paste in SOLIDWORKS

Copy and Paste in SOLIDWORKS

Drag and Drop in SOLIDWORKS

The cousin of copy and paste is drag and drop. The key is that you must press and hold the <Control> key as you drag. In this example, as we hold the <Control> key, we can click on a fillet within the assembly and drop it on a different edge in the same assembly to get a new fillet. Notice that we can also do this from the feature tree as well.

Copy Feature in SOLIDWORKS

Copy Feature in SOLIDWORKS

As we are holding the <Control> key, we can click on the filet in the feature tree and drag it to the assembly. As soon as we touch a relevant reference in the model and release the mouse button, you’ll notice that we get the opportunity to apply the filet there as well. Can we do this in multiple documents? Sure can! In this video, I will show you how to do that by applying a 3mm from a part file to a part that’s currently being edited in an assembly file.

Create Drawing View with Copy and Paste

Lastly, we can also create drawing views if we wish. For example, if we:

  1. Pick the top of a feature tree for a component and select Edit > Copy
  2. Then go to a drawing and select Edit Paste
  3. SOLIDWORKS has now inserted, or pasted, a copy of that component in a model view in the drawing.

Similar functions can be done between drawing views such as copying drawing views from sheet to sheet using the same protocol that we know and love – Edit Copy Edit Paste.

Create Drawing View with Copy and Paste

Create Drawing View with Copy and Paste

Drag and Drop a Reference Plane

One final trick has to do with a super-easy way to create new reference planes. The requirement is that you must have a reference plane visible on your screen. If we want a copy of this reference plane and want the new reference plane to be parallel, just press and hold the <Control> key and click and drag on the perimeter, or the border, of a reference plane, it automatically invokes the reference plane tool with the offset option selected so that you can key in the exact distance you need.

Copy reference plane in SOLIDWORKS

Copy Reference Plane in SOLIDWORKS

Learn more SOLIDWORKS Essentials

Take a SOLIDWORKS Essentials course live online to learn other essential skills for creating parts, assemblies, and drawings in SOLIDWORKS.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at August 31, 2021 02:03 PM

August 30, 2021

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2022 Live Tech Talks Digital Event

Attend the TriMech and Javelin – A TriMech Company, 2-Day Live Broadcast Event to discover What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2022 plus the latest in technology for 3D Scanning, 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, and Cloud-collaboration.

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What you will learn at the 2-Day Digital Event

Get What’s New Tips & Tricks for SOLIDWORKS 2022, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, Automation, and Data Management.

Monday, October 4, 2021

  • 10 AM ET: What’s New at TriMech.
  • 11 AM ET: SOLIDWORKS Greatest Hits – Sketches (New Features and Throwback Tips & Tricks).
  • 12 PM ET: Integrating 3D Scanning into your SOLIDWORKS Workflow.
  • 12 PM ET: Live Shop Tour (US).
  • 1 PM ET: SOLIDWORKS Greatest Hits – Assemblies (New Features and Throwback Tips & Tricks).
  • 2 PM ET: A Better Way to Manage Projects.
  • 3 PM ET: Implementing a Drawingless MBE process.
  • 4 PM ET: Manic Flexible Assemblies.
  • 5 PM ET: SOLIDWORKS The New, The Old and Everything In-Between.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

View a detailed agenda and register now »

Why Should You Watch the Tech Talks?

  • Discover New Technology — See the latest tools for 3D Scanning and 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing.
  • Improve Your Skills — Learn the new features and enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2022 from our team of expert trainers.
  • Streamline Your Workflows — Watch demonstrations of automation add-ins and techniques for improving your data workflow.
  • Design-to-Manufacturing in the Cloud — Find out how you can easily connect SOLIDWORKS 2022 with key tools through 3DEXPERIENCE® Works to better manage every aspect of developing and delivering products in one place accessible at any time and on any device.

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by Rod Mackay at August 30, 2021 04:21 PM

August 29, 2021


Take a Gander at How New Keycaps Are Made

keymacs keycap making

Keymacs is a small, family-based company that specializes in making hand-crafted keyboard kits. While their production isn’t quite as automated or streamlined as industry giants like Razer or Logitech, the fact that they put so much effort into their made-to-order keyboards gives them an edge unlike any other.

The video below delves into the three-day processes the company employs in making its unique keycaps:

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Needless to say, their keycap crafting process is quite unique. They are even using actual LEGO bricks as makeshift resin mold!

In one of the main processes, a set of LEGO molds is just snapped together to create rubber-like molds which will then be used to make the first keycap mold. (talk about mold-ception!)

keymacs keycap making

Once completed, the keycap mold is shaped by a machine before going back for another round of LEGO mold casting. This time, four molds are used to create the pieces which will allow the keycap to connect to the keyboard.

keymacs keycap making

It’s a little different this time, as they use a number of tiny wooden pegs and a pin to create the tiny holes in the keycap. The molds are then bound together with rubber bands before being injected with polyurethane.

keymacs keycap making

By now the keycap is almost finished. All it needs now is a little more machining and a quick injection of black polyurethane to give it that clean finish.

keymacs keycap making

And there you have it: custom-made keycaps which fit your keyboard kit. To save on time, Keymacs makes a number of these keycaps at a single time. While they don’t exactly fill out the machining trays, they try to get as many keys made as possible. It sure saves them from having to constantly assemble and disassemble those LEGO molds, after all!

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 29, 2021 11:25 AM

“Swingly” Makes Playing House a Space-Saver


As a boy, I spent most of my formative years playing with action figures and reading comic books. Nonetheless, I also got to play house with my female cousins when they wanted to. Who says you have to be a girl to play house, anyway?

We would use plastic toys, paper, and sometimes real cutlery to mimic the scenario of a happy family living in a house.  Given the freedom we have back then, we could use anything we could pick in our garden and garage. Need food? We had leaves. Need to build a castle? We had boxes. Basically, we used every junk we see and with some imagination, we could turn them into something handy for our game.

That’s the problem with the lives of kids now. With the pandemic preventing them from having playdates, exploring the garden, or even visiting the park, they are stuck inside their homes with limited things to play with. Well, this is where Swingly comes into action.

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Swingly is a modern-day take on that same house concept; however, instead of a plastic house no normal-sized child can fit in, you hang a poly-cotton blend fabric sheet in the middle of your doorway.


Setting up this fabric play area looks easy enough. All you have to do is find a 32.5-inch wide and 81.5-inch high doorway to attach the detachable hanging strip and the Swingly fabric. Once you’re done, you just have to make sure you have a very sturdy doorstop so no one gets hurt!


swingly There are four themes for the Swingly – all of which were designed by Black Lamb Studio illustrator Isabel Serna. In addition to your standard Malibu House and Boho House designs which aspiring homemakers will love, you have the Farmer’s Market and Camper Food Truck that can inspire the inner entrepreneurs in your children.


Each theme is double-sided and comes with its own unique features and accessories. Take my favorite Camper Food Truck theme, for example. The main fabric has a roll-up window that store owners can use. It also has one taco, one hot dog, and one menu that players can further use to completely immerse themselves in an outdoor food stall setting.


Once playtime is over, clean-up just involves putting the accessories back in the Swingly’s pockets, detaching the fabric from the hanging strip, and rolling it all up. It takes up way less space than a cumbersome toy house, plus it’s easier to clean. The fabric is machine-washable and the inks used to print the themes are totally non-toxic – which is good since this is an object marketed towards kids.

If you want your kids to get away from the computer screen and stretch their imagination in the real world, Swingly is currently live on Kickstarter. As of now, it has a total of US$7,405 fund out of its US$15,000 goal, so it doesn’t have that much further to go!

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 29, 2021 10:33 AM

August 27, 2021

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS Options Search

With the SOLIDWORKS Options Search you can search through the system options and document properties. This will save you a lot of time that you would normally spend digging through the list of countless options or document properties. It’s a must know for any novice or even power user. Watch the video below to learn how to use the search:

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What is the SOLIDWORKS Options Search?

If you’re new to SOLIDWORKS, this tip will help you navigate through the system options. If you’re a SOLIDWORKS Expert, then this is the quickest way to access any option or document properties.

SOLIDWORKS Options Search

SOLIDWORKS Options Search

First, access your system options. Do this by clicking on the gear icon at the top of the interface. If you have a document open, you’ll be able to see the document properties here as well. In the upper right corner of the menu is the search box. Whatever you type in this box, letter by letter, will filter a list of relevant results. For example, if you type the letters “n, u, m” you’ll be presented with a list of any result that includes these letters. Use the arrow keys to go through the results. As a result is selected, the menu automatically brings you directly to the selection. This makes it incredibly easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Once you use this feature, you’ll see that you don’t need to remember where every option or document property is in the menu. You can simply search and automatically find it. Think of this not as a way to find something, but rather as the quickest way to get to the option you want. Now you can get to spend less time in the menus and more time on the models!

Learn more at a Training Course

Take a Live Online SOLIDWORKS Training Course to learn more efficiency tip and tricks.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at August 27, 2021 12:00 PM

August 26, 2021

The Javelin Blog

How to change your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree Display

The SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree is where we organize our model. It helps us extract information, show dependencies, filter what is shown on screen and more. Watch the video below to learn how we change the SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree display in both parts and assemblies to make ourselves more productive:

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Parent/Child References

Certain features may be dependent on others. We call these parent/child relationships. An example of this would be a hole placed in an extruded block.

SOLIDWORKS Parent Child icon

SOLIDWORKS Parent Child icon

The hole can’t exist without the block; therefore, the hole is a child of the extruded block and the block is a parent of the hole. We can easily visualize these relationships by right clicking on the part at the top of the feature tree and toggling on the Dynamic Reference arrows.



SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree Display Options

We can drastically change the way our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree looks in both parts and assemblies.

  1. Right-click on the top-level part or assembly in the Feature Tree.
  2. Select the option “Tree Display” from the menu.
  3. Select the options that best suit how you want the tree to look.


Most of the tree display options are available in both parts and assemblies. In part mode, you get the unique option of a Flat Tree Display. This will take things, like sketches that are typically absorbed by features, and display them in the Feature Tree so there is no need to expand features to see them. In Assembly Mode, you have the unique option of grouping like instances of components which will show in the assembly tree as a double-part icon with the number of instances in parenthesis at the end of the name.


There is a very useful tool that has continued to see improvements over the last few years and that is the filter bar located above your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree. In the part mode, you can filter for types of features, feature names, sketches, folders, mates and user-defined tags. At the assembly level, we also have option to display only the filtered items as well as search properties such as material. To see these options, select the dropdown arrow next to the filter icon.



Can I display parts only in my assembly tree?

This is a frequently asked question and the short answer is “no”. This is due to the way in which assemblies are resolved. All is not lost, however, as you can access this information by utilizing a Bill of Material that displays parts only either on a drawing, or by inserting the table into the 3D model itself.

Learn more about the Feature Tree

Attend a Live Online SOLIDWORKS Training Course to learn more.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at August 26, 2021 07:04 PM


Light Up Your Man Cave With These Fake Windows

fake window

Over the past year or so, people have been doing their best to improve living conditions inside their homes. This is the “new normal” after all, so we might as well make the best of being cooped up in a single place for the time being.

One important aspect of home improvement is lighting; it can mean the difference between embracing the day with arms open wide or shunning humanity like Gollum from The Lord of The Rings.

In order to get some much-needed sunlight into his friend Josh’s son’s bedroom, Bob Clagett of I Like To Make Stuff collaborated with the man of the house to make some windows. Fake windows, to be exact:

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Since Josh’s son resides in a basement bedroom, he doesn’t have any form of natural sunlight. These “windows” the duo made are actually flat panel light boxes that were fitted into the wall and made to look like actual windows.

Doing the project only required Josh and Bob the simplest process.

fake window

After cutting out the appropriate holes and covering the exposed wires, they added in some wooden supports for the windows. The frames for the windows were made by taking the 2ft. x 4ft. LED light panels and encasing them in 1 x 1 boards.

fake window

To make the fake windows look more like windows, smaller wood pieces were used to create “muntins” – those strips of wood or metal which separate and support the glass panes of a window. After some caulking and paint, the fake windows were ready to be installed.

fake window

The cool thing about these fake windows is that their light sources can actually be dimmed to mimic actual sunrise and sundown. While the initial plan was to create a smart system that would automatically adjust for the time of day, the duo eventually settled on a system using a 110-volt input, 110-volt output, as well as a 0-10-volt dimmer output which can be controlled using a switch. They screwed the fake windows into place and added some frames on the side.

fake window

This lighting method works well in scenarios that could use a little more illumination. The panels work great, and they give off a light that isn’t too blinding and delivers that “fake sun” feel.

For more home improvement ideas, you can find more of Bob and Josh’s work on the I Like To Make Stuff YouTube channel. Their builds aren’t that hard to make, and you can use them in different scenarios as well!

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 26, 2021 12:47 PM

August 25, 2021


Restoring a Century-Old Michelin Man Statue to Last Another Hundred Years

michelin man restoration

Distinguishing the Pillsbury Doughboy from the Michelin Man can boggle the minds of some folks. Here’s a tip, though: the former has a white chef’s hat while the latter has a body that looks like stacked white tires. Even better, here’s a restoration of a 1918 Michelin Man statuette by Marty from Awesome Restorations. This should end your confusion between these white, chunky mascots.

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The restoration video starts with a statuette Michelin Man covered with rust. At first glance, it looks almost like a latte art drawing on the foam. Sadly though, this piece is inedible; as consuming rust would more likely get you sick than satisfy your caffeine cravings.

Disassembly and Rust Removal

michelin man restoration

Marty removed the bolt holding the two halves of the statuette together, but age and rust caused the bolt to break into two pieces. However, he still managed to disassemble the Michelin Man and found out that the inside is actually hollow and just as rusty as the outside.

michelin man restoration

Getting all the rust off pushed Marty to do some hardcore sandblasting. A bit later, it turned the once white Michelin Man into a black blob. He sandblasted both halves of the statuette, as well as the tire stand which it stands upon.

Sanding and Filing

michelin man restoration

Due to a century’s worth of age, there was still a lot of metal pitting visible even after the rust had been removed. To smoothen the statuette, Marty employed a mix of hand sanding (P400 sandpaper worked really well, BTW) for the surfaces and hand filing for the edges. Once he had smoothened every essential spot, he slathered on some grease remover to prepare the Michelin Man for powder coating.

Powder Coating and Painting

michelin man restoration

Powder coating this century-old statuette makes more sense than painting it. Besides the superior color retention the process can offer, it can help it last for another century.

michelin man restoration

Powder coating cures the color to the surface it’s applied on, allowing for a stronger bond that is more resistant to wear and tear.

Marty applied white powder coating to both the inside and outside portions of the Michelin Man’s body before baking the parts in an oven at 190°C for 16 minutes. After powder had melded to the statuette, he airbrushed the sash yellow and spray painted the tire stand matte black.

Putting In the Logo and Eyes

michelin man restoration

To give the Michelin Man his iconic logo, Marty chopped up some foam strips and dipped them in black paint. He used these black paint strips to dab the letters onto the sash, letting everyone know the make and year of the statuette.

Of course, Marty didn’t forget about the Michelin Man’s beady eyes. While it might not have been on camera, I assume he used the same foam strip technique to paint the eyes.

michelin man restoration

Pop in some new bolts and there you have it: a Detroit 1918 Michelin Man statuette brought back to its former glory. Thanks to the new parts, sandblasting, and powder coating, this baby’s chances of making it through another century look better than ever!

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 25, 2021 12:28 PM

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SOLIDWORKS 3D Sketches Tips & Tricks

Traditionally when working with SOLIDWORKS sketches, one of the axes is ignored to allow for a simpler method of creating feature profiles. However, when working in a three-dimensional space as opposed to traditional two-dimensional, your sketching may become difficult without the right knowledge or skills. Are you ready to learn some of the best tips and tricks for SOLIDWORKS 3D Sketches?

Join us on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 10 AM ET for our webinar as TriMech Application Engineer, Stephen Choi, discusses his favorite features of the 3D sketching tool. Stephen will demonstrate how to create sweeps, lofts, and structure systems with a high level of control and confidence. Whether the goal is to design a weldment structure, model organic shapes, or cable routing, 3D sketching is ready to assist you with your complex design.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The differences between 2D and 3D sketches
  • Available relations in a 3D sketch
  • How to create lines in a 3D sketch to create a weldment set/structure system
  • Sketching splines and using 3D sketch planes to control sketch entity location
  • Creating lines and curves on 3D surfaces for lofts and boundary surfaces

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

About the presenter

Stephen Choi, Application Engineer

Stephen is an Application Engineer based out of Orlando, Florida who focuses on supporting and teaching SOLIDWORKS CAD, 3D printers and scanners. He obtained his CSWE certification within a year of working with TriMech and continues to learn and expose himself to as much as possible to better assist his fellow engineers.

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


Studson Studio Turns Junk Into Howl’s Moving Castle Model

howl's moving castle from junk

If you haven’t seen it yet (in which case, you definitely should), Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle is a… well, moving story about the love between two opposite characters. Think Beauty and The Beast, only instead of a gorgeous woman and beast-like man, you have a gorgeous young man and a woman cursed with age. But besides the romance of the two, there’s another remarkable detail in the story that left a permanent mark on its fans: Howl’s moving castle that literally moves.

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In Episode 4 of an ongoing series where he replicates Studio Ghibli pieces, Studson of Studson Studio took on the daunting task of making a 21” tall model of Howl’s moving castle. He used no model kits or instructions to make the castle; just good, old ingenuity and a MOUNTAIN of trash.

howl's moving castle from junk

Yep, you read that right. Since the moving castle in the movie looks like a hodgepodge of junk, Studson decided to use materials that would replicate that aura. Plastic bottles and rice bowls were used to create the different towers, while a gallon kimchi jar was turned into the main body of the castle. Multiple bits and bobs were then added to the model to give it more detail.

howl's moving castle from junk

Creating this 4.2-pound junk castle took up most of Studson’s trash collection – a treasure trove of recycled pieces which he uses for his series. He used a plastic milk bottle to create the iconic segmented tongue, as well as different Gundam model kit pieces to fill out the metallic parts. Coffee stirrers and chopsticks were used for the patios, wooden doors, and windows. Diced foam tossed in rock-filled jars, on the other hand, was turned into weathered bricks. To give the castle a more uniform look before painting, he added a ton of rivets in every place imaginable.

Those were just some of the pieces Studson repurposed to create the moving castle. It’s amazing to see his eye for ingenuity at work. Put a shampoo bottle in front of him and he’ll be able to come up with multiple ways to cut, glue, and paint it to fit his needs.

howl's moving castle from junk

The pre-painted model came out a bit strange, but after priming it in black and adding the correct paints (Studson used a mix of both wet and dry-brush techniques), the castle’s appearance dramatically improved. The finished model shows the most intricate details, as if the castle would move just like in the movie.

howl's moving castle from junk

If you have 52 minutes to spare, I definitely recommend watching Studson’s whole video. Apart from his very detailed explanations of his thought process, he also has some hilarious commentary that will keep you company throughout this episode.

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 25, 2021 10:34 AM

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How to Manage Your SOLIDWORKS Design Using Global Variables & Equations

Change is an important part of the design process, which is why building your design intent into your models is extremely important. Global variables and equations allow us to build intelligence into our parts by creating mathematical relationships between features and dimensions. If a design change comes your way, it is much easier to update your model instead of editing every sketch and feature to get your finished product.

In the SOLIDWORKS Global Variables Webinar

Join us on Thursday, September 23 at 10:00am EST for our webinar, as TriMech Application Engineer, David Cano-Mejia, will demonstrate how to create and use SOLIDWORKS global variables and equations in your models. David will discuss some advanced techniques such as using if/then statements in your equations as well as using linked equations to share equations among models. Finally, he will touch on creating equations in your custom properties, which is a new feature available in SOLIDWORKS.

In this webinar, David will cover:

  • Creating and using global variables
  • Creating and using equations
  • Linking dimensions together
  • If/then statements in equations
  • Importing/exporting linked equations

About The Presenter

David Cano-Mejia, Application Engineer

David is an Application Engineer out of the Richmond, Virginia office where he provides software training and support. David holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and has previous experience as an F-16 Crew Chief in the United States Air Force. He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional.

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by Rod Mackay at August 25, 2021 02:54 AM

August 23, 2021


How Do Igloos Keep You Warm?

igloo design

You have probably seen an igloo before (even just on videos) and wondered just how in the world some frozen water can keep a person warm. I mean, it’s made out of ice! But according to Joe Hanson of It’s Okay To Be Smart, there are specific reasons that can explain the igloo’s ability to encourage favorable temperature: the type of ice used and the residents inside it.

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Contrary to popular belief, igloos aren’t made with solid ice but rather from freshly cut snow from the ground. Newly fallen snow is mostly composed of air, which makes it easy to carry and is a good insulator.

igloo design

Folks living in the Arctic take this ground snow and arrange it in a catenary. “Catenary” comes from the Latin word “catena” – meaning chain. If you flip an igloo over, it forms a curve that looks very much like a free dangling chain. This shape is the most efficient way of making sure the igloo is stable while using the least amount of snow.

igloo design

Inside your igloo, you have different levels. The entrance of the igloo is carved quite low, allowing the colder air to sink. As you reach the igloo’s body (the part where people actually live, eat, and sleep), it elevates to allow hot air to rise.

But what generates heat inside an igloo?

igloo design

Why, it’s you! Your body is like a giant radiator that emanates heat. The air in the packed ice bounces the heat you give off around the igloo, causing the temperature inside to get a 40- to 60-degree increase. Of course, the more people inside an igloo, the hotter it gets. So if you want to get warm in the quickest way possible, bring a buddy into your icy abode.

Ingenious designs like this can show just how innovative humans can be when faced with a problem (in this case, it’s freezing to death). If you want to know more about, well… stuff in everyday life, be sure to check out the It’s Okay To Be Smart YouTube channel.

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 23, 2021 04:35 PM

Descending Down a Wind Turbine Using the Emergency Exit

climbing wind turbine

Have you ever seen a wind turbine and wondered how in the world people keep them in good condition? Well, simple: they climb the dang things.

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A few months ago, Tom Scott climbed one of Octopus Energy’s wind turbines in the UK. This wasn’t a luxury trip, however. After climbing the 50-meter tall ladder installed inside, Tom would leave through the emergency exit on top and descend back down to Earth.

climbing wind turbine

Climbing the wind turbine is a lot safer than you think it is. On the way up, maintenance workers strap themselves to what Tom calls a “fall-arrest system.” At the crux of this system is a fixed steel cable that runs along the length of the wind turbine. Workers strap themselves to the cable with a special metal slider that follows them as they climb the ladder. If the person suddenly falls, the slider locks into place, preventing him/ her from hitting the ground or anyone below them.

climbing wind turbine

Blade technician Ben Hayes explained that there are a bunch more fail-safes set in place to prevent workers from falling. To keep everything checked, they are required to use the emergency exit at the top once every two years.

It’s also handy that maintenance workers undergo a good amount of training before even being allowed to access the wind turbine. Couple that with extensive bi-yearly medical check-ups and there’s no way you’re going to be able to climb up a turbine without the proper training or physical condition.

climbing wind turbine

Once at the top, Tom looked at the electromagnets powering the turbine before popping the hatch on top for an amazing view. Then, after mustering up his courage, he attached himself to the emergency harness and slowly climbed down.

climbing wind turbine

As he was descending, you could see Tom did not have to put in any effort at all. That’s because the emergency exit is meant to allow people who can’t climb down the ladder to reach the bottom with ease. This can be helpful if one of the workers encounters an injury or some other unfortunate event. If the person can’t get down the normal way, they simply attach themselves to a descender and float down.

climbing wind turbine

And that’s it! There is no giant elevator that brings maintenance workers to the top; just that good, old 50-meter ladder and, of course, the optional descender. That being said, in any case things get hairy, workers of Octopus Energy always have the option to make their way down in the most exciting way!

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 23, 2021 04:03 PM

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How to 3D Print from SOLIDWORKS with the Print3D Tool

As 3D printing becomes more common in the workplace, users are turning to SOLIDWORKS to better understand their designs in the context of 3D printing. SOLIDWORKS offers several 3D print visualization and analysis tools and all of them can be accessed through the Print3D tool (File Print3D).

Let’s take a look in the tech tip video below:

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Does My Part Fit on My Printer?

The first step in analyzing your design for 3D printing is to ensure that it will fit inside the print area. Under Printer, you can select the 3D printer that you will be using. If this is your first time using the Print3D command, you will need to add your printers to your favorites list. Click on Manage Favorites to browse all available 3D printers

SOLIDWORKS has added a comprehensive list of 3D printers with up-to-date envelope information so you can quickly find your most used printers and add them to your Favorites for easy access. If for some reason your 3D printer is not listed under this library, you can define a Custom Printer by manually inputting the print volume dimensions.

SOLIDWORKS Print3D Manage Favorites

SOLIDWORKS Print3D Manage Favorites

Under Print Bed Location select a plane, or planar face, to be defined as the bottom plane of the model. This will automatically orient your model on the print bed. If the model is larger than the print volume, the geometry outside the print volume will be highlighted in red and you will not be able to print. If you need to change the orientation of the model, you can use the translation controls, manually type in the desired print bed angle and offsets in the Print3D PropertyManager, or click Orient to Fit to let SOLIDWORKS orient your part or assembly for you.

SOLIDWORKS 3D Print bed location and orientation

SOLIDWORKS 3D Print bed location and orientation

Under Scaleyou can also choose to print your design at a scale other than 1, which is the current size of the model in SOLIDWORKS. To do so, type a value for the scale factor. The new value is saved as a document property in the SOLIDWORKS file so if you print the model again, the saved value is used still there. The Scale to Fit option sets the scale to the largest value that will still fit inside of the print volume.

Scale Options

Scale Options

Can I Analyze My 3D Print?

Sure! You just have to switch over to the Preview tab in the Print3D PropertyManager. There are several analysis tools that you can use to get a better understanding of the design to be printed.

  • Build Analysis: This allows you to preview the faces of your model that may require supports. Depending on the printer being used, at a certain overhang angle, the print quality is greatly affected unless supports are used. Type in the maximum angle for the faces that will require support. I recommend changing the Support face color to red and checking Show As Transparent to make it easy to visualize all of the faces that will need support.
SOLIDWORKS Print3D Build Analysis

SOLIDWORKS Print3D Build Analysis

  • Layer Height
    • This option lets you visualize the height of each print layer in order to determine whether the print resolution is sufficiently fine to produce the desired print. Type in a layer height and turn on Show Striation Lines in order to get a preview.
    • If you are planning on exporting your file as a .3MF (3D Manufacturing Format), you can choose to let SOLIDWORKS generate the slices for the 3D print and embed those into the .3MF file instead of slicing the model using the printer’s slicer software
3D Print Slicing

3D Print Slicing

  • Thickness/Gap Analysis: If you are using FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) for your prints, this calculates the ideal wall thickness/gap based on the material that you set and the layer height.
Thickness/Gap Analysis

Thickness/Gap Analysis

How Do I Export the File to Be 3D Printed?

When you are done analyzing and visualizing your design, you are ready to export the 3D print files. You can export part and assembly files to STL (.stl), 3D Manufacturing Format (.3mf), or Additive Manufacturing File Format (.amf) files.

  • STL (*.stl)
    • This ASCII or binary format file describes only the surface geometry of a 3D object as a raw, unstructured triangulated surface.
  • 3D Manufacturing Format (*.3mf)
    • This is a 3D focused file format that contains 3D model, material, and property information for sharing full-fidelity 3D models to other applications, platforms, services, and printers.
  • Additive Manufacturing File (*.amf)
    • This xml-based file lets you select export options that store the color, scale and materials of the object to be 3D printed in the .AMF file, as well as the geometry of the model.

Under Save To File, select your desired format and click Save File. Once you have one of these files, you can import it into your printer’s slicer software to generate the G-code that the printer will use to print your design.



Can I Print Directly From SOLIDWORKS?

Yes, but only if your 3D printer manufacturer uses the SOLIDWORKS 3D Print API. As soon as you finish using the Print3D command and click OK, the 3D printing rapid prototyping dialog box will open to ensure that your printer’s build area is empty. The printer will start to warm up get ready to print. If your 3D printer does not use the SOLIDWORKS 3D Print API, you can still export the file as described above and import it into your printer’s slicer software.

How Do I Set My 3D Printing Options?

If you are planning on printing directly from SOLIDWORKS, you can set the 3D printing options that you would typically set in the slicer software. Job Quality corresponds to the print layer height and is the printer’s approximation to match that resolution. Infill Percentage lets you select the percentage of the part that is solid. You can select between 0%, 10%, 40%, 70%, and 100%. Infill percentage can greatly affect print times and part strength. Include Raft builds the print output on top of a raft of disposable material that you can remove after printing. This option is cleared by default. Include Supports adds supports for model faces that are in open space with no part of the model supporting the face. This option is selected by default and resets to the default each time that you open the Print3D PropertyManager.

SOLIDWORKS 3D Print Options

SOLIDWORKS 3D Print Options

The tools available inside of the Print3D command are easy to use and set up. Even if a different slicer software ends up being used to send the model to the printer, these tools can serve as a great starting point to understand the 3D printing requirements that your specific design may have.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at August 23, 2021 01:28 PM

August 22, 2021


TickrMeter Is a Slice of Stock Market in the Palm of Your Hands


As someone in my early thirties, my knowledge of the money-making process is as follows: you go to work, get paid, end of the story. I have yet to wade through the vast ocean that is the stock market. I heard it’s also a good way of making money, provided you know which companies to invest in.

It never hurts to get an early start on this stock market thing. But with so many numbers to look out for, it seems like a daunting task to keep afloat in it. So, is there any way to at least ensure your success here?

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The TickrMeter is a piece of equipment that will keep an eye on your favorite publicly-held companies. You can set this bar to whichever company you think is making a killing on the market. Be it the current stock, cryptocurrency, or foreign exchange market prices, it can give you the updates you need.

The people behind this real-time stock display partnered with to perfect the accuracy of their financial data. Information on your TickrMeter is accurate, reliable, and has a mean latency of 20ms. Considering buying and selling stocks is the name of the game, you’d want to stay up to date on these numbers as much as possible.


You can program your TickrMeter to display data in two modes. There’s the static mode which shows only one company’s ticker, and the cycle mode which allows up to 10 tickers to cycle on a single display.

All of this can be programmed using the TickrMeter app. From the companies you want to follow (which can be set into playlists) all the way to the time frames and alerts, you can set exactly what you want to see on this little screen.


What if you want to keep track of more numbers than a single TickrMeter can provide at a given time. With their built-in magnets, you can stack multiple TickrMeters on top of each other and program them to display different data at the same time. It’s like having your own mini-stock market screen built from LEGOs!

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Instead of using an LED or LCD screen, Tickrmeter employs an E-paper display to show its data. According to its Indiegogo page, E-paper “drives ink droplets by electricity to make natural, clear images on the screen.” These droplets are then illuminated using ambient lighting, so they won’t produce any glare or use that much electricity.

TickrMeter is currently live on Indiegogo and has a funding of €232,606, way more than its initial €5,000 goal. If it can help you make a killing in the stock market, the investment put into this crowdfunded stock market display might pay off in dividends.

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 22, 2021 02:28 PM

Using Tires as Gun Silencer Is a Clever Way of Muting Rifles

tire gun silencer

You might have seen a gun equipped with a silencer in your favorite movie, show, or video game before. With a long, metal tube attached to the barrel of a firearm, you would hear the iconic *tfft* of muted bullets as they whiz towards their targets. But fiction is rarely anything like real life, and silencers cannot completely eliminate the sound of a gunshot emanating from a gun.

There’s a lot of sciencey stuff behind it but to make things more digestible, gun silencers create a chamber for high-pressure gas to dissipate. Firing a gun requires gunpowder, and the air pressure generated from firing a bullet is massive (around 3,000 psi). Add that to the fact that most bullets break the sound barrier regularly, and you’ve got a portable mini fighter jet in the palm of your hand.

What gun silencers provide is a controlled environment for both the air pressure and the sound. This regulates them before being ejected into the outside world. The muzzle flash and noise from a silenced gunshot aren’t eliminated entirely, but they are significantly lowered.

That said, it would take a comically large silencer to attain the same amount of muted sound and muzzle flash you hear and see in pop culture firearms. You could do the smart thing and wait for gun manufacturers to do just that, or you could be like YouTuber Alex C. Vincent and make a custom-made silencer of your own:

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In the short but sweet video, Alex demonstrates how 9 car tires stacked side by side can be used to mute the gunshots of a WK180-C semi-auto rifle. With two planks of wood stacked on either side of the tires, it severely decreases the sound and flash from the 5.56 mm bullets.

Take note that even with this large setup, the gunshots are still nowhere near as quiet as those you hear on TV. They still echo loudly within the tires, but aren’t as noticeable in the distance.

tire gun silencer

The larger the silencer, the more quiet the gunshot. Of course, this rule trades silence for portability. It would be hilarious to see a hitman carry car tires to his bedroom only to use them as a makeshift silencer for his sniper rifle. Silly. Yet, this experiment from Alex has proved something here.

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 22, 2021 01:05 PM

Adding Apple AirTags to Your Socks Means You’ll Never Lose Them Again

airtag socks

When Apple released its object-finding AirTags back in April, it probably expected us to snap them on some expensive belongings. You know: wallets, keys, those sorts of things. I mean, you’re paying $29 for a single AirTag; might as well keep it on something valuable.

But in the case of Matty Benedetto, creator and product designer at Unnecessary Inventions, his prized possession just happens to be a pair of very white and suspiciously new-looking socks.

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I’m not one to judge but there are two glaring issues when it comes to sticking AirTags onto socks. One: socks are usually made of thin fabrics and there is no natural way they could hold these metal circles. Two: AirTags aren’t built to be waterproof or water-resistant.

Thankfully, Matty has figured out how to address the first issue. The first step: create a pair of silicone holders that can be glued onto the sides of the socks.

airtag socks

To do this, he took the AirTag’s measurements and used them to design a reverse mold in Fusion 360. Once it was 3D printed, all he had to do was pour in some Mold Star 20T silicone rubber. To make the silicone holders pop, he also mixed in some red pigment.

airtag socks

Matty gave a pretty useful tip about the 3D printing mold, as well. Provided you won’t be using the mold again, you can actually break it apart using a heat gun. Considering the materials you are pouring into it have a higher heat capacity than the actual mold itself, you can heat up the mold and peel it off quite easily with no damage to the actual product.

airtag socks

After the silicone settled and all the air bubbles were removed, he popped out the silicone holders and glued them to the socks.

With these babies connected to your socks, the AirTags will never slip out while providing you the exact location of your foot mittens.

airtag socks

I have to admit, they have a certain allure to them despite their questionable design – kind of like how tube socks look both cool and tacky at the same time.

airtag socks

This AirTag idea is certainly a huge aid when your dog (or child) snatches one of your socks and leaves it somewhere. All you have to do is open up the Find My app and your Apple device will lead you straight to it.

airtag socks

Sadly though, there isn’t much these socks can do regarding the waterproof/water-resistant issue. Like it or not, both super glue and AirTags have their limits. While they might survive a light rinse, going through a whole wash cycle in a washing machine is another story – which is a shame since this is where most people lose their laundry (and by that, I mean socks).

The design is pretty cool, though. Picking the red pigment for the silicone holders seems to have been the right choice, as the color blends really well with the white of the cotton socks. To see more of Matty’s unnecessary inventions, check out (what else) Unnecessary Inventions!

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 22, 2021 12:30 PM

Drinkie Automates Your Pet’s Drinking Time


Owning a pet means a boatload of responsibilities. This is why getting a short break from all those tasks (or at least making them easier to manage) feels like a huge relief. We already saw it with the auto-filling litterbox on Kickstarter. Nonetheless, our pet’s doo-doo isn’t the only thing we need to mind when we’re not at home. They need to drink, too! Well, this is where Drinkie comes into action.

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Drinkie is an automated drinker that streamlines the grueling, arduous tasks of constantly filling and cleaning your pet’s drinking bowl. Instead of refilling a normal bowl multiple times a day, Drinkie will just require you to do it once a week.

How does it do this? Technology and automation.


First, you need to manually fill the 106-ounce (3 liters) detachable storage tank and connect it to the Drinkie. Then, it will use a dispensing mechanism to automatically fill the bowl with just enough water to quench your pet’s thirst.


Next comes the refilling process after your pets have had their fill.

The Drinkie rinses out the dish and replenishes it with new water. It tops it up when only 4/5ths of the water is left in the dish during the day and when 1/5ths of the water is left during the night (since, you know, most pets aren’t nocturnal).

As an added bit of comfort for your animal companion, the Drinkie has sensors that command it just to refill the dish when your pet isn’t nearby. If you happen to have a dog or cat that startles easily, this is a godsend!


As for the old water, the Drinkie flushes it away into an airtight, 1-liter waste water tank. Unsightly stray fur, smelly scraps of food, and any stray particles which happen to find their way into the Drinkie bowl get whisked away until your weekly clean comes around. And when it does, all you need to do is hand wash the tanks and dish with some warm water and they’ll be ready to go again.


Of course, no modern piece of technology would be complete without app integration; and the Drinkie is no exception. With the Drinkie app, you can check your smart bowl’s water levels, set a refilling schedule, clean the bowl, and more! This makes it great if you don’t have someone to look after your pet when you go to work. (You still need to make sure your pet is fed, though!)

The app even checks your Drinkie’s battery levels but there’s no need to worry about it, since its rechargeable batteries can last for a full week. Moreover, you also have the option to plug it into an electrical socket for continuous power supply.

Lastly, the app intrudes on your pets’ private life by sharing their drinking habits with you and anyone else who owns the app. This may seem like nothing, but when you’ve got pets that need to hydrate constantly, you’ll be glad you’ve kept tabs on them.

drinkie specs

Drinkie is made using a mix of SMMA, SAN, PP, and silicone – all of which are pet-safe and recyclable. The materials are scratch-resistant, meaning the machine will be able to bear the nails of your curious pets.

As of now, the Drinkie has a US$260,352 current fund on Kickstarter – a large sum above its modest US$10,000 goal. Well, there’s nothing really surprising about it. I mean, every pet owner needs it…especially if you have 10 cats at home hissing at you whenever they find their water dish empty.

by Carlos Zotomayor at August 22, 2021 11:25 AM

August 20, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Working with the SOLIDWORKS Mirror Feature

The SOLIDWORKS Mirror Feature makes adding symmetry to your 2D and 3D sketches a breeze and facilitates fully capturing your design intent.

There are a number of different ways to mirror sketches, features and assembly components in SOLIDWORKS. Knowing all of these methods will enable you to work faster and more efficiently; watch the video to learn how to add symmetry:

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Mirroring in a Sketch

Mirroring in a sketch is the easiest way to mirror. First, I want to sketch a centerline. Next, in the sketch toolbar, I will select the Mirror function. With the Mirror function selected, I will then select what I want to mirror and what I want to mirror about. In this case, I want to mirror about the centerline I just sketched and hit OK.

Centerline Mirror

Centerline Mirror

A quick time-saving tip – if I highlight the centerline AND the geometry all at once and proceed to click on Mirror, SOLIDWORKS will automatically fill the dialog box and clicks OK for me. I won’t see the dialog box at all.

Also, when mirroring in a sketch, there is the Dynamic Mirror option found under Tools > Sketch Tools > Dynamic Mirror. What the Dynamic Mirror allows me to do is when I highlight a centerline, anything I sketch on one side of the line is automatically mirrored over to the other side. Sort of like a mirror as you go – very efficient.

Mirroring a Feature

Mirroring a feature is a little different. Features in SOLIDWORKS require a plane to be mirrored. To create a plane, I will highlight two faces in my sketch, then select Reference Geometry Plane. SOLIDWORKS will automatically add a MidPlane between these two faces. No math needed!

Mirror a Sketch

Mirror a Sketch

By selecting the Mirror function, I can also mirror a feature by selecting the mirror function under the Linear Pattern icon in the toolbar. When I mirror about the MidPlane and select the feature that I want to mirror, SOLIDWORKS will add the same feature to the other side of my part.

Adding a Plane

Adding a Plane

One important thing to note is that a Mirror exists in the Feature Manager. If I add a fillet to my original feature, it doesn’t apply it to the mirrored feature. Why? Because the fillet occurs after the mirror in the Feature Manager. When mirroring in SOLIDWORKS, be aware of feature order. But wait, there’s more! If I drop and drag the mirror below the fillet, it’s still not there. Why? Because I still need to tell the mirror that I also want the fillet included in my mirror. Once I do that, the fillet appears on the other side.

SOLIDWORKS Mirror Feature for an Assembly

With the Assembly tab active, I will find Mirror Components in the Linear Component Pattern tab in the tool ribbon. This allows me to mirror all the parts I choose in my assembly. Here, I will select some faces and components. I will mirror about the Front Plane as you see in the image to the right, and within the dialog box, I can choose whether I want the same part of the version copied, or a right- and left-hand version. I can also choose whether I want the Mates to transfer as well. And lastly, I can rename these parts as part of the mirror process.

SOLIDWORKS Mirror Feature for an Assembly

Mirror an Assembly

Learn more about Mirroring

Attend a live online SOLIDWORKS training course to get more mirroring tips and tricks.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at August 20, 2021 05:33 PM

August 19, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Five SOLIDWORKS Sketching Techniques Every User Should Know

In this video tech tip we’ll cover five SOLIDWORKS sketching techniques that you can incorporate into your workflow so you can optimize your sketch creation process and significantly reduce time when working in SOLIDWORKS.

We’ll be taking a look at Quick Relations, Symmetry Relations, Virtual Sharps, Dimensioning to circles, arcs and diameters, and a new feature added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 called Silhouette Entities. Let’s take a look at these techniques in the video below:

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Relations

Quick Relations allow you to select geometry on a sketch and quickly add relations on the fly. By selecting a common endpoint between two lines, you can easily add a relation to your sketch. The key takeaway is that you can quickly do this by clicking on the geometry to add relations.

SOLIDWORKS Quick Relations

SOLIDWORKS Quick Relations

Symmetry Relations

You can apply symmetry between two lines by adding a relation between those two lines and a construction line. To do that, Control-Select the two lines and also clicking on the construction line as part of your selection. Next, you can add a symmetric relation. This makes it easy to adjust your design by dragging the line back and forth and both lines stay symmetrical to the construction line.

SOLIDWORKS Symmetry Relations

SOLIDWORKS Symmetry Relations

Virtual Sharps

You can create virtual sharps of two sketch entities even when the actual intersection no longer exists. By selecting two lines where you want to apply a virtual sharp and activating the “point” command in the context toolbar, a virtual sharp is quickly added.

Virtual Sharp

Virtual Sharp

Dimension to Circles, Arcs and Diameters

You can add dimensions to circles, arcs and diameters by selecting a line and also selecting the centerline. By moving your cursor below the centerline, you’ll notice that it will display the diameter versus the radius. Once you enter the first one, you can quickly see how you can add dimensions with every new line that you select. When you add a dimension to your circles, by default it’s always going to measure the center of those arcs. But, if you’re trying to go from the tangency points, you can do that by holding the Shift key and clicking on the outer sides of the two circles. The Shift key allows for that quick option to dimension inside or outside of your arcs.

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Circle Dimensions

Dimensions on circles

Additionally, after manually adding a dimension to an arc and selecting the Leaders tab in the left panel, you have the option to adjust the Arc Condition and control where the dimension is on your sketch when you’re dimensioning to circles and arcs.

Silhouette Entities

This new feature introduced in 2020 allows you to project the silhouette, or outline, of a part in an assembly onto a parallel sketch plane. Found in the Tools menu under Sketching Tools. This feature works very similarly to Convert Entities and is easy to use. You can access this feature from the Tools > Sketch Tools > Silhouette Entities. Once the tool is active, there will be a selection box for bodies as well as an option for external silhouettes. It’s an extremely powerful addition to the SOLIDWORKS toolset which enables you to leverage your geometry in different ways that weren’t possible in the past.

SOLIDWORKS Silhouette Entities

Silhouette Entities

Learn more about Sketching

To learn more techniques for sketching take a SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Modeling training course live online from Javelin.

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at August 19, 2021 05:56 PM

August 18, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Daikin Applied uses FDM 3D printing to produce HVAC panel spacers

Established in 1924, Daikin Applied is a world-leading provider of air conditioning and heating systems for residential, commercial and industrial properties. With over 100 production facilities worldwide, Daikin employs leading technologies like additive manufacturing to create solutions that improve air comfort and quality.


Spacers are used in the panels of HVAC cabinets to distribute the loads created at the screw locations during their installation. However, standard stock spacers usually need modification to fit the design. Custom injection-molded spacers require expensive tooling and have a six-week lead time. Also, molded spacers sometimes have varied tolerances and do not fit properly. Since multiple spacer configurations are usually required for a given design, these methods of spacer fabrication offer slow and/or inconsistent results

Injection mold alternative solution

To expedite a new HVAC cabinet design, Daikin engineers 3D printed the spacers in lieu of using injection molding or modifying stock spacers. Using a large-format F770™ printer, engineers printed the full complement of spacers required for the design in a single print using ABS thermoplastic.

Injection mold alternative 3D printed HVAC panel spacers Daikin Applied HVAC Panel Spacers printed on F770


3D printing the spacers took 1-2 days instead of 6 weeks which is the typical lead time for injection molded parts, representing a 93% time savings. The F770’s large build area allowed engineers to easily print batches of spacers in the proper quantity with the accuracy and low variability needed. It also afforded the ability to quickly iterate and produce different designs to arrive at the best spacer configuration, reducing production labor hours, which wasn’t possible with past design schedules.

F770 3D printer

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The F770 embodies the same industrial-grade components and design philosophy that make FDM Technology a class leader for reliability and consistent performance. It is proven technology that simply works.

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by Stratasys Ltd. at August 18, 2021 01:34 PM

August 17, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Mastering the Rotating Functions in SOLIDWORKS

Here are a few tricks that every user should know about the rotate functions in SOLIDWORKS. We’ll take a look at steps to take that will help you be as efficient as possible when rotating your part and sketch text.

We’ll start by clicking and holding down the middle button to rotate an assembly, or part, and finish by taking a look at the rotating functions and formatting text within a design. Watch the tech tip video below to learn more:

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Rotate a Part or Assembly

To start, the wheel acts as a button. If I highlight a face in my model with the wheel and click and drag the part, the model rotates about that face. I can do the same with an edge. Highlight an edge and click on the wheel, and now I’m able to make my model pivot on that selected edge. This is a great way to move an assembly to get the best possible viewing angle. Another hidden setting that can be turned on for parts and assemblies is called Rotate About the Scene Floor. This slightly changes the behavior of the rotate function and acts as a great presentation tool when showing a design.

Rotate Part with Edge

Rotate Part with Edge

Something I would like to point out that is not part of the rotate command is that, if I have a second part within an assembly and click and drag that part with the left mouse icon, I can move and drag that part within the assembly. If I click and hold down with the right mouse button, I can now rotate that part independently of the rest of the components in the assembly.

Rotate Second Part

Rotate Second Part

Rotate Text

Now let’s take a look at creating and rotating text in SOLIDWORKS. When working with a sketch, I want to first add a line or an arc. Next, I want to navigate to Tools > Sketch Entities > Text and enter the text that I want to create in the left panel. Next, I will select the line or arc where I want to place the text. I can then proceed to format the text. To format the text, I can center it, mirror the text and also have the text appear on the top or bottom of the sketch line. I can also increase the spacing as well as rotate the individual text.

Add Text to a Sketch Line

Add Text to a Sketch Line

If I’m in a drawing, on the other hand, and I have a note inside of my drawing, the rotation for a text in the note is found in the Note Property Manager, a convenient way to rotate text in a drawing.

Add text to a drawing

Add text to a drawing


Rotating your assembly should be easy and smooth without impeding your design. Adding text and formatting should be just as smooth. With just a few clicks you can easily master the rotation functions in SOLIDWORKS and have more control when navigating through 3D space.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Rotate functions in one of our live online training courses »

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by TriMech Solutions, LLC at August 17, 2021 02:30 PM

August 16, 2021

The Javelin Blog

Medical 3D printing will take the stage in Lions’ Den competition next month

Three medical pitches. Five lions. Half a million dollars.

Mark your calendars! You do not want to miss this night of ingenuity and health care innovation. Watch as three medical teams are paired with creative directors and tasked with developing a video to pitch their idea to business leaders across Canada for a chance to win $500,000 supporting improved care for the province.

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If you are familiar with Dragons’ Den, this medical competition film by Saint John Regional Hospital brings the stakes even higher, with pitches that have the potential to save lives.

One of the three teams participating in the competition is pitching a 3D Artificial Intelligence Lab that includes medical 3D printers. 3D printing continues to empower doctors, researchers, and medical device manufacturers to create solutions faster, test concepts thoroughly and customize solutions. The lab will help surgeons and clinicians hold 3D images in their hands to help plan and practice surgery.

This will be an exciting opportunity to hear about 3D printing and the impact from medical professionals. We cannot wait to check out the film on Friday, September 10. Sign up for the online premiere date below.

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Medical 3D Printers from Stratasys

We are dedicated to helping doctors train, plan and practice complex medical procedures and achieve better outcomes. We offer many 3D printer solutions including both FDM and PolyJet technologies that are used in the medical industry.

The two 3D printers for printing realistic medical models are the Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy printer and the J5 Medijet. Both printers use PolyJet technology, which offers a range of material properties including rigid, flexible, opaque, and transparent. These printers can produce complex, anatomically accurate medical models at less cost than traditional methods.

3D printing medical models that are biomechanically realistic, functional and can be completely customized for specific patients improves clinical outcomes, increases efficiency, and reduces waste. The ability to create a model that is highly realistic and customized is a game changer for the medical industry.

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by Kelly Clancy at August 16, 2021 02:18 PM