SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Sub-Components

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What is a sub-Component? When you place terminals using the insert terminal command in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, it will automatically add terminals to an overall terminal strip. In this case the terminal strip is the master component, and the terminals are the sub components. In the PLC manager, you can create a PLC and then add plc cards, racks, etc to the PLC. There is an overall master component mark, and then the sub component PLC parts. This same type of […]

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Customer Story: Goebel & Co. Furniture

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Most people think of top-end, bespoke handcrafted furniture as in opposition to the quick work SOLIDWORKS makes of prototyping and design. For Martin Goebel, president and design director at Goebel & Co. Furniture in Saint Louis, Missouri, the two go hand in hand. Martin has made it his mission to marry traditional, analog furniture-making to modern, digital design. He started out with a traditional European apprenticeship in northern California when he was 19, working under a renowned handmade furniture maker, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Pressure opening explained

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Have you ever added boundary conditions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and wondered why there are 3 different pressure opening options? This blog is for you then! You will learn how the 3 different types (Environmental, Static, and Total Pressure) vary in use and will have a basic understanding of when to use each. What are these 3 types of pressure openings? Static and Total Pressure are measured quantities. Static pressure must be measured by a device that introduces no velocity […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? As a Beta Tester you have the opportunity to impact the quality, performance, and reliability of this new version before it is released. All Beta Testers submit their feedback to win different prizes and awards. The only […]

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New Feature Highlight: Creaform’s HandyScan Black Part 1

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Creaform recently announced the next generation in their high accuracy laser scanning product line, the HandyScan Black series. This blog will go through a few of the changes they’ve implemented compared to the previous generation of HandyScan. Accuracy – 25% Increase The HandyScan Black boasts an improved point to surface accuracy of 9 ten thousandths of an inch (0.0009”) vs the previous generations 12 ten thousandths of an inch (0.0012”). Volumetric Accuracy – 30% Increase Measure large parts more accurately […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Cut-List Properties

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While modeling a multi-body part file in SOLIDWORKS 2019, the standard Cut-List Properties are enough to get most jobs done and out to manufacturing. However, what if you need to create custom Cut-List Properties and add several items at a time to this new property. In the next few steps, I will show you a quick shortcut for doing just that. In your part model FeatureManager Design Tree you have access to a Cut-List folder. A quick expansion of this […]

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DimXpert Your FREE First Step to a Model Based Enterprise

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The day is coming. I can see it on the horizon. What exciting futuristic day am I speaking of? The day where the 3D Model rules all. That’s right, the day is coming when as designers and engineers, we all will be only using 3D models to communicate our designs. We’ve been progressing that direction for quite some time and if you think about it SOLIDWORKS Drawings are trying to accomplish that very feat. Only SOLIDWORKS Drawings live in a […]

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Using the CMB file format with GrabCAD Print – Part 2

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Part 2 of 2 – Importing a CMB File Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology utilizes a CMB (Coordinate Machine Binary) file format as the code to drive its equipment. CMB files are typically created with the advanced Insight software for F370 and Fortus level machines, but GrabCAD Print can also export and import a CMB file. In Part 1 we discussed how, when and why to export a CMB file from GrabCAD Print. In this blog, we will focus […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Lesser Known System Options

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System Options are great for customizing your SOLIDWORKS instance. There are some common go-to’s here that most people are aware of, like ‘File Locations’ to define where things such as templates and tables are located, and ‘Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit.’ However, going through the list, there are quite a few options to be had. Today, I wanted to make you aware of some lesser known options that have come up from time […]

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Flow Simulation: Computational Domain Editing Part 1 – Symmetry

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As with any engineering analysis project, efficiency is very important. If you use SOLIDWORKS Simulation for your structural finite element analyses (FEA) studies, you are probably familiar with the symmetry boundary condition, which greatly reduces the size of the problem and the time to solve it. Flow Simulation has a similar capability, and it is just as important to leverage this functionality because the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method in use with Flow can take a while to solve for […]

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