Mirror Body workaround for xShape in 3DEXPERIENCE

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Currently the xShape Sub-Divisional modeling app on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform does not have a command to Mirror Body.  This is a highly requested item, and hopefully is in the updates coming this year.  Until then however, you can still get the same results by using this workaround to mirror a body.  1.       Create the body you want to mirror  2.       Create a new Ordered Geometric Set  3.       Copy and Paste the original sub divisional body into the Ordered Geometrical Set […]

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow results and create my first cut plot?

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Results and Create My First Cut Plot? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Flow Simulation provides an understanding of fluid motion around or through your design. For an understanding of how to create and solve a Flow Simulation study please see the accompanying blog “How do I create a Flow Simulation analysis project?”. Once your study is created and run the next step is to interrogate the results. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Custom View Orientation

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Sometimes Standard View Orientation, Projected Views or Auxiliary Views will not get you the view results your trying to accomplish. There are other techniques for creating custom view orientation. New View Relative View 3D Drawing View Let’s take a look how to create these other custom views. The first custom view is New View. The New View command can be found in the Orientation dialog or in the Heads-up under View Orientation. The New View can be saved and used […]

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Altair Inspire Casting Meshing Tools

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Altair Inspire Cast (formerly Click2Cast) software is a fast, easy, accurate and affordable casting simulation environment focused on creating high quality components with increased profitability through a highly intuitive user experience. The easy interface allows for both product designers as well as foundry engineers to execute and simulate casting scenarios. Inspire cast utilizes a simple meshing approach where parts are meshed and then run to obtain results. In this blog I am going to demonstrate some great tools to aid the […]

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Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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How to set up an Objet host computer

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Your host computer has crashed. You have installed windows on a new HD or PC and need to setup your Objet software. The older V2 printers are simple. Using a KVM switch to go back and forth from screen to screen. For these, you only focus on the quick tips to connect via IP address. V3+ Printers use Remote Access and you will use the Host computer to gain access to the printer. Doing all this is pretty simple, but […]

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How to Center Text in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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The title block of a drawing contains all the information necessary to identify the drawing and the parts involved in the drawing views.  To access all of this information automatically, linked text notes need to be inserted into the title block in “edit sheet format” mode. When adding text notes to a SOLIDWORKS drawing’s title block, it is desirable for the notes to appear like they “belong” there. Having notes centered in their cell of the title block will give […]

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Fastener Functionality in SimSolid

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SimSolid by Altair is comprehensive, fast, accurate and easy-to-use software that can perform advanced structural analyses on complex, fully featured CAD assemblies within minutes. SimSolid eliminates geometry preparation and meshing: the two most time-consuming, expertise-extensive and error-prone tasks performed in a conventional structural simulation. A great example of this functionality is how fasteners are handled in SimSolid. As part of the preprocessing phase, most other FEA programs require simplification of the CAD model before the study can be solved. Regarding […]

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Creating a Direct Connection to a Stratasys 3D Printer

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In the case that your network is down, or you are otherwise unable to connect to your 3D printer remotely, you can establish a direct 1 to 1 connection with the printer using your computer. You’ll need a crossover cable, which you’ll connect directly between the printer’s Ethernet port and your computer’s port. After that you’ll need to adjust the IP settings of either the printer, the computer, or both. Stratasys printers can change the IP address through the maintenance […]

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SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder – Advanced

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The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Why should I use it? It will make data entry for custom properties easier and more consistent, by removing redundancy, reducing data entry errors and by providing guided form for documentation. Using the Tab Builder will allow better and more consistent processes for design workflow. Starting the Property Tab Builder For a primer on the SOLIDWORKS Tab Builder […]

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