GrabCAD Print version 1.40

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GrabCAD Print version 1.40, April 2020 SOLIDWORKS part files, including multi-body files, will now include color data applied at the face-level for PolyJet printing. Previously, only colors applied at the body level were included in GrabCAD Print. Test how colors will appear in the printed model on your PolyJet printer by creating a swatch of user-selected colors. Access the Color Swatch tool by going to Apps > Color Swatch Tool. GrabCAD Print now enables users to print larger PolyJet trays by […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

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In Part 1 of this blog series, we looked at Part Reviewer’s capabilities and benefits for familiarizing yourself with another’s design process. In Part 2 we will look at a useful tool to aid you in the editing process.   So, you inherit a file thinking you’re just going to make a small change to one component or delete a no longer needed feature. Suddenly, your FeatureManager Design Tree is riddled with error messages. To avoid these editing mishaps, a deeper knowledge of feature relations is incredibly helpful. By enabling Dynamic Reference Visualization, you can quickly view all the Parent/Child relationships in […]

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How Do I Complete A Transient Thermal Study in SOLIDWORKS?

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How do I complete a transient thermal FEA study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same 6 general steps. You can read more about these steps here:  Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Thermal studies are no different. If you have found this blog, chances are you have already read my other blog that covers how to perform a steady-state thermal analysis. If you have not, I would suggest reading it first here. As a refresher, thermal […]

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Tips for Using Manual Surfacing Tools in Creaform’s VxModel

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The manual surfacing tool in Creaform’s VxModel software is a very powerful tool when reverse engineering complex surface parts. However, this power can be a challenge to tame. To help you take advantage of this powerful tool I have created this short guide. The main concept behind using this tool is creating 4 sided shapes covering any area of interest on your part. To start creating the shape, left click on the scan and proceed to add intermediate points with […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Getting Started with Mold Tools

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SOLIDWORKS has thousands of tools and features that cater to all sorts of major industries. Sheet metal, machined parts, structural fabrication, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, medical…the list goes on. Another very important industry that we’ll get into is mold tooling. In this blog post, we are going to introduce the Mold Tool commands. We also have an upcoming webcast that will demonstrate how these tools can be used to accomplish the tasks required for mold tooling design. Accessing the mold […]

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SOLIDWORKS Component Preview Window

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SOLIDWORKS – Component Preview Window Many SOLIDWORKS users have dealt with large assemblies and sometimes trying to mate parts together can be quite tricky when you cannot see a part or it’s hard to select the face you want. That’s where the option Component Preview Window comes in and can really help us out. I’m going to use the U-Joint Assembly from our SOLIDWORKS Essentials class. It has what we need in order to show you how to use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Troubleshooting Scaling Issues (Large Icons/Text)

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SOLIDWORKS is highly customizable, but “why are my ‘already’ small icons suddenly larger than normal?” Well, laptops often have smaller screens than our second monitors; after all, aren’t we all using dual monitors with SOLIDWORKS? If you’re now working from home and notice a difference from your work setup, here’s how to properly scale things back to normal.   Multi-sized dual monitor setups aren’t ideal. On Windows 10, Microsoft does a great job formatting the two, but we need SOLIDWORKS […]

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DriveWorks World 2020 Goes Virtual

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As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to be monitored, our partner DriveWorks has made the decision to transition DriveWorks World 2020 to a virtual event, stating health and safety as their top priorities. DriveWorks World technical sessions will be hosted online and available free of charge to all DriveWorks Pro Customers with Subscription and DriveWorks Partners. Even if you weren’t registered for DriveWorks World 2020, you can still join for the digital version of the event. The virtual sessions will take […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Snap Fit Design and Optimization

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Snap-fits are used now-a-days everywhere from remote controllers to pen caps and have many variations including cantilever, annular, and torsional snaps. They can be used to increase assembly speed and have the added benefit of less loose parts. Where do we start when a snap design is desired? For example, this is a mounting bracket for an electrical control panel: The 3 female connectors must be attached quickly for fast assembly but also need to be secure and able to […]

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What to do When Material is Stuck in Head of a Stratasys Dimension 1200 ES

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Occasionally model or support filament can get stuck in an FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printer head because the tip of the material strand expanded and is too large for it to back out of the head. Below is a guide to removing that filament from a Stratasys Dimension 3D printer. First, use the LCD display to put the machine into “Head Maintenance” mode. From “Idle”, press “Maintenance” then press, “Machine.” If the printer is not fully warmed up it may […]

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