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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Visualize Shortcuts for Beginners

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If you are new to SOLIDWORKS Visualize and are starting to get more familiar with the tool, there are some important Keyboard shortcuts and workflows that you should know about right off the bat. We have blogged about keyboard shortcuts in the past, so I won’t go into every possible option. Instead, here are the ones I have found most useful and utilize just about every time I use Visualize. These will help you become more productive from the beginning […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free & Powerful Xpress Tools

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SOLIDWORKS Free & Powerful Xpress Tools With every version of SOLIDWORKS, there are 4 Xpress products found under the Tools pull-down menu. They are: DriveWorksXpress DFMXpress SimulationXpress FloXpress [Note: a file must be open in order to see all 4 tools] Think of these Xpress Tools as “teasers”. These Xpress tools have limited functionality compared to the full paid packages but sometimes that’s all that’s needed. All tools require a one-time activation. You will need to get a Product Code […]

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Fortus 380mc & 450mc Shutdown Procedure

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Stratasys FDM thermoplastic materials will maintain proper product performance over an extended period of time when handled and stored according to recommended procedures. Like other thermoplastics, the filament within canisters can absorb moisture when exposed to ambient humidity. Stratasys canisters are designed to minimize moisture exposure while unopened and opened. When a canister’s filament absorbs moisture, a finished part’s surface quality, seam quality and overall part aesthetics can be affected. Care should be taken to ensure filament remains dry by […]

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Battle of the Boards: CircuitWorks vs SOLIDWORKS PCB

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You need to get SOLIDWORKS assemblies made of your PCBs. What is the best method to do that? There are two options: CircuitWorks and SOLIDWORKS PCB. Which is best for you? What’s the difference? CircuitWorks CircuitWorks is just a bridge to allow SOLIDWORKS to open files produced by other ECAD PCB design software. It requires an intermediary file format be used, referred to as IDF files. IDF (Intermediate Data Format) is an open file format that has gone through a […]

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How Do I Complete a Simulation Drop Test?

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How do I complete a drop test study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps in our Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Drop test studies are no different. Many consumer products like cell phones, cameras, and other products are all subject to being dropped. I know I drop my phone more than I care to admit. SOLIDWORKS Simulation drop test is specifically tailored to […]

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Medical Device Applications Overview: Don’t Forget FDM!

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Hello and best-wishes from us at Computer Aided Technology. Anyone who has been paying attention to the news, and especially our industry, has probably seen 3D printed face shields in the last few weeks. We at CATI have committed to assisting our partner Stratasys in building these masks. So far we have made over 600 for various hospitals and police/fire departments. Here’s a news story as well as what the face shields look like if you want to get caught […]

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network: Virtual Meetings With all that is changing in our world like social distancing and most employees working from home or remote locations, SOLIDWORKS Community User Advocacy Group is hosting several virtual meetings for customers. These range from topics on certification tips to advanced topics on Simulation and Flow analysis. Some of the sessions repeat so you can hopefully attend the virtual sessions that fits your schedule. The next event is on April 7th and they’ll run […]

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Design Intent: Part II

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This is a continuation of Design Intent: Part I, which you can read by clicking this link here: The order in which these can be read does not particularly matter. In Part I, we used the geometry of a STEP file to create weldment bodies to match our design intent and communicate meaningful information downstream. In Part II, we will look at SOLIDWORKS Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) tool. SOLIDWORKS possesses the ability to translate neutral file formats, or “dumb” solids […]

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