Installing SOLIDWORKS 2018 Visualize Products In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2018. SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat […]
SOLIDWORKS 2018 Highlights – SOLIDWORKS CAM Another release has been delivered with a new SOLIDWORKS Value Added Product called SOLIDWORKS CAM. SOLIDWORKS users has been asking questions about how the new Value added product fits their company needs. Below are some of those questions/answers. CAM Post SolidWorks Cam does include some post, however the user will need to check processes to ensure they fit your company needs. You can find the Post that are included from the Command Manager under […]
Creaform 3D Scanning: The HandyPROBE The HandyPROBE is Creaform’s version of a portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for accurately measuring parts ranging in size from .7ft to 33ft. Unlike most other portable CMMs however, the HandyPROBE uses optics rather then encoded multi jointed arms. This allows us to take very accurate and mobile point measurements with the small light weight and wireless handheld device. Measuring with the HandyPROBE is made easy thanks to Creaform’s C-Track optical tracker. C-Track Optical Tracker […]
SOLIDWORKS Visualize – introduced to the SOLIDWORKS product suite in 2016, gives us another excellent choice when we have a need to generate photo-realistic images. All seats of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional include a license for SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost. In this blog, I’ll cover what SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost is, how it can boost your productivity, and an in-depth look on how it works.
Exploring the Integration between Composer and SOLIDWORKS In a blog I wrote a couple weeks ago (https://www.cati.com/blog/2017/11/solidworks-composer-makes-2d-and-3d-technical-communication-easy-and-up-to-date/), I discussed the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Composer and what it can help you accomplish. In this blog today, I am going to discuss some of the ways that SOLIDWORKS Composer interacts with SOLIDWORKS CAD. There are two ways to get the CAD files into Composer from SOLIDWORKS. The fastest way is to just do a Save As from SOLIDWORKS, and choose an […]
Companies like Nicomatic are applying the capabilities of 3D printing into their everyday workflow. With 3D printing readily available, prototypes and end-use parts can be made and analyzed faster than ever before. Learn how Nicomatic successfully increased their production of custom fixtures and prototypes with additive manufacturing solutions. Nicomatic builds electrical connectors, cables and switches for the defense, avionics, medical, space and membrane switch industries as well as many others. Often Nicomatic’s customers order the connectors late in the product […]
SOLIDWORKS PDM: Help!!! I Have Cyclic PDM References I have seen, on more than one occasion, an assembly that has multiple cyclic references in SOLIDWORKS PDM. Now, I totally understand that when you’re under a deadline, it may save time initially to just copy a part to use for another assembly as opposed to searching your vault, especially if you have a large data set that can take a considerable amount of time, also assuming the description is incorrect, etc. However, as […]
One of the best features of SOLIDWORKS PDM (Product Data Management) is its integration with Windows Explorer and how it allows users to access the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault directly from Windows Explorer. In this tech tip, I’m going to discuss three different ways users and administrators can set up an automatic login with SOLIDWORKS PDM, which allows users to access the vault and get working faster. Let’s get started.
Who uses Static Simulation? SOLIDWORKS linear static stress analysis enables designers and engineers the power to validate their design quickly and efficiently. Validation is done within the SOLIDWORKS application utilizing a familiar user interface and eliminating the need to export data to another software package. Linear stress analysis no longer must be delegated as a post design process. The validation and design become a simultaneous process instead of sequential. What is Static Simulation? SOLIDWORKS Simulation uses finite element analysis (FEA) methods to determine the […]
Desktop Metal 3D Printing Materials One of the most exciting aspects of the Desktop Metal systems is the material capabilities. Most of today’s current metal printing machines are very limited in their material selections. Usually limited to high alloy steels and other exotic metals that are positioned more towards very niche uses. With Desktop Metal, we are leveraging the supply chain of the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) industry. With MIM we have a much wider range of materials available to […]