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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide – DraftSight and eDrawings 2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide – DraftSight and eDrawings 2018 In this section, we will cover the download and installation of the free version of DraftSight. The latest build is still 2018 and can be downloaded at the following location: http://www.3ds.com/products-services/DraftSight-cad-software/free-download/ Select the version per the operating system that you’re running and your download should begin. In this example, we will launch the Windows 64-bit version and install that one. First thing that shows is the disclaimer. You can read the […]

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eDrawings — An Easy Way to Share 2D and 3D CAD Data

eDrawings — An Easy Way to Share 2D and 3D CAD Data One of the most valuable free tools that is offered in the 3D CAD world is eDrawings. eDrawings comes in two flavors – the free Viewer version and the Professional version. Although the Professional version is not “free”, it is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium. You are probably wondering — what makes this tool so valuable if I already paid for modeling software such as SOLIDWORKS? Well, […]

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Benefits of the MetraSCAN 3D Optical Coordinate Measuring Machines

Benefits of the MetraSCAN 3D Optical Coordinate Measuring Machines Technology is very fascinating to me.  We make great strides on a day to day basis, and in a blink of the eye, everything you knew is already outdated or obsolete.  Optical scanners are no different.  The big players have been bringing more and more to the table, and it’s very hard to decide what you need.  The most important things to keep in mind are how big of a part […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: The next step in the evolution of part definition

SOLIDWORKS MBD: The next step in the evolution of part definition Have you ever stopped to wonder why we create 2D drawings? Sure, before the advent of 3D modeling, hand sketching or 2D drawing software was all we had, so that made sense. Once 3D CAD was introduced, revolutionizing how we design, we still had to translate that information to manufacturing. So, ok, it made sense to create 2D drawings of those models, as to not upset the apple cart […]

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Solidworks PDM Local View Basics and Troubleshooting

Solidworks PDM Local View Basics and Troubleshooting There are some Unique aspects to Solidworks PDM in respect to other common software applications.  One of those unique aspects is the “Local View”.  This is written especially for those of you that are either new users of Solidworks PDM or responsible for installations or administration. What Is a Solidworks PDM Local View? Your Solidworks PDM Local View is an application mechanic that is rather unique compared to most applications. After the Solidworks […]

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Why SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

Why SOLIDWORKS Plastics? Injection molded plastic products are all around us.  Most of us don’t pay attention to things like this, so here is a simple example.  As I write this sitting at my work desk, within arm’s length are the following items that I know have injection molded plastic parts: android smartphone housing and protective case, several components of the laptop like the housing, the keyboard keys, and the LCD screen bezel, the body of the webcam, the secondary […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrators…are you looking for more training?

SOLIDWORKS PDM Administrators…are you looking for more training? Since the SOLIDWORKS PDM product was introduced 10+ years ago, InFlow team members have trained hundreds of administrators. Recently, some of our administrators have asked for more. They are looking for classes to get a bit more out of the system, especially covering advanced topics or topics not covered in any training class. Earlier this year, we released 2 new classes and conducted those new classes for the first time in October. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Simplify and Automate your First Article Inspection Process

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Simplify and Automate your First Article Inspection Process Paperwork….UGH! It seems never ending when designing new products. One of the most important tasks after designing is the in-process or receiving Inspection process. What if there was a software to make that task easier, faster and with minimal errors? We have the tool for you! Introducing SOLIDWORKS Inspection. This tool is a First Article Inspection (FAI) tool that will simplify and automate the process of ballooning inspection drawings and […]

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Even More Power with VXelements 6.1

As an industry leader, Creaform is always looking to improve and enhance the functionality of its scanners and software.  With VXelements 6.1 set to be released soon, we will have even more power in inspection and reverse engineering. One thing many users want to know is how easy is it for beginners to use the scanners to inspect their product.  From personal experience I can say that geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) has a lot that goes into it and […]

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