Customer Story: Goebel & Co. Furniture

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Most people think of top-end, bespoke handcrafted furniture as in opposition to the quick work SOLIDWORKS makes of prototyping and design. For Martin Goebel, president and design director at Goebel & Co. Furniture in Saint Louis, Missouri, the two go hand in hand. Martin has made it his mission to marry traditional, analog furniture-making to modern, digital design. He started out with a traditional European apprenticeship in northern California when he was 19, working under a renowned handmade furniture maker, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? As a Beta Tester you have the opportunity to impact the quality, performance, and reliability of this new version before it is released. All Beta Testers submit their feedback to win different prizes and awards. The only […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Cut-List Properties

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While modeling a multi-body part file in SOLIDWORKS 2019, the standard Cut-List Properties are enough to get most jobs done and out to manufacturing. However, what if you need to create custom Cut-List Properties and add several items at a time to this new property. In the next few steps, I will show you a quick shortcut for doing just that. In your part model FeatureManager Design Tree you have access to a Cut-List folder. A quick expansion of this […]

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DimXpert Your FREE First Step to a Model Based Enterprise

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The day is coming. I can see it on the horizon. What exciting futuristic day am I speaking of? The day where the 3D Model rules all. That’s right, the day is coming when as designers and engineers, we all will be only using 3D models to communicate our designs. We’ve been progressing that direction for quite some time and if you think about it SOLIDWORKS Drawings are trying to accomplish that very feat. Only SOLIDWORKS Drawings live in a […]

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CamelBak: Hydration Meets Design Innovation

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  Learn how the design team at CamelBak uses SOLIDWORKS to create the most innovative products that keep the world properly hydrated, all while reducing single-use water bottle waste. CamelBak not only designs unique products, but must also build creative new tools for testing and manufacturing to ensure their products meet rigorous standards. Learn how CamelBak uses SOLIDWORKS to: Reduce design iterations before creating physical prototypes Create custom designs starting within SOLIDWORKS Design parts in-house used for testing each concept […]

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Using the Freeform Tool for Real Design

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If you’ve taken the SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling class you’ve been exposed to the Freeform tool. During the case study, you were shown how to use the tool to modify the surface of a leaf-shaped extrusion to give a more natural appearance. Now seriously, how often are you going to be modelling leaves that look like this? I’d like to show you how to use the Freeform tool in SOLIDWORKS to make changes that are simple and elegant, as well as […]

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SOLIDWORKS Web Help Connection Failure Fix

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Last week I tried to find out a little more information about a feature. To do so I tried to use the SOLIDWORKS help so conveniently provided in the top right of the screen. And right after I typed in my subject to research, I got this message: “Failed to connect to SOLIDWORKS Web Help. This failure is likely due to a lack of internet connection.” Not connected to the internet? Oh, really? Am I not connected to the internet? […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Viewports and Multiple Windows

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS gives you double vision? You can even have quadruple vision, if that’s what you’re into. It is very easy to spin, zoom, and rotate your 3D models to focus on the specific areas you are working on. After modifying your part, you probably zoom out and look at the geometry from various angles. Maybe, you have custom views created to make this even easier. Another approach is to use additional display windows, shown at the […]

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Ideas for Using Scans to Make Custom 3D Printed Fixtures

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I have this really cool model of a hand we 3D printed on our J750, and I wanted it to stand out in our displays as a real medical model and not just another 3D print. So, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show off how easy it is to create custom holders or fixtures using scanning and 3D printing combined. This same process could be used if instead of a scan, we already had an actual […]

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How to Find Your SOLIDWORKS Visualize Serial Number

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is a powerful photo rendering tool that is included with each seat of SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium on subscription. Visualize is a standalone application that requires its own serial number for installation. Want to install SOLIDWORKS Visualize and start creating stunning renders? Read on find out where to locate products attached to your SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium license. 1) Log in to the SolidWorks Customer Portal (customerportal.solidworks.com). If you don’t have a SOLIDWORKS ID, check out this […]

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