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Fender Musical Instruments Leverages Stratasys 3D Printers for Product Designs

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation designs and manufactures stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. While engineers focus on how instruments should sound, a group of industrial designers at Fender work on how they will look. Design is an extremely important element of Fender’s business. The company maintains its own in-house design center, complete with a model shop to explore new concepts, create designs, prototype and test. 3D rapid prototyping has been a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Approach

Heat Transfer problems often crop up when designing consumer products, such as baking ovens, outdoor grills. So how does a deisgn engineer build the best most efficient design without breaking costly prototypes?  Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a great method to replicate the environment in a computer simulation. However, most CFD programs are complex, difficult to use, especially for designers who have not had a great deal of advanced education in physics of fluid flows. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offers intelligent, […]

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Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part. With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example. Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”. The Boundary Condition auto […]

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Imported Files – Turning Surfaces into Solids in SolidWorks

CATI's monthly contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Blog will posted later this week. This month I to look at the challenges that we can run across when working with imported files in SolidWorks. The article starts off by taking about the problems we face in working with an imported model. It then takes you through the different processes for turning your imported surface model into a working solid model. The file that I chose to work with was an assembly that […]

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Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part. With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example. Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”. The Boundary Condition auto […]

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How to make only your company’s drawing sizes available in Solidworks

There are many companies that make several drawing templates that have the file extention *.drwdot.  The other option can also be to create a bunch of different title blocks and let the user decide which sheet size he or she wants and Solidworks will choose the title block for you based on what is available.  Both options depend on how many templates you will have.  If you have a lot templates, then it is easier to make just the title […]

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Creating BOM/Part Lists inside of SOLIDWORKS Composer.

The other day I had a support call about controlling your BOM ID numbers inside of SOLIDWORKS Composer. This video, I hope you agree, will give you some insight into working with parts and assemblies. Cheers, Bob McGaughey, CSWE Technical Applications Manager Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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How 3D Printing Gets Your Wheels Turning

How 3D Printing Gets Your Wheels Turning While 3D printing is moving virtually every industry forward, it’s having an especially profound effect on the industry that moves us forward: Automotive. It’s not just about transforming the way cars are designed, 3D printing is impacting the manufacturing processes and, in some cases, producing final vehicle parts. Today cars and motorcycles are being designed “from the ground up” using 3D printing as it becomes an integral part of the concept process. New […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 System Requirements

View the SOLIDWORKS 2015 System Requirements >> SOLIDWORKS 2014 System Requirements We get a lot of support inquiries dealing with what kind of PC is the best to run SolidWorks. Here are a few tips from the MCAD tech staff on selecting your next SOLIDWORKS system. Operating System • Windows 7 Professional x64 – recommended and preferred. • Windows 8 Professional x 64 – supported. • Vista Business x64 SP2 – Not supported • XP x64 – Not supported. • […]

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In-house vs. Outsource – 6 Advantages of Owning a 3D Printer

The benefits of 3D printing and rapid prototyping are numerous and well recognized. Whether it’s design validation,functional testing or faster launch of new products, executives seldom need to be to be convinced of the benefits. Still, many businesses continue to outsource 3D printing because they believe ownership is cost prohibitive. What many companies don’t realize is that 3D printing has advanced dramatically; the availability of a new breed of high-quality 3D printers at affordable prices now discredits the argument that they are […]

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