SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade?

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade? It is that time of year where many of us are upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018. With service pack 1.0 now released, the wave of upgraders just increased. If you overlook the installation options for hole wizard and toolbox, you might encounter an unwelcome surprise. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms, how to repair the issue, and how we could have avoided this situation. After the upgrade, you might see an […]

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Good Vibrations. Reverse Engineering A Vintage Turntable Foot.

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Most audiophiles say that there is something warmer, richer, and better to the sound a vinyl record reproduces. Especially compared to modern digital media.  Not having listened to an album since I was young, I figured it was time to see what all the talk was about.  I asked my father (long time high-end audio enthusiast) to get out his vintage 1973 JVC VL-5 turntable so we could give it a listen.   Note: This picture is post installation of […]

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Does This Really Work? Flow Puts to Test “As Seen On TV” Design

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Recently I was up late with my sick child trying to keep his fever down. To keep myself awake for the next thermometer reading, I decided to partake in some late night television. I ended up watching one of the popular sales channels known for its Quality Value and Convenience. Why I do not know, but that is where I ended up.  The clearance deal that they were selling at that moment peaked my interest. The “Iced Up Appetizer on […]

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Featured Customer Story: N7849Y, LLC

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N7849Y LLC provides Business Development, Program Management, Design for Manufacturing and Operations Management for their customers.  Eric Schmidlin, owner of N7849Y LLC found he needed to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS Premium and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium to deliver the product design and engineering services his customer’s need. Their design and engineering services need to offer clients a complete product development solution.  Most want to reduce cycle time, analyze different designs, conceptualize ideas and need help to communicate this in order to improve […]

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Equidistant Uniform Mesh Control. What more do you need?

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Equidistant mesh control was added in 2016 SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Since then I have only used the option a few times.  Shame on me,  With all software you fall back into the habits of how you have always done things, in this case adding an additional body to apply a local mesh control, or adding local mesh control to the faces of the object requiring refinement.  With 2017 now released, I have been getting several questions regarding the equidistant mesh control […]

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Teaching Kids How to Fling Stuff! With SOLIDWORKS and Trebuchets. Part Two the Design

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The trebuchet design needed to meet four main criteria. The design had to be safe, easy to assemble, low cost, and last but not least teach and inspire the kids about engineering. The best part of designing a trebuchet is that trebuchets are old technology. Many have been designed and built before. This fact allowed me to research what works well and what does not. I will have a list of reference websites at the end of this blog for […]

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Teaching Kids How to Fling Stuff! With SOLIDWORKS and Trebuchets

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs are on the rise and this is a great thing. Early September I was asked to participate in a STEM initiative the local Cub Scouts Pack 44 had decided to take on. The goal was to teach the Cub Scouts about physics, Engineering, and teamwork with one big project. A good friend of mine’s son is in the troop and he reached out to me to ask for the Engineering portion. The project was […]

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Templates and Options, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Often times little niceties in software are overlooked.  Flow Simulation is not any different.  With this blog I wanted to point out some of these time saving possibilities, specifically regarding units, and project settings. Flow Simulation allows a user to specify the units of a study.  Flow has predefined unit templates like IPS, Metric, SI etc., Flow also allows a user to mix and match within a unit template.  For example the main units could be IPS but the temperature […]

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SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys put the POW Back in Power Wheels Part 2

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Previously in my last blog “SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys put the POW Back in Power Wheels Part 1“ I discussed the origins of the beloved Jeep Power Wheels.  The Jeep lasted for 24 years and 14 hard playing kids before it was almost set out to pasture.  After rescuing the Power Wheels, the plan was simple make the Jeep Better, Smarter, and Faster.  With the help of my son Matthew we were able to turn a worn out toy into a like […]

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