3D ContentCentral: Get Those Models for Free

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Most companies I work with use purchased components and want to add them into their assemblies.  So how do you get the solid models?  You might contact the company for the model or just model it yourself.  Well you could download the models for free without contacting anyone by using 3DContent Central. 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) is a free service for users to download solid models.  How is this different than other similar sites?  This is a Dassault Systemes site and […]

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Plastics Symmetry Analysis Saves Time

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics has joined the other SOLIDWORKS Simulation Products (Simulation, and Flow)in offering a Symmetry Option.   What is Symmetry you ask? According to Merriam- Webster Symmetry noun sym·me·try \?si-m?-tr?\ is: the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position : the quality of having symmetrical parts. With regards to analysis not only does the geometry need to be symmetric but the analysis boundary conditions need to be as […]

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Plastics Symmetry Analysis Saves Time

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics has joined the other SOLIDWORKS Simulation Products (Simulation, and Flow)in offering a Symmetry Option.   What is Symmetry you ask? According to Merriam- Webster Symmetry noun sym·me·try \?si-m?-tr?\ is: the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position : the quality of having symmetrical parts. With regards to analysis not only does the geometry need to be symmetric but the analysis boundary conditions need to be as […]

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DimXpert Tips

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With SOLIDWORKS MBD being released, you might be trying out DimXpert for the first time.  If you want to learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, check out my previous blog entry.  Here are some quick tips that might help. Change Annotation Plane When you have an annotation, you might need it to be placed on a different plane.  An example would be the dimension is on the TOP plane and you need it on the FRONT plane.  If you select the […]

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DimXpert Tips

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With SOLIDWORKS MBD being released, you might be trying out DimXpert for the first time.  If you want to learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, check out my previous blog entry.  Here are some quick tips that might help. Change Annotation Plane When you have an annotation, you might need it to be placed on a different plane.  An example would be the dimension is on the TOP plane and you need it on the FRONT plane.  If you select the […]

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You Need to Use SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts

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Life is full of shortcuts but those typically don’t work out well for anyone.  Well that’s not the case with SOLIDWORKS shortcuts.  There are many places to use shortcuts in parts and sketches. Think about how you create a model in SOLIDWORKS.  You choose a sketch plane, start a sketch, find a sketch entity to use, add some dimensions, then extrude that sketch into a feature. You do this over and over again until the model is created.  But during […]

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You Need to Use SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts

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Life is full of shortcuts but those typically don’t work out well for anyone.  Well that’s not the case with SOLIDWORKS shortcuts.  There are many places to use shortcuts in parts and sketches. Think about how you create a model in SOLIDWORKS.  You choose a sketch plane, start a sketch, find a sketch entity to use, add some dimensions, then extrude that sketch into a feature. You do this over and over again until the model is created.  But during […]

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Material Models for Simulation Premium

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What Material Model should be used for a specific Non-Linear Study? A commonly asked question is what material model should be used for a specific Non-Linear Study?  The answer is divided into three parts. 1. What is the material in the design(Steel, Rubber, Plastic, etc.)? 2. What is happening to the material(remain elastic, plastically deform etc.)? 3. What material property data is available for the material?   Material Choice in Design Lets discuss material choice first.  Typically metals are characterized as a […]

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Material Models for Simulation Premium

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What Material Model should be used for a specific Non-Linear Study? A commonly asked question is what material model should be used for a specific Non-Linear Study?  The answer is divided into three parts. 1. What is the material in the design(Steel, Rubber, Plastic, etc.)? 2. What is happening to the material(remain elastic, plastically deform etc.)? 3. What material property data is available for the material? Material Choice in Design Lets discuss material choice first.  Typically metals are characterized as a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) Has Been Released

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With SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2, MBD was released at the same time.  Well what is MBD?  It is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.  Instead of creating a typical 2D drawing, all of the needed information is placed on the 3D model.  This helps reduce errors, increases production efficiency, and support industry standards. You might wonder how this increases production efficiency.  It will make your process more efficient because there is not a need for 2D drawing files.  All of the information […]

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