Superior Graphite Customer Story

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  If you’ve been in business for over a century like Superior Graphite, you might have seen a few CAD programs come and go. As a chemicals manufacturing company, Superior Graphite thermally purifies graphite and calcined petroleum coke for use in multiple applications, from smartphone and electric car batteries to lubricant and loss of circulation material. Superior Graphite has expanded throughout the years with multiple versions of CAD software, with a clear need for better organization of their files as […]

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Holley Performance Products – Leaves the Competition Behind

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Holley Performance Products needed to stay ahead of the competition. They found the answer with SOLIDWORKS and the team at 3DVision Technologies. What Made the Difference “The support was great, you guys met with us several times to guide us through the options in SOLIDWORKS and helped throughout the process while we decided what we wanted to do. Sales was very supportive, I’d say 3DVision is above the bar on all aspects with their Technical Support being out the roof.” […]

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Weldments and Bill of Materials

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There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment. The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when […]

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Showing SOLIDWORKS Simulation Results in 3dVia Composer

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I was with a group of users the other day and the question came up, “Can I show stress results from SOLIDWORKS in Composer as a view.” My first thought and others in the room was no. Then the hamster in my brain woke up and started spinning the wheels.   1. What is important to user to see?•  Deformation?• Color Plot?• Maxium Stress location? 2. What outputs from Simulation can I leverage?3. What inputs from Composer will give me most of what the user […]

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Configuration List in Enterprise PDM

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Well here’s a new topic for me…Enterprise PDM. You have this part (or assembly) file with multiple configurations that’s in EPDM.  You have named your configurations a good name that’s easy to find and identify.  You find the file in EPDM and then select it.  The data card comes up and all you see are a few configurations.  That’s fine because you know you can just click on the arrows on the right side and it will show you more […]

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Babysitting SQL

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In the world of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM administration, maintaining the Enterprise systems is really pretty easy. You need to add/remove users (assuming the HR department bothers to tell you when they hire someone) and ensure you have good reliable backups. But don’t forget Enterprise’s playmate – SQL. SQL is that one kid who was hard to babysit for. Sure he was good when you were watching him, but if you left him alone for too long you would catch him […]

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HOWTO: Kill SQL

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Looking for a quick way to kill your SQL engine and bring your SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM system to a screeching halt? I just got a support call from an Enterprise customer who was complaining they could not connect to the database. Tried restarting SQL, the service stopped – good…but then I could not start back up again – bad. Rebooted the server, the service still laid there dead. –worser than bad! Next, tried to do a SQL repair install – […]

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SQL 2008 PreRelease

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Had a little scare yesterday and since misery loves company I thought I would share it with you. Yesterday I received an email with this image: These are the file properties of the Microsoft SQL 2008 install that comes with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM. Look closely, it says that it is a prerelease! Yikes! Using a prerelease for production data? I’ve done some checking and this SQL build (also known as 10.0.1600.22) is a a RTM build. [Reference] I have no […]

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Shun the drawing

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In the PDM world drawings are always seem to be the after-thought. Are they the parent or the child? Should they be revised if you need to add a missing dimension? Does meta data go in the part or drawing or both? If the meta data does go in both, how do you ensure the data is synchronized? Even red-headed step children point to 2D drawings and laugh. During a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM install I did last week, we implemented […]

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Upgrading to EPDM 2010

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I don’t have the exact numbers, but it surprises me how many of our customers have already upgraded to SOLIDWORKS Enterpise PDM 2010. I am sure the number is close to half -and the release hasn’t even been out a month yet! So far I haven’t found anyone that had a bad upgrade experience. The upgrade runs just as your 2009 service pack upgrades went except you will need to get  new license file, and you will need to run […]

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