Calibrating your GO!SCAN 3D Scanner

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Due to the inevitable changing of environmental conditions, it is important to be able to optimize data acquisition by running a quick scanning calibration. It is not necessary to do before every scan, but calibration should be done on a regular basis and when the scanner is exposed to an obviously different environment than the last time it was calibrated. The GO!SCAN system is supplied with a calibrated and serialized reference artifact, also known as a calibration plate. This is […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Time to FLEX Your Modeling Skills

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Time to FLEX Your SOLIDWORKS Modeling Skills I wanted to take the time to introduce to you a rarely used but incredibly powerful weapon in the SOLIDWORKS arsenal. With the FLEX feature at your disposal you will be able to transform your solids into fantastic shapes, only limited by your imagination. I will walk through the basics of the FLEX command and show you how it will deform even complex solids in an intuitive manner. There are four types of […]

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How to Install & Activate SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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SOLIDWORKS has given us a big power boost to present our designs at the highest level possible. Visualize Standard is a new tool available to all SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses that are current on subscription. If you choose not to renew your maintenance contract, then you will no longer get access to SOLIDWORKS Visualize. There are 2 different packages available Visualize Standard – Photo realistic rendering with and easy to use dashboard of colors and finishes. Visualize Professional (separate […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Installation – #SW2016

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 offers a few new options for installing the software. The first enhancement will make the CAD Administrators happy. You are now allowed to deploy installs based on IP addresses or IP ranges. This eliminates the need to list all of the machine names in the admin image. This will be a time saver, especially if a machine gets renamed. Installation errors no longer mean you are stuck trying to figure out what has happened. Now you will get […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation  What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have […]

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How to Create Threads

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Threading is an important feature of many parts.  While cosmetic threads can be used in some cases to decrease the file size, they are often vital for the end product such as when using the part file to print in a 3D printer.  For this example, threading for a cap will be created. To begin, a sketch must be created on the plane where the threading should start.  In this case the threading will start at the bottom of the […]

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Dimension across a break in a SOLIDWORKS drawing

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Sometimes the scale that makes a view fit on the paper makes it too small to see important details on the view.  In this case, using a break is a great idea.  SolidWorks allows you to choose where to break the part, what kind of break line to use, as well as how large of a gap to leave in between the two resulting sections.  Adding a dimension works just as usual and gives the actual dimension of the part, […]

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