solidworks 2011

Creating a Better Mesh in SOLIDWORKS

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  Tips and Tricks for Creating a Better Mesh in SolidWorks Here is a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, use, and look for when creating a mesh.  Feel free to add it to the techniques you already use to create your mesh.  As of SolidWorks 2011, there is also a Mesh Advisor that can be used to help you mesh your components if there is a failure. Do a visual Inspection of the stress […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2011 SP5!

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Hey all,  2011 sp5 is out.  It is now possible to 'Exclude from cut list' property of a WeldmentCutListFolder (Cut List Item) through the API, change transparency of sub-assembly component/part from top level assembly, the global contact no longer fails between certain shell edges and shell faces, and the flat pattern of simple lofted bend sheetmetal part is no longer distorted.  For a complete list of fixed SPRs, see the following link. https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/subscription/ServicePackMaintenanceNotes.html Just set up the filter as follows. […]

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Fisher Unitech Customer Utilimaster Featured on CNBC

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FISHER/UNITECH customer Utilimaster, parent company Spartan Motors, was featured in a video clip on CNBC’s “The American Economy” segment which aired in June.Listen to CEO John E. Sztykiel talk about how by the end of 2011, Utilimaster’s employment numbers will exceed pre-recession levels.Utilimaster, located in Wakarusa, Indiana, uses SolidWorks, Enterprise PDM and 3DVIA Composer in the design, engineering and manufacturing of walk-in vans, parcel delivery vans, truck bodies and specialty upfit vehicles for the parcel delivery, baking and snack food, […]

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Get 11 SOLIDWORKS tips in 11 days from CATI and SolidProfessor

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CATI and SolidProfessor invite you to find out what's new in SOLIDWORKS 2011 as we spotlight our 11 favorite new features over the next 11 days. >Click here to get the first video, and sign up to get 11 tips delivered to your inbox.               Jim TeDescoMarketing Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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Read the SOLIDWORKS End User License Agreement

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So the other day I got a call from a someone wanting to make sure that he had “the proper understanding of something in the End User License Agreement (EULA).” I think that’s just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me in tech support! Why? Because the better you understand your rights and responsibilities regarding your SolidWorks license, the more likely we (meaning mostly you and not so much me) are to keep your license safe and […]

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Simulate Performance of Your Sheetmetal Assemblies in SolidWorks

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The June installment of the SOLIDWORKS webcast series highlights the sheetmetal applications inside SOLIDWORKS 2011.  This webinar will focus on how SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools can complement your design process by being able to digitally simulate and understand the performance of your sheetmetal assemblies under real world conditions.  >Register Here Topics include: Understanding the strength & performance of sheetmetal designs Light weighting designs without compromising on the performance Frequency and Vibration analysis of sheetmetal Enclosures Fluid Flow analysis in and around […]

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SOLIDWORKS Solutions for Sheetmetal

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Join the SOLIDWORKS technical team for a complimentary webcast. This webinar will focus on improving your time to market and reducing costly errors by utilizing the powerful sheetmetal tools available in SOLIDWORKS 2011.  >Register Here! Topics include: Creation of sheetmetal components Controlling bend deduction, radius and thickness Flat Pattern creation & drawings Multi-Body sheetmetal environment In-Context design Tuesday June 21st 12:00PM EST (11:00 CST) >Register Here!   Jim TeDescoMarketing CoordinatorComputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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Cylindrical Sheet Metal

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You can generate cylindrical sheet metal geometry pretty easily within SolidWorks. The key though is to design it in place. The first step is to define a sketch that is a single arc, as shown below. Make sure to split the arc somewhere. In my case I

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SOLIDWORKS 2011 Performance Test

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With so many video card, system memory, processor size and types, and other system options it is difficult to get a true comparison of what will be the best combination. Well SOLIDWORKS has given us a tool to help answer that question,

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The Benefits of an “Over Engineered” Product

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On a recent visit to a customer of ours near Traverse City, Michigan, I came across a phrase I hadn’t heard before and honestly didn’t really understand, “Over Engineered.” I had just read a review on our customer’s product where the author had used the term “Over Engineered” to describe the product.  I was trying to figure out what the author was trying to tell us. I began to think of situations that I have come across in my years […]

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