Nexans Autoelectric of America, Inc. Customer Story

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Nexans Autoelectric of America, Inc. is known internationally by automakers for vehicle electrical wiring systems, molded components, and clocksprings. Jeremy Richardson is a component designer that supports wire harness development at Nexans Autoelectric. Initially, Jeremy’s team purchased the SOLIDWORKS Simulation package through Computer Aided Technology as a cost-savings move to help with engagement force predictions and stress analysis. Jeremy says, “The current CAD system being used offered the desired simulation capabilities, however, at a very high price point. SOLIDWORKS offered […]

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How to create a Decal Mask using Paint.NET

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By default Decals are fully opaque so they’ll block all of the model behind them. Decals have controls to adjust their overall transparency but what if only a portion of the decal is transparent, this is where a Decal Mask file come to play. A Decal Mask is a black and white image of the original decal where the black areas of the decal are transparent and the white areas are opaque.

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MultiBody Parts in SOLIDWORKS

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One of our customers brought up a very interesting problem recently. What he wanted to create was some structural reinforcement inside of a sheetmetal fabricated arm. He wanted to have a toothed shaped feature that would interact with and be welded to the sheet metal as an internal reinforcement, but creating the part interface manually could be quite time consuming. Rather than do it manually, we tried out creating it as a multibody part that we split up after the fact.

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