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Save Time. Save Money. Increase Productivity.

Learn about the latest, most advanced technology-based solutions to make the design engineering process faster and more efficient, with better communications and a higher level of productivity. With SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD products and industry-leading software, Stratasys and MakerBot 3D Printers and so much more, we have the innovative solutions your product design team needs. Increase your output, accuracy, collaboration and ideation. Put technology innovation to work in your design team.

 

3D CAD Design

Boost Creativity. Accelerate Design. Increase Productivity.

From conceptual design to mechanical design, collaboration to automation, our CAD software solutions feature powerful design functionality to speed your design process and make you more productive.

Simulation

Evaluate Performance. Improve Quality. Boost Product Innovation.

Fully analyze and test your designs early and often to improve quality and reduce physical prototypes. SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools provide the ideal virtual testing environment. Saving time and money.

Electrical Design

Synchronized Data. Collaborative Environment.

Quickly and easily embed electrical systems into products and equipment, automate tedious design tasks and reduce costs by accurately determining optimal lengths for wires, cables and harnesses.

Product Data Management

Secure Data. Fast Retrieval. Share and Collaborate.

Organize your design data and improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on product development with top of the line Product Data Management tools.

Technical Communication

Streamline Inspection. Simplify the Complex.

Make high quality graphics and detailed illustrations to fully interactive 3D designs, improve your technical commination with automated 3D product manufacturing information.

3D Printing

Test. Revise. Perfect.

It’s all possible with 3D printing. From concept models to functional prototypes to direct digital manufacturing, 3D printing can accelerate innovation and make you more competitive.

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SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Speed Design. Reduce Costs.

Expand your 3D design capabilities and stand out from the competition. Improve collaboration and get to market faster with its intuitive interface, robust modeling tools and user community. It's all possible with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

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SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

Rapid Creation. Manipulation. Modification.

Capture ideas digitally, quickly create 3D concept models, get feedback, and easily manage multiple concepts before committing to a prototype. SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer accelerates your 2D and 3D industrial designs concepts and reduce costs.

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DraftSight

View. Edit. Share. Repeat.

Create new professional-grade 2D drawings and view, edit or share existing DWG files. Enjoy an online library full of training and resources. Do it all for a fraction of the normal cost with DraftSight.

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DriveWorks

Save Time. Minimize Repetitive Tasks.

Automate everyday repetitive design tasks and configuring products that can be defined by a set of rules. Create “same but different” products with ease. It’s all possible with DriveWorks design automation software.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Better Quality. Less Time. Lower Cost.

Lower cost and minimize scrap in this virtual testing environment. Reduce the number of physical prototypes needed and optimize design innovation. Use SOLIDWORS Simulation to improve the quality of your designs.

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Real World Conditions. Superior Performance.

Stay on top of critical fluid flow parameters; pressure, velocity, heat transfer and others that impact your fluid flow project.  SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis that gives you the tools to ensure product performance.

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics

Decrease Cost. Prevent Defects.

Reduce molded part warp, optimize sprues, runners and gates, and decrease overall injection molding costs. Prevent manufacturing related defects and accelerate time-to-market with SOLIDWORKS Plastics.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Rapid Design Process. Reduce Costs.

Integrate electrical single-line and multi-line schematic design data with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD models using bi-directional, real time collaboration to minimize design time. Speed the design process with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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PCBWorks

Powerful Tools. Efficient Process.

Create innovative printed circuit board designs and put collaboration at the front and center of the design process. With the latest technology in PCB design and the seamless integration with mechanical workflows your design process has never been so efficient. PCBWorks powered by Altium.

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SOLIDWORKS PDM

Improve Security. Easy Data Retrieval.

Eliminate concerns about engineering design and technical data loss. Improve collaboration with easy retrieval and access to timely information. Gain a greater level of security and increase the speed of data retrieval with SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management.

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EXALEAD OnePart

Cost Savings. Optimize Communication.

Intuitive browser-based web navigation promotes collaboration not just among CAD users, but throughout the company. Quickly find and reuse existing parts, product designs and other information inside your organization with EXALEAD OnePart.

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PDM Utilities

Enhance Data Control. Increase Efficiency.

Get the most out of your SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM software by selecting these PDM utilities. Manage and control data more effectively to protect valuable assets. Choose one or all to meet your design team needs.

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SOLIDWORKS Composer

Dynamic Graphics. Compelling Visuals.

Turn existing 3D designs into dynamic graphics and interactive animations to effectively communicate complex product details. Even non-technical users can create dynamic graphics and technical communications. Say it with a picture using SOLIDWORKS Composer.

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Save Time. Eliminate Bottlenecks.

Automating the creation of inspection data sheets, reports and balloons on engineering drawings virtually eliminate human errors and ensure parts are within specifications. Use SOLIDWORKS Inspection to streamline your quality inspection processes.

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SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition

Go Drawingless. Streamline Production.

Define, organize and publish 3D PMI and model data into industry standard file formats. Reduce interpretation errors and cut cycle time with SOLIDWORKS MBD integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.

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Stratasys FDM Shock

Stratasys FDM Printers

Think It. Build It. Test It.

FDM technology uses production-grade thermoplastics for parts that are unrivaled in mechanical, thermal and chemical properties. So you can think it, build it, test it -- and perfect it -- often within a day.

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Stratasys PolyJet Drill

Stratasys PolyJet Printers

Beautiful Prototypes. Precise Manufacturing Tools.

PolyJet technology builds smooth, accurate models with thin walls and complex geometries. Build multi-material, multi-color parts that range in texture, color, durability and temperature properties.

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MakerBot Jet Engine

MakerBot Printers

Test Proof of Concept. Prototype In-House.

Be faster out of the gate and accelerate the engineering design cycle. Office-friendly, compact and affordable. MakerBot desktop 3D printers make real-time prototyping not only possible, but fast and easy.

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3D Printing Services

3D Printing Services

Advanced Technology. Outstanding Quality.

Our 3D printing services will help you save time, money and get to market faster. Using PolyJet and FDM technology, certified engineers guide you through the process and deliver parts and prototypes that accelerate innovation and product development.

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Support

From Beginning to End. That’s Our Commitment.

We help you understand and effectively use your new technology to complete your design tasks quickly and efficiently. We’re always just an email or phone call away and always ready to assist you with whatever you need to make your business better.

Getting Started

Fast and Friendly.

Getting through the first design process with new technology is critical to long term success. We know how to assist our customers through the first ninety days to get the technology installed, configured and rolled out to your team. Whether its 1 Engineer or 20 Engineers, tap into our talent!

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Technical Support

Exceptional Service. Experienced Engineers.

Technical support always seems to be needed at the most critical point in your design or when you are under a tight deadline. We have a solution for this situation. Certified engineers with extensive industry experience are ready to help you solve even your most complicated issues.

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Services

Save Time and Money.

You work in a technology-rich environment but technology changes constantly and you need to keep up. Where will you find the time and resources to uncover the new advancements that would improve the quality and speed of your design? We can help you with our many services.

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Training

Fundamental to Advanced.

Take full advantage of your technology investment and learn to work more efficiently. 3DVision Technologies is a certified 3D training and support provider with seven centers across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Take a look at the extensive range of training programs that are available. Since everyone learns differently, choose the program that’s best for you; instructor-led or self-paced e-learning programs. We’ll even design a custom training program just for you.

Instructor-Led Training

Learn from the Best.

Be more efficient and learn new skills when you take classes taught by award-winning, certified training instructors who provide the individual attention you need. Receive training manuals and files that guide you through the class and serve as great resources when you are back on the job. Choose from classrom or online training.

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Self-Paced Training

No Travel Required.

If learning on your own at your own pace works better for you and your tight schedule then tap into the benefits of the online e-learning experience. Work as fast as you want, on the days and at the times that work best for you. It's convenient and available 24/7.

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Custom Training

Training Just for You.

Can't find the training you want? Need specialized training or extra support, no problem. Let us custom develop training programs to specifically meet your needs. Our experienced training advisors can help you get the training that's best for you.

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A resource to learn how to make your technology investment work harder. Check out tips and tricks, new product highlights, and how companies are saving time and money. Share your ideas and stay up to date on what’s happening in the industry.

Divergence and Convergence for Simulation Results

Divergence in a model  leads to a stress quantity that continually increases as the user refines the mesh globally or in areas of localized high stress.  Divergence is typically encountered when the load transfer concentrates in the geometry at a sharp corner. The stress will continue to rise based on its own definition;

Stress=Force/Area

With a sharp corner the area becomes, zero.  This drives the stress value upwards with each new, tighter mesh. In manufacturing a perfect edge does not exist. All modern manufacturing methods will create small fillets.  The fillet helps transfer the load over a larger area hence eliminating the stress concentration.

convergence

Lets Discuss Convergence In a Simulation Model:

In Finite Element Analysis (FEA) the results are an approximation.  The way a user becomes comfortable with the stress, strain, and deflection calculated by an analysis depends on convergence.  A recommended variation of 5% stress between runs usually indicates good stress convergence.

To reach convergence a user can apply multiple methods, over the course of their analysis studies.

Global Mesh Refinement

The Global mesh refinement method indicates that a user over the course of three or four studies tightens the global mesh size incrementally until the calculated results are within the users specified convergence range.

    Plus: Easy to adjust the setting of global mesh size.

Minus: Larger run times due to areas of low stress having the mesh refined as well.  The more elements in the Finite Element Model the longer the computing time.

Mesh Control

Mesh control allows a user to specify mesh refinement in localized areas of high stress leaving the global mesh density larger.  This is the recommended method.

    Plus: Allows user more control over the mesh in areas of high stress. Keeps computation time shorter as only areas of interest are being refined.

Minus: This takes more time to setup and identify areas to add mesh control.Adaptive Meshing (H Method)

Adaptive meshing allows the users to apply "mesh cruise control".  Simulation looks for convergence based on parameters the user specifies, usually a target accuracy for the Strain Energy Norm.  Simulation automatically adds mesh control in areas of calculated high stress. It is important that the original mesh starts at default settings, and it is recommended this method be used with standard meshing. Five iterations is usually a good starting point.  Note that H Adaptive is only run once, as the software completes the mesh refinement and runs for you.  Remember that if the target accuracy is not achieved, you can re-run the H-adaptive study again and it will continue from the last iteration.

    Plus: Simulation automates the process.

Minus: Additional analysis setup time is required.When adding mesh control or mesh refinement always take small steps.  Mesh density should be adjusted in small increments. For example if a mesh control starts at 0.25" the next change would be 0.2".  We generally recommend a 20% reduction in mesh size with each successive analysis for applied mesh controls.

Let's discuss Standard versus Curvature based mesh:

The Standard Mesh has been used from the beginning of SolidWorks Simulation.  The Standard mesher uses the Voronoi-Delaunay meshing scheme for subsequent meshing operations. The Standard mesher incorporates a global size that reads the thinnest area of the component and dictates at minimum cross section at least two elements define the thickness in the mesh.  This may lead to mesh refinement  in areas that may not be required.  Manual mesh control can then be applied to refine specified areas.

The Curvature based mesh creates more elements in higher-curvature areas automatically (without the need to apply mesh controls).  Typically curvature based meshes do not need additional user applied mesh controls, and take less steps to achieve convergence.

Mesh Quality

The output from any simulation is mesh dependent.  An analysis of a model with a  good quality mesh will have different answers than the same model with a poor quality mesh. It is always important to look at the mesh plot and investigate the aspect ratio of the mesh.  Aspect ratio is a measure of the skew of an element, defined as the ratio of the longest edge/ shortest edge.  For a high Quality element, the Aspect Ratio should be less than 3.  Overall 85% to 90% of the elements in a mesh should have an Aspect Ratio of less than 3. A high Aspect Ratio will cause higher stress to be calculated in that element than surrounding cells.

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