Archive for November, 2012

Multiple Mate References in One SolidWorks Part

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Recently a customer asked if they could create multiple mate references on a part, so that it would position itself as desired when dropped into an assembly. That is to say that a mate would be created for not only the primary mate reference, but the secondary and tertiary as well.  The answer is yes – and here’s how you do it.

The trick is that you have to (also) have a Mate Reference in the part you are mating to and it has to be the same name. That’s the secret sauce here. The rest is just making sure you have your desired mate types and the aligned/anti-aligned settings specified so that the new mates position the inserted component properly.

Inserting and positioning standard parts in an assembly just got a whole lot faster.

Chris Snider

Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting December 4th

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

3DVision invites you to register for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, December 4th. The event will take place from 5 – 8pm and there will also be an election of officers.

*Note: Paul Kellner will be stepping down as a leader. Paul has been involved in the group since 2006. Please contact NISWUG if you are interested and want to know more about what this would entail. SWUGN.org also has a lot of information on what it takes to be in a leadership position in a user group.

The meeting will be hosted at:

Centre Township Branch Library – Alligator Room
1150 East Kern Road
South Bend, IN

For more information or to RSVP for the event please visit NISWUG

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

What’s New in EPDM 2013

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Rather than showing you a bunch of PowerPoint slides, Lou Gallo and I decided to simply record our conversation about what is new in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM 2013.
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We were bouncing around a bit like kids in a candy store, but roughly here are the topics:

 

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the MVSWUG (Miami Valley SolidWorks User Group) Meeting December 6th

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

3DVision invites you to attend the MVSWUG (Miami Valley SolidWorks User Group) Meeting December 6th! The event will take place from 5 – 8:30pm and will include dinner and a Poker Shoot contest! There will also be a presentation on, “Back-office Essentials-Properties, Templates, Sheet-formats, Tables.”

The Poker Shoot contest will begin around 5:00pm. You will be given 7 shots, and the best 5 cards will win. There is a $15.00 fee per person for the contest, which includes:

  • Indoor Range Fee
  • Gun
  • Ammo
  • Targets
  • Ears & Eye Protection

(You can bring your own gun and ammo but the fee is still the same.)

For more information or to RSVP for the event contact Randy Adams at ovapres@yahoo.com

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Better SolidWorks Templates

Friday, November 9th, 2012

I cannot count the number of times I have watched a designer work on a fresh new design, he’ll start with a blank part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it…. then when he starts another part, he’ll start with a blank part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it…. then when he starts another part, he’ll start with a blank part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it…. then when he starts another part, create a rectangular sketch, extrude it…

At this point blood is running down my cheek and I’d have to ask him why he doesn’t at least use basic solid shapes for his templates -every time he starts with a cube (or cylinder, or…) instead of a blank file. Saves a minute+ for every part. Crazy fast and easy ROI.

Here is a way to make starting your parts even more efficient – start your parts with DriveWorksXpress. Now, not only can start with basic shapes, but they can start at the correct size and maybe even have some additional common features too! Starting your part when it is already 10% complete beats the guy who starts at 0%.

Bonus, have DriveWorksXpress make the part’s drawing too. So now you don’t have to start with a blank drawing, navigate to the part file, create your views, then when you start another drawing you don’t have to start with a blank drawing, navigate to the part file, create your views, then when you start another drawing you don’t have to start with a blank drawing, navigate to the part file, create your views…

Be lazy, automate, and get more done.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Central Kentucky SolidWorks User Group (CKSUG) Meeting

Friday, November 9th, 2012

3DVision invites you to register for the Central Kentucky SolidWorks User Group (CKSUG) Meeting this upcoming Thursday, November 15th. The event will take place from 5 – 8pm and dinner will be provided. There will also be a presentation on, “What’s New in SolidWorks 2013.”

The meeting will be hosted at:

Eastern Kentucky University
Perkins Building Room, Quad D
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

For more information or to RSVP for the event please contact James Judge at jamesjudge@acertechonline.com

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

DriveWorks works with SolidWorks 2013

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Don’t let DriveWorks be an excuse from upgrading to SolidWorks 2013. Both DriveWorks Solo and Pro service pack two have been cleared for take off!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Register now for the final SolidWorks Louisville User Group (SLUG) Meeting of 2012

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

3DVision invites you to attend the final SolidWorks Louisville User Group (SLUG) Meeting of 2012 Wednesday, December 5th from 6:30-8:30pm. Food will be provided, and there will be two presentations:

  • Renderings Made Easy!
  • CamWorks Supplier Presentation!

The meeting will be hosted at:

University of Louisville
Henry Vogt Engineering Center
3rd and Eastern Parkway
Louisville, Kentucky 40292

For more information or to RSVP for the event please email Paul McCrorey at paul.mccrorey@insightbb.com

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

3DVision’s Own to Present at GEASWUG

Monday, November 5th, 2012

3DVision invites you to attend the Greater Evansville Area SolidWorks User Group (GEASWUG) 4th and final meeting for 2012 on Thursday, November 29th. The meeting will host 3DVision’s own Chris Snider as a special guest speaker.

Chris has been a 3DVision instructor since 2009. He has a BSMET from the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified SolidWorks Elite Application Engineer as well as a Certified SolidWorks Expert.

During the November 29th event, Chris will be giving a presentation at approximately 6:00pm on ‘What’s New in SolidWorks 2013′. He is very knowledgeable of SolidWorks and will be open to any questions after his presentation.

The event will be hosted at:
Berry Plastics Corporation
101 Oakley Street, Evansville, IN
(812) 424-2904

For more information or to RSVP for the event click here or, email Scott Baugh at scottbaugh@berryplastics.com

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks to Sponsor The FIRST Tech Challenge

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Rich Hinten, head coach of a USFirst Robotics Team (high school aged students) based out of Troy, Ohio was looking to teach his students a different program this year to compete at The FIRST Tech Challenge. In previous years Rich has used Creo, but this year he chose another route: SolidWorks. He mentioned he would rather use SolidWorks to share with his students because that’s what he’s using at work and it would be much easier to teach.

Rich contacted Christian Blanc, a FIRST Robotics Alumnus, and current Territory Manager for SolidWorks Education. With the help of Christian, Rich and his students were able to receive a SolidWorks sponsorship. Rich’s son immediately began watching videos on SolidWorks Website and commented, “WOW that looks so much better than what we tried last year.” Rich and his students look primed to take gold this year with the use of SolidWorks.

What’s The FIRST Tech Challenge?

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Students get to:

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $11 million in college scholarships

More information on the FIRST Tech Challenge can be found here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

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