Archive for October, 2013

Northeast Ohio SolidWorks User Group (NEOSWUG) Meeting Thursday, November 14th

Monday, October 28th, 2013

3DVision invites you to attend the Northeast Ohio SolidWorks User Group (NEOSWUG) meeting Thursday, November 14th. There will be a presentation on 3D printing technologies. Please feel free to bring examples of 3D printed parts that you have done and challenging models.

Brushwood Pavilion
Furnace Run Metro Parks in Richfield, Ohio

5:30pm Free Food/Networking
6:30pm Start Meeting
7:00pm-8:00pm Presentation on 3D Printing Technologies and Q&A
8:30pm End Meeting

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Central Indiana SolidWorks User Group (CISUG) Meeting Wednesday, November 20th

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

3DVision invites you to register for the Central Indiana SolidWorks User Group (CISUG) meeting Wednesday, November 20th. There will be a “Knowledge Management” discussion on the value of “Internal Training” of SolidWorks within your organization. Attendees will gain the insight to some common internal training pitfalls and methods of how to harness and share your existing teams SolidWorks knowledge. Don’t forget to bring your bright ideas and SolidWorks trouble spots to share with others.

One Technology Way
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Meeting Agenda:
4:30pm Registration and Networking
5:00pm Meeting Starts
Opening Remarks and Introduction- Peter Fischer
General Meeting: Presentation by founder member, Patrick Stewart: “For the Good of the Company”
6:00pm Dinner (sponsored by SWUGN)
Technical Presentation: Phil Whitaker presenting: “SolidWorks 2014 Roll Out”
Tips & Tricks by all
Door Prizes
HURCO Plant Tour- Peter Baechele, Engineering Director

To RSVP, email

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Greater Evansville SolidWorks User Group (GEASWUG) Meeting Thursday, November 14th

Monday, October 21st, 2013

3DVision invites you to register for the Greater Evansville SolidWorks User Group (GEASWUG) Meeting Thursday, November 14th. This will be the fourth and final meeting of the year. There will be two presentations from 3DVision’s own Kris Klika on leveraging your subscription service and surfacing tricks for solid modelers.

When: Thursday, November 14th

Where: Berry Plastics Corporation
* Park in the parking lots off Franklin Street north of the building

Meeting Agenda:

5:00: Doors open
5:00 – 5:30: Network and Dinner
5:30 – 5:45: Opening Remarks
5:45 – 6:15: Kris Klika from 3DVision – “How to Leverage Your Subscription Service”
6:20 – 7:45: Scott Baugh – “Why are you not Attending SolidWorks World 2014?”
7:45 – 8:00: Break
8:00 – 8:45: Kris Klika from 3DVision – “Surfacing Tricks for Solid Modelers”
8:45 – 9:15: Networking

To RSVP, click here.

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Jordan’s SolidWorks Setup Package

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

SolidWorks 2014 has just been released, and it’s time for a fresh start.  With each new release, I usually tweak my interface layout and my settings just a bit.  This year, I think I’ve finally got it perfected, so it’s time to share these customizations with the world.  Click the image below to access a 9-page package including all kinds of user interface modifications and helpful template files.  This is a great resource for someone new to SolidWorks looking to hit the ground running.  The package includes:

  • Updated Toolbars
  • Modified Shortcut Bars
  • Shortened Right Click Menus
  • Simplified Mouse Gestures
  • Extra Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Custom Color Schemes
  • Document Templates
  • Property Tab Templates
  • Sheet Format Templates
  • Drafting Standards

Jordan's SolidWorks Setup PackageNOTE: All the my customizations and templates are provided in 2014 format and they are not backwards compatible. If you haven’t upgraded to 2014 yet, what are you waiting for?

Jordan Tadic

Certified Elite Application Engineer 3DVision Technologies

Automatic Conversion of Toolbox Fasteners in Simulation 2014

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

With each new release there are always a few additions to SolidWorks Simulation that catch my eye.  This year’s 2014 release is no different. I’ll write about several of the enhancements over the coming months but I’m going to start with the conversion of Toolbox fasteners into Simulation connectors.

Using connectors in Simulation allows us to replace physical components with virtual ones which will reduce the time required to solve the analysis.  In Simulation 2013 and prior, there are a number of clicks required to set up a bolt connector.  The process is start the bolt connector dialog, click on the appropriate edges and/or faces to define the bolt location, adjust the size of the bolt (if necessary), then add a material, strength data and pre-load information.  Assuming I know all the required inputs in advance, it takes about a minute per individual connector.  For small assemblies this setup time is negligible, however, when you have a few dozen connectors this new feature really shines!

Here I have a portion of a Weldment structure with several components attached with bolts.

2013-1015a Convert Toolbox Fasteners

There are 36 total fastener stacks in this model comprised of four different sizes.  Using the new ‘Convert Toolbox Fasteners‘ option, the setup time can be reduced to a single button click!  The new option is found at the bottom of the Feature Manager tree when you start a new Simulation study.

2013-1015b Convert Toolbox Fasteners

Once you have named the study and click ‘OK’, the bolts are automatically converted into virtual connectors for Simulation. In this example, a pop-up indicates it took 17 seconds to convert all 36 Toolbox fasteners into bolt connectors.  (From my experience, the conversion time is about twice what is shown in the pop-up starting from when you click ‘OK’ until mouse control is returned to the user.)  How is that for an increase in productivity?  What would have taken over 30 minutes to do manually has been reduced to less than a minute!

2013-1015c Convert Toolbox Fasteners

Once the study is created, I have four folders of bolt connectors in my Simulation Feature Tree.  I can edit the definition of any individual or group of fasteners, if I so desire.

2013-1015d Convert Toolbox Fasteners

Now that SolidWorks 2014 is released, be sure to check out other new features for SolidWorks Simulation.  I’m sure you’ll find a few more gems to help improve your Simulation productivity.  Now go make your products better with SolidWorks Simulation!

Bill Reuss

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

“Configured” Weldment Profiles for SolidWorks2014

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

New in SolidWorks 2014 is the ability to have Weldment Profiles with CONFIGURATIONS in them.

This is a significant improvement as far as file management goes.

Just for example if you had downloaded the 2013 ANSI Inch profiles from the SolidWorks content area of your Design Library (you knew you could do that right ??), the Rectangular Tube folder alone had 233 files to manage ! One for EACH different size.
If you wanted to add a property to your profiles or modify a few of the profiles you had to open EACH ONE and make the changes… whew !

The other fantastic thing about this is if you build a weldment and then want to change the structural members to a different size, in 2013 and before you were physically changing to a different FILE and most likely had to re-position the profiles to locate them, and/or would lose mates to the members if you were using the weldment in an assembly.
NOT in 2014 !! If you want to make this change in 2014 you are just changing to a different configuration so nothing gets lost or moved.

Now, where do you get these new 2014 Weldment profiles with the configurations ??
Eventually you will be able to get them from the SolidWorks Content area in the Design Library, but for now, just download them at the link below !

Don’t say 3DVision doesn’t take care of you…  :-)

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Win a Free Wireless SpaceMouse This October!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Throughout the month of October, 3DVision Technologies is offering a chance to win a FREE Wireless SpaceMouse for anyone who purchases a SolidWorks Essentials Plus 3 Training Bundle or a SolidWorks Advanced Training Bundle.

3Dconnexion has released the world’s first wireless 3D mouse and we are giving you the chance to win it for FREE!


For the first time, SpaceMouse Wireless combines 3Dconnexion’s 6-degrees-of-freedom sensor with 3Dconnexion 2.4 GHz wireless technology to deliver the reliability of a wired device, without the clutter of cords.

The SpaceMouse Wireless battery lasts up to one month. When it needs recharging, simply connect the supplied micro-USB cable and continue working.

Contact our Training Coordinator, Sarah Stephens, at or 513-745-2700 ext. 125 with questions or to sign up for training.

Carrie Patrick

Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Save Your Settings Before You Upgrade

Monday, October 7th, 2013

It’s about that time for upgrading SolidWorks to the newest version.  You are looking forward to all the new features and tools in SolidWorks.  But then you think of all the work you are going to have to redo like pointing SolidWorks to the custom files and setting up your toolbars again.  Well there is nothing to worry about because SolidWorks has that area covered.  There is a tool in SolidWorks that has been there for many releases that will help.  It’s called the ‘Copy Settings Wizard’.

The ‘Copy Settings Wizard’ is located under All Programs>SolidWorks 20XX>SolidWorks Tools>Copy Settings Wizard.




The ‘Copy Settings Wizard‘ will save and restore system settings to users, computers, and profiles.  It will save or restore Keyboard Shortcuts, Menu Customization, System Options, and Toolbar Layouts.  All of these settings are saved in a registry file.  The ‘Copy Settings Wizard’ finds this registry file and creates a copy of it as <whatever_you_name_it>.sldreg.



To restore these settings, you have 2 options.  You can open the ‘Copy Settings Wizard’ tool and tell it to restore it or you can simply double click on the .sldreg file.  Then all the settings will be reapplied.  You can share this settings file with other users to have a standard set-up across your company or to save customization time during the reinstallation time.


Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

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