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Merriam-Webster defines Fatigue as: the state of being very tired: Extreme weariness. the tendency of a material (such as metal) to break after being bent or moved many times The first definition makes sense for an animal or person. After a long day of hard work or play you might feel fatigued, tired, or weary. The second definition pertains to structural material such as steel and their ability to accommodate multiple loading cycles. This is the fatigue Engineers are concerned with. Engineers place high importance on fatigue and expend a great deal of energy defining, understanding, and testing a given design for fatigue. Let us step back a moment and look at the first definition again. ‘the state of being very tired’ How does a person become very tired? Usually by repetitious labor. This sounds a good deal like...
For years and years Microsoft Excel has been capable of pulling data from SQL databases. That’s nothing new. However, if you are not in the IT world or working with databases on a regular basis, your response to me telling you this would probably go something like, “Get away from me propeller head.” Quite honestly, I would have had the same response, regardless of the dual-prop hat I enjoy wearing so very much (I got it from Disneyland!) However, now is the time it would behoove you to listen to this Mouseketeer… because this can add tremendous value towards improving the way you track your work within your engineering group with real, tangible data to improve decision making. One of the early architects of the “Lean Manufacturing” concept, William E. Deming, built the bedrock of his work on one conceptually...
For the past month I have been using SOLIDWORKS on a YogaP40 Touch Screen computer. The main purpose of getting this laptop was for the WACOM tablet technology in the touch screen to allow me to draw and sketch on the screen in the new SOLIDWORKS INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER tool. That experience has been fantastic and super fun to use. However, as often as I can, I am also trying to use the “classic” or desktop version of SOLIDWORKS with the touch screen. Did you know that SOLIDWORKS introduced touch controls in the software in 2010!?! At this point the touch controls are only giving you the ability to zoom/pan/rotate (pinch, two finger drag, etc), but after a very short amount of time with it it does become very easy to use. This along with the mouse gestures (or in this...
Are you wondering where to go download the latest and greatest software from SOLIDWORKS? Would you like to try SOLIDWORKS Visualize and make some awesome renderings? Are there locks on the download link once you are logged into the customer portal? Wait, what is a Customer Portal? I want one. I want a Customer portal. Well here are the steps you will need to take so that you will be able to get to all of that wonderful content and then some. First you will need to go to www.solidworks.com and select Login to get started. Select the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal area to login. You can also access the Customer Portal from within the SOLIDWORKS application by selecting the home button in the task pane You will need to create a user account if you don’t have one. After you...
For those of you following along, my last few posts have been centered around SOLIDWORKS Visualize. I've previously covered a basic intro to Visualize, when to use Visualize and when to use PhotoView 360, and Visualize Appearances. For this post I will focus on the decals from my IndyCar. Decals are pretty powerful. Not only can they make your sponsors happy, but using decals can help reduce any extraneous modeling through splitting faces of a model. In Visualize it is extremely easy to add decals and manipulate them. What I have noticed is that, as of today, Visualize does not import decals that are placed in SOLIDWORKS very well. It seems Visualize will place any decal that you place in a SOLIDWORKS model Visualize will put the decal right at the origin, so remove any SOLIDWORKS decals before starting your work...