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Let’s call it a ‘sanity check’. Sometimes you need to prove to yourself, or possibly your boss, that your analysis tools are calculating results correctly. Maybe you’re reviewing the results and something doesn’t look quite right. There are plenty of scenarios where you may be called upon to use hand calculations to back up what your workstation and software can do for you in seconds, minutes or hours. With our designs becoming increasingly more complex, this can definitely seem like an impossible task. Fear not! With Engineering knowledge, understanding how your analysis tools operate, plus a bit of diligence you can do just that. Here is an example of using hand calculations to verify results from a SOLIDWORKS Motion analysis of a three component linkage. I’ve simplified the analysis to consider the starting, static position because, well, you have to start...
In SOLIDWORKS 2015, Up to reference was added as an option in Linear Patterns. Typically you set the distance between the instances and the number of instances. Now you can specify the distance up to some piece of geometry allowing the software to figure out either the distance or instance count. You still choose an edge for the pattern direction. You now choose Up to reference and something to reference to. You are building a much more intelligent model while capturing the design intent. You can also tell it how far you want the last instance to be offset from the end. When you do this, you need to tell SOLIDWORKS where to measure from. The Centroid calculates from the center of the patterned feature. The Selected reference allows you to choose where it is measured from. Now you can either...
I once had a co-worker that told me being an engineer is a life-time of learning. I have often kept this at the back of my mind throughout my career and it has become very important in my role here at 3DVision Technologies. I may not know the answer to the problem, but I know where to look and who to ask when I need to. My role is to try to help potential customers integrate our technology, Additive Manufacturing specifically, into their current manufacturing processes. I see and hear about so many different applications and processes, it can sometimes be overwhelming. From MRI data to 3D Printing Last year I met Dr. Katz at one of our 3D Printing Open Houses hosted at our Cincinnati Headquarters. He was not an engineer, nor a designer, but wanted to use 3D Printing...
In a recent post I gave you some ideas on supporting multiple languages in Enterprise PDM. There are two ways you can "filter" your data cards so users only see the language they speak. You can make different data cards per language and save them in different locations within your vault. (i.e. save the English card in a root folder that only English users will work in, save the French card in a root folder where only French users will work...) This works well as long as your folder structure is setup on a per language basis. If users of any language may be working in any location in the vault, and you do not want to confuse your users by seeing a foreign language... You can create an Enterprise PDM group per language you support. Add your users into the groups accordingly....