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In this post I will highlight 3 more of my favorite enhancements of SOLIDWORKS 2016. The first of the three will be the Intersect feature. The Intersect feature isn’t new in SOLIDWORKS 2016 but was added in SOLIDWORKS 2013. When we got this feature, one of my favorite things about it was the ability to find the internal volume of a bottle/bowl/etc. Before, you would have to either do multiple extrudes or possibly some complex surfacing. This all took a bunch of time. Then the Intersect feature took all this work away and did it for you. The issue it had was it would split the main body which forced you into combining them back together with the Combine tool. It was an extra step but was still better than doing multiple extrudes or complex surfacing. With the enhancement to...
2016 has been a good year for enhancements to Flow Simulation. One of the best enhancements is the Mirrored Results for symmetric studies. Analysts have run symmetric models for years, reaping the benefits of shorter solve times, and reduced mesh genertaion. As long as the geometry and boundary conditions can be symmetrically divided, the symmetric analysis approach to CFD(Computational Fluid Dynamics) is very beneficial. Take for example the aircraft shown below. Typically the domain would fully encompass the aircraft, and a mesh be generated for the entire domain. If the air flow over the aircraft is straight towards the plane only half of the model needs to be analyzed. Shown below is the symetric domian where only the right side(looking at the plane) is analyzed. This literally cuts the solution in half. This process was always bitter sweet as the...
This is the 3rd and final Volume of a 3 part blog series regarding part orientations when 3D Printing in FDM. If you missed my last posts please start with 3D Printing Orientations Guide Volume 1. In Volume 1 we covered Build Speed and Surface Quality. In Volume 2 we covered Airflow and Support Removal. This Volume we will focus on Strength and Support Structures. Strength Recall from the introduction in Volume 1, I mentioned building our parts in layers causes the finished part to be Non-Isotropic, that is, the parts strength will be different depending on direction of testing. This is somewhat comparable to wood grain. It is easier to break a board going with the grain than going against it. Consider our L Bracket again (pictured below). Using two orientations we can see different directions in the "Grain". Figure 2 would...
Holley Performance Products needed to stay ahead of the competition. They found the answer with SOLIDWORKS and the team at 3DVision Technologies. What Made the Difference "The support was great, you guys met with us several times to guide us through the options in SOLIDWORKS and helped throughout the process while we decided what we wanted to do. Sales was very supportive, I’d say 3DVision is above the bar on all aspects with their Technical Support being out the roof." Coy Hudnall - Design and Development Engineer Holley Performance Parts designs and manufactures fuel systems and engine dress-up products and has been the undisputed leader in fuel systems for over 100 years. To raise the bar on their competitive advantage they needed a way to minimize time to market for new parts as well as lower costs, and increase overall...
SOLIDWORKS World 2016 is finally here! This years conference will be taking place in Dallas, Texas begining on January 31st and ending on February 3rd. This is where innovation begins, and your network grows. Join more than 6,000 of your peers as you test-drive the latest tools and preview the future of SOLIDWORKS. Please visit the SOLIDWORKS World 2016 website to register and view the preliminary agenda. Be sure to register before January 8th, and save $100! Or take advantage of group discounts, register 3 or more people and get a 3-for-2 pass! 3DVision Technologies at SOLIDWORKS World This year 3DVision Technologies is proud to announce that three of our application engineers have been chosen to present. Congratulations to Josh Spencer, Randy Simmons, and Jeff Sweeney. Below find their presentation information. 3D Annotations with DimXpert and MBD Monday, February...