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I’m a fan of Deadpool. I got my first taste of Deadpool when Ryan Reynolds played Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I liked his quick wit and general smart aleckery, not to mention his first few scenes were the best parts of the movie (I refuse to remember the scenes where his mouth was sewn shut). After that I went and got my hands on every Deadpool comic I could and cannot wait for the full feature film later this week. To pay homage to the great Merc with a Mouth, I decided I would create a model of his mask to show you some cool SolidWorks surfacing capabilities. Now if I were really designing this part in the real world I would probably use SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer (SWID). It’s a great tool that combines subdivision surface modeling and parametric...
Customers often ask me – where can I get more training? The part of my answer that I’d like to focus on and share with you today is where I direct them to check out the proceedings from SOLIDWORKS World: http://tinyurl.com/zjt3bdo. SOLIDWORKS World is the annual conference for all things SOLIDWORKS. It is held every year in the late-January to early-February time frame. If you have never attended, it is definitely worth the experience. Talk to your employer and get registered for the next one! During the conference, dozens of presentations are offered over a period of 3 days that aim to increase your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS as well as some SOLIDWORKS-related topics. There are so many that you will often need to decide which session to attend over another. The good news for conference attendees – and you – is...
One of the most important, but often underappreciated, tasks of releasing a product is the inspection process. It can be a long, laborious job, often done manually. You could have the greatest new idea and design everything perfectly (hopefully in SOLIDWORKS!), but if you use parts that do not meet your specifications, it will not matter. So why treat that process like you are all the way back in 2013? In 2014, Solidworks introduced Solidworks Inspection, to help you streamline the creation of your inspection documentation. It will help you take those tedious tasks of manually ballooning drawings and creating and filling out inspection reports, and reduce them to a fraction of the time. Let’s take a look now at how quick and easy that is to do. When you have native Solidworks drawings, and the Inspection Add-In loaded, you can...
2016 SOLIDWORKS Simulation has added enhancements to make the engineers life easier. One of the enhancements is the Underconstrained Bodies tool. This tool allows the engineer to quickly and easily find the underconstrained bodies in their assembly, or multi body part. We have all seen the error message "model is unstable" before causing us to scratch are heads and revisit the model and simulation setup. Prior to 2016 the steps taken to underconstrained this error would have been as follows. Switch to the model tab of SOLIDWORKS and "Interference Detection" on the Evaluate command manager tab. Use the "treat coincidence as interference" option to see where the Automatic Bonded contact is applied. Any area that is not shown in coincidence will not have the Global Bonded Contact applied. Under the study properties, turn on "Use Soft Springs". Soft Springs applies...
How often do you take advantage of the Xpress tools in SOLIDWORKS? Maybe the better question is do you know about the Xpress tools in SOLIDWORKS? If you’re not familiar with them, they are SimulationXpress, FloXpress and DriveWorksXpress. Each of these tools can have a place in your product development processes, if you take advantage of them. Briefly, their capabilities are as follows: SimulationXpress provides part-only Finite Element Analysis, FloXpress provides internal flow Computational Fluid Dynamics and DriveWorksXpress is a powerful design automation tool. I recommend you take a look at each to see how you can begin to leverage their capabilities. One quick side note… you can learn more about the DriveWorks products or read about Gemma’s whirlwind trip to the USA to demonstrate DriveWorksXpress at four SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings in four nights! I’m going to focus on FloXpress...