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Ever stop to consider what is going on when you make a 2D drawing of a 3D part in CAD and then go on to manufacture it? You make a 3D object into a 2D object so that you can make it back into a 3D object. Your 3D CAD part is 'flattened' into a 2D drawing, which is then used to manufacture a 3D part. 3D -> 2D -> 3D. This process is handy for when you need to transport your kayak, but can't we eliminate the 2D (drawing) step when going from 3D CAD to manufacturing the part? With SOLIDWORKS MBD you can. SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model-Based Definition) is an integrated, drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS. It helps define, organize...
Optimizing the design of plastic agricultural bins with SolidWorks Simulation Macro Plastics relies on SolidWorks Simulation Premium analysis software to optimize designs for its large agricultural bins, cutting material costs while maintaining strength. Macro Plastics, Inc., is the leading manufacturer of large agricultural bins in North America. The company’s products, which come in 70 different models, are a staple among fruit growers for picking, transporting, and bringing everything from apples and oranges to grapes and cherries to market. Bins from Macro Plastics are made from high-density polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and are preferred over traditional wooden crates because they offer greater protection, delivering higher quality fruit, and are washable, reusable, and recyclable. When your product is made entirely out of plastic,...
I discovered a cool feature last week while working on a customer’s mold design part that I think is worth making everyone aware of. One of the main goals/achievements when making a mold for a part is always trying to get the “parting surface or runoff surface” exactly how you want it. Sometimes this means coming off at an exact angle at an exact location all the way around a rounded edge. How can we do that in SOLIDWORKS? On the SOLIDWORKS CURVES toolbar is a command called SPLIT LINE. You may have used this before to project sketches onto a face to “split up” the face into multiple faces for various reasons (being more exact with a load location in...
Man that was a stretch for a title to tie into the Indy 500, but come on it's the best I got! Trust me it doesn't get much better from here! Last month I did a 10-4 Tech Talk on Hidden Gems in SOLIDWORKS, one of which was DriveWorks Xpress. Wouldn't you know it right after a few people called me, for the purposes of this blog I'm writing, wanting to know more about how DriveWorks Xpress worked. So in an effort to help these fictitious good hearted souls, I thought I would walk through some of the basics to setting up your own DriveWorks Xpress model. I think it's an unwritten rule of salesmanship that sales people can sell all...
SOLIDWORKS performance is an issue that often comes up the more complex your part designs are or the larger your assemblies get. We have addressed those issues a lot recently through blogs and tech talks. In this blog, I wanted to touch on a performance option that is often overlooked, possibly because you do not even know it is there or know what it would do, during part design, but could potentially speed up your part rebuild time, i.e. the Geometry Pattern. If you do a Command Search for it, you will not come up with anything; that is because Geometry Pattern is just an option inside of the Pattern features (except Variable Patterns). You may have never even noticed this,...