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How much do you customize your SOLIDWORKS Options? If you are like most users I talk to, the answer is often the retort “who doesn’t”? Honestly, I agree with that sentiment. With so many options available, certainly you’ve found a couple of settings that you cannot live without. So why is it that when I ask SOLIDWORKS Simulation users a similar question, I mainly encounter puzzled looks? While SOLIDWORKS Simulation doesn’t have nearly as many settings as SOLIDWORKS CAD has, there are a few options that will make your analysis work better. There are options for formatting plot output, default mesh settings, automatically creating result plots, and customization of report templates to name a few. Here are a few options to...
What good is your design if you cannot share it with others? Whether you need to show your design to your customer to get approval, share with suppliers, or communicate with your manufacturing (or any other) department who does not run SOLIDWORKS, the eDrawings viewer is a great tool to allow that collaboration. In this latest edition of 3DVision’s How To Solve It webinar series, I discussed how you can use eDrawings to view and share your 2D and 3D CAD data from SOLIDWORKS, and other CAD platforms. We discussed the capabilities, as well as limitations of the eDrawings viewer. That sounds like a great and useful tool; which usually means expensive. While it is a valuable tool, the cost...
Hooray! I know some of you may not think this is an enhancement to get super excited about. It was glossed over at the launch events, and I didn't fully appreciate at first. It wasn't until I was modifying a weldment model I had previously ran a Simulation study on. That's when my eyes opened. Take for example the model below. A weldment that uses square tubing. Weldments consisting of structural members are meshed as a beam element. The beams are connected by joints. Any changes to the model requires a joint recalculation. Let's say I change the left corner facing us to be an overlap vs an underlap joint. Note that the change could be any geometry change not...
Like most people, you’re probably hearing more on the topic of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing). Perhaps even you’ve had someone come up from the Engineering or your Innovation departments and provide a soundbite on how cool 3D printing is and how much it will cost to buy one. As a business Leader you’ve likely taken a pass. Why? Well I speculate the reason is because nobody so far has articulated the real value to embracing 3D printing. Over the years I have sat in on countless conversations with companies exploring such equipment. Prospective buyers have Engineers and Purchasing mulling over spec sheets of build sizes, material capabilities, software, prices and countless comparative data points that feel equally constructive as me...
The epic conclusion to our suspenseful Make an Invisible Cube in Composer - Method 1.... To set the scene, I had just show our standard method for creating a stunning moving camera by attaching a camera to a primitive and turning the opacity down. Let's jump back in. This is where the story usually ends, until last week's training when my buddy Tommy said, "I can see the cube." "LIES! DIRTY ROTTEN LIES!" I screamed as I stormed to where Tommy was sitting. I needed to see my video playing on our projector from Tommy's vantage point and as the video looped, I saw it. There it was plain as day...the primitive... Chapter 17 - The Fix is In (I...