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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 helping my Daughter decipher 4th grade common core. To no...
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 don't know how I started writing a terrible suspense novel...
The last day of SOLIDWORKS World is always my favorite. Many things get “revealed” that day... Where the next SOLIDWORKS World will be held, the user voted “Top 10” enhancement list, and my favorite section where they preview what will HOPEFULLY be NEW in SOLIDWORKS 2018! I have to say “hopefully” here, because anything listed below could be pulled from the final release if it isn’t operating up to the high quality standards of SOLIDWORKS. Here are the items for 2018 that were revealed at SOLIDWORKS World this year! Sketch Productivity: Mirror in a 3D Sketch Use planes as symmetry reference (mirroring) in 2D & 3D sketches Pen sketching (with smoothing and conversion to lines and arcs) on Windows touch screen devices!!! Assembly Delighters: Welcome Screen that combines “File-New”, “Recent files”,...
The heck with the groundhog and his weather prediction! The NFL season recently ended in spectacular fashion and spring is right around the corner. And spring means baseball! With hardball season fast approaching, now is a good time to clear up the mystery of defining orthotropic material properties in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Why? Well, you might want to solve a few Finite Element Analysis studies with baseball bats and if your material properties aren’t set up properly the results will be invalid. Most of us are used to working with materials that are isotropic in nature. Isotropic means the material properties are the same in each direction. But an orthotropic material is unique in that material properties are dependent upon orientation. The most common example of an orthotropic material is wood. Other orthotropic...
In Part 1, I introduced you to the concept of Macros and how they can save you time in creating schematics that have similar components to previous projects. The method I showed, though, works best with smaller pieces of circuitry. You could certainly use it for an entire page of a schematic if you wanted, but the next level of the tool, Project Macros, is a much better way to handle that. It can even save multiple pages of a schematic for reuse later. In that way, you can think of your projects as connecting modules together. Take for instance the electrical design of an ambulance. Maybe you have different radio setups you would install. Or different equipment installed in the back. Different light arrays. In SOLIDWORKS, you would probably save...