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Learn about the latest, most advanced technology-based solutions to make the design engineering process faster and more efficient, with better communications and a higher level of productivity. With SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD products and industry-leading software, Stratasys and MakerBot 3D Printers and so much more, we have the innovative solutions your product design team needs. Increase your output, accuracy, collaboration and ideation. Put technology innovation to work in your design team.

 

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3D CAD Design

Boost Creativity. Accelerate Design. Increase Productivity.

From conceptual design to mechanical design, collaboration to automation, our CAD software solutions feature powerful design functionality to speed your design process and make you more productive.

Simulation

Evaluate Performance. Improve Quality. Boost Product Innovation.

Fully analyze and test your designs early and often to improve quality and reduce physical prototypes. SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools provide the ideal virtual testing environment. Saving time and money.

Electrical Design

Synchronized Data. Collaborative Environment.

Quickly and easily embed electrical systems into products and equipment, automate tedious design tasks and reduce costs by accurately determining optimal lengths for wires, cables and harnesses.

Product Data Management

Secure Data. Fast Retrieval. Share and Collaborate.

Organize your design data and improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on product development with top of the line Product Data Management tools.

Technical Communication

Streamline Inspection. Simplify the Complex.

Make high quality graphics and detailed illustrations to fully interactive 3D designs, improve your technical commination with automated 3D product manufacturing information.

3D Printing

Test. Revise. Perfect.

It’s all possible with 3D printing. From concept models to functional prototypes to direct digital manufacturing, 3D printing can accelerate innovation and make you more competitive.


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SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Speed Design. Reduce Costs.

Expand your 3D design capabilities and stand out from the competition. Improve collaboration and get to market faster with its intuitive interface, robust modeling tools and user community. It's all possible with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

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SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

Rapid Creation. Manipulation. Modification.

Capture ideas digitally, quickly create 3D concept models, get feedback, and easily manage multiple concepts before committing to a prototype. SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer accelerates your 2D and 3D industrial designs concepts and reduce costs.

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DraftSight

View. Edit. Share. Repeat.

Create new professional-grade 2D drawings and view, edit or share existing DWG files. Enjoy an online library full of training and resources. Do it all for a fraction of the normal cost with DraftSight.

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DriveWorks

Save Time. Minimize Repetitive Tasks.

Automate everyday repetitive design tasks and configuring products that can be defined by a set of rules. Create “same but different” products with ease. It’s all possible with DriveWorks design automation software.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Better Quality. Less Time. Lower Cost.

Lower cost and minimize scrap in this virtual testing environment. Reduce the number of physical prototypes needed and optimize design innovation. Use SOLIDWORS Simulation to improve the quality of your designs.

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Real World Conditions. Superior Performance.

Stay on top of critical fluid flow parameters; pressure, velocity, heat transfer and others that impact your fluid flow project.  SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis that gives you the tools to ensure product performance.

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics

Decrease Cost. Prevent Defects.

Reduce molded part warp, optimize sprues, runners and gates, and decrease overall injection molding costs. Prevent manufacturing related defects and accelerate time-to-market with SOLIDWORKS Plastics.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Rapid Design Process. Reduce Costs.

Integrate electrical single-line and multi-line schematic design data with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD models using bi-directional, real time collaboration to minimize design time. Speed the design process with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

2D Schematics. Design Automation.

Collaborative schematic design tools to efficiently define electrical interconnections for complex electrical systems to minimize design time. Speed your design process with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D

Rapid Design Process. Reduce Costs.

Easily Integrate schematic data into a SOLIDWORKS 3D model. Plan specific locations/paths, and place all electrical parts in 3D and run wires, cables and harnesses to connect all electrical equipment to accurately determine part lengths. Ensure consistency and reduce scrap and costs with SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D.

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SOLIDWORKS PCB

PCB Design Technology. Seamless Integration.

Create innovative printed circuit board designs and put collaboration at the front and center of the design process. With the latest technology in PCB design, SOLIDWORKS PCB provides seamless integration with mechanical workflows your design process has never been so efficient.

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SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector

Link Design Data. ECAD/MCAD Collaboration.

Easily link design data and share critical elements between electrical and mechanical design teams. SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector takes the guesswork out of your collaboration process with an integrated link between Altium and your MCAD environment in SOLIDWORKS.

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SOLIDWORKS PDM

Improve Security. Easy Data Retrieval.

Eliminate concerns about engineering design and technical data loss. Improve collaboration with easy retrieval and access to timely information. Gain a greater level of security and increase the speed of data retrieval with SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management.

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EXALEAD OnePart - 3DVision Technologies

EXALEAD OnePart

Cost Savings. Optimize Communication.

Intuitive browser-based web navigation promotes collaboration not just among CAD users, but throughout the company. Quickly find and reuse existing parts, product designs and other information inside your organization with EXALEAD OnePart.

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PDM Utilities

Enhance Data Control. Increase Efficiency.

Get the most out of your SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM software by selecting these PDM utilities. Manage and control data more effectively to protect valuable assets. Choose one or all to meet your design team needs.

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SOLIDWORKS Composer

Dynamic Graphics. Compelling Visuals.

Turn existing 3D designs into dynamic graphics and interactive animations to effectively communicate complex product details. Even non-technical users can create dynamic graphics and technical communications. Say it with a picture using SOLIDWORKS Composer.

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Save Time. Eliminate Bottlenecks.

Automating the creation of inspection data sheets, reports and balloons on engineering drawings virtually eliminate human errors and ensure parts are within specifications. Use SOLIDWORKS Inspection to streamline your quality inspection processes.

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SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition

Go Drawingless. Streamline Production.

Define, organize and publish 3D PMI and model data into industry standard file formats. Reduce interpretation errors and cut cycle time with SOLIDWORKS MBD integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Photorealistic Imagery. Impactful Content.

Quickly and easily create emotional content and photo-quality assets faster than ever imagined. SOLIDWORKS Visualize turns your CAD data into impactful, high-qaulity visual content and photorealistic imagery at unlimited resolution the fast, easy, and fun way.

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3D Printing Options

Build Your Ideas. Accelerate Innovation.

PolyJet and FDM technology on Stratasys 3D Printers; MakerBot desktop 3D printers; 3D Printing Services; We offer an extensive product line in the world of 3D Printing, providing the best ways to bring your ideas to life.

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Stratasys FDM Printers

Think It. Build It. Test It.

FDM technology uses production-grade thermoplastics for parts that are unrivaled in mechanical, thermal and chemical properties. So you can think it, build it, test it -- and perfect it -- often within a day.

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Stratasys PolyJet Printers

Beautiful Prototypes. Precise Manufacturing Tools.

PolyJet technology builds smooth, accurate models with thin walls and complex geometries. Build multi-material, multi-color parts that range in texture, color, durability and temperature properties.

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MakerBot Printers

Test Proof of Concept. Prototype In-House.

Be faster out of the gate and accelerate the engineering design cycle. Office-friendly, compact and affordable. MakerBot desktop 3D printers make real-time prototyping not only possible, but fast and easy.

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Desktop Metal Printers

Affordable. Office Friendly.

The first turnkey, office-friendly metal printing system that will bring you from prototyping to mass production. Desktop Metal is reinventing the way engineering and manufacturing teams produce metal parts changing the way we bring products to market.

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3D Printing Services

Advanced Technology. Outstanding Quality.

Our 3D printing services will help you save time, money and get to market faster. Using PolyJet and FDM technology, certified engineers guide you through the process and deliver parts and prototypes that accelerate innovation and product development.

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Support

From Beginning to End. That’s Our Commitment.

We help you understand and effectively use your new technology to complete your design tasks quickly and efficiently. We’re always just an email or phone call away and always ready to assist you with whatever you need to make your business better.

 

 

"I have to say 3DVision Tech Support has got to be one of the best teams I have ever dealt with. They are knowledgeable, very willing to help, pleasant and always reply in a timely fashion. And it's not just Tech Support, everyone at 3DVision Technologies treats us this way and we appreciate it."
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Getting Started

Fast and Friendly.

Getting through the first design process with new technology is critical to long term success. We know how to assist our customers through the first ninety days to get the technology installed, configured and rolled out to your team. Whether its 1 Engineer or 20 Engineers, tap into our talent!

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Technical Support

Exceptional Service. Experienced Engineers.

Technical support always seems to be needed at the most critical point in your design or when you are under a tight deadline. We have a solution for this situation. Certified engineers with extensive industry experience are ready to help you solve even your most complicated issues.

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Services

Save Time and Money.

You work in a technology-rich environment but technology changes constantly and you need to keep up. Where will you find the time and resources to uncover the new advancements that would improve the quality and speed of your design? We can help you with our many services.

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Subscription Services

Enhance Your SOLIDWORKS Investment.

There’s no better way to maximize your SOLIDWORKS investment. SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service allows immediate access to new software releases, upgrades and enhancements and our live tech support, helping you stay current and competitive, and to improve return on investment.

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3D Printer Service Contracts

Extend the Service of Your Printer.

Receive peace of mind knowing our Certified Engineers and Technicians are available to diagnose problems and get you up and running quickly with the right solution for your Stratasys 3D Printer. 3D Printer Service Contracts give you predictable maintenance costs, spare parts, repair service, and service consumables.

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Training

Fundamental to Advanced.

Take full advantage of your technology investment and learn to work more efficiently. 3DVision Technologies is a certified 3D training and support provider with seven centers across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Take a look at the extensive range of training programs that are available. Since everyone learns differently, choose the program that’s best for you; classroom training, live online training, self-paced e-learning programs, or we’ll even design a custom training program just for you.

 

"They [3DVision Technologies] offer great training here. I think it would be really tough to just dive into it and learn it on your own without at least an Essentials class. They gave me everything I needed to get started."
Jeff Smith - Manufacturing Specialist

Classroom Training

Learn from the Best.

Be more efficient and learn new skills when you take classes taught by award-winning, certified training instructors who provide the individual attention you need. Our on-site, hands-on classroom training courses are designed to build your expertise and maintain your competitive advantage.

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Live Online Training

Our live online SOLIDWORKS training are the same courses as our classroom training, delivered right to your desktop by our SOLIDWORKS Certified Instructors. From introductory to advanced, these live online training courses limit the amount of time spent in training, while giving you the training you need without leaving the office.

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SOLIDWORKS 12-Month Training Tracks

Get access to all the available online classes and a savings up to 49%. From new users to the most experienced, the training tracks will build your SOLIDWORKS skills. Take all the classes or only the ones that most interest you.

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No Travel Required.

If learning on your own at your own pace works better for you and your tight schedule then tap into the benefits of the online e-learning experience. Work as fast as you want, on the days and at the times that work best for you. It's convenient and available 24/7.

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Training Just for You.

Can't find the training you want? Need specialized training or extra support, no problem. Let us custom develop training programs to specifically meet your needs. Our experienced training advisors can help you get the training that's best for you.

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The Makings of a Readable PCB Schematic

We draw a schematic to define the connections that are going to be made on the PCB layout, and so we sometimes get lost in that purpose, forgetting that when everything is done there are good odds that someone else is going to have to reference what we've drawn and decipher it. We understand it, and it works well enough to get the netlist created for the routing, but can someone else look at it to do troubleshooting or understand the functional intent of the design? It’s important that we follow conventions that will ensure clear communication.

Take for instance this circuit:

It works. The netlist is created and I can route it on a PCB. But if you wanted to figure out what it was, you’d have to do some deciphering. Here’s the same circuit, drawn in a more conventional manner:

One look and you’ll realize it’s a common emitter amplifier.

So what are some common rules for a schematic design that we should all follow? If you are just starting to get into designing circuit boards to jump on the IOT craze, then you may not know/remember all of these.

Schematics should read left to right, top to bottom

It should read like a book. Inputs go on the left, outputs on the right, and the signal flows left to right. If you reach the end of the page and need to go to a new row, don’t make the next row flow right to left. Bring the wires from the first row all the way back to the left side of the page to start a new row. If you don’t like how that looks, then use ports or net name to tie the netlist together without the visual of the long wire.

Clean up the text around your symbols

Sometimes the schematic gets crowded and we end up with a lot of text in a small area. Make sure all of the text is oriented the same way, you can easily tell which symbol for which it is providing information, and you don’t have wires or symbol lines running through the text. How easy is this to read?

Answer: not very.

Name your nets, and group related signals together

SOLIDWORKS PCB will name your nets for you if you don’t apply your own names, so that it can generate a netlist, but you won’t see those names except when routing. However, if you give them your own (meaningful) names, it will be a lot easier to understand your design intent. Here is a page of ANSI/IEEE recommended net name abbreviations.

 Also, we have the ability to group related signals together into a bus or signal harness. This will keep you from having to route multiple wires alongside each other to their destination, taking up valuable real estate. In the image below you can see how you can utilize a bus. Imagine how many wires you would have crossing over each other if I represented them all individually. We know which wire goes from which origin to which destination based on the matching net names.

 

Here you can see how SOLIDWORKS PCB uses signal harnesses to group wires together into a single port so that you can easily connect multiple wires across different pages. You’ll notice that we don’t have a lot of wires crossing over themselves either, utilizing just the net names to show connection. It is more readable than trying to follow a lot of criss-crossing wires, but if you make your entire schematic using “air” wires it can become just as illegible. I’ll leave that one up to you to decide which you want to follow.

Don’t connect wires using a 4-way tie

When it comes to wires crossing other wires on a schematic, you don’t want to leave your reader guessing what you mean. Some people will have two lines crossing each other, meaning that they are connected, others assume not connected. Using a bridge or connection dot certainly makes it more clear.

 

I would argue that to make it the most clear, never cross wires without a bridge, and never cross wires where you mean them to be connected. Offset one of the wires a little bit so that they won’t be wondering if you use connection dots or not. Both ways of showing wires in convention 2 above, are bad.

Decoupling Capacitor Placement

Locate decoupling capacitors close to the components they serve. I have seen schematics where they are all located on a single page by themselves. This doesn’t communicate to the layout engineer their purpose and where they should place it. Also, if the plan is to reuse circuitry in the future, across multiple designs, then keeping the decoupling caps close to the components they filter will make it quicker and easier to create reusable design blocks.

Design for regular size paper

No one is sitting around with drafting tables to look at D-size paper anymore. Most people only have access to printers that will print on 8 1/2 x 11 inch or 11 x 17 inch paper. Don’t use a size D title block so that you can cram a bunch of symbols on a single page. It will just get printed on a smaller page and end up needing a magnifying glass to read. Also, if someone is looking at it on a computer screen they will have to pan around a lot to follow. If using a smaller title block means more pages, go ahead. You can flip pages back and forth with a single click in Adobe Reader. Flipping pages is preferable to constantly panning, zooming out and in. Think of pages in schematics like paragraphs in a narrative. Breaking a schematic into individually labeled sections by pages can help readability if done right. For example, you might have a page for the power input section, the immediate microcontroller connections, the analog inputs, the H bridge drive power outputs, the ethernet interface, etc. It's actually useful to break up the schematic this way even if it had nothing to do with drawing size.

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