Analyzes manufacturability of plastic parts, identifies potential defects early in design, and visualizes results in the 3D model to provide a bridge between plastic part design and mold-making. SolidWorks Plastics provides your one stop solution. Watch this video to learn more!
Think you know everything there is to know about drawing? Through a detailed look at case studies on the following subjects in this video, you’ll become more productive than ever. Check out this video to learn more!
The SolidWorks 2013 Design Costing has been significantly enhanced.Provides automatic manufacturing cost estimation to support more manufacturing processes and improves access to cost data for downstream manufacturing systems.
Machined part costing with increased capabilities for turning and mill/turn, improved process recognition, and multibody support.
New APIs to access cost data in the 3D model for downstream manufacturing
Easily estimate the cost of designs to create more accurate quotations and stay in budget.Watch this video to see all the improvements and new features.
If you are using SlodWorks 2011 this video will surely help you discover tips and tricks of SolidWorks 2011. You will see tricks on the helix function, revolution function, measuring tool, speed pack, rotation of views etc!
Learning the first steps of the 3DVIA Composer which allows non-technical users to create associative 2D and 3D product communication deliverables directly from your 3D CAD data. By leveraging existing product designs, 3DVIA Composer enables deliverables to be initiated earlier and then kept up to date automatically, helping to lower costs and speed time to market.
With its easy-to-use product approach, 3DVIA Composer streamlines the creation of 2D and 3D graphical contents for product communication and technical illustrations. Watch this video to get more insights.
This video provides the basics on how to use equations within your model. Equations can be used to link dimensions, files properties, or other variables together. They ensure your design intent, so that if values are changed in your model, the integrity of the design will remain. Please note that this video is based off the SolidWorks 2012 equation manager which is different than previous versions.
An engaging video showcasing how to create a maintenance video to replace a blade on a miter saw using SolidWorks Composer. Within this video a screwdriver will be inserted into the assembly to help visualize the removal of screws. It is also explained how to make the video interactive if played in SolidWorks Composer Player. This allows someone to follow along with each step as opposed to watching the video multiple times to follow the steps.
An Insightful video for learning the process of linking Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that contain data and equations to a SolidWorks model. This is very useful if you have done a lot of calculations within Excel and want a way to use them in a model without having to manually put them in.
Watch the Video and learn the three simple rules to remember while creating a Plane-Sketch-Feature. Also review user interface techniques to save time when you are learning to sketch and creating your first feature.
Watch the new enhanced eDrawings for iOS to now include Augmented Reality (AR). AR is available in both the Standard and Professional versions of eDrawings for iPad and iPhone. See it in action beside a real production version of the Holmatro spreader.
Watch the video to view the new enhanced eDrawings for iOS to now include Augmented Reality (AR). AR is available in both the Standard and Professional versions of eDrawings for iPad and iPhone. It lets everyone on the design team see your product at full scale so its true size is obvious to everyone. Use Configurations to load an entire product line in eDrawings, and then use AR to place any specific product variation on the table in front of your customer. Now available in the App Store.
This video shows the workflow of how to create a set of assembly instructions using SolidWorks Composer. Part of an engine assembly from an SAE car will be used to show this procedure. A collection of images showing each step is created which can then be used in the development of an assembly manual. The benefit of creating a manual this way is that the actual assembly does not need to be made first because the virtual one can show all the steps. Also, if the model is ever updated, these updates are easily transferred to the images that were already created.
Watch the basic assembly steps for the iPhone 5 using SolidWorks Composer. Features such as the digger let you see a section of the inside of model without needing to remove components. There are three different kinds of exploded views that SolidWorks Composer has that allow the user to explode all the parts away from each other, and lot more features can be seen here.
With its easy-to-use product approach, 3DVIA Composer streamlines the creation of 2D and 3D graphical contents for product communication and technical illustrations.
3DVIA Composer allows non-technical users to create associative 2D and 3D product communication deliverables directly from your 3D CAD data. By leveraging existing product designs, 3DVIA Composer enables deliverables to be initiated earlier and then kept up to date automatically, helping to lower costs and speed time to market.
Brian McElyea is a Senior Mechanical Engineer and pseudo-CAD Support for Intuitive Research & Technology Corporation (INTUITIVE).He is a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP), and a founding member of the North Alabama SolidWorks User Group (NASWUG).He began this blog because he wanted to be more involved with the SolidWorks Community and have a little input.Click here to know more.http://www.cadfanatic.com/
Are you trying to create SolidWorks sketches that are based off of pictures or hand drawn sketches? If you are, this video will show the basics of how to open an image file within a SolidWorks sketch and use it to create a sketch. This tool can be very useful to create accurate models fairly quickly.
Michael Czysz,CEO Motoczysz is something of an enigma in the motorcycle world.Motoczysz is a Portland, Oregon, based motorcycle company that intended to compete in the MotoGP.The prototype has an engine with perfect balance and does not need a balance shaft. Some of the patented innovations include a slipper clutch with twin clutches, a unique front suspension, and many others.
This video shows how to set up and run an external flow simulation on an SAE Car Body. A surface goal in created in order to calculate the lift forces on the car. The key to calculating flow with such things as car bodies is that the body needs to have thickness and cannot just be a surface body. This video can also be easily applied to aerospace applications as well.
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute of NAMII (NAMII.org) states that their primary focus is on advancing additive manufacturing in order to
Create an infrastructure to exchange information on knowledge and research in Additive Manufacturing.
Facilitate the development and deployment of additive manufacturing technologies.
Educate Students and Workers in additive manufacturing.
Click to know more.http://www.3dengr.com/
Check out the final day of sessions from SolidWorks World 2013. A Recap of 14th Annual Model Mania Contest at SolidWorks World 2013.
Mark Schneider,Product marketing Specialist announces the Model Mania Champions. Check out Tom Atchison and the Mavericks program from day 3 of SolidWorks World 2013.
Andrew Cresci,GM Manufacturing Industries NVIDIA Corp.announces e-drawing in tablet.Click to see all the actions.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yibexeyj9M&list=UU0NX5l_sS-y14xc9XtPzsPw.See you next year!
Check out Tom Atchison and the Mavericks program from day 3 of SolidWorks World 2013.Tom holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Radiochemistry, and has completed graduate studies in Engineering Management at Santa Clara University.
Tom founded the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to facilitating civilian space research, STEM education and competition as an enabler of civilian space explorers. Tom is a TRA L-3 certified flyer with a passion and drive for developing new experimental propulsion technologies that will reduce the cost and increase the accessibility of civilian space exploration.
How much pounding from winter storms can your roof take?
By Stephen Endersby, Senior Product Manager, SolidWorks This past weekend was all about snow and ice, or rather the removal of those two pesky forms of water. Winter storm Nemo dropped a significant amount of snow here in the Boston area and although I am not a New England native, I know the pain and strain of clearing snow from my drive and roof. But have you ever stopped to wonder how snow can bring down a building?
Every time I am on snow clearing duty it reminds me of when I carried out an analysis of snow on a roof while learning the art of structural analysis many years ago. Snow is roughly 1/10th the density of water, at 6.242 lbs per cubic ft and this weekend I cleared a good 20 inches of snow off my roof, which means that I moved a whooping 5.5 tons! No wonder the pretty white stuff can bring down a building.
Now I’m an engineer and I cannot help but try to understand what a roof is doing under these kinds of loads. With today’s technology like Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), you can virtually test the design of your roof to ensure it is strong enough to hold tons of snow. Using my CAD tool, SolidWorks, I quickly mocked up a simple wooden roof and snow pack.
One of the nice things about SolidWorks is that it has an integrated structural analysis package allowing me to ask the question “what happens to a roof covered in snow”. It was a snap to apply the snow loads and hold the roof as if it was attached to some supporting walls. I had the answer to my questions faster than it would have taken me to put on my jacket to go outside and find out.
If I build the roof that I designed and it had been in the path of Nemo, the roof panels would have bent by a maximum of 0.45 inch. Which doesn’t sound like a lot but how safe would it have been?
The structural safety or Factor of Safety is measured by ratio of the local calculated load to the maximum load the material can take. We can see that the roof is at least five times as strong as it needs to be. This information allows you to decide whether you need to put more roof trusses in or are you happy with your design.
This type of analysis is not limited to wooden roofs it can also be used on structural steel roofs. The next time you’re walking around the mall, look up. See how all those beams are joined together, some are welded, some are bolted but all have to perform to maintain the buildings structural integrity. Simulation can look at problems at a large scale, the whole building, or at a small scale, how a group of beams are bolted together.
The computer analysis predicts the roof is strong enough to hold almost 65 inches of snow but in the real world, it would probably fail well before that. As soon as the supporting wall started to bow or if a truss joint wasn’t perfectly done, the roof would cave in. That is why we have factors of safety.
So the next time you think of carrying out a little building project, do yourself a favor and make sure you use the tools that can tell you how safe your building is, whether it is to prevent issues with snow, wind or earthquakes. Guessing how a building will withstand Mother Nature has proved to be costly and potentially life threatening.
Ricky Jordan has been an avid SolidWorks user for 15 years.Over that time he has been fortunate enough to use SolidWorks to design products ranging from large industrial machine systems, diagnostic test equipment, handheld consumer products, & satellite systems. Jordan’s particular areas of specialty include complex solid/surface modeling, Drawings, PDMWorks, Routing, and import model repair.He hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University (Class of 1998).The mission of his site is simple. Provide useful information about SolidWorks 3D CAD software, SolidWorks & CAD Industry news.Click to know morehttp://www.rickyjordan.com/
Watch what happened during day 2 of SolidWorks World 2013! Fielder Hiss,VP Product Management discusses on the importance of partner community and association of SolidWorks with Intel.
Frank Soqui,Workstation General Manager,Intel acknowledges the privilege to work with SolidWorks.
Here is a video how to create a moving chain in SolidWorks.The chain is one multibody part, in the assembly a hidden part will push the links forward. Click to know more.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orqr5ZhObsU
Vijay Kumar is an Indian roboticist and professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.He is known for his research in the control and coordination of multi-robot formations. Kumar showcases the potential of a swarm of robots during SolidWorks World 2013.
SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind.
This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously – with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation. Festo has thus succeeded for the first time in creating an energy-efficient technical adaptation of this model from nature.
Helping NASA evaluate safety hazards with SolidWorks Flow Simulation.
SE Corp. used SolidWorks Flow Simulation computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software
to simulate the behavior of exhaust gases resulting from a rocket ignition incidentinside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, helping the space agency evaluate safety hazards, improve emergency response planning, and assess future uses for the facility.
Click to know more http://files.solidworks.com/casestudies_eng/pdf/SE_Corp.final.pdf
SolidWorks World 2013: Day 1 General Session
Watch the video below to see everything that happened, including SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot’s keynote address; the announcement of My.SolidWorks; Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles on his vision for the future; the announcement of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual; and a presentation from the Red Bull Stratos engineering team.
SAE Car Suspension With SolidWorks Motion: Part 3 Post Processing-This is the third and final part in a series of three showing how to use SolidWorks Motion to analyze a suspension system in a Formula SAE Car. This last part covers the post processing of results that was obtained in the second video. This video shows three different ways to use the results. These include plotting various values with respect to time, using the data with SolidWorks Simulation, and finally the motion study can be used to optimize the model. I hope this set of videos will help you with your own motion studies.Click to know more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CllPYymnzac&feature=share&list=UU0NX5l_sS-y14xc9XtPzsPw
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What’s New in SolidWorks 2013.SAE Car Suspension With SolidWorks Motion: Part 2 Set Up.This is part two out of a three part series showing how to use SolidWorks Motion to analyze a suspension system in a Formula SAE Car. The second part covers the set up and running of the motion study. The trick is to remove all the redundancies in your model. For help with removing redundancies, refer to part the first video in the series. A spring, damper, and a linear motor are used in this simulation to simulate a tire hitting a hole in the road. The last video in the series will look at the post processing of this study.Click here to know more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LSs1-26LTY&feature=share&list=UU0NX5l_sS-y14xc9XtPzsPw
SAE Car Suspension With SolidWorks Motion: Part 1 Eliminating Redundancy.
This video is the first part of three which shows how to use SolidWorks Motion to analyze a suspension system from a Formula SAE Car. In the first part, the process of eliminating redundancies within your model will be shown. Removing redundancies is an important step when using SolidWorks Motion in order to get accurate results and to have the simulation run properly. The other two videos cover the set up and running of the motion study and then post processing of the results.Click to know more.
This video shows how to use SolidWorks Sustainability to make a model more sustainable. SolidWorks Sustainability can also be used as a way to find alternative materials to use. This tool can help out a lot in courses dealing with materials or any project design based course. By specifying a number of different parameters such as where and how a product is planning on being made, results will be given showing the impact to the environment. This provides a baseline on which modifications can be made in order to try to reduce the products impact.Click to know more.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inGUrKFTCHk&feature=share&list=UU0NX5l_sS-y14xc9XtPzsPw
Quickly design weldments, sheet Metal, and multi-body parts and increase standardization.
- Save time and automate outputs for manufacturing
- For Weldments—Access overall dimensions of the part bounding box for BOM, cut list, or annotations
- For Sheet Metal—Set and view insertion points for forming tools to determine the precise location of the forming tool relative to the part
- Multi-Body Parts—Use library features on multi-body parts.Click here to know more.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEZ6DxwkVXE&feature=share&list=PLiKqXuECiKNKKicrJT6O-8VM1q2uv0jaN