Official SolidWorks Asia-Pacific BlogSolidWorks APAC blog, with news of new products, tips, tricks, events and more!2014-03-11T10:56:20Zhttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/feed/atom/WordPressmarcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=52332014-03-11T10:56:20Z2014-03-11T10:54:32Z
Now that you have setup your vault. First thing, you want to organize your folders. You may want to have:
- Folder for documents
- Folder for library parts
- Folder for project documents
- Folder for CAD data
- Folder for simulation report
- Folder for technical documentation
Let’s say you want to set up folder for library parts. And more importantly, you don’t want the folder data card looks like the generic folder card shown like above. You may want something graphical. There are plenty of clip art available on the web. I can also use the clip art library from Microsoft to create the folder data card like this one
Here is the correct procedure. First of all, you need to create the folder first. Then open the generic folder data card. After this, customize the folder data card as you want using the Card Editor, then save the folder data card within the folder that you want to customize. For this particular case, I create the Library folder and save the folder data card under the Library folder.
Then, I want to customize my Toolbox folder. I create the Toolbox folder under Library folder. I can’t find any clip art representing the toolbox that I really like. So I need to create one.
I’m going to use SolidWorks. I start with an empty assembly then I bring the components from Toolbox library. My assembly looks like this.
I make sure that the back ground is white. I save as PNG file. In order to appear nicely on data card. I need to remove the white background and replace by transparent background. I can use either Paint.NET or Photoshop to do this. I’m using Photoshop for this case. Once your background becomes transparent, I need to convert the PNG file to ICO format. There are many online tools that can do the job. I’m using converticon.com
Once you have the ICO file, the rest is easy.
- The image which you want to insert in the data card should be ICO or BMP file. ICO is much easier to control the over size. With BMP file, you have calculate the pixel and size manually
- Create the folder first and save the folder data card under that folder
- Each folder can have its own folder data card
Enjoy SolidWorks EPDM
Basic modeling exercises are important because it reinforces the essential techniques while at the same time being able to experiment a bit. It’s important to start with these 4 easy exercises to help you successfully learn all the foundational techniques before you start building more complex models.
Model #1: Wine Glass
This is one of the important beginner projects in 3D modeling courses. The shape is familiar, and the techniques used are very basic. This means that you will be able to get a nice-looking model quickly and very easily. You can use the skills that you’ve learned here to model other cylindrical shapes with radial symmetry such as pots, glasses, lamps, and rocket ships.
Model #2: Table and Chair
The next model is also quite simple but it is a good way to familiarize with modeling techniques like edge insertion and extrusion in a simple way. Almost every modeling project uses these techniques so it is important to build a strong foundation on this basic skill so you can tackle the complex forms later on. This also teaches you proportion, design, and 3D forms.
Model #3: Arch
An arch is not a super complicated shape, but modeling one does require a bit of problem solving and decision-making. They are a common element in architecture, and the repetitive curves can also be applied for mechanical design applications.
Moving to 3D Design Is Not That Hard
If you’re used to working with 2D files, you might think it hard to shift to 3D modeling and design. With some practice and exercise on the basic fundamentals, you’ll find that designing in 3D is easier and more efficient.
Go ahead and watch the video below as we demonstrate how transitioning form 2D is 3D is made easy with SolidWorks: ]]>0marcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=52052013-11-05T03:15:15Z2013-11-22T10:00:54Z Breakthrough Solar Panel Design
The company was able to overcome two design challenges that has been a problem in solar array design.
The first was sustaining environmental loads—being able to withstand hurricane-force winds, carry several feet of snow, and endure extreme temperatures without increasing weight. The second challenge was extending the lifecycle of DC-to-AC batteries up to 25 years by incorporating a micro-inverter as part of the module rather than a separate component.
Increased Panel Frame Strength
The first challenge was overcome by using SolidWorks Simulation to test and validate the design ideas in software, instead of building prototypes. They replicated the structural and thermal loads commonly experienced in extreme environments to make sure that the design can withstand those conditions.
Their tests led them to design a solar panel array that is only 4% heavier, but double the strength of previous designs.
Reduced Manufacturing Costs by 25%
As a direct result of saving money from building prototypes, they were able to save $100,000 in prototype development costs and 25% on manufacturing costs and operating expenses. The integration between SolidWorks 3D CAD and SolidWorks Simulation ensured that efficiency is maximized from designing the product to manufacturing it.
How Can SolidWorks Do This For Your Company?
To discover how SolidWorks can reduce your costs and improve your design and manufacturing efficiency, simply click the link below and register with your details to sign-up for a free SolidWorks Trial. ]]>0marcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=52032013-11-05T03:10:31Z2013-11-15T10:00:55Z
Efficiency and productivity are two critically important things that every engineer and designer should strive to achieve, and many of the improvements also focus on greatly improving customer service and fulfilling more customer needs. Here are 3 important SolidWorks 2013 upgrades that you should know about:
#1 Improvement in Design Tools
There are three Design Tools that were improved: Fast Drawing Detailing for faster and more automated drawing detailing, Advanced Shape Control, and Sheet metal features.
The Advanced Shape Control feature lets you create complex surfaces and organic shapes faster, easier and with more precision. Use the new Style Spline Function, automatic Sketch Picture scaling and Conic Fillet controls to do this.
The new sheet metal features allow faster creation of sheet metal geometry and improved output for manufacturing. This new feature gives you better control over corner treatments, such as creating stiffening ribs for mounting brackets to reinforce the weight and force on that specific part.
#2 Integrated Workflows
Better-integrated workflows means that the amount of time needed to manage data across platforms is reduced. You can manage more data using the Microsoft Office integration and enhanced Web Client with graphical preview features. Your designs also integrate with eDrawings so electrical designs are optimized, shared and tracked more easily.
With the new SolidWorks 2014, you can also price parts faster and share the cost data more effectively. You can send the key product development data for assembly to Microsoft Excel for easy sharing across other departments (manufacturing and purchasing).
#3 Increased Performance
The streamlined simulation setup automatically leverages engineering data for re-use in simulations, so you no longer have to re-do your effort in setting up simulations. This improved performance also improves design collaboration, especially with assemblies with the new Quick Mate and Slot Mate tool bars. In assembly section views, you can now include or exclude selected components so you can create more impressive section views faster.
Who Wants to Get An Upgrade?
To discover how SolidWorks 2014 can upgrade your design and engineering processes, simply click the link below and register with your details to sign-up for a free trial. ]]>0marcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=52132013-11-21T03:42:44Z2013-11-12T09:48:22Z
This belief is also embraced by Dassault Systemes and in our continuous outreach efforts in the advancement of sustainable design, SolidWorks Singapore reseller 3DClassWorks, the National University of Singapore and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, jointly organized the Destination Zero Carbon (DZC) Finals 2013 on 31st October in Singapore.
In its 3rd year, this competition has expanded and attracted over ninety teams (150% increase from 2012) from the secondary, international and post-secondary institutions vying for the various award categories, with the ‘Overall Champion’ as the most prestigious title. The event seeks to promote all round excellence in the students’ efforts, focusing on the design-build-race of 1:20 hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Majority of the participating teams use SolidWorks to design their cars, SolidWorks Sustainability to assess the environmental impacts of their material choices, and SolidWorks Simulation for aerodynamic assessmentSeveral Dassault Systèmes employees supported the event onsite and 3DClassWorks invited AP South Sales Director to present the awards to the winners. The DZC initiative is more than a race. This event celebrates the spirit of young eco-imagineers and aims to inspire the next generation to overcome challenges such as climate change in their career path to develop engineering skills, technology awareness to produce innovation.
To learn more about SolidWorks Sustainability go to: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/simulation/solidworks-sustainability.htm]]>0marcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=52002013-11-05T03:09:39Z2013-11-08T10:00:48Z
There are however, a few things that a 3D designer must know about before printing your first model. Here are 5 guidelines to make sure that your models will look right and proper when printed into reality.
Tip #1: Forget Surfaces, Think Solid
Keep in mind that the walls of your 3D model must be thick enough, at least 1 mm, to hold its shape. Make sure to draw in solids instead of surfaces. Also make sure that all faces of your model are closed, or close all open faces. If it is missing a face in any of its surfaces, it will not be possible to print it in 3D.
Tip #2: No Shared Edges
Your 3D model must not share any edges, because it usually causes the 3D printer to crash. A solution would be to place a small gap between the bodies that is at least 0.1mm. If the parts need to be joined together, make them overlap instead. If the object has moving parts, leave at least a 0.5mm gap to provide unobstructed and smooth movement.
Tip #3: Hollow Your Models
Make sure that objects that have a large volume are hollowed out. This saves you money because the filling material is only spent to create the surface of the model. Filling the inside parts with 3D printing material is expensive and pointless.
Tip #4: Scale it Down
Another way to reduce the price of your 3D model is to scale it down. Cutting down the size by half usually reduces prices by 80%. If ever you do decide not to scale it down, consider the volume limits of your 3D printer. If your model is too large than the build volume capacity, consider breaking your model into smaller individual components or create join lines through the model.
Tip #5: Use Powerful 3D CAD software
Modeling accuracy is important, and you must be careful about the details more than ever. Make sure the arms and legs of your model are strong enough, and that any surface details are supported on at least another side of another surface.
Using powerful 3D CAD software lets you design these important parts properly, and you can make sure that your model will come out right.
How Can SolidWorks Do This For Your Company?
To discover how SolidWorks can help you design easily in 3D CAD, simply click the link below and register with your details to sign-up for a free SolidWorks Trial. ]]>0marcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=51512013-10-10T04:11:23Z2013-11-01T08:00:53Z
Here we feature 5 of these new features, and explain what it means for you as the end user. This list, although not exhaustive, gives an overview of the benefits for current users, but especially for those who are considering implementing a 3D CAD system or improving on their current one.
#1: More Efficient Use of System Resources
One of the best improvements made was the increased performance of SolidWorks through a more efficient use of system resources. While it’s not exactly revolutionary, this is important for engineers because this means that it can speed up designing of repeatable designs, make plastic injection molding design easier, as well as faster design validation through faster simulation. Software that runs faster is obviously more efficient, increasing productivity and reducing costs.
#2: Easier Collaboration Between Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
There is a global trend in manufacturing that leads towards electronics connectivity in mechanical products. This means that there is a growing trend towards tools for systems engineering integrating both electrical with mechanical designs.
Electrical engineers and mechanical engineers can now collaborate easier with the integrated electrical functionality of SolidWorks 2014. This means that it is now easier to design and route wires in the 3D models using information from the 2D electrical schematics. Collaboration is also done in real-time, reducing the time it takes to coordinate designs from electrical and mechanical engineers.
#3: Comparing Designs Simultaneously With Simulation
Old versions of SolidWorks Simulation is only able to show one active configuration at a time when simulating events. The Compare Results Tool is only useful for looking at data from across results based on the same configuration.
Now, however, using the same Compare Results Tool, you can compare up to four simulation plots across studies from among any configuration of the model. This means that you can immediately evaluate the differences in performance in the different variations of your design! You are now able to determine much faster which of your design improvements really made the better difference.
#4: Advanced Shape Control and Sketch Capabilities
This means that you can create complex surfaces and organic shapes faster, easier and with more precise control. The new style spline functionality makes creating complex geometries easier and simpler. Sketching is also improved with more robust and powerful sketch capabilities such as replacing sketch entities and path length dimensions for multiple sketch entities.
#5: Customer-Requested Enhancements
SolidWorks made it clear that they really listen to you who actually use the products. In the latest version SolidWorks 2014, over 90% of all the enhancements made came from customer requests.
Better tools for easier splines, new tools for sheet metal gussets, flexible dimensioning for angular features, and improved file management and product cost analysis for manufacturing. These are all important features that improve on existing capabilities, but definitely help deliver overall greater productivity and ease-of-use.
The Secret to Better Productivity Can Be Yours Now
Simply click the link below and register with your details to sign-up for a free SolidWorks Trial. A local reseller will contact you and set you up for a free trial so you can experience first hand the difference how SolidWorks can improve your design and engineering processes.
]]>0marcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=51482013-10-10T04:03:44Z2013-10-25T08:00:34Z 1. Accelerated Product Development
Although the company has a range of standard products, they still innovate and come up with customized headwall systems and accessories to better serve the needs of customers and architects.
Their innovation product is the PumpStar transport system designed for ICUs and operating room environments that is designed to replace the clutter and inconvenience of separate pumps, IV stands, and medication delivery system.
Their product development engineer considered that while SolidWorks and other 3D CAD systems may look the same on paper, SolidWorks is much more efficient and intuitive at every step of the product development process.
They also noted that SolidWorks is able to provide them greater flexibility in modifying and customizing existing products to meet changing customer requirements. They are able to change sizes, add special functionalities, and make modifications to existing products more quickly and cost-effectively.
2. Improved Manufacturing Efficiencies
They also chose SolidWorks as the 3D platform of choice so they can use 3D data for use in their computer-aided manufacturing system. They wanted a 3D CAD software that can produce 2D design data for use in their sheet-metal lasers and sheet-metal brakes.
Because some of the parts are quite complex, the sheet metal and configuration capabilities of SolidWorks is critical to producing higher quality throughput in manufacturing. After installing SolidWorks, they were able to improve their ability to handle large assemblies and was able to complete the entire project much more efficiently.
As an example, converting a 2D sheet-metal flat pattern to 3D took up to 4 hours in another 3D CAD software depending on the complexity of the drawing. This however, only took about 2 minutes by using SolidWorks.
3. Flexibility for Communicating Designs
SolidWorks also has better tools for communicating design concepts through the use of eDrawings Viewer. They typically use this to communicate design concepts to customers and doctors who work with them to help better design their products. They were able to use the photorealistic renderings as illustrations in their marketing brochures as well.
Ultimately, SolidWorks was able to provide Modular Services Company simple and easy to use tools that help them create products from concept to production, and by improving efficiencies along the way, they are able to save time and money.
How Can SolidWorks Do This For Your Company?
To discover how SolidWorks can improve your design and engineering processes, simply click the link below and register with your details to sign-up for a free SolidWorks Trial. This way, you can see for yourself the difference of using SolidWorks.
You’ll benefit most from this is you’re only learning the software, but even long-time users may pick-up some tips from this 10 really useful list of tips and tricks:
1. Click Window > New Window to open a new instance of the file you are viewing. Use one of the windows to zoom in for precision work and see your work update in the other window.
2. Zoom to Fit by pressing the ‘F’ key. In one keystroke, you get a screen-sized overview of your work.
3. Check the degree of curvature in a spline by right-clicking the spline and selecting Show Curvature. If the degree of curvature is too small or too large, you can change the display by selecting Modify Curvature Scale on the same menu.
4. Right-click a Drawing View and select Show In Exploded State to easily create an exploded view of an assembly.
5. If you want to edit a part in an assembly, you can make the other components to become transparent, so it is easier to select the part that you want to edit: simply right-click Components and select Change Transparency.
6. Use Interference Detection to make sure the components in your assembly do not intersect one another.
7. Easily change a solid body to a surface body by deleting one of the solid’s faces.
8. Run Import Diagnosis after importing a file into SolidWorks to find any faulty faces or edges. This tool can repair these errors or eliminate them so you do not run into problems later on.
9. Align and space multiple dimensions in a drawing by selecting the dimensions, then using the on-screen Dimensions Palette. Your work will look much neater and easier to understand with properly aligned dimensions.
10. Use SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard to save your user interface customization settings. This way, you do not have to spend time rearranging your interface or looking for a misplaced toolbar.
The Secret to Growing Your Business With SolidWorks Solutions
These tips can help an individual be better work more efficiently, but as an organization, how do you take advantage of the many features of SolidWorks? How can you make best use of all these available SolidWorks resources and solutions so your business can grow further?
Growing your business requires the right plan, the right people, and the right tools. Click the image below to watch a video for an overview of the different ways SolidWorks solutions can empower the growth of your business.
]]>0marcus hohttp://www.solidworks-apac.com/?p=51392013-10-10T03:52:32Z2013-10-11T08:00:12Z Tool #1: DraftSight
DraftSight is a free CAD software that you can use to create, edit, and view DWG files. It is designed to have many features that proves to be very useful for professionals, but easy enough to be learned by students. It is completely free, and perfectly compatible with Windows, Mac or Linux. This means that anyone who does not have a CAD software that supports DWG-file compatibility can easily install it.
Obayashi Corporation, a Japanese construction company that makes extensive use of building information modeling (BIM), greatly reduced costs and accelerated their investments when they switched to using DraftSight.
The larger the organization, the greater the cost to maintain and manage software updates. So instead of maintaining their current 2D CAD software, they simply switched to DraftSight and were able to reallocate the budget and resources to expand the use of BIM.
Tool #2: eDrawings Viewer
Because not everyone can read and understand drafting drawings, this tool helps you conveniently represent any 3D and 2D drawings from many of the widely used CAD systems on the market today. Use this tool to easily interpret, understand, and communicate 2D and 3D design data.
You can use eDrawings Viewer when doing presentations to clients with point-and-click animations to showcase and help visualize your design. You can also use it when discussing changes and communicate improvements to a certain aspect of a product design that is currently in development.
By using this tool, collaborating with other engineers and designers, or just about anyone involved in product development, is just as easy as sharing a file over email. The data format that is used by eDrawings Viewer highly compresses the data so the file size is smaller.
Tool #3: SolidWorks Composer Player
SolidWorks Composer Player is another free tool that lets you use your existing 3D data to create high-quality graphics for technical illustrations, animations and other end-user interactive 3D experiences.
Use this tool to showcase to customers, clients, and partners how your product works, its different features and what you can do with it. You can use this to make a presentation to your manufacturing team how a product is assembled so they can better visualize the process and how the parts should fit perfectly together. You can also use it to explain to service representatives how repairs should be made.
Using traditional photos, screenshots and videos are already outdated because you can’t always show all the different sides and angles of a product. But this tool can help you adjust the angles, rotate, pan and zoom as you wish and prefer in real-time. You can even drill down to the tiny details. This way, you can better visualize and communicate the many features of your design.
Moving to 3D Design Is Not That Hard
However, sometimes it still is unavoidable that there may be errors in your 2D drafts drawings, which may cause parts to not fit together perfectly, or a design to not work as intended.
These problems can easily be solved by using 3D CAD: one of the major benefits of 3D CAD is that it lets you check for form, fit and function before spending anything to manufacture parts. Moving to 3D is easier with SolidWorks because it allows you to preserve your 2D DWG data so the transition is smoother and easier.
Still not convinced? Go ahead and watch as we demonstrate how transitioning form 2D is 3D is made easy with SolidWorks by clicking the image below.