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How to Repair Imported Geometry

Mack Rasmussen on July 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

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Working with CAD models created in other systems is always a challenge. Any time you transfer a model from CAD system “A” to CAD system “B” there can be issues. Think of it like trying to translate a complex poem from one language to another. Sometimes there will be a loss of meaning in translation.

Similarly, when we read in a model from another CAD system into SOLIDWORKS, there can be issues as well.  This post will show you how to:

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Collaboration on Electro-Mechanical Designs

Mack Rasmussen on June 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM

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Collaboration is an important part of the design process, but it’s not always as good as it could be.  Sometimes we see this situation with teams that work on products with embedded electrical content – where the workflow between mechanical and electrical engineers is critical. One way we’ve seen customers improve in this area is by streamlining their processes with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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8 Things Customers Love About 3D CAD

Mike Strand on June 18, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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3D design offers clear engineering advantages over 2D. Here's 8 things Alignex customers say they couldn't live without.

  1. Freedom for Engineers to Create
    With 3D CAD, engineers are no longer bound to the limitations of 2D, allowing for more creativity.

  2. Creating Market Space Through Innovation
    Give competitors a run for their money by taking the next step to improve your product development process.

  3. Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent
    People are a key asset, empower them with tools that match their ambitions.

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Automate Your Documentation Process with SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Mack Rasmussen on June 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM

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Do you or someone at your company create industry standard reports, such AS9102 or PPAP forms, in order to meet safety regulations and requirements? If so, you’re probably very familiar with how time-consuming and tedious these reports can be.

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a new application that reduces the time needed to create inspection documentation. We have customers who have told us they’ve seen reductions up to 75%. It virtually eliminates manual errors, improves quality and reduces time to market.

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SOLIDWORKS Macro Automation: It's About Time

Rick Steinberger on June 4, 2015 at 3:51 PM

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Ask any designer what the most troublesome aspect of their project plan is and you'll most assuredly hear about time constraints. There's time required for one-off designs. Time required for change documentation.  Time required for the myriad mundane tasks that we all must fit into the schedule. So what about time for the real design work? You know... the stuff we learned in school. The stuff that was so cool that we decided to make it our career.  How do we get more of that time?  Well, you could ask for an assistant (good luck with that) or you could automate those tedious and time-consuming tasks using SOLIDWORKS Macros.

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Design for Manufacturing Cost Upfront

Mike Strand on May 29, 2015 at 8:34 AM

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Over forty of us joined for a jam packed event in Mankato, MN. At the City Center Hotel, we filed in to learn about the latest generation of CAD tools available. We covered several built-in capabilities of SOLIDWORKS that many of our customers don’t know about. I will be focusing on one of those capabilities – the SOLIDWORKS costing tool.

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Configurations: Moderation is the Key to Survival

Travis Quick on May 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

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You’ve nurtured your model from concept. You have an intimate knowledge of every fillet, extrusion and sweep. You've accommodated its need to be different using configurations and are now ready to release your design to the world in the hopes that it will be accepted and flourish. It can, and it will. Your model will survive checking, inspection and most importantly time – if configurations were used in moderation.

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Model Based Definition: A Clear View for Manufacturing

Mike Strand on May 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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From air quality technology to ophthalmic lens manufacturing, companies from a wide variety of industries showed up at one of our recent Productivity Pack Workshop events to see some new engineering technology. The focus of the event was on becoming more productive, and we covered topics including Simulation, Electrical, Inspection, Costing and MBD. In this blog post I will run through SOLIDWORKS MBD.

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Six Ways to Communicate the Quality of Your Product

The Alignex Team on May 5, 2015 at 3:41 PM

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You put significant time and money into developing your products, and want to be sure that they are assembled correctly and quickly on the shop floor, and that the first experience for your customers is a good one. 

Here are some of the top ways to improve technical communication at your company:

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Using DriveWorksXpress to Automate Your Assemblies

Jesse Butwinick on May 1, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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Are you tired of recreating similar projects within SOLIDWORKS? Many of our customers are finding their design cycles decreasing through the use of DriveWorks design automation. In a previous postHow to Reduce Your Design Cycle with DriveWorksXpresswe discussed how DriveWorksXpress can be used to automatically configure a custom part in SOLIDWORKS. But it doesn’t stop there. Your entire assembly can be controlled within the simple to use interface. Fully detailed drawings can also be created for you with the push of a few buttons.

DriveWorksXpress has the ability to greatly decrease your design cycles for various projects, whether you want it to drive just a portion of or the entirety of your assemblies. Either way you will find the process will be the same. Parts can be linked to the DriveWorksXpress forms, their suppression states controlled in the assembly, and the drawings created with pre-defined details. Automating all these processes means your engineers get back valuable time that can be focused on creating new and innovative products.

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