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8 03, 2019

Special Offer from Rize and SOLIDWORKS

By |2019-03-07T08:51:04-04:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Rize, SOLIDWORKS|0 Comments

Accelerate Innovation with Unified Design and 3D Printing RIZE and Dassault Systèmes recently made three key announcements: RIZE Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Best Practices in Technology Innovation for Zero-Emissions Polymer Additive Manufacturing RIZE Announces $15M in Series B Funding from Innospark Ventures, Sparta Group LLC, Converge and Dassault Systèmes RIZE Announces Strategic Partnership with Dassault Systèmes to Drive Sustainable Innovation and Faster Time to Market SOLIDWORKS is the world leader in driving innovation. Design for Additive Manufacturing requires a rich set of applications from generative methodologies, material science and advanced simulation available in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio. RIZE solutions [...]

19 12, 2018

Solidworks Slicing Tool

By |2018-12-19T08:55:57-04:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: 3D Scanning, SOLIDWORKS|0 Comments

This post will explain the new functionality in SolidWorks 2019 called Slicing. Scanning is becoming more and more prevalent in the engineering world. Whether you want to scan geometry just to back up your design or scan to recreate and make modifications, it's becoming more and more easy to start from a scan. Once done, you export the scan as an STL. The challenge comes when trying to utilize an STL file as graphics bodies in SolidWorks. You are not able to select anything on the body, nor can you trace or work off of the geometry. Although there are different [...]

16 03, 2018

SolidWorks 2018 Importing STL Files

By |2018-03-16T09:35:05-04:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Today we are going to give you some tips and tricks using SOLIDWORKS 2018 when importing STL format files. The STL format file, or “Stereolithography” format, was developed by 3D Systems, and has been around since 1987. In these past three decades, it has been widely used in rapid prototyping, as well as in the 3D Printing industry. As for SOLIDWORKS, it has the ability to import STL files. The default import setting is to import the body as a graphics body, therefore, what you can do with it is very limited. For example, you can’t get a cross-section, you [...]

5 02, 2018

SolidWorks 2018 Tab and Slot

By |2018-02-06T09:16:59-04:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There’s a new feature in SolidWorks 2018 called Tab and Slot that helps you to create a design to interlock two parts, whether in the context of an assembly or multiple bodies. Rather than doing it the traditional way, with several sketches and features, you can now use this new feature in SolidWorks 2018 to get it done much easier. In the image above, we have a box and a lid which we want to interlock with intermittent tabs and slots. To access the new feature that will assist you with this, you go to Insert > Sheet Metal > [...]

8 11, 2017

SolidWorks 2018 UI Enhancements

By |2017-12-29T08:46:41-04:00November 8th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

SolidWorks 2018 is now out to the public so let’s take a look at five new enhancements that will allow you to get better acquainted with the User Interface of this release. Right off the bat, when you start up SolidWorks, you’ll notice that there is a new Welcome Dialog Box. It’s a one-stop shop for functionality that used to be found in the Task Pane. For example, the Home tab allows you to open new or existing documents, browse recent documents or folders, and even access SolidWorks resources. The additional tabs provide links to Tutorials, Sample Files and MySolidWorks [...]

11 10, 2017

Using SolidWorks PMI for Final Inspection

By |2017-12-21T08:58:41-04:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Let’s discuss two pieces of software that work really well together in the 3D part inspection world: SolidWorks, and Control X. SolidWorks is one of the leading CAD tools in today’s design and manufacturing world. One of its advantages is that it offers you the opportunity to create a 3D annotated model. This can include things such as explicitly-specified dimensions, tolerances, 3D GD&T, surface texture symbols, finish requirements, and so on. This 3D annotated model is then used to manufacture the part, as well as provides the needed criteria to inspect the part. A part can contain anywhere from several [...]

13 09, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 3D Offset on Curved Surfaces

By |2017-12-21T09:09:27-04:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is new functionality in SolidWorks 2017 that allows you to offset 3D curves on a surface. Offsetting 2D geometry is very efficient. It allows you to quickly grab 2D geometry and create a same shape contour with a specified gap distance. However, when working with 3D sketches containing 3D curves, it’s not as simple. As of SolidWorks 2016, many steps were required to accomplish this task. Now in SolidWorks 2017, it got a whole lot easier. Notice in the example below, we have a surface body that contains 3D curved boundaries. To create the 3D offset, you can simply [...]

21 07, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Mate Controller

By |2017-12-22T08:28:45-04:00July 21st, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a great new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2017 that improves the Mate Controller tool. One of the benefits in creating assembly designs in CAD is the ability to simulate component motion. In CAD, you are able to define 3D motion constraints called Mates so that the part interaction resembles real-world motion – whether you want to simulate a robot, a lift mechanism, or even a bionic arm. However, creating animations when a series of specific positions are involved is no easy task. Usually, you would have to create a configuration for each specific position, and then toggle them to [...]

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