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The industry's top engineers, designers, and additive manufacturing experts offer their best advice, research, how-tos, and insights—all in the name of helping you level-up your 3D designs and engineering skills. Your blog for all things: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, HP 3D Printing and Markforged 3D Printing.


02
November
2017

Buy SOLIDWORKS Today, Receive a Significant Tax Break for 2017

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Buy SOLIDWORKS Today, Receive a Significant Tax Break for 2017

Symmetry Solutions wants to alert you to important year-end tax planning implications – that you can take advantage of to purchase new SOLIDWORKS software!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News

19
October
2017

Attending Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis? Visit Us at Booth 807

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Attending Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis? Visit Us at Booth 807

Attending the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) show? Visit us at Booth 807 and see the latest 3D design and 3D printing technology from SOLIDWORKS, HP 3D Printing and Markforged 3D Printing.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News, HP 3D Printing News, Markforged News

12
October
2017

See What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018

Written by: Charlie Preston, Application Engineer

See What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018

The 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS is iminent, and Symmetry has been showcasing all of the latest and greatest features at our rollout events over the course of October. At yesterday's main event, Frank Pace and myself went over some of our favorite enhancements that Simulation is offering, and for those that missed it I've summarized them below. Remember that an overview of all the new features in Simulation (and the rest of SOLIDWORKS) for any version can be found in SOLIDWORKS Help Menu > What’s New

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

28
September
2017

Using Old Revisions in New Designs with SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

Written by: Steve Anderson, PDM Application Engineer

Using Old Revisions in New Designs with SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

Before getting started, there are some settings that should be changed in the Vault Admin tool. In the admin tool, expand the user or group you wish to affect, select Settings and Reference Dialog. As shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2:

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

27
September
2017

Which SOLIDWORKS CAD Package Is Best for You?

Written by: Andy Rammer, Application Engineer

Which SOLIDWORKS CAD Package Is Best for You?

Good things always come in threes. Ever since the invention of fast food we have been conditioned to think of everything in terms of three – small, medium and large or good, better and best. Which is why it only makes sense that this concept would extend into the SOLIDWORKS product family.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

28
August
2017

Increase Your Design Productivity with 5 Simple Time Management Tips

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Increase Your Design Productivity with 5 Simple Time Management Tips

Do you find yourself thinking there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete your design projects? Your work day passes by so quickly that you don’t even notice it go by! Time and productivity management can help optimize your schedule and your workday. Utilize the following time saving tips to increase your productivity at work.

Categories: Symmetry Solutions News, SOLIDWORKS Training

16
August
2017

Get the Best SOLIDWORKS Training! Empower Yourself & Your Company

Written by: Rachel Jones, Training Manager

Get the Best SOLIDWORKS Training! Empower Yourself & Your Company

Do you feel like you have completely mastered all of your SOLIDWORKS software tools? Do you know how to solve every design challenge thrown your way? If you answered yes to these questions then you need to move on in your career because you have got to be bored! In all seriousness, we all need to fine tune our skills every so often so that we can continually grow within our careers. Now is the time to sharpen your SOLIDWORKS skills and I cannot think of a better way to do it than to attend SOLIDWORKS training with the expert SOLIDWORKS Certified Application Engineers at Symmetry Solutions.

Categories: Symmetry Solutions News, SOLIDWORKS Training

01
August
2017

Wish You Could Go Back? Learn the Key to CAD File Management

Written by: Andy Rammer, Application Engineer

Wish You Could Go Back? Learn the Key to CAD File Management

Have you ever done anything you wish you could go back in time and redo? I worked construction growing up, and most of the time in residential HVAC and I can still remember installing my first heat run. I spent a decent amount of time thinking about the best way to route it. When I finally decided, and put it all together it looked… well ok, but the real problem was when I needed to do the rest of them. Let's just say it could've been better. Has this ever happened to you designing in SOLIDWORKS?

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS PDM

26
July
2017

7 Reasons Why Best-In-Class Companies Provide Virtual Prototyping to Their Designers

Written by: Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer

7 Reasons Why Best-In-Class Companies Provide Virtual Prototyping to Their Designers

Are your designers and engineers surrounded by whirlwind of activity caused by the need to differentiate your product all the while trying to beat competitors to market?  There is a lot of stress that goes along with shortened cycles and high stakes which is why designers and engineers are finding themselves in complex environments; attempting to predict product behavior and meet deadlines. To add to this stress, many find themselves in the unenviable position of waiting for physical prototypes and relying on hand calculations only to find they are met with costly setbacks and rework, putting their design right back at the starting line.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

19
July
2017

List of SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts & Advice

Written by: Neil Lantto, Application Engineer

List of SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts & Advice

If you got here looking for a list of SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts, I’m by no means surprised, it’s a common request. I will oblige and give you the default SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts at the bottom of this blog. The more you use SOLIDWORKS the more you will customize it and that includes your keyboard shortcuts. Your shortcuts will deviate from the default, they’re going to deviate from mine, and will likely deviate from your own co-workers. Because of this, do not rely on the default keyboard shortcuts list too much. I advise you to print out, save or otherwise display your own keyboard shortcuts.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

10
July
2017

Top 4 Reasons Why You Need SOLIDWORKS Data Management in Your Life

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

Top 4 Reasons Why You Need SOLIDWORKS Data Management in Your Life

What business doesn’t want to be more efficient and in turn make more money? I certainly cannot think of one and I am pretty sure such a business does not exist. That is why I am going to share with you the secret to improving your design and engineering efficiencies so that your company will be more innovative throughout the product lifecycle. Let me introduce to you SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS PDM

06
July
2017

Markforged Wins Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year!

Written by: Adam Stegeman, 3D Printing Specialist

Markforged Wins Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year!

Markforged entered the market with a splash by launching the worlds first carbon fiber 3D printer in 2014.  This was a revolutionary technology that is still leading the industry for high strength 3D printed parts.  Now after more than two years, the technology has been recognized for its accomplishments.  The Markforged Mark Two 3D printer received one of the highest accolades in the industry by 3D Printing Industry when it was awarded Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (FFF/FDM).  The 3D Printing Industry received more than 4,000 nominations for the various awards across 20 categories. Read the Press Release here.

Categories: Markforged News, Markforged 3D Printing

20
June
2017

It’s Time to Get SOLIDWORKS Certified…And Here Are Your Reasons Why

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

It’s Time to Get SOLIDWORKS Certified…And Here Are Your Reasons Why

The Technical Team here at Symmetry Solutions hears the same question over and over, “Why should I get certified in SOLIDWORKS?” Well, there are a ton of reasons why, but let’s cover the most important reasons as to why you should get SOLIDWORKS certified…or at least start considering it.

Categories: Symmetry Solutions News, SOLIDWORKS Training

05
June
2017

SOLIDWORKS Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Will End

Written by: Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Will End

Microsoft and SOLIDWORKS support for various Microsoft server and SQL products will be coming to an end soon.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

10
May
2017

Symmetry Solutions Selected by HP to Sell and Support the World’s First Production-Ready 3D Printing System

Written by: Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager

Symmetry Solutions Selected by HP to Sell and Support the World’s First Production-Ready 3D Printing System

Minneapolis, Minn. – May 10, 2017 -- Symmetry Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of 3D engineering design software and 3D printing solutions in the Midwest, announced today that they are one of the first partners selected by HP Inc. to sell and support the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution--the world’s first production-ready 3D printing system.

Categories: HP 3D Printing News, HP 3D Printing

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