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Semis Increasing Gas Mileage? That's a Big 10-4

Written by Charlie Preston, Application Engineer on January 04, 2016. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to Analyze the Drag on Semi-Trucks and Fairings

Semis Increasing Gas Mileage? That's a Big 10-4

Air drag reduction on vehicle bodies is an ever-improving area of the auto industry. Minimizing drag forces on semi-trucks is especially important as they are not the most fuel efficient vehicles to begin with, and yet a single truck can log well over a hundred thousand miles annually. Because of this, there are more add-on drag-reducing accessories, and more varieties of them, on the road than ever before. This blog will use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to look at the effect that a couple of the most common fairing panels.

Slow SOLIDWORKS Performance on the Network? Speed It Up!

Written by Nick Beattie, MCAD Applications Engineer on December 31, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Learn How to Speed Up SOLIDWORKS on a Network

Slow SOLIDWORKS Performance on the Network? Speed It Up!

Does SOLIDWORKS sometime feel like it’s working at a turtle’s pace? The problem might stem from being connected to a network.

SOLIDWORKS 2015 x64 Service Pack 5.0

Written by Neil Lantto, Application Engineer on December 31, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

3...2...1... DOWNLOAD!

SOLIDWORKS 2015 x64 Service Pack 5.0

SOLIDWORKS Service Pack 5.0 is available for downloading, updating, all the things!

It's downloadable and accessible from your Customer Portal account.

Flexible Means Not Fixed in SOLIDWORKS

Written by Paul Bremer, Application Engineer on December 22, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Move or Not to Move

Flexible Means Not Fixed in SOLIDWORKS

When I first started using SOLIDWORKS I learned about parts being used in assemblies and how to set them to fixed or float.  This allows one to control the movement of the parts being used.  The parts can be restrained using mates but not necessarily limit the movement.  That is great if you are dealing with only one assembly.  What if you are using an assembly with sub-assemblies through out and you still want movement?  The longer you use SOLIDWORKS the more you will be exposed to larger assemblies.  You know there is a way to have a flexible assembly but one might have forgotten where this function resides. 

Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Written by Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer on December 22, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

How to Create and Implement an Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Setting up and using an Excel Based Bill of Materials can be frustrating if the rules are not known between Excel and Solidworks. You may have run into a couple of error messages in the process, or even ran out of memory with enough failed attempts. Following are the rules for successfully utilizing an Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS and Metal Bending Debunking of a Magician

Written by Jonathan Weisz, Application Engineer on December 21, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

We all enjoy the surprise of a good magician! This is no exception.

SOLIDWORKS and Metal Bending Debunking of a Magician

This is one of the most enjoyable blogs I've done.  We take both real life and test it with the POWER of SOLIDWORKS to reveal and debunk a magician, a very good magician. 

One of the things I've always enjoyed about Justin is his willingness to tell that he is plainly deceiving you. 

CircuitWorks 2016 - See What's New in SOLIDWORKS!

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on December 15, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Added Library Functionality In CircuitWorks

CircuitWorks 2016 - See What's New in SOLIDWORKS!

The SOLIDWORKS 2016 release is out and they have made some nice enhancements to the CircuitWorks add-in. The first being it is available with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium. It was only available in Premium previously.

MarkForged High Strength Carbon Fiber 3D Printing

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on December 11, 2015. Posted in MarkForged News

Parts as Strong as Metal - Printed at Your Desktop

MarkForged High Strength Carbon Fiber 3D Printing

Have you ever 3D printed a part that wasn’t strong enough? The revolutionary Mark Two prints with the strength of aluminum. Now you can have the dependability of CNC parts with the flexibility of 3D printing.

Learn how the unique composite reinforcement technology of the Mark Two lets you 3D print parts stiffer and stronger than ever before. Save time and energy by 3D printing parts instead of milling them.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 Admin Images?

Written by Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer on December 09, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Deploy SOLIDWORKS 2016 by IP address options

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 Admin Images?

It is starting to get to the time when you are thinking of upgrading to the SOLIDWORKS 2016 release. You use an Admin Image for deploying and you have more users to deploy to then previous years. Well new to 2016 Admin Images is the ability to use IP Addresses to deploy the software to.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on December 01, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Let's clean out the trash!

SOLIDWORKS PDM Recycle Bin

Have you ever deleted a file from the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault and wish you had it back? Do you share files and when you’ve removed the last shared instance the icon still shows that it is shared? Hint: the deleted files needs to be destroyed.

If so, then you need to know about the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault recycle bin.

How Center Rock used SOLIDWORKS to Rescue a Group of 33 Chilean Miners

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on November 25, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS News

The Engineering Behind the Rescue of the Movie "The 33"

How Center Rock used SOLIDWORKS to Rescue a Group of 33 Chilean Miners

On August 2010, the Chilean mining accident shook the local and global community as 33 Chilean miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground. For 69 days, grief-stricken families worked to convince the Chilean government to continue drilling the ground until the miners were brought home safely. In October 2010, a rescue operation involving Center Rock (a SOLIDWORKS customer), the United States, Canada, South Africa and Latin America successfully brought “the 33” above ground.

3D Printed Carbon Fiber Replaces CNC Aluminum in Racing Wing Assembly

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on November 25, 2015. Posted in Symmetry Solutions News, MarkForged News

MarkForged 3D Printed Racing Wing at 150 MPH

3D Printed Carbon Fiber Replaces CNC Aluminum in Racing Wing Assembly

For the professional motorsports specialist Aeromotions, the ability to quickly create robust, track-ready prototypes allows them to adapt their revolutionary airfoils to new car models to serve new customers rapidly and effectively.

SOLIDWORKS & Workshops for Warriors: Turning Veterans Into Top Manufacturing Talent

Written by Nick Weirens, Marketing Manager on November 25, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS News, Symmetry Solutions News

SOLIDWORKS' BORN TO DESIGN

SOLIDWORKS & Workshops for Warriors: Turning Veterans Into Top Manufacturing Talent

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we had to share with you SOLIDWORKS’ latest Born to Design video which highlights how SOLIDWORKS is helping Workshops for Warriors.

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

Written by Clark Honzik, PDM Application Engineer on November 22, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Symmetry Rev Set Tool is Now Obsolete!

Set Revision Tool New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016

SOLIDWORKS has finally added functionality that we have been providing to our customers over the years with the “Symmetry Rev Set Tool” in the form of an PDM Add-in.  This functionality has now been added to the core product of “SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2016” formally known as SOLIDWORKS "Enterprise" PDM.

New Functions in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016

Written by Paul Bremer, Application Engineer on November 16, 2015. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Electrical

SOLIDWORKS Formula Manager

New Functions in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016

One of the new features in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 is the ease in ability to access the formula manager and modify or add new formulas.  Not only is this function easier to use but it also has a “TEST” formula feature to make sure your new formula provides the correct information.

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