Webinars On Demand
SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, Simulation, Enterprise PDM, Composer, Electrical, Mechanical Conceptual & Inspection Webinars

CADD Edge offers free webinars covering a wide variety of design, engineering, and manufacturing topics. The sessions cover all aspects of 3D CAD software and 3D design programs from flow simulation and stress analysis to CAM for CAD and design automation solutions. We also feature presentations covering related topics such as 3D printing and rapid prototyping as well as product data management and product lifecycle management.

These online seminars are typically hosted by one of CADD Edge’s senior applications engineers and are often co-hosted by subject matter experts with unique engineering specializations – from electrical design to solid modeling to sustainable product design. We encourage you to sign up for one of our upcoming webinars. Meanwhile, if you have missed one you had hoped to attend or want to review one you attended, please use the links below.

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015?

We'll be presenting SOLIDWORKS 2015 to you, which offers new tools and solutions to boost your engineering and design productivity. With new features like simplified geometry creation, faster simulation analysis, enhanced cost analysis, and improved integration with downstream processes, SOLIDWORKS 2015 will enable you to jump-start your creativity and inspire innovation.
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Insiders' Secrets for SOLIDWORKS

Come learn about features you may not even know exist in SOLIDWORKS. We'll reveal the secrets every SOLIDWORKS pro should have in their tool kit. Stand out from the crowd by working faster and smarter. 
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Eliminate Hand Writing Inspection Reports with SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Most Quality Control departments hand write their inspection reports. This can be a seriously time-consuming process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection software that simplifies and automates the creation process of ballooned inspection drawings and inspections reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc.).
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I Know I Need to Add Vents But Where Do I Put Them?!
We'll be presenting SOLIDWORKS 2015 to you, Don’t guess - use SOLIDWORKS Plastics to figure out right where they need to go. Plus, gain all the information you need about the part you are molding.
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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015?
We'll be presenting SOLIDWORKS 2015 to you, which offers new tools and solutions to boost your engineering and design productivity. With new features like simplified geometry creation, faster simulation analysis, enhanced cost analysis, and improved integration with downstream processes, SOLIDWORKS 2015 will enable you to jump-start your creativity and inspire innovation.
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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation
Learn how to use SOLIDWORKS Simulation to validate product design concepts. By using different types of analyzes available inside Simulation, you can detect design defects early in the product design phase and deliver better quality products for cost and performance benefits. The future of product innovation is Simulation - test your product design concepts in a virtual environment at much lower cost and risk.
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Create and Collaborate on Your Conceptual Designs
While working on your preliminary concept designs, the Mechanical Conceptual tool gives you an intuitive way to quickly create designs, capture ideas, and collaborate at a very early stage in the design process.
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Simplify Your Workflow from Schematic Design Through Routing
In this webinar, we take a look at how you can streamline your electrical design from schematic to wiring up your end product.  Discover many of the time-saving tools we will utilize to speed up the design and documentation process.
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Never Take a Screen Shot Again for Your Technical Publication
Stop taking pictures or screen shots over and over again. Capture your images once; it's easy and simple. Plus, updating is as snap.
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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 3D Mechanical CAD
In this webinar, we’ll take a look at how SOLIDWORKS can provide a complete solution to help you create more powerful and accurate designs in less time.  We’ll show you how easy SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling software is to use, and will demonstrate how to create detailed production quality parts, assemblies, and drawings. You'll also learn about utilizing FEA (Finite Element Analysis) through SOLIDWORKS Simulation to ensure your designs will stand up to their vigorous real-world requirements before you even reach the prototype stage. Finally, we’ll teach you how to more accurately track your revisions and workflows, and generate assembly instructions concurrently with the design process, saving you from tedious rework once the design is finalized.
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Create Inspection Documentation in Seconds with SOLIDWORKS Inspection
Ever have to balloon a print for Inspection? In this webinar, we will look at how SOLIDWORKS Inspection will make that painful task a breeze. We’ll also take a look at how SOLIDWORKS Inspection can integrate with CMM and digital measurements, such as digital calipers or drop gages.
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Assemblies: To Build or Not to Build
In this webinar we'll look at best practices for creating and managing assemblies in SOLIDWORKS.
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Collaboration Made Easy for Mechanical and Electronic Design Engineers
Designing mechanical designs in conjunction with electronic designers can be tricky, but with SOLIDWORKS there are many ways to automate this process. We’ll cover a typical design workflow from design concept to a fully-functional model, while ensuring the mechanical design is always in sync with the electronic design. Included will be a look at some great tools to make this transition a simple process, as well as some typical best practices when working on these designs.
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Remote Access for SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM
One important requirement for many PDM users is the ability to access data access from outside the company network.  There are multiple ways to access a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM vault remotely. We will review the factors involved (e.g. needs and access rights) so the optimal access method  (e.g. basic VPN, mobile Web 2.0, etc.) can be selected and implemented.
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Simulation Proof Series 1: Static Testing on Simple Parts and Assemblies
This series will go over comparisons between real prototypes and the SOLIDWORKS Simulation package. Examples will include stresses, displacements, temperatures, and dynamic responses.
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Simulation Proof Series 2: Thermal Testing with Heat Sinks and Fans
This series will go over comparisons between real prototypes and the SOLIDWORKS Simulation package. Examples will include stresses, displacements, temperatures, and dynamic responses.
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SOLIDWORKS Sketching Tips & Tricks
Create sketches much faster and smarter with a whole bunch of fun tricks, speed tips, and automation methods.
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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS 3D Mechanical CAD
In this webinar, we’ll take a look at how SOLIDWORKS can provide a complete solution to help you create more powerful and accurate designs in less time.  We’ll show you how easy SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling software is to use, and will demonstrate how to create detailed production quality parts, assemblies, and drawings. You'll also learn about utilizing FEA (Finite Element Analysis) through SOLIDWORKS Simulation to ensure your designs will stand up to their vigorous real-world requirements before you even reach the prototype stage. Finally, we’ll teach you how to more accurately track your revisions and workflows, and generate assembly instructions concurrently with the design process, saving you from tedious rework once the design is finalized.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series: Customizing Electrical Reports
Take advantage of one of the most time saving features of SOLIDWORKS Electrical by making it your very own! In this presentation we’ll see how to add/remove columns, sort/break by property value, and streamline report drawing creation!

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Tired of Creating Drawing Markups? Check Out SOLIDWORKS Inspection!
We'll show you how you can quickly and accurately markup your drawings for inspection with this great new tool from SOLIDWORKS.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series: Fast, Clear, and Concise Electrical Symbols
In this webinar we’ll discuss how to quickly create symbols on the fly using Black Boxes, as well as how to summarize terminal information using Connection Labels!
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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Composer
This demo is an introductory look at leveraging Composer to create high quality marketing images, assembly instructions, and technical publications.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Series: Getting the Most Out of Wires
Wires are no longer just lines on paper! Learn how to take control of your schematics to ensure your automated reports are complete and accurate!
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Child’s Play – Let's Model a Familiar Toy Using Advanced Techniques
We will use advanced modeling techniques such as Swept Cut with Solid Body along a 3D Curves, Helix, and Spirals. We will also cover some Hybrid modeling techniques to use surfacing in your solid model with features such as “Cut with Surface,” “Trim surface,” “Lofted Surface” and “Filled Surface”. All of these advanced methods will come together to create a plastic child’s toy that is ready to be sent to our imaginary mold designer.
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Electrical Design for Everyone
Discover how easily electrical designs can be transitioned over to a 3D world with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.  In this webinar we will create a 2D schematic and then transfer it into SOLIDWORKS so our Mechanical Engineers can finish their design in 3D all without the worry of miswiring components.
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Understanding Top Down Assembly Design
We'll show you the best ways to understand parametrics, associativity and relations when designing an assembly using the Top Down approach.
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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Essentials - Simulate to Design Right the First Time
Design validation is critical and it needs to be incorporated early in the design process. Learn how SOLIDWORKS Simulation can help you design more efficiently by cutting down product development cycle time.  We will learn about the tight integration between SOLIDWORKS CAD and SW Simulation, different types of analyses, setting up an analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and post-processing the results using various result plotting tools contained inside of Simulation.
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Create Inspection Documentation in Seconds with SOLIDWORKS Inspection
Ever have to balloon a print for Inspection? In this webinar, we will look at how SOLIDWORKS Inspection will make that painful task a breeze.
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Transitioning to SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Importing eBOMs
Adopting a new electrical design solution doesn’t have to be hard! Learn how to recapture important part information from your existing electrical BOMs to quickly populate your SOLIDWORKS Electrical database.
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Make GD&T Quick and Easy with SOLIDWORKS DimXpert
Ever wonder how to eliminate manual creation tricky Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) symbols? We’ll take a look at how the DimXpert tool can automate 3D dimensioning right from within your SOLIDWORKS parts, without having to worry about the CAD drawings. This webinar will also cover some GD&T basics as a introduction to anyone who wants a refresher or is new to the topic.
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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Simulation for Analysis
In this presentation we will go over the basic theory, interface, and use of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation software suite, including static analysis, thermal, frequency, and optimization.
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Best Practices for Designing Large Assemblies
Give the coffee machine a break! Learn how to spend more time designing and less time waiting for your large assemblies to load using these tips and tricks.
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Learn to Set Up Your Electronic Design Environment Correctly
Join us for a high level overview of the Altium Vault Server. We will explain the benefits of where used capabilities, role-based permission sets, web portal access and content reuse. Understand an easier way of managing your library and protecting your data.
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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM – Have It Your Way – Configuring Approval Processes/Workflows
Learn the basics of how SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM can be configured to match your company’s needs. See how the workflows for your particular processes and approval requirements can be configured to support your Engineering Systems.
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Inspection Reports in Minutes, Not Hours - Streamline Your Quality Control
In this 22-minute webinar, guest presenter Dominick Gallegos, Senior Product Introduction Manager at SOLIDWORKS, will show you how to create and update inspection documents or deliverables in minutes, not hours, with SOLIDWORKS Inspection, a new offering that improves quality control within engineering processes, enhancing the accuracy of your inspection reports.
SOLIDWORKS Inspection streamlines the inspection quality control process by:
- Easily creating inspection documentation regardless of your CAD system
- Producing industry standard formats, including PPAP and AS9102
- Automating the creation of balloons on engineering drawings, and the creation of inspection data sheets and reports
- Choosing the inputs - type in measured values, use a digital caliper, or import results from a coordinate measuring machine (CMM)
- Greatly reducing errors in quality control
- Requiring no CAD experience
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Feature Spotlight: Terminal Strip Editor 
We’ll focus on one of the many great utilities in SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Learn everything there is to know about the Terminal Strip Editor!
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Creating and Analyzing Mold Designs in SOLIDWORKS
Learn how to quickly and easily create a mold design using a variety of differentSOLIDWORKS tools!
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Tips and Tricks for Streamlining SOLIDWORKS Drawings
Working on drawings got you down? Learn a ton of new techniques for how to create and manipulate drawings much faster and automate tedious everyday tasks.  We’ll be pushing your drawing skills to the limit with a whole bunch of new tools.
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Simulation Project Series: Turbine Project
The Project series will go over entire engineering projects from beginning to end, including possible failures and subsequent redesigns, to mimic what a user would experience in real life using the software. This webinar will go over the design of a turbine engine made more efficient by reducing blade mass, yet still maintaining good strength and an efficient flow pattern at full speed rotation.
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Don’t Throw Away That CAD Data!
Discover the many uses for your CAD data once the design work is done.  Here we will see how everyone from a technical illustrator to a shop technician can benefit from that data.
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Simulation Project Series: Support Structure Project
The Project series will go over entire engineering projects from beginning to end, including possible failures and subsequent redesigns, to mimic what a user would experience in real life using the software. This webinar will go over the design of a support structure holding a weight that could possibly go into resonance. A harmonic analysis will illustrate worst case scenario for gravity loading and fatigue.
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Crystal Clear Electrical Design Intent
Learn how to better communicate your electrical designs using 2D Panel Layouts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical! Produce graphic, detailed layout drawings complete with wire connection information to ensure your panel is assembled and wired correctly from the start.
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Simulation Project Series: Electronics Box Project
The Project series will go over entire engineering projects from beginning to end, including possible failures and subsequent redesigns, to mimic what a user would experience in real life using the software. This webinar will go over all the design criterion for an electronics box, including static strength, dynamic vibration, thermal analysis with simulation and flow simulation, as well as plastics injection testing.
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Making the Jump from 2D Drawings to 3D Design 
Are your vendors asking for 3D solid models?  Are you thinking about upgrading your CAD programs?  Come take a look at how easy and effortless it is to move from a 2D world into the 3D realm withSOLIDWORKS.
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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM – The Backbone to Your Engineering Systems 
Software tools from SolidWorks help you create the files and data necessary to design and create your products and get them to market. See how SolidWorks Enterprise PDM can make your engineering team and systems more efficient.
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SOLIDWORKS Sketching Tips and Tricks - Part 2!
Create sketches much faster and smarter with a whole bunch of fun tricks, speed tips, and automation methods. We’ll pick up where we left off on Part 1 and show a whole bunch of new content. Part 1 is not required in order to get a lot out of this webinar!
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Unbalanced? Fixing Your Uneven Cavity Fills and Building Family Molds
Learn how to easily take a runner layout and modify it for optimal fill of your parts using SolidWorks Plastics.
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SOLIDWORKS Composer Series: Bring Your Documents to Life
In this session discover how easy it is to create interactive content for your customers, both internal and external, all within SolidWorks Composer.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Wired for Success
Discover how the power and capabilities of SolidWorks Electrical can streamline and simplify your electrical designs. With numerous automated tools & reports, intelligent symbols, and an easy to learn interface, SolidWorks Electrical allows you to create better designs faster than ever before!
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SOLIDWORKS Composer Series: Design Changes? Bring Them On!
Picking up from our last session, we will take our saved images and create our operation manual. After the manual is created we will introduce a design change and discover the benefits of using SolidWorks Composer vs. other traditional methods.
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Tips and Tricks: Sketching
Create sketches much faster and smarter with a whole bunch of fun tricks, speed tips, and automation methods.
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Learn to Be an EPDM User in 30 Minutes
EPDM is easy to learn and use. We will review the basics of what the average SolidWorks user needs to know to get their job done. We’ll see how to Add files to the vault, Find files, Edit them, Commit those changes, and get them approved. This presentation is for those who are new to EPDM, but those who want a refresher will also benefit.
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Fastest Way to Get Electrical Schematics and Generate 3D Representations in SOLIDWORKS!
If you are building Cable Assemblies, wiring PLC’s or Control Cabinets, using PCB design tools or simple drawing tools to design your cable assemblies, or utilizing form boards to figure out how much cable and wire you really need, join us for a Free SolidWorks Electrical Webinar. SolidWorks Electrical is a design tool that allows you to develop your schematics and cable harnesses in an automated format. We integrate with SolidWorks Mechanical design package and eliminate wasted excess wire and cable.
Some features of SolidWorks Electrical:
- Best in class integration with SolidWorks 3D CAD
- Includes integrated library of thousands of Symbols and Parts
- Create Single Line and Multi Line Schematics
- Determine lengths for wires, cables and harnesses
- Maintain a single bill of materials between electrical and mechanical designs
- Automatically generate reports based on real-time design database queries
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SOLIDWORKS Composer Series: Configurations are Old School
In this session we will demonstrate the time savings involved when creating views with SolidWorks Composer vs. using configurations.
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Simulation 2014 and Beyond
See what has been added into SolidWorks Simulation 2014, and what is in store for the future. This webinar will demonstrate all new features added to Simulation in 2014, as well as the top ten additions most requested from SolidWorks World 2014.
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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Cool Off that Warpage!
We will look at using SolidWorks Plastics Advanced to predict Warping and to add in those cooling lines.
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EPDM Series: Managing Common USE Files in EPDM
Learn the basics for handling shared files in EPDM. The discussion includes Design Library, Toolbox, Routing, CircuitWorks, and Templates.
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Tips and Tricks: Parts and Assemblies 
Learn new approaches and methods to creating parts and assemblies! You'll learn a series of time-saving tips and tricks to getting your designs completed faster.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Technical Series: PLCs and Logic Diagrams
Driven directly by customer feedback, this webinar series focuses on commonly asked questions and topics of interest related to SolidWorks Electrical. We’ll cap off the series with an informational look at how the programmable logic controller (PLC) utilities in Solidworks Electrical can help automate the generation and annotation of your PLC drawings. We’ll cover specifying I/Os, detailing channel addresses, and associating logic circuits to terminals!
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SOLIDWORKS Composer: Don’t Fear Design Change, Embrace It!
Discover how easy it is to create images for your technical publications with Solidworks Composer without worrying about the inevitable design change.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Technical Series: Cable Drawings & Harnesses
Driven directly by customer feedback, this webinar series focuses on commonly asked questions and topics of interest related to SolidWorks Electrical. This week we’ll take a deep look into how cables and harnesses can be detailed using SolidWorks Electrical. We’ll then see how SolidWorks Electrical 3D automates the process of routing cables inside native SolidWorks assemblies!
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Technical Series: Creating Symbols & Title Blocks
Driven directly by customer feedback, this webinar series focuses on commonly asked questions and topics of interest related to SolidWorks Electrical. To kick off the series, we’ll cover everything there is to know about updating your library with intelligent symbols to help accelerate the creation of your electrical designs. We will also explain how to take your existing title blocks and reuse them in SolidWorks Electrical!
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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Are You Really Sure You’re Ready to Cut Steel?
In this webinar we will look at how to utilize SolidWorks Plastics to validate your design, allowing you to have the confidence to know you are ready to cut steel when you finalize that part of your design.
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Simulation Troubleshooting Series: Troubleshooting Dynamic Simulations
The most complicated problems can lead to large setups in which a small error could lead to a simulation not running. This webinar will go over not only troubleshooting but also best practices for setup and testing in the dynamic packages, including non-linear. 
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SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2014 What’s New?
EPDM received a lot of attention from SolidWorks in 2014.  Our presentation will start by exploring the changes that will make the everyday user’s life even easier when using EPDM.  Changes that are of interest to Administrators and people planning implementations will be covered later in the session.  We will discuss the functionality, the benefits and how to find and enable it.  Come see how 2014 is the best release of the best PDM system for SolidWorks!
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Simulation Troubleshooting Series: Troubleshooting Thermal Simulations
This webinar will go over common mistakes in thermal simulations, both in the Professional Package thermal solver and the Flow Package. We will verify the thermal solvers using simple problems with hand calculations, and complex ones using laboratory data.
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Simulation Troubleshooting Series: Troubleshooting Static Simulations
If you have ever wondered “Why won’t my structural simulation run?” or “What does this error mean?” we will explain in this webinar valuable troubleshooting techniques to aide you. In addition to an explanation of what typical Simulation errors mean, this webinar will also go over ways to fix said errors, common mistakes made by users that can lead to failure, and ways to detect a faulty simulation setup.
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Distributing Your Engineering Files Beyond Engineering – EPDM Clients for Non-CAD Users, Windows & Web
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) is often described as getting the right data to the right people at the right time. Attend our webinar and get a feel for the non-CAD user experience with EPDM. See how you can configure EPDM for specific groups with their own search forms, Windows Explorer Column sets, Tasks, and BOM views. Also see how to give controlled access to members of your extended enterprise outside of your company using the EPDM Web Client tools.
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SOLIDWORKS Simulation:  Is Over Designing Parts Costing you Money?
We will look at existing designs and demonstrate how SolidWorks Simulation can help reduce costs by reducing materials and validating the design change.
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Improve Your Business with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM (EPDM)
There is a lot of data involved with running any successful business - CAD files, proposals, industry regulations/requirements, etc. Attend our webinar for an overview of how EPDM has helped other companies improve their business through the implementation of an Intelligent Vault, and learn how SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) can make file and Product Data Management (PDM) easy for your company.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Wired for Success
Discover how the power and capabilities of SolidWorks Electrical can streamline and simplify your electrical designs. With numerous automated tools & reports, intelligent symbols, and an easy to learn interface, SolidWorks Electrical allows you to create better designs, faster than ever before!
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