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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.

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 2014 Technical Tour
This demonstration is an introductory look at the full SolidWorks suite of products to show how easy it is to create parts, assemblies and drawings, simulate your design, control the entire design, and create technical documentation. 
You will see how to:
- quickly design new parts, create assemblies and generate detailed drawings
- accurately track all your revisions and workflows
- validate your designs using simulation tools to test the design before costly material is cut
- generate assembly instructions concurrently with the design, avoiding delays at the end of the design process
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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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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2014
Can't attend one of our live SolidWorks 2014 Launch events? Join us for a live webinar version to learn about such new 2014 solutions as:
- Advanced Shape Control
- Sketch Enhancements
- Enhanced Assembly Performance and Visualization
- New Sheet Metal Features
- Faster Drawing Detailing
- And much more!
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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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What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2014
Can't attend one of our live SolidWorks 2014 Launch events? Join us for a live webinar version to learn about such new 2014 solutions as:
- Advanced Shape Control
- Sketch Enhancements
- Enhanced Assembly Performance and Visualization
- New Sheet Metal Features
- Faster Drawing Detailing
- And much more!
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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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Overview of SOLIDWORKS Composer
Not sure what Solidworks Composer is all about? This presentation will give you an overall look at Composer and show you why it’s a tool you should have in your toolbox.
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Simulation Efficiency Series: One Small Step – Making Design Changes
Using Simulation we can easily determine if a part fails. Now we must change the design. What is the easiest way to go about this to avoid confusion with the results? This webinar will show you the user the methods which will produce the cleanest simulation models when the design is constantly changing. Topics will include static, fatigue, and flow simulation and how to reflect changes in your calculations.
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Simulation Efficiency Series: Static and Non-linear Cascade Modeling
This webinar will go into detail about the most efficient ways of modeling for Simulation. We will discuss the Cascade method of taking results from one study as the inputs for another, as well as the most efficient use of non-linear solvers. If you need to know the best way to set up a static or non-linear Simulation, we will answer with the best practices for a variety of cases.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D: Electrifying Assemblies
This webinar will teach you how SolidWorks Electrical 3D can be used to expand your 2D electrical designs into your 3D SolidWorks assemblies, generating wiring and cable route paths with the push of a button!
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Take Your Manual to the Next Level and Blow Away the Competition
After finishing our initial manual, we will take a look at other tools available to help elevate your company’s documentation and stand out from the competition.
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D: Schematic Drawings
In this short webinar, we’ll demonstrate how easy it is to create detailed schematic drawings in SolidWorks Electrical 2D. With intuitive design tools and automated reports, SolidWorks Electrical 2D makes electrical design a breeze!
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Create Award Winning Documents Without Worrying About Design Changes Later On
By taking your views to create a technical manual and incorporate a design change, you’ll see how seamless and worry free creating and changing our document can be.
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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Injecting Sense into Plastic Part Design
Explore the capabilities of SolidWorks Plastics injection simulation in this short webinar! Save time, money, and aggravation by identifying common problems in plastic part design before the mold is even cut!
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Electronic Engineering Change with SOLIDWORKS EPDM
See how SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) can help you automate your Engineering Change process. Workflow and automatic email notifications that come standard with EPDM make electronic approvals easy and provide clear visibility on “where things stand”. Save some trees and lots of time by having EPDM get your Engineering Change process off your desk and onto your computer!
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Wired For Success
Discover how the power and capability of SolidWorks Electrical can help streamline and simplify your electrical designs.
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Version and Revision Control Made Easy with SOLIDWORKS EPDM
See how SolidWorks Enterprise PDM makes version and revision control easy for SolidWorks files as well as other Windows documents. The distinction between versions and revisions is critical when a company needs to control who has the ability to decide when a file is “ready for prime time” and also for controlling who shouldn’t have access to files that are not “ready for prime time”! True and full document control is a simple thing to accomplish when you have the right tool.
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SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Where Should the Gate Go?
Learn how to use SolidWorks Plastics to run multiple 'what if' scenarios with regard to gate location and size, and how to model different gate types in SolidWorks.
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Simulation Connections Series: Putting It All Together
Now that we have our static, thermodynamic, and dynamic results we can incorporate these all together for one assembly and compare all results for a final conclusion on our design.
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Flow Simulation
Optimize the design of plastic parts and injection molds. Use SolidWorks Plastics to predict and avoid manufacturing defects in the earliest stages of design, which will eliminate costly mold rework, improve the quality of your parts, and seriously cut down on your time-to-market.
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Simulation Connections Series: Dynamics
In this advanced webinar we will look at moving parts and dynamic loads on designs to determine if they will fail with more extreme loading than our static assumptions. This will incorporate motion in addition to drop testing, non-linear, and dynamics.
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Simulation Connections Series: Thermodynamics
Continuing from the static webinar, we will look at the variety of thermal solvers we have available including comparison between the thermal package and the flow package. Once we have calculated thermal flux, the results can be used for a stress analysis. Here we will see not only how accurate the FEA results will be but also how much better the solutions are than manual calculations for complicated geometry.

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Simulation Connections Series: Statics 
In this presentation we will go over problems with static loads for a variety of parts. Static simplification is able to solve a wide array of problems to determine if a design is safe. Many tips and tricks of using the static solver will be addressed as well as how to know when a result is accurate. 
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SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Mold Design Tips and Tricks
Learn some tips and tricks with regard to parting lines, parting surfaces, the core tool and SolidWorks Plastics that will help make mold design easier.

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SOLIDWORKS Composer: Interactive Content
Take your technical content to the next level and allow customers to interact directly with your 3D designs!
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SOLIDWORKS Composer: Exploded Views and BOMs
Reduce confusion and error in manufacturing by producing crisp and clear technical publications using SolidWorks Composer!
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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Wired for Success
Discover how the power and capability of SolidWorks Electrical can help streamline and simplify your electrical designs.
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How SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Helps Companies with Regulatory Compliance
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) tracks and records every event and each workflow for every version/revision of your files, both CAD and non-CAD. Audit tools record who did what and when, and how and why each change was made; simplifying preparation of internal quality reports as well as those required by regulatory agencies such as ISO, FDA 21 CFR Part 11, ROHS, etc. Auditing activities can help to identify potential problems early and improve processes continuously. We will cover the following:
• Single Repository for all Product Related Data
• Audit trail/History – SolidWorks and other Windows file types as well as system-wide setup
• Documented & Repeatable Process
• Electronic Approval/Change Tracking
• Double Signature – required by FDA CFR Part 11 regulation
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SOLIDWORKS Composer: Animations
Simplify complex assembly and repair instructions from pages to minutes with a high quality, detailed animation.
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SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Plastic Part Design Made Easy
Learn how to use tools like Draft Analysis, Undercut Detection, Parting Line Analysis, and SolidWorks Plastics to create moldable plastic parts easily.
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SOLIDWORKS Composer: Step by Step Procedures
Leverage SolidWorks Composer's powerful composition tools to generate high quality, descriptive illustrations.
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Analyze Your Designs Before the Prototype Stage with Simulation
Virtually test all aspects of your design with tools for calculating stresses, natural frequencies, and the effects of cyclic loading on your product life with fatigue analysis. We’ll also demonstrate how you can drive your designs to pass your analysis goals using powerful optimization tools.
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