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3D Printer Showdown? Stratasys Fires Back with New 3D Printers

Posted by Marcus Weddle on November 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

HP caught a lot of buzz with their recent announcement of (re-) entering* the 3D printing market in 2016. That’s a long time from now, and certainly lots of new technologies will be shipped with dates well ahead of HP. Like, say, this month!

That’s when Stratasys will ship its latest new high-performance industrial 3D printers. They’ve added 10 printers and thrown in an ultra high-performance new material to boot. Bonus: price reductions on the Objet24 and -30 series desktops. Want to know more? Read on, and we’ll guide you through.

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Calling All Makers: Announcing the First-Ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge

Posted by Susan Leuci on November 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Originally Posted by Stephanie Santoso on www.whitehouse.gov on October 30, 2014

Here at the White House, planning for the 2014 holiday season is already in full swing! The house is buzzing with activity as preparations for the most festive time of the year are underway.

Once again, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome tens of thousands of visitors from around the country to tour the holiday decorations – and those that can’t make it in person will have the chance to explore the décor online. From Christmas trees and garlands to lights and ornaments, the holidays will be filled with wonder, delight, and excitement.

And this year, for the first time ever, we’re inviting makers and innovators around the country to participate in the White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge!

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SOLIDWORKS 2015: Tips for a Successful Upgrade

Posted by Ralph Gillis on November 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

It’s here!! SOLIDWORKS 2015 has officially been released!

This is a reminder to us on the tech support team that upgrade season is fast approaching! Since many customers like to stay competitive and keep up with the latest functionality that SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD has to offer, it goes without saying that questions about upgrades have started trickling in. So, I thought this would make a great topic to make you aware of some important information so  you can decide a) when you want to think about upgrading, and b) what issues you need to address, if any, before the upgrade can begin.

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Printing Halloween Props with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys 3D Printers

Posted by Rich Annino on October 31, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Use SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys 3D Printers to make all of your hard to find Halloween costume props a reality.

Have you ever thought of a prop that would go great with your Halloween costume, only to find that the ones in stores are either terrible looking or don’t exist? Our solution at CADD Edge is to design your own using SOLIDWORKS and print it out with a Stratasys Mojo FDM Printer.

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Quickly Reverse Engineer with Simulation and 3D Print Your Random Broken Parts!

Posted by Tim Pulaski on October 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Thinking outside of the box when it comes to your skills and tools can be fun and save your company a lot of time.

What to do when a part breaks around the office? Why, just reverse engineer and 3D print a new one of course!


Our retractable marketing banners can take a serious beating being transported from event to event, and the latest casualty was a plastic support which holds up the banner itself. We started discussing our options for getting a replacement when it dawned on us – why not just print a new one?

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Dynamic Reference Visualization - Turn Off Those Arrows in the SOLIDWORKS 2015 Feature Manager

Posted by Matt Kokoski on October 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

SOLIDWORKS 2015 added a nice new function called “Dynamic Reference Visualization”.

 

Dynamic Reference Visualization is a Great New Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2015...That Not Everyone Wants

SOLIDWORKS 2015's new Dynamic Reference Visualization function allows you to see which features a particular feature is dependent upon. This eliminates the need to open the Parent/Child dialog box to see this information. Arrows appear when you hover over a feature or sketch for an extended period of time. It can be a very useful tool when a feature shows a rebuild error and you are not sure why, or why a feature is moving when you make changes in the feature manager.

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Power Drawing a Schematic Diagram in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Posted by Michael Souders on October 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM

A schematic diagram will typically show the electrical components contained within a system, along with their connections. In this particular example, we’ll take a look at a power drawing.

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Bundle All Your References in One Shot with SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go Feature

Posted by John Hall on October 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Ever want to send someone a SOLIDWORKS assembly and include all of the components at once? Have you ever sent someone a drawing file and forgotten to send the associated part along with it? There’s a quick and easy way to do this called Pack and Go.


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SOLIDWORKS Photoview: Keep Your Perspective

Posted by Wayne White on September 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

During our Concept2Design SOLIDWORKS Training and User Event at Foxwoods this year, one person asked how to keep the same camera perspective, but include a shadow that was effectively being cut off by the perspective.
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How to Open Autodesk Inventor Files in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by John Hall on September 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

If you have legacy Autodesk Inventor files or you have received an Inventor file and need to open it in SOLIDWORKS, it may seem as though there is a washed out bridge in your path - but don’t panic! You CAN do this in SOLIDWORKS.
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