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Conforming to Quality Control Standards with SOLIDWORKS Inspection

Posted by John Hall on May 17, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Most industries have established standards and regulations to ensure that all products are reported and inspected to rigorous quality standards. The automotive, aerospace, defense, medical device, and oil & gas industries all have their own set of strict quality regulations and requirements to ensure quality control and safety in end products. Most of the companies that work within these industries are required to create and track inspection reports such as AS9102 for the aerospace industry, or PPAP for the automotive industry. These are what is known as First Article Inspection Reports (FAIR), and typically correspond to ballooned drawings of the product being produced. Even if your company typically does not have to produce quality reports that conform to these standards, it’s usually a good idea to track incoming inspection and quality control measurements on some sort of report to ensure the information is properly reported.

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Is your “Get” Function Greyed out in PDM Pro/Standard?

Posted by Simran Rekhi on April 27, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Are you trying to access the ‘GET’ Function, when looking at the history of a file in your vault, and the function is greyed out?

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Classic Icons are back with the new SOLIDWORKS SP3 update

Posted by Sean Belleau on April 25, 2016 at 10:21 AM

SOLIDWORKS 2016 has so many new features. They have somewhere in the neighborhood of over 300 new enhancements that were mainly brought upon by user requests. Some of the new features did change the user interface and the colors of the icons from what we have grown to love.

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What the Internet of Things means to a Mechanical Engineer

Posted by John Hall on April 19, 2016 at 10:41 AM

The latest buzzword in product design is “Internet of Things” – while not a new concept, it’s a term that’s constantly gaining traction every day.

From medical device monitoring implants, digital thermostats, weather data relays, and even consumer products like fitness trackers, it seems like more and more products are being web-enabled. With this comes the ability to track huge amounts of data points, and even provide control to devices remotely with ease. We’re seeing GPS tracking on public transportation, robots handling inventory control, and even things like network connected garbage cans (it’s true!).

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3D Printed Artificial Prosthetic Hand

Posted by Kevin Shayne on April 6, 2016 at 1:36 PM

 

If you own SOLIDWORKS and have access to a 3D printer you can significantly improve the quality of life of someone in need

When we are healthy we often forget what a priviledge it is to be well. Yet, when we are near those who struggle with their physical health or when we find ourselves personally challenged it can completely alter how we think about life.

For engineers, focusing on helping others by creating solutions that target needs is second nature. This can come in the form of utilizing less resources in design or in creating products that improve the life of someone who is struggling with a physical "disability". 

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MYSOLIDWORKS Professional VS. SOLIDWORKS Serial Numbers

Posted by Simran Rekhi on April 1, 2016 at 2:26 PM

Are you confused how to setup up your mysolidworks professional account? Use this article to differentiate between the SOLIDWORKS & MYSOLIDWORKS serial numbers and how to activate your mysolidworks professional account.

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Using Wildcards when Searching for Files using SolidWorks PDM

Posted by Simran Rekhi on March 24, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Are you looking for search wildcards within PDM Professional to assist in quickly finding your files?

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Reinvent Your Engineering Product Documentation

Posted by John Hall on March 18, 2016 at 11:28 AM

 

Documenting a product is traditionally one of the biggest bottlenecks to getting a product to market: once a design is created and all the prototypes are tested, a number of different documents need to be created. Creating product documentation can be a very costly part of any product’s lifecycle, and waiting until after the design is completed before using it downstream in different departments can be difficult at best.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Engineers Interview

Posted by Kevin Shayne on March 17, 2016 at 5:48 PM

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Interview with CADD Edge Pros

Check out this video of Tim (Mechanical Engineer) & Matt (Electrical Engineer) as they are interviewed on their thoughts about SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

 

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Workgroup PDM Phase-out

Posted by Karl Okeson on March 14, 2016 at 2:23 PM

If you are a Workgroup PDM user, you’ve probably heard the news by this point: Workgroup is being phased out. SOLIDWORKS released PDM Standard – those of you with SOLIDWORKS Profession or Premium licenses already have access to PDM Standard (contact your local VAR for details). PDM Standard will eventually replace Workgroup. So what does this mean for you Workgroup users?

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