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Presenting with SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi at the Western MA User Group

Posted by John Hall on May 4, 2015 at 4:07 PM

On April 29 I did a presentation at the Western MA SOLIDWORKS User Group, which took place at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC).

There was a huge attendance, with engineers, students, SOLIDWORKS employees, VARs and partners. I’ve been to quite a few Western MA SWUG meetings, but this was the biggest I’ve seen. I just have to say thanks to John Matrishon, WMass SWUG user group leader, for heading up such a great event and coordinating everything. I always have a blast presenting at all of these events, and this was no exception.

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Weldment Cut List is Missing Sheet Metal Component in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by Patricia Bar on May 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

You’re working on your weldment part in SOLIDWORKS, and everything looks great.

You have the weldment components trimmed nicely, and the sheet metal toe plate is in the correct spot. Then you go to create your drawing, and notice something is missing from the cut list! Why can I not see my sheet metal part!?!

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Why You Should Validate Your Mold Design Up Front

Posted by Steven Schaeffer on April 28, 2015 at 1:41 PM

When you can't afford to do it over.

Before I walked into the world of an Applications Engineer, I worked at a company designing plastics parts and plastic injection molds. I would like to tell you about a project which started as a simple task and ended in a debacle.

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‘Animate’ Option Disappears in SOLIDWORKS Displacement or Stress Plots

Posted by Suman Sudhakaran on April 16, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Why does the ‘Animate’ option sometimes disappear in the displacement or stress plot of a Non-linear study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Preventing Self-Intersection of Faces in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Posted by Suman Sudhakaran on April 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Preventing self-intersection of faces in a part subjected to large deformation has been a concern in Simulation in the past.

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Attend 3D Printing Events in New York, Philadelphia and Hartford

Posted by Marcus Weddle on April 10, 2015 at 12:01 PM

We’d like to invite you to several 3D printing events in the New YorkPhiladelphia, and Hartford areas. Each of these is an opportunity to learn how 3D printing is having a positive impact on a diverse range of industries. In addition, there will also be the opportunity to ask questions and get hands-on with parts and printers.

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Top 5 Tools You Need to Design Faster in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Posted by Tim Pulaski on April 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

As a technical support technician for CADD Edge, I am often working with customers via web meeting to better understand their problems and offer more immediate solutions. Over the past three years of using SOLIDWORKS Electrical, I’ve picked up a few tendencies that help me navigate the software more quickly than I could when I first started out. It’s funny, because while these meetings usually start out with a single problem they very often evolve into a discussion on a very different but pervasive problem: How do I design more quickly? Eyes always on the clock, so here are my Top 5.

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Working While Traveling with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

Posted by Patricia Bar on April 7, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Your company uses Enterprise PDM, but you travel a lot. How do you manage to work on files while travelling if they have been saved in the vault? It’s easy... work offline!

Normally, when you are in EPDM, your folders are green, which means you are connected to the vault:

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And we're off...

Posted by Marcel Matte on April 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM

A few weeks have gone by since we announced the Factory Five 818 CADD Edge build project and we’ve had more than a few people volunteer to help out – thanks for that (click here to get involved in the project). We look forward to working with you! Today, I’m happy to announce that we have a couple locations that should work and we’ve started moving the project forward.

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Top 3 Challenges Buying a Consumer 3D Printer for Commercial Use

Posted by Walter Garvey on April 2, 2015 at 3:55 PM

With the recent growth of home and hobby 3D printers, we sometimes hear companies say, “We’re thinking of getting into 3D printing, but we're going to start with a consumer printer because it won't be as big of an investment.”

While we’re engineers and tinkerers at heart ourselves, and we appreciate the attempt to reduce risk, our experience is companies always wind up disappointed by this approach—and wish they had used the time to get productive with a commercial solution.

So is a consumer 3D printer a good stepping-stone to a commercial solution? Let’s look at the top 3 challenges that a company trying to rely on a hobby printer faces.

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