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PDM vs PLM - What is the Difference and What do I Need?

Posted by Gabe Enright on March 26, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Do I need PDM or PLM?

A big part of my job is talking with customers about their data management needs and helping them arrive at the proper solution. When we are working with companies using SOLIDWORKS, the answer seems easy. Enterprise PDM is the best way to manage your design files. The conversation can quickly get challenging as we start throwing out more acronyms, and this is where I come in.

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Real Story of Design Failure and Redesign Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Posted by Michael Kalin on March 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Laird, a provider of systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission critical systems through wireless applications and antenna systems, presented CADD Edge with a challenge to test a design and a redesign in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
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3 Secrets to Winning SOLIDWORKS’ Model Mania Contest

Posted by Matt Kokoski on March 17, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Matt Kokoski, Technical Manager at CADD Edge, took 2nd place this year at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in their annual Model Mania Contest, competing against all worldwide resellers of SOLIDWORKS. Matt wanted to share his greatest tips to help you win the contest next year – tips that will also help you with your daily modeling challenges.

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SOLIDWORKS Savings of up to 27% on Products through March 31st

Posted by Kevin Shayne on March 12, 2015 at 1:56 PM


Don’t you wish SOLIDWORKS would offer a deal on their software? Has it been hard for you to justify additional licenses or even purchasing SOLIDWORKS due to price? The challenge is that SOLIDWORKS rarely discounts, and even more rarely offers a better price through any type of promotion.

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Integrated Engineering Software Saves Money, Time and Improves Quality

Posted by John Hall on March 12, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Integrating your engineering software is a great way to gain gigantic productivity gains at your company. If you start using an integrated solution for all aspects of your product design, you’ll find you can really get a product out the door much faster.

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4 Ways to Accelerate Your Engineering Career

Posted by John Hall on March 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

In the engineering world, performance is the key to progress in your engineering career. We all want to better ourselves on a regular basis, and that can be difficult when you’re busy working on projects full time. However, there are a couple of quick and easy things you can do to better your skillset and make you a well-rounded engineer.

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CADD Edge Helps SOLIDWORKS with 3D Printed TV Remote Control Fixture

Posted by Marcus Weddle on March 9, 2015 at 10:44 AM

The team at Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS came to CADD Edge and asked if we could help them show how easy it is to use 3D scanning, 3D CAD and 3D printing to rapidly create a custom fixture. Of course we said, “Yes we’d love to help!”

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Why an Engineering Software Strategy Makes a Lot of Sense

Posted by John Hall on March 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

We know a lot of companies focus on getting a product out the door as quickly as possible. However, it seems that when focusing on getting a project completed or a design finished, there’s a lot more emphasis on the engineers, and a lot less emphasis on looking at how that’s done, and whether there is a better, faster way to get that project complete.

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Save As vs. Save As Copy in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by Dave Bazinet on March 3, 2015 at 2:48 PM

So we’ve all been there before, you have an existing part and you need to make another version of it but with a different filename. You perform a “Save As” and modify the part to the new specs. Only after that is done, you discover the original part has been mistakenly overwritten and modified while the saved off copy is untouched. What does this mean besides having to explain to your boss how your pc made it through the window? It means you are now adding wasted time repointing file references hoping your assembly doesn’t blow up too much….

Queue Direct TV.

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FDM 3D Printing with ABS Plastic: Material Properties/Applications

Posted by David Stockbower on March 2, 2015 at 2:45 PM

One of the key advantages of Stratasys FDM printers is their use of real engineering plastics, like ABS. Watch this informative video detailing the properties of ABS plastic for 3D printing, explained by David Stockbower. He also speaks about the common applications for this versatile material.

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