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Tandy Banks
Tandy Banks is an Elite Applications Engineer with GoEngineer and has over 15 years of experience in product design and manufacturing with concentrated experience in high-pressure pumps, fluid systems, heavy fabrication, high-precision machining, oilfield equipment, and electronics packaging. He is … More »

GoEngineer Hosts SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Events

September 26th, 2016 by Tandy Banks

It’s That Time of Year – SOLIDWORKS 2017 is here!

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch season is here and GoEngineer is hosting a series of events near you. Come and see what makes great design happen with the new SOLIDWORKS 2017 release throughout October and November.


SOLIDWORKS 2017 has more core power and performance, with enhanced capabilities for emerging technologies. It’s never been easier to design and create with SOLIDWORKS. Areas of focus to help improve your workflow are:

  • INNOVATE – New capabilities to help you incorporate emerging technologies
  • DESIGN – More core power and performance to get your job done faster
  • VALIDATE – Greater design ideas that lead to breakthrough innovations
  • COLLABORATE – Unlock any 3D model to work with SOLIDWORKS
  • BUILD & MANAGE – Data integration from concept to manufacturing to drive business needs

Whether you’re a fresh startup or experienced global company, SOLIDWORKS 2017 provides an integrated development ecosystem that helps you turn your ideas into finished products faster and with higher quality.  Come and learn more at one of our live events – Reserve your seat today!

Preview SOLIDWORKS & SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 is coming to Los Angeles

We are just a few months away from the premier 3D design event of the year, SOLIDWORKS World 2017!  Taking place in Los Angeles, CA from February 5-8, 2017, this event is where like-minded professionals come together to share their passion for SOLIDWORKS.  Here are a few reasons why you should attend:

  • Find answers to your everyday design challenges & learn best practices
  • Get a preview of the future of SOLIDWORKS
  • Explore new technologies & test drive the latest tools
  • Collaborate with similar companies & make new friends!

Early Bird Savings:  Register now to take full advantage of what SOLIDWORKS World has to offer while saving money. Now through November 4th, all full conference registrations will receive $200 off.  Additional details visit: SOLIDWORKS World 2017 .


How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts

September 20th, 2016 by Amee Meghani, Applications Engineer

Plastic Part Design – A Career

Injection-molded plastic part design is a  job thet tends to fall into your lap.  You have zero qualifications, and yet, you are supposed to do it perfectly while blindfolded. It’s difficult to lunge forward with confidence when you are building on a poor foundation.

The result is that you proceed with the project with a “learn-as-you-go” approach. Even so, there’s still opportunity to avoid common mistakes, make smart decisions, and release a smart, young, well-prepared injection-molded part into the universe, ready to make a big impact and change the world.

Read on to learn How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts.


Olympic Weightlifting Gets Drop Tested with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

August 15th, 2016 by Shivani Patel

Ever wonder why rubber weights are used in Olympic weightlifting, but iron plates in most gyms?

We did. So, we looked into it.

The World’s greatest athletes demonstrate what it means to push the boundaries of human potential at each Olympic Games. In Olympic weightlifting, for example, new records are being set every year. Much is said about the athletes and how they challenge their limits to achieve new heights, but what about the equipment?

Weightlifting Equipment

  • Has it always been the same?
  • What kind of stress occurs when the bar is dropped?
  • How could pushing the boundaries of design enable athletes to achieve more?

At GoEngineer, these are the kinds of questions that keep us up at night.

Here’s what we found;  changing the material of the weights, changed the sport of weightlifting.

See our Simulation FEA Drop Test

Weightlifting has been an Olympic event since the very first Olympics in Athens in 1896. Back then, the bar and the plates were made out of iron. The rules required athletes to gently return the weights to the ground. This obviously wasn’t possible when an athlete was going for a max effort lift, and would miss.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting a SOLIDWORKS CSWP Certification

July 29th, 2016 by Amee Meghani, Applications Engineer

Your marriage to SOLIDWORKS is on a good steady road and then, all of a sudden, either (1) the boss asks you to get SOLIDWORKS CSWP certified or (2) you decide on your own to get certified.  Not all certifications are planned or intentional, but if you find that an exam is on the horizon, you can still take steps to prepare for a healthy full-term certification.


SOLIDWORKS Exams are completely paperless, timed exams.  The CSWP exam is broken out into 3 consecutive segments “trimesters”, totaling 3 hrs and 30 minutes of active labor.  Answers are usually not multiple choice.  Testers submit answers by manually entering a value: the volume, weight, or center of mass of your SOLIDWORKS model.  If you’re really good at cheating on tests, you won’t fare well on this exam.  Be aware that you are going to have to give birth to your very own SOLIDWORKS creation starting with not so much as a zygote.

Question 1 starts with something along the lines of “Make this.”

Seems reasonable…until Question 2 slams you with something along the lines of “Change what you just did into this whole other animal.” [insert expletives and panic here]

Just remember that getting a Certification is a beautiful, magical thing.  It’s just as much about the journey as it is the end result.

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Simulate Everything with the Stratasys J750

June 20th, 2016 by Tyler Reid

3D Printing has a new game-changer. In this recorded webinar, you will learn about the new Stratasys J750 3D Printer, the most advanced plastic 3D printer in the world!

Shape Your World

May 17th, 2016 by Tandy Banks

Shape Your WorldOver the last few years, GoEngineer hosted a series of technical events in late spring.  During these events, we showcased how our technology platforms work together to produce efficient workflows.  Last year’s event was a little different.  We packed 12 topics into 6 timeslots for a full day of learning.  With over 2100 attendees during the last few events, we want thank you, our client partners, for this huge success!

Shape Your World Is On Its Way!

We are back at it this year with an exciting new project and schedule of topics.  Shape Your World is the place where you can explore technology and learn processes from our experts.  This is the perfect opportunity to catch-up and collaborate with old friends.  You might even find a new one! With 7 time slots available starting at 9AM each day, we allow you to customize your agenda while attending several sessions that best fit your needs.                                              

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Batman v Superman – Scientifically Speaking, Who Would Win?

March 28th, 2016 by Shivani Patel

Batman v Superman – Who will win the battle of the ages?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theatres worldwide.  Previews clearly show Batman holding his own against Superman. As an engineer, I’m a Batman fan at heart. I want to believe that the Caped Crusader will ultimately defeat that Kryptonian. So, let’s take a look at this matchup and use engineering technology, all available to Wayne Enterprises, to devise a plan of attack.

Movie fans and comic geeks will all have their opinion on the battle of the ages. But what does science have to say? Read on…

 (Source: Warner Bros.)

(Source: Warner Bros.)

How I Used SOLIDWORKS To Prove My Star Wars Fan Theory

February 18th, 2016 by Shivani Patel

The Dilemma:

What Made the Dent in Boba Fett’s Helmet?

Star Wars has a memorable scene where Boba Fett pulls off his iconic helmet from his father’s head. In the space between the third and fourth movies, Boba chooses to keep his father’s helmet. Perhaps it’s a reminder for him or a symbol of the torch passing from one generation to the next. By the time we see the helmet again, Jango’s dents are gone and have been replaced by a new series of battle scars, most notably a circular shaped indentation on the front right of Boba Fett’s temple.

The Star Wars Fan Theory:

We have no way of knowing how it got there, but Star Wars Fans have a few arguments;  it was a door on Slave 1, it occurred during the ship’s crash or that it came from a particularly vicious head-butt. Due to CGI errors during that pivotal scene, we have no true answer.

This Star Wars scene gave me an idea…isn’t the base of a lightsaber about that size?

As I tried to determine if this was possible, I looked into Jango Fett’s dent created during the Kamino Escape.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Frequency Analysis of Tensioned Guitar Strings

February 1st, 2016 by Ryan Dark

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is powerful.  Using this tool, I will demonstrate the correlation between SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA and the solution of a theoretical equation through the analysis of a guitar string.

In this setup, a single guitar string is restrained on both ends. Restraining the string allows it to reach fundamental frequency, which is 1 half wavelength along the length of the string.

The setup will utilize beam elements for the string as it is long and thin. One end will be fixed in the radial, axial, and circumferential directions, while the other end is fixed in only the radial and circumferential directions. On the free end, a variable force will be applied to observe the change in fundamental frequency on the string.

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Top 10 GoEngineer Blog Posts of 2015 – SOLIDWORKS & 3D Printing

January 1st, 2016 by Sandy Ortez

2015 flew by like a flash! Looking back, we created articles that helped inspire great designs and encourage innovation.  Here is a list of top 10 blog posts viewed by readers like you! Stories include quick tips, new features in SOLIDWORKS 2016, 3D printing projects and so much more. Check them out and tell us what you think.

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