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In over 30 years of industry experience, Brian has recognized that great ideas need a solid business structure to turn into successful, profitable ventures. With a strong focus on efficiency and productivity, Brian helps companies maximize their potential and resources by marrying state of the art … More »

The SOLIDWORKS PDM User Experience

February 6th, 2018 by Brian Dalton

Increase Efficiency & Productivity with SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM was designed to help users be more efficient and more productive in their day to day work. To help achieve this goal, SOLIDWORKS PDM was created to look and work the same as any regular Windows folder. What’s extra are the features added in to enhance the user’s capabilities.

Accessing a PDM vault is as simple as clicking on the PDM folder icon. This action opens up a standard Windows Explorer window; upgraded to provide extra PDM features and capabilities.  File functions, such as copy/paste and drag n’ drop work in the same familiar way as for any average Windows folder.  This allows SOLIDWORKS PDM to look and feel just like the Windows environment you’re already used to. The goal? To make it easier to learn and more convenient to work with.

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Top 10 Engineering Webinars of 2017 from GoEngineer

January 11th, 2018 by Sandy Ortez

Happy New Year! Last year, we hosted design engineering webinars produced by GoEngineer.  If your goal is to learn more and grow in your design role, check out our top 10 most viewed engineering webinars to get a jump-start on your goals!

1. SOLIDWORKS 101 – Best Practices For Creating Your First Part

Learn best practices on basic fundamentals of sketching and creating your part in SOLIDWORKS.

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Top 10 SOLIDWORKS 2018 Enhancements from GoEngineer

November 27th, 2017 by Amee Meghani, Applications Engineer

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Enhancements

Every year, SOLIDWORKS releases a 200+ page document with all of the enhancements for the new release. If you’ve been to one of GoEngineer’s 20+ Launch events, we are JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE on all that SOLIDWORKS has to offer that’s new!

I have a favorite, what about you?

So one of my favorites? SOLIDWORKS CAM! I’m not even a machine shop kinda girl. But 2.5 axis CAM is included in EVERY SEAT OF SOLIDWORKS. CAM you believe it? (Aren’t I sooooo hilarious?)

I’m just so impressed with what this tool can do for zero added cost. Just stay on active subscription to get this feature. For turning capabilities, ask about CAM Professional.

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Lazy Man’s Solution to Feed the Cats

September 29th, 2017 by Jacob Bakovsky

3D printing solution makes it all possible – one step at a time

Imagine an automated way to feed your pets. Think of the time you’d save. Think of the hassles you’d eliminate. My kitties need to be feed twice daily, so I set out to make the process easier using both CAD and 3D printing.

For the manual method of food delivery to my cats, I have to measure out 1/3 cup of kitty kibbles with a  measuring scoop and then deliver the food into each respective dish.

I have two cats, so I have to do this for each bowl, twice a day.

It would be easier just to turn a handle, and in a matter of seconds, deliver the proper amount of food to each kitty at the same time – at least, that’s what I hoped.

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Getting Started or Reset with SOLIDWORKS

July 18th, 2017 by Joseph Cutrona

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS

Are you a new SOLIDWORKS user and looking for best practices to get started?  We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and created a series of videos to help you along the way.  In the video series below, we will cover tips & tricks and best practices. You will find that this information will help reduce design time, increase efficiency and keep frustration low.

Part 1:  Getting Started

In this video, you will learn the basics of SOLIDWORKS. The topics covered will include sketching, sketched features, applied features, modes, and more. Enjoy!

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Do You Print in Metal?

June 9th, 2017 by Tyler Reid

It might be the most commonly asked question during my years at GoEngineer, and it was easily my least favorite question to answer. “Do you print in metal?”

It may surprise you to learn, but having to answer “no,” or more commonly “not yet,” isn’t actually why I disliked that particular question. Over time I’ve become adept at fielding the question in ways that kept their interest and channeled their excitement toward tangible options.

It wasn’t saying “no” that killed me, it was admitting that what they wanted didn’t yet exist.

Our users didn’t just want metal printing technology – they wanted metal printing that was as simple, affordable, safe, and easy to use as plastic printing. But it simply wasn’t available.

Desktop MetalAnd then along came Desktop Metal…

If you haven’t heard by now, Desktop Metal is a 3D printing startup based in Burlington, Ma. The company formed in 2015.  They have spent the last two years in quiet development of their hardware and software. And, they managed to draw about $97 million in funding from Google, BMW, Lowe’s, and Stratasys to name just a few of their high-profile investors.
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Flow Simulation – How to Handle a Vortex Across a Pressure Boundary

April 19th, 2017 by Ryan Dark

What is a “Vortex Across a Pressure Boundary?”

In Flow Simulation, a vortex is a region in the fluid domain which causes a swirl in a region where there is asymmetric drag in the flow field.  The vortex itself is an expected phenomenon which itself is not problematic.  When that vortex is allowed to generate across a theoretical boundary within a CFD analysis that can cause the results to deviate from reality in the immediate vicinity of the boundary or also cause the solver to fail to produce results at all.  For that reason, it is important to note where this is happening in an analysis and take steps to avoid it.

How can this be fixed?

The vortex itself is generating because of the local solid geometry near the pressure boundary of a CFD setup.  If the flow through the boundary is not symmetric, a low-pressure region can generate in front of the boundary allowing fluid to pass the wrong direction through the boundary as intended.  The fix for this is to “build out” the model geometry.  What does this mean? The solid model needs to have more real life geometry added to the setup so the flow field can be allowed to have the vortex and then transition into a unidirectional flow.

Solution 1: Add Geometry

An example of a vortex across a boundary would be directly from the first Flow Simulation tutorial in SOLIDWORKS.

(The tutorials can be found under ‘Help’, ‘SOLIDWORKS Simulation’, ‘Flow Simulation Online Tutorial’ once the Flow Simulation add-in is turned on).  The ball valve, as it is setup in the tutorial, has two lids that are positioned closely to the ball of the valve.  In situations where the ball valve is not set completely open the flow through the valve is forced to be asymmetric as it passes through the pressure outlet.

The asymmetric flow out the pressure boundary allows fluid to backflow through the theoretical pressure boundary and creates the vortex that is seen below. Read the rest of Flow Simulation – How to Handle a Vortex Across a Pressure Boundary

GoEngineer Customer Builds Enclosures That Enable 3D structures to Light Up the Night

March 29th, 2017 by Mitch Bossart, Industry Writer for GoEngineer

Human beings seem helplessly attracted to moving pictures and light, the closest example being the smartphone in your pocket. But also think about television, movie theaters, and even concert light shows — all examples of our moth-like fascination with light.

Painting with Light

“Video mapping is becoming the largest part of my business,” says Tim Burnham, president of Tempest, the world’s premier manufacturer of specialist outdoor enclosures for digital projectors and conventional and moving lighting instruments. Video mapping essentially “paints” a building with video and light, usually from multiple projectors at multiple angles.

Figure 1: Tempest products in action – twelve Cyclone enclosures along the Atlantic City Boardwalk survived Hurricane Sandy without a scratch.

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Stratasys F123 Series Announced

February 22nd, 2017 by Tyler Reid

Stratasys recently announced a new lineup of three new FDM machines known as the F123 series. This new lineup of printers brings you new design, new components, new software and so much more. Learn how the Stratasys F123 Series makes the Rapid Prototyping process more efficient and productive for you and your team in this webinar:

Top New Features of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017

January 31st, 2017 by John Lieber, Sr. App. Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017 is here and we are super excited about some of the new features and enhancements it provides.  Although SOLIDWORKS Electrical is still a relatively young product to SOLIDWORKS; it’s users have been actively putting it through its paces and making suggestions to make it even better. This year we not only see some great enhancements, we got some great new capabilities.

1. 3D Layout – Use existing assembly

You can now use an existing SOLIDWORKS Assembly to insert your electrical components to route your wires, cables, and harnesses. They have also renamed the command, it’s still under the process tab but it’s now called “SOLIDWORKS Assembly”.  You can still have electrical create a new assembly or select an existing assembly from your local drive, network or Enterprise PDM.

2. Add data file shortcuts

When adding documents to your projects, such as a PDF, you can now link to the document. This is awesome because it allows you to store your reference material where you traditionally keep it instead of making copies within the project.

3. Replace attribute and renumbering documents

Both commands received huge improvements as well as new interfaces. Both make it easier to incorporate changes faster and more accurately.

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