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Simulate Everything with the Stratasys J750

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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!

Introducing GoUniversity

Friday, November 6th, 2015

GoUniversity

GoUniversity is a different kind of classroom offering on demand training for product design teams. GoUniversity offers busy people and companies the benefit of 24×7 access to training classes as a more flexible way to reach your goals.

It’s free, convenient, and interactive with live CHAT to get your questions answered during business hours. Courses are built by trainers and engineers that use the same products you do every day.

sw 2016 On Demand Training

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016
A Digital Launch Experience

Our featured GoUniversity course is What’s New in SolidWorks 2016.  Sometimes it’s hard to travel to a seminar or to have an entire engineering team travel to a technical event. We’ve taken the newest features and enhancements built into SOLIDWORKS 2016 and gone digital for your convenience.

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The surprising secret to company cohesiveness and creativity

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

A couple of years ago, a few of us at GoEngineer started dreaming about what we could accomplish if we could gather all of our employees in the same location for a couple of days—call it networking, call it collaboration, call it an excuse to recharge. There was no doubt that the amount of talent and energy that could be shared had the potential to be game-changing for our company and customers.

Full disclosure: there had been flashes of this magic in past meetings with our technical team. We started bringing them together in one location a few years ago, thinking it’d be good to get everyone on the same page.

What we discovered was much bigger.

The impact of putting really bright, energetic, and innovative people in the same room for a few hours would actually create new and better “pages,” ones we hadn’t even considered.

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Bringing 2D into the Next Dimension

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

As part of GoEngineer’s re-branding campaign from a few years back, the technical support team gained a face: Joe Engineer.

Being a company that provides SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys products, services, and support, I recently decided to use these tools to take Joe from 2D to 3D.

Imagine taking a flat 2D drawing of a cartoon character and trying to bring it to life! How? Well, the answer is one face at a time (pun intended)!
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CAD Admin’s Corner – Change Management

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

What is change management? And what roll does a CAD Admin play in it?

As most of you know, change management is the method by which we track the changes and traceability of a product. There are different names for this method depending on the company, but they are all in essence meant to do the same task. It is the key to success of any sized company to have a properly documented and efficient change management system in place.

Engineering changes have a few basic steps; first, there is the change request from the field. Second, the change order comes from the engineer to make the change. Next, the design group will make the changes and send it through checking. The final step is the change notice back to the field that it is complete.

In this post I will cover some of the ways that the CAD Admin can help automate and fully digitize this process. No more are the days of printing off reams of paper to get one change all the way through your system. The time of printed drawings and drawings in general, are numbered and becoming a thing of the past. They will join board drawings in the halls of “I can’t believe we use to do it that way.” Most of the products that are named in this post are already available within your SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium packages.

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Computer Numerical Control Basics for Non-Machinists

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

During my travels as a CAMWorks Application Engineer, I’ve instructed many training classes to  diverse groups of machinists, designers and engineers.   Frequently while teaching, I notice a striking challenge in terms of context for those lacking adequate machine shop experience.  This can be difficult during training, considering how much artistry and background is required to skillfully work with CNC machinery. While CNC’s can be unforgiving dangerous machines in the wrong hands; there is really not much magic to understanding the essentials.  CNC is similar to driving a car, or more accurately, using a giant 3-Dimensional, computerized Etch-A-Sketch, except with giant spinning blades and twenty horsepower motors.

CNC

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3D Printing Has Payback for Companies of ALL Sizes

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Northrop Grumman—there is a good chance you recognize all of these names as aerospace and defense powerhouses.

If there is one common trend amongst all of these companies, it is their embracement of 3D printing (3DP) as a legitimate manufacturing tool. Alongside the automotive industry, aerospace and defense industries have been the driving forces behind 3DP’s revolutionary growth.

Aerospace & defense companies are using additive manufacturing increasingly for tooling and end-use parts.

As it turns out the benefits of 3DP are quite universal so what works for large, multi-national corporations can also work for much smaller widget-makers and everyone in-between.

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Playground For Big Kids

Monday, October 27th, 2014

treehouseIn our younger, more impressionable years there seemed to be a mystique surrounding the neighborhood tree house.  Whether it was in your backyard or that of your buddy’s, kids just seem to flock to that box.  Some were just a collection of repurposed refuse while others were well-planned construction masterpieces.  But they all seemed to be consistent in a couple of features; elevation and imagination.

Elevation:   I am not sure if that aspect was overcompensation for the height-challenged youth or just because it was super cool to keep something off of the ground.  Plus it gave us a reason to create stairs, rope pulls and the ever-coveted fire pole!  The elevation also gave us a great way to increase our view of the world.

Imagination:  Many kids have spent countless hours dreaming of different worlds.  Some were playing knights defending castles of medieval times.  Others piloted space ships who were exploring distant planets.  Fire trucks, stage coaches and battlegrounds were all envisioned by its occupants.  It’s amazing how those small boxes could invoke such an imaginative environment.

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SHeLvEd: Behind the Scenes

Monday, October 27th, 2014

This post contains spoilers so be sure to have watched our new 3D printed stop-motion short, SHeLvEd, before reading: SHeLvEd: GoEngineer YouTube

When I was first approached about creating a stop-motion film using 3D printed characters I immediately accepted. “It would be fun,” I thought “…and it will be easy.”
Well the very first thing I learned about filmmaking is that it is not easy. Before I even made it to the technically difficult parts, I was confronted with the surprisingly tough artistic challenges:

  • What is the storyline?
  • Who are the characters and what do they look like?
  • How many explosions should we add?
  • Is the ending happy, sad, confusing, a cliffhanger or all of the above?

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Beyond The Concept

Friday, September 19th, 2014

3DEXPERIENCEUsing SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual for the first time is like the first time you used an iPhone after having that state of the art flip phone. Stepping into the Single Modeling Environment (SME) is like seeing your favorite games, email, calendar, and music on the same screen for the first time. The SME allows you to switch from a multi body part to an assembly with the click of a single button without the interface really changing at all. As a long time CAD user with all of the preconceived notions of what a file or assembly structure should look like, I am not sure that I really grasp the intricacies of what this change in thought process can actually provide. I have tried to force myself to expand my thought process into how this would change my daily workflow, but feel as though I am just barley scratching the surface. It plays very well into the intuitive pillar; you don’t have to think about file structure as part of the design process. When you have spent so much time concerning yourself with sub assembly structure this is a concept that may take some time to fully understand.

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