Shape Your World
John Lieber, Sr. App. Engineer
John is a Sr. Applications Engineer with over 15 years of technical experience, 13 of which has focused on SOLIDWORKS. He has a unique perspective of having worked as a SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer and Trainer, which fosters an understanding of the user requirements with the system capabilities, … More »
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.
January 3rd, 2017 by Sandy Ortez
Recorded Webinars – A Tool for Personal & Professional Development
It’s hard to believe 2016 has come and gone. Were you successful in completing your 2016 resolutions? I found personally, that setting obtainable goals worked best and were much more fulfilling in hindsight. Here are 3 rules I live by:
So, now that we’ve outlined how to set a resolution and stick to it, let the learning begin! Below you will find a short list of Top GoEngineer webinars of 2016.
Sit back, Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and hit play!
For this first video, you will learn about New and Enhanced Features of SOLIDWORKS 2017 according to Sean Stone, Applications Engineer. Here Sean shares some of his favorites from this years’ launch events as well as some buried in the What’s New document.
Visuals are important to the design process, stories, social media and more. They are dominating Pinterest, that’s for sure. In this webinar, you will learn tips and tricks to the Visualize Interface and ideas for new graphical content you can bring to your company.
December 22nd, 2016 by Amee Meghani, Applications Engineer
What is a Singularity?
A singularity is a function’s divergence into infinity. Simulation occasionally produces stress (or heat flux) singularities.
How do they occur? Mathematically, the solver uses matrices to represent the elastic field (displacements of the elements). When a highly localized load is applied, the gradients of the displacement vectors begin to diverge, causing the roots of the matrices to go to infinity. For a simplified explanation, see the stress equation below. Stress goes to infinity due to force applied in a very small area.
Where do Singularities occur?
Singularities are usually seen at points, edges, or reentrant corners. Reentrant corners are interior corners, with angles pointing into the part. The high stress concentrations are usually seen near 90 degree corners, but can potentially occur for any angle less than 180 degrees.
Why don’t they occur in real life?
Think of the common case of singularities created on interior corners. In software, that corner is perfectly sharp. In real life, there will always be a slight bend. Also, the part may deform slightly, or “slip”, and allow the faces of the corner to slide against each other. The slight bend and additional friction allow for a converging stress.
December 8th, 2016 by Amee Meghani, Applications Engineer
It’s hard to shop for a gadget-y, tech-savvy person, but here’s a good gift guide for the nerd you love. In my family, I’m the nerd I love.
If you feel the urge to send me any of these items below, the address is 2033 Chennault Dr., Carrollton, TX 75006.
1. Anoto’s Livescribe Smartpen, $119.99
I write lists. On paper. With a pen. Writing helps me remember, while typing with my thumbs on an itty bitty screen does not. Then I struggle to coexist between a paper and paperless world. But Livescribe solves that. It’s a Smartpen that houses an infrared camera, ARM processor, Bluetooth Smart chipset, flash memory and lithium ion battery all work together to bring your notes to life on your tablet or smartphone. Android and iOS friendly.
November 29th, 2016 by Amee Meghani, Applications Engineer
Let’s talk about your SOLIDWORKS network license and debunk those myths with facts. Which one of these 5 are you guilty of believing?
You accidentally received extra licenses (yassss!).
Not true. Only once in 5 years have I seen SOLIDWORKS write an incorrect license file. The way licenses are listed in the SNL can be misleading. Suppose you have a network license containing 1 Professional License and 1 Standard license. The SNL will show 1 Professional License and 2 Standard Licenses. Why? Because when you are pulling a Professional license, the license manager is releasing a Standard license and the Professional ADD-INS. So really the license manager listing should read “Professional ADDINS”, rather than “Professional”. You cannot pull a Professional or Premium license without pulling a Standard license.
You don’t have the ability to use SOLIDWORKS on your home computer.
November 1st, 2016 by Paul Nishihira
Motorcycle Riding – 2010 KTM SMT
For me, riding my motorcycle is having the freedom of the open road and traveling with the wind in my hair! Sounds great, right? Well, after any extended period of riding in the weather elements; physical and mental fatigue takes over, leaving the operation of a motorcycle quite dangerous.
On my quest to create comfort and extend my riding to a long haul, I decided to improve the stock windshield (or windscreen) of my KTM SM-T. This is where aftermarket parts, SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing technology takes over.
Motorcycle Windscreen: Stock vs Touring
Take a look at the stock windscreen below. It looks ergonomically ‘sporty’ but doesn’t provide much protection from the weather elements.
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:
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:
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 .
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.