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Top New Features of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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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Top 6 GoEngineer Product Design Webinars of 2016

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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:

  1. Commit to a Resolution that is obtainable – Start Small.
  2. Tell everyone close to me for accountability purposes – Talk about it.
  3. Don’t quit when steps aren’t achieved as quickly as intended – Never Give up!

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. 

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Grouping Components in the Feature Tree

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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.

avoiding-singularities

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.
“Adjust your legend’s color settings to grey out above the material’s yield point. This prevents singularities from overshadowing other important stress results!” – Joe Engineer, Know It All, GoEngineer

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the Nerd You Love, Even if it’s Yourself.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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.

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5 Myths about your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

solidworks network licenseLet’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.

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Custom Motorcycle Windscreen Brackets with SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys 3D Print Technology

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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.

morotcycle-comfortIn comparison, you will see a touring windscreen below. This version is significantly taller but still does not provide the necessary protection from the weather elements.

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How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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.

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Shape Your World

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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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SolidCAM: Patented Wizard to optimal feeds & speeds



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