Have you ever received an STL file from a customer or colleague and been asked to work with it in SOLIDWORKS? Or have you ever received data from a 3D scanner? If so, then you have probably been left wondering, "How do I work on this in SOLIDWORKS and why can I not use my regular tools and … [Read more...] about Working With Scan and Mesh Data in SOLIDWORKS
With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, one of the many study types available is Topology Optimization. The Topology study is a nonparametric optimization of parts utilizing specific goals, manufacturing constraints and all applied loads and fixtures. These studies provide amazing insight into how … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Exporting Topology Results
In recent years, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional added a brand new study called Topology. If you have ever taken a look at the Topology study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, you may have been excited about its ability to create optimized shapes by removing material from a part. This helps … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Multiple Load Cases for Topology Studies
Planetary gearing is a compact alternative to standard pinion-and-gear reducers and is used in a wide variety of applications to provide high torque. We are going to go over the setup of a planetary gear assembly in SOLIDWORKS that will allow us to demonstrate the motion of the three drive types of … [Read more...] about How to Set Up a Planetary Gear Motion with SOLIDWORKS
With each annual release, SOLIDWORKS looks to streamline their tools to make the designer more productive. One of the most commonly used tools is the Measure Tool! We can use it to measure the lengths of edges, determine the distance between planes and surfaces, and even calculate the surface area, … [Read more...] about What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2019: Measure Tool Enhancements
Interference Detection is an essential tool that allows you to find where individual parts in an assembly interfere with each other. This helps to check that all of your components fit together before being manufactured. Previously this tool was only available in the assembly environment, leaving … [Read more...] about Exploring Interference Detection with Multi-Body Parts in SOLIDWORKS
While getting into the awesome new Free Surface Flow option in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018, I used a tool from 2017 to help quickly animate the transient results. The tool is called the Transient Explorer, and once set up, it collects selected parameters for use in animated, time-dependent Cut … [Read more...] about How to Use the Enhanced Transient Explorer In SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Have you ever had the inclination to show off your products? How early can that be done? After a prototype or after production? Do you need to hire a photographer or set up your own photo booth? Well, what if you had the option to create photo-realistic renderings at any time during the design … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Visualize: The Easiest Possible Photo-Realistic Render!