3D CAD & DESIGN

Be Certain in Uncertain Times: Gain Clarity and Maintain a Competitive Edge

Be Certain in Uncertain Times: Gain Clarity and Maintain a Competitive Edge

Uncertainty in business today is a fact of life. Should we zig or should we zag? Should watch and wait, or invest and get ahead? These are complicated questions, and we won’t be so bold to suggest that we have all the answers. What we can offer, though, is clarity. Hawk Ridge Systems has a proven process to help our clients gain clarity, especially during times of uncertainty. This process really begins with three key elements. 

January 26, 2023
The Differences Between 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Desktop

The Differences Between 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Desktop

When you compare the two versions of SOLIDWORKS side by side it really boils down to only a handful of distinct differences. In fact, these two CAD options have more in common than they do differences. 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is still SOLIDWORKS; it installs locally and has 95 percent of the same functionality as traditional desktop SOLIDWORKS. The files are the same, the user interface is nearly identical, and, just like traditional SOLIDWORKS, there is a standard, professional, and premium package.

December 7, 2022
MBD, DimXpert, and MBD Dimensions: What’s the Difference?

MBD, DimXpert, and MBD Dimensions: What’s the Difference?

As more organizations look to adopt model-based definition solutions to improve design and manufacturing clarity and streamline collaboration, the variety of available MBD tools and associated terminology can become rather confusing. For the uninitiated, MBD tools (generally speaking) allow designers to annotate 3D CAD models with manufacturing information directly, as opposed to using a traditional 2D drawing. This article examines three of the most commonly-used terms in the field of model-based definition, and will help you understand differences between each toolset while determining which is most appropriate for your design and manufacturing needs.

November 28, 2022
5 (More) Ways CAMWorks Accelerates CNC Programming and Machining

5 (More) Ways CAMWorks Accelerates CNC Programming and Machining

Like many jobs out there, CAM programming is all about time. We are always trying to reduce the time it takes to produce the parts on the machine. Quicker cycle times means more parts produced per hour. The same is true for programming time; if we could reduce the time it takes to program the part, we could program more parts per hour. Not only does the shop benefit from increased production, but we can get out of the office and home to our families sooner. It’s time to work smarter, not harder.   

November 15, 2022
Explore What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2023

Explore What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2023

October is an exciting time of year for SOLIDWORKS users and Hawk Ridge Systems because we get to showcase the latest enhancements coming to the SOLIDWORKS software portfolio. The release of SOLIDWORKS 2023 is coming in November and, as always, it features a wide array of new and improved features that are based on real user suggestions gathered throughout the year.

With SOLIDWORKS 2023 — and the expansion of the 3DEXPERIENCE portfolio — you’ll be able to work smarter and faster while collaborating more effectively.

October 26, 2022