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Three Minute Thursday: SOLIDWORKS Flow Mesh and Domain Considerations

[fa icon="calendar'] September 20, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Rob Stoklosa, TPM Application Engineer

Learn Mesh and Computational Domain setup Tips and Tricks.

 

 

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Three Minute Thursday: SolidWorks Mirror Assembly

[fa icon="calendar'] September 13, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

Many users have dabbled with the SolidWorks Mirror Assembly. In this Three Minute Thursday, we’re going to dive a little deeper into how to use this simple wizard-based assembly feature.

 

 

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Three Minute Thursday: What's the Blueberry Icon- SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] August 02, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

The PDM Blueberry - You see it every time you open up SolidWorks, but might not know everything you can do with it. I’ll explain what the SolidWorks PDM Add-in offers users.

 

Toolbar Button Identification:

 

Status Icons – control how the colors appear in the add-in.

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Three Minute Thursday: Managing Simulation Data in SOLIDWORKS PDM

[fa icon="calendar'] June 21, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

A typical Simulation process contains several steps. Modeling with CAD design data…. Pre-processing information such as materials, loads, restraints and mesh… Solve the setup…. Post-process the engineering results…. And finally provide reports for review.

And then do that over and over and over and over....

The challenge in maintaining the mounds of data created, destroyed, overwritten is to build intelligence of data. Intelligence to improve consistency, reliability and repeatability. This is where SolidWorks PDM can step in.

How can we build intelligence where the CAD software communicate with Simulation tools through the data management? To start, how about exploiting the integration between the CAD data and Simulation tools using the metadata information as a means to search and retrieve the same Simulation from the CAD data. In SolidWorks PDM terms - use the Data Cards variables to be able to search and reuse existing Simulation data.

In our Three Minute Thursday video, we demonstrate how to setup this integration.

So why do all of this? Simple. Create visibility among all levels of users so you don't have to reinvent the wheel - or better yet, re-run lengthy Simulations. This essentially can help reduce the design cycle and create accountability throughout the process.

  • Who performed the Simulation
  • What type of Simulation was performed
  • Where did the Simulation data, such geometry (CAD data), material properties, load conditions, goals, etc. originate?
  • Why was the Simulation run?

Don’t let your Simulation data just sit idly and tucked away on network drives. Include it with the rest of your engineering data under one roof with SolidWorks PDM.

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Three Minute Thursday: PDM Admin: Setting up Bill of Materials

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

If you’re struggling with generating your Bills of Materials, in this Three Minute Thursday, we’ll quickly demonstrate how to setup a Bill of Material column set and define quick Group Permissions in SolidWorks PDM. Just the first step in working BOMs in SolidWorks PDM. More to come....

 

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SolidWorks Manage - Project Management Webinar

[fa icon="calendar'] May 03, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS

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In this SolidWorks Manage webinar, we’re going to focus on the Project Management component of the tool. We will cover creating different projects and how they can be setup.

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Three Minute Thursday: Troubleshooting A Corrupt Assembly

[fa icon="calendar'] March 29, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Steve Ostrovsky, TPM Application Engineer

We’ve taken lots of support calls where users will get various messages stating their model is corrupt and to contact technical support. Many times, it’s an assembly that’s crashing but the problem isn’t actually with the assembly – it’s somewhere in the inserted parts and sub-assemblies. How do you find that one corrupt part that’s causing your assembly to crash?

In this video, we’ll demonstrate how to use the File > Open dialog by creating a new Assembly Configuration that only shows the assembly tree structure with all of the components suppressed. Once you have this, then you can simply unsuppress each component one by one until you uncover the culprit.

What do you do when you find that part file that’s causing all these problems? You have 3 options:

  1. Go find a backup of the model. If you’re using a PDM tool that should, hopefully, be an easy task. If you’re not, you might have your SolidWorks backup settings creating these for you.
  2. Send the offending model to us for review and we can submit to SolidWorks for repair. I’ve seen everything from a simple part to more complex assemblies and drawings get fixed this way. It can take a few days for this process, but it might be worth the wait.
  3. Recreate it. Last option but sometimes the only option.

Lastly, one of the first questions we ask when someone sends up a support request like this is “Are working across the network?” Networks are very busy at times and the way they handle ALL files can cause file corruption. Stop working across the network, get a PDM tool and you’ll put in a very good preventative mesasure.

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Three Minute Thursday: SolidWorks Prank via Settings

[fa icon="calendar'] January 18, 2018 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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In today's Three Minute Thursday you will learn how to configure SolidWorks to prank your fellow users. 

Join in on the fun and follow along in today's video.

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Magnetic Mates More Magic in SOLIDWORKS

[fa icon="calendar'] December 15, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Welcome to TPM's Three Minute Thursday. In Tricks of Mating Part Three (here's part one, and part two for reference), I showed the  power of magnetic mates in applications  like facility layout. Today I'll show how  to leverage magnetic mates for rapid  assembly and repositioning and  applications without ground planes.

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PDM Branch and Merge Project

[fa icon="calendar'] December 07, 2017 / by Steve Ostrovsky posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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In today's Three Minute Thursday, we're walking you through an exciting new feature in SolidWorks 2018 called Branch and Merge. In this scenario, we want to make a few design iterations of the protective guard in the support frame.


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