Three Minute Thursday: 3 More Minutes of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] April 19, 2018 / by Robbie Hoyler posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Robbie Hoyler, TPM Application Engineer

Welcome to this week's Three Minute Thursday! Today, we will show you several additional tips to speed up your simulation workflows.

  

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The Speed Shop-Designing and Building a Race Bike, Post #1

[fa icon="calendar'] April 19, 2018 / by Luke Woodard posted in Manufacturing, SOLIDWORKS

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Luke Woodard, TPM Application Engineer

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Three Minute Thursday: SOLIDWORKS Electrical SQL Troubleshooting

[fa icon="calendar'] April 05, 2018 / by Rob Stoklosa posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Rob Stoklosa, TPM Application Engineer

Welcome to today's Three Minute Thursday! In this week's video you will learn how to rebuild your SOLIDWORKS Electrical SQL tables on a failed installation. 

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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: Sketch Enhancements You Probably Missed

[fa icon="calendar'] March 22, 2018 / by Mike Staples posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Mike Staples, TPM Application Engineer

Welcome to this week's Three Minute Thursday! With all the great new features and added functionality in each release of SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy for things to slip through.  Today we take a look back at 5 things you may have overlooked in sketches.  These sketch tools include: segment, adding construction geometry to rectangles, mirroring sketch entities about a plane, shaded sketch contours, and replace entity.  Check out the video to see what you’re missing.

 

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4 Reasons Integrating Your Design and Manufacturing Process Is Essential

[fa icon="calendar'] March 16, 2018 / by TPM Admin posted in SOLIDWORKS

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While most SOLIDWORKS users are quick to admit that streamlining a process is profitable, few truly consider it to be essential. But as competition in the 3D design and manufacturing industry grows, we must recognize the role that streamlining and integrating processes plays in profitability. Failure to adopt integrated processes for design and manufacturing results in falling behind the competition.

However, since you're not a one-person show, you must have the right tools and an aligned team that's ready to embrace change before you can transform an established process into an integrated one. Whether your goal is to convince your team or yourself of the power of integration, let's discuss four reasons integration is not only valuable, but also imperative to your design and manufacturing processes.

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Expedite the Design Cycle with High Tech Solutions from SOLIDWORKS

[fa icon="calendar'] March 15, 2018 / by TPM Admin posted in SOLIDWORKS

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On a large scale, SOLIDWORKS leads the design and manufacturing industry in 3D CAD software. But it's the tools within SOLIDWORKS that make this CAD software not just high tech, but also practical and powerful in the real world.

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Three Minute Thursday: SolidWorks Topology Optimization

[fa icon="calendar'] March 15, 2018 / by Robbie Hoyler posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Robbie Hoyler, TPM Application Engineer

Welcome to this week's Three Minute Thursday! The new SOLIDWORKS Topology Optimization tool is an innovative technology that allows users to run a simulation that removes weight from a design automatically using algorithms.  See how to utilize this tool in this short video!

 

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Three Minute Thursday: SOLIDWORKS FLOW - Electronic Cooling Module

[fa icon="calendar'] March 08, 2018 / by Rob Stoklosa posted in SOLIDWORKS, Three Minute Thursday

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Rob Stoklosa, TPM Application Engineer

Hi everyone, welcome to today's Three Minute Thursday. Today, we are going to take a look at the SolidWorks Flow Simulation Electronic Cooling Module which can help reduce costs, and speed up design iterations. Let's take a look in Rob's latest video! 

 

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How SOLIDWORKS Takes the Complexity out of Designing for Manufacturability

[fa icon="calendar'] March 07, 2018 / by TPM Admin posted in SOLIDWORKS

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A product's manufacturability is determined by its readiness to go to market. SOLIDWORKS offers several tools and features that aid in that readiness. Whether it's a time-saving, money-saving or error-reducing solution, each is a step toward improved productivity in design and manufacturing.

Let's discuss five ways SOLIDWORKS helps design teams tackle complex tasks with simple, straightforward solutions.

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